Amidst rain, sleet, snow and heavy winds, New York bounced back from a 14-0 deficit and cemented its place in the postseason. The Giants will now wait to see if they'll travel to Tampa Bay or Seattle in the first round of the playoffs.
Stat worth noting: Ahmad Bradshaw picked a fine time to post the third-longest run in Giants history. Bradshaw burst free for an 88-yard touchdown in the final period to seal the deal and help New York clinch a playoff spot. Only Tiki Barber (95 yards in 2005) and Hap Moran (91, 1930) have recorded longer runs for Big Blue.
Stat worth noting II: After an awful season, cornerback Corey Webster responded strongly and posted his first career touchdown on a 34-yard return to put the icing on the cake in the fourth quarter.
Turning point: The Bills had the ball and lead in the fourth quarter, which was bad news on both fronts for New York. However, that's when Kawika Mitchell stepped up and turned in the play of the game early in the fourth quarter. Bills WR Lee Evans couldn't handle QB Trent Edwards' pass and Mitchell caught the deflection and returned it 20 yards for his second TD of the season and a 24-21 Big Blue lead.
Plays to remember: The opportunistic Giants capitalized on two huge Buffalo errors and turned those miscues into 14 second-quarter points. First a botched snap led to an aborted punt by Brian Moorman and the Giants took over at the Bills 23. That led to a Brandon Jacobs TD run. Then on New York's next possession, a foolish roughing the punter penalty on Donte Whitner kept a Giants drive alive. On the next play, Jacobs busted off tackle for a 43-yard game-tying TD run.
Plays to forget: Late in the first quarter, with the Giants defense having already been blistered for two quick Buffalo scoring drives, they were at it again. With the Bills pinned at their own four-yard line, rookie Jay Alford jumped offsides, giving Buffalo five free yards. Then, one play later a blitzing Antonio Pierce came flying through the line of scrimmage before the snap to give the Bills a first down.
By the Numbers
3 – Consecutive seasons that New York has made the playoffs. Tom Coughlin's Giants will look for their first postseason victory during the first weekend of January.
4 – Number of defensive takeaways for New York. In the previous four games combined, the Giants defense only had one takeaway.
291 – Total rushing yards for New York.
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