We asked Gamegirl
what she thought of the final season game against the Eagles.
"They were barely going through the motions for a great
part of that game."
Gamegirl is definitely tough on team performance.
"You can make fun if you like, but that was a 3-12 team
up against the Giants, and the score was close for mostly
all of the game."
She had a point of course. Just look at how the Jets played
for Parcells against New England in a game that didn't matter
"That's right," Gamegirl replied, "and it should
be exciting to see how far he can take the Jets team this
At that point we got some thoughts from Jetguy. He always
seems to be hanging around at Gamegirl's place for some reason
"The Jets are a good team under Parcells, just as the
Giants and Patriots were before them. They seem to be where
they should be going into the playoffs, and I'm certainly
looking forward to seeing the next game at the Meadowlands."
Gamegirl shot him a look at that point, but he wasn't cracking
wise that the Giants didn't make it. We all have to remember
that we share the same stadium seats, former head coach, and
even some former players, Pepper Johnson and Dave Megget to
Who Knows? Maybe Phil Simms is in line to announce one of
Mikefan did have some
hopes for the possibility of a miracle finish by the Giants,
but he didn't seem too down when we spoke with him.
"Oh sure, after watching them beat Denver a few games
ago, I thought that maybe everything would fall into place
for them to end up in the playoffs, but you really can't complain
when you consider that the Giants were 3-7 at one point.
It's not bad for the players to think about how they almost
got in, and to reflect on their 5-1 record at the end of the
It all ended on a high note including this last game.
The Giants got off to a slow start against the Eagles today,
knowing that they were eliminated from the playoffs at that
The key thing is that they got back into the game and won
Kent Graham was fired up as usual. Chris Calloway caught 2
of his touchdown passes, and extended his streak of games
with at least one catch to 47.
Gary Brown went over 1000 yards this season with this game,
to finish at 1,063 yards, including 4 consecutive 100-yard
Michael Strahan nailed down his 15th career-high sack.
All in all, Fassel did a great job with the team this year
even if you compare it to his 10-6 record last year.
There was tougher AFC competition this year, the defense was
hurting, and the offense was carried over from the previous
season as a sort of mystery to be figured out."
So, is it all settled now that they signed Brown, and Kent
Graham is winning? We asked him.
"Well, that certainly helps. Now they can sort out the
running game and see what players are left over. One odd man
out of course seams to be Wheatley. Talented or not, he doesn't
seem to be fitting in with the Giants.
So anyway, they're mostly set with the running game and they
didn't have that going for them at the start of this past
Kent Graham has established that they can have a deep passing
game, and that makes everything work a lot easier for a team.
That was the one big thing the offense got stuck on for most
of this year, and they owe a lot to Kent Graham's skill for
making it happen.
In other matters, I always got the feeling that the players
were giving their all even when the gameplan wasn't working
out, and that's where you have to credit Fassel and the coaching
It's definitely 'Parsells 101' to make sure the players put
out on every play. Speaking of which, I'll be rooting for
the Jets to carry the Parcells banner into the Superbowl this
Any other quick thoughts on next year? We asked him.
"Well let's see. Next year, the Giants start off with
a 4 game winning streak, the running game mostly settled,
an even stronger and healthier defense of championship caliber,
of quarterbacks to fuel the New York media."
And so ends our final Giants game report for the season.
We did ask Mikefan and Gamegirl to cover the playoff games
Gamegirl is going on vacation of course. A new year yields
new vacation time, but she will help out when available.
At our request, and he's a nice guy for doing it considering
the abuse he's taken over the past bunch of years from some
not too considerate fans, friends and coworkers, Jetguy has
agreed to cover the Jet playoff games for us.
This works out great, because we always like to get a live
game report, and we extend our thanks to him.