New York Giants – New York Jets
Giants: Montgomery 111R, CoLLins 341P, Toomer 181C, HiLLiard 121C spin away easily from corner Aaron Glenn and race upfield for the touchdown.
At the half, the Giants were up 27-7, and they added another touchdown pass to Toomer in the third quarter. The Jets managed a couple of fourth-quarter scores, but still trailed 34-21 with less than four minutes to go. Payton caught the attention of the offense by still going full throttle, with Collins throwing a jump-ball bomb to Toomer, who outleaped Marcus Coleman for the ball and again strode for the end zone. Tiki Barber said after the game,
“Here we are leading late in the game and Sean is [calling for] bombs. I was flabbergasted, but I was impressed.” Toomer had a breakout game, with six catches for 181 yards and three scores, while the other starting receiver, Ike Hilliard, caught six for 121 yards in an impressive aerial assault. The Giants would go on to lose three of their last four games and finish 7-9, but in 2000 they would go to the Super Bowl behind the passing of Collins, the receiving of Toomer and Hilliard, and the multidimensional skills of Barber.
Giants Win Eastern Title on Controversial Kick
The Giants and the Redskins became bitter rivals in the 1930s during their annual battles for supremacy in the East. On the final day of the 1937 season, Washington pounded New York 49-14 to clinch the Eastern crown, while in the 1938 finale, the Giants upended the Redskins
36-0 and went on to win the NFL title over the Packers the following week. In 1939, Washington owner George Preston Marshall literally marched into New York, leading a 150-man marching band and bringing 12,000 Redskins fans along with him. Those 12,000 Redskins rooters helped kick the Polo Grounds attendance over 62,000, the highest level for any game since Red Grange’s New York debut in 1925. With both teams 8-1-1, this game would determine the Eastern Conference champion.
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The Giants scored first on a 40-yard field goal by Ward Cuff, set up by Cuff’s 27-yard reverse. Later in the opening period the Redskins intercepted a pass, but Bo Russell, in a bit of foreshadowing, missed the field-goal try from the 35-yard line. In the second quarter, the Giants scored again on a three-pointer. This time it was Ken Strong from 19 yards.
The Redskins threatened after a 37-yard Dick Todd punt return and three pass receptions two by Todd and one by Bob Masterson took them to the Giants’ 1-yard line. But Tuffy Leemans intercepted Frankie Filchock’s pass in the end zone.
In the third quarter, Ward Cuff missed a 21-yard field-goal attempt, but got a second chance after Hank Soar intercepted Sammy Baugh and returned the ball 25 yards. Cuff made good from the 15, and
I wasn’t even watching. I was too busy talking to a man sitting behind me. Halloran had the best view. Why argue with him?
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