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Derek Carr and Darren Waller watch Week 15: Carr beats Waller, improves Saints’ playoff hopes

Carr spoils Waller’s return to the field

New York Giants v New Orleans Saints
Derek Carr
Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

After missing several weeks on injured reserve, Darren Waller returned to the field this Sunday and faced his former teammate with the Las Vegas Raiders, Derek Carr. So, that makes this week’s check-in a two-for-one as Carr spoiled Waller’s return with the New Orleans Saints beating the New York Giants 24-6.

Derek Carr

  • Stats: 23/28, 218 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs

This was a much better performance from Carr as he tossed three touchdown passes in a single game for the first time this season. That’s also just his fifth multi-touchdown performance in 2023.

Carr was very efficient on the day, especially in the red zone where the Saints were two-for-two in converting opportunities into seven points and both scores came from his passes. The team is still undoubtedly led by its defense, but the quarterback and the offense were just good enough to get a crucial ‘W’ on Sunday.

NFC South Standings

  1. Tampa Bay 7-7
  2. New Orleans 7-7
  3. Atlanta 6-8 (1 GB)
  4. Carolina 2-12 (5 GB)

The Buccaneers currently have the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Saints, but that could change soon as they’re playing each other in Week 17. New Orleans also has a shot at earning a wild card spot. Los Angeles and Minnesota currently hold the sixth and seventh seeds and also sit at 7-7, and the Rams host the Saints on Thursday Night Football this week. The Seahawks can also pull into the group of 7-7 teams with a win tonight on Monday Night Football.

Darren Waller

The Giants' offense struggled to get anything going as they had 193 total yards and Tommy DeVito was sacked seven times. So, while Waller’s stat line was underwhelming, he was New York’s second-leading receiver and had one of the team’s most explosive plays of the game with the 29-yard catch below.

NFC East Standings

  1. Philadelphia* 10-3
  2. Dallas 10-4 (0.5 GB)
  3. New York 5-9 (5.5 GB)
  4. Washington 4-10 (6.5 GB)

*The Eagles play the Seahawks tonight

The Giants are and have been out of the playoffs for a while now. They’re technically not eliminated, but it would take a massive miracle for them to make the postseason.