This stat alone shows how important Adoree’ Jackson is for the NY Giants defense

Adoree' Jackson, NY Giants. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
Adoree' Jackson, NY Giants. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) /

Welcome back, Adoree’ Jackson. After missing a large chunk of the season due to a knee injury, the talented NY Giants cornerback got back on the field for the NFC Wild Card Round win over the Minnesota Vikings. Jackson didn’t just go out there and make a couple of nice plays for Brian Daboll and Wink Martindale. Nope, he proved to be a difference-maker.

The last time these two teams faced off, Vikings star wide receiver Justin Jefferson was nothing short of brilliant. On Christmas Eve, Jefferson caught 12 balls for 133 yards and a touchdown.

On Sunday, the speedster was held to seven receptions for 47 yards. Jackson played a major role in shutting the standout down.

NY Giants CB Adoree’ Jackson shut down Justin Jefferson in the postseason win

Goodness gracious, Jackson was sensational in the win over Minnesota and he must have had Jefferson beyond frustrated. No. 22 basically shut down Jefferson, as he didn’t post the kind of numbers you would have expected from him in such a big game. The Giants had a plan for him and it worked.

Throughout the week, a lot of people were talking about both Jackson and safety Xavier McKinney being back in the secondary for Big Blue. It was incredible to see. Jackson had Jefferson in his back pocket from start to finish, Whie McKinney also stepped up on several occasions for the Giants. No play from McKinney was bigger than his game-sealing tackle on T.J. Hockenson.

As soon as McKinney made that stop, the dreams of taking down Minnesota and moving on to the next round became a reality. With Jackson and McKinney back healthy and able to suit up, it’s going to make the world of a difference for this team. Jackson has reminded everyone of how special he can be. We’d love to see more of the same this weekend vs. the Eagles.