After the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants like rented mules last weekend, many analysts prognosticated that the G-Men would collapse like a house of cards down the stretch. After all, the Giants have made a habit of second-half implosions over the past few seasons. But New York proved they weren’t completely spineless yesterday, defeating the Detroit Lions 16-10 at Ford Field in Detroit to stave off a losing streak.
Michael Strahan led the way for the Giants, recording a season-high three sacks. The defense also forced four turnovers, and held the potent Lions offense to just one third-down conversion (1-for-10). Just one week after New York’s secondary demonstrated it had more holes than a pound of Swiss cheese, they actually played like professionals, coming up with three interceptions of Detroit quarterback Jon Kitna.
The Giants win was dampened, however, by two key injuries. Starting linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka broke his leg in the first quarter and is mostly likely out for the season. Running back Brandon Jacobs, who scored the Giants lone touchdown on a 10-yard pass play in the second quarter, injured his left hamstring and will be evaluated later today.
The win improved the G-Men to 7-4, and they now lead the Wild Card race. In an NFC that’s suffering from a serious case of osteoporosis, that should be enough to get them into the playoffs. But they need Jacobs to be OK if they want to go farther. This team was already thinner than Callista Flockhart, and that’s before Kiwanuka and Jacobs went down.