NFL Week 17: Giants vs. Cowboys, Game Notes

NEW YORK – Happy New Year everyone! The Giants played the division rival Cowboys in a big game last night for the NFC East Championship. The G-Men and fans were looking to QB Eli Manning to take over the game and get the victory at MetLife stadium. The Giants would not disappoint as they beat the Cowboys 31-14 on a rainy night in New Jersey to make it back to the playoffs. The G-Men dominated this game from the very beginning and all that Giants fans had to do was sit back and enjoy the show. I wasn’t concerned for a moment throughout this entire game and the Giants never gave up the lead. This was a fun game to watch.

The Giants dominated this game the entire first half. It was almost sad to see how badly the Cowboys were playing. The G-Men took a 21-0 lead into the locker room at halftime and they were playing so well that I doubt there was anything to talk about. They came out for the second half and seemed determined to win the game. The Cowboys put up a better fight in the second half but could not do enough to keep the game within reach. Giants WR Victor Cruz is simply a beast and he is doing things out there that elite WR’s do. It is impossible to overlook this young man anymore. The Giants end the 2011 regular season with a 9-7 record and will play the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday at 1:00 PM EST in East Rutherford.

Let’s take a look at my notes from the game.

QB Eli Manning – Manning had one of his best games of the year. He finished with 346 yards 3 TD’s and 0 INT’s. Can you say elite?

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – AB ran the ball hard and finished with 57 yards and 1 TD. He also had 12 receiving yards and 1 receiving TD.

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks had a solid game and finished with 76 yards and 1 TD. The emergence of Cruz is overshadowing the Giants No.1 WR.

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck was causing trouble all over the field and finished with 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.

LB Michael Boley – Boley is a beast. He led all defensive tacklers and had another outstanding game.

S Kenny Phillips – Phillips also had a solid game and was the second leading tackler for Big Blue.

LB Mathias Kiawnuka – I have never seen Kiwi play like he did last night. He was in the zone and all around the ball.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP is a Pro Bowler and he played like it last night. He finished with 1 sack but was all over the place.

WR Victor Cruz – Cruz gets my game ball again. This young man is simply frightening to opposing defenses. He finished with 178 yards and 1 TD. Good luck trying to stop this Salsa machine!

LB Chase Blackburn – Blackburn has done a great job since returning to the Giants. He was making plays again last night.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs contributed what he could but this game was all about passing. He finished with 16 yards.

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle was out there banging with the Cowboys and finished with 1 INT. Nice job Antrel!

TE Bear Pascoe – Pascoe got a couple of balls thrown his way as the team tries to fill in for the injured TE Jake Ballard.

CB Aaron Ross – I have to take my hat off to Ross who was thrown into the starting lineup by Terrell Thomas’ injury. Great job Aaron!

DT Chris Canty – The big dude in the middle had a great game against his former team. He finished with 1 sack.

CB Corey Webster – Webster had a tough task covering those Cowboy WR’s but he held his own and has had an outstanding season.

OL David Baas – Baas was having a tough time with the Dallas front but held his own and did a good job.

S Deon Grant - Grant hits like a Mack truck out there and last night was no different for the veteran. Solid game for Deon.

DE Osi Umenyiora – Osi returned to the field after missing a month and made himself useful with 2 sacks. Osi is a beast.

FB Henry Hynoski – The rookie FB had his best game of the year at the right time. He finished with 31 yards but was knocking people to the ground with his blocking.

CB Jacquian Williams – The rookie LB was third on the team in tackles and finished with 1 sack. Watch out, he is going to get better next year.

P Steve Weatherford – Once again, the Weatherman had a solid game and will surely see a new contract in the near future.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes missed a FG and made one. He also made all four of his extra point attempts.

Giants Offense – The Giants offense was potent and deadly last night. A solid game all the way around.

Giants Defense – The Giants defense was smothering and finished with 6 sacks, 1 INT and 1 forced fumble. They wanted this win.

Giants Special Teams - The Giants special teams still needs work but they are getting better as the year goes on.

What did you think about the Giants performance against the Cowboys?

RD – nygreporter.com – Happy New Year!

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17 Responses to NFL Week 17: Giants vs. Cowboys, Game Notes

  1. Absolutely sensational performance. You won’t see a more complete and well-rounded display than what we produced last night in the 1st half. Apart from a brief period from the Cowboys, we owned this game from start to finish and we’ll be brimming with confidence next week for the Falcons and rightly so!

    • robdomaine says:

      Hey Patrick, I agree. that was such a fun game to watch and I honestly was not worried for a moment. Even when Dallas starting rallying in the second half, I knew the Giants would pull out the win. Let’s get this win against the Falcons and take another step closer to the big game!

  2. bobbyg says:

    First time all season i had an overwhelming sense of calm the g-men were winning this game with no doubt at all.all week long ive been saying the g-men need a game where there are no heart attacks going into the 4th quarter,and they did just that.awesome grade A performance and when the 3 components all play together the way they did last night,look out.lets keep it going against atlanta g-men.awesome game,awesome win.god bless tom coughlin and the new york giants..thanks big blue for a great new year gift,division champs,i like the way that sounds.

    • robdomaine says:

      Hey Bobby, you just explained how I felt the whole game, a huge sense of calm. I was watching the game like I knew the outcome. of course, a 21-0 lead at halftime didn’t hurt lol but it was nice to beat the Cowboys for the division championship. It just made it sweeter to me. We have a tough game against the Falcons next week but I think they are beatable. Our passing game is off the hook with the emergence of Cruz. They will have to pick their poison and none of their options are good.

  3. Aj says:

    Rob – What a game!! My voice is shot from all the yelling. The fans were stoked and even the weather did not dampen the crowd. When we deferred and put our defense on the field to start, it set the tone. Our offense was clicking in the first half and fed off the D. Cruzzzzzzzzzzz & Eli took over the game and the D line made Romo dizzy!

    Bring on Matty Ice!

    • robdomaine says:

      lol AJ, having no voice the day after a big game is a sign of your true fan status buddy. That was an incredible game for fans and I wasn’t yelling but my hands turned purple from all of the clapping I was doing lol. They way Cruz is playing, it’s going to be interesting to see how Hakeem Nicks fits in next year. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it I say. Maybe Cruz is comfortable right where he is but he is playing like the No.1 WR.

  4. bobbyg says:

    hey rob,i was just watching tom coughlins presser and i know the mantra last night at metlife was all in towels.someone in the presser asked coughlin if he thought he caught some breaks going the g-mens way when greg jones fell on that ball on the kick-off to big blue.coughlin answered breaks,what do you mean breaks,come on, we earned everything we got.hows that for the next towels and tee shirts.we earned everything we got.in the last 2 weeks god bless em,the g-men earned everything they got ,and us fans would love nothing more then to see them earn some more.

  5. ELI played an AWESOME game… Lets’ just hope BIG BLUE plays like they have all the way into the SUPER BOWL! Thats right I said SUPER BOWL!

  6. bobbyg says:

    I did not see an article this week.so i figured i throw in a comment.hope you had a great week rob.really nice to see the g-men in a monumental first home playoff game at the new metlife stadium tomorrow.time now for the giants to start making new memories for the fans at there new stadium.its been a wild season for our g-men rob, and we were there every step of the way with all the rollercoaster rides the g-men have taken us on.they started as a snowflake on a mountain top,and now there rolling like a thunderous avalanche heading towards there next opponent the falcons.there are some believers and doubters.you and me know were all in, and by tomorrow night the sports media will be jumping on the big blue band wagon with us.i know you think im crazy for predicting this score,but i see a decisive big blue victory and another stress free game for us fans.heres the math,g-men getting healthier on both sides of the ball at the most critical time of the season into the playoffs and only getting more key players back offensively and defensively only makes the giants stronger.no way the giants and there home crowd let this one get away from them.shades of 86.ny giants 52 falcons 3,thank god the g-men are truly blessed.talk to you monday,i know we both will be very happy.enjoy the game.want to get really pumped up,google nygiants 2011 theme song on youtube, it rocks and makes you feel this really can be the g-mens year again.

  7. bobbyg says:

    Here we go buddy.im all in.

  8. bobbyg says:

    hey rob,not my 52-3 win prediction,but if tynes dont miss that field goal that pineapple head that he is,the g-men blowout 27-2.awesome my friend.2007 all over again.god bless the g-men.

  9. bobbyg says:

    another stress free game buddy.lets make this a trend.

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