They’re at it again: Giants upend Packers 37-20 in NFC Divisional Round

To me, this felt like a foregone conclusion for most of the week. The Giants feel to me like the New York Giants of 2007 (and the 2008 postseason) that rolled through the playoffs and got hot at just the right time. Absolutely amazing performance this past Sunday that ended in a 37-20 win for my wife’s Giants; and should have been a complete blow-out if not for the help of referee Bill Levy. 

I thought the biggest play of this game was Hakeem Nicks’ Hail Mary touchdown catch at the end of the first half to put the Giants up 20-10. That was the backbreaker.

This was one of the finest, most steady performances I’ve seen from Eli Manning in his entire career. In terms of the postseason, it was maybe the most complete. It was his first game over 300 yards in the postseason, and he rarely made a poor throw or decision. Manning threw three touchdown passes, the final one which was the dagger to Mario Manningham, Manning scanned the field and looked tall and comfortable in the pocket in finding Manningham for what would be the knockout punch.

Manning isn’t the only story.

The Giants defensive line did a good job harassing Aaron Rodgers most of the day and didn’t allow a Green Bay offense to get in rhythm. As time ticked away, you just kept saying to yourself that the Giants were playing a Hell of a game on both sides of the ball, and you continued waiting for the Packers to come storming back. The Giants made every play when there was a coinflip that could have swung things either way.

This coming Sunday will be a test, evoking memories of my first NFC Championship game that I can ever remember. It seems like it would be the year that San Francisco would sneak back into the Super Bowl with a first year head coach. It’s a matter of time before that happens and I have a gut feeling that lady luck shines on the Niners this Sunday. But for the hopes of my family and the general good will I have towards Manning and the Giants, I hope we’re watching them Super Bowl Sunday.

Giants dismantle Falcons on Wildcard Sunday, 24-2

Finally, the Giants have come back to tasting postseason victory. 
My wife and my father in law can rest easy, although I felt the uneasiness of the Giants crowd early yesterday afternoon as the Giants got down early 2-0 to the Falcons and had trouble establishing the offense. You could tell Tom Coughlin was thinking ‘here we go again’ and I even saw him mouth “what the Hell is going on out there!?!” after Eli Manning’s pass under duress was ruled intentional grounding in the end zone for a safety. 
It wasn’t long after that that Eli became masterful. He went 23 of 32 on the day for 277 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. 
The Giants confirmed what I thought I knew; I thought they would beat Atlanta going away and they did. Two 4th and 1 stops of Matt Ryan curling into the fetal position really swung the game, and the Giants defensive line continued to swarm and make plays. 
And now I think I am onto something else about the Giants. This team is a lot like the 2007 team–they’re hot at the right time, unheralded, and could really be dangerous under the radar in these playoffs. I think they’ve got an excellent shot to beat Green Bay on Sunday night. Eli has done it before, though this time it’s not going to be quite as cold. 
This is one of; if not the most dangerous team in the playoffs. I’m happy for Eli and Coughlin; and I’m happy for Brandon Jacobs. While Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz are new to the party, this is a lot of the same old cast of characters that went on that historic ride through the playoffs in 2007. This is going to be fun to watch.

Giants season on the line tomorrow in the Meadowlands

Tomorrow at 4 on FOX the national game features the 8-3 Dallas Cowboys against the 6-5 New York Giants. It’s time to walk the walk for the Giants. There is no if’s, the Giants must win this game or their season is basically over. They won one of the more exciting games of the season in week two on Sunday Night Football against the Cowboys as Eli Manning drove down the field and got them in field goal range with no time left and Lawrence Tynes answered the bell with the winning kick.

Now it’s time for the Giants to answer the bell or they risk missing out on a playoff berth for the first time since 2004. It’s hard to believe that the Giants have been that successful for that long. At the same time, they’ve only had one run of playoff victories (the year they won the ring) and Eli Manning and this roster are getting older quickly. It was supposed to be a mini-dynasty. When they started 5-0 this season, I had to think they were going to make another run. They looked absolutely unstoppable. And that seems so long ago.

Now the Cowboys on the other hand have had a pretty solid season and could make a case to still be the #2 seed in the playoffs if they can run the table or only lose one more game. They’re very dangerous and you have to consider them the third best team in the NFC behind the Saints and Vikings. This is a statement game for somebody, and we’re about to learn what these two teams are made of.

The Dallas Morning News Cowboys blog looks at how Eli matches up against the Dallas defense. Eli has fired up the rivalry by admitting that he indeed did sign the Cowboys locker room wall. This is going to be a good one and probably comes down to the end like it so often does between these two teams. I don’t expect the Giants to come out flat after having 10 days to prepare for this game. It’s going to be a war. It’s one of the last game at the Meadowlands. It will make for a classic one way or another.

Legendary Scene in the Land of the Sopranos

Yesterday’s 34-31 overtime Giants victory will go down in history and be remembered forever Eli Manning put the team on his back this past Sunday and delivered an MVP type of performance. Manning was 25-of-39 for 384 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Tonight, he faces the Denver Broncos in a battle of two 6-4 teams trying to salvage their season. Going to Denver leaves room for a lot more enviable places to play with your season on the line. New has a nice article about Manning as we head into the best game of the day.
Go Giants.

Eli and Rivers meet for the first time tomorrow

Tomorrow’s game that I’m really looking forward to watching is Eli v. Rivers I. Both of these teams sit at 5-3. Game at the Meadowlands where my girl is from, and the Giants will be wearing those beautiful blue jerseys. Both of these teams need a win in the worst way. The loser will really be looking down in the divisional race that they’re involved in. I’d expect to see an absolute dogfight. We’re talking playoff atmosphere NFL football tomorrow around 4:00 for the New York Giants and San Diego Chargers.

Giants spoil opener at New Cowboys Stadium

The New York Giants once again delivered in a pressure situation and showed why they’re quickly evolving as an elite team in the NFL. They spoiled the opening game at Jerry Jones’ new palace in Dallas by winning on a last second kick 33-31.
This was a game in which the Giants got porous defense in their run stopping, allowing big yardage to Marion Barber and Felix Jones. They collapsed and allowed a late score with less then 4 minutes remaining to trail 31-30. But on this night Eli Manning was much better under center then Tony Romo, and that made the difference in the game.
Eli Manning was 25 for 38 for 330 yards and two touchdowns. He also led his 12th game winning drive in the the 4th quarter. He did it when the pressure was on. Mario Manningham made 10 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown. This guy looks to be evolving as a superstar and a surprise target that could make everyone forget about Plaxico Burress in time.
The Giants had to win last night with their passing game, and they were able to do so. Tony Romo gifted three interceptions to the Giants defense, one which resulted in a score. The Giants now sit at 2-0 while the rest of the division is at 1-1. New York’s upcoming schedule would be condusive to another nice winning streak similar to how they began last year. The Giants will go to Tampa Bay and Kansas City, and then welcome Oakland to town before a showdown with the Saints in New Orleans. They look ready for these challenges.