The fun was doubled on Monday Night Football in Week 14, and so were the upsets.
Both the New York Giants and Tennessee Titans came away with surprising wins, as New York treated the home crowd to a victory over the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee prevailed on the road at the expense of the heavily favored Miami Dolphins.
With Week 14 of the 2023 NFL season now in the rearview mirror, it’s time to review an entertaining twin bill of Monday Night Football.
Invoking memories of the 'Linsanity' run by previously little-known NBA player Jeremy Lin for the New York Knicks in 2012, backup quarterback Tommy DeVito now has the Giants on an improbable three-game winning streak.
The 25-year-old rookie, who still lives at home with his parents, led New York on a last-minute drive that resulted in a game-winning field goal by Randy Bullock to break Green Bay’s heart and send MetLife Stadium – and his family, specifically – into a frenzy.
It probably should not have come down to last-minute heroics by DeVito and Bullock. The Giants led almost the entire way in the second half and had a chance to put the game away while driving with five minutes left.
With a 21-16 advantage already in hand, Saquon Barkley took a pass down to the Packers’ 18-yard line only to lose his balance and fumble. Green Bay recovered and promptly went on a touchdown drive of its own to go ahead 22-21.
Unfortunately for the visitors, a missed two-point conversion opened the door for DeVito and the Giants to require nothing more than a field goal and they delivered to win the contest 24-22.
DeVito finished with 158 passing yards and one touchdown to go along with 71 rushing yards on 10 keepers. He did not turn the ball over.
Barkley had 101 yards from scrimmage and two TDs. For Green Bay, Jordan Love went 25-of-39 for 218 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Giants (5-8) are +4.5 underdogs at New Orleans on Sunday; the Packers (6-7) are -3.5 home favorites over the Buccaneers.
This one was all but over in favor of the Dolphins. After they recovered a Will Levis fumble at the Tennessee 12-yard line, Raheem Mostert punched in a five-yard touchdown run to give the home team a commanding 27-13 lead with fewer than five minutes remaining.
But that’s when Miami suddenly imploded on both sides of the football.
The Titans went on a 75-yard touchdown drive in just 1:54, complete with a successful two-point conversion that cut the deficit to only six points.
Then the Dolphins went three-and-out before the Titans went on another touchdown drive, this time spanning 64 yards in a mere 26 seconds to take a 28-27 lead that they ultimately held onto.
Mostert scored twice for Miami, while Tua Tagovailoa did not have either a touchdown or an interception.
For Tennessee (5-8), Will Levis threw for 327 yards with one TD and one INT. DeAndre Hopkins racked up 124 yards on seven catches, including what proved to be the game winner. Derrick Henry ran for just 34 yards, but he found the end zone twice.
Miami (9-4) is -400 to win the AFC East, +400 to win the AFC and +800 to win the Super Bowl.