Jan 7, 2007

At least they weren't shut-out

The Giants season is over, and what a roller-coaster of a final game and season it was.

The D did mostly a good job tonight, but the game wasn't lost in the last seconds when Akers kicked the field-goal - it was lost 3 quarters earlier when the Giants dominated the first 10 minutes of the game, but only accrued a 7 point lead. The offense was given incredible field position on 3 successive drives, and scored 0 points (gaining just 10 yards). If you didn't see the game tonight, it'll be hard to explain how frustrating the offense was (not to mention throughout the season).

The only upsides are that Tiki had a very nice last game (152 yards), and with the ridiculous amount of penalties (tonight and during his 3-year tenure), Tom Coughlin should be released in the next few weeks.

- This HAS to be Carlos Emmons' last game with the team. It was actually sad last night, watching him be in perfect position to tackle Philly WR Donte Stallworth on a reverse, only to get juked and burned for 10 yards. He is too old and slow to be an NFL starter anymore.

- What a warrior J-Shock is! Long after he retires, Giants fans will remember his helmet-less catch-and-run against Philly.

- A hidden turning point was Tiki's 41-yard run where he was knocked out of bounds at the 3. There was an Eagles defender trailing Tiki, and another one (CB Lito Sheppard) ahead of him, and instead of Plaxico taking out Sheppard, he levelled the DB who was already trailing Tiki. The Sheppard pushed Tiki out, and the Jints had to settle for a FG on that drive. If Plax takes out the correct defender (Sheppard), Tiki goes in for a TD, and the Giants take a 14-10 lead instead of tying the game at 10.

- I know Plaxico can be a giant pain in the ass sometimes (Tennessee game), but 3 things to remember: 1. he is clearly our best receiver (not just WR), 2. he has been solely responsible for several wins (and near wins), and 3. is one of the best WRs in the NFL. He and Eli led the Giants on their game-tying drive. If only he complained less and played hard all the time.

- It seems Gibril Wilson has suddenly become a good cover safety. He's made a huge pass deflection in each of the last 2 games. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough tonight.

23-20 Philly

3*: Tiki, 28 touches, 152 yds
3: Plaxico, 5 catches, 89 yds, 2 TD
1: Osi, 4 tackles, 1 sack, 3 QB hits
1: Wilson, 4 tackles, 2 pass deflections
1: Eli, 16-27, 161 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT

(At least the Cowboys lost in (more) heart-breaking fashion.)

Giants season recap coming soon...

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