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Good grades all around for Giants

Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (34) breaks into

Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (34) breaks into the secondary for a gain against the Green Bay Packers during the first half. (Nov. 17, 2013) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan


The Giants didn't have a whole lot of rushing yards -- 78 on 24 carries -- but they were able to convert two fourth-and-1s on the ground and scored on Brandon Jacobs' 1-yard run. Eli Manning was 25-for-35 for 279 yards and a touchdown, his most efficient game of the four-game winning streak. The only thing marring his performance was a blatant mistake by Louis Murphy Jr. that led to an interception.


They gave up their first sustained drive for a touchdown in the last 4 1/2 games but were able to force three takeaways in the second half. Jason Pierre-Paul's interception was a remarkable display of athleticism. Holding Eddie Lacy to 27 yards on 14 carries was the key to the effort.


For the first time in a while, there isn't anything to complain about. Steve Weatherford punted well (net of 42.2 on five kicks) and Rueben Randle had a season-long punt return of 32 yards. The punt-coverage team came up huge on the fake in the third quarter.


It would have been easy for the Giants to overlook Scott Tolzien, but the coaches made sure the players prepared just as hard as they would have for Aaron Rodgers. Tom Coughlin made good calls on the short-yardage situations, particularly in the first half, when he went for (and converted) a fourth-and-1 on the third drive and wisely opted for a field goal on another fourth-and-1 later in the possession.

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