For over a year, Snoopy was held captive by the New York Jets. After Friday night, he'll find himself on the right side of things following the latest preseason meeting between the New York Giants and the Jets.
The Snoopy we're referring to is the Snoopy trophy the winning team gets for the annual MetLife Bowl game played in the preseason and this year, the Giants were able to take care of business and the Jets as they secured a 35-24 win.
Early on, it did not look pretty for the Giants starting offense and fans everywhere held their collective breath when starting left guard Geoff Schwartz went down to the turf and had to be carted off the field with what was being diagnosed as a dislocated toe; no timetable has been established on how long he'll be out for.
The Jets put up the first points of the game; a 31-yard field goal by Nick Folk that made it 3-0 in favor of the Jets with 2:01 left in the first quarter. On the Jets next possession, Geno Smith found rookie tight end Jace Amaro for a one-yard touchdown strike that put the Jets ahead 10-0 and for most of the first half, the Jets were sitting pretty while the Giants looked like they couldn't get out of their own way.
But with just a few minutes to go before halftime, Eli Manning lead his team down the field on an 11-play, 91-yard drive that took 1:48 to go down the field and ended with Manning connecting with Rueben Randle on a 15-yard touchdown pass that got the Giants on the board and cut the lead to 10-7 heading into halftime.
When the Jets took over the ball in the second half, Michael Vick and Chris Johnson couldn't get the handoff set, as they both fumbled the ball and had it recovered by Damontre Moore on the Jets 16-yard line, which set up a Ryan Nassib three-yard touchdown pass to Henry Hynoski that gave the Giants their first lead of the game at 14-10.
On the very next drive, Vick made up for his blunder as he lead the Jets on a 11-play drive that saw him find Eric Decker on a three-yard touchdown strike and the Jets re-took the lead at 17-14.
With 2:49 left in the third quarter, it was Nassib connecting on his second touchdown pass of the game, finding Preston Parker for a 39-yard catch and the Giants took a 21-17 lead, which is what the score was heading into the fourth quarter.
The Jets though wouldn't lie down, as Matt Simms, son of former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Greg Salas and the Jets reclaimed the lead at 24-21.
But on the very next possession, it was Andre Williams who got the last laugh on Rex Ryan, Damon Harrison, Willie Colon, Nick Mangold and everyone else on the Jets who ran their mouth during the week as he scored the go-ahead one-yard touchdown run that put the Giants up 28-24 with 6:18 left in the game.
On the Giants next offensive possession, Nassib put the cherry on top of the sundae as he found Corey Washington for his third touchdown of the night, Washington's fourth of the preseason, a 31-yard score and the Giants rubbed the Jets noses in it, going up 35-24 and that's where the score would stay for the rest of the game.
The Giants improve to 4-0 in the preseason, while the Jets dropped to 2-1 on the summer. Manning went 12-for-21 with 139 yards and a touchdown. Nassib went 8-for-12 with 103 yards and three touchdowns. Between the two Giants quarterbacks, they threw four touchdown passes with no picks in the game.
While Rashad Jennings lead all rushers with 67 yards on 13 carries, it was Williams who scored the important go-ahead touchdown and had 49 yards on 11 carries. Victor Cruz lead all receivers with four catches for 61 yards, Parker had three catches for 52 yards and a touchdown, Randle had two catches for 41 yards and a touchdown and Washington had two catches for 36 yards and a touchdown.
It wasn't pretty early on, but at the end of the day, when the Giants get a chance to rub the Jets faces in the dirt after all the trash they talked over a preseason game, they have to feel somewhat good about it. They do have to be concerned over Schwartz's injury and have to hope he's not out for an extended period of time.
The Giants have one remaining preseason game left, as they will remain in New Jersey to play the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, August 28.
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