DeVito Struggles as Saints Dominate
The Giants entered the game with a three-game winning streak and hopes of staying alive in the NFC playoff race. However, their star quarterback DeVito couldn’t find his rhythm against the formidable Saints defense. With no touchdowns and 177 passing yards on a 20-for-34 completion rate, DeVito couldn’t lead his team to the end zone. The Saints’ defense sacked him seven times, taking advantage of a struggling offensive line.
Carr Shines for Saints
In contrast, Saints’ quarterback Derek Carr had a stellar performance, going 23-of-28 for 218 yards and three touchdowns. Carr’s efficient game was a long-awaited moment for Saints fans. Despite missing wide receiver Chris Olave, Carr found success with running back Alvin Kamara as his top receiver and rusher. Kamara’s 66 rushing yards and 44 receiving yards led the Saints in both categories. Nevertheless, it was New Jersey native Keith Kirkwood who scored the first touchdown for New Orleans on a seven-yard catch.
Saints Secure Victory with Strong Second Half
Although the score was close at halftime, with the Saints leading 7-6, they quickly took control in the second half. Carr orchestrated a scoring drive, connecting with tight end Juwan Johnson for a 23-yard touchdown pass. The Saints continued to build on their lead with a 50-yard field goal by Billy Grupe and a play-action pass to veteran tight end Jimmy Graham, extending Graham’s scoring streak to three games.
Giant’s Playoff Hopes Diminish
With the Giants’ loss and a 5-9 record, their chances of making the playoffs have significantly diminished. The return of tight end Darren Waller from injury provided some consolation, as he contributed four catches for 40 yards. However, the reality remains that the Giants’ playoff hopes are fading fast.
Next Week’s Challenges
As the Giants prepare to face the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16, their playoff aspirations hang in the balance. Meanwhile, the Saints face a short week as they gear up to take on the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night.