Giants’ interior pass-rush puts together stellar performance in Wild Card

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Sep 18, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) and defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) celebrate after Carolina Panthers turn the ball over on downs during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants are riding high after a thrilling road playoff victory against a 13-win Vikings team. Their pass rush paved the way to victory, in particular, the interior duo of Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams, who dominated.

Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams have a huge Wild Card game for the Giants:

Starting with arguably the Giants’ best player, Lawrence, who has had a tremendous breakout year, he once again propelled his team when they needed it most. He concluded yesterday’s win rushing the passer with a whopping total of seven pressures to go along with four quarterback hits and three hurries. Lawrence also had two run stops recorded.

Then, Williams worked as the perfect complement to the second-team All-Pro. He, too, had a ridiculous seven pressures tallied with four hurries as well as three quarterback hits. Similar to Lawrence, Williams also had two run stops in the game.

So, in total, while they did not pick up a sack, Lawrence and Williams were utterly dominant from the interior. They finished with a combined 14 pressures, seven quarterback hits and hurries, along with four run stops. To boot, they played a pivotal part in limiting the Vikings to 61 yards on the ground—a great game across the board for the talented tandem.

Now, Lawrence and Williams get a prime matchup in the trenches with first-team All-Pro, Jason Kelce, as well as Landon Dickerson and Isaac Seumalo, one of if not the best interior offensive lines in the National Football League. For the Giants to win this divisional rivalry in Philadelphia, Lawrence and Williams are going to have to, once again, rise up and make a constant impact against prime competition.