Giants vs. Cowboys

On Sunday, November 23, the New York Giants hosted the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.  It was the Sunday Night Football game: the primetime game of the day.  It was a divisional matchup between two teams with one of the biggest rivalries in the league.  The Cowboys have the playoffs in their sights, but the Giants and their fans, wanted to get the win to make it harder for Dallas to make it to the postseason.

The first half of the game was all about the Giants.  They scored 21 points through two quarters and were up 21-10 at halftime.  However, the second half of the game the tables completely turned and it was all about the Cowboys.  They scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter, getting on top 24-21 when the fourth quarter started.  It was so close that all fans were on the edge of their seats.  The Giants made it to the endzone and scored a touchdown, taking the lead once again 28-24.  Unfortunately, that was not enough.  Dallas got the ball back with three minutes left in the game, and drove down the field score the go-ahead touchdown, and ultimately winning the game.  The Cowboys advanced to 8-3 and the Giants dropped to 3-8.

Final Score: Cowboys – 31, Giants – 28

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The highlight of the game, and possibly the entire season, was the most amazing catch by the Giants’ wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.  It’s his rookie season, and he made the catch of the year, if not the greatest catch anyone has ever seen.  Watch the play for yourself below.

Giants vs. 49ers

On November 16, 2014, the New York Giants hosted the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium.  Coming into this games, the Giants needed a win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.  The game started on a good note for the Giants when they took a 7-3 lead in the first quarter.  However, the hope would soon be gone.

As the game went on, the Giants only were able to score 3 more points.  By the end of the third quarter the 49ers had scored a total of 16 points.  As the fourth quarter went on, the Giants had an opportunity to take the lead.  They were on the 4 yard line with four chances to score the go-ahead touchdown.  Unfortunately, the Giants were not able to gain the 4 yards that they needed, and they lost the game.  Their record has now fallen to disappointing 3-7 and they are tied for last place in the division.

Final Score: 49ers – 16, Giants – 10

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Super Bowl 46…Another GIANT Win

On February 5, 2012, Super Bowl 46 was played in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The reason this was such a noteworthy Super Bowl was because the two teams playing were the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.  It was a repeat of four years earlier, when the teams played each other in Arizona in Super Bowl 42.  Giants fans all over the world couldn’t be happier that the team was back in the Super Bowl, and they were even more excited than normal because it was another chance to beat Tom Brady and the Patriots.

The game was played in Lucas Oil Stadium, which is home to the Indianapolis Colts.  The Giants were entering the game with a regular season record of 9-7, and the Patriots had a regular season record of 13-3.  The Giants took a 9-0 lead in the first quarter, but weren’t able to score any points in the second quarter.  The Patriots, however, scored 10 points in the second quarter, and another 7 in the third quarter.  They were now leading the Giants 17-9 after scoring those 17 unanswered points.  The Giants were able to hold the Patriots from scoring any more points, and came back to score 6 points in the third quarter cutting New England’s lead to 17-15.

The fourth quarter started and fans of both teams were on the edge of their seats with the game coming to an end and the score so close.  With 57 seconds left in the game, the Giants completed an 88 yard scoring drive to put them up 21-17, winning them the Super Bowl for the second time in four years.  The Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning completed 30 out of 40 passes and threw for 296 yards.  He had one touchdown pass and no interceptions.  Manning won the Super Bowl MVP for the second time in his career and was the third consecutive quarterback to win the MVP award.  This particular Super Bowl broke the broadcast record for most watched tv program in American TV history.  It was watched by an estimated 166.8 million viewers total.  This game also set the record for most tweets per second during a sporting event, totaling 13.8 million tweets from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

New York Giants fans are still waiting for the team to go back to the Super Bowl, but if they keep following this four year pattern, next season is when they’ll be due back for another Super Bowl win!

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Giants vs. Colts

On Monday, November 3, the New York Giants hosted the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium.  It was Monday Night Football, a primetime game that the whole nation would be watching.  The Giants were coming off of their bye week, and needed a win to help them get back on track to a chance at the playoffs.  The two teams who are not only the Giants rivals, but also leading the division, the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles both have injured quarterbacks, setting the Giants up for what seemed like could be a perfect situation.

However the Giants could not get anything going on either side of the ball.  The offense couldn’t seem to find a way to score any touchdowns in the first half, and the defense wasn’t making any big plays.  This lead to a heartbreaking loss, the third loss in a row for the Giants.  Their record has now dropped to 3-5.

The Giants honored one of their best players, Michael Strahan, at halftime, giving him his Hall of Fame ring.  He was surrounded by his old teammates, as well as other Giants Hall of Famers.

Final Score: Colts – 40, Giants – 24

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Michael Strahan: A Giant Legend

Michael Strahan is one of the best-known players in the NFL.  His position was defensive end.  He played his first NFL game in the 1993 season and played his last NFL game in the 2007 season.  Strahan played his entire 14-year career on the New York Giants, wearing #92.  In 2001, Strahan set the record for most sacks in a single season, with 22.5 sacks.  He played his last game as a New York Giant in Super Bowl 42, when the Giants beat the Patriots in Arizona.

On August 2, 2014, Srahan was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.  He was the last of the 2014 inductees to speak, which seemed fitting considering how successful his career was.  Giants fans all over the world look back on his career and all he did for the team with a great amount of pride.  The New York Giants will retire Strahan’s number on Monday, November 3, when they play the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium.  Not only fans of the Giants, but all NFL fans respect Strahan and his amazing abilities he displayed every Sunday when he stepped on the field.

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Super Bowl XLII: A GIANT Win

On February 3, 2008, the New York Giants took the field against the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl 42 at the University of Phoenix Stadium.  Due to the fact that the Patriots had a perfect record, it was safe to say that the Giants were the underdog.  All of the Giants fans in the world were shocked, but thrilled, that their team had made it to the Super Bowl.

It was a very exciting game to say the least.  The score was close all four quarters, something that no one had expected to happen.  And, after one catch that would be remembered around the world as “The Helmet Catch”, the Giants ended up winning the game 17-14.  The Patriots only lost one game that season, but it was the only game that mattered.

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