Monday, January 23, 2012

The New York Giants Are Headed To The Super Bowl!

Lawrence Tynes sends the Giants to Super Bowl XLVI
Yesterday, the New York Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 for the NFC Championship and advance to Super Bowl XLVI. In a defensive battle, two key mistakes made by Niners punt returner Kyle Williams changed the game in the Giants' favor and set up two crucial scoring plays. On the first, a punt that hit the ground bounced up and glanced Williams' knee and was recovered by the Devin Thomas and led to a Mario Manningham touchdown catch which gave the Giants the lead. The second was a fumble that was recovered by Thomas which set up the game-winning field goal in overtime.

Overall, the Giants played a solid game on both sides of the ball, but will need to improve on running the ball offensively, and stopping the run defensively. The Giants struggled for most of the game running the ball. Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw were stopped for very little yardage on nearly every run. Defensively, the Giants had a hard time stopping Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. If the Giants are going to win the Super Bowl, they will need to be able to not only run on the Patriots defense, but also prevent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis from gaining significant yards on the ground.

One area in which the Giants excelled for most of the game was their passing game. Eli Manning picked apart the potent San Francisco defense throwing for two touchdowns and over 300 yards. Manning had a good connection with Victor Cruz who had ten catches for over 140 yards. If Manning can pick apart the Patriots defense like he did the 49ers, the Giants will have a good chance to beat the Pats in the Super Bowl. 

Prediction to come next week. On deck for tomorrow: A Tribute To Jorge Posada.

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