It wasn’t pretty, but the New York Giants managed to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday by the final score of 15-7. The Giants dominated the whole game, only to make things interesting in the 4th quarter after another miserable play by the Special Teams. Nonetheless, as the Giants have learned from their own experiences, especially this year, a win in the National Football League is not easy to come by. They will take it however they get it, no matter how they get it.
The defense should be given the game ball, pitching a shutout (the only points scored were on a special teams miscue). Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Antrel Rolle all showed up with force, managing to send Michael Vick to the sidelines, and showing the same relentless pressure when Matt Barkley was inserted into the game. When the Giants defense plays like they did yesterday, they are a scary team to face. Teams should be weary if the Giants can somehow put together a full game from both their offense and their defense at the same time.
The Giants offense moved the ball well, but had to settle for field goals continually. The Giants scored 15 points, all from the leg of Josh Brown (by the way, how good has this guy been this season). Hakeem Nicks proved why the Giants still value him as a number one receiver, making big plays when they needed them.
Overall the Giants should feel good about themselves, moving to 2-6 on the season. Once again, every team in the NFC East not named the Giants lost; which means they are still barely clinging on to playoff hopes. The Cowboys had a chance to take full control of the division, only to see a miraculous comeback by Calvin Johnson and the Detriot Lions.
Justin Lerner: PureSportsNY