NFL Week 17: Giants vs. Cowboys, Game Notes

January 2, 2012

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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Giants vs. Redskins, NFL Week 17: Game Notes

January 2, 2011

NEW YORK – Well Giants fans, we have come to the end of the road. The final game of the 2010 NFL regular season was played today. It’s crazy how quickly the year has gone by, as we are now in 2011. The field in Washington was atrocious and had the players changing their cleats early in the 1st quarter. The internet was buzzing first thing this morning about the game today and the help New York would need from Chicago to make the playoffs. I knew right then, this was going to be a long day but the Giants beat the Redskins 17-14 in a close game.

The first quarter was sloppy as usual for both teams. Sloppy in terms of game play and not penalties because there weren’t any in the first half. The Giants took an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter. It should have been 3-3 but Redskins kicker Gano missed a chippy shot at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was almost as sloppy with both teams turning the ball over. Eli Manning had yet another tipped ball INT, which must have set some NFL record because I have seem tons of them this season. The one word that sums up the Giants 2010 NFL season? Turnovers.

The Giants led 10-7 at halftime but Washington QB Rex Grossman was looking like a baller against the Giants defense during the first half. The second half of football was a bit slow with very few big plays. Things continued like this until the final seconds ticked off the game clock. To be honest, the Giants were lucky to pull out this win against the NFL’s worst 32nd ranked defense in Washington. Fans were holding their breath at the end of this game, something fans should not have had to do.

Giants fans everywhere found themselves trying to follow the Bears/Packers game in any way possible. Fans who traveled to Washington noted that the Redskins did not show the score at their stadium, something the team decided to do on their own. But it just wasn’t meant to be as the Packers beat the Bears and destroyed the Giants playoff hopes despite the victory over Washington.

So the Giants finish the season at 10-6 and 2nd place in the NFC East. Not a bad season but certainly a disappointment to the fans and Giants organization as a whole for missing the playoffs two years in a row.

The New York Giants 2010 NFL season is officially over!

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

– QB Eli Manning had a decent game and finished with 243 yards 1 TD and 1 INT

– RB Brandon Jacobs had a pretty good game and finished with 49 yards and 1 TD.

– WR Mario Manningham had a good game including a 92 yard TD catch in the third quarter. He finished with 101 yards and 1 TD.

– OL Rich Seubert was carted off the field in the 1st quarter with a dislocated knee cap. He was in a lot of pain and I hope he is OK.

– DT Barry Cofield made significant contributions to the team today including batting down a ball in the 1st quarter.

– CB Terrell Thomas had a very nice day and led all defensive tacklers in the game.

– TE Kevin Boss had a couple of catches and finished with 29 yards.

– LB Jonathan Goff had a very nice game and was making plays all over the field. He also had a forced fumble.

– WR Derek Hagan had a nice game but also dropped a sure TD in the endzone during the 1st quarter. He finished with 70 yards.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw had a very quiet game and finished with only 22 yards.

– DE Justin Tuck had a good game, much better then the final stats say. Not bad for a guy who got into a car accident on New Year’s Eve.

– CB Aaron Ross was returning punts today once again for Big Blue.

– DE Jason Pierre-Paul continues to develop into a monster player. This guy had a key fumble recovery and is going to be special.

– OL Kevin Boothe replaced OL Rich Seubert who went down with an injury.

– DE Osi Umenyiora made some key plays for the Giants defense today including 2 forced fumbles and 2 sacks. He set an NFL record with 10 forced fumbles in a season.

– S Antrel Rolle is simply a baller. He had another solid game for Big Blue.

– The Giants defense had a shaky game but came together when it mattered. They set a new NFL record for recovered forced fumbles (22) in a season and finished with 2 sacks, 1 INT and 3 forced fumbles.

– The Giants offensive line was playing on fumes and did an outstanding job considering how many starting players were out. They did not allow a sack.

– K Lawrence Tynes who was enjoying an awesome year, missed a crucial FG late in the third quarter. He also made 1 FG and both extra point attempts.

– P Matt Dodge continued his awful rookie season by having another up and down game.

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Happy New Year to our Readers and Giants Fans Everywhere

January 1, 2011

NEW YORK – On behalf of everyone here at the nygreporter, I would like to wish all of our readers and Giants fans a very Happy New Year! There were over a million people in Times Square last night to help ring in the 2011 new year. New York City has become the destination to be at on new years eve. I have had the pleasure to attend the “ball drop” on three separate occasions. The first time I went, there weren’t so many security measures in place and you could roam around free, the last time I went it was a completely different experience with the new security measures. I feel bad for the kids of today who will not get the chance to experience the old way. It was truly a lot of fun.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, we have finally arrived at the end of the season. The final regular season game will be played tomorrow against the Washington Redskins at 4:15 PM EST. I still can’t believe how quickly this season has gone by but all good things must come to end they say. Hopefully, Big Blue will give the fans a game to remember in a positive way with a win. As you all know, the playoffs are not completely out of reach for the G-Men. If the Bears beat the Packers tomorrow, the Giants will sneak into the playoffs but they have to beat the Redskins too. The Giants have about a third of their team on the injured reserve list, there were 15 players at last count on the IR list. This has become an epidemic when coupled with the rash of IR list players from the 2009 season. I don’t know what can be done about the injuries but I do know that you can’t win very much without your star players on the field.

The Giants should beat the Redskins thoroughly tomorrow. I would predict a final score of 38-20. I am more concerned about the Bears beating the Packers. The Bears have clinched a nice cushy spot in the playoffs and might not risk injuring their star players for the entire game. The Packers will be playing for their lives. If the Giants miss the playoffs, it is nobody’s fault but their own. They had their chance to lock things up and did not come through. I hope the season ends on a good note for everyone involved.

Happy New Year!

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More Bad News for the New York Football Giants

December 30, 2010

NEW YORK – As if the past two weeks of embarrassing losses weren’t enough, Giants fans now receive the news that star WR Hakeem Nicks and pro bowl C Shaun O’Hara will not play in the season finale against the Redskins Sunday. This is bad. I don’t have to emphasize how important those two players are to the New York offense. It’s bad enough that WR Steve Smith is out for the year, along with other key players (14 on IR list at last count) but now with WR Hakeem Nicks being held out, the team will be playing with 3rd, 4th and 5th string WR’s in a must win division game. Punt returner Will Blackmon was also placed on the injured reserve list.

I have been shaking my head at the Giants for weeks now, unable to accept what I have been seeing on the field and cringing at the reality of losing more key players. It’s a simple scenario that needs to happen on Sunday, the Giants need to win and the Packers need to lose to the Bears. Can the Giants come through with the win and honor their end of the bargain or will they collapse under the pressure, as they have done for the past two weeks against the Eagles and Packers? Granted there were some strange situations to contend with the past two weeks with the foul weather effecting the teams travel plans. The most recent case, the G-Men being stranded in Green Bay for two days (the team returned home on Tuesday afternoon) following the Sunday game.

There was some good news to come out of the Giants camp this week. DT Barry Cofield won the “good guy” award, something I think this man deserves. I was one of the most vocal writers out here to voice my displeasure in the fact that Cofield’s name come up during trade talks before the season began. Cofield is a big part of the Giants defense and any deal that would send him to another team would be foolish. I see you Barry!

I have to take Big Blue in the victory over the Redskins on Sunday. If the Giants lose to Washington, I would have to throw my arms up to the whole season. This is absolutely, one hundred percent, a game the Giants should win and if they don’t, I am going to be extremely disappointed. The Giants should literally blow out the Redskins, even though we have some key players injured and missing the game. The G-Men are still ranked in the top six for both offense (3) and defense (6). They need to win this game for the fans, for themselves and for the honor of the Giants organization.

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