Instant takeaways from the NY Giants heartbreaking walk-off loss to the Vikings

Saquon Barkley, NY Giants. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
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Heartbreak doesn’t even begin to describe this one for the NY Giants. This team faught so hard, and looked ready to try and record a win on the road vs. this mighty Vikings team, but they had to walk off the field seeing Greg Joseph kick a 61-yard, walk-off field goal. Seriously, come on. How the heck did that ball go through the posts?

The Giants pulled off some magic to tie this one at 24-24, but the Vikings and Kirk Cousins were able to get the ball in Joseph territory, ruining Christmas for a lot of people out there. Here’s our four takeaways from the action.

4. Isaiah Hodgins was nothing short of fantastic

We don’t have enough positive things to say about young wideout Isaiah Hodgins. Seriously, this kid continues to impress each week and he stepped up in a major way for quarterback Daniel Jones on Saturday. Just about everyone figured Darius Slayton would be the No. 1 option for the offense, but it was Hodgins who stole the show.

In the first half alone, Hodgins hauled in five balls for 63 yards and a touchdown. He was matched up with Patick Peterson often, but didn’t let the veteran get in his head. Hodgins recorded some big-time catches in that matchup, silencing Peterson when he tried to get in his head. Nope, not going to happen.

What a stud. Keep in mind that Hodgins was released by the Bills and then claimed off waivers by the Giants. About 90 percent of NY supporters had never even heard of this guy before the announcement was made. Now, no one will be able to forget the kind of impact he’s made on Big Blue for 2022. Go ahead and give him a new deal in the offseason. He’s earned it. In the loss, he was most definitely a bright spot.