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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
East Rutherford, NJ (Nov 28) – The New York Giants came into today’s game on a two game losing streak and needed that to end today. The Giants defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars by the score of 24-20 this afternoon to end the losing streak and get them right back in the playoff race.
The Giants did not look like that was going to happen for at least one half but they were able to hang around and come back in a big way in the second half. The Giants winning and the Eagles losing has them in a tie for first in the NFC East. The Eagles defeated the Giants last week giving the Eagles the tiebreaker for now. The two teams will meet up again in three weeks.
The Giants have two games before then that they can definitely win, but nothing is a guarantee in this league. The Giants will try to get healthy and at least head into that Eagles game tied with them for first place in the division.
Eli Manning came up huge for the Giants today in a game where he had to do that. The Giants have been plucking receivers off the streets with all of their injuries. Manning is the one constant and had to have a big game. If the Giants lost this game, their season could have been on the brink of collapsing.
Manning finished the day 14-24 for 266 yards and two touchdowns. He did not throw an interception and was not sacked once today. The leading receiver in catches was Ahmad Bradshaw who had four catches for 34 yards; Kevin Boss had the most yards with 74 and the game winning touchdown. Mario Manningham had three catches for 61 yards, Travis Beckum had one catch for 29 yards, and Derek Hagan had two catches for 21 yards.
Brandon Jacobs was the starting running back for this game as Bradshaw has been having trouble holding onto the ball. Jacobs had 14 rushes for 87 yards and Bradshaw had nine rushes for 49 yards. Lawrence Tynes was 3-3 in field goals. The defense was overrun in the first half then, came back in the second half.
The Giants were trailing this game 17-6 at the half and then, turned it out around to outscore the Jaguars 18-3 in the second half. The defense had one interception and three sacks including two in a row late in the fourth quarter to help put the game away. Rookie Jason Pierre-Paul had two sacks and Terrell Thomas had one. Justin Tuck and Antrelle Rolle each had ½ a sack.
The Giants will remain at home to take on the Washington Redskins next week and then head to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. They are tied for first at this time even though the Eagles have the edge because of the tiebreaker.
The Giants want to be at least tied when they take on the Eagles in three weeks that way destiny is in their own hands. They may only make it into the playoffs by winning the division. They did get a lot of help today with all the losses in the league today.
The Packers and Buccaneers are both at 7-4 also as they all jockey for playoff positions. The wild cards are going to be a wild scramble of a bunch of teams that are all right there. It will be a very interesting final five weeks of the season.