Giants vs. Raiders Player of the Game: Xavier McKinney

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Defense was the name of the game for the New York Giants in their 23-16 win over the Las Vegas Raiders at MetLife Stadium.

Just when it looked like the Giants’ offense, Jason Garrett’s play calling and Joe Judge’s soft coaching would cost Big Blue a victory, the defense stepped up and saved the day.

There was no bigger star on defense than second-year safety Xavier McKinney, who was a flat-out ballhawk against the Raiders.

McKinney had a huge pick-six of Derek Carr that gave the Giants a 17-13 lead in the third quarter.

McKinney then had his second pick of Carr late in the fourth quarter.

McKinney finished the game with seven tackles (four solo) with two interceptions, one touchdown and two passes defensed.