WEEK 79 – How Gilbride Got His Groove Back

Posted: December 4, 2011 by Keith Stone in 2011 Giants, football, Giants, NFL

Packers 38, Giants 35

I don’t want to do the whole “I told you so” thing, but I’ve been saying all year that the Giants need to stop being so conservative and take some chances on both offense and defense. They finally did, and I thought outplayed the Packers and should have won. The refs blew the call on the Greg Jennings touchdown. It was an abysmal call and the four extra points were the difference in the game.

Eli is a great quarterback. He’s not perfect. He still makes mistakes. I just haven’t understood why they’ve put the reins on him all year. They finally opened it up and got that great play by Beckum and lots of other long passes. It also opened up the run game. Bradshaw did as good as can be expected with a broken foot and Jacobs was moving the ball. If anything, I would have liked to see more Jacobs at the end of the game. The O-line held up fairly well considering all the changes as well.

The Giants’ front four was finally able to get some pressure. There seemed to be more blitzes and it kept Rodgers on his toes. They need to work on making sure the quarterback doesn’t run around, though. Considering all the points the Packers scored, I thought the D played pretty well but that last minute drive was horrible. The Packers marched down the field without even breaking a sweat. You have to get the game into overtime.

So the Giants finally looked like a real team again. Getting Bradshaw back was a huge factor, as well as Michael Boley. The injuries need to stop. Every game is now a must-win. Luckily every team ahead of them lost, but the only two games that matter are the Cowboys games. The division is going to come down to that, just like it should.

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