– The defense did start to figure it out in the second half, slowing down Morris more than they had in the first half and getting some pressure on Griffin with a few sacks and the forced fumble. Before Griffin’s brilliant touchdown drive in the 4th, we were getting ready to write about how the defense turned it around.
– Manning was far from perfect today, with both of his picks (and an early missed touchdown to a wide open Cruz) looking more like Rookie Eli than Two-Time Super Bowl MVP Eli. However, by Tuesday all anyone will remember is the game-winning touchdown, which was an absolutely beautifully thrown ball.
– Good news: the Giants pass rush showed up for the second time in two weeks, although our initial impression is that Perry Fewell blitzed more than usual today. Jason Pierre-Paul was active, Justin Tuck had his best game of the year and Osi Umenyiora might be getting going.
– We were holding our breath there for a while and this game was certainly a better contest than most presumed it would be. But it was a huge win for the Giants, with another divisional foe waiting next week. Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys just squeaked by the Panthers, but the Giants can really get a leg up in the division race if they pick up another game on Dallas by beating them, and nullifying the tiebreaker Dallas earned in Week 1.
– Game ball: this one’s not easy because there were no obvious standout performances, so we’re going to go with Victor Cruz for getting behind the defense when it mattered most.
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