Big, Bad Brandon Jacobs and His Buddy Ahmad Bradshaw

Jim MancariCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06:  Brandon Jacobs #27 and Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants celebrate after Jacobs scored a 74 yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Giants Stadium on December 6, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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In Monday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, the New York Giants got out to an ugly start. Eli Manning threw two quick interceptions, and it appeared that the recent chaos surrounding the Giants travel plans had caught up to them.

And then Brandon Jacobs took a hand-off from Manning and scampered 73 yards down the sideline. It seemed as though the entire stadium shook as Jacobs completed this run.

He later scored the Giants first touchdown which gave them the lead for good. His big gain changed the entire complexion of the game.

In the second half, Ahmad Bradshaw put the game out of reach with a 48-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

On the night, the Giants finished with an impressive 213 yards rushing. They only had 182 passing yards. Jacobs finished with 116 yards on 14 carries, and Bradshaw added 103 yards on 11 carries

Over the final three games, the Giants must continue establishing their running attack early to set the tone. They have a dynamic duo in Jacobs and Bradshaw that can wreak havoc on opposing defenses.

Also of note, the defense looked terrific last night, especially against the run. One of the main keys coming into the game was to contain Adrian Peterson, and boy did they succeed. Big Blue held AP to only 26 yards on 14 carries. Peterson's longest carry was seven yards.

It did help that Tarvaris Jackson looked rather lost in his first start of the season. The Giants were expected to give him trouble all night, and that's what they did.

What was great to see was the reaction of Jacobs after Bradshaw scored his touchdown. Jacobs, who wasn't in the game at the time, was the first teammate to greet Bradshaw in the end zone to congratulate him. Jacobs was so pumped up.

I was skeptical in the beginning of the year how Jacobs would react to more of a backup role. When Bradshaw went through his fumbling problems, Jacobs was there to pick up the slack.

Now he looks like the Jacobs of old, hitting the holes hard and pummeling would-be tacklers.

The camaraderie of these two backs has paid dividends for the G-Men and will hold one of the major keys to success over the next few weeks, especially as the Giants prepare for their most important game of the year at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bradshaw had his wrist wrapped at the end of the game, but hopefully it's nothing serious.

While Bradshaw and Jacobs must do their thing, the defense must continue their strong play against Michael Vick and his young receiving threats, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.