The Giants won their 6th straight road game today, a win that was certainly no simple task. Lincoln Financial Field was rockin’, rumblin’, and shakin’ the whole state of Pennsylvania up and down until the final tick. Again, it was not easy, but it looked a lot better than it did last week in Chicago. Eli Manning had a great day, including a dart of a pass to Plaxico Burress to give the Giants a huge touchdown in the second half. Eli Manning threw no interceptions and his arm strength was shown through the whole game with the rocket passes right into receivers’ guts.
Plaxico Burress, who limped off the field in pre-game warm-ups indicating that he likely would be too sore to play today, did an amazing job of fighting through the pain and getting the job done. He finished with 7 catches, 136 yards, and a touchdown.
With the Giants’ 2 starting safeties out, I expected some heavy passing by the Eagles, but really it wasn’t bad at all. Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook were the main hook-ups in the first half, and in the second half the Eagles offense couldn’t get anything going. The Giants offense needs to do a better job hanging onto the football, and there’s one specific player that needs to do this, and that is Brandon Jacobs. He fumbled twice today, and it was really pathetic. He fumbles every game it seems, and every time I think of him fumbling I think of him fumbling against the Jets this year when it was scooped and scored. If Jacobs keeps this up, he’s going to fumble the season away in the playoffs. He needs to work with Tom Coughlin, who is a fumbling master. He taught loudmouth Tiki Barber how to run the ball effectively without fumbling. That saved Tiki’s career. I guess Tiki doesn’t care that it saved his career because obviously he hates Coughlin. Tiki is such a wuss, crybaby, whiner, whatever you want to call it.
Anyway, I always am amazed at how good of a leg David Akers has, and today was no exception. With the Eagles trailing by 3 with 1 minute to go, Donovan McNabb drove the Eagles down the field into, well, usually not field goal range, but I guess it is for Akers. After driving to the Giants’ 39, the Eagles sent out the kicking unit with 6 seconds remaining. David Akers launched the ball deep into the air, the ball kept going, and going, and going, and this 57-yard attempt looks like it had enough distance, and it DID. It bounced off halfway up the right upright and fell to the ground. The field goal attempt was no good as the Giants improved to 9-4, while the Eagles are surely running out of time. At 5-8, the defending NFC East Champions are likely finished off in the chase for the final wild card spot in the NFC.
I like New York’s chances of having success in the playoffs this year, and that’s not only because their record is great at 9-4, but that they have won 6 straight road games. Also, their likely first round opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are struggling and are far from impressive. The Giants may be on the road throughout the playoffs, but as I have stated before, that isn’t a bad thing from their 6-1 road record (the only loss coming in week 1 in Dallas).
NFC PLAYOFF RACE
x- Clinched playoff berth
y- Clinched Division Title
Z- Clinched First round Bye
*- Clinched Home Field Advantage
|Y-1. Cowboys 12-1|
|Y-2. Packers 11-2|
|Y-3. Seahawks 9-4|
|4. Buccaneers 8-5|
|WILD CARD TEAMS|
|5. Giants 9-4|
|6. Vikings 7-6|