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It is suddenly fashionable to use the ‘p word’ — playoffs — around the New York Giants. Once 2-8 and looking as though they were playing out the string in a lost season, the Giants have suddenly moved within one game of a playoff spot in the NFC after Monday’s 24-22 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
The Giants, perhaps significantly, now own a win over the Packers and have upcoming games with the Saints and Rams. They travel to New Orleans on Sunday.
Quarterback Tommy Devito said the Giants are well aware of their circumstances.
“I mean [Saquon Barkley] said it the other day, I mean everything we want is in front of us, but at the end of the day it’s 1-0 each week,” Devito said. “Obviously that sounds like a very coach’s thing to say, like 1-0, only focus on the week, but that’s truly what it is because if you look too far ahead, you’ll get got and we’re just continuing day in and day out staying through this process.”
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But the Giants' hometown hero wasn't fazed at all. DeVito, in just his fourth NFL start and sixth appearance, just calmly gathered his offense on the sidelines and told them what to do.
"He just gave a quick pep talk," receiver Isaiah Hodgins said. "'Hey, everyone keep your composure. Lock in. Let's go win this game.'"
- First undrafted rookie QB in NFL history to win three straight starts without an interception
- First undrafted rookie QB in NFL history with a 100+ passer rating in three straight starts
- Most rushing yards by an undrafted rookie QB in a game (71) since 1970
- First Giants QB to win three straight starts with a 100+ rating and zero INTs since Fran Tarkenton in 1970
DeVito’s historic game
Since QB starts were first tracked in 1950, only one NFL starting QB has completed 80% of his passes, rushed for 70+ yards, committed no turnovers and taken no sacks in a game.— OptaSTATS (@OptaSTATS) December 12, 2023
That one QB was the @Giants' Tommy DeVito tonight. pic.twitter.com/lYjeTPwHZg
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After getting sacked 20 times in his first three starts, DeVito and the Giants came up with a better plan for him to stay afoot. It worked beautifully, as DeVito wasn’t sacked once on Monday. He also didn’t throw an interception for a third straight game. He finished 17-of-21 passing for 158 yards with a gorgeous touchdown pass to Isaiah Hodgins on a broken play.
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The Giants ended a nine-game losing streak in home night games and won a primetime game in MetLife Stadium for the first time in exactly seven years. Their last such victory was on Dec. 11, 2016, 10-7 against Dallas. The Giants improved to 1-4 in primetime games this season. They had been 1-16 in their previous 17 regular-season night games. The Giants improved to 16-47-1 on Monday night, including 10-15 at home.
“Hey Aikman tell us you don’t like your job without telling us you don’t like your job,” Lawrence Tynes wrote on X during the game. “Never heard a more miserable person call a game.”
Giants’ Tommy DeVito among NFL's Rookie of the Week nominees after late-game heroics against Packers | SNY.tv
This is DeVito’s second time nominated for the award. He was voted as the Rookie of the Week back in Week 11 following his first career win over the Commanders. Wide receiver Jalin Hyatt took home the honors a week later after his strong performance against the Patriots.
CB Deonte Banks Overall Rookie Grade: 51.1 (Rank: 17/19) Week 14 Grade: 68.0
Banks allowed only 40 receiving yards on 10 targets into his coverage, including making one sensational pass breakup. He also made a season-high nine tackles.
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Like most everybody else, Stellato seems to be relishing the attention, even if some of the internet jokes and memes are with him while others are against him. That doesn’t bother him.
“Not at all. My entire life I’ve been the underdog. I’ve been told I’m too small, short, not smart enough,” Stellato said. “I honestly love it. I love when people try to be judgmental instead of curious. It’s more fuel to the fire. I walk in humility. Actions speak louder than words.”
Tommy DeVito's agent Sean Stellato refutes Eli Manning's claim about 'slimy' nickname | CBSSports.com
During the "Manningcast," Eli Manning said he had been told by someone that Stellato's nickname in college was "Slimy." On Tuesday morning, Stellato went on "Boomer and Gio" to refute that claim.
"Never heard that nickname in my life," Stellato said.
This week’s opponent
"It'll be extremely, extremely important if we take care of business this week against the Giants," said Coach Dennis Allen. "The margin for error is extremely small right now, and we need to make sure we're taking advantage of every opportunity. So we need to focus in on the Giants and trying to get a win against those guys this week."
New Orleans intends to sign James Robinson, beating out Jerrion Ealy, John Lovett and Ty Montgomery. He split last season between the Jaguars and Jets and was with both the Patriots and Giants this offseason.
The unsung hero of the Carolina game was the Saints’ secondary. The unit seems to be adjusting well without star cornerback Marshon Lattimore, forcing eight pass breakups. Although Bryce Young struggled throughout the contest, the New Orleans secondary made his life a living hell. Isaac Yiadom had a stellar performance with three deflections while rookie safety Jordan Howden led the team in tackles (10).
Pick No. 29, DI Bryan Bresee. Overall Rookie Grade: 46.6 (Rank: 11/12) Week 14 Grade: 57.2
Bresee had his best day as a pass-rusher against Carolina, generating seven pressures and a career-best 79.2 pass-rush grade. Bresee’s quickness and hand usage were a nightmare for Carolina’s interior linemen. Although he was the Saints’ best pass-rusher, he was also their lowest-graded run defender. Bresee was pushed out of his gap a couple of times and missed a tackle on Chuba Hubbard.
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