Hakeem Nicks' Late-Game Heroics Aren't Enough for a New York Giants Comeback

John BorgoliniContributor IAugust 30, 2009

CHICAGO - AUGUST 22: Hakeem Nicks #18 of the New York Giants is tackled by Josh Bullocks #36 and Hunter Hillenmeyer #92 of the Chicago Bears during a pre-season game on August 22, 2009 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Giants 17-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Following an embarrassing loss in Chicago, the New York Giants had a lot to improve on in their Week 3 matchup against the crosstown rival New York Jets.

One of those questions was what did the Giants get when they spent their first-round pick on Hakeem Nicks this past April?

And if Nicks' performance Saturday night was any indication, the Giants may have gotten exactly what they were looking for: A solid replacement for Plaxico Burress.

Nicks started his night gaining 16 yards on a comeback route in the second quarter. He was then quiet until Big Blue's second drive in the fourth quarter when he and backup quarterback David Carr hooked up for a 22-yard touchdown pass, laying out for a pass that went right over the defender.

On the team's very next drive, Nicks found himself wide open and ran Carr's pass in for a 71-yard touchdown.

Nicks would finish the game with six receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns.

But it was a couple of failed two-point conversions that ultimately ruined the Giants' chances to pick up their second win of the preseason.

Another area that had plagued Big Blue in the first two weeks of the preseason was the offensive line's performance, but with all five starters playing together for the first time this preseason and a solid showing from the backups, Giants quarterbacks had very little pressure to worry about all game.

Carr was the leading passer, going 12-for-17 with 181 yards and two touchdowns.

Eli Manning's numbers were less impressive9-for-21 with 91 yards, a touchdown and an interceptionbut his receivers were dropping a lot of passes, one of which led to the aforementioned interception. He also overthrew his receivers six times.

Ahmad Bradshaw once again led the Giants with 47 yards on eight rushes, including a 27-yard rush to the left side. Brandon Jacobs saw limited time after taking a hit to the forearm from an opposing player's helmet and finished with six carries for 24 yards.

Arguably, the game's most exciting play came from the other New York quarterback: Mark Sanchez. On the Jets' fifth drive of the game, Sanchez was being forced back by three Giant defenders and threw to a wide open Chansi Stuckey, who then broke several Giants' tackles for the touchdown.

This is yet another problem the Giants have had this preseason—tackling.

The Giants have one last game Thursday in New England before opening up the season against Washington on Sept. 13.