It was win and in and that’s what the Giants did beating the Cowboys 31-14 to become the NFC East Champs. The 9-7 Giants will face the Falcons next week in the playoffs.
The Giants started off the scoring with a 74 yard touchdown pass to none other than Victor Cruz. Ahmad Bradshaw scored his first touchdown on a 5 yard run. He scored again on a 10 yard reception to make it 21-0. Laurent Robinson got the Cowboys on the board with a 34 yard touchdown reception to make it 21-7. Robinson caught other TD pass in the 4th, to make it 21-14. Lawrence Tynes hit a 28 yard field goal to make it 24-14. Hakeem Nicks put it away late with a touchdown to make it 31-14.
The Giants offense came our roaring in the first half, making big plays look easy. Everyone got involved, even Henry Hynoski. Cruz was big as always. The second half was different. Couldn’t really get the ball moving, lots of three and outs. Cruz saved their bacon again with a huge catch as the Cowboys were getting back into it. It was a good performance, but the first half showed what they can do on offense. Cruz really was the star. He is a top flight wideout and his knack for big plays makes the Giants dangerous. Without him, hard to say where they would be in this game, or in the season.
Same story with the defense. Great in the first half, mediocre in the 2nd. But made big plays when necessary. A huge 4th down stop on the Cowboys in the 4th quarter changed the game. Boley was big, Kiwanuka was big, JPP was big, and Osi was big. Coverage broke down more in the 2nd, especially on the first Robinson TD. But they held on and I think the first half showed what they can do. Have to do more of that.
The first half was obviously better, but hey, a win’s a win. And the Giants are in the playoffs, off to face the Falcons. There’s work to do, and Atlanta is not a gimme. But the Giants overcame a lot of injuries, a lot of meltdowns and turmoil to make the playoffs. And now have a chance to make a run. That’s all you ask for. The Giants are in the playoffs. We can celebrate for a bit, and then get to work against the Falcons (Sunday January 8, 1 ET). But congrats to Tom Coughlin and staff.