Lions vs. Giants final score: Detroit’s win streak moves to 3 with statement win over New York
Snapping the Detroit Lions’ two-game winning streak in Week 11 will be easy. Not only did they barely pass in both games, but those wins came against the lowly Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.
But the Lions made a big statement on Sunday. Heading into New York for a contest against the surprisingly 7-2 Giants, Detroit dominated every aspect of the game. On offense, the Lions tallied over 150 yards on the ground and found the end zone four times. On defense, they forced a normal-sounding Giants offense into three turnovers.
In the end, the final score of 31-18 was not indicative of the true competitiveness of the game. Detroit took an 18-point lead into the fourth quarter and never got closer than that.
Detroit has now won three in a row and at 4-6, it’s close to being socially acceptable to talk about being in the playoff race. A big opportunity awaits against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, but for now enjoy the win.
Here’s how it all happened.
The Lions won the toss and went behind, giving the Giants the ball first. Detroit’s defense had a quick opportunity to get down the field on third-and-7, and Aleem McNeil burst up the middle of the line for a sack and a quick three-and-out.
The Lions’ offense had a first down and then moved the sticks on a rough pass after failing to convert on third down. A fumble by Jared Goff picked up the ensuing third down, pushing Detroit into field goal territory. Detroit drove down inside the Giants’ 10-yard line, but on fourth-and-2, Dan Campbell opted to kick a field goal. 3-0 Lions.
The Giants’ offense continued in a no-huddle and found themselves on fourth-and-1 at midfield. New York converted on a jet sweep, setting up a first down at Detroit’s 44-yard line.
On the next set of downs, Campbell made an interesting decision to decline a holding penalty, giving the Giants a third-and-8 instead of a second-and-19. New York finishes the conversion, and eventually moves it inside the Lions’ 10-yard line. A few plays later, Giants quarterback Daniel Jones danced into the end zone on a planned run, giving New York 6-3 Giants lead after a missed extra point (deflected by John Kominsky).
Detroit’s offense looked like they were going to a quick three-and-out when their first down quick screen was blown up for a 3-yard loss. But Califf Raymond caught a third-and-long screen, got to his feet and scrambled for a first down. Lions starting right guard Evan Brown was injured in the game, replaced by Dan Skipper. Brown was officially listed as questionable to return with an ankle injury. He was brought down in the second half.
After a Jared Goff misfire and a 1-yard run from Williams, Detroit faced a third-and-9 in the second quarter.
In the second quarter
Goff scrambled for a first down, but it was called back on a holding penalty by Penny Sewell. A personal foul on Jonah Jackson pushed the Lions further back, eventually leading to a punt.
Detroit continued to bottle up Saquon Barkley—he had just 11 yards on his first eight carries—but Jones was proving to be the biggest threat with both his legs and arm. Jones picked up 9 yards on one run and 7 yards on third-and-3. He filled Kenny Golladay to get the Giants out on second-and-long. Detroit eventually got a stop, though, after the coverage got away from Jones. The Giants punted Raymond with a fair catch at his own 8-yard line.
On that drive, Jeff Okudah left the game with an injury and He was declared out immediately after leaving the rest of the game As he enters concussion protocol.
Detroit’s offense answered with a three-and-out after a couple of critical errors by De’Andre Swift. On second down, he caught a pass and had enough yardage for a first down, but he fumbled and lost an additional 2 yards. They give him the ball on a sweep play on third-and-1, but Swift takes too long to cut upfield and comes up short by 2 yards.
But rookie Aidan Hutchinson got the Lions offense going in a hurry with this impressive finger block:
A few plays later, Jamaal Williams punched the Lions 10-6 Lions leadership
Although New York was able to move the ball to midfield on the next drive, Jerry Jacobs picked up a great third and 5 stop with tight coverage. A fumbled punt at the 32-yard line with just over two minutes left gave Detroit the ball back.
A nice play-action shot found Ammon-Ra St. Brown open for a 32-yard gain, and after a 15-yard run from Williams, the Lions moved into the red zone. A block back by Sewell pushed them back, but St. Brown quickly took it back 15 yards and Brock Wright caught a clutch third-and-2 pass that got Detroit to the 1-yard line. Williams punched it in for his second of the game—and his 11th of the season 17-6 Lions.
Cornerback Jerry Jacobs returned the ensuing kick but left under his own power and would return for the second half.
With 44 seconds left and no timeouts, the Giants tried to cut into Detroit’s lead. A big 19-yard pass play on third-and-10 gave them a chance, but they were eventually sacked, ending the half.
Justin Jackson got the Lions off to a great start in the second half with a kick at the 44-yard line. Detroit missed a big play after fullback Jason Cabinda dropped a pass that could have gone for at least 15 yards. But Goff converted a third-and-9 with a 13-yard pass to Tom Kennedy. Then the game of Lions Run started. Jackson picked up 10 yards and Swift followed with 16 yards of his own. St. Brown drove them down to the 1-yard line, and it was Jamal Williams’ time again, for a big opening drive. 24-6 Lions.
The Giants offense tried to respond early on third-and-4 after completing a 24-yard pass to Darius Slayton. But on the ensuing fourth-and-5, New York went for it and Jones threw it straight to Lions rookie safety Kirby Joseph, who picked it off and returned it to the Giants’ 41-yard line.
Detroit couldn’t capitalize on the ensuing possession, but a nice Jack Fox punt pinned the Giants at their own 7-yard line.
Jones gave the Giants a dig with an 18-yard pass to Slayton. But three straight incompletions at midfield forced another Giants punt, and the Lions would start their next drive at their own 9-yard line with three minutes left in the third quarter.
But Detroit went three-and-out again, returning the ball to the Giants’ own 33-yard line with just over a minute remaining. The Lions had a chance to get an early dagger on fourth-and-1, but Jones picked up 15 yards over the QB keeper.
In the fourth quarter
Jones quickly drove the Giants inside the 10-yard line with some throws over the middle and another QB keeper. And Matt Breida punched it in from the 3-yard line to make it 24-12 Lions Only two minutes into the quarter. Additional points bounce off the steep.
Detroit avoided another three-and-out with a nice play-action pass to Califf Raymond for 21 yards, moving the Lions to midfield. On the ensuing third-and-7, Goff scrambled and found St. Brown for a crucial 17-yard pickup. But Detroit’s offense stopped there, and instead of attempting a 52-yard field goal in windy conditions, the Lions called a delay of game penalty. Fox sent it through the end zone for a touchback.
The Giants, down 12, scored twice with 8:45 left and mounted another comeback. And though Jones made the clutch conversion on third-and-15, Will Harris made a huge hit on Isaiah Hodgins and knocked the ball loose, with Hutchinson returning a fumble at the Giants’ 33-yard line.
Jackson made sure the turnover wasn’t wasted as the Lions’ third-string back broke off an impressive 27-yard run to the Giants’ 2-yard line. Although Swift was initially stopped for a 2-yard loss, he punched it in from 4 yards out on the next play. 31-12 Lions 6:10 left.
Jones quickly drove the Giants down the field and shut down the Lions’ coverage. Richie James scored, and New York went up by two, but it was no good after a wide-open drop. left score 31-18 Lions 4:20 left.
St. Brown recovers Giants’ onside kick attempt. A few first downs from the Lions offense put the game away for good.
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