Sunday, October 26, 2008

Giants-Steelers: Post-game Reaction

Giants beat the Steelers to improve to 6-1

That was a big win for the G-men on a big weekend for the NFC East. Every team in the division picked up a win this weekend and the Giants were able to keep pace with a hard fought comeback against one hell of a football team.

The defense was outstanding and played what I thought was probably their best game of the season: tremendous effort and intensity getting to the quarterback, 4 HUGE turnovers, solid tackling, generally speaking, and most significantly in my mind, young guys stepped up.

Kiwi takes down Big Ben for one of his career-high 3 sacks on the day. (AP Photo)

S Kenny Phillips had a great game, making some big-time tackles and getting his first career interception. He also had delivered the lumber on that hit in the first quarter for which he was given a bogus personal foul penalty. LB Bryan Kehl stepped up in the starting role and had his first career interception as well, and third-year DE Mathias Kiwanuka appears to be settling back in on the line as he had a career day, picking up 3 sacks and recovering a fumble.

Rookie S Kenny Phillips grabs his first career pick and the Giants' fourth on the day. (AP Photo)

The offense struggled to find the end zone against the best defense in the league, despite being handed some phenomenal field position in the first half. For the first three quarters we had to settle for field goals, which was tortuous when Pittsburgh kept landing the big play, but true to form, Captain Comeback Eli Manning served up some fourth quarter magic and led Big Blue on a touchdown drive to take the lead late in the game.

The offense also saw the young players continue to make huge contributions. Steve Smith is emerging as one of the Giants' most dangerous weapons on offense, and Kevin Boss had some huge plays to grab the victory, including the game-winning touchdown grab. Old reliable Amani Toomer also had a big game.

Let's not forget, the Giants' offensive line held the most prominent pass rush in the league to 0 sacks on the day. Tremendous job across the line by those guys. If some of them don't make the Pro Bowl this year, it will be ridiculous...

All in all it was great win and a very exciting game. I think this will be a huge boost to this team going into next week's home game against Dallas. Between the home crowd and the outstanding performances in this week's win, I think this team's looking at a 7-1 start.

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Stay tuned later in the week for "Under the Lens" as we'll break down Big Blue's victory in Steeltown!

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