Giants win in OT, knock Lions out of playoffs

Steve Weatherford and Josh Brown

The New York Giants eliminated the Detroit Lions from the playoffs after winning 23-20 in overtime in Week 16.

This past Sunday the New York Giants put on a much improved performance following last week's debaucle against the Seattle Seahawks. They upset the Detroit Lions in the Motor City and snapped a three-game losing streak.

"I was pleased with the effort and I was pleased with the focus and the resiliency and the idea, which we stressed all last week, about team and being as strong as our weakest link," noted head coach Tom Coughlin.

Although Detroit had good numbers, New York's ability to play in a much more focused state than against Seattle contributed to the win.

"Detroit had time of possession and the numbers, except we were plus-one in the turnover category," mentioned Coughlin. "We shouldn't have had either one of the two turnovers that we had. Nevertheless, we were able to overcome them."

Heading into Week 16, no one expected the Giants to stand a chance against the Lions on the heels of a "pathetic performance" just the week prior. Even so, the offense had less turnovers and more completions this time around.

"I thought Eli really competed well and focused and I thought that our guys battled," stated Coughlin. " We certainly had our share of non-plays offensively."

The Giants defense gave up more yardage than anticipated after putting up resistance to Seattle last week, but was able to hold the Lions when needed as well as get a crucial interception toward the end of the game to help seal the victory.

"I really did believe we were going to go down and finish the game off right," admitted Coughlin. "It's a game where we're really happy to have won against a team in playoff contention. I think we played together as a team last night and we played hard."

The Giants will play their final game of the season next Sunday at 1PM EST against the Washington Redskins.

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