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New York: Too little, too late

Football

The GIST: The Jets actually won a game: it’s a holiday miracle! The Giants, however, are still writing letters to Santa asking for a playoff spot after yesterday’s loss to the Cleveland Browns.

December 21, 2020
SOURCE: ASHLEY LANDIS/AP PHOTO
SOURCE: ASHLEY LANDIS/AP PHOTO

🏈Jets: The Jets raced off to an early 20–3 lead and somehow didn’t blow it, shocking the Rams (and the world) with a 23–20 win yesterday. QB Sam Darnold led Gang Green to victory by completing 22 of 31 passes with zero interceptions and a TD.

  • This win puts the Jets behind the Jacksonville Jaguars in the race to the bottom, meaning the win might have lost them the assumed No. 1 draft pick, Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence. No wonder Darnold was so motivated.

Giants: In last night’s prime-time matchup against the Browns, the Giants kicked field goals in the first and fourth quarters and scored...zero other points. QB Colt McCoy, who started instead of the injured Daniel Jones, couldn’t get the offense going, completing only 19 of 31 passes with no TDs. The Browns handedly won 20–6.

  • Thankfully, the rest of the NFC East also took an L, so the G-men’s position in the playoff race remains relatively unchanged. Sigh.

🏀NBA: The Nets and Knicks are rolling right into the regular season, both poised to put last year's losing records behind them. A 2-0 preseason record (and the long-awaited return of Kevin Durant) should help the Nets get hype for their first game vs. the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

  • The Knicks are also hoping to keep up their preseason momentum when they take on the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. Time to ball!