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found some good things to say.
"LeShon Johnson had some nice exciting runs, and so did
Everyone around me thought the Giants were going to keep it
close and pull it out today. The crowd was really into the
game, and after the first half ended with the score at 7-6,
it looked like the Giants could use the defense to hold the
Colts down until the Giants offense turned it on.
the third quarter, the offense started moving the ball, and
after getting two penalties that moved them back to around
the 30 yard line, Kent Graham threw one to I think, Jurevicius
in the end zone, but it hit off him and the Colts got the
ball to kill the drive. We could have used that score.
Later in the 3rd quarter, the seats around me started to thin
out after the Colts punt return made the score 24-6. The fans
who left missed seeing the Giants finally put one together
in the fourth quarter for a nice long drive that ended with
went 80 yards, and Graham hit Amani Toomer a 33 yard score.
were moving the ball, and how often do we get to see the Giants
score 2 TDs in one quarter?
"Right, and then Kent did it again! This time Pete Mitchell
got the TD pass. There was almost 7 minutes left, and the
group of fans around me who were left, shared my hopes, even
though the Giants needed 8 points to tie.
I don't know why they went for the 2 points earlier. I guess
that was some kind of mistake, because it would have been
just a 7 point gap.
Anyway even though they didn't come back and win this game,
the fourth quarter was worth staying for.
It was just disappointing to see the passes bounce off our receivers
and into the hands of the Colts those two times. That and those
other turnovers wiped out our chances in this game."
Mikefan, what do you say?
"What do I say? I say shake this loss to the Colts off
fast. It's in the history books, and get ready for the Redskins.
The Giants had their hands full trying to stop the Colts with
Manning, Harrison and James, and their former teammates on defense,
Chad Bratzke, Tito Wooten, and Thomas Randolph, all guys with
a mission, and it was a hard fought game.
I saw some good things out there today that I haven't seen before.
I know it's hard to remember the good things once the bad ones
overshadow them, but they were there.
I saw LeShon Johnson blasting through the holes for some good
He's finally healthy, and he's learned from the last game not
to run all over everyone. He used this game to find the holes
first, and then run.
Next game he learns to hang onto the ball and then he can do
saw the offense come out of their collective shell to open
the game up like they haven't done before. Even with all the
sloppy play and penalties, the Giants moved the ball and were
a threat for the entire game. I see good things coming up,
because this is a team that's getting better and doesn't let
really think they have a shot?
"Welcome to the NFC East, and enjoy your stay. The Giants
are still tied for first in this division, and can catch the
Redskins on the decline.
The Cowboys are tied for first place as well, and they face
Arizona next week. The Cards just broke Detroit's 4 game winning
streak, so who knows? Maybe they take out the Cowboys next
By the way, there was another game where the team decided
to go for the 2 points early on, and ended up with a 4 point
gap, losing 23-19.
Once again I offer my services to all teams as a combination
"2 Point - Time Out Coach" for a triple digit salary
that could turn maybe two losses to wins a year. They can
easily save some of that cash with my simple advice. Don't
go for the 2 until you really need it near the end of the
when they asked Fassel about the four turnovers, he said,
"You think I play it close-to-the-vest for stupid reasons?
No. You open it up and we fumble the football. You can't do
that. I don't care how many yards we gain, you can't turn
the ball over."
I disagree here. It's called football. There's a lot of guys
running all over the place, hitting each other, blocking,
tackling, throwing the ball around, and you're going to have
fumbles and turnovers and penalties.
You can't have the players worrying about playing the "Perfect
This isn't Chess, and it's not like the team that plays the
"Perfect Game" gets awarded the win in football
from a panel of judges.
have young talented players on this team. Let them go out
and play and learn to use their talents, and also let them
learn from their mistakes. You think Pete Mitchell and LeShon
Johnson are going to forget their fumbles from this game?
They have a whole week to think about it. You can practice
someone to death and tell them over and over to hold onto
the ball in certain situations, but when they screw up in
front of everyone, they never forget, and I'm sure it will
be 'lesson learned'.
their obvious talents, Ike Hilliard and Joe Jurevicius
have both been a little sloppy catching the ball this season.
Maybe their chances have been so few and far between that
they can't contain their excitement when they actually get
They have to become accustomed to it and play like professionals,
and yes, learn from making these mistakes.
Look how effective Tiki is now that he has his act together.
He's always been the same guy you weren't crazy about, but
now Tiki holds onto the ball.
Fassel doesn't realize it, but he let the team go out and
play real football yesterday, and even in losing it was a
good thing for them.
It's a shame that this team's offense has been held back in
the kindergarten stage, protected and constantly watched over,
while other teams have been allowed to grow up and have moved
onto high school, ready to graduate to the playoffs."
Graham somehow ended up 27 of 50 for 253 yards after that
bad first half, going 20 of 32 for 215 yards after halftime.
Giants, Kent Graham 27-50 for 253 yards, 2 INT, 2 TD.
Colts, Peyton Manning 20-35 for 237 yards, 1 INT, 2 TD.
Giants, Tiki Barber 9-57, Leshon Johnson 5-36, Kent Graham
3-30, Charles Way 5-23, Sean Bennet 1-3, Ike Hilliard 1-minus
Colts, Edgerrin James 16-108, Peyton Manning 3-minus 3.
Giants, Pete Mitchell 9-62, Ike Hilliard 6-78, Amani Toomer
5-71, Tiki Barber 4-15, Leshon Johnson 2-9, Joe Jurevicius
Colts, Marvin Harrison 6-109, Edgerrin James 5-72, Ken Dilger
3-26, Marcus Pollard 3-17, Jerome Pathon 2-10, Terrence Wilkins
NY Giants, Sam Garnes 1 for 4 yards.
Indianapolis, Thomas Randolph 1 for 0 yards, Tito Wooten 1
for 4 yards.
NY Giants, Leshon Johnson, Pete Mitchell.
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