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Given the start in the New York Giants’ second preseason game, Davis Webb silenced some of his critics with a strong showing in Detroit on Friday.

The New York Giants‘ young quarterbacks took the spotlight on Friday night in Detroit, as Davis Webb and Kyle Lauletta led the team to 24 points, helping the Giants (1-1) secure a 30-17 victory over the Detroit Lions. Eli Manning got the night off, and the pair combined for 167 yards and two touchdowns between them.

After Detroit (0-2) went up 3-0, the Giants appeared to be buried further when ex-Giant Devon Kennard broke away from an Ereck Flowers block to swipe at the ball in Webb’s hand. Originally ruled a fumble, the Lions seemed to be set up pretty at the cusp of the Giants’ goal line, but a review transformed the turnover into an incomplete pass.

Despite several more setbacks on the drive, including a Sterling Shepard personal foul penalty, Webb took full advantage of new life, leading the Giants on a 17-play, 78-yard drive that took nine minutes and concluded the trek with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Wayne Gallman.


Earlier in the drive, Webb converted two third downs, including a 27-yard completion with 17 yards to go, finding Shepard for a big gain. Webb also kept the drive alive with a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-short deep inside Detroit territory.

On defense, the Giants’ starters amped up the pressure on Matthew Stafford, who was sacked twice on the evening for 17 yards lost.

Defensive end Kerry Wynn ended the Lions’ first drive of the night in style, while fellow defensive end Olivier Vernon broke through two drives later.

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On Webb’s penultimate drive of the first half, he set the Giants up for three points with a 40-yard connection with Russell Shepard, setting his team up in Detroit territory. Four plays later, Aldrick Rosas nailed a 55-yard field goal to create a 10-3 lead.

Detroit made their way into Giants territory on the ensuing possession, but Matt Prater missed a 45-yard field after making a 44-yard triple in the first quarter. The Giants tried for more, but ran out of time, going into the halftime locker room with the seven-point lead.

Playing the entire first half, Webb ended his evening with a line of 14-for-20 for 140 yards and a touchdown, good for a 106.3 passer rating.

Kyle Lauletta took over afterward in the second half. On his second drive, set up deep in Detroit territory by a Ray-Ray Armstrong interception taken back to the 12-yard line. Two plays later, Lauletta faked out several Detroit defenders to punch in a 10-yard touchdown that put the Giants up two possessions.

As the defense continued to hold Detroit’s offense in check, Gallman got back into the end zone, this time on the ground. A four-play, 59-yard drive was capped off with his second touchdown of the night, coming from 11 yards out.

He ended the night with 26 yards on five carries, adding nine more yards on a pair of receptions.

Detroit would add one more score in the fourth quarter, as Jake Rudock found TJ Jones from 11 yards out. The Giants responded in kind with a 16-yard run from undrafted rookie Robert Martin, who ended the night as the team’s top rusher with 47 yards on seven carries, though Marshall Koehn missed the extra point.

The Lions capped off scoring with a one-yard touchdown punch by Rudock to create the 30-17 final.

The Giants will continue their preseason slate next Friday night, heading into their annual preseason meeting with the New York Jets (7:30 p.m. ET, WCBS).

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