Giants Play Poorly, but Win NFC East
The score sounds close, but the game wasn’t. Giants scored first touchdown, as first half expired. After Justin Tuck jumped high, and blocked a field goal attempt, Kevin Dockery picked up the loose ball, and carried it 71 yards to the end zone.
It was encouraging to see Giants losing 10-7 instead of 13-0, at the half. Unfortunately, Giants did not score again, until their final play of the game.
Eli Manning summarized the game well. Manning said:
“Offensively, we could hardly do anything right and they came out and played better than us”
Domenik Hixon, who replaced Plaxico Burress, dropped Manning’s best pass of the day. Manning found Hixon, all alone, 50 yards downfield, and threw a perfectly timed pass, which hit Hixon in the chest. Hixon said:
“It’s was right there and I didn’t finish looking the ball in”
Steelers Help Giants
Despite losing, New York Giants won NFC East for the first time since 2005, because Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Dallas Cowboys.
Steelers were losing 13-3, early in fourth quarter, when they inexplicably skipped field goal attempt, and tried running for touchdown. After they were stopped on one-yard-line, their defense played inspired football, and Pittsburgh scored 17 consecutive points – including two touchdowns in 24 seconds.
Giants face the same Cowboys next Sunday night.