NFL Week 13: Giants vs. Packers, Game Notes

December 5, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants faced the undefeated Green Bay Packers in another NFC battle. The Giants desperately need some wins to keep their playoff hopes alive. Unfortunately, the G-Men were not able to pull out the win after a hard fought game. They lost to the Green Bay Packers 38-35. I have to take my hat off to Big Blue because they played their hearts out but they still need some wins and soon or they will miss the playoffs for a third straight year. Unacceptable in the City of New York. The Giants and Packers each scored in every single quarter of play and I really believe it could have gone either way at the end. The G-Men fall to 6-6 with four games left in the season.

Of course, all of Giants nation is upset with the loss because the loss effects our playoff hopes. Some of the fair weather fans were really laying into the Giants last night. Instead of saying, the Giants are playing the best team in the NFL and doing very well. They say, the Giants stink in all of this angry and unhelpful venting. The picture is very clear now. The Giants need to win all of their last four games to make it back to the playoffs. They might be able to squeak in with three wins but the NFC East is so tight right now with the Cowboys that four wins would be better.

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

QB Eli Manning – Manning had another outstanding game. He finished with 347 yards 3 TD’s and 1 INT.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs ran hard again yesterday and finished with 59 yards and 1 TD leading all rushers.

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks exploded for 2 TD’s and 88 yards. He is playing on a Pro Bowl level right now.

DE Justin Tuck – Defensive captain Justin “Truck” had another good game and finished with 1 sack.

LB Chase Blackburn – Blackburn made his return to the field for Big Blue yesterday and came away with an INT. Welcome home Chase!

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw returned to the field after missing a few games due to injury. He was rusty but finished with 38 yards.

LB Mathias Kiwanuka – Kiwi hits hard. He had a good game and was laying out people on the field

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle is a force to be reckoned with out there and finished 3rd on the team in tackles.

TE Jake Ballard – Ballard had another productive game and contributed 47 yards. He has stepped up big time this year.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP better make it to the Pro Bowl this year. He had another solid game causing havoc.

WR Victor Cruz – Cruz should be in the Pro Bowl this year too. He had a great game finishing with 119 yards.

DT Linval Joseph – Joseph has really been playing well the past few weeks. This week, he led all tacklers on the Giants defense.

CB Aaron Ross – Ross continues to produce out there finishing 4th in tackles. He misses some plays but is doing a good job overall.

DE Dave Tollefson – Tollefson always seems to make a big play in each game he plays in. He finished with 1 sack.

LB Michael Boley – Boley returned to the field from injury and boy am I glad he is back. One of our defensive leaders returns!

TE Travis Beckum – Beckum made his one catch count, going 67 yards for the TD early in the game. Nice going Travis!

P Steve Weatherford – The Weatherman continues his great season with another solid game. You can’t deny his production.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes made a huge FG in the 1st quarter and finished 2/2 on FG attempts and made all 3 of his extra point attempts.

Giants Offense – The Giants offense had a great game and put up 447 yards and 35 points on the Packers defense.

Giants Defense – The Giants defense is clearly injury depleted and doing what they can out there. They finished with 2 sacks 1 INT 0 forced fumbles.

Giants Special Teams – The Giants special teams needs work but they did a good job yesterday.

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

RD –

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Giants vs. Redskins, NFL Week 13: Game Notes

December 5, 2010

NEW YORK – The New York Giants faced their old division rival Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon. The Redskins came into the game with the worst defense in the entire NFL (ranked 32nd overall) and the G-Men had won four in a row against them. New York entered the game ranked with the No.2 overall defense in the NFL. The G-Men also had the No.3 overall offense in the NFL. This game should have been a stepping stone game to get the Giants through week 13 and focused on some better talent down the road. In other words, they needed to beat a team they were expected to beat. The Giants answered the call and got the victory, beating Washington 31-7.

The Giants played an awesome first half of football and dominated the Redskins on both sides of the ball. The Giants went into the locker room at halftime with a 21-0 lead. The Big Blue rushing attack was particularly impressive in this game and seemed to be the number one offensive option for the majority of the contest. It is possible that the windy conditions in New Meadowlands stadium had something to do with OC Kevin Gilbride’s strategy and the wind even helped Big Blue with pushing a FG attempt by Washington wide left. The team finished the game strong in the second half and continued to do whatever they wanted on the field. This was an extremely fun game to watch and the Giants players had smiles on their faces from the first quarter until the end of the game.

The Giants will play the Vikings next Sunday in Minnesota at 1PM EST. The Vikings have had a poor season by their recent standards but should still be considered a dangerous team filled with star players. Big Blue have four games left and will need to win half of them to make the playoffs in my opinion. It looks like the Giants and Eagles (both 8-4) will be the final two teams battling it out for the NFC East Champions title.

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

– QB Eli Manning didn’t do much on this windy day but hand the ball off. He finished with 161 yards 0 TD’s 1 INT.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw ran hard the whole entire game and finished with 97 yards and 2 TD’s. He also topped 1,000 yards for the year.

– DE Justin Tuck had a very nice game and finished with 1 sack and 2 forced fumbles.

– WR Mario Manningham was mostly non existent the entire game and finished with 36 yards.

– RB Brandon Jacobs had a great game as the starting RB and finished with 103 yards and 2 TD’s.

– DE Jason Pierre-Paul had another solid performance with limited playing time. He finished with 2 sacks again for the second straight week.

– TE Kevin Boss got a few passes thrown his way and finished with 28 yards.

– DT Barry Cofield led all defensive tacklers with 7 and had another solid game for the G-Men.

– DE Osi Umenyiora had a nice game and finished with 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.

– WR Derek Hagan had a surprisingly busy day and finished with 65 yards.

– The Giants defense continued their stellar season with an awesome game and finished with 4 sacks, 2 INT’s, 6 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries.

– The Giants offensive line set a franchise record for consecutive games (five) without giving up a sack.

– The Giants special teams even got into the action today with a good game. They blocked a punt and had some good kicks and punts.

– K Lawrence Tynes made his only FG attempt and all 4 of his extra point attempts.

RD –