Moral victories don't count for much in the NFL, but no one can deny that several NY Giants players looked fantastic in the Week 17 loss against the Los Angeles Rams. Big Blue nearly pulled off an upset, but it just wasn't meant to be in the 26-25 defeat.
With that said, two players in particular made a monster difference for the G-Men on Sunday at MetLife Stadium: safety Dane Belton and punt returner Gunner Olszewski. Starting with Belton, he posted three turnovers on the day, highlighted by his two interceptions of Matthew Stafford.
Dane Belton was a turnover machine for the Giants vs. the Rams
Belton had a nose for the ball in this one, starting his day off with an interception, then following that up with a fumble recovery thanks to a fabulous punch by Adoree' Jackson AND then he added another INT in the third quarter.
Belton hasn't seen a ton of action this season, but goodness, he sure took advantage of his extended work. Belton took the field after Jason Pinnock suffered a foot injury early on. While he was questionable to return, the Giants ruled him out for the rest of the contest and Belton was able to shine in relief of him. It was a monster game for Belton, with him sending a message to the staff.
Another player people can't stop talking about is Olszewski. Special teams play has been a nightmare for the Giants this season, with there not being a lot to talk about from a positive standpoint. Olszewski changed that on Sunday against the Rams, as he was able to post a 94-yard punt return for a score. Whoa.
That was unreal from the former Pro Bowl returner. Just when it looked like the Rams were going to bring him down in Giants territory, Olszewski somehow broke free and the sprinted his way into the end zone. NY went for two, but Tyrod Taylor missed Saquon Barkley on the two-point try and NY lost. Despite that, Belton and Olszewski have plenty of Big Blue supporters talking and for good reason.