Like the last game, the Giants 2006 season was a roller-coaster from start to finish. Going all the way back to draft day, myself and countless other Jints fans were dumbfounded by Ernie Acorsi’s 1st round pick (DE Mathias Kiwanuka), only to find out during the season how valuable that pick really was. From visiting Giants training camp, to cursing the team with a string of obscenities I wouldn’t use on my worst enemy. There was the Manning Bowl, which was decided on a phantom offensive pass interference call against Tim Carter. There was the Philly comeback, the high point of the season. Then came the Seattle debacle – and that wasn’t even the low point. After the bye, the Jints won 5 straight games, and (despite losing Arrington and Toomer for the season) were sitting atop the division at 6-2. They even had a 10-3 lead on the Bears… And that’s when it all fell apart. Luke Petitgout went down. Will Demps forgot how to tackle. The whole team had a collective brain fart as Devin Hester ran back a missed FG for a TD. The Giants lost that game and lost another 3 straight. The backbreaker being Tennessee’s 21-point comeback. The Giants limped into the playoffs on the legs of Tiki Barber, who had another tremendous season. Unfortunately, it would be his last. He carried the team for the last 3 years, but it wasn’t enough against Philly, as Eli Manning’s inconsistency reared it’s ugly head, and prevented the Jints from opening up the game after numerous early chances.
On the bright side, Tiki went out at the top of his game. He finished in the top 5 in rushing for the 3rd straight year, and has accounted for over 40% of the entire Giants offense the last 3 years. He also eliminated his fumble problems, coughing up the ball just 9 times in 1170 touches over the last 3 years. He is probably the greatest Giants running back of all time (ranking 17th in NFL history in rushing), and his gutsy and versatile play will be missed, as well as his infectious personality.
All in all, it was entertaining from start to finish. And despite the return of Tom Coughlin (in what will surely be his last season), I am optimistic about next year. The 2007 preview will be coming soon…
- 2007 Giants preview
- Giants 2006 Season Recap Part 4: The Future
- Giants trade Carter for Droughns
- Tiki Barber Plans to Retire at End of Season
- London bound Giants
- A.I. – Last Great Hope for the City of Brotherly Love
- McGahee to the Giants?
- Giants nearly take down giants
- Giants 2006 Season Recap Part 3: The Bad
- Those pathetic 0-4 Miami Dolphins
- Eight is Enough- Edmonton beats Chicago 8-4
- Lydia Ko wins New South Wales Open
- The Comeback I- Pittsburgh Penguins beat NY Islanders 5-0
- Seattle Mariners Outfielder Greg Halman stabbed to death at age 24
- Hee Young Park wins CME Titleholders Championship
- Oklahoma State Women’s Basketball Coach Kurt Budke dead at 50
- Costly mistake- Blackhawks waive Rostislav Olesz
- Manager Tony La Russa announces retirement
- Puck Drop- Florida Panthers start the 2011-12 NHL season
- 13-time PGA Tour winner Dave Hill dead at 74
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