COMMENTARY | I'm generally not a fan of statement games, but the New York Giants delivered a loud-and-clear message to the rest of the National Football League on Sunday, November 25 with a 38-10 dismantling of the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium.
Fear the Giants!
I predicted that Green Bay would bring out the best in the defending Super Bowl champions. Turns out, the Packers brought out the beast in New York. Eli Manning tossed three touchdowns -- his first in four games -- and the defense sacked Aaron Rodgers five times and held him to 219 yards passing as the Giants snapped Green Bay's five-game winnings streak. So much for a second-half swoon.
"We understood this was a game we needed to win and you could see it in the way we played," Victor Cruz told Giants.com after the game. "I think we definitely played like world champions."
Sure, they looked horrible in two games before the bye week, but the battle-tested Giants proved once again that they're bosses in a big spot. In week six, the G-Men destroyed the San Francisco 49ers, 26-3, in a rematch of last year's NFC Championship. So, against arguably two of the most dangerous teams in the NFC, the 49ers and Packers, the Giants have won by a combined score of 64-13.
So, although the Atlanta Falcons (10-1) have the best record in the NFC, the NFC East-leading Giants at 7-4 arguably are the most dangerous team in the conference. Even if Atlanta beats New York in a rematch of last year's wild card round on December 16, it won't make a difference. Because when the playoffs begin, the Giants may not be the team to beat, but they'll be the toughest to beat. And everybody knows it, or at least now they do.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. He proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. Adam follows back Giants fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.Sources
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