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Giants Beat Falcons in Overtime 34-31, End Losing Streak

It may not have been pretty,and they needed overtime to do it but the Giants ended their 4 game losing streak on the foot of Lawrence Tynes.

The Giants started off the scoring with a 39 yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes. Early in the second half, the Falcons took the lead, on a 7 yard run by Jason Snelling. The Falcons lead did not last for long, as Eli Manning found Kevin Boss for a 28 yard touchdown pass. With time winding down in the half, Manning found Boss again, this time for a 4 yard TD pass, to give them a 17-1 lead.

The Falcons started off the scoring in the second half on another TD run by Jason Snelling, this time for one yard. But the Giants answered right back, scoring on a 2 yard run by Brandon Jacobs, to give them a 24-14 lead. The Falcons added a field goal late in the 3rd quarter.

Madison Hedgecock scored on a 3 yard touchdown pass early in the 4th quarter, to give the G-Men a 31-17 lead. The Falcons came all the way back, first on a 4 yard pass to Eric Weems, and then on an 11 yard pass to Tony Gonzalez to tie the game up.

In OT, after the Giants won the toss, they drove down the field. Tynes hit a 36 yarder for the win.

The Giants pass offense was spectacular. Eli Manning threw for 384 yards. Kevin Boss had two TDs. They were moving the ball, especially in the middle parts of the field. Unlike the Chargers game, the Giants stayed with the pass. It worked well.

The Giants, on the game-tying drive for the Falcons, reverted back to the prevent defense that worked so poorly against the Chargers. It allowed the Falcons to get chunks of yards, and it led to a TD. What’s even more puzzling, is that the Giants pass defense had been good all game! It baffles me that they would abandon it.

The Giants got lucky on this one. They gave up a two touchdown lead. But they found a way to win. For a team on the brink, this win was huge. And they came through.

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7 Responses to “Giants Beat Falcons in Overtime 34-31, End Losing Streak”

  1. andrew ilnicki says:

    Thank goodness they remembered Kevin Boss’ number this game. No amount of blocking can replace those touchdowns in this impressive offensive / passing display by the Giants.

  2. Russo says:

    I could have slapped a new born when I saw the same BS defensive plays that cost NY the game against SD being called on the final drive for ATL.

    You think they would have learned a valuable lesson from that game….obviously not.

    I had to watch the game on a smaller tv at a bar so I didnt get to see who made what impact on defense.

    any notables on D?

  3. Júlio César says:

    boley was awesome as usual… blackburn was ok, and ross made a good return

  4. andrew ilnicki says:

    pressure was spotty, great strip sack though in the first half.

    second half D was not up to snuff… its the over the middle crap that ALWAYS causes problems.

    in the fourth quarter the falcons realized they could throw it to Gonzales everytime, and they did.

    i dont thing anyone stood out as much as corey webster, had a great game in coverage.

    glad to see good physical football, although the Gmen stacked up a few penalties to help atlanta.

    • Jason C. says:

      I’m just glad that the zebras let us in on the new rule where you’re not allowed to hit an opposing running back before he goes out of bounds, because you’re supposed to assume that the guys gonna run out of bounds and be nice to him. Guess we know better for next week.

      • BlueFanFla says:

        I couldn’t agree more on that particular play. One of the running backs feet was still in bounds when the contact was made.

  5. andrew ilnicki says:

    not to disagree or anything, but just an observation…

    these refs look at the intensity of the hit sometimes and thats the basis of the penalty, not the splitting hairs of which toe was in bounds… sometimes its just a reaction to a big hit.

    so if it was more like a love tap as the back was heading out of bounds they wouldnt care. but because it was a huge hit right at the sidelines they throw the flags.

    and this is something tony dungee explained before sunday night football, the league examines trends, practices, and plays like that and they decide to beef up penalites on big hits going out of bounds because it stands to increase needless injury to players around the league.

    in essence, the NFL is making it easier on the business of being the NFL, protecting the players and themselvs instead of just letting them play football.

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