New York Jets Offense Collpases as Giants Win 29-14; Keeping Playoff Hopes Alive

Chris Dela Rosa@chris_deezyContributor IDecember 24, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24: Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants breaks the tackle attempt of Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets during the first half on December 24, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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Final Score: New York Giants: 29 - New York Jets: 14

The New York Giants continue their late magic as they were able to hold off the New York Jets in a game that meant more than bragging rights.

After trailing 7-0, the Giants went on a slow but steady tear that included a 99-yard catch by Victor Cruz that ultimately gave them a 17-7 lead.

Following the first quarter, the Jets were always playing from behind, and even when their defense came up time and time again with big stops, the offense could not take advantage of such great opportunities.

Ultimately, the loss falls on the hands of quarterback Mark Sanchez and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer who failed to recognize that his running game was the best aspect of the offense today as he would call for passes that Sanchez failed to execute.

While the Jets offense, especially Mark Sanchez should take most of the blame, credit should be given where it is due, which is the Giants defensive line.  Players like Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck created havoc all game and were a big reason why the Giants will stay alive and the Jets will end their season at Miami next week.

Meanwhile, the Giants still have a chance of making the playoffs, all they have to do is defeat the Dallas Cowboys next week at home and they will win the NFC East and be in the playoffs.