Per popular demand, I finished up the review of the 2008 Giants @ Steelers game. It was a back and forth physical battle, with the Steelers defense keeping the Giants out of the end zone for most of the game and missing on chances to put them away. However, as Giants fans know fully well, a long snapper can lose you a game, and once the Steelers' long snapper went down with a nasty ACL tear, that put LB James Harrison in to help and he ended up costing the Steelers a safety due to a bad punt snap.
2008 was a season in which the Giants beat both Super Bowl participants on the road. Including this game in Pittsburgh. To date this is the only time Eli beat Ben in a head to head matchup.
For the next review, I'm working on the 2004 Giants vs Cowboys game. Eli's first victory as a QB. After that, I might delve back deeper in the vault, possibly the 1981 Wild Card win at the Vet. Enjoy! http://bigbluevcr.blogspot.com/2017/04/2008-giants-steelers.html
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As to Eli's first win, just skip to the final drive. That was a game unto itself
game. I watched the first half and had to listen to the second in the car. The audio was amazing. Great back and forth battle.
This is one game that comprised the Giants record breaking run of beating 7 straight opponets that all had winning records.
I honestly thought we were getting a preview of that year's Super Bowl. What could have been...
Steelers wanted no part of the Giants if they met again
on the Boss go ahead TD, James Harrison comes in on a blitz, and Jacobs absolutely rocks him. Stops him in his tracks and pretty clearly gave him a concussion. Harrison was wobbling off the field.
Looking forward to digging into it.
Before Plax shot himself, this was the best Giants regular season team since 1986. What a shame the way it ended with that shitty game at home against the fucking Eagles, of all teams.
Toomer had a big catch keeping his feet in bounds barely if I remember correctly!
on a 4th and 1, went for about 30 yards. Gutsy call and pristinely executed. Like a lot of people, I was thinking Super Bowl after that game.
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| on a 4th and 1, went for about 30 yards. Gutsy call and pristinely executed. Like a lot of people, I was thinking Super Bowl after that game.
I highlighted this play in the review. It was a 4th and 1 and the Giants called a timeout. When they came back out, the Steelers changed up their defense and Eli tried to audible and attempted to call a timeout...which you can't do on back to back plays. So they took a delay of game penalty and on 4th and 6, still went for it and Eli dropped a perfect pass to Toomer for that 30 yard gain. It was Eli in a nutshell. Doing something stupid, and then, on the road, in the clutch against a tough opponent, make a perfect pass. It summed up who Eli Manning has been. So infuriatingly dumb but at the same time a cold assassin.
I forgot about the delay penalty. But now, come to think of it, I remember thinking that Coughlin was crazy to go for it on 4th and 6.
That's why I haven't quit my day job to be a head coach in the NFL.
for that game. It was a great day and all the Pitt fans were good fun and just kept thanking us for beating the Pats the year before in the SB.....
Both sides left the game saying "see you in the SB"..They held up their end of the bargain, unfortunately we did not.
Would love to see that game again. I remember Boss hurdling a defender and if I recall Eli throwing for a completion just before he crossed the line of scrimmage. Thanks again Plax for shooting us out of a Super Bowl win. We would have kicked the shit out of the Steelers again no doubt !
Beat both eventual SB teams on the road....sigh.
What a defensive battle. That hit Kenny Phillips laid on Mewelde Moore, as well as the hit that James Butler laid on Nate Washington causing an INT were vicious. The pads were poppin' in Pittsburgh. Thanks for the highlights.
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Greg from LI said:
| Beat both eventual SB teams on the road....sigh.
Yeah, as a fan that season is always going to stick in my craw. Can't imagine how the players must feel.
they also beat all four Championship game participants.
Freshman year of college. I remember exactly what I was doing watching this. Great times.
Great game. Absolutely should have been a Super Bowl preview.
Great weather for November in Pittsburg - their fans were gracious- Heinz was a neat place. Great game -I rarely travel - but was a guest invited from business partners- had club level seats. We were at our peak from the Superbowl run. Sad how it all went south shortly afterwards