Sunday, December 21, 2014

Giants keep fighting and winning for Coughlin


In a game that saw plenty of fistacuffs and penalties the Giants earned a hard fought victory against the typically hapless St. Louis Rams for their third straight victory. To say that the Giants don't care about Tom Coughlin, think again. The Giants want to win for this head coach and they are sending a direct message to ownership to keep the Super Bowl winning coach on the sidelines for a 12th season.

The Giants dominated the Rams with one of the best offensive showcases all season. New York rolled up 514 yards on St. Louis, blowing the game wide open by the second quarter. Eli Manning torched the Rams; the 391 yards passing was the most Manning had thrown in a game all season. Manning's monster day started in earnest when he connected with Odell Beckham Jr. on a 9-yard touchdown to give the Giants a commanding 10-0 lead in the first quarter.

New York had three skills players in triple digits, with Beckham leading the way with another 100 + yard effort, as the Rookie of the Year candidate had 148 yards on eight catches, including an 80- yard touchdown catch that iced the game at 34-20 in the third quarter. His 11 touchdowns has set a new franchise rookie record, and he also eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season.

Rueben Randall, who has taken his share of heat this year for his inconsistent play, was excellent on Sunday with 132 yards receiving on six catches. His 7-yard touchdown catch to open the second half was huge, it extended the Giants lead back to double-digits, 27-13, after the Rams had cut the lead to seven just before the half.

Even Andre Williams made his presence be known with a 110 yard rushing day for Big Blue.

The highlight of the day had to be brouhaha that erupted on the Giants sideline when Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree shoved Beckham out of bounds with two minutes and change to go in the second quarter. Ogletree was clearly frustrated and decided to take matters into his own hands by hitting Beckham late, while the receiver was trying to get out of bounds.

When Beckham tried to retaliate Ogltree shoved Beckham, prompting Giants receiver Preston Parker to push Ogletree. Soon a brawl was breaking out on the Giants sideline. Oddly enough only three players were ejected and none of them were Ogletree. Rather Parker and Damonte Moore of the Giants, and William Hayes, of St. Louis, were ejected.

The fight was the biggest example of a rather chippy night for both teams. Combined the Giants and Rams were penalized 21 times, which is the most combined penalties in one NFL game this season.

Expect the instigator in all of this, Ogltree, to receive a hefty fine from the league office.

That aside it was a solid victory for the Giants. The winning streak is New York's second three game winning streak this season; they had a three game winning streak from Week 3-5 that put the club at 3-2. The Giants then lost seven straight. The Giants finish up the season at home against the Eagles on Sunday with Big Blue likely playing for Tom Coughlin's job. 

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