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Giants news, 12/12: DeVito leads Giants to comeback win, Saquon Barkley, Jalin Hyatt, more headlines

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Giants-Packers final score: Giants win, 24-22

The New York Giants stunned the Green Bay Packers 24-22 on Monday Night Football. The game 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 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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Giants’ cohesiveness will be tested with only long-shot hope | New York Post

“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

Saquon Barkley approaches ‘special’ milestones | Giants.com

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

Does Tommy DeVito have a future with the Giants? | ESPN

“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

Rashan Gary: NJ homecoming in Packers vs. Giants, Tommy DeVito | The Record

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.

Jump Around

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.”

Cutlet mania taking over local delis as Tommy DeVito gets set for primetime | New York Post

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

Giants’ special teams had woeful night before Randy Bullock’s game-winner | New York Post

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.”

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Latest First-Round Predictions After Week 14 | The 33rd Team

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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.

The good, the bad, and the ugly from the Saints’ win against the Panthers | Canal Street Chronicles

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.

NFL Week 14 Game Recap: New Orleans Saints 28, Carolina Panthers 6 | PFF

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.

Around the league

Andy Reid: Kadarius Toney didn’t check alignment with official before offside flag | Pro Football Talk

NFL to review Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid’s postgame comments about officiating in Bills-Chiefs game | CBSSports.com

Another screwup by Chiefs’ Kadarius Toney is revealed (on the same play!) | NJ.com

Jalen Hurts on Eagles’ back-to-back blowout losses: ‘It’s something that we’re going through, not necessarily stuck in’ | NFL.com

Fletcher Cox issues challenge to Eagles: Time to find out ‘who the dudes are’ | CBSSports.com

The warning signs are clear in Philadelphia; The Eagles just need to heed them | FOX Sports

A statistical review of NFL Week 14: Dallas Cowboys unfazed by the Philadelphia Eagles on SNF | PFF

Was loss to Saints 'rock-bottom' for Bryce Young, Panthers? | ESPN.com

Pete Carroll calls out players, including Jamal Adams: They know they need to play better | Pro Football Talk

Jets HC Robert Saleh: QB Zach Wilson ‘outstanding’ in successful return to starting lineup | NFL.com

Joe Flacco, both Browns starter and on practice squad, talks wild journey | CBSSports.com

Texans QB C.J. Stroud enters concussion protocol after loss vs. Jets | The Athletic

Antonio Pierce “still evaluating” who will start at QB for Raiders on Thursday | Pro Football Talk

Vikings' Kevin O'Connell says Justin Jefferson has 'good chance' to play vs. Bengals; no call on QB | NFL.com

Steelers' Mitch Trubisky to start again; Kenny Pickett still out | ESPN.com

Justin Herbert seeing hand specialists to determine extent of finger injury | CBSSports.com

Broncos guard Quinn Meinerz is ‘going to be fine’ after being hospitalized | The Athletic

What’s Causing the NFL’s QB Injury Crisis? And What Can the League Do to Fix It? | The Ringer

NFL Week 14 Highlights: Notable grades from Sunday's games | PFF

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