N.Y. Giants 29, N.Y. Jets 14

Saturday, December 24, 2011 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Saturday, December 24, 2011
WHERE: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
TEMPERATURE: 35°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Peter Morelli
ATTENDANCE: 79088

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
N.Y. Giants 0 10 7 12 29
N.Y. Jets 7 0 0 7 14

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
N.Y. Giants 8-7 3-4 5-3 W1
N.Y. Jets 8-7 6-2 2-5 L2

Recap


Eli Manning hooked up with Victor Cruz on a 99-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter and the New York Giants defeated the rival New York Jets 29-14 in a critical battle of playoff hopefuls Saturday at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants’ victory eliminated the Philadelphia Eagles from the playoffs and set up a showdown with Dallas for the NFC East title next week.

The dealt a major blow to the postseason hopes of the Jets (8-7), who dropped one game behind Cincinnati for the No. 6 seed in the AFC.

The pass to Cruz was the longest in franchise history and gave the Giants (8-7) a 10-7 lead. The wide receiver became the 13th player in the NFL to catch a 99-yard touchdown pass.

On a third-and-10 from the 1, Giant quarterback Eli Manning hit Cruz over the middle and he eluded a pair of defenders after making the catch before outracing the rest of the Jet defense.

Cruz finished with 164 yards receiving and set a team record for receiving yards in a season. His 36-yard catch late in the third quarter set up a 14-yard touchdown run by Ahmad Bradshaw to increase the lead to 17-7.

The Jets struck first on a 5-yard pass from Mark Sanchez to Josh Baker, but the Giants scored the next 20 points including a pair of field goals by Lawrence Tynes.

Trailing 20-7, Sanchez scored on a 1-yard run midway through the fourth quarter. The Jets got the ball back trailing 20-14, but Sanchez was sacked in the end zone for a Giant safety.

The Giants have won the last five games in the series and they put the game out of reach when Bradshaw scored from 19 yards out with under two minutes left.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
N.Y. Giants   N.Y. Jets
Ahmad Bradshaw Player Shonn Greene
15 Attempts 14
54 Yards 58
3.6 Avg Yards 4.1
2 Touchdowns 0
19 Long 13
Receiving
N.Y. Giants   N.Y. Jets
Victor Cruz Player Dustin Keller
3 Receptions 8
164 Yards 77
54.7 Avg Yards 9.6
1 Touchdowns 0
99 Long 15

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
N.Y. Giants 332 115 217 3 2 2 5.0 0
N.Y. Jets 331 105 226 2 0 1 2.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • N.Y. Jets will play their next game on the road against Miami. The Jets have a W/L % of .533 after a win and .533 after a loss.
  • N.Y. Giants will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Giants have a W/L % of .533 after a win and .533 after a loss.
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