Giants vs. Vikings, NFL Week 14: Game Notes

December 14, 2010

NEW YORK – What a weekend for the Giants! In one of the most bizarre situations in recent memory, the Giants faced the Vikings last night in Detroit for a re-scheduled game due to a severe blizzard in Minnesota that caused the Metrodome roof to collapse. If you haven’t seen the video of that roof collapsing, I suggest you do a search for it because it was crazy. The Giants beat the Vikings 21-3 at Ford Field among Lions fans who were given free tickets to the game.

It was a game that had fans up in arms over the fact that the game wasn’t aired on TV in national markets. Some FOX markets showed a message pre-game that said “Due to blackout restrictions rules with ESPN, the game cannot be aired tonight” followed by an apology to the fans. This is disgusting and something the NFL needs to take a long hard look at. The other Monday Night football game on ESPN last night was the Ravens vs. Texans. I cannot remember there ever being two Monday Night football games on at the same time, that was a first for me. Why the football fans had to suffer under these extremely unusual circumstances is beyond me. Have we really become so thoughtless in society, that TV stations are more concerned about the amount of eyes watching their commercials, then they are about the people who pay their salaries with viewership? Last night was a unique situation and should have been handled differently. How about letting FOX stream the game LIVE on their internet website? Something. Anything. But the only thing that happened was, Nothing.

The Giants beat the Vikings in a historical game for both of the starting QB’s. QB Eli Manning had his 100th consecutive start, while QB Brett Favre had his consecutive starts streak end at 297 by a shoulder injury. Easy Eli has the second longest consecutive starts streak in the NFL, he only trails big brother Peyton. It is incredible that the No.1 and No.2 men on the Iron Man list are brothers.

The G-Men were no doubt mentally exhausted from all of the drama over the weekend, so I applaud the team for not complaining about it and going out to do work. They were a little rusty in the first quarter but then turned it on by scoring two TD’s in the second quarter. The 9-4 Giants are on a three game winning streak and face the hated Philadelphia Eagles this weekend at New Meadowlands stadium in a a battle for NFC East supremacy. The game starts at 1 PM EST and should be the game of the week, if both teams play like their seasons depend on a victory (which they do).

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

– QB Eli Manning had a mediocre game and finished with 187 yards 1 TD 2 INT’s.

– RB Brandon Jacobs had a great game and ran hard all night. He finished with 116 yards and 1 TD.

– TE Kevin Boss was making plays and finished with 23 yards and 1 TD.

– WR Hakeem Nicks returned to the field and made his presence known. He finished with 96 yards.

– S Antrel Rolle led all defensive tacklers last night and continues to be a vocal leader on defense.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw continues to play like a man possessed. He finished with 103 yards and 1 TD.

– WR Steve Smith saw some action on the field after missing a few weeks and finished with 12 yards. He left the game with a injury.

– WR Mario Manningham left the game early with an injury and did not return. He finished with 1 yard.

– The Giants defense smothered the Vikings all night and knocked out their 6th QB of the year. They finished with 4 sacks and 1 INT.

– DE Justin Tuck had a decent game but got banged up and played hurt the rest of the game.

– LB Clint Sintim was injured in the second quarter and did not return. It looks like a torn ACL and the IR list for Sintim.

– DE Osi Umenyiora attacked the QB all night and finished with 1 sack.

– DE Jason Pierre-Paul was active for a good portion of the game and continues to improve.

– The Giants offensive line gave up only 1 sack last night, the first in the last six games. These guys are awesome.

– The Giants special teams was atrocious once again and their see-saw season continues.

– K Lawrence Tynes made all 3 of his extra point attempts and had no FG attempts.

– P Matt Dodge should receive a one way ticket to palookaville at the end of the season.

– WR Derek Hagan finished the game with 10 yards.

– DC Perry Fewell is the most significant pick up for Big Blue since Coach Spags. He is a beast.

– OC Kevin Gilbride needs to shake things up a bit and stop with the conservative play calling.

RD – nygreporter.com

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New York Giants Are Stuck in the Twilight Zone

December 12, 2010

NEW YORK – The Giants are having one heck of a weekend. The best Hollywood screen writers could not have made up a better story line, then the one that is still developing for the contest between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings. The Giants were supposed to have an early afternoon game today, just a few hours from now in fact. But something happened on the way to Minnesota that changed the plans permanently. A winter blizzard struck the midwest, pounding Minnesota among other cities and dropping about 20 inches of snow on the area before midnight. Not so bad right? Just wait, the story gets better and still isn’t over by the way.

The Giants, who were traveling during this storm, found themselves stranded in a Kansas City airport and unable to continue their journey due to the foul weather. The team manned up and locked down hotel rooms for the entire team and staff. Rumors began to swirl immediately about the possibility of NFL commish, Roger Goodell, pushing the game back to a later time. Mr. Goodell realized the strange situation was caused by mother nature and obliged by making the game a Monday Night event and changing the start time to 8 PM EST. You made the right call there Mr. Goodell and I applaud you.

Almost immediately after learning of the game change, fans began to voice their displeasure with the news that the game would only be aired in the market cities of New York and Minnesota on FOX. The NFL is working on trying to get the game aired in more markets but no news has come out about the progress. As if all of this weren’t enough, reports came out early this morning about a false alarm being set off at the hotel where the Giants were staying (if true, someone needs to check Brett Favre’s cell phone bill). OK, at this point, the Giants have officially entered the Twilight Zone and find themselves in a situation unlike anything I can remember in my adult life. This is a unique and bizarre scenario that would be comical, if it weren’t so true.

And the cherry on top? Breaking news came out earlier about the Metrodome stadium roof in Minnesota, collapsing under the weight of the heavy snowfall overnight. Apparently, the roof collapsed sometime in the early morning hours around 5 AM EST. So now the question isn’t when will the Giants play the Vikings anymore, since the NFL moved the game to Monday night. The question now becomes, where will the game be played?Speculation has already started first thing this morning that the stadium will not be ready in time for the game tomorrow night. There is no way to know what will happen during this developing story but I can honestly say this is the most bizarre turn of events I have ever witnessed concerning a Giants game.

Stay tuned Giants fans…

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RD – nygreporter.com

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