The Lions now have the second-best record in the National Football Conference, holding a two-game lead over the second-place Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North.
Immediately after New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins took a knee to the back during the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, there was a sense of panic.
With just three games left in the regular season, both the Detroit Lions and New York Giants appear to be well on their way to the NFL Playoffs.
The Giants have scored 14 points (in a losing effort to the Steelers) and 10 points (in the win over Dallas) in the last two weeks and are still waiting for that breakout game on offense where they top 30 points for the first time this season. They will play the Dallas Cowboys Monday, december 26, then close out against the Pakckers on January 1, 2017.
However, it was the Giants' superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr who stole the headlines with a magnificent one-handed grab late in the fourth quarter. 9-4 is a solid place to be with three games remaining on the schedule, but a postseason berth has yet to be secured.
Including their 10-7 victory vs. Dallas last week, the Giants have won consecutive games in which they allowed no more than seven points in either game for the first time since October 21 and 27, 2013, when they defeated Minnesota, 23-7, and Philadelphia, 15-7.
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According to the Daily Mail , Chelsea are interested in signing Verratti in the January transfer window. "He is very important". Chelsea are reportedly confident of sealing a deal for PSG midfielder Marco Verratti despite seeing a £30 million bid rejected.
Depending on the result of that game and others around the league, Jenkins could conceivably sit out the finale against Washington on January 1, too.
"They're playing for a lot, we're playing for a lot", said Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who will be playing with an injured middle finger on his throwing hand.
The touchdown gave the Giants their first points of the second half, and gave them a key two-score lead, 16-7. Lead back Theo Riddick is doubtful for Sunday's game and they will likely use a committee. It was only a 4-yard play, but 2 and 10 vs. 2 and 6 might change the way the next play is called.
Detroit (9-5) was finally brought back to reality after a sobering 17-6 loss to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. He finished 24 of 39 for 274 yards and an interception, finding Golden Tate eight times for 122 yards.
"I got to play better", Manning said. Manning completed his first 11 passes of the game, including a short touchdown to Sterling Shepard from six yards out to get the scoring started.