The New York Football Giants are crawling through what has been a miserable season up to this point. On Sunday, the 3-3 Carolina Panthers come into town to take on the G-Men. Despite the Giants struggles, they have a chance to get a victory against a Panthers team coming off of three straight losses. To get ready for this matchup, let’s kick it back to 2010, where the Giants opened up MetLife Stadium against the Panthers on opening weekend.
Re-watching highlights of these games truly makes me miss the late 2000s, early 2010s Giants teams. The 2009, 2010, and 2012 Giants all missed the playoffs with winning records, and I’m convinced they’re the best teams to ever miss the playoffs. I’m also convinced that Hakeem Nicks is one of the most underrated players in Giants history. He showed out in this game, going for 75 yards and three touchdowns, on only 4 receptions. His one non-touchdown grab was a great contested catch up the sideline. Ahmad Bradshaw also had himself a day going for 76 yards rushing and a touchdown, along with 2 receptions for 17 yards. Although this was the season Bradshaw began to overtake Brandon Jacobs as the starting running back, Jacobs still went for 44 yards himself, to bring the Giants rushing total to 118 yards. Eli Manning went for 263 yards and 3 touchdowns, but also threw 3 interceptions. This would preview a theme for Manning in the 2010 season, where he would finish with a league leading 25 interceptions. This is deceiving though, as many of these interceptions came off of tipped passes from his own receivers. Speaking of interceptions, the defense did its thing in this one as well.
The Big Blue defense came up with three picks of their own in this game, from Kenny Phillips, Deon Grant, and Terrell Thomas. The pass rush was also present for duty, sacking Panthers QB Matt Moore 4 times, including 2 from Mathius Kiwanuka. The defense would give up only one touchdown to future Hall of Famer, Steve Smith. Outside of that, it was field goals andddddd a safety from Carolina. THIS, was also a preview of things to come, as Matt Dodge was quite the mess in his lone season as the Giants punter, and as we all know, his tenure would end in disaster. Despite this, the Giants were able to secure a 31-18 victory.
This was a big win for the Giants at the time because in the final game at Giants Stadium the year prior, the Panthers blew out the Giants 41-9. Maybe the 2021 Giants can avenge their heartbreaking 2018 loss to the Panthers. A win would not only be big for us fans, but could also help save Dave Gettleman’s job (for next week), as another subpar performance would most likely end with his dismissal. This team feels deflated, this fan base feels deflated, the state of this franchise feels deflated, and there is only one way to fix it: start winning.
The long road to restoration starts Sunday.
Highlights to this Classic:
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