The only numbers that really matter from Sunday’s 31-24 victory by the New York Giants over the Minnesota Vikings in the Wild-Card Round of the 2023 NFC playoffs are 7 and 3. Seven because that’s how many points the Giants won by. Three because the victory gives the Giants a third shot at the Philadelphia Eagles, who they meet next on Saturday night in the NFC Divisional Round.
We know, though, that you need your fix when it comes to Pro Football Focus grades and official snap counts. So, because we are a full-service shop, here you go. Let’s see what these numbers tell us.
- Four players who had terrific games were the highest-graded offensive players. Isaiah Hodgins (81.0), Daniel Jones (80.9), Andrew Thomas (77.4), Saquon Barkley (77.3).
- Diving into Thomas’s work a little more, the 2nd team All-Pro left tackle did not allow a pressure in 44 pass-blocking snaps.
Andrew Thomas on Wild Card Weekend:— PFF (@PFF) January 16, 2023
Highest pass-blocking grade so far
44 pass-blocking snaps
0 pressures allowed pic.twitter.com/4RpLv3CjHj
- The poorest offensive grade went to right tackle Evan Neal, 35.5. Neal had an awful 18.1 pass-blocking grade, as he gave up a sack and eight hurries for a pass-blocking efficiency score of 88.6.
- Ben Bredeson played 50 snaps at left guard. Nick Gates played only 22.
- It was interesting to me how the Giants, so reliant in recent weeks on 11 personnel, worked in other formations and other players on Sunday. Tight end Lawrence Cager played 24 snaps. Running back Matt Breida played 21. Wide receivers Marcus Johnson (five snaps) and Kenny Golladay (four snaps) had roles.
Dexter Lawrence (74.8) was the highest-graded full-time defender for the Giants. He finished with four quarterback hits and seven total pressures. I think it’s pretty certain that Minnesota center Garrett Bradbury doesn’t want to see Lawrence again anytime soon.
- Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson had a solid 70.9 grade in his return. Jackson was matched up on five targets to Vikings star receiver Justin Jefferson. He surrendered receptions on all five, give gave up only 32 yards, 6.4 yards per catch.
- Linebacker Jarrad Davis (44.2) did not grade well in place of Micah McFadden, who was inactive. Coach Brian Daboll was non-committal Monday on whether Davis would continue in the starting role Saturday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Read the snap counts and make your own decisions what, if anything, they mean. The impressive thing to me is that defensive coordinator Wink Martindale ending up using 22 defensive players, a number I find pretty astounding.