Just over 2:00 to go in the game. Baltimore gets a gift score with a TD from Willis Mcgaheee. The Ravens couldn’t have played much worse.
Today’s game in East Rutherford, New Jersey is a real golden opportunity for the New York Giants. Everyone is weighing in on it. The road to a repeat begins today. The Giants aren’t gonna be able to throw their way to an NFC Championship Game appearance. They’re going to need to run a 2-headed attack with Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward. That is why I like Eli Manning. He isn’t here for all the stats. He’s here to win. He’s a different egg then his brother Peyton.
He grew up watching Archie Manning take beating after beating. His dad would come home from taking a pounding and Eli would get him a coke and sit on the couch with him and his dad would be beat up after a tough loss. These are the fibers that make up the champion that is Eli Manning. Today I wouldn’t be surprised if he threw for 140 and the Giants win. The key is that they get more 3rd and 3’s and 3rd and 2’s then 3rd and 8’s for Eli.
Something else that is concerning is that his last postseason loss was to these Eagles. He played well, but they were the team he lost to last in the playoffs. Eli played a sparkling, untouched postseason last year. He was fabulous in every way. The model of consistency from a franchise QB. This year, I think a lot of people expect him to throw a critical interception at some point today. If he can keep that from happening, the Giants will win.
Brian Westbrook is a Giants killer. But that said, I don’t think he can beat Steve Spagnuolo’s defense by himself today. Donovan Mcnabb and Desean Jackson will need to have big contributable games as well.
This should be an absolute war. Things are going to be cold at kickoff. I hate to say it but my gut all week has told me Philadelphia Eagles, which has cut into some of my excitement for this matchup.
A snooze and a wake up from now and it all goes down. The game I’ve been waiting weeks to see. It will be an absolute war. Full in-depth wrap up and insights to come. Win or lose. Hopefully the Giants see the NFC title is there for the taking, and they will play like they know a trip to the Super Bowl is at stake.
And if they should win, I’ll be following their journey out to New Jersey for my first playoff game.
*Chris Landry just picked the Giants (kind of) and the Steelers on FOX Sports Radio FWIW.