In a key conference match-up that could potentially determine who gets a first round bye in the playoffs, the New York Giants left San Francisco with a lot to think about on their 6-hour flight home. On Sunday, November 13, 2011, the New York Giants had an opportunity to be in a second place tie with the 49ers as 7-2 each had the Giants been able to pull off another miraculous Eli Manning led fourth quarter come back. However, the next day, Giants fans discussed a few plays that could have been, questioned some late game play-calling, and wondered about a few missed defensive assignments, but at the end of the day, the New York Giants lost, are now 6-3, and they better be ready for what may be a dog fight with the Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East.
The Giants are 6-3, and the Cowboys are 4-4, but the Cowboys have a much more favorable schedule ahead of them. But the easiest way for the Giants to mitigate the possibility of the Cowboys closing the gap on the 2-game lead the Giants currently maintain is to simply beat them in the two games they have with them. As of now, Eli Manning is having the best season of his career, and even though a balanced attack of run and pass is what Coach Coughlin wants, it seems obvious to the outsiders looking in that the Giants need to continue to pass the ball as much as possible. That would mean not running the ball without a lead blocker on 3rd and 2 when 10-yards away from scoring the touchdown needed to take a game into overtime.
Next week the Giants have an opportunity to shut the proverbial window on the Eagles just a little bit more. This may look like and easy game for the Giants playing a division rival that is practically down and out, and playing at home. But don’t take this game too lightly, just like most of us did last year when Dallas came into the Giants stadium and stole a game that the Giants should have won.
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