The 23-20 overtime loss officially eliminated the Lions from the NFC North division race, dropping Detroit to 7-8. The Giants improved to 6-9 with the road win.
With nothing to play for other than pride, it will be very interesting to see what sort of effort Detroit brings to the final game at the Metrodome.
A few quick notes about the grading criteria:
- Grades are scaled to player expectations. For example, Devin Taylor recording a sack and a tackle for loss will rate higher than Ndamukong Suh doing those same things.
- Impact plays weigh heavily, both positive and negative. Touchdowns, key stops on third downs, contested catches to extend drives and forced turnovers are huge positives.
- Penalties automatically cost a half-grade, unless the infraction is a clear fabrication on the part of the officiating crew. It's surprising and disturbing how frequently that seems to happen.
- These are derived from game notes taken during live action and without the benefit of All-22 access.
*All statistics are courtesy of NFL.com unless otherwise noted.