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NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS: Brandon Jacobs Romps Though Daylight, But Can't Save Giants From Eli.
THURSDAY NIGHT FINAL:
If I could reach out and hug him, I would. No one anticipated the renaissance man, but Brandon Jacobs gave the Giants, losers of their sixth straight game, a throwback performance. He didn't drop with the lightest brush against an opposing jersey, or slightest touch of a hand as he's been accused of in his later years. Instead, he powered ahead, sometimes left, and with great success to the right. Best of all, he pushed a pile of Bears for an early touchdown, as well as the clock back about six years.
The Giants all-time rushing touchdown leader added two more to his collection, and has three for the season. Brandon Jacobs now has fifty-nine rushing touchdowns as a member of Big Blue.
He was a work horse and very refreshing to watch, on another otherwise disappointing night for the Giants. Big Buddy rumbled for 106 yards on twenty-two rushes. He scored twice while averaging 4.8 yards per carry, and had a long of sixteen yards. He even took the field with a wrapped up thigh after Da'Rel Scott left the game with a hamstring injury. Jacobs also caught one pass for eight yards. All told, the Giants rushed for 123 yards.
Who knew the Giants running game was going to be saved by Brandon Jacobs' swan song? The offensive line and Justin Pugh in particular changed schemes somewhat, and created space for Jacobs. A few cutback misdirection plays also worked very well. It was nice to finally see someone get the ball twenty-two times. In fact, Eli threw the ball twenty-six times, and the Giants ran the ball twenty-six times. With the way this season has gone, that in itself was an amazing feat. Eli's three interceptions were the determining factor in this latest debacle. Brandon Jacobs almost got them over the mountain though.
The big guy was huffin' and puffin' last night, and sucked a lot of oxygen. He's only starting to get his legs under him. Speaking of which, I'm sure we'll find out the full extent of discomfort Brandon's leg is in by tomorrow.