A Giant Win
I’m surrounded by a group of guys who have no love for sports, so it’s very hard to share my enthusiasm for the win the New York Giants had against the defending Super Bowl champs, the Green Bay Packers. Being a fan of the Giants since I was a young lad, I’ve grown accustomed to them winning very clutch games, and losing games they should have easily held the lead in. They dethroned the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, after the Pats had a perfect season leading up to the big game. Then, last season, they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in a game they had nearly wrapped up in the 4th quarter in a game that would have put them into the playoffs. So I know never to expect consistency with the Giants playing style.
This season has been quite exciting to watch across the whole NFL. With Peyton Manning out for the season because of surgery to his neck, the Indianapolis Colts only managed a couple of wins. Teams like the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions had surges of wins in the beginning of the season that no one expected. Of course we can’t forget Tebow mania. The media certainly won’t let us forget. A quarterback who won many games for the Denver Broncos, usually in dramatic overtime fashion. With each touchdown pass, or run, he would kneel down and pray to his wish granting genie. The biggest story, however, was the nearly perfect season the Packers had. Aaron Rodgers had an amazing season, throwing for over 5,000 yards. The only loss they received in the season was to the Kansas City Chiefs, which was inconsequential other than the fact that it ruined a flawless season.
The season looked hopeful for the Giants from the beginning, however. There were talks about the Philadelphia Eagles becoming a “Dream Team” after picking up some serious names through the preseason. The Eagles quickly dissolved at the start of the season regardless. As the Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys had a slow start, the Giants quickly took the lead of their division. Eli Manning has been at the top of his game, and he’s also helped make a star out of a player by the name of Victor Cruz. Manning has thrown to Cruz in some clutch situations, one of them being against the New York Jets for a record setting 99-yard completion. After the Giants fell into a slump midway through the season, the Cowboys and Eagles had a resurgence, and found themselves within reach for the lead in the division. In the end, the Giants won their last few games to clinch the division, and move onto the playoffs.
Last weekend, wildcard weekend, the Giants hosted the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons were a team that had a great defense against the run game, which the Giants were lacking anyway. That night, however, the Giants ended up with their best run game of the entire season. To top it off, the Giants defense shut out the Atlanta falcons offense completely. The only points the Falcons had were off a safety in the Giants end zone on Eli Manning. Emerging from the first round of the playoffs victorious, the Giants set their eyes on the highly favored Packers.
As stated before, the Giants have played some of the best teams, and won in dramatic fashion. Today was no exception. In the final game of the regular season, Aaron Rodgers sat the bench, so he didn’t have the chance to get injured before the playoffs began. Being the number one seed in the league, the cheese heads also had a bye in the first week of the playoffs. So Aaron Rodgers and the Packers had plenty of rest leading up to their first playoff game, and they came out sluggish. The Giants ended up taking the lead immediately, and never trailed the entire game. The Giants’ defense came out and forced three fumbles. The Packers never lost a fumble once during the regular season, and today they lost two. Aaron Rodgers also threw an interception, a very uncharacteristic move on his part. Leading up to halftime, with six seconds left, Manning threw up a Hail Mary into the end zone, and Hakeem Nicks came down with it. A great way to go into the locker room, to discuss the second half of the game. The third quarter was very subdued, but going into the fourth quarter, the Giants showed their dominance. After the Packers came back and only trailed by seven, the Giants quickly responded with a score of their own. It left too big a gap for the Packers to recover from in the short amount of time that remained. Eli Manning ended up throwing for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns in the upset at Lambeau Field. Their next game will be the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Fran.
With all that being said, I’ve had the pleasure to watch a very enjoyable season by one of my favorite sports teams. There’s still 2 games left, but I have high hopes for the Giants to win it all this year. Next week against the 49ers, the Giants will be facing a very good defense, but that didn’t stop them against the Falcons. Now if only I could convert some of my fellow podcast members to become sports fans, so we can share our appreciation for the games. Oh, and one other thing…stop your nay-saying Cory! Go Giants!