Despite multiple players being involved in a shooting incident, the Giants had no problem with focusing on the task at hand. Heading into a road matchup against the division rival Redskins, the Giants were facing an emotional and rowdy crowd at FedEx field.
With Plaxico Burress accidentally shooting himself in the leg on Friday at a nightclub, the Giants were flooded with questions from the media about the situation. Linebacker Antonio Pierce, who was with Burress the night of the incident, was questioned by the NFL and police. Pierce allegedly helped Burress by hiding the gun. According to Giantsfootballblog.com , Burress turned himself into the police this morning and will plead not guilty to an illegal possession of a weapon charge.
Back at Giants camp, Eli Manning, Antonio Pierce, Brandon Jacobs, and other members of the organization simply pushed all the news aside and put forth a dominating effort against the Redskins.Manning threw for a season-high 305 yards on 21 completions and one touchdown. Domenik Hixon, who I believed was going to have an off-game due to defenses finally catching up to him, had a great game in the first half. While the Redskins played him tight, he simply turned his shoulder and made a catch on almost each ball thrown his way.
The streaky Amani Toomer caught five passes, including a touchdown in the first half and several key first down receptions. Manning did a nice job of spreading the ball around, as he completed passes to six different receivers.
It seems they don’t need Plaxico Burress… doesn’t this remind you of a specific player last year?
The defense put up some nice numbers. Justin Tuck had two sacks, Aaron Ross had yet another interception, and Barry Cofield and Terrell Thomas contributed with two forced fumbles. The announcers were mentioning that Cofield does not receive enough credit, and they were right. Cofield, all 306 pounds of him, was easily able to sprint to the outside to make tackles.
The Giants improved to 11-1, an NFL best, and have several playoff-clinching scenarios for next weekend vs. Philadelphia at home. Here they are:
Clinch NFC East division title with :
– Win OR
– Tie + DAL loss/tie
– DAL loss
Clinch 1st Round Playoff Bye with:
– Win OR
– Tie + DAL loss/tie OR
– DAL loss + CHI loss/tie
Clinch Playoff Berth with:
– Tie + DAL win + ATL loss