The Steelers announced the rookie linebacker left Sunday’s win over the Vikings a groin injury and did not return.
Watt suffered the injury in the first half and was seen standing on the sideline before retreating to the locker room for further evaluation. A long-term loss would be a blow to Pittsburgh’s stout defense.
Although the Giants were down 14-0 when they took over on their 45-yard line after an ugly Donnie Jones punt with 14:49 left to go in the fourth quarter, it would be fair to say they had been knocking on the door for a while. Their running game had been functionally useless for most of the day, but coach Ben McAdoo had been both conservative and aggressive with little luck. The Giants punted twice from Philadelphia’s side of the field in the first quarter, lost the ball on a pair of Manning interceptions, and were stopped on downs twice in the red zone, including a pair of plays from the 3-inch line at the end of the first half.
The Eagles were limited by injuries, with the secondary down three would-be contributors: Ronald Darby, Jaylen Watkins and Corey Graham. By the end of the first half, star defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and every-down linebacker Jordan Hicks were done for the day. The Giants eventually took advantage. Their drive from midfield to start the fourth quarter set up Odell Beckham Jr. for a devastating double-move past Jalen Mills for one score.