Like so many of the Giants’ wins over the last two years, this game was anything but a pretty one. This game was widely expected to be a loss for the Giants, but it wound up coming down to the wire following an unforced Saquon Barkley fumble late in the fourth quarter.
The Packers were able to score a late go-ahead touchdown, but an advised wide receiver run fell came up short on a two point conversion attempt.
A 32-yard throw, catch, and run from Tommy DeVito and Wan’Dale Robinson set the Giants up for the game-winning 36-yard field goal. DeVito went 4 of 4 for 53 yards on the game-winning drive.
Turnovers keep piling up
The Giants have thrived off of turnovers over the last three weeks. They had six against the Washington Commanders, three against the New England Patriots, and another four (three takeaways and a turnover on downs) tonight against the Packers. This game, Kayvon Thibodeaux forced a fumble on a Jordan Love run, Jason Pinnock took advantage of a terrible decision for an interception, and the special teams came up with a muffed punt. They also benefitted from a missed field goal for a turnover on downs.
Not only has the defense has been taking the ball away, that’s put the offense in position to score points. The Giants have come up with a lot of points over that span, while also keeping pressure off of their offense. The Giants came into this game with +126.0 percent win probability average off of opponent mistakes and turnovers. They certainly added to that against Green Bay.
These are two of the youngest teams in the league and it was on display throughout the game. There were plenty of “young player” miscues from both teams, but it’s also remarkable just how heavily these two teams are relying on young players — particularly at the receiver position.
The Packers were relying on second-year Romeo Doubs, as well as rookies Dontayvion Wicks and Jayden Reed. The Giants largely ran their passing offense through Wan’Dale Robinson, Jalin Hyatt, and Daniel Bellinger.
On the defensive side, Kayvon Thibodeaux continues his ascent and any notion of him being a “bust” should be well and truly buried. Likewise, Deonte Banks came up throughout the game, including breaking up a would-be touchdown catch.
- Tommy DeVito - 17 of 21, 158 yards, 1 touchdown, 10 carries, 71 yards
- Saquon Barkley - 20 carries, 86 yards, 2 touchdowns, 3 catches, 15 yards
- Wan’Dale Robinson - 6 catches, 79 yards
- Kayvon Thibodeaux - 8 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass defensed
Kayvon Thibodeaux sack!!! pic.twitter.com/NQfDXy2m3V— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) December 12, 2023
- OT Evan Neal
- WR Parris Campbell
- RB Jashaun Corbin
- OLB Boogie Basham
- S Gervarrius Owens
The Giants have a short turnaround before heading down to Louisiana to play the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Dec. 17. The Saints are 6-7 on the season, but have stumbled in recent weeks. They snapped a three-game losing streak with a 28-6 win over the Carolina Panthers last week, but that game saw Derek Carr throw for just 119 yards.