Monday, October 31, 2005

GIANTS HONOR ROLL: A TRIBUTE TO MARA

Initially the Giants were already leading the NFC East, which is unquestionably the finest division in the NFL, but their 36-0 victory over the divisional rivals Washington Redskins, which makes them the best team in their conference. After the death of the franchise's beloved Wellington Mara, the team's collective emotions could become either scrappy or focused. The squad chose the positive side. The Giants had plenty to pay obeisance to the owner Wellington Mara, who died of cancer on Oct. 25. Sunday's NFC East face-off between the Giants and the Giants eventual success looked as if the day was made for a man like Mara. The perfect mark of respect came when the Giants defeated the Washington Redskins by 36-0 by flourishing on the football ideals that Mara held closest to his own heart. With an offense that has the potential to rank among the league's elite and a defense, the team has once again showcased dominance and has rekindled Mara's finest hours in the NFL. The two players that catapulted New York into first place in the NFC East were Running back Tiki Barber and tight end Jeremy Shockey, Veteran running back Tiki Barber, rushed for a career-best 206 yards and a touchdown. The Giants’ defense was also not any less. Mark Brunell, emerged as one of the most impressive comebacks in recent years. The Giants sacked Washington quarterbacks Mark Brunell and Patrick Ramsey five times registering their first shutout win in seven years and putting the Giants atop the NFC East at 5-2.

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