S Jabrill Peppers
Jabrill Peppers actually had one more tackle than Martinez.
Peppers led the team in tackles and had two pass deflections to his credit. Just like Martinez, Peppers flew all over the field making plays.
His first pass deflection came at the end of the first quarter and caused a fourth down. In the second quarter, he read perfectly a screen pass and was able to get to the flat and make a beautiful open-field tackle. Again he made a nice pass deflection in the third quarter as he hustled into position after losing a step on the receiver.
And that’s really what held him back from any higher a grade. Both his deflections were less plays he made and more of his body getting in the way of Brady’s pass. He seemed a step too slow in coverage, the Giants allowed 279 yards through the air, and Brady always managed to find someone open in the Giants secondary. But Peppers hustle and effort helped contain Brady enough to keep the game close.