NEW YORK – I’ve mentioned how I truly felt this was a must win game for the Giants. I wrote an entire article about this a few days ago. The Giants must have read it because they were able to get the win today by beating the Bills 27-24 in a battle. After losing to the lowly Seahawks last weekend, the G-Men needed not only a moral victory this weekend but also another “W” in the standings to keep their playoff hopes within reach. The Giants were also without some key players today including RB Brandon Jacobs, OL Chris Snee and DE Justin Tuck, all sitting out due to injury.
This was really an entertaining game to watch. I thought I was going to have a heart attack at certain points in the game because it was filled with so much drama. The first half of the game was going back and forth. The Giants gave up two huge plays that made up the majority of the Bills offensive production. Still, both teams went into the locker room tied 17-17. The second half was equally entertaining and saw the game go back and forth once more with both teams being tied 24-24 with under two minutes left in the game. The Giants had the ball at the end of the game and drove down the field to the Buffalo 1 yard line. The Giants were unable to score a TD but K Lawrence Tynes knocked a FG through to give the G-men a 27-24 lead. That was all they would need to secure the victory and improve to 4-2 on the season.
The Giants definitely needed this win as they head into the bye week next weekend. The players need the rest and the team needed this win to keep up in the NFC. They are still committing too many penalties and will need to work on that during the break. Giants fans will have to endure the hated “bye week” and try to pretend they are interested in the other NFL games. They will be rooting for whoever plays the Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins, you can count on that.
Let’s take a look at my notes from the game.
QB Eli Manning – Manning seems to be improving week to week. He had another solid game and finished with 292 yards 0 TD’s and 0 INT’s. His one TD pass was called back.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw is a beast and might have had the best game of his career today. He finished with 104 yards rushing, 26 yards receiving and 3 TD’s.
WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks led all receivers with 96 yards on 4 receptions. He was quiet most of the game but still contributed.
CB Corey Webster - Webster gets my defensive game ball for coming up huge in this game with 2 INT’s. Nice to see C-Webb playing well out there.
DE Osi Umenyiora – Who still thinks Osi isn’t worth elite money? You’re crazy! Osi had another good game and finished with 1 sack.
LB Mathias Kiwanuka - Kiwi was balling today and had a solid game. He finished with 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.
S Antrel Rolle – Rolle was all over the field as usual and making plays. Fans love this guy and I can see why.
WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario had a nice game and finished with 56 yards. He had a nice TD late in the game but couldn’t hold onto the ball.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul – How do you Spell JPP? B-E-A-S-T! JPP had another great game and finished with 1 sack.
LB Jacquian Williams – The rookie LB had a quieter game then he normally does. He is still going to be a force in the NFL.
RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs had to sit out his second straight game due to a knee injury. Get well soon Brandon!
WR Victor Cruz – Cruz continues to make big strides and had another game where he saw extended playing time.
DE Justin Tuck – Tuck had to sit out another game due to his neck injury. He will get the bye week next week to rest more.
LB Michael Boley – Boley is awesome and led all defensive tacklers for the G-Men. I love this guy!
S Kenny Phillips – Phillips got a bit banged up in this game but played through it. He had a solid game today.
TE Jake Ballard – Ballard is quickly becoming one of Manning’s favorite targets. He had another great game and finished with 81 yards.
CB Aaron Ross – Ross had a good game and made some nice tackles out there today.
LB Greg Jones – The rookie LB Jones had another quiet game today as Big Blue was trying out a 4-2-5 defense.
C David Baas – Baas was able to return to the field this week after missing last weeks game against the Seahawks.
P Steve Weatherford – The Weatherman continues to pay dividends after the Giants brought him on board. Great punter.
K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes made two of his three FG attempts and made all three of his extra point attempts.
Giants Defense – Despite giving up some huge plays and a ton of yardage, the Giants finished with 3 sacks, 2 INT’s and 1 forced fumble.
Giants Offense – The Giants offense had a great game today. I really liked how they spread the ball around and made plays when they had to.
Giants Special Teams – The special teams played a pretty good game despite allowing a blocked FG attempt by Tynes.
What did you think about the Giants performance against the Bills this weekend?
RD – nygreporter.com
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