1:00 PM ET, January 6, 2008
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- First stop, Tampa. Next stop, Texas.
No team dreads the NFC East like the Bucs, specifically in the postseason. With Sunday's loss, Tampa Bay is 1-4 since '01 and 3-6 lifetime against NFC East teams in the playoffs.
|2007||Giants||L, Wild Card|
|2005||Redskins||L, Wild Card|
|2002||Eagles||W, NFC Champ|
|2001||Eagles||L, Wild Card|
|2000||Eagles||L, Wild Card|
Garcia wound up 23-of-39 for 207 yards and two interceptions. ... Webster started the first three games, then lost his job to rookie Aaron Ross. ... New York had the ball for 28 of the last 45 minutes ... Galloway, the Bucs' 1,000-yard receiver, had one catch for 9 yards and aggravated a sore shoulder. ... Giants rookie Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 66 yards.
After Tampa Bay jumped out to the early lead, the Giants' base 4-3 defensive scheme became more aggressive with a zone pressure package to force Bucs QB Jeff Garcia into some uncharacteristic errant throws and turnovers. On offense, the Giants took control of the game with a power-zone running attack, led by the one-two punch of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. They simply wore down the undersized 4-3 defensive front of the Tampa Bay defense and enabled New York to dictate the tempo. It was also a very good day for QB Eli Manning. After a slow start, Manning was sharp, completing high-percentage throws, moving the chains and, most importantly, not making any game-changing mistakes or poor decisions.
-- Ken Moll, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.8||4.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||01:49||Earnest Graham 1 Yd Run (Matt Bryant Kick)||0||7|
|TD||10:02||Brandon Jacobs 5 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick)||7||7|
|TD||04:06||Brandon Jacobs 8 Yd Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick)||14||7|
|FG||09:56||Lawrence Tynes 25 Yd||17||7|
|TD||08:03||Amani Toomer 4 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick)||24||7|
|TD||03:25||Alex Smith 6 Yd Pass From Jeff Garcia (Matt Bryant Kick)||24||14|