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History Of The New York Giants (2000-Present)

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Super Bowl XLII Champions New York Giants

This will wrap up the decade by decade look at the history of the New York Giants and will focus on the Giants of the 2000’s.  I will continue with history about players, coaches and stadiums of the Giants next.

2000: Picked by most experts to finish in last place at the start of the season the Giants took the field with a throwback uniform, and Kerry Collins firmly entrenched at Quarterback. The Giants get off to a good start winning seven of their first nine games to stand in first Place. However, two straight home losses had many questioning weather the Giants were for real. An irate Jim Fassel would declare in inequitable turns “The Giants were going to make the playoffs.” Those words seemed to inspire the Giants who went on a season ending 5 game winning streak that not only put them in the playoffs, but also gave them home field advantage with a 12-4 record. As the Giants moved on the playoffs people continued to doubt their legitimacy, declaring them “The worst top seed ever”. The Giants would face the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round, and would pull away in the 3rd Quarter thanks to a spectacular interception catch and return by Defensive Back Jason Sehorn. After dispatching the Eagles the Giants were matched up against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship. The Giants were still receiving no respect, as the Vikings were favored to win the game. However, the Giants quickly jumped on the Vikings taking a 14-0 lead less then five minutes into the game, the shell-shocked Vikings never recovered as the Giants advanced to the Super Bowl with a 41-0 victory. After the game Owner Wellington Mara publicly mocked the experts calling the Giants the worst top seed ever.

Super Bowl XXXV:
Back in Tampa ten years later the Giants were matched up against the smothering defense of the Baltimore Ravens in the 35th Super Bowl. The Ravens would take a 10-0 lead into halftime, as the Giants could not do anything on offense. The Ravens were in danger of pulling away after a 49-yard Interception return by Duane Starks gave the Ravens a 17-0 lead, but the Giants would quickly get back into the game on a 97-yard Kickoff return by Ron Dixon. However, the reprieve was short lived as the Ravens answered the kick return with one of their own by Jermaine Lewis that gave Baltimore a 24-7 lead on the way to a 34-7 win.

The Giants would get off to a 3-1 start as Defensive End Michael Strahan was making a serious run at the single season sack record of 22. However, two consecutive onepoint losses to the St. Louis Rams and Philadelphia Eagles would send the Giants into a tailspin. Jim Fassel tried to repeat his playoff guarantee of the year before but bad penalties, and poor special teams play put the Giants into a 5-7 hole. However, the Giants would win their next two games to enter a game with Eagles in Philadelphia with a chance to still win the division. The Giants would lead the Eagles 21-14 late, but ten quick points in the final two minutes had the Giants down 24-21 with three seconds remaining. The Giants needing a miracle almost scored on an 80-yard hook and lateral, but Ron Dixon was tackled three yards short of a miracle. The Giants would go on to finish with a 7-9 record, but Strahan would get his record, with a questionable sack of Green Bay Packers Quarterback Brett Favre in the final game of the season.

2002: Trough most of the season the Giants played inconsistent football with frustrating losses to the last place Arizona Cardinals and expansion Houston Texans. After a heartbreaking home loss against the Tennessee Titans in which the Giants led by eight points in the final seconds most had given up on the Giants as they were straddled with a mediocre 6-6 record, needing to win the rest of their games to have any hope of making the playoffs. However the Giants offense would catch fire scoring 108 points in their next three games as they entered the final week of the season with a record of 9-6 needing to win their final game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Meadowlands to make the playoffs. With Tiki Barber rushing for a career high 203 yards the Giants would get that win 10-7 in overtime. With a record of 10-6 the Giants were rolling as Quarterabck Kerry Collins passed for 4,073 yards with super rookie Tight End Jeremy Shockey becoming an instant fan favorite. In the playoffs the Giants offense continued to roll as they jumped out to a 38-14 lead in the 3rd Quarter on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. However, the Giants would suddenly unravel as the 49ers scored 25 unanswered points to take a 39-38 lead in the 4th Quarter. Despite the collapse the Giants would still have an opportunity to win the game as they set up for a game winning 38-yard field goal. However, the special teams’ troubles that plagued them all year rose up again as long snapper Trey Junkin who was signed just for the playoffs snap was low forcing holder Matt Allen to try a desperate pass, which landed incomplete, when Guard Rich Seaubert was yanked to the ground. In the chaos the officials failed to realize Seaubert was eligible and the Giants should have had another play, as the NFL sent the team a letter of apology that made the stunning loss feel even worse for Giants fans.

The Giants kicked off their season on a positive note as their defense harassed St. Louis Rams Quarterback Kurt Warner all day forcing six fumbles while sacking him six times and adding an interception in an impressive 23-13 win. However, the following week their specials teams failed them as the Giants 18-point 4th Quarter was all for naught after Matt Bryant’s kickoff sailed out of bounds allowing the Cowboys to quickly get in Field Goal range for a tying field goal at the end of regulation. In overtime the Giants would fall 35-32. After rebounding to beat the Washington Redskins in overtime the offense faltered in their next three games which they all lost. The Giants slump would come to an end in Minnesota as the Giants beat an undefeated Vikings team 29-17. A week late the Giants faced off with the New York Jets for city and stadium bragging rights, with the specter that the loser’s playoff hopes would go on life support. In perhaps the most exciting Giants-Jets game as it went a full 15-minute overtime period before Brett Conway playing for an injured Matt Bryant nailed the game winner from 29 yards out. At 4-4 with two straight wins the Giants season appeared back on track as they faced the 1-7 Atlanta Falcons at home. However, the Giants put forth one of their worst efforts in recent years turning the ball over four times in a listless 27-7 loss before a booing crowd at Giants Stadium. Following the game Coach Jim Fassel was heard audibly yelling at his team “Are you trying to get me fired?” From there things would only get worse as the Giants would not win another game losing their final eight games to finish with a league worst 4-12 record. Even worse was the fact in seven of the eight losses were by more 13 points or more. Following the season in which the Giants appeared to quit midway through Jim Fassel was in fact fired, as the team began a major shake up that also saw them trade up to obtain the top overall pick which they used on Quarterback Eli Manning, whose rich bloodlines include his father Archie a former All-Pro Quarterback and brother Peyton the league’s 2003 Co-MVP.

With new Coach Tom Coughlin the Giants began a new era on a sour note losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1 on the road 31-17 as former MVP Kurt Warner started the season with Rookie Quarertback Eli Manning watching from the sidelines. However, the Giants would play well over the next few weeks winning their next four games on the way to a solid 5-2 start. However, in Week 9 the Giants played sloppy football with five turnovers in a stunning 28-21 home loss to the Chicago Bears. A Week later the Giants offense struggled again in a 17-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, leading to the benching of Warner as Eli Manning was thrown into the starting role. However, Manning was clearly not ready as he was prone to interception and mistakes while having trouble hitting the Giants receivers as the Giants lost their first six games with Manning at the helm losing eight straight games overall. Hoping to end the season on a good note Eli Manning would have his best game in the final game of the season with three Touchdown passes in a 28-24 win over the Dallas Cowboys, as the Giants finished with a 6-10 record. One bright spot came from Tiki Barber, who rushed for a career high 1,518 yards with 15 Touchdowns, as he added 578 receiving yards for an impressive 2,096 All-Purpose yards while avoiding many of the fumble problems that had plagued his career.

2005: In his second season the Giants hoped Eli Manning could grow into a top notch starting Quarterback, as they signed Free Agent Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress to give him a tall downfield threat. In Game 1 though it was the special teams that helped make the difference as Willie Ponder returned a kickoff 95 yards for a TD and Char Morton returned a punt 52 yards for a Touchdown in a 42-19 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Due to Hurricane Katrina the Giants were able to get an extra game at Giants Stadium as they played a special Monday Night “road game” in the Meadowlands. The Giants would take full advantage and improved to 2-0 with a 27-10 win over the New Orleans Saints. Week 3 would be a test as the Giants hit the road, with Eli Manning in the center of a storm as the Giants traveled to San Diego to face the Chargers, whom Eli stated he would not play for when they drafted him number one overall and traded him to the Giants. With the fans raining boos on Manning, Eli was able to show allot of maturity playing well while passing for 352 yards. However, the Giants defense didn’t fare as well as the Chargers won the game 45-23. Back home a week later the Giants rebounded nicely, beating the St. Louis Rams 44-24. After an overtime loss on the road to the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants appeared to be heading for a second straight loss as they trailed the Denver Broncos 23-10 in the 4th Quarter. After a Tiki Barber Touchdown run cut the deficit to six points early in the 4th, the Giants offense seemed stalled until they got the ball in the final two minutes as Eli Manning drove the Giants 83 yards hitting Amani Toomer on a perfect Touchdwon pass with five seconds left to give the Giants a dramatic 24-23 win. That game would be the final game Wellington Mara would see, as the man who was on the sideline as a ball boy in the Giants first game in 1925, before joining his father as a co-owner at the age of 14 in 1930, passed away just two days later at the age of 89. The Giants would dedicate their next game against the Washington Redskins to him, and played inspired winning 36-0. The Giants would suffer more heartache later in the season as Robert Tisch who owned the other 50% of the team also passed away, but it would not effect the team on the field as the Giants went to win the NFC East with a solid 11-5 record, as Tiki Barber set a team record with a 1,850 rushing yards while Eli Manning passed for 3,762 yards with 24 Touchdown passes. However, in the playoffs the Giants would come up shooting blank as everyone played poorly as they were embarrassed and blanked by the Carolina Panthers at home 23-0.

2006: The season started off with a media circus surrounding the so-called “Manning Bowl” as Eli faced off against his older brother Peyton as the Giants faced the Indianapolis Colts in a Prime Time showdown. Eli would hold his own, with 276 yards passing and two touchdowns, but the Colts would win the game 26-21. A week later Eli Manning was even better passing for 371 yards and three touchdowns as the Giants rallied from a 17-point deficit in the 4th Quarter, to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, in overtime 30-24 on a 31-yard Touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress. Manning would have another strong 4th Quarter a week later leading the Giants to 27 points on the road against the Seattle Seahawks, however the deficit was too larger to overcome as the Seahawks won 42-30. Following the bye week, which was turbulent, as Jeremy Shockey criticized Coach Tom Coughlin, while news leaked that Tiki Barber would retire the Giants came out smoking beating the Washington Redskins 19-3 to start a five game winning streak. However as the streak wound down the Giants injuries began to mount with Free Agent acquisition Linebacker LeVar Arrington missing the final ten games, while Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, and Michael Strahan soon joined him on the sidelines. Also missing half the season was Amani Toomer, who Eli Manning would sorely missed as Plaxico Burress had trouble getting open the final half of the season. After losing two straight to the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars the Giants appeared to be getting back on track as they led the Tennessee Titans 21-0 in the 4th Quarter. However, a key personal 4th down foul penalty on Frank Walker for a late hit out of bounds on Vince Young gave the Titans new life, as they rallied to tie the game with 44 seconds left. Things went form bad to worse, as Eli Manning tried to force a pass down the field, and was picked off by Pacman Jones, who set the Titans up for a game winning 49-yard Field Goal with 6 seconds left. A week later the Giants would return home and lose again on a last second field goal as the Giants hopes for a division title slipped away in a 23-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at home. The four game losing streak would finally end the following week as the Giants took advantage of a Carolina Panthers team playing with a back up Quarterback to win 27-13. The Giants though would continue to struggle as they fell below .500 with losses to the Eagles and New Orleans Saints. However, despite the terrible stretch the Giants could still make the playoffs by winning their last game on the road against the Washington Redskins. Not wanting his career to end on such a bad note, Tiki Barber rushed for a team record 234 yards with three Touchdowns, single handily led the way as the Giants won 34-28 to finish with an 8-8 record and slip into the playoffs. In the Wild Card round the Giants would face the Eagles for the third time. Much like their first meeting in Philadelphia the Giants trailed entering the 4th Quarter 20-10; however they would battle back tying the game with a little over five minutes remaining on an 11-yard pass from Eli Manning to Plaxico Burress. However, there would be no overtime win this time around, as the Eagles drove down the field to set David Akers up for 38-yard Field Goal that gave the Eagles a 24-21 win as time expired. The Giants season would end in heartbreak as Tiki Barber the team’s MVP retired to pursue a career in television after ten years, later saying it was Coach Tom Coughlin, and the atmosphere in the locker that made him retire.

: When the Giants season began there was not much optimism, even from the most ardent supporter of Big Blue. The team was in absolute chaos, a new General Manager Jerry Reese, and the belief that Tom Coughlin was a lame duck coach, as former Giant Tiki Barber ripped him openly in a book and with his new television job. While Eli Manning appeared to be on the road to bustville, as Barber also openly questioned his heart and leadership ability. Then there was the Michael Strahan situation, as the Giants star Defensive End began training camp uncommitted to returning for a 15th season, as he missed all of the pre-season. Before the season started Strahan finally returned as fans crossed their fingers and hoped the Giants would be better then expected. However, when the season started the dire predictions looked to be coming true as the Giants got off to an awful start as their defense looked like Swiss cheese in a 45-35 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, which was followed up by a 35-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the home opener. In Week 3 the Giants continued to look like a bad team as they trailed the Washington Redskins at halftime 17-3. With Ruben Droughens leading the way and the Giants defense holding the Redskins to 85 yards in the second half the Giants would stage a 4th Quarter comeback as they clinched victory with an impressive goaline stand. The win would be a turning point for the Giants defense, as the unit that looked like Swiss Cheese in Week 1 looked like the Big Blue Wrecking Crew of the 80’s as they sacked Donovan McNabb 12 times, with Osi Umenyiora leading the was with six as the Giants beat the Philadelphia Eagles 16-3. The following week the Giants winning streak increased to three as they beat the Jets in the battle of New York 35-24, with Eli Manning connecting with Plaxico Burress for the go ahead Touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Giants win streak would increase to five, as they had easy wins over the lowly Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers. Week 8 would see another lowly opponent for the Giants as they faced the Miami Dolphins. However, they had to fly over 3,000 miles to play the first regular season game in Europe. The weather was tough and slippery at London’s Wimberley Stadium as Eli Manning was limited to 59-yards. However, the Giants defense shutdown the Dolphins as the Giants escaped with a 13-10 win over the winless Dolphins. After a bye week the Giants had a chance to avenge their Week 1 loss and claim first place as they hosted the Cowboys. However, their defense was exposed by Tony Romo again as their six game winning streak ended with a 31-20 loss. The Giants would alternate wins and losses over the next few weeks as they picked up big wins on the road, and played disappointing football at home, including an ugly 41-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, where Eli Manning threw four interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. The Giants would clinch a playoff spot in the next to last game of the season as they used the big play to stun the Bills 38-21 on a blustery day in Buffalo, as they Ahmad Bradshaw’s 88 yard run in the snow followed by Corey Webster’s 34-yard interception return singled great things ahead. Those great things would not manifest themselves in the regular season finale as they faced the 15-0 New England Patriots. The game meant nothing to the Giants, but they played with integrity and decided to play their regulars the entire game in order to prevent the Pats from making history. The Giants would give the Patriots all they could handle as Eli Manning had a strong game with four touchdown passes. However, in the end the Pats record breaking offense was too strong as they finished the season 16-0 by beating the Giants 38-35.

2007 Playoffs
: As the fifth seed the Giants road to the Super Bowl was away from Giants Stadium, and for them that was a good thing, as they had not lost on the road since Week 1, while they posted a 3-5 record at home on the way to a 10-6 record. The Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers approached their Wild Card match up in different directions, as the Giants played the final week of the season to win, the Buccaneers played not to get hurt and rested many of their starters. In a battle of differing philosophies it appeared Coach Tom Coughlin’s decision to play hard the final week paid off, as the Bucs appeared out of sync, despite a Touchdown on the first possession. The Bucs would not score again, until late in the fourth quarter as the Giants controlled the game and continued their road winning streak with a 24-14 win. The win set up a rematch with the Dallas Cowboys, at the site of the Week 1 loss. In the regular season the Cowboys had easily beaten the Giants twice, as the Giants defense seemed to have no answer for Tony Romo. However, Romo found love since the Giants last played the Cowboys, and while the Giants were focused on football the Cowboys, almost laughing off the Giants as insignificant vacationed during their first round playoff bye, with Tony Romo taking a much publicized trip to Mexico with girlfriend Jessica Simpson. From the start it was easy to tell that this game would be different for the Giants as their defense pressured Romo all day, as the game went into halftime tied 14-14, with Eli Manning connecting with Amani Toomer for two big touchdown passes; (a 52-yarder in the first quarter and a short four yard pass with seven seconds left in the first half). In the second half the Giants defense got even tougher harassing and rushing Romo who had a disappointing game completing just 50% of his passes, while keeping Terrell Owens under control. The Giants battling defense would final get paid off, as Brandon Jacobs’ one yard Touchdown plunge gave them a 21-17 lead in the fourth quarter. From their it would be all defense as Romo attempted to lead a game winning Touchdown drive in the final minute, as R.W. McQuarters clinched victory for the Giants by stepping in front of Terry Glenn for an interception in the endzone. The win sent the Giants to the NFC Championship Game where they faced the Green Bay Packers, and sub zero temperatures. However, it was not the Giants who looked cold on the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field it was the Packers as the Giants defense continued to pressure and harass Quarterbacks as they hit Brett Favre all day. The lone blemish against the Giants defense came in the second quarter as they allowed Favre to find Donald Driver on a 90-yard Touchdown Pass, which gave the Packers a 10-6 halftime lead. In the second half the Giants would take control as they took the lead on another Touchdown plunge from Brandon Jacobs. After the Packers retook the lead the Giants recovered behind rookie Running Back Ahmed Bradshaw who had a chunk of his helmet chip off on a scoring drive that game the Giants a 20-17 lead. The Giants defense continued to harass Favre in the fourth quarter as he was picked off by R.W. McQuarters. However, McQuarters during the run back fumbled the ball giving the Packers the ball back which allowed them to tie game 20-20. The Giants would have two chances to win the game before the end of regulation, but Lawrence Tynes missed two field goal attempts. However, the Giants defense continued to shutdown Brett Favre who appeared to be badly affected by the cold, while Eli Manning remained cool under pressure in the third coldest game in NFL history. One Giant who looked worst for ware as they game went to overtime was Coach Tom Coughlin whose face looked to be going through the early stages of frost bite. Overtime would not last long as Corey Webster picked off Favre to set up a third try for Tynes, who made the third time a charm as the Giants advanced to Super Bowl XLII with a dramatic 47-yard Field Goal that won the game 23-20.

Super Bowl XLII: Once again the Giants stood in the way of history for the New England Patriots, who were attempting to join the 1972 Miami Dolphins as the only team to have a Perfect Season. For the 10-6 Giants it was as if they were just at the coronation for the team labeled by ESPN “The Greatest Football Team of All-Time.” The Patriots had even trademarked the phrase 19-0. It was going to be cakewalk for the Patriots who entered the game as 12-point favorites. As for the Giants it had been a great run, Tom Coughlin had won over the team and his critics, Eli Manning had proven he was a good leader, and was not a bust, and Michael Strahan, who was playing in his final game had one more chance to win an elusive Super Bowl ring. Much like the early days of September expectations were low for the Giants, as fans merely wanted a good showing, truly not expecting a win. However, the Giants had a secret in the Week 17 meeting they were able to find weaknesses in the Patriots stellar offense and entered the game with a quiet confidence as they arrived in Glendale, AZ wearing black as a funeral for the Patriots perfection. The pressure was far from the Giants sideline, as they were playing with the house’s money. Getting the ball first the Giants took a page out of their Super Bowl XXV victory as they kept the Patriots offense off the field, holding the ball for the game’s first ten minutes. However, the Giants would only manage a 32-yard Field Goal by Lawrence Tynes. The Pats would not take long to answer back scoring a Touchdown on their first possession as Laurence Maroney scored from one yard out on the first play of the second quarter. That would be the last points scored for the next two quarters as the Giants defense kept the team in the game by keeping the Patriots under wraps, by pressuring MVP Tom Brady like he had not been pressured all season. The pressure came from all directions as Justin Tuck seemed to be on Brady’s back every play. In the fourth quarter the Giants offense began to find a grove as Eli Manning connected on a 45-yard pass to Rookie Tight End Kevin Boss, who established himself as a go to receiver during the playoff run, while playing for an injured Jeremy Shockey. A few plays later Manning connected with David Tyree to give the Giants a 10-7 lead. As the playoffs continued to be filled with unsung heroes for the Giants, as it was the first Touchdown scored by Tyree all season. The Giants defense would continue their harassment of Tom Brady, but the Pats MVP who had won the Super Bowl three times, continued his dazzling fourth quarter career giving the Patriots 14-10 lead with 2:42 left in the game. The game and the season would rest in Eli Manning’s hand, as his brother Peyton Super Bowl XLI’s MVP watched, from the stands, it would be Eli’s time to prove all his critics wrong. The drive started slow for the Giants as Manning’s first two passes landed incomplete. Needing a big play to keep the drive alive hit Amani Toomer to set up a fourth down and one play, which would be converted by Brandon Jacobs. After a five yard scramble and another incomplete pass the Giants faced another key third down at their own 44-yard line. The Patriost defense would bring the pressure and appeared to have Manning sacked, but Eli escaped and found David Tyree for a 32-yard pass into Patriots territory. The escape from Eli Manning was amazing, but the catch itself was even more spectacular as Tyree battling All-Pro Rodney Harrison pinned the ball to the back of his helmet to make the competition. It was reviewed by the officials, and ruled a catch, as suddenly it seemed something special was in the air. However, time was short and the Giants still needed 24 yards to win the game. After misfires on the next two plays it was another third down pass this time to Rookie Steve Smith that kept the drive alive. The next play would bring pay dirt as Manning found Plaxico Burress who was playing injured in the endzone for a Touchdown that gave the Giants a 17-14 lead with 39 seconds remaining. With Brady needing to heave the ball down the field the Giants defense continued to apply the pressure throwing the NFL MVP who set a single season record for touchdown passes for a ten yard loss, as another Rookie Jay Alford broke up the middle. With 19 seconds left the Pats now were stuck deep in their own territory as two prayers landed safely on the ground securing the Giants improbable Super Bowl win. For his clutch drive Eli Manning was named the Super Bowl MVP. Three days later the Giants returned to New York as they were given the ticker tape parade the city had refused to give them for their two other championships, while returning to the Meadowlands later that day to celebrate with their loyal fans in New Jersey, while somewhere in Miami the 1972 Dolphins popped champagne celebrating that they remained the only perfect team in NFL history.

: Coming off their historic upset of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, the Giants hoped they could establish themselves a consistent Super Bowl contender. They were up against some bad history, as the Giants failed to make the playoffs in the season following their first three trips to the Super Bowl. Playing in the Thursday Night opener reserved for the Super Bowl Champion, the Giants started the season on the right foot beating the Washington Redskins 16-7, as they won their first four games. After a sloppy 35-14 Monday Night loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Giants quickly got back on track winning their next six games. During this winning streak the Giants recorded impressive road victories over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals. At 10-1 the Giants looked to be on the road to a second straight Lombardi Trophy, when Plaxico Burress was lost for the season with a self inflicted gun shot wound to his thigh. Burress who caught the winning Touchdown pass in the Super Bowl, had gotten big money deal with the Giants, but continued to be a disciplinary problem, as he earned a suspension for their Week 5 win over the Seattle Seahawks, after continued tardiness to Giants practices and meetings. Burress was out of the rematch against the Redskins in Washington, but the Giants again did not miss a beat, improving to 11-1, and winning the NFC East with a solid 23-7 win. Burress’ wound would only be superficial, but it marked the end of his Giants career. As an investigation determined he had an unlicensed handgun that accidental went off when he tried to prevent it from slipping down his leg, as he attempted to put the gun in the waist band of his pocket-less sweatpants, while at a Manhattan Nightclub. Making matters worse, teammates Antonio Pierce and Ahmad Bradshaw were with him at the time, and also were investigated by New York Police, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged that Burress would serve prison time, and not receive special treatment. Despite returning the gun to Burress’ home in New Jersey, Pierce would not be charged, while Bradshaw who had a criminal record before his NFL career even began never faced any serious charges. The Giants would suspend Burress without pay the rest of the season and eventual release him, as New York strict guns laws eventually forced him to accept a two year prison sentence in a plea deal. Without Burress, the Giants moved on losing to the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 in Week 13, a week later they would suffer a 20-8 loss on the road to the Dallas Cowboys, threatening their chances of winning home field. With playoff seeding on the line, the Giants hosted the Carolina Panthers in a key Sunday Night game. Trailing 21-10 late in the 2nd Quarter, the Giants began to claw their way back into the game as John Carney nailed a 35-yard Field Goal. After the Giants pulled within one point with a 3rd Quarter Touchdown by Kevin Boss, the Panthers extended the lead to eight points on a 30 yard Touchdown run by DeAngelo Williams. However, led by Derrick Ward who rushed for 215 yards the Giants, would force overtime, as Brandon Jacobs scored from one yard out with 3:21 left, tying the game on a two point conversion pass from Eli Manning to Domenik Hixon. In overtime it was Jacobs again scoring the winning Touchdown from two yards put to give the Giants home field in the playoffs and a 34-28 win. The Giants would finish the season with a 13-3 record, losing a meaningless game to the Minnesota Vikings 20-19 on a last second field goal from Ryan Longwell. In the playoffs the Giants would face the Philadelphia Eagles again when the loss of Plaxico Burress would catch up with them as the Giants struggled in the red zone, manning just three Field Goals in five trips inside the Eagles 20, while Donovan McNabb had a solid game leading the Eagles to a 23-11 victory to advance to the NFC Championship Game.

2009: Lets not talk about 2009 yet.

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4 Responses to “History Of The New York Giants (2000-Present)”

  1. Jeremy says:

    Yeah the thought of last season still stings. Let’s not relive that disaster just yet. Maybe in a few years it will hurt less.

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  3. andrew ilnicki says:

    ill never forget that green bay game of 2007 — easily the most under rated win of giants lore.

    noone thought they had a shot.

    guess the 2010 giants need to get back that mindset, noone thinks were good.

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