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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
East Rutherford, NJ (Dec 24) – The New York Giants defeated the New York Jets by the score of 29-14 on Saturday afternoon. It was a close game for most of the day until the Giants pulled away at the end of the fourth quarter. It wasn’t the prettiest of games, especially in the fourth quarter but the Giants made fewer mistakes and executed when they needed to. They kept their season alive and will now play for the NFC East Title on Sunday night Football on January 1, 2012.
Eli Manning was 9-27 for 225 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 54 yards on 15 carries and he had two touchdowns. Brandon Jacobs had seven carries for 42 yards and D.J. Ware had three carries for 20 yards. Victor Cruz was the leading receiver with three catches for 164 yards and a touchdown. He did have one catch for 99 yards. Hakeem Nicks had one catch for 20 yards, Jacobs had one for 13 and Devin Thomas had one catch for 11 yards. Bradshaw had one catch for eight yards. Lawrence Tynes was 2-2 on field goals with his long being 36 yards and he made three extra points.
Mark Sanchez threw more passes than he has ever thrown for the Jets. He was 30-59 for 258 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Shonn Greene rushed for 58 yards on 14 carries, LaDainian Tomlinson had 29 yards on five carries and Sanchez had 13 yards on four carries and a touchdown.
Dustin Keller was the leading receiver with eight catches for 77 yards. Santonio Holmes had four catches for 50 yards, Tomlinson had six catches for 36 yards and Jeremy Kerley had five catches for 36 yards. Plaxico Burress had three catches for 34 yards. Nick Folk missed the only field goal he attempted and made two extra points.
Kenny Phillips and Corey Webster each had an interception for the Giants. Webster and Antrelle Rolle led the team with seven tackles each. Jason Pierre-Paul had two sacks. Justin Tuck, Dave Tollefson and Chris Canty each had a sack. The Jets defense had one interception by David Harris and Muhammad Wilkerson led the team with three tackles and two assists with a sack.
The Jets will play Miami in Miami on Sunday needing a win and three other teams to lose to make the playoffs. The Giants will play for the division crown on Sunday night Football at home against the Dallas Cowboys. If they win the game they will be in the playoffs and have a home game in the first round and if they lose they will miss out on the playoffs once again and have another second half collapse that could end the Tom Coughlin era with the Giants.