Week 17 brought very different results for former Las Vegas Raiders Derek Carr and Darren Waller. Carr and the New Orleans Saints pulled off an upset that keeps the Saints’ playoff hopes alive while Waller and the New York Giants are just playing out the rest of the regular season as a formality.
- Game result: 23-13, Saints win
- Stats: 24/32, 192 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
Carr didn’t put up impressive individual numbers but he played pretty well in this one. New Orleans held a 20-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so the Saints didn’t need to throw the ball much in the second half to walk away with a huge win. Also, former Raider Johnathan Abram had a good game with five total tackles and an interception.
NFC South Standings
- Tampa Bay 8-8
- New Orleans 8-8
- Atlanta 7-9 (1 GB)
- Carolina 2-14 (6 GB)
Had the Saints lost to the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay would have clinched the NFC South title. However, New Orleans is still alive and wins the division with a win against the Falcons next week, and if the Panthers can pull off the upset against the Buccaneers. The latter feels like a long shot but the division has been pretty unpredictable this year. If the stars align, Carr would win a division title for the first time in his 10-year career.
- Game result: 26-25, Giants lose
- Stats: 5 catches, 51 yards, 0 TDs
Waller and the Giants made this an interesting game as it came down to the wire and Mason Crosby missed a 54-yard field goal with about 30 seconds left to prevent the upset from happening. The tight end had a solid performance though, especially considering he was playing with his third quarterback this season. Waller heads into the final week of the season with 47 catches for 507 yards and a touchdown in 11 games.
NFC East Standings
- Dallas 11-5
- Philadelphia 11-5
- New York 5-11 (6 GB)
- Washington 4-12 (7 GB)
The Giants were eliminated from the playoffs weeks ago so Sunday’s game has no impact on that. In fact, losing actually helps them as they hold the fifth overall pick going into a Week 18 matchup with the Eagles.