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Giants resuscitated, Jets remain on life support

November 22, 2009

Eli Manning had a career day against the Falcons

Despite another meltdown by the shaky Giant defense, Lawrence Tynes kicked the G-men to a 34-31 victory, keeping the Giants in good position for a playoff spot.  The giants snapped their four-game losing streak, and Eli Manning threw for a career-high 384 yards.  Eli added three touchdown passes, including two to Kevin Boss.  The Falcons (5-5) have lost four of five after a 4-1 start.  With the win, the Giants became the first home team to win in the series since New York beat Atlanta in 1979. The visiting teams had won 12 straight in the series, and the Falcons gave it a good shot at making it 13 in a row.

It wasn’t an easy win for the Giants, though, as the defense couldn’t hold a 31-17 lead.  Also, the Giants lost Jacobs to an injured right leg late in the third quarter. There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury, although he was on the sideline during the fourth quarter and overtime.

Matt Ryan threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Eric Weems with 6:01 left in regulation, then hit Tony Gonzalez for 11 yards with 28 seconds remaining to tie it. Ryan finished 26 of 46 for 268 yards and two touchdowns, while Gonzalez had eight catches for 82 yards and the score. Michael Turner’s replacement Jason Snelling had two touchdown runs.

“There are not many better feelings than in a locker room after a win,” Manning said. “It was good to see the high-fives and the smiles, especially when you haven’t had that feeling for a while.”

Mario Manningham made Eli’s day easier, tallying 126 yards receiving. 

The Giants will travel to Denver for a Thanksgiving feast with the struggling Broncos.  Game time is 8pm. 

The Jets on the other hand could not protect the football up in Foxborough.  Mark Sanchez committed five turnovers including four interceptions and the defense could not help him out.  Sanchez’s turnovers led to 17 Patriot points, a trend that has become all too common in 2009.  All that tough talk in the beginning of the season looks pretty hilarious right now. 

“We have to protect the ball better.  We have to do a better job all around.  The receivers have to run better routes, better passes have to be made,” said Rex Ryan after the game. 

Leigh Bodden had three of the four interceptions thrown by Sanchez and the New England Patriots defense allowed just one touchdown and 226 yards in a 31-14 win. The victory gave them a two-game lead in the AFC East and sent the Jets to their sixth loss in seven games.

Wes Welker was a man possessed against the Jets

Tom Brady threw for 310 yards and a touch down, and Wes Welker had his way with the Jets secondary racking up 192 receiving yards.  Maroney was also very productive rushing for 72 yards and two touchdowns.  Unlike in week 2, the Jets were unable to get consistent pressure on Brady, and were diced up as a result. 

Darrelle Revis was one of the few bright spots for the Jets, holding Moss to just 34 yards receiving. 

Jerricho Cotchery had 84 yards receiving and a beautiful touchdown catch.  Thomas Jones once again broke the 100 yard mark rushing, with 103. 

The Jets are a fairly young team, and despite Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco’s success last season, this is what Jets fans should have expected.  The 3-0 start was nothing more than a mirage, and although the Jets future might be bright, they are what their record says they are.

The Jets face the Panthers next Sunday at the Meadowlands.  The Jets will have to run the table to make the playoffs, and even that might not be enough.

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