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Giants' Jacobs respects Rodgers more than Brady

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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As most of the 111 million viewers who watched yesterday’s Super Bowl know, New England coach Bill Belichick ordered his team to allow the New York Giants to score a touchdown late in the game so the Patriots would have a chance to drive for the winning score with 57 seconds remaining. It didn’t work — the Patriots were trailing 21-17 and ran out of time as Tom Brady’s last-ditch Hail Mary pass from midfield fell harmlessly to the ground in the end zone. Belichick’s other option would have been to let the Giants kick a chip shot field goal for the win. Belichick chose instead to put the ball into the hands of Brady, considered one of the game’s greatest quarterbacks. But Giants running back Brandon Jacobs appears to have more respect for Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Saints QB Drew Brees in that type of game-winning situation. “I respect Tom Brady and the New England Patriots,” Jacobs told the Associated Press. “He does a great job with the guys he has. But if that was Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers on the other side, with those big play outfits, 57 seconds would have been plenty enough time for those guys.” Jacobs said the Patriots struggled to move the ball down the field. “They needed a helluva lot more than 57 seconds to be able to win the football game,” Jacobs said. “So I wasn’t worried at all.” Jacobs no doubt remembered what Rodgers did against the Giants on Dec. 4 during the regular season. In that game at MetLife Stadium he had 58 seconds, starting at his own 20 with one timeout, and in four plays had the Packers knocking at the door at the Giants’ 12 to set up Mason Crosby’s 30-yard field goal game-winning field goal. It’s true the Packers only needed a field goal to win. But if they had needed a touchdown, Rodgers would have had at least three and maybe four shots at scoring from the 12-yard line. That certainly got Jacobs’ attention.

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