One of the biggest criticisms for the Giants this season has been Big Blue's inability to close games out. They had leads on both the Cowboys and Falcons this year, only to blow both games and lose. On Sunday, the Giants left little doubt that this game would be their's for the tacking with a thorough smackdown of Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills to the tune of 24-10.
With the Giants holding a slim 16-10, after Karlos Williams scored on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Tryrod Taylor with 9:41 to go in the game, the Giants knew they needed to answer or risk losing another heart-breaker.
The answer came quickly. On a third down and three on the Giants next possession, Eli Manning dumped it off to Rashad Jennings at the Giants' 49 yard line. The running back, dodged a couple of tacklers and was gone -- sprinting down the sideline for a 51-yard touchdown.
Just like that the Giants were up 24-10. The Buffalo Bills were broke.
Make no mistake while New York controlled the scoring of this game, the undisciplined Bills certainly helped out. In the third quarter, Tyrod Taylor had what appeared to be a 31-yard scramble-and-run for a touchdown, nullified by offensive holding. Buffalo had to settle for a field goal attempt which they missed.
Towards the end of the third quarter, Buffalo once again was driving deep into Giants territory, and had the football right on the Giants 1 yard line, and STILL couldn't punch it in. On third and goal at the two, Taylor was pushed out of bounds after failing to find an open man in the end zone. Then on fourth and goal at the one, Karlos Williams was blown up at the line by the Giants defense, forcing a turnover on downs.
The Bills also had another touchdown nullified by an illegal chop block by Richie Incongnito late in that game that would have made it somewhat respectable. Overall the Bills were penalized 17 times in the contest.
In short, the Giants dominated on the scoreboard, but, in fact escaped with their lives.
Eli Manning was good, not great. He only threw for 212 yards, but did complete three touchdown passes to just one pick. He also spread the ball around nicely, with Dwayne Harris making an impact with five catches for 53 yards.
The Giants 2-2 are looking pretty good right now. They have a favorable schedule coming up with the sad-sacked 49ers coming into town on Monday night. The Giants, who were once left for dead, might be on their way to do some big things in October -- stay tuned.