The New York Giants did it again against the New England Patriots last Sunday in Foxboro—they pulled out another come from behind, fourth quarter victory under the leadership and poise of Eli Manning.
What made this win so special for the Giants (and worthy of celebration) was that the victory was not brought about by luck, controversy or another team’s meltdown—it was a product of designing and executing an excellent game plan.
The Giants exploited an ill-performing Patriots pass defense, and orchestrated two excellent late-game drives that resulted in touchdowns. On the defensive end, they were able to force Tom Brady into making critical mistakes, leading to the takeaways that could have put the game away.
When a turnover by Eli gave momentum to the Patriots, the Giants stuck to the game plan, and even brought new life to the seemingly fading star of Brandon Jacobs, who rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown.
The Giants’ upcoming five-game schedule is among the most difficult in football, and the Giants are looking at back-to-back games against the current No. 1 and 2 seed in the NFC, with the rest of their opponents being currently in the playoff picture or are looking to stake their claim.
The Giants bought a lot of breathing room with this victory, but they need to take advantage of their opponents like they did against the Patriots to improve their odds of success and keep the wins coming.
Let’s look at the weaknesses of some upcoming teams that the Giants will be facing—and how the Giants can capitalize on them.