New York Jets Offense Collpases as Giants Win 29-14; Keeping Playoff Hopes Alive
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.
There were a lot of big plays in today's game.
Watch Victor Cruz score the Giants' longest touchdown in history, torching the Jets for 99 yards.
Ahmad Bradshaw scores and that is it for this game.
Updated Score: New York Giants: 29 - New York Jets: 14
The Giants get a big sack in the end zone for a safety. That marks the end of the Jets season as the Giants will get the ball back and the Jets are trailing by 8.
A lot of the blame for this loss has to be put on Mark Sanchez.
Giants try to pick up the first down on a draw to D.J. Ware but this time the Jets bottle him up and forcing the punt. It will come down to the Jets two-minute drill with both seasons on the line.
With 2:37 left, the Jets call a timeout. A stop here would mean a long field goal or flipping the field for the Giants. This may be the biggest play of the game so far.
After the big run and personal foul by Ware, the Jets have no room for error as another first down would put an end to the Jets season.
The Jets cannot do anything on the drive and punt the ball to the Giants 18-yard line.
Eli Manning throws the ball out of bounds nowhere near a receiver. The Giants will be forced to punt from their own end zone after the intentional grounding penalty.
The punt is returned to the 50-yard line.
Big third down coming up as it is 3rd and 8 for the Giants on their own 15-yard line as they lead by 6.
Jets go with a play action fake/keeper to Mark Sanchez on the goal line. Sanchez scores bringing the Jets within one possession as Nick Folk's extra point puts the Jets behind by 6.
Updated Score: New York Giants: 20 - New York Jets: 14
On 3rd and 12, Mark Sanchez tries to pick up the first down on his own, and with a holding penalty on the defense it is a first and goal.
The Jets have life once again as David Harris makes a great one handed interception and returns it to the Giants 11-yard line.
On third and goal on the Giants 2-yard line, Mark Sanchez fumbled and the Giants recovered. Because the ball rolled in the end zone it will be the Giants ball on their own 20-yard line.
The ruling on the field has been reversed and it is ruled an incomplete pass. It will be 3rd and 17 for the Jets. Because the Jets are down by 13, it may be four down territory depending on the outcome of this third down play.
The Giants recover a Mark Sanchez fumble after being sacked. But Rex Ryan has thrown the challenge flag and the following play will go under review.
The Jets are finally able to get a first down as Mark Sanchez and Dustin Keller link up on on 3rd and 10. Following the pass, the Giants called a timeout as they had 12-men on the field and did not want to be penalized again.
Giants cannot capitalize on the Jets turnover and will forced to attempt a 36-yard field goal, which Lawrence Tynes makes. The Giants lead by 13.
Updated Score: New York Giants: 20 - New York Jets: 7
The missed field goal by Nick Folk is making a very big impact so far.
A poor pass by Mark Sanchez leads to a Giants interception that is returned to the 14-yard line.
Jets fans, it may be time to hit the panic button.
Giants score after torching the Jets defense through the air and on the ground.
Updated Score: New York Giants: 17 - New York Jets: 7
If the Jets want to score they should just stay wit running the ball. Although the holes are small, Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson are turning them into nice gains.
Santonio Holmes has been having trouble reeling in passes as he drops what would have been a first down for the Jets forcing his team to punt again.
Once again, the Jets force the Giants to punt. With Weatherford's punt, it is the 14th punt of the game.
Penalties plague the Jets on this drive as they are forced to punt after picking up a few first downs on the ground.
Similar to the Jets, the Giants were able to move the ball on the ground well but seem to have trouble passing the ball as they punt the ball back to the Jets.
After moving the ball well on the ground, the Jets cannot pass the ball and come up empty on yet another drive.
Following a T.J. Conley punt, the Giants will start their next drive on their own 27-yard line.
After a solid run on first down, the Giants cannot find a way to gain anymore yards and punt the ball back to the Jets. Weatherford had a great punt from his own 22-yard line and the Jets will now start this upcoming drive around their own 20-yard line.
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