The 4-1 Rams travel to MetLife Stadium on Sunday to take on the 1-4 Giants. The 2011 Giants will also be celebrating the ten-year anniversary of their Super Bowl XLVI victory. The 2021 Giants could use all the motivation and good juju they can get, so let’s kick it back to week 2 of the 2011 season when the Giants took on the then St. Louis Rams, who were being coached by former/future Giants Defensive Coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo.
Funny enough, this was a Monday Night Football game where the Giants honored their Super Bowl XXI Championship team. Playing in front of legends like Lawrence Taylor and Phil Simms, the Giants got off to a bad start. Eli Manning threw an interception to Quintin Mikell while looking to complete a deep pass to Mario Manningham. After the turnover, the Rams were able to drive all the way down to the Giants 2-yard line, but would settle for a field goal. Eli Manning would make up for his mistakes, leading the Giants on a 39-yard drive that ended with a back shoulder touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks. The following drive, Sam Bradford and the Rams would again drive down to the Giants 7-yard line, but settle for another field goal. From this point on, the game was all Giants on the back of two very memorable plays.
The next few drives would be three and outs by both sides of the ball, until early in the second quarter, Michael Boley made a great play that had an even better touchdown celebration. Sam Bradford attempted to throw a screen pass to Cadillac Williams, but the pass ended up being a lateral that went off the hands of Williams. Boley would pick up the ball and run it in for the touchdown, and then absolutely drill a bystander in the head from no more than 7 yards away. This celebration is top 5 in my Giants fandom and one that I will never forget due to the pure comedy of the entire situation.
Following this headshot, the Giants and Rams would again trade three and outs until the Giants went on a touchdown drive to end the half. This drive ended with another memorable play, that would end up having both good and bad implications. Eli Manning hit Domenik Hixon in the end zone, where the ball would bounce off Hixon’s shoulder pad, only to be juggled in with one hand for a touchdown to make the score 21-6 Giants. Although it was a spectacular catch, it would come with a price. Hixon tore his ACL on the play, and his season was over. Obviously, you never want to see a guy go down with an injury, but his replacement ended up being a key figure in the Giants Super Bowl run that season. Hixon’s replacement ended up being none other than the Salsa King himself, Victor Cruz.
The rest of the game had far less memorable plays, but did feature another scoring drive by the Giants ending in a Brandon Jacobs touchdown run. The Rams would manage to notch a field goal, and then later score a touchdown on a pass from Bradford to Danario Alexander who had 123 receiving yards in this game. This would be the last score of the game, and the Giants would secure a 28-16 win over the Rams.
The 2021 Giants are in desperate need of a win after an absolute blood bath of a loss to the Cowboys. Things look bleak, but if the 2011 Giants taught us anything, it’s that you should never say die, no matter how big the obstacle. We’re banged up, our defense is getting torn up, and we’re about to go against one of the best overall teams in the entire NFL.
Sounds like the perfect time for a Giant upset.
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