Another home loss down the tank. Well, the Giants defense started the game by giving up a touchdown on the first few plays of the game, when Aaron Ross failed to deflect the pass and the Vikings took an early 7-0 lead. The Giants drove down the field and answered with a touchdown of their own, a run by Reuben Droughns. The Vikings took a 24-7 lead into the half, as the boo-birds were alive and well at Giants Stadium.
Lawrence Tynes nailed a 47-yard field goal in the third quarter, it was absolutely amazing that he made that tough field goal in these weather conditions.
Eli Manning was 21/49 with 1 TD and 4 INT’s. Dwight Smith intercepted two throws, Darren Sharper picked up where he left off in 2005 with a INT ran back for a TD, and Chad Greenway also picked off Eli Manning, who’s brother Peyton was looking on in a luxury box…probably in disgust of his little brother.
It was the Giants’ worst loss since a 31-7 loss in Washington on Dec. 5, 2004 and their biggest loss at home since a 50-21 defeat to Washington on Sept. 19, 1999.
Brandon Jacobs missed the game after hurting his hamstring last week. Reuben Droughns and rookie Ahmad Bradshaw combined for 75 yards on 19 attempts against the league’s number 1 run defense.
The Giants, still in great position in the playoff race, hold a 1 game lead over the other wild card, the Lions, and a 2 game lead over anyone else (Giants hold a 2-game lead over Washington but its really a 3-game lead for the Giants because they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker).
Next week the 7-4 Giants have to travel to Chicago to face the Bears (5-6), who just beat the Denver Broncos in overtime. That game will be so cold that I don’t even want to think about it! That’s reaaallll great for Eli, the southern boy who hates the cold. Well, why did he come to the Giants? He had his perfect shot with San Diego. Oh well, I prefer him over Philip Rivers any day, and Eli has a great chance to become a much better quarterback.