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- On paper, this game looked to be over for the Giants before it even started, coming in with an 0-5 record, having lost all of their starting receivers to injury, and having suspended a starting defensive back. That it ended up being a dominant performance by the Giants is a credit to their game planning and use of personnel.
- The Giants were without Pro Bowl defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie due to suspension. The Broncos seemed to want to take advantage of this shuffling in the Giants secondary. However, instead of scheming around the absence of Rodgers-Cromartie, they targeted the Giant’s other Pro Bowl corner Janoris Jenkins. This proved to be a costly mistake, as Janoris Jenkins returned an interception for a touchdown in the first half. Poor game planning and personnel by Denver in this regard.
- New York incurred a Delay of Game penalty in the second quarter.
- The Broncos were not able to establish much of a running game. It’s possible that they felt they were going to be successful going up against a depleted Giants secondary, but when this did not work, they did not make any notable adjustments, and really did not have any identity on offense for the entire night. The Broncos were heavily favored going into the game, and it seemed that when their initial game plan did not work they were quickly stifled and unable to execute on any meaningful adjustments during the game.