With the Big Apple clash between the New York Jets and Giants just one day away, we rank the Top 10 players combined from the teams.
By Robby Sabo
To this very day, Dec. 24 of 2011 remains one of the more pivotal moments in the history of both the New York Giants and New York Jets.
Both teams played a game that meant everything to them. Both were battling to sneak into the NFL playoffs that season. Both were, at times, both incredibly mediocre and talented during the season.
It just so happened they were put up against each other to decide things.
This was the day the Jets and Giants last squared off. A day Victor Cruz took a short Eli Manning pass and scampered for 99-yards yards, creating a starting point for both franchises to showcase their respective recent misfortunes and successes.
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Since that epic touchdown, the Giants spring-boarded themselves to their second Super Bowl title under Tom Coughlin, while the Rex Ryan era in New York slowly crumbled with each passing year.
Now, on the eve of their next battle, little has changed involving the circumstances. Both Big Blue and Gang Green desperately need the game if either has realistic designs on sneaking into the tournament.
The Giants are coming off one of the worst defeats a potential playoff team could suffer. Losing 20-14 at the hands of the average Washington Redskins, this Jets game means everything.
For the Jets, of course a Wild Card berth is the only possible scenario in their future. The incredible misfortune of playing in the same division as Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots continues to haunt them. Still though, at 6-5 the playoffs remain a very real possibility.
Most believe the Jets come into the game with an overall more talented personnel grouping. Most also believe the Giants are equipped with the top-end players in the game.
Is this better news for the Jets or Giants? In this NFL of simple and favorable passing sometimes only one or two dominant positions are needed (as long as it’s the right position).
Here’s how we break it down: the New York Jets and Giants Top 10 Player Rankings heading into their 2015 matchup on Dec. 6: