Giants’ banged-up secondary comes up big with timely plays to secure win

The Giants’ secondary was so banged-up they didn’t just go to their bench. They dug all the way down to the practice squad.

The unit was stretched thin, but didn’t break. They even made arguably the biggest plays in a 19-16 victory over Carolina — including the game-clinching one.

Strong safety Julian Love’s 9-yard sack of quarterback Baker Mayfield sent the MetLife Stadium crowd of 73,843 into a frenzy and essentially sealed the win. It forced the Panthers to punt with 2:12 left to play, and Big Blue never gave it back.

“On that third-down sack … the crowd went crazy,” defensive end Justin Ellis said. “And I was just like, ‘This is New York.’

So at the end of the game when we knew it was over I hugged coach Wink [Martindale] and said ‘Man, did you see that?’ We talked about it, it was so amazing.”

As the nearest defender, left corner Adoree’ Jackson didn’t allow a catch on four targets over 27 coverage snaps (per NFL Next Gen Stats).

On the other side, they played without right corner Aaron Robinson, after he had his appendix removed.