The New York Football Giants came out of FedEx Field victors, beating the Washington Redskins 24-17.
Justin Tuck tucked RG3 and Co. to bed, ending the Redskins chances of a post-season. Tuck, coming into week 13, had a mere 2.5 sacks. Last night was a different story. Tuck showed how important it is for the leaders of a team to step up and show by example. He had 5 tackles, 4 of them were solo sacks. He got the better of Redskins right tackle Tyler Polumbus numerous times. Justin now has 43 tackles on the season, most by any Giants player for 2013. Now in his 30s he may not look like the 25 yr. old All-Pro; you can still see his heart of the game is still the same size.
There were many other notable players on the defense who got it done when needed. Spencer Paysinger and Keith Rivers collected eight and seven tackles respectively. Then of course the gem that was picked up by Resse in Jon Beason, had an incredible evening. The “Beast” was all over the field and collected 17 tackles. Now I do not care what team you are speaking about, even the best teams; 17 tackles is what all defenses strive for in a player. Will Hill sealed the deal when he stripped the ball out of Pierre Garcon’s arms. After the game Will said he was taking the ball that he picked, and placing it in a trophy case at home. Last night was another game where the defense has stopped a high caliber running back. This time is was Alfred Morris who only collected 26 yards on 11 carries.
Something occurred yesterday that Giants have not seen in a long time: Eli Manning doing what he does best. Yes, he did have an interception; but, notice I only said one. He completed almost 80 percent of his passes. Eli threw for 235 yards and a touchdown. Help from the run game gave Eli the power to throw the ball. He hit seven different players on the day. The Giants and their fans were elated to see Eli connecting with Brandon Myers. Eli hit Myers up for a 22 yard touchdown to tie the game just before half. Myers also provided Eli with the opportunity to throw to Cruz. Brandon did well catching and blocking. He controlled the safeties in the middle leaving Cruz open on the edge. Myers ended the night with 5 catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. Eli’s year is not as good as past seasons, but for right now he is getting the job done.
Next Sunday the Giants face the San Diego Chargers. With the playoffs basically nonexistent for the G-men, they are playing with heart and the desire to finish the season on a winning note. The Giants have proved that even through adversity, (by going 0-6 to winning 5 out of the last 6) they have showed the teamwork and pride to never quit; something most teams do not posses.