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The Packers were able to score a late go-ahead touchdown, but an ill-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.
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.
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“Obviously, the goal is to make the playoffs, make a push, but I feel like if you play for each other, that’s going to knock away any other distraction,’’ cornerback Adoree’ Jackson said. “You keep the main thing the main thing. I think at this time, [former Titans defensive coordinator] Dick LeBeau, my coach my rookie year, would always say, ‘My fear that I had was not around any opponent, it was letting my brothers down.’ I feel like you have that mantra, like, ‘OK, I want to play for my brother, I don’t want him to be disappointed,’ because we all hold each other accountable.
Playoff talk is officially allowed
Kayvon Thibodeaux was asked about the Giants' playoff chances:— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) December 12, 2023
"I don't know how the statistics and stuff work, but I think we are. I hope we are... one game out. We got to keep doing it" pic.twitter.com/6xxrOxKucC
Going into the Monday night game, Barkley has 4,946 career rushing yards and needs 54 to become the fifth player to reach 5,000 in a Giants uniform. Brandon Jacobs is fourth on the franchise’s career list with 5,087 yards, and Joe Morris is third with 5,296.
Barkley has 1,988 receiving yards and can become the fourth Giants player with 5,000 rushing yards and 2,000 receiving yards, joining Tiki Barber, Alex Webster and Hall of Famer Frank Gifford.
Finally, Barkley is on track to be the ninth player in Giants history with 7,000 total yards. He enters the game with 6,924. Ahmad Bradshaw is directly ahead of him with 7,168.
A very relieved Saquon Barkley
"The player that I know I am and I want to be, I can't let that happen. I also that happens to great players in the league and I want to be a great player in this league. It's about how you respond and I got to respond."— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) December 12, 2023
- Saquon Barkley on the ball that he let get free pic.twitter.com/IyaEZQM2Jl
“It’s unimaginable,” said Tom DeVito, a local plumber who services towns near MetLife Stadium. “You can’t even wrap your head around it. ... You can’t even dream this up, let alone have it.
“I keep asking my friends, ‘Am I dead? Are you not telling me that I’m dead?’ Because I can’t wrap my head around this support, the outpour of love. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The winning drive
Gary and DeVito crossed paths in high school once in 2015, and the meeting is one DeVito would rather forget even though that was the season in which he later led Don Bosco to its State championship victory over St. Joseph at MetLife Stadium.
DeVito threw a pair of touchdowns and Don Bosco was five seconds from victory when Paramus Catholic completed a 35-yard miracle touchdown pass as time expired to claim a 16-13 win over the Ironmen.
Tommy Devito & Brian Daboll ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ttis5s2qgH— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) December 12, 2023
Giants QB Tommy DeVito’s dad tells his son: ‘Rally the troops!’ From tailgating to a fairy-tale finish | NJ.com
“I’m going to tell him, ‘You gotta rally your troops,’” Tom DeVito said before the game. “Every week it’s different, you know? This is ‘Rally the troops. It’s Monday night. You guys haven’t played well in prime time and this is your chance for redemption, the whole team.’
“They haven’t played well on Monday night, or any prime-time game as of late. So enough is enough. … If you’re the leader, you gotta motivate them. I saw Saquon’s been firing up the troops … attitude is everything in this game ‘cause everybody’s pretty good.”
America meets Tommy DeVito, quarterback of the New York Football Giants, along with his parents and family and Jersey friends in the MetLife Stadium stands, along with his popular hand gesture should he throw a touchdown pass against the Packers.
“The underdog needs a shot,” Al Lombardi was saying, “ ’Cause a lot of kids get overlooked. He was one of ’em. It’s a great opportunity. It sends a message to a lot of kids: Don’t stop. Keep going.”
The scene in the parking lot before the game
Tommy DeVito's family tailgate before tonight's game handing out chicken cutlets pic.twitter.com/tfl6cYeadQ— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) December 11, 2023
Special teams giveth, special teams taketh away for the Giants against the Packers. That doesn’t mean it all equals out in the end, however.
Giants WR Jalin Hyatt is learning to play faster, a scary proposition for NFL defenses | The Athletic
“Your best players are your best players because they’re consistent in what they do,” Hyatt said. “That’s what I’m trying to get to — being consistent, going out there and actually doing what I do every game, not just one game and the next game I’m off and then I’m back again. I feel like consistency is the biggest thing, and that’s what I’m working toward.”
Giants teammates fired up over disrespect for Dexter Lawrence in early Pro Bowl voting: 'Insane’ | New York Daily News
“I let my film talk,” Lawrence said, mixing a laugh with a grimace. “People feel me.”
5. New York Giants
Fit: The Jayden Daniels conversation has become a muddy one over the last few weeks. Since being announced as the Heisman winner on Dec. 9, the opinions on Daniels and his 2024 NFL Draft stock are all over the place. Daniels makes a ton of sense for Brian Daboll and the New York Giants offense, and he has pulled away from the others in the QB3 race.
This week’s opponent
New Orleans Saints break three-game losing streak, pull into three-way tie for first in NFC South | NewOrleansSaints.com
The New Orleans Saints ended a three-game losing streak Sunday with a 28-6 victory over Carolina at the Caesars Superdome, and climbed back into a first-place tie with Tampa Bay and Atlanta in the NFC South Division.
Despite the fact that New Orleans (6-7) lost its first matchup against each of those division rivals, there remains another head-to-head game with each which gives the Saints a large say in what their future holds.
Derek Carr barely managed to outperform Bryce Young in what was his second game in the last four with fewer than 120 yards. Carr completed just 18 of 26 passes and averaged 4.6 yards per completion. He did play through injury but still had another incredibly slow start. If the Saints were playing any other team, they would have lost because of this, but thankfully they were playing the worst team in the league.
Multiple New Orleans cornerbacks have had outstanding games this season, and this week it was former Giant Isaac Yiadom‘s turn. The Boston College product was thrown at six times and didn’t allow a single catch, forcing three of the incompletions directly. Yiadom spent most of his time in aggressive man coverage and made it count.
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