Williams leads Lions to 3rd straight win, 31-18 over Giants

Nov 19, 2022, 11:23 PM | Updated: Nov 20, 2022, 3:02 pm
New York Giants cornerback Jason Pinnock (27) kneels on the field after an apparent injury during t...

New York Giants cornerback Jason Pinnock (27) kneels on the field after an apparent injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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              New York Giants cornerback Jason Pinnock (27) kneels on the field after an apparent injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) and New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) meet on the field after an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Munson)
            
              New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll, right, and Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell, left, meet on the field after an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Munson)
            
              New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) is sacked by Detroit Lions linebacker Austin Bryant (2) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Munson)
            
              Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift (32) runs in a touchdown against New York Giants linebacker Tae Crowder (48) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              New York Giants running back Matt Breida (31) dives in for a touchdown against Detroit Lions linebacker Austin Bryant (2) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Munson)
            
              New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) runs the ball against Detroit Lions cornerback Jerry Jacobs (39) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) passes under pressure from New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Detroit Lions running back Justin Jackson (42) runs the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (30) scores a touchdown against New York Giants safety Julian Love (20) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (30) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Detroit Lions safety Kerby Joseph (31) runs back an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll works the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (14) runs the ball against New York Giants linebacker Jaylon Smith (54) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) passes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (30) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Munson)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — While the Detroit Lions are starting to find their way under second-year coach Dan Campbell, the New York Giants looked lost for the first time this season under first-year coach Brian Daboll.

Jamaal Williams ran for a career-high three touchdowns and the Lions stunned the New York Giants 31-18 Sunday, posting consecutive roads wins and their first three-game winning streak since November 2017.

“Everything that we said we had to do and needed to do to beat this team, we did that for almost all of the game,” Campbell said. “There were a couple of spots in there. These guys are playing their (butts) off and they’re starting to figure out a way to win.”

The Lions (4-6) now already have one more victory than they did last season, when they went 3-13-1.

Williams ran for a 4-yard TD and two 1-yard scores, the much-maligned run defense shut down NFL leading rusher Saquon Barkley and forced three turnovers on a cold, blustery afternoon at MetLife Stadium.

Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft in April, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble to help set up 14 points. Jared Goff and the Lions’ offense didn’t have a turnover for the second straight game.

“It just wasn’t good enough today,” Daboll said. “Again, it’s hard to overcome three turnovers.”

Michael Badgley added a 24-yard field goal for Detroit (4-6), which until beating Chicago 31-30 last week had not won a road game under Campbell.

The mistake-prone Giants (7-3) got 3-yard touchdown runs by Daniel Jones and Matt Breida. Jones also threw a meaningless late TD to Richie James but also was intercepted twice, his first picks since Week 3.

Jones’ touchdown run gave the Giants a 6-3 lead late in the first quarter and New York was still in front with a little more than six minutes left in the half when Hutchinson changed the momentum.

Jones (27 of 44 for 341) dropped back to pass on a second-and-6 at his own 31. He didn’t see Hutchinson drop back in coverage and the big man made his second interception of the season at the 37 and returned it 19 yards to the 19. Williams scored three plays later and the Lions led 10-6 and never trailed again.

Jones said he never saw Hutchinson drop back, and said it was simply a good play by the Lions rookie.

“That was the play that we needed at that moment,” Campbell said. “Look, this is why they’ve (the Giants) won. They play the long game, they play smart football and they wait for the opponent to beat ’em and they capitalize on a mistake.

“We were able to play that game today ourselves.”

Goff finished 17 of 26 for 165 yards with Amon-Ra St. Brown catching seven passes for 76 yards. The Lions gained 163 yards rushing, led by Justin Jackson (66) and Williams (64).

“He’s our horse,” Goff said of Williams, who has 12 rushing touchdowns this season. “Anytime we get down there, tight in the red zone, it feels automatic with him at times. As a quarterback, sometimes you want to throw them in, but Jamaal is automatic.”

Barkley finished with 22 yards on 15 carries. Jones led New York with 50 yards on seven carries.

“I think we’re all pretty disappointed with our effort today and how we played,” Jones said, “and we’re not up to our standard to, you know, what we’re capable of doing.”

INJURIES

Lions: C Evan Brown (left ankle) and CB Jeff Okudah (concussion) left the game.

Giants: RT Tyre Phillips (neck), CB Adoree Jackson (knee), CB Fabian Moreau (rib), S Jason Pinnock (jaw), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) and C Jon Feliciano (neck) were all knocked out of the game.

UP NEXT

Lions: Host Buffalo in their annual Thanksgiving game.

Giants: Travel to Dallas for a rare Thanksgiving game for New York.

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