Saturday's Giants-Jets game will not go down as an all-time classic, but it very well may end up costing the Jets their playoff hopes. After hearing all week (from the Jets) how the Jets were the better team, the Giants won, 29-14, on Christmas Eve. That sets up a winner-take-all game against the Cowboys on New Year's Day and means the Jets will need a win in Miami plus a ton of help in eight days' time.
Victor Cruz had three catches for 164 yards -- including a 99-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter -- and Ahmad Bradshaw had two touchdowns to account for most of the Giants' offense. Eli Manning completed only nine of his 27 pass attempts, and the Giants ran 55 plays to the Jets' 89. But they still made the plays when needed, picking off Mark Sanchez twice and recording a late safety. Sanchez threw the ball 59 times but managed only 258 yards. He threw for a touchdown (to Josh Baker) and ran for another, but this game did not showcase two offenses running on all cylinders. At one points, the Jets did not score on 11 straight possessions. Remember, this is against a Giants defense that has hardly stopped anyone all year.
Of course, the game had fireworks at the end. Brandon Jacobs and Jets coach Rex Ryan apparently yelled at each other on the field following the game, and the Giants made sure to let everyone know that the Meadowlands belongs to the Giants -- even if this was technically a Jets home game.
A win at home against the Cowboys will give the Giants the NFC East. Is it deserved? The Giants did their best to hand this game to the Jets, but not even a Manning interception right after a Jets fumble could do the trick. The Jets will need a win plus a Cincinnati loss plus a Tennessee loss plus a loss by either Denver or Oakland.