FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 6: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants shouts instruction against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Good morning fellow Giants' fans. It's another happy Monday as the Giants beat a Patriots' team on the road Sunday that hadn't lost in Foxboro in three seasons. This team is gritty and tough and almost always finds a way to win in the fourth quarter, which is not great for our blood pressure but makes us want to watch the highlights over and over again (at least that's what I did, while Mrs. Mike laughed but, as always, accepted it). Here is what is being said around the Web this morning after what could be classified as a "statement" win....
Let's start with this gem from the Giants' game story:
Manning's one-yard touchdown pass to Ballard - whose 38-yard catch on third-and-10 kept the drive alive - gave the Giants their third consecutive victory and improved their record to 6-2 at midseason. It wasn't the Super Bowl, but you wouldn't know it by the delirium that broke out in the Giants' locker room. Players and coaches hugged and back-slapped each other and everyone was laughing and yelling. The players gathered around Coughlin and running back Brandon Jacobs lifted the coach up over his shoulders.
"I was thinking they were going to drop me on my head," Coughlin said.
NY Giants Eli Manning puts together another comeback against Patriots just like in Super Bowl XLII - NY Daily News
Right now, he is in Brady’s class. His body of work over his career still falls significantly short of Brady — he trails in Super Bowl trophies 3-1 — but in their last two meetings, it has been Manning, not Brady, who has taken his team for a wild ride to the winning score.
Politi: Giants QB Eli Manning is elite, no questions asked | NJ.com
Because, for once and for all, can we all agree that Manning belongs on the list of elite quarterbacks? That’s probably asking too much, of course. He plays in the New York market, so he’s one three-interception game away from filling a week’s worth of talk radio. But, when that happens, we might want to remember today as a reference point.
Yep, who among us didn't feel great when we knew the Patriots left too much time on the clock? We're starting to really feel like No. 10 is going to find a way to win almost every time.
Giants Edge Patriots With Late Touchdown - NYTimes.com
Manning, though, was the most obvious link. In the Super Bowl, he led the Giants 83 yards in a little more than two minutes for the clinching drive. On Sunday, it was 80 yards in 81 seconds to quiet a packed Gillette Stadium and set off a wild celebration on the Giants’ sideline.
A number done on them: XLII - The Boston Globe
Just like last time we got a hard-fought game with limited offense that loosened up at the finish. The Patriots scored on a touchdown pass to take a 3-point lead late in the fourth, but they left too much time on the clock, and Manning somehow took the Giants down the field for a winning touchdown in the closing seconds. Brady got the ball back for a couple of desperation tosses as the clock wound down to zero. Sound familiar? Yeesh. It was impossible to watch this game unfold without thinking about the day the church bells all were broken in Glendale, Ariz., almost four years ago.
New York Giants -- Eli Manning makes elite statement with victory over New England Patriots - ESPN New York
Brady, who missed most of the 2008 season with a knee injury, had not lost at home in his previous 31 regular-season home starts. But with Manning on the field, the Giants feel right now that they can beat anybody -- no matter what the deficit is. For the sixth consecutive game, the Giants played in a game decided in the fourth quarter and Manning pulled out his fifth win during that stretch.
Giants RB Brandon Jacobs comes alive to fire up offense | NJ.com
Between the theatrics of the game’s suspenseful final minutes and the excitement that surrounded the Giants’ victory today, a rejuvenated Brandon Jacobs may have gone unnoticed amid the headline-grabbing moments.
NY Giants running back Brandon Jacobs puts controversy behind him with big game against Patriots - NY Daily News
Before Eli Manning became the star of the Giants’ 24-20 victory over New England on Sunday, it was the much-maligned Jacobs who scored the game’s first touchdown, helping Big Blue open up a 10-point lead.
NY Giants tight end Jake Ballard catches winning touchdown pass against Patriots - NY Daily News
He wears David Tyree’s No. 85, and he spent a few hours last week watching the highlights of Plaxico Burress’ Super Bowl XLII-winning TD catch.
Giants reaping benefits as TE Jake Ballard catches on to offense | NJ.com
The response from Patrick Chung said it all. He stood in the middle of the field at a stunned Gillette Stadium, earnestly baffled. How could a seemingly plodding, formerly inconspicuous tight end had made the most memorable catch in a game as prominent as any this season? Jake Ballard went up the seam of the field, one Patriots defender running alongside him and Chung making a play for the ball that headed toward him. The pass was so perfectly threaded between the safety Chung and linebacker Tracy White that the Giants tight end mused if it were even a touch off he might not have caught it. That was an exercise in the hypothetical.
Honestly, how awesome was the replay of Chung leaping for a ball that wasn't there?
For Giants, a Little More Drama to End the Week - NYTimes.com
The Giants played a sixth straight game in which the decisive score came with nine minutes or less remaining (they won five of the games). Anxious fans everywhere must be wondering: Can the Giants ever win a game easily?
Amen to that, but it sure feels good on Monday.
NY Giants' Eli Manning outduels Patriots' Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLII rematch - NY Daily News
There was no confetti floating in the air when it was over, and nobody handed the Giants a silver trophy. Their win over the New England Patriots Sunday sure did have a familiar ring to it, though. It included not one, but two remarkable fourth-quarter comebacks by Eli Manning. There was a dazzling catch over the middle on the final drive by tight end Jake Ballard, who just happens to wear David Tyree’s old No. 85. The game-winning touchdown pass went to the left corner of the end zone, just like it did four years ago in Glendale, Ariz.
Mario Manningham catches key touchdown pass but also commits key penalty in Giants win - NY Daily News
Mario Manningham nearly went from hero to goat in the few seconds it took for an official to throw a yellow flag in his direction. With 3:03 left, he caught a 10-yard touchdown pass that put the Giants up 17-13. But when he celebrated by taunting Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington, out came the flag. That pushed the Giants 15 yards back on the ensuing kickoff, giving the Patriots a head start on their next drive starting at their own 36.
Speaking of goats, how angry were you guys when Aaron Ross fumbled that punt? That was the play that sparked the Patriots' offense, right after our defense made a critical stop.
Fan shoots himself - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
A fan shot himself in the leg while sitting in his car in the parking lot of Gillette Stadium before Sunday's New England Patriots game against the New York Giants. According to Foxborough police the 50-year-old man was trying to empty the chamber of the licensed handgun when it went off about 3 p.m. local time, The Boston Globe reported.
Oh boy, we all know that's a bad omen, huh? Sorry, I couldn't resist. Enjoy your Monday, everyone. I know I will.
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