Giants-Jaguars: Giants Make Second Half Adjustments in Comeback Victory
The Giants had one of the worst first halves I have seen from them this year, yet were still only down 11 points at halftime. The Giants have typically laid down in the past under Coughlin after getting down by double digits, but this marks the second time this season the Giants have come back from just such a deficit.
The Jaguars literally ran all over the field against the Giants; on their second touchdown David Garrard rolled to the right, nearly got sacked by Osi Umenyiora, then rolled all the back to the left and ran it in for the touchdown.
After the play, Justin Tuck was seen punting his helmet in to the practice net for kickers. A wide eyed Matt Dodge was temporarily worried for his job.
The silver lining of the Giants defensing allowing 145 rushing yards in the first half was the clock kept running and the Jags only had three drives total in the first half. Those three drives were two touchdowns and a field goal.
The Jags were unable to build more than an 11 point lead, despite the Giants only getting six points before halftime. The crowd let the team know how they were feeling as they dragged themselves to the locker room.
Apparently something happened in the locker room, like Tom Coughlin tearing the team a new one, because they came out on a mission to not let another home game slip away to an inferior team.
The defense allowed only three points in the second half, just enough for the offense to climb back and take the lead in the fourth quarter.
Eli Manning did not have the best game of his career, but his touchdown pass to Mario Manningham—followed by a two-point conversion from Bradshaw—tied the game and the Giants took all the momentum going forward.
The defense stepped up when they had to, halting a big five minute drive that ended inside their own territory forcing the Jags to settle for a field goal. It appeared that the Giants defense was done with playing the zone that killed them in the first half, they brought pressure and it was causing Garrard to make errant throws.
Following a three and out by each team, Eli calmly and coolly marched the Giants down the field for the go ahead touchdown, hitting Kevin Boss for a 32 yard strike on a big 3rd and 10. An incredible adjustment catch by Manningham for 18 yards and an 18-yard run by Jacobs set up the touchdown.
The defense held strong again, sacking Garrard twice after he led the Jags down to the 30-yard line of New York. The second was on 3rd and 25—preceeded by a sack—and Terrell Thomas sacked Garrard on a blitz, forcing a fumble and ending the game as the Jags had only one timeout.
After losing to the 1-7 Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles in a game where they had five turnovers, the Giants could ill afford to lose a game in which they were favored by seven point at home.
It looked dismal for most of the game, and despite giving up over 200 yards on the ground they made plays when they had to and finally had a game with zero turnovers—their first such game this season.
They’ll look to take out their division rival Washington Redskins at The Meadowlands next week.
Brandon Jacobs had 14 carries for 87 yards in his first start this season. Ahmad Bradshaw remained relatively quiet, but had 84 total yards on the day and a crucial two-point conversion.
Kevin Boss led all Giants with 3 catches for 74 yards and a touchdown.
Jason Pierre-Paul had a breakout game with two sacks on the day and eight tackles. Those sacks marked the first two in the young rookie’s career.
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