For those that paid a lot of money to go overseas to see the Giants and Dolphins play a NFL game – here’s hoping you at least saw the sights. There was not much to see on the field at Wembley Stadium on a soggy Sunday, as the Giants and Fins combined for a lackluster 23 points overall in a 13-10 Giants win. The Big Blue improves to 6-2 on the season, while the Dolphins continue to keep pace with the Rams as the only other team not to win a game this year as they sit at 0-8.
It was the first NFL regular season game to be played outside North America, and the league had better think again about doing another game, as this game clearly showed that putting two teams that far away from home at this point in the season is a bad idea.
The Giants offense, which had been playing well, seemed to be stuck in the mud for most of the afternoon. Eli Manning threw for just 59 yards, and the running game had to carry them as with Brandon Jacobs leading the way with 131 yards they ran for 189 yards on 37 carries. Overall through, the Giants were only able to put up 238 yards against a team that had allowed yards in bunches most of the season.
As for Miami, they were shut out until 1:04 remained in the third quarter, and their only TD came with 1:54 to go when Cleo Lemon found Ted Ginn Jr. for a score from 21 yards out to make it 13-10. The ensuing onside kick went out of bounds, giving the Giants the win as the Fins had no more timeouts.
The game was also hindered by a steady rain that made it look downright dreary on TV. As far as wanting to play overseas again, Giants coach Tom Coughlin basically spoke out against it. “I’ll be glad to give my opinion to the commissioner with the issues that came up,” Coughlin said when asked if the trip was worth it.
What was worth it was the Giants able to get a win, their 6th straight to improve to 6-2 on the season. New York gets a bye before a huge game with the Cowboys in two weeks. The Dolphins return to the field in two weeks as well as they look for win #1 against the Bills at home.