Detroit Lions slay the New York Giants, 24-10
In front of a primetime audience on Monday Night Football, the Detroit Lions were able to record a solid win over the New York Giants at home.
The Detroit Lions have now started the NFL regular season with two back-to-back victories, as they defeated the New York Giants at home, 24-10, Monday night. The Lions get the “W” despite quarterback Matthew Stafford throwing for less than 125 yards in the contest.
Stafford stayed clean, completing 15 of his only 21 passes against the Giants highly-touted defense. The highest paid player in the league threw for 122 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Former first round selection, tight end Eric Ebron, was Stafford’s favorite target on the night. Ebron recorded five catches for 42 yards and a score. Marvin Jones Jr. also had one long 27-yard touchdown reception.
The Lions committed to running the ball in this contest. Starting running back Ameer Abdullah bounced back from his poor Week One performance against the Arizona Cardinals to rush for 86 yards on 17 carries. Detroit ran the ball 32 times as apposed to their 21 passing attempts against New York.
Defensively, the night belong to Lions’ pass rusher Ziggy Ansah, who despite dealing with a knee injury that made him questionable for this matchup, recorded 3.0 sacks in this contest. Also recording sacks against the G-Men were Detroit rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.
Both cornerback Darius Slay and linebacker Tahir Whitehead posted eight total tackles each, co-leading the team in that category. Whitehead also had an interception in this game.
Special teams also played a key part in this win, highlighted by a 88-yard punt return by cornerback Jamal Agnew late in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory for the Motor City.
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Next up for the 2-0 Detroit Lions is a showdown with the 2-0 Atlanta Falcons, who participated in the Super Bowl last season. They’ll meet at Ford Field on Sunday, September 24th at 1:00 p.m. EDT.