Halftime analysis: Jeff Okudah, Josh Paschal leading huge Lions defensive effort
And they have their defense -- yes, their defense -- to thank for their 6-3 halftime lead here at AT@T Stadium. What a finish to a great half from a defense that absolutely needed it. Don’t overlook the changes up front either, where the Lions sat down struggling captain Michael Brockers in favor of younger players like John Cominksy and Josh Paschal. And in Cominsky’s return to the field, Hutchinson immediately delivered a third-down sack on his first drive of the game. It’ll be interesting to see how the second half plays out, now that Dallas better understands what Detroit is trying to do with Paschal in that new-look front.mlive.com
Murray returns from ankle injury, can't rally Cardinals
Left tackle Justin Herron left with an ankle injury. — Browns defensive end Olivier Vernon suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. — Lions offensive linemen Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Jonah Jackson left with concussions and defensive tackle Nick Williams injured an ankle vs. Minnesota. — Giants linebacker Blake Martinez left briefly after appearing to injure his left ankle or foot in the third quarter. — Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson (wrist) and cornerback Greg Martin (hamstring) left the game.
Giants outlast Cowboys, lose division hours later to WSH
New York’s postseason chances hinged on Philadelphia beating Washington later Sunday, but the Eagles flopped in a 20-14 loss. Hardly how first-year coach Joe Judge planned it, but there were no complaints about extending the season for at least a few more hours. Limited to 26 points over its previous three games, the Giants’ 31st-ranked offense busted out with 239 yards and 20 points in the first half. Giants: Williams had seven tackles, three sacks and hit the quarterback five times. Giants: LB Blake Martinez left the game briefly after appearing to injure his left ankle or foot in the third quarter.