Dissecting Crucial Matchups in New York Giants' Week 16 Game with Detroit Lions

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Dissecting Crucial Matchups in New York Giants' Week 16 Game with Detroit Lions
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Eli Manning hopes that a certain Lions defender doesn't spend Sunday afternoon in the Giants backfield.

The New York Giants may not be competing for a playoff spot in Week 16, but the situation is quite different for their opponent, the Detroit Lions.

After a heartbreaking loss on Monday night to the Baltimore Ravens, the Lions need to beat Big Blue at home on Sunday afternoon, or they will be eliminated from the playoffs. 

The individual matchups should be crucial in a contest where the Lions are in a must-win situation, while the Giants look to play spoiler one week after getting embarrassed in a shutout home loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Who will be responsible for neutralizing Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, arguably the premier player at his position in the NFL, is one matchup that will be analyzed. Which other key players are involved in individual battles that will help decide this game?

Find out in the following slides—compiled in ascending order, from the matchup that is least crucial among the group to the one that is most important.

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