12:30 pm (CBS) - Jaguars at Giants
The New York
Giants are going to playoffs as the top-seeded team
in the NFC.
Kerry Collins threw two fourth-quarter touchdown
Amani Toomer finished with a career-best 193 yards
on eight catches .
Jason Sehorn returned an onside kickoff 38 yards
for a TD
Giants move into the postseason with a five-game
Giants hung on and won it. How do you feel about
more tension in a Giants game then when you watch
'Psycho' for the first time. Don't ask me any questions
about this game. You can't write about it. You just
have to be at a Giants game. You have to see it
to believe it."
then Gamegirl ramble on.
give me a break. You weren't out there freezing,
and you know how it goes with these Giants. Even
when they 'put the game away', it's never 'put away'.
There are so many ups and downs in a Giants game
it's unbelievable. You watch them take Fred Taylor
on his first running play and make him fumble. It
was great after all that talk he came out with about
how the Giants didn't have the talent. It was all
we were talking about before the game, and everyone
around me went crazy. I mean the Giants had good
field position around the Jaguars 38 yard line and
Of course Kerry Collins gets sacked on his first
pass attempt, and he hadn't been sacked much all
year so that was worrisome. That drive got killed
and the defense had to come back on the field after
watching the offense go three and out, and without
used to it.
know, they're big boys, and they did come right
back with a sack on Brunell. The offense had good
field position after a bad punt, but Kerry got sacked
again. It was back and forth like this with both
defenses kicking butt until Tiki ran it in for a
touchdown right near the end of the first quarter.
So you watch the Giants take the lead, and then
suddenly they can't stop Fred Taylor anymore. On
the Jaguars very next possession, he reels off a
44 yard touchdown run. Something like that hasn't
happened all year to the Giants."
was the biggest single run given up by the Giants
"Yes, it was scary, and it got worse. On the
very first play of the second half, Kerry throws
it right at one of the defenders, and the Jaguars
end up with an easy field goal and the lead. I didn't
want to see the Giants fall behind in this game.
Somehow it seems colder in the seats when things
aren't working out, and the ups and downs were killing
me. You see top players like Ike Hilliard drop easy
passes from Kerry Collins on fourth down. Then you
see Hilliard make sensational catches. They caught
up and passed the Jaguars, and were leading 21-10."
was only 3:05 left in the game.
was thinking about making an early exit, but then
you watch the Jaguars get hot, and come within 3
points by making a 2 point conversion. Then you
get to see my favorite, Jason Sehorn, grab the onside
kick and run it in for a touchdown to 'put the game
away'. Before you can even think again about leaving
your freezing seat at the stadium a lousy 2 minutes
early, you get to watch the Jaguars score again.
Then there's another onside kick and, yes, I'll
say it again, my favorite player Jason Sehorn grabs
it, to 'put' the game away again' for the final
and last time."
weren't worried about the Giants final handoff to
kill the last 18 seconds.
the way this game was going I was!"
Giants came up with the points when they needed
"Yeah, they got 21 points in the fourth
quarter. The Giants needed a better game than they
got from Kerry Collins last week against Dallas,
and they got it. He was sacked three times in the
game, and under constant blitzing, but he looked
real cool under pressure. Collins made some great
throws, and got everything he could from the players
around him. He had thrown for 3,289 yards, the team's
highest total since Phil Simms passed for 3,359
yards in 1988, before coming into this game, and
he added 321 more yards to his total. I liked the
way he looked in this game. I say he's playoff ready."
Hilliard looks like he's not. He's dropped a lot
of passes this year, and that one he dropped on
a fourth down play really hurt. Collins soft touched
it to him, and Hilliard just dropped it. That killed
a Giants drive that started on the 1 yard line,
but it didn't kill their spirits. They stuck with
Hilliard and he came up with some big catches after
that. They don't seem to be sticking with Ron Dayne
though. He hasn't been very effective the past few
games, and wasn't this game either. He carried 6
times for 3 yards. They resorted to using Dayne
as a decoy and that worked, but they need more from
him. They ran Dayne when it was first down on the
Jaguars one yard line and he lost 2 yards. Tiki
got the next call and he made up Dayne's lost yardage
and ran it in for the touchdown. They squeeze everything
they can from Tiki Barber."
had another great game.
goes without saying. There's a guy who can cross
Flatbush Ave traffic against the light with no trouble.
By the way, don't ever try that unless you're a
native New Yorker and have a special dispensation
from Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Tiki's had 78 yards on
the ground in a game where the Giants gained a total
of 80 yards. He also had 4 catches for 35 yards,
and finishes as the second leading receiver on the
team. Luckily that injury he sustained near the
end of the game was only a sprained right toe. The
only person who might be able to fill in for him
hardly gets to play.
You know, they had Joe Montgomery pretending to
be Fred Taylor in Thursday's practice. At least
he gets some work helping the Giants prepare for
a game. You never know when you might need Montgomery
to actually play. Like I said, they use the hell
out of Tiki, and he's usually the one needed to
soften things up for Ron Dayne, not the other way
around. If there's no Tiki, there's no running game
for the Giants."
back Fred Taylor paid for his comments.
"Taylor is a real good player, and just
spoke his mind. Still, the Giants weren't happy
with what he said, and they stayed on him pretty
good. They caused him to fumble in the first quarter
and he came back at them in the second, bouncing
free and going 44 yards down the right sideline
for the game tying touchdown. Taylor ended up with
13 carries for 52 yards which means he gained only
8 yards on those other 12 attempts. He would have
had more attempts, except he left the game early
in the third quarter with a hip pointer.
Anthony Johnson filled in and took the ball 19 yards
on his first attempt before the Giants realized
that they had to stop him too. They did a nice job
of it after that, and he finished with a total of
5 carries for 18 yards."
Jaguars got pretty banged up.
the second quarter, they were helping the fourth
injured player off the field. They asked head coach
Tom Coughlin about losing both running back Fred
Taylor and wide receiver Jimmy Smith to injuries
during the game. 'In order to beat a team like this,
you need your big players to make big plays and
unfortunately they weren't around for a great deal
of the game.'
It wasn't the best of playing conditions for a visiting
team, and now with the Giants getting home field
looking at two cold January games at wind-filled
Giants Stadium. This is what the Giants wanted and
Fassel had his players on notice. 'I've
already driven (the benefits) home to our players,
and there's a definite value between the No. 1 and
2 (seeds),' Fassel said. 'We've pushed really hard
these last four weeks. We've had long road games,
gotten back at 5 or 6 in the morning and had to
go back to work. It's been a hard row to hoe. I
told our team if they want to hand our coaches the
finest Christmas present that money can buy, then
win this game and let the coaches be home for Christmas
because, otherwise, we're working.'
Well, the players did their part, and it is a nice
holiday gift for everyone, including the fans."
"The Giants don't seem to get much credit for
their two wins over the 10-5 Philadelphia Eagles
and for their big win against Washington on Dec.
3. Now that they've gone ahead and beaten the Jaguars
maybe they will."
Giants - Kerry Collins 22-39 for 321 yards, 1 INT,
Jaguars - Mark Brunell 23-41 for 262 yards, 1 INT,
Giants - Tiki Barber 24-78, Ron Dayne 6-3, Kerry
Collins 1-minus 1.
Jaguars - Fred Taylor 13-52, Anthony Johnson 5-18.
Giants - Amani Toomer 8-193, Ike Hilliard 4-51,
Tiki Barber 4-35, Greg Comella 4-22, Pete Mitchell
1-17, Dan Campbell 1-3.
- Keenan Mccardell 11-131, Alvis Whitted 4-39, Kyle
Brady 4-31, Reggie Barlow 1-28, Daimon Shelton 1-16,
Fred Taylor 1-9, Anthony Johnson 1-8.
Giants - Ryan Phillips 1 for 12 yards
Jaguars - Tony Brackens 1 for 7 yards.
Giants - Jason Sehorn 2 for 38, Ron Dixon 3 for
Jaguars - Alvis Whitted 3 for 41, Jermaine Williams
2 for 50.
Giants - Tiki Barber 2 for 9.
Jaguars - Reggie Barlow 1 for 0.
Giants - Brad Daluiso 44.
Jaguars - Fred Taylor 1.
Giants - Shaun Williams 1.
Giants - Michael Barrow 6-2-0, Sam Garnes 5-1-0,
Emmanuel Mcdaniel 5-1-0, Jessie Armstead 5-0-0,
Shaun Williams 3-2-0, Dave Thomas 3-2-0, Michael
Strahan 4-0-0, Cedric Jones 3-1-1, Cornelius Griffin
3-1-0.5, Jason Sehorn 1-3-0, Keith Hamilton 2-0-0.5,
Christian Peter 0-2-0, Ryan Phillips 0-1-0.
Jaguars - Brant
Boyer 6-1-0, Kevin Hardy 6-1-1, Fernando Bryant
4-2-0, Aaron Beasley 4-2-0, Mike Logan 4-2-0, Seth
Payne 4-2-0, Rayna Stewart 4-2-0, T.j. Slaughter
3-3-0, Donovin Darius 1-3-0, Larry Smith 3-0-0,
Joel Smeenge 3-0-1, Renaldo Wynn 2-1-1, Tony Brackens
1-2-0, Gary Walker 2-0-0, Jason Craft 2-0-0, Rob
Giants - 80
Jaguars - 70
Jaguars - 257
Time of Possession
Jaguars - 25:39
- Tiki Barber 3 Yard TD Run (Brad Daluiso Extra
Point), 0:45. N.Y. Giants 7-0.
JAC - Fred Taylor 44 Yard TD Run
(Mike Hollis Extra Point), 13:23. Tied 7 -7.
JAC - Mike Hollis 36 Yard Field Goal, 13:19.
NYG - Ike Hilliard 5 Yard TD Pass from Kerry
Collins (Brad Daluiso Extra Point), 11:11. N.Y.
NYG - Amani Toomer 54 Yard TD Pass from Kerry
Collins (Brad Daluiso Extra Point), 3:05. N.Y. Giants
JAC - Kyle Brady 5 Yard TD Pass from Mark
Brunell (Kyle Brady 2 Point Pass from Mark Brunell),
1:56. N.Y. Giants 21-18
NYG - Jason Sehorn 38 Yard Kickoff Return
for TD (Brad Daluiso Extra Point), 1:51. N.Y. Giants
JAC - Alvis Whitted 12 Yard TD Pass from
Mark Brunell (Mike Hollis Extra Point), 0:19. N.Y.
Giants earned the
home-field advantage for the entire postseason and
a 1st-round bye.
Giants finish at
three times have Giant teams won more - 1929, 1930
Giants were 10-0 this season when they scored first.
Giants Tiki Barber
became the first Giant to go over 2,000 all-purpose
Tiki Barber is the
sixth Giants RB to rush for over 1,000 yards (1006),
joining Ron Johnson (twice), Joe Morris (three times),
Ottis Anderson, Rodney Hampton (five times) and
into this game, Tiki was the Giants second-leading
receiver (66 catches for 684 yards).
Giants Amani Toomer
is the first Giant since Homer Jones (1966-68) to
have consecutive 1,000-yard seasons receiving.
Giants Kerry Collins
finishes up with 22 TDs, tying Phil Simms for the
most by a Giant since Fran Tarkenton had 23 in 1969.
Giants Jason Sehorn's
touchdown on the onside kick return was the Giants'
first return touchdown this season.
handed the Jaguars their first losing season since
their inaugural year in 1995.
Jaguars Keenan McCardell
had 11 catches for 131 yards, giving him a career-best
and team high 94 catches this season.
will play their first playoff game either Jan. 6
or Jan. 7 at Giants Stadium against either the fourth,
fifth, or sixth NFC seed.