Giants defense responds to Panthers’ challenge with dominant outing

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Leonard Williams was blowing kisses to fans successful the MetLife Stadium crowd.

What a quality a week — and a triumph — made for the Giants and a defence that went from underachieving successful a blowout nonaccomplishment to ascendant successful a comfy win.

“It’s thing that we tin decidedly physique on,” Williams said after a 25-3 triumph against the Panthers, “but we person to beryllium consistent.”

A week ago, Williams waved disconnected Giants fans who booed during a 38-11 nonaccomplishment to the Rams, past vented his frustrations astatine booing aft the game.

When 1 instrumentality made the aforesaid motion backmost astatine Williams during Sunday’s pregame warm-ups, the prima antiaircraft tackle blew kisses alternatively of taking the bait. Then Williams did it again successful the aforesaid fan’s absorption aft forcing an intentional grounding punishment successful the extremity portion to people the Giants’ archetypal 2 points.

GiantsLeonard Williams celebrates a sack against the Panthers.Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Williams finished tied for the team-high with six tackles and added 1.5 of the Giants’ six sacks, but helium wasn’t the lone star. Azeez Ojulari led the mode with 2.5 sacks, 4 backmost hits and 3 tackles for loss. Logan Ryan broke up 2 passes. James Bradberry grabbed an interception against his erstwhile squad — and kept the shot — to support a 5-3 first-half pb and quiescent erstwhile teammate Shaq Thompson’s sideline trash speech toward him.

“I support them all,” Bradberry said, “but I’ll decidedly support that 1 adjacent by.”

GiantsThe Giants sack Sam Darnold.Robert Sabo

The Giants allowed conscionable 173 yards, including 52 successful the 2nd half, and answered the doorbell aft Panthers manager Matt Rhule said earlier successful the week that the extremity was to tally 30-33 times per game, which sounded a batch similar a situation to the NFL’s No. 29-ranked rushing defense.

“I’m not Michael Jordan, not everything is idiosyncratic [to me],” Ryan said. “But this is our house. This is our fans. They wage bully money. I heard a feline successful the passageway accidental helium paid $5,000 for a [personal-seat license] and, hey, I consciousness that. I privation to springiness him his money’s worth.”

This 1 was personal, however. The Panthers ran 17 times for 56 yards portion playing from down virtually each of the last 3 quarters.

“He talked astir them establishing their individuality and moving the shot 33 times and figuring retired who they are,’’ Ryan said. “They conscionable got to bash it adjacent week. They couldn’t found it against us.’’

The Giants entered the crippled with lone 10 sacks successful six games and allowing 73.9 percent of passes to beryllium complete. Far disconnected the top-10 defence anticipation of the preseason.

But they teed disconnected connected an violative enactment missing near tackle Taylor Moton and turnover-prone erstwhile Jets backmost Sam Darnold, who was benched successful the 4th quarter. The Panthers converted 2 of 15 3rd downs.

“There was large absorption from the defence passim the week successful signifier successful presumption of playing together, knowing however this squad is going to onslaught you, what are their antithetic modes of attacking you,” manager Joe Judge said. “There was a large consciousness successful presumption of however to truly beryllium successful the close spot astatine the close time.”