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Giants allow opposing tight end to score TD for 10 straight games


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Travis Kelce’s eyes must be bugging out of their sockets like a Looney Tunes character as the Chiefs tight end looks toward next weekend’s visit to face the Giants.


Steve Spagnuolo’s defense on Sunday pushed its unbelievable NFL record of allowing an opposing tight end to score a touchdown to 10 straight games.


Niners tight end Garrett Celek waltzed by an admittedly “tired” Jonathan Casillas and a non-tackle attempt by Janoris Jenkins for a 47-yard TD in the second quarter of the Giants’ 31-21 blowout loss to previously winless San Fran.


San Francisco 49ers tight end Garrett Celek runs toward the end zone to score a touchdown.

(Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)



It is a running joke how bad the Giants are against tight ends. Even Celek knew it.


“I was told all week that I was a fantasy sleeper,” Celek said after the game, per a 49ers team reporter. “I had to get everyone some points.”


The Giants’ streak dates back to Week 17 of last season when Washington’s Jordan Reed caught a TD pass from one yard out.


In all, the Giants defense has allowed tight ends to catch 55 passes for 714 yards and 11 TDs in the 10-game span. That includes 48 catches for 625 yards and 10 TDs against the Giants in their nine games this season.


Here is a chart listing all of the beneficiaries of the Giants defense’s incompetence against the the tight end position:

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