Despite a disappointing loss in the final seconds to Green Bay, the Giants made some major strides.
However, in the wake of another potential blowout, the Giants came to play, and almost dismantled the perfect Packers.
Trust me, I know almost isn't anything, and moral victories do not exist in the NFL, but there were some positive things to take from tonight's game.
The Running Game Worked
The running game wasn't a clinic, but the Giants were able to establish it at least, which allowed Eli Manning to be even more successful in his already stellar passing game this season.
The combination of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs gained just under 100 yards rushing tonight and a BJ touchdown. Another huge play in the running game came late in the fourth when DJ Ware rushed into the end zone for a successful two-point conversion.
We've seen in the past few weeks that Eli can't do it all on his own, and it was nice to see someone else step up tonight.
The Pass Rush Finally Hit a QB
The pass rush looked pretty good tonight. Justin Tuck and Dave Tollefson were able to get to Aaron Rodgers and sack him, and there were plenty of times they were able to at least get a hit on Rodgers to make him feel uncomfortable.
Will the Giants make the playoffs?
Sure, there were definitely a few too many plays where Rodgers had all the time in the world, but this week was definitely an improvement.
The O-Line Actually Protected Eli
Aside from being sacked once, and another terrible play where Eli fumbled the ball after poor protection, the offensive line did a decent job at protecting their QB. Really, if you don't count Clay Matthews' three huge plays (fumble, sack and a pick-6) it would have been a successful game, and likely a win.
If the Giants were able to hang with the best team in the league for four quarters and only lost by a last-second field goal, there is no reason why they shouldn't be able to win out and find themselves as the NFC East Champs in a few weeks.
It won't be easy, but it could be done. Luckily, the Giants will have some say in the matter, as they still have to face Dallas twice to finish out the season.