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Giants-Lions final score: Giants fall flat, lose to Detroit, 31-18

Giants fall to 7-3 with worst performance of 2022 season

NFL: Detroit Lions at New York Giants
The Giants were left chasing wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and the Lions on Sunday.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants stumbled on Sunday, losing a game the were favored to win to the Detroit Lions, 31-18.

The Giants are 7-3, and have lost two of their last three games. The Lions, who have won three straight, are 4-6.

Twenty-four of Detroit’s 31 points came as a result of Giants mistakes, 17 of those points off three Giants turnovers.

  • A third-down roughing the passer penalty on Oshane Ximines extended a first quarter Detroit drive that led to a 24-yard Michael Badgley field goal.
  • An interception of Daniel Jones by Aidan Hutchinson set up a three-play, 18-yard Detroit touchdown drive.
  • A 25-yard Jamie Gillan punt contributed to a seven-play, 68-yard touchdown drive that gave the Lions a 17-6 halftime lead.
  • A fumble by Isaiah Hodgins recovered by Hutchinson, led to a fourth-quarter Detroit touchdown that made the score 31-12 with 6:10 to play.

The Giants outgained the Lions, 431 yards to 325. Three turnovers, eight penalties for 63 yards and a pair of missed extra points by placekicker Graham Gano, though, were too much to overcome. This was the first time all season a Giants’ opponent has scored 30 or more points.

“Nothing looked good enough today,” said head coach Brian Daboll. “When you lose it doesn’t matter about yards, stats, any of that stuff. Only thing that matters is executing the way we need to execute and it just wasn’t good enough today. Again, it’s hard to overcome three turnovers, have a 3-0 differential. It’s boring but that’s the truth.

“Nothing was good enough. Nothing was up to standard.”

The Giants have a quick turnaround, with only four days to get ready to face the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.

“We’re gonna come in tomorrow and get ready for Dallas — that’s all we can do.,” Daboll said. “We’ve got to put this one in the rear view pretty quickly ... put it to bed and get ready to play Dallas.”


  • Jones finished 27 of 44 for 341 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. This was Jones’ first 300-yard passing game of the season.
  • Saquon Barkley, who entered the game as the NFL’s leading rusher had 15 carries for only 22 yards, his season low. Previously, his lowest rushing total was 53 yards in Week 8 vs. the Seattle Seahawks.
  • Wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson had nine catches for 100 yards before suffering a knee injury. He had to be assisted to the locker room.
  • The Giants ended up with a season-worst three turnovers, Jones’ two interceptions and a fumble by wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins.

Injury news

The Giants lost an astounding six players to injury on Sunday.

The Giants apparently lost their best cornerback, Adoree’ Jackson, for three to five weeks when he suffered a knee injury returning a punt in the first half. The Giants also lost wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson (knee), right tackle Tyre Phillips (neck) , cornerback Fabian Moreau (ribs), center Jon Feliciano (neck) and safety Jason Pinnock (jaw). [FULL STORY]

Can’t miss plays

Daniel Jones keeps for the Giants’ first score.

Aidan Hutchinson picks off Jones, one of many mistakes the Giants made on Sunday.

Giants inactives

TE Daniel Bellinger (Eye)
OT Evan Neal (Knee)
LB Austin Calitro
OL Jack Anderson
WR David Sills
Edge Quincy Roche

What’s next?

The Giants will travel to Arlington, Tx. to face the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. Game time will be 4:30 p.m. ET, with the broadcast on FOX.