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!