Tuesday, December 28, 2010
NFC East Week 16 decisive moment
By Matt Mosley
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The New York Giants were trailing the Green Bay Packers 21-14 early in the third quarter, but they were on the move. Facing a third-and-2 at the Packers' 41-yard line, Ahmad Bradshaw took a direct snap and headed to his left. Packers cornerback Charles Woodson came slicing through and poked the ball out of Bradshaw's hands. The ball was recovered by safety Atari Bigby at the 50-yard line and the Packers quickly drove for a field goal.
The Giants were fortunate to be in the game up to that point after falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter. It was Bradshaw's sixth lost fumble of the season and you could see the disgust on Giants coach Tom Coughlin's face. It was one of six turnovers for the Giants.
I thought the Giants had a legitimate chance to win that game until Bradshaw's fumble. It simply killed all their momentum. And that's why I think it was this week's decisive moment.