NEW YORK – Giants fans were treated to a sweet victory today as the G-Men beat down the Atlanta Falcons 24-2 at MetLife stadium. The first playoff victory in the new stadium’s short history. I hope our readers missed me, as I took a much needed break from writing this past week to recover from the holidays. I was hoping to bring our readers some good news today and the Giants came through for us. It seems like the Giants continue to turn things up a notch each week because this was another fun game to watch as a fan. The Giants offense gave up a safety in the second quarter but the Giants defense literally shut out a very good offense.
The first quarter started out sluggish and there were a ton of three and outs for both teams. I really thought this would turn out to be a dull defensive battle with little scoring. Before the game, I predicted a Giants win by the score of 35-31. I thought this would be a much more competitive game then it turned out to be. Neither team scored in the first quarter and the second quarter saw a rare safety against Big Blue and a Hakeem Nicks TD reception. The Giants took a bizarre 7-2 lead into the locker room at halftime and had all of the momentum on their side. That TD would be all of the points the Giants would need to win, as the defense simply mauled the Falcons all day and refused to give up any first downs. Even as the Falcons attempted to make two 4th and 1 first downs, the fierce Giants defense simply were not having it today and shut them out. If you weren’t a believer in the Giants yet, you should be now.
The Giants will play the Green Bay Packers at 4:30 PM EST next weekend in Green Bay. It’s deja vu all over again!
Let’s take a look at some of my notes from the game.
QB Eli Manning – Manning continued his elite march on opponents finishing with 277 yards 3 TD’s and 0 INT’s.
WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks showed why he is a number one WR today by exploding for 115 yards and 2 TD’s. Nice game Hakeem!
RB Ahmad Bradshaw – AB is a nasty runner. He is simply a tough guy out there and finished with 63 yards.
DE Justin Tuck – The defensive leader was making plays all over the field and clogging up holes out there.
LB Michael Boley – Boley continued his stellar play against his former team and seems to instinctively know where the ball is going to be.
WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario had a solid game today and it was nice to see him back in the mix. He finished with 68 yards and 1 TD.
DT Rocky Bernard – Rocky had a nice game in the middle and finished with 1 sack. It seemed like every defensive player was putting in work today and celebrating good plays.
S Antrel Rolle – The hard hitting Rolle was second on the team in tackles and once again made himself useful all over the field.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul – You down with JPP? The Beast lead all defensive tacklers despite multiple double teams. He cannot be contained.
RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs must have woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning because he was running like a mad man and finished with 92 yards.
DE Osi Umenyiora – I’m going to make new towels for fans that read ‘Pay Osi’! He had another good game and finished with 1 sack.
CB Corey Webster – Webster has been solid all year and once again had a good game. He was getting into scuffles with Falcons WR Roddy White, who was clearly frustrated.
WR Victor Cruz – Cruz was getting double teamed and mugged all day. All that did was free up Nicks and Manningham. Pick your poison.
LB Jacquian Williams – Williams was once again in the top five for Big Blue tacklers. This outstanding rookie has become one of my favorite players.
S Kenny Phillips – Phillips was doing his thing out there and creeping. He made some big hits and continues to be a leader for the DB’s.
LB Chase Blackburn - Blackburn has really been making a difference on the field and I cannot say it enough, I’m glad he is back.
RB DJ Ware - Ware was running hard as usual but left the game with a concussion and did not return.
CB Aaron Ross – Ross was very active in todays game but also left the game with a concussion and did not return.
TE Jake Ballard – Ballard had a couple of catches for 16 yards in his return to the field. I expect him to be more active next week against the Packers.
P Steve Weatherford - I really hope the Giants lock down Weatherford with a long term contract. A punter with his attitude and demeanor is a perfect for New York.
K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes missed a FG again and made one. He also made all three of his extra point attempts. It may be time to say goodbye.
Giants Defense – Two words, completely dominating.
Giants Offense – The offense has been extremely productive the past few weeks and they are coming together at the perfect time.
Giants Special Teams – This group still makes me shake my head and I expect big improvements after the season, if not sooner.
RD – nygreporter.com