Bobby Okereke and Azeez Ojulari, both of Nigerian descent, played standout roles for the New York Giants in their season-ending 27-10 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles. While other African players like YaYa Diaby, Levi Onwuzurike, and Charles Omenihu had significant moments in the final regular-season games, the overall week was relatively calm for Africa's NFL stars, likely preserving themselves for the postseason.
Okereke's impactful performance included eight tackles, a second-quarter sack on Jalen Hurts, and a tipped pass, solidifying his transformation from a questioned signing to a fan favorite. Ojulari contributed with two sacks and a fumble recovery.
In a game where both quarterbacks Hurts and Mariota struggled against the defense led by Okereke and Ojulari, the Giants secured a morale-boosting win over the Eagles. Hurts threw 7/16 for 55 yards with no touchdowns and an interception, while Mariota managed 13/20 for 148 passing yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
Diaby's Moment of the Week came from his impactful sack on Bryce Young in the Buccaneers' game, helping them secure the NFC South title despite the Saints' significant win over the Falcons. Diaby's eight-yard sack set the tone for the Bucs' 9-0 victory, capping off a superb rookie season with 7.5 regular-season sacks. His growing role will be crucial for the Buccaneers in the wild card clash against the Eagles.