If there is one team Brandon Jacobs despises more than any other, it is the Dallas Cowboys. So naturally it was against them that he played his most impressive game of the season, rushing for 101 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns – including the game-winner – in a 37-34 victory.
And it was a game in which he probably didn’t expect to be used all that much.
With Ahmad Bradshaw benched for the first half due to a violation of team rules, Jacobs saw increased action throughout the game. On one of his first carries he took the ball outside and hurdled Gerald Sensabaugh. After his first touchdown, he immediately found the Cowboys logo painted in the endzone and danced on the star.
“Sweet, man,” Jacobs said after the game. “I felt great.”
The touchdowns gave Jacobs 56 for his career, breaking the franchise record of 55 that was held by Tiki Barber.
As for Bradshaw, Tom Coughlin was adamant that the nature of his infraction remain “in house” even though the NBC broadcast of the game reported that Bradshaw had missed a curfew. Bradshaw was mum on what happened.
“I just violated team rules,” he said.
Bradshaw did note that he apologized to the team.
“It happened,” he said. “All I can do is come in the second half and play my game and help my team out as much as I could. I just wanted to use my enthusiasms and my talents to help us win.”
The Giants have become more of a passing team – Eli Manning has already eclipsed his previous career high and is on pace for over 5,000 yards – and the running game has been non-existent for most of the season. But in the last few games Jacobs has looked like the running back who had two 1,000-yard seasons and brutalized opponents.
“We’ve been saying all year that we need the running game,” guard Chris Snee said. “Our passing game has been carrying us all year. We know that especially when the weather gets tough at home … we’ll need to be bale to run the ball. It was great. (Jacobs) ran the ball hard and broke a lot of tackles.”
He also jumped over the one attempt by Sensabaugh.
“I’ve never done something like that,” Jacobs said. “I didn’t know whether he was going to hit me low or what. But whatever he did I tried to jump as high as I could to clear him. I actually surprised myself.”