previews Week 14 -
Pass the Quarterback
Next week - Arizona
What are they saying about the
here to find out.
So, what did Gamegirl think of the
She pondered our question for a moment and then answered.
"It wasn't the game that everyone at work thought it would
be. Based on how the Giants have been doing, it was surprising
that it was a competitive game at all, at least for the first
half of the game. I'd focus mostly on that.
Once the 49ers get rolling, not many teams can stand up to
Kent Graham was sparking the offense pretty good for most
of the game, and I think he's going to lead the team for the
rest of the season.
"We reminded Gamegirl that Fassel had said the quarterback
switch was mostly for Kanell to take a break and clear his
"Yes, I know that, but aside for the fact that everyone will
probably get a chance at some playing time for the last few
games including all three quarterbacks, I think Kent Graham
is in there to stay!"
We didn't argue the point with Gamegirl. She's pretty knowledgeable
about this stuff, and if she sees a Testaverde / Foley (who?)
like situation brewing here, we'll trust her sixth sense.
We're sure Kent Graham won't complain.
"Despite the final score, the Giants had a credible showing,
and I like the way they're playing less conservative than
they tend to play.
Maybe it helps that there is a lack of pressure on the players
since nobody is expecting very much from them at this point.
"When asked if she had anything else to add, she said, "Yes,
one more thing. The injury to 49er tackle Bryant Young was
very upsetting and all of us at Team Giants wish him the very
we caught up with Mikefan, he flipped through some papers
from one of the many stacks, found his notes, and then tossed
the rest aside onto yet another stack. We wondered how he
kept this messy filing system of his straight as he refreshed
He caught us looking at the different sized piles, so he casually
neatened the stacks of paper (as if that would make a difference)
while he turned and began his summary.
"It was another loss, but still, it was an interesting game
He finished with the papers and gave us his full attention.
"The Giants showed us a few things in that Monday night game."
The offense can mount an attack - sometimes.
They can run the ball - sometimes.
Kent Graham can gun one downfield - sometimes.
The receivers can make a big play - sometimes.
Tiki Barber can catch and hold the ball - sometimes.
All in all, the Giants can play good football - sometimes.
The 'sometimes' factor has been a problem with the Giants
this year, and it's the same with most losing football teams.
The lack of consistency hurts them."
He picked out a pad from one of the piles without even looking
and held it up for us to see.
"Look at this, he said dragging his pen across the box score.
San Francisco, first quarter - 7, second quarter - 7, third
quarter - 7, and forth quarter - well 10, but they're so consistent,
- and successful - it's sickening."
It was a good point, but we were really distracted by this
filing system of his. It actually seemed to work. Mikefan
smiled, and we guessed he knew what we were thinking. He put
that pad down and continued.
"The 49ers moved the ball downfield easily on their first
possession, but they didn't score. The Giants surprised them
and the stadium fans with a 4 play, 80 yard drive that got
them a quick 7 on their very first possession.
From those first two drives, it looked like it was going to
be a rough game for the defenses on both sides, especially
with the slippery field condition. The rain came on and off,
and both kickers ended up missing 2 field goals apiece. The
Giants couldn't follow up on that first drive and failed to
capitalize on many of the good plays they made, and that one
opening drive amounted to their total scoring for the game"
We asked Mikefan to elaborate on some of the good things.
"Well, Hilliard had six catches for 141 yards. Kent Graham
completed 21 of 40 passes for 237 yards.
The defense played with heart time and time again, as they
took the field and held Jerry Rice to just three catches in
the game for 25 yards.
Don't get me wrong. There also were some stupid rookie penalties,
those missed field goals, and poor tackling that killed off
the good stuff. The announcers were particularly down on Tito
Wooten, and Graham was high with many of his passes in the
There was also that bonehead stuff near the end of the game.
With about 6 minutes left, the play by play went like this:
1st and 9, SF9 - Graham pass to Hilliard to SF11 for, -2 yards.
2nd and 11, SF11 - Graham pass to Cross to SF15 for, -4 yards.
3rd and 15, SF15 - Graham (shotgun) pass incomplete to Jurevicius.
------ Caught out of the end zone ------.
4th and 15, SF15 - NY- PENALIZED 5 yards for Delay of Game.
4th and 20, SF20 - Graham (shotgun) pass incomplete to Jurevicius.
The Giants couldn't take advantage of an obvious mismatch
on Jurevicius and he finished the game with only 1 catch for
We asked Mikefan to sum it all up.
"Overall the effort was good, but the execution was bad.
Looking ahead, I think they'll be ready for next week's game