Eli Manning completed just 9 of 27 passes for 225 yards, one touchdown and one interception. But Manning's touchdown was a 99-yard catch-and-run connection with Victor Cruz which gave the Giants a 10-7 lead that they would never relinquish. Otherwise, the Jets defense kept the Giants passing attack in check.
The Giants rushed for just six yards in the first half, but turned it around with 109 yards after halftime. Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 51 of his 54 yards and scored both touchdowns in the second half. Brandon Jacobs had 42 yards and ran hard despite only getting seven carries.
The Giants defense allowed 105 yards rushing, on 4.2 yards per carry. But they did a good job in holding Shonn Greene to 58 yards. LaDainian Tomlinson added 29 yards. The Giants were not able to keep Mark Sanchez from squeezing his way in for a one-yard touchdown run. But overall, the Giants defense did not give up any big plays on the ground.
This was one of the best outings of the year for the Giants secondary. Mark Sanchez threw 59 times for 258 yards and one touchdown while being picked twice. The Giants sacked Sanchez five times and kept Santonio Holmes to just four catches for 50 yards. Former Giant Plaxico Burress had three catches for 34 yards.
It was a busy day for former Jet Steve Weatherford, who punted nine times for an average of 43.4 yards. The coverage was solid, as Jeremy Kerley was kept to an 18.5 yard average on punts and four fair catches. Joe McKnight and Antonio Cromartie did not have a kickoff return longer than 29 yards as well.
With a helping hand from Rex Ryan, the Giants coaching staff got the players fired up and prepared for a huge game. Head coach Tom Coughlin and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell got the defense to keep the Jets in check for most of the game. And Coughlin even shook off a hit to his leg after D.J. Ware was inadvertently shoved into him on the sideline.