December 25, 2011
By J.D. Cook
Christmas and the Giants have been a bad mix in recent years. The only exception to this was in 2007 when the Giants won in Buffalo pretty close to Christmas to clinch a playoff spot. Other than that many of the games close to Christmas were blow outs that went to the opposition. Like the game against the Saints a few seasons back. Yesterday, despite what I think may have literally been referee interference, the Giants pulled out a “W” against a good New York Jets team.
The reason I am perturbed at the referees is because nearly every call went towards the Jets when the Giants were within reach of closing out the game. Two very debatable challanges went their way along with a few on-field calls. It just felt like the refs had been told to keep the game competitive by making sure the Jets stayed in the game. I don’t want to be that guy, but there were numerous bad calls in that game.
Nonetheless, the Giants still pulled out a win with a suffocating defense that was after Sanchez, “the golden child”, all second half. The real reason we won yesterday was because the offense took advantage of the Jet’s mistakes. The offense didn’t really play well, but they scored when put in good positions. That’s of course with the exception of the Cruz touchdown which was fantastic. That said, this game was really the first of the playoffs for the Giants. From here on in it’s win or go home. I hope the Giants pound the Cowboys into dust this coming week and end their playoff hopes like they did the Eagles this week.