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Game Effort Not Enough for Giants in 38-35 Loss to Perfect Pats

New York Giants' Domenik Hixon points to fans after scoring on a 74-yard kick return against the New England Patriots during the second quarter of an NFL football game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday, Dec. 29

There was plenty of fight in the Giants on the last night of the regular season at the Meadowlands, but they learned the same lesson that the prior 15 opponents of the New England Patriots have learned. You had better be perfect to get the job done. It looked like the Giants might be good enough through three quarters, as they were stunning the 15-0 Pats 28-23 early in the fourth stanza, but then Tom Brady and his favorite target – Randy Moss took over, and with a 15-point quarter they put away the Giants 38-35.

Give New York credit, they played their hearts out on a night when they could have sat everyone. Instead, they wanted badly to be the ones to possibly hand the Pats their first loss, and looked like they would do it, as they stood toe-to-toe with the Pats. But then it turned bad, as Brady hit Moss in stride for a 65-yard score with 11:06 left to make it 31-28. Then after the Giants were unable to respond, the Pats put together a killer drive, 9 plays, 52-yards in 5:17 that ended with another score and then a 2-point conversion to make it 38-28 with just 4:36 left.

The Giants did come back, driving down the field and getting an Eli Manning to Plaxico Burress TD to make it 38-35 with 1:04 left, but an onside kick was recovered by Mike Vrabel to clinch the 16-0 season for the now perfect Pats. Manning on the night went 22-for-32 for 251 yards with four TD’s and one pick. That pick was a killer though, as it led to the TD that was the game-winner for the Pats.

Brady and Moss both broke records, as Brady threw two TD’s to make it to 50 (a new NFL record) and Moss caught two TD’s to make it 23, breaking Jerry Rice’s record. Brady on the night was 32-for-42 for 356 yards with the two scores and no picks. Wes Welker was pesky all night long for the Giants defense, as he caught 11 passes for 122 yards. The Pats put up 390 yards of offense.

So the Giants will now sit back and wait, as they already have their plane tickets booked for Tampa Bay next weekend as they will take on the Bucs either Saturday or Sunday in round one of the playoffs. For the Pats, their march towards destiny will continue with an AFC Divisional game in two weeks.

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One Response to “Game Effort Not Enough for Giants in 38-35 Loss to Perfect Pats”

  1. Rob says:

    In one game, one blogger learns that Pats fans are douchebags.

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