While I was writing my article about yesterday’s rally in the Boston Common for those who perished in Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, I had the Patriots-Giants game on and I’m glad I did.
It proved to be a most welcome distraction from the subject matter at hand with the Pats winning 27-26 on a 54 yard field goal by Steve Gostkowski with one second remaning in the game. The victory puts the Pats at 9-0. The Pats are one of three undefeated teams in the NFL as the Carolina Panthers are also 9-0 and the Cincinnati Bengals could boast a 9-0 record with a victory tonight against the Houston Texans.
I realize most people will say that I am drawing attention to this game because the Pats won. While I am happy with the outcome, I draw attention to the game because no team give the Pats fits like the Giants as their two Super Bowl victories attest. The Giants could have very easily prevailed again but Landon Collins dropped what would have been an interception on Brady while Odell Beckham dropped the ball in the end zone on call that was initially ruled a touchdown. Had the Giants made either of these plays in the last two minutes of the game, the Giants would have thwarted the Pats yet again.
But the Pats got a new lease on life. Tom Brady threw a succession of passes to Danny Amendola before spiking the ball to set up the Gostkowski field goal.
It will be interesting to see how long Julian Edelman will be out as he sustained a broken foot during the first half of the game which sparked the Giants to take a 17-10 at the half. As good as the Pats are, Edelman would be a significant loss.
The Giants have been a hit and miss team over the years. Tom Coughlin always looks like he’s on the brink of losing his job. Although the Giants lead the NFC East, their defense is quite weak, they have a propensity for giving up fourth quarter leads and both the Washington Redskins and the Philadephia Eagles could supplant them as the Giants have a bye week coming up. Complicating matters is Victor Cruz’s season-ending calf surgery.
But I’m still not counting out the Giants. Even if the Pats go 16-0 again, if they have to meet the Giants again in the Super Bowl I think the Giants have to be favored to win that match up. Whatever the result, it would be one hell of a game.