The Detroit Lions are clinging to a one-game lead in the NFC North after losing on the road to the New York Giants, 17-6 on Sunday.
The Detroit Lions (9-5) lost 17-6 to the New York Giants (10-5) on Sunday, ending a five-game winning streak and seeing their NFC North lead shrink to one game over the Green Bay Packers.
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The Giants took the ball first and drove 75 yards in ten plays, Sterling Shepard scoring on a six-yard pass from Eli Manning to give New York the early lead. The teams traded punts before the Lions got on the board with a 48-yard Matt Prater field goal early in the second quarter.
The Lions had an opportunity to cut into the lead further after a 67-yard pass from Matthew Stafford to Golden Tate put the Lions in the Giants’ redzone, but a Zach Zenner fumble on the next play was recovered by the Giants and New York turned the turnover into a 47-yard Robbie Gould field goal, extending their lead to 10-3 at halftime.
The Lions received the second half kickoff and drove 45 yards in 12 plays, a 33-yard Prater field goal cutting the Giants’ lead to four. For the next quarter of play, both offenses stalled and the teams punted the ball back and forth before the Giants’ offense woke up, driving 71 yards in eight plays, Odell Beckham scoring on a four-yard pass from Manning to put the Giants ahead 17-6 with 5:47 left. Detroit tried to launch a late drive, but Stafford was intercepted in the endzone by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and the Giants sealed a 17-6 win.