HELL NO WE WON'T GO! The Giants Stay Alive Against the 7-4 Cardinals

Andrew GallagherContributor INovember 24, 2008

The New York Giants returned to the University of Phoenix Stadium for the first time since last years dramatic upset of the undefeated New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. 

Upon their return, the Giants would scrap their league leading ground attack and go through the air because star running back Brandon Jacobs, who is fourth in the NFL in rushing yards and second in the NFL in touchdowns, was injured.  Eli Manning led the assault with 240 yards passing and three touchdown passes. 

Domenik Hixon, the wide receiver who played in place of the injured Plaxico Burress and is also the starting return man, had more than 258 all-purpose yards, including an 83-yard kickoff return. 

Derrick Ward ran for over 69 yards in 20 attempts, though he did have one touchdown.  Tight end Kevin Boss had four receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown, wide receiver Steve Smith, who leads the team in receptions, had four receptions for 45 yards and a long of 30. 

The other receiver, long-time starter, Amani Toomer also had four receptions for only 30 yards, though he did have a touchdown.  Full back Madison Hedgecock caught two passes for only 10 yards, but he did have his first career NFL touchdown catch. 

On the defensive side of the ball rookie corner Terrell Thomas had eight tackles, six solo and two assists.  Thomas also made his first career interception. 

Another rookie, Kenny Phillips, had seven tackles, all of them solo.  Antonio Pierce and James Butler each had six tackles solo.  Finally the starting left end, Justin Tuck, finished with only two tackles, but had one sack and forced a fumble.

To conclude the Giants proved that they can go out and win not only on the road, but also against one of the better offenses in the NFL, and without their star running back.  This incredible show of force and determination has lead many to believe, including myself, that the Giants are the real deal at 10-1.