One of the biggest concerns for the Giants this season has been the absence of any sort of running game. Well, look no further this week.
Ahmad Bradshaw, despite being without rushing partner Brandon Jacobs for a second straight week, ran for a season high 104 yards and three touchdowns to help New York cool down the Buffalo Bills 27-24 yesterday at MetLife Stadium. The victory puts Big Blue (4-2) in a tie for first place with Washington in the NFC East. Lawrence Tynes chipped in a 23 yard field goal to clinch the win in this back and forth affair.
The first of Bradshaw’s three touchdowns came to start the scoring for the day with a 1 yard score. Buffalo struck right back the first play of the next possession when Fred Jackson (16 carries, 121 yards) exploded on an 80 yard rushing touchdown. It was the longest rushing play in 21 years for the Bills.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (21/30, 244 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT) then hit Naaman Roosevelt for a 60 yard touchdown reception to give Buffalo a seven point lead. Tynes hit the first of two field goals to cut the lead to 14-10. Eli Manning (21/32, 292 yards, 0 TD & 0 INT) drove down the field and led to another Bradshaw punch in for a touchdown. Rian Lindell tied the game up at 17 with a 49 yard field goal before halftime.
The Giant defense slowed down the momentum of Fitzpatrick in the second half after giving up big plays in the first. Corey Webster accounted for both of New York’s interceptions on the day, including one to set up Tynes’ game-winning field goal.
Bradshaw, whose breakout performance in the 2007 Super Bowl run was against Buffalo, added his third touchdown of the day to give Big Blue a 24-17 lead. After a failed challenge of an almost-touchdown to Mario Manningham, Alex Carrington blocked Tynes’ field goal attempt.
Fitzgerald connected to Steve Johnson to tie the game again with nine minutes remaining. The next Giants drive saw a few pass interference calls go the Giants way and Manning hit Hakeem Nicks for 60 yards and set up Tynes to seal the game for New York.
The Giants look forward to their bye week next Sunday on a positive note, but will need to focus on the tough schedule that is ahead, including New England, San Francisco and Green Bay.
About the Author
Written by Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan is a Staten Island, NY native who is a graduate of SUNY-Cortland, majoring in sport management. At Cortland, he was the sports editor of the student-run newspaper The Dragon Chronicle for both his junior and senior year. He interned for the sports producer and sports anchor Bruce Beck at WNBC-4 Sports in New York City for their 6:00 and 11:00 news programs. Also, he interned in the summer of 2010 for the New York Jets as a sports writer for their website during their training camp which was shown on HBO's Hard Knocks program. Assignments included writing feature stories that were included on both newyorkjets.com and the Jets Playbook given out to the fans at the game. Most recently, he was a broadcast assistant with the NBA for the 2010-2011 season. Chris is a Yankees, Giants, Knicks and Rangers fan.