The Bucs came out with a good game plan on this one. Based on recent Giants playoff history, Eli Manning’s inconsistency has done them in and has caused them to have first round exits the last two seasons. Despite the fact the Eli Manning played a good game last week against the Patriots, they decided to come out and plan to stop the Giants efficient running attack and see if Manning would be able to beat them. Well he stepped up big and he did. The Giants went into Tampa Bay and won the game 24-14.
Eli Manning didn’t flinch in this one leading the Giants on three touchdown drives, including one huge on in the fourth quarter that took a lot of time off the clock and basically cemented the game for the Giants putting them up 24-7 at the time. Eli finished the game going 20-27 for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns. If you ask Tom Coughlin though, the best part about Eli Manning’s game today was that he didn’t have turnovers.
This was Eli Manning’s first playoff victory of his career, the Giants first playoff victory since 2000, and Tom Coughlin’s first playoff victory since 1999. Today was big for them because they were able to stop all of those droughts. GG Eli.
The Giants have also been one of the best road teams in the NFL this season, going 7-1 on the road during the season and this win would make their 8th straight road victory. The last time they lost away from Giants Stadium was September 9th against the Cowboys. Guess who their playing next week. I think I’m gonna go with the Giants on that one though because they are hot right now.