The New York Giants reignited their hopes of a playoff berth in Week 16 with a convincing 29-14 win over the crosstown rival New York Jets "on the road” inside MetLife Stadium.
As a result, the Giants are alive in the NFC East hunt, which will culminate in Round 2 between the Giants and Dallas Cowboys in Week 17.
The Giants defense performed up to par for the first time all season and shut down Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and the offense all afternoon. Sanchez threw two interceptions, fumbled once and was sacked five times, while the Jets offensive line struggled to slow the relentless Giants pass-rush.
The NFL’s fourth-leading sack man, Jason Pierre-Paul, accounted for two of the Giants’ five sacks—he has 15.5 sacks on the season.
The Giants offense also came to life after a week off in Week 15 against the Washington Redskins, though the stats don’t necessarily reveal it. Big Blue ran off 20 consecutive points against the Jets’ top 10 defense in the NFL, sparked to life by a record-setting 99-yard touchdown reception by Victor Cruz in the third quarter.
With their backs against the wall, it was expected the Giants would collapse, as has been the story since head coach Tom Coughlin took over in 2004.
Instead, the Giants came ready to play against their stadium-mates with the intent of delivering a potentially fatal blow to the Jets’ own playoff aspirations. In doing so, the Giants are one game away from clinching the NFC East title with a victory over the Dallas Cowboys—a team they beat in dramatic fashion in Week 14 at Dallas, 38-34.
Here is the New York Giants’ report card for each unit’s performance in their Week 16 victory.