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Matthew Stafford: Giants’ defense best Detroit Lions have faced

Lions’ QB lauds Big Blue defense after Sunday’s game

Detroit Lions v New York Giants
Devon Kennard tackles Matthew Stafford.
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“They’re really good defenders, probably the best we’ve played all year.”

That was Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford talking Sunday night about the New York Giants after his team lost, 17-6, to the Giants at MetLife Stadium.

“You know, they have a really good defensive line and a really good secondary. We knew it was going to be a challenge going in today, we just didn’t make enough plays,” Stafford said. “They have really good players and they’re coached well, so they do that, and that’s a pretty good recipe.”

The Giants held the Lions to a pair of field goals. That is the only time this season Detroit has scored in single digits.

“We knew that was a tough defense, that secondary specifically has been playing well lately,” said Detroit wide receiver Golden Tate. “We knew it was going to be a challenge, we just needed it bring it like they did. We didn’t make enough plays and they made just enough.”

A few stats

  • Including their 10-7 victory vs. Dallas last week, the Giants have won consecutive games in which they allowed no more than seven points in either game for the first time since Oct. 21 and 27, 2013, when they defeated Minnesota, 23-7, and Philadelphia, 15-7.
  • The Giants have won consecutive games in which they scored no more than 17 points in either game for the first time since Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 2006, when they defeated Tampa Bay, 17-3, and Houston, 14-10. In 2007, they had consecutive victories in which they scored 13 and 16 points, but they were sandwiched around a loss.
  • Detroit rushed for only 56 yards, the second-lowest total by a Giants opponent this season; New Orleans ran for 41 yards.

Thanks, Kim!

Here are a couple of stats from Kim Jones of NFL Network. And, thanks to Chris for passing them along.