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JETS FALL TO GIANTS 29 - 14
"One by one,the Jets’ season goals have been erased, painfully unfulfilled.
Win the AFC East. Secure a home playoff game. Be one of the league’s most
dynamic offenses, and the No. 1 defense.
Today, the Jets also lost the battle
for area bragging rights, now unable to claim the “big brother” status coach Rex
Ryan has trumpeted. And with their 29-14 loss to the Giants came perhaps the biggest blow of the
season: The Jets’ playoff aspirations are on life support.
To earn a postseason berth, the Jets must not only win next week at the Miami
Dolphins — but the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans and either the
Oakland Raiders or Denver Broncos must lose, according to the NFL Network. In
short, barring a near miracle, the Jets may miss the postseason for the first
time in Ryan’s three-year tenure.
“You can’t keep playing Russian roulette,” linebacker Bart Scott said. “When
you keep playing that way and not taking care of business, that’s what you have
to deal with. And then we have nobody to blame but ourselves.”
This crosstown rivalry game was intense. Giants players triumphantly swung
back the black curtains blocking their logos in the shared MetLife Stadium, and
and Giants running back Brandon Jacobs had a heated postgame exchange, in
which Jacobs yelled, “Time to shut up, fat boy!”
It only adds insult to injury that the Giants may have delivered the knockout
blow to the Jets’ playoffs push. The Bengals (9-6) are now in position for the
second AFC wild-card spot, while the Broncos, Raiders and Titans are even with
the Jets at 8-7.
After a week of talking big, Ryan took the responsibility for the loss, the
second straight game in which the Jets did not look like a playoff-caliber
The Jets had all the momentum early, scoring first on a 5-yard touchdown pass
from quarterback Mark Sanchez to tight end Josh Baker. They forced the Giants to
punt on each of their three possessions in the first quarter.
But with one play — a 99-yard touchdown catch by Victor Cruz — the tide
seemed to turn toward the “visiting” Giants. With just more than two minutes
until halftime, the Giants had a third-and-10 from their own 1-yard line. Two
missed tackles by cornerbacks Kyle Wilson and Antonio Cromartie, and Cruz’s
sideline hurdle of safety Eric Smith, turned a perhaps 11-yard gain into the
biggest play of the day.
“What can you do, man?” linebacker Calvin Pace said. “Third-and-10, one
tackle, get off the field. We can’t get it done. They got the momentum.”
The Jets had a chance to respond before halftime, but a promising drive
instead ended with a missed 44-yard field goal attempt. The second half was a
different game, one in which Sanchez was sacked four times, regularly had his
passes batted by defenders and turned the ball over three times.
Oddly, the Jets didn’t play their own game. They were having success running
the ball — averaging more than 4 yards per carry — but yet Sanchez threw a
career-high 59 passes. Ryan’s explanation was that the Jets were in catch-up
mode, but they only trailed by more than one possession for 10 minutes of game
time, almost exclusively in the fourth quarter.
“If you look back, who knows what could have happened if we kept running?”
said Sanchez, who completed 30 of those passes for 258 yards. “But that’s not
fair, that’s not fair to (offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer). I thought
he called a great game.”
Ryan conceded, “You’re not going to beat anybody — we’re not — when you throw
it that many times, that’s for sure.”
Still, the Jets had chances late. They trailed by 20-7 early in the fourth
quarter, but a bizarre series of plays with two overturned Sanchez fumbles, and
a David Harris interception off a deflected pass, led to Sanchez’s 1-yard
touchdown run. With 7:17 to play, they trailed by just six points.
But the Jets went three-and-out on their next possession. They got the ball
back on their 8-yard line with 2:24 to play, and instead of the fourth-quarter
comeback that seemed to come so easily in previous charmed seasons, Sanchez was
sacked in the end zone for a safety.
“We had five different ways to win the game near the end,” said Scott, who
did not put the blame entirely on the offense, “and we figured out a way to lose
Afterward, there was a different attitude in the Jets locker room. Nose
tackle Sione Pouha said they “don’t really feel like much.” Sixteen games in the
season, receiver Santonio Holmes rued that the inconsistent offense has have no
choice but to “roll with the punches.” Scott said the Jets, who once controlled
their own destiny, didn’t deserve to anymore.
“If we ever want a chance to right our wrongs,” Pace said, “maybe one day
we’ll look ourselves in the mirror and say, ‘We’ve got to stop beating
us.’?”GIANTS SILENCE JETS, 29 - 14, SETTING UP NFC EAST SHOWDOWN WITH COWBOYS
Excerpt: "It was a fitting end to a week of chirping between the Giants and Jets. The two resident yappers on each side —
Brandon Jacobs and Rex Ryan — nearly coming to blows at what’s usually handshake
and hug time.
“Time to shut up, fat boy!” Jacobs yelled.
At that point, Jacobs claims Ryan tried to come after him “the way his old
man went after (Kevin) Gilbride.” To which, in this season of yuletide cheer, he
sent the merriest of holiday greetings.
“You’re talking to the wrong Giant,” Jacobs said he yelled, “because I will
kick your (butt)!”
We knew it would end this way, with the winning team getting the final say
after days, weeks, months and years of trash talk. After an oft-sloppy but
always entertaining 29-14 victory today, it was the Giants breaking from the
“talk is cheap” part of Tom Coughlin’s mantra after delivering on the “play the
game” portion to set up a showdown with the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East
title next Sunday.
Chris Canty’s sack of Mark Sanchez in the end zone for a safety with 2:13 to
play was pretty much the difference and set off celebrations that included
Justin Tuck doing Fireman Ed’s “J-E-T-S” chant with a drop kick at the end.
Time to shut up indeed.
Still, even in victory, a hobbled Coughlin declined to get into the
back-and-forth jawing. But he did notice how it sparked his team.
Players who admitted they did nothing after getting “punched in the mouth” by
the Eagles a few weeks ago, and had lost five of their last six, finally showed
“It was shocking,” Coughlin said of the way his team came out in practice
last week. “I looked up and said, ‘Is that the same guys?’ They had great
purpose and the way they practiced is the way they played.”
Hard. Fast. Aggressive." Read more...GIANTS, COWBOYS WILL VIE FOR NFC EAST TITLE NEXT WEEK
"When the Giants and Dallas Cowboys
meet next week, the winner will take the NFC East title. The loser will miss the
Those are the stakes that were set today after the Giants beat the Jets, 29-14, and the Cowboys lost to the
Philadelphia Eagles, 20-7.
Michael Vick threw two touchdown passes to lead the Eagles over Dallas in a
game that became somewhat meaningless midway through the first quarter — when
the Giants' win over the Jets eliminated Philly from the playoffs.
But while the Cowboys still had wild-card hopes to play for, they clearly
were more concerned about getting ready for the "win and you're in" route to the
playoffs. Quarterback Tony Romo left after injuring his throwing hand on the
first series and oft-injured running back Felix Jones hit the bench for good
after the second series. They came within 7 seconds of getting shut out.
Vick threw a touchdown pass on the opening series and again just before
halftime. Alex Henery kicked field goals of 43 and 51 yards for the Eagles' only
points in the second half.
Philadelphia (7-8) won its third straight, giving the preseason "Dream Team"
the chance to avoid a losing record by beating the Redskins at home in its
finale next weekend. The Eagles also swept the season series against the Cowboys
for the first time since 2006, having clobbered Dallas 34-7 in October.
The Cowboys (8-7) lost for the third time in four games, and are guaranteed
another losing record after Thanksgiving. If they end up missing the playoffs,
that flop at the finish will loom large all offseason. Of course, if they win
the division, it'll only be a footnote. The upcoming week will be filled with
all sorts of similar high-stakes ramifications that will be riding on the finale
for both Dallas and the Giants.
Dallas announced late tonight that next week's game has been moved to prime
time."GIANTS SHOW JETS THEY ARE STILL UNRIVALED WITH 29-14 VICTORY ON CHRISTMAS EVE
"After a week's worth of trash talking and hype between the two teams that
share one stadium, the final minutes of the Giants' 29-14 victory over the Jets were played in front of a sparsely
filled MetLife Stadium. It was mostly just Giants fans who still remained, a
smatter of blue surrounding the field.
They even chanted "Giants Stadium" to rub it in.
The Jets fans? They were long gone, perhaps like their team's playoff
The Giants (8-7) quickly turned a tight game into a laugher in a 14-second
span late in the fourth quarter. Leading 20-14, Chris Canty sacked Mark Sanchez
for a safety with 2:24 remaining and then 14 seconds later, following a failed
onside kick, Ahmad Bradshaw scored from 19-yards out on the first play of the
drive to ice the game.
The result meant that the Giants would still have something to play for next
week as their matchup with the Dallas Cowboys will for the NFC East title.
The Jets (8-7) are in worse shape. Due to their second straight loss, even a
win next week in Miami may not be enough to get them into the playoffs. The
Cincinnati Bengals won today to move them to 9-6 and take a one-game lead in the
drive for the final wildcard spot. They are stuck with three other teams at 8-7
and a game out of the playoffs heading into the final weekend of the season.
The Giants took the lead in the second quarter on another big play from
Victor Cruz, this one going 99 yards as he split two defenders to race down the
sideline for the go-ahead score. While it was in peril, the Giants never
relinquished the lead.
When Ahmad Bradshaw bulled over Jets safety Brodney Pool on the way to a
14-yard touchdown run to give the Giants a 17-7 lead, it looked like he left the
Jets' chances run over as well.
But after extending the lead to 13, Mark Sanchez scored from one-yard out to
cut the lead to 20-14. That would be as close as they got."YOU GRADE 'EM, GIANTS VS. JETS
POLITI'S TALE OF THE TAPE: A COMPLETE BREAKDOWN OF THE GIANTS AND JETS
Excerpt: "At this point, every aspect of today’s Giants-Jets game has been broken
down ad nauseam, and our ears are bleeding from the trash talk. But who has the
edge in the categories that can’t be decided on the field today? We present our
comprehensive (ahem) Tale of the Tape:
Head Coaches’ Motto
Tom Coughlin loves to
say, “Talk is cheap. Play the Game.” For Rex Ryan, it’s more like, “Talk is
cheap – and here’s some more of it!” EDGE: GIANTS
Most Visible Fan
The Jets have Fireman Ed.
The Giants have, well, anybody other than Fireman Ed. EDGE:
The Jets have Ray Romano,
Adam Sandler, James Gandolfini and Kevin James. The Giants have Jon Bon Jovi.
Didn't he just die or something? EDGE: JETS
The Jets are green, the color
of emeralds, nature and money. Not bad. But the Giants are blue, and as any
grade school kid could tell you, yellow and blue make green. EDGE:
The Giants had Plaxico
Burress when he was late for practices and carrying a loaded gun into a
nightclub. The Jets have him when he’s a grateful family man working for
charities to stop gun violence. EDGE: JETS
Giants have three Super Bowl
trophies, most recently in 2007, and four titles in the pre-Super Bowl Era. The
Jets still have but one, most recently when man was walking on the moon.
Eli Manning is happily
married with a new baby. Mark Sanchez, according to
Page 6, is dating
supermodel Kate Upton. No wonder he can’t focus on opposing defenses.
Pop Culture References
The mostly unfunny
movie “Big Fan” is about a hardcore Giants fan who is beaten up by his favorite
player. Former Jets coach Eric Mangini got a table at Vesuvio in “The Sopranos.”
The Jets have them. The
Giants are one of six NFL teams that do not. EDGE: GIANTS
Giants great Lawrence Taylor pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges after
a May 6 arrest for statutory rape, which is no laughing matter. Jets icon Joe
Namath tried to kiss Suzy Kolber on national TV (and we're still giggling).
Giants have a classic, simple look. So do the Jets but then once a year they
trot out those awful gold and blue New York Titans uniforms. EDGE:
Bill Parcells led the Giants to a pair of Super Bowl titles. He got the Jets
as the AFC Championship Game before bolting a year later.
D'ALESSANDRO: IN GIANTS-JETS RIVALRY, SPOTLIGHT CAPTURES HUGE CONTRAST IN COACHING STYLES
The Giants failed to make the
playoffs from 1963-81. As for the Jets, two words: Rich Kotite. EDGE:
Moment of Ignominy
Giants quarterback Joe Pisarcik’s shocking fumble led to the “Miracle at the
Meadowlands” for the Eagles. The Jets blew a three-point lead to lose the “Heidi
Game” to the Raiders, but hey, at least fans didn’t see it. EDGE:
The Jets are one of the most
active teams on Twitter and Facebook, with 275,000 followers. The Giants, who
may have just disconnected their CompuServe account recently, have less than
half that many. EDGE: JETS.
Santonio Holmes and
the Jets receivers have perfected the “Fly Like A Jet” routine, but a touchdown
dance should be an actual dance — and no one salsas better than Giants receiver
Victor Cruz. EDGE: GIANTS."
Excerpt: "First, the disclaimer: Among the monumental concerns which affect our daily
lives, the weighty matter of which football team rules New York doesn’t rank
quite as high as Best Place To Buy Mulch or Fastest Pizza Delivery. Priorities,
It is in observance of this immutable truth that we state with a fair amount
of certainty that Rex Ryan’s words probably don’t penetrate the minds of the
local football devotee — at least those of the blue-clad variety — or those of
the Giants themselves.
Just to make sure, we checked earlier this week: “Naw, we haven’t heard
anything Rex said,” defensive end Dave Tollefson said. “So what was it?”
No sense replaying a broken record, we told him — half the time his blather
is the rhetorical equivalent of “meh” anyway. No, this was raised only to
discern whether Tom Coughlin, once and for all, would get so vexed by Rex that
he would scribble something on a chalkboard for the first time in his coaching
Turns out that you get the same answer you always get in times like these:
Soliciting a Coughlin reaction to trash talk is like asking a dummy in Macy’s
window for directions to housewares.
“This is a game of pride, so any time someone slights you, you want to know,”
Tollefson explained. “But face it, (Coughlin) isn’t a bulletin-board guy. He’s a
Wait, was that a descriptive adjective, or does he mean John
“John Wooden,” Tollefson said. “You know, dedicate yourself to your core
(values). Work on your own deal. Don’t let outside factors change how you
prepare or how you play. Get your game right, go out and execute.”
“Wooden and Lombardi, Churchill and Patton — he’ll quote people, but that’s
as far as it goes with using” external stimuli, lineman Chris Snee said. “Or
he’ll use other sports accomplishments as a lesson — like what St. Louis had to
overcome to win the (World) Series this year. Or he’ll read us the highlights of
a story — there was a Roy Halladay piece in SI a few years ago I remember that
he liked. But that’s about it, really.”
The only exception anyone could remember was back in ’07, prior to the
divisional playoff at Dallas, when Coughlin made it known to his guys that Jerry
Jones had already placed tickets for the NFC title game on the stools of each of
“But even that was just a circumstance he didn’t even make a big deal about,”
recalled Snee, also the coach’s son-in-law. “He just brought it to our
attention. I mean, c’mon — it’s not like we needed any motivation for a playoff
game. I never got that.”
Otherwise, Coughlin is as constant as the North Star, which is why we like
him, and what you read is what you get: The guy’s credo was spelled out for his
players on those T-shirts he distributed a few years back, the ones that read
Talk Is Cheap, Play The Game.
Compare that to the guy across the field this
afternoon. Talk ain’t cheap — especially when you get slapped with a $75,000
fine for verbally abusing a fan, using an expletive.
So what’s this have to do with football? Maybe nothing, maybe everything. It
depends. Do you subscribe to the theory that a team assumes the identity of its
head coach? Or believe that individual styles solicit different results? Or that
football is the one activity in which swagger and bravado should trump
determination and equipoise?
Maybe it’s a valid study.
More than once this year, we’ve sensed that the Jets have benefited from
their coach’s shoot-from-the-lip prattle, notably this week. Ryan’s team was
embarrassed in Philly — mostly because it was a horrible matchup against a
dynamic speed team that is just finally getting around to finding itself (a tad
late) — yet the Jets never act embarrassed. They already speak as though they’re
a lock for the playoffs, and face it, they’ve already made plans about what
they’ll do to Houston and its third-string quarterback in two weeks.
Until then, the meme is We’ll Prove We Own New York." Read more...AGAINST JETS, GIANTS DEFENSE RETURNS TO BASICS
Excerpt: "There are a few things buoying Kenny Phillips’ confidence this week: the
attitude of his teammates, the energy they’ve shown and the general belief the
Giants will bounce back from a disappointing loss against the Redskins by giving
the un-merriest of greetings to the rival Jets.
This isn’t just a hunch on Phillips’ part. He has empirical evidence to
support his claim: a game plan that has all of the players excited.
“That’s one of the reasons practice has been so good this week,” the Giants’
safety said the other day as the locker room emptied following the final full
practice of the week. “It’s just guys getting back to what they know, being
“We’ve got our playmakers on the field. We’re putting guys in position to
make plays. It’s going to show. You’ll see what happens.”
Phillips wasn’t alone in his optimism. A few players were enthused by
defensive coordinator Perry Fewell’s willingness to get back to basics this
week. The plan is apparently to rid themselves of many on-field checks in favor
of getting back to basic schemes that worked last season.
Gone will be the confusion, the “I was right” excuses between players
executing different calls, the not-so-veiled grumbling from Antrel Rolle wanting
to be a “ball hawk” and the passive approach from defensive backs trying to
figure out what to do.
Also eliminated will be the ridiculous rate of third-down conversions by
opponents, the quick releases from quarterbacks giving the pass rush little time
and the receivers running free for uncontested touchdown grabs.
Well, at least they can only hope all of these things will be cleaned up for
a defense that has yet to turn in a dominating performance this year.
“From the front to the back. It’s been everything, it hasn’t been right,”
safety Deon Grant said. “But this week (Fewell) got back to, ‘Forget it. I’m
going out there with the guys I’ve got, I’m going back to last year’s
“He’s been trying so hard this year to call hard defenses to be effective but
he was trying to protect certain guys that didn’t know the defense as well.”
Let’s not misconstrue: the 2010 Giants weren’t the ’86 Bears, the 2000 Ravens
or even the ’07 Giants. The Colts ran all over them, the Eagles scored 21 in a
little over 6 minutes and the Packers hung 45 on them in what was pretty much a
must-win game in Week 16.
But in Fewell’s first season in East Rutherford, the Giants led the league in
takeaways with 39, and their 46 sacks were fifth-most in the NFL. They were also
tops in the NFL in third-down conversions allowed at 32 percent.
This season, they’re tied for ninth in takeaways (26), are 10th in sacks (37)
and if there was a stat for confused linebackers and defensive backs, they’d be
in the hunt for the top spot.
The glaring (and measurable) problem is one that has contributed to a few of
their recent losses: third downs. The Giants are now tied for 21st in the league
with opponents converting 41 percent of the time.
Over the past month-plus, it’s gotten even worse in this department. For the
first time in their history, they’ve allowed five straight teams to convert 50
percent or more. In all, opponents are 34 for their last 63 on third downs.
“It seems we’ve allowed teams to get in third-and-shorts and obviously the
percentages go up,” defensive end Justin Tuck said. “Early in the season we did
a good job of keeping them in third-and-8-pluses. That obviously allows us to
get more creative on third down.” Read more...
GIANTS-JETS GAMEDAY: NEW YORK TEAMS FACE OFF IN KEY CHRISTMAS EVE MATCHUP
Excerpt: "Giants (7-7) vs. Jets (8-6)
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
Radio: ESPN 1050-AM, WFAN
THIS WEEK’S GAME REVOLVES AROUND
The teams’ run games
Both offenses entered the season with run-first reputations and it made
sense. The Jets finished fourth in the NFL in rushing last season at 148.4 yards
per game and the Giants were two spots behind with a 137.5 average. But this
season has been a completely different story — the Jets enter today’s game
ranked 21st (104.1 yards per game) and Giants inexplicably have sunk to the
bottom of the league (86.1). Today, cold weather will make it difficult to throw
the football as it did for both Eli Manning and Mark Sanchez last week so
establishing the run game will be crucial to sustain long drives. After running
the football effectively for a couple weeks, the Giants got away from the ground
game and ran the ball just 18 times – for 91 yards — in last week’s 23-3 loss to
the Washington Redskins. The Jets stuck with the run in their blowout loss to
the Philadelphia Eagles, rushing 27 times, but averaging just 3.4 yards per
carry. Though both offenses have not had much success with the run, both
defenses haven’t been adept at stopping it. Something has to give.
THE SAVVY FAN IS WATCHING ...
Giants attack right tackle Wayne Hunter
Wayne Hunter has struggled all season in pass protection and Eagles defensive
end Jason Babin took advantage with two sacks last week. Jason Pierre-Paul
usually lines up on the opposite side, but Perry Fewell said he could position
the second-year dynamo over Hunter. If not, Hunter will still see plenty of
pressure from Justin Tuck and via the blitz — on the rare occasion when the
Giants do blitz. Sanchez was hit early and often last week, and it could be more
of the same today through Hunter’s side.
REMEMBER WHEN ...
The Jets and Giants played each other
in the regular season four years ago? The Jets are still trying to forget. Not
only did Plaxico Burress touch them up for 124 yards and a touchdown, but
Brandon Jacobs tallied 100 yards and a TD on 20 carries in a 35-24 Giants
victory. And to think, it started strong for the Jets with a Kerry Rhodes fumble
return for a touchdown.
WHAT THE GIANTS DON’T WANT THE JETS TO
1. How the Giants will deal with injuries at tight end
Starting tight end Jake Ballard will be out today due to a strained
PCL he sustained last week and his absence comes at an inopportune time because
backups Travis Beckum (chest) and Bear Pascoe (ribs) are also dealing with
injuries. Even if Beckum and Pascoe are 100%, they aren’t as versatile as
Ballard — Beckum is exclusively a pass-catcher, while Pascoe is exclusively a
blocker. Ballard can do both and the offense will be hindered without his
balanced game on the field against a team that has had trouble covering tight
ends all season. If Beckum or Pascoe can’t get the job done, expect more
four-wide receiver sets.
2. Having David Baas back may not be a good thing
when a starting center — one that received a five-year, $27 million contract in
the offseason — is coming off injury, he is unquestionably inserted in the
lineup. But the Giants may be reluctant to do so this week. Since the
Giants lost David Baas to a neck injury that set off intense headaches just
hours before their game against the Green Bay Packers, they have enjoyed their
best stretch on the ground this season. With Kevin Boothe at center and Mitch
Petrus at guard the Giants have rushed for 100, 110, and 91 yards over the last
three games – above average outputs for the league’s worst rushing team. This
week Tom Coughlin didn’t confirm whether Baas will start. If he does, Boothe
will move back to left guard and Petrus to the bench — and perhaps a drop-off in
3. They go as Eli goes
For much of the season, Eli Manning has come
through for the Giants — he’s arguably enjoying his best season. But when he has
faltered, so have the Giants. In their seven wins, Manning has a quarterback
rating of 101.8 with 14 touchdowns to three interceptions. In the team’s seven
losses, the numbers are predictably on the other end: one more interception than
touchdown (12 to 11) and an 82.3 quarterback rating. The Giants’ dependence on
Manning was on full display last week when he threw three interceptions in a
frustrating performance for the normally potent offense. Another subpar game
from Manning today and the Giants will be in trouble.
WHAT THE JETS DON’T WANT THE GIANTS TO
1. They’re vulnerable to the vertical passing game
Without injured strong safety Jim Leonhard, the Jets were torched for 38
points by an Eagles offense waiting to burst. Some players claimed the Eagles
were able to call out their coverages from the line and tailor the passing game
to cut right through the Jets — a fact that’s tough to argue against since
Eagles tight end Brent Celek ripped off 156 yards on five receptions. The Giants
have a versatile set of receivers that function very well in their vertical
system. They will stretch the field in the same way the Eagles did and, in less
than a week’s time, the Jets will have to figure out how to stop them without
Leonhard, their quarterback in the secondary, and with a play sheet that will
still be limited.
2. They roll with the run game, good or bad
anything, the Jets are a team of tempo. They like to set up the pass with the
run, and like to use their big back to wear down a defense early. It appeared
things were going according to plan early on last week when Shonn Greene was
ripping off one solid gain after another before the Eagles shot out of the gate
and flipped the game plan on its side. From there, the Jets offense struggled
when passing was expected. Unlike the Giants, the Jets need to keep the game
close enough to run the football to set that tempo and keep their offense
unpredictable and potent. They have only won one of their eight games this
season with less than 100 yards rushing, and that was in Week 1 against a
paper-thin Dallas secondary.
3. Their QB is a little banged up
Even if the treatment
Mark Sanchez is getting all week works, and there is no lingering soreness in
his neck and shoulder area, the fact is Sanchez is taking too many shots. Save
for some games this year — like a very solid performance against the Redskins —
premiere pass-rushers like DeMarcus Ware and Jason Babin have teed off on the
Jets QB. That takes the Jets out of their rhythm and places them in
third-and-forget-it situations. And in those games, the image of the quarterback
getting his throwing shoulder fanned out on the sideline is neither good for the
psyche or the game plan. Sanchez is a completely different quarterback when he’s
comfortable, as obvious as that sounds. Offensive line coach Bill Callahan said
there’s a definite zone he sees Sanchez in when the offensive line, blocking
backs and tight ends come together. They see a different picture when Nick
Mangold needs to help Sanchez off the field, as they did last Sunday.
Eli Manning is having a season to remember.
Mark Sanchez is still finding his way.
Ahmad Bradshaw may be better overall, but
the Giants average less than 90 yards per game.
Victor Cruz: 1,194 yards. Burress and
Holmes combined: 1,125.
For as many times as the Giants throw,
surrendering nine less sacks than the Jets is impressive.
No question here, the Giants front has
them in the top 10 in sacks once again.
With Calvin Pace and David Harris playing at a
high level, the Jets get the nod over a patchwork Giants unit.
We’ll see if Victor Cruz can get the best of
Darrelle Revis. Many have tried, and failed.
Jets coordinator Mike Westhoff says his
returns are so good, the Giants copy them.
NY DAILY NEWS
GIANTS EARN BRAGGING RIGHTS OVER JETS, 29-14 ON CHRISTMAS EVE, BRANDON JACOBS, REX RYAN TRADE CURSE WORDS
last straw came when the Giants arrived at the stadium on Saturday and saw all
their Super Bowl logos on the wall outside their locker room covered with black
curtains. After a week of listening to the Jets talk, that was the final
TOM COUGHLIN SHOWS HOLIDAY SPIRIT TO NY GIANTS, REITERATES TEAM CAN MAKE THE PLAYOFFS
"Two days after the Giants’ most disheartening, damaging loss of the season,
that disaster was already part of Tom Coughlin’s distant
past. He ignored the ugly loss to Washington when he spoke to his players on
He wanted them focused on the Jets. He wanted to make sure their eyes were
still on the very reachable prize.
“Gentlemen,” Coughlin told them, “Get your heads up. Get your eyes on me. Get
the frowns off your face. You’ve created the greatest opportunity in the world
for yourselves if we win two games. Win the division and we’re in the
“And that’s exactly what the goal was at the beginning of the year.”
In other words, forget everything else. Forget all the second-half slumps
they have endured in the Coughlin era. Forget the worries about the coach’s job
security. Forget about having won only one game in their last six. Forget the
noise coming out of both camps this week and all the hype surrounding the
biggest NFL battle for New York in at least 23 years.
For the Giants (7-7), all that matters is this: They need a win to ensure
their survival. If they lose to the Jets (8-6) at MetLife Stadium on Saturday
afternoon they would be eliminated from the playoff chase if the Cowboys beat
the Eagles later in the day. If the Giants win, they’ll be playing for the NFC
East title when they face the Cowboys at the Meadowlands next Sunday.
Who could ask for a better Christmas present than that?
“If you were to sit down in August and say with two games to go you’d have
your destiny in your hands and not depend on somebody else,” Coughlin said,
“you’d say, ‘OK, sign me up for that.’ ”
That’s true, although when the Giants began November with a 6-2 record they
were probably hoping they’d have locked up a playoff spot by now. Instead, they
have to fight for one against a Jets team that’s not only a battling for a
playoff berth, but they have to do it in a war for the theoretical ownership of
a city. Rex Ryan has turned this
into a Battle for the Apple, filling his Jets with thoughts of finally shedding
their “little brother” status in New York.
Those mind games don’t seem to matter to Big Brother, though. The Giants
believe there’s something a little bigger than “bragging rights” at stake.
“It’s not like I’m going to be seeing guys at steakhouses and I’m going to
run into (Jets quarterback Mark) Sanchez and be like, ‘Hey, guess what? We beat
you,’ ” said Giants defensive end Justin Tuck. “Come on,
man. Who cares? The only thing I care about is getting another one of those
shiny things on my finger. That’s the only thing that we play this game for
“Ask Rex Ryan if he’s cool with the (AFC) Championship Game two years in a
row,” Tuck continued. “Guarantee you he’ll trade one of those for playing in the
Super Bowl and winning it.”
That’s why, when the Giants were asked what they are playing for this week,
nobody mentioned the keys to the city. What they’re playing for, safety Kenny
Phillips said, is “
everything. It’s win or go home.”
That, Coughlin said, isn’t a bad thing. It’s “exciting
.” It makes for “a
spirited time of the year.” So instead of hammering his players for their
lifeless performance last Sunday in their 23-10 loss at home to the Redskins, he
told them to remember that they’re still in control, and “these opportunities
don’t come around very often.
“I told our players I wanted their heads up, I want their eyes up, I don’t
apologize for one thing, (and) they shouldn’t either, OK?” Coughlin said. “You
keep from saying this most of the time as a coach, but this is a playoff
atmosphere. It has to be.
“It’s win and in, and it isn’t a pretty thing if you don’t.”TWENTY GOOD REASONS TO ROOT FOR GISNTS, JETS ON CHRISTMAS EVE
Excerpt: "The vast majority of you no doubt long ago pledged your allegiance to the
Jets or Giants. But there are still a few independent voters out there, deciding
which side to back on Saturday when the Ryans meet the Coughlins.