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ARAB TIMES, MONDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2011 SPORTS 47 Giants down Jets, keep hopes alive ‘Destiny in our hands’ EAST RUTHERFORD, New he needs to shut up.” Jersey, Dec 25, (RTRS): The Coughlin credited the Giants’ defense for saving the day. Giants beat the Jets 29-14 in a “They kept turning the Jets offense pivotal New York showdown back. That was the determining factor in on Saturday that gave the win- the game,” said Coughlin after limping into his postgame interview session after ners a direct path to reach the absorbing a late game collision with his playoffs and imperiled the los- running back D.J. Ware along the side- ers’ chances of advancing. line. “We won the game and it keeps us in “We weren’t having a very good night the playoffs, it keeps us in the hunt offensively.” with destiny in our hands,” said Giants The Giants registered only 11 first coach Tom Coughlin. downs in the hard-fought contest, while The victory improved the Giants to 8-7 the Jets doubled that figure but New York and made next week’s made some big plays to compensate. regular season finale A huge touchdown connection late in against the visiting the first half from quarterback Eli Dallas Cowboys a clash Manning to wide receiver Victor Cruz for the NFC East title. A turned the tide for the Giants. loss would have all but eliminated them. FOOTBALL The defeat dropped the Jets to 8-7, derailing their clear run for an Outplayed to that point and trailing 7-3, AFC wildcard berth. Manning hit Cruz on a third-and-10 from The Jets remained Coughlin their own one-yard line and the elusive mathematically alive, receiver escaped from three tacklers on but need a win in next week’s game in his way to a 99-yard touchdown romp Miami against the Dolphins and help that put the Giants ahead 10-7. from other teams to qualify for the post- “We all got a tremendous lift when he season. went coast to coast,” said Coughlin. A safety registered by defensive tackle The Giants extended their lead to 17-7 Chris Canty on Jets quarterback Mark on a 14-yard touchdown burst late in the Sanchez effectively ended the game by third quarter by Bradshaw, who ran over giving the Giants two points for a 22-14 safety Brodney Poole on his way into the end zone. Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston (23) intercepts a pass intended for San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (left), in front of Detroit lead with the Jets punting from their own Lions free safety Chris Harris (center) during an NFL football game in Detroit, Dec 24. Detroit won 38-10 to clinch a playoff spot. (AP) 20 with just over two minutes left. The Jets whittled down the deficit from After a failed on-side punt by the Jets, 20-7 with a one-yard run by Sanchez halfway through the fourth quarter that Ahmad Bradshaw barged into the end zone from 19 yards out to complete the made it 20-14, but the Giants’ defense Davis sinks Nevada with late TD scoring and turn what had been a tension- rose up to make that cushion stand. “This was a big win because everything Southern Miss wins Hawaii Bowl packed game into a rout. In the run-up to the game, outspoken was on the line,” said Manning, who Jets coach Rex Ryan said his team was completed only 9-of-27 passes but totaled better and vowed to claim Big Apple 225 yards. supremacy and bragging rights in the sta- The Jets had some early success run- ning the ball, but stuck with a game plan HONOLULU, Dec 25, (AP): dium they share with the Giants. Austin Davis made the plays After the game, Ryan tipped his cap to relying on the pass to try and take advan- tage of a weak Giants secondary. when it counted to send Inappropriate to go forward with deal the Giants. Southern Mississippi coach “We have to give Giants all the credit. As the game wore on, the pass rush Larry Fedora out a winner. They played a great game,” said Ryan. “They were definitely the better team this year.” increasingly pressured Sanchez, who was sacked five times and finished 30-of-59 for 258 yards with one touchdown and Davis threw two touch- downs, including a 4-yarder late in the game, and No. 22 Orange Bowl scraps planned cigar sponsorship Giants running back Brandon Jacobs two interceptions. Southern Miss earned a MIAMI, Dec 25, (AP): Orange Bowl Championship. Wahl said that plans sider the deal. It followed a similar shot back at Ryan for his trash talking Now the Giants will settle the NFC school-record 12th victory officials said they’ve scrapped a were limited to non- effort earlier this week by several pub- before the game. East face to face against the Cowboys. by holding off Nevada 24-17 planned sponsorship deal with game events and lic health groups. “It’s going to be another knock-down, in the Hawaii Bowl on Camacho Cigars. geared toward The senators and health groups Asked if he had a message for Ryan, Saturday night. the big running back said: “I think you drag-out fight with Dallas next week,” Larry Wahl, an Orange Bowl adults. said cigars contain the same toxic, “It wasn’t his best game, spokesman, said in an email that after On Thursday, cancer-causing chemicals that ciga- need to shut up. He’s a great coach, said Giants defensive captain Justin Tuck. but he did enough to help us mutual review, it was determined that it Sens. Dick Durbin, rettes do. They argued that promot- comes from a great coaching family, but “I look forward to it.” win this football game,” said would not be appropriate to go forward Frank Lautenberg ing cigars at the Orange Bowl would Fedora, who is leaving after with the sponsorship. and Richard send the wrong message to young four seasons to take over at The planned sponsorship called for a Blumenthal, all fans. North Carolina. large presence at several game-day Democrats, sent let- This season’s Orange Bowl is sched- NFL Results/Standings Davis overcame a shaky events, including lounges where fans ters to bowl officials uled for Wednesday, Jan. 4 in Miami, game for the Conference could light up. The three-year deal and the NCAA, ask- where No. 23 West Virginia will play USA-champion Golden included the 2013 BCS National Wahl ing them to recon- No. 14 Clemson. Eagles (12-2), and the defense in the second half WASHINGTON, Dec 25, (AFP): Results and Minnesota 33 Washington 26 managed to shut down standings after Saturday’s National Football Baltimore 20 Cleveland 14 before being replaced by Hardison, taking advantage our defense was playing and Khalid Wooten and League games: New England 27 Miami 24 Nevada’s potent pistol attack Tyler Lantrip. of a miscue by Southern our special teams,” Davis Thaddeus Brown returned it Oakland 16 Kansas City OT 13 NY Giants 29 NY Jets 14 led by Lampford Mark. The Golden Eagles got Miss. Tracey Lampley said. “Our special teams has 16 yards to the Nevada 36. Tennessee 23 Jacksonville 17 Cincinnati 23 Arizona 16 “I thought we struggled another big win after captur- waved for a fair catch on a made an unbelievable differ- But the team from Reno Pittsburgh 27 St Louis 0 Detroit 38 San Diego 10 Buffalo 40 Denver 14 San Francisco 19 Seattle 17 the entire game offensively. ing their fifth C-USA title by punt and was run into by ence in our season this year. gambled and ended up turn- Carolina 48 Tampa Bay 16 Philadelphia 20 Dallas 7 We made a few big plays at upsetting previously unbeat- teammate Alex Smith. The It seems like every time we ing it over on downs on its American Football Conference East Division the end, but really the en Houston 49-28 in the con- ball bounced off Lampley’s needed it, they managed to own 45 when Mark was defense, these guys were ference championship game. left leg and Nevada’s come up with a game-chang- stopped short on fourth-and- East Division W L T PCT PF PA Dallas 8 7 0 .533 355 316 special and they’ve done that This was the first 10-win Brandon Marshall recovered ing play.” 1. That led to a 48-yard field W L T PCT PF PA NY Giants 8 7 0 .533 363 386 season for Southern Miss on the Southern Miss 14, Mark’s 45-yard run gave goal by Hrappman with 1:21 y-New England 12 3 0 .800 464 321 Philadelphia 7 8 0 .467 362 318 NY Jets 8 7 0 .533 360 344 FOOTBALL since 1988. leading to the field goal. the Wolf Pack a 14-7 lead left in the half. Washington 5 10 0 .333 278 333 Buffalo 6 9 0 .400 351 385 “I couldn’t be more proud Just as Nevada seemed to with about 5 minutes left in “We worked so hard, all the Miami 5 10 0 .333 310 296 North Division of this football team and take control of the game, the half, and Nevada took the weeks and weeks of prepara- North Division W L T PCT PF PA all year,” Davis said. “We what this team has accom- Southern Miss scored 10 ball right back on the ensu- tion. It doesn’t feel right not y-Green Bay 13 1 0 .929 480 297 made a play or two on plished. To be conference points in the final 1-1/2 min- ing kickoff. winning,” Mark said. W L T PCT PF PA offense when we needed to.” x-Baltimore 11 4 0 .733 354 250 x-Detroit 10 5 0 .667 433 342 champs and Hawaii Bowl utes of the first half to take a Lorenzo Devers returned On the kickoff, Wooten x-Pittsburgh 11 4 0 .733 312 218 Chicago 7 7 0 .500 315 293 Davis was off most of the champs is tremendous,” 17-14 lead into the break. the kickoff 61 yards and fumbled and Southern Minnesota 3 12 0 .200 327 432 Cincinnati 9 6 0 .600 328 299 night but made it count on Fedora said. “That was big. I felt like appeared to be heading for a Mississippi’s Emmanuel Cleveland 4 11 0 .267 209 294 the game-winning drive. On South Division Nevada tied the game 17- we played so bad, but we touchdown. After shedding Johnson recovered at the South Division W L T PCT PF PA third-and-goal, he scrambled all late in the third quarter on were winning at halftime and the kicker, Devers was Nevada 24. W L T PCT PF PA x-New Orleans 11 3 0 .786 457 306 right and found Kelvin a 37-yard field goal by Allen that’s a credit to how well stripped from behind by Seven plays later, Davis y-Houston 10 5 0 .667 359 255 Atlanta 9 5 0 .643 341 281 Bolden for the 4-yard score, threw a 2-yard pass to Tennessee 8 7 0 .533 302 295 Carolina 6 9 0 .400 389 384 capping a seven-play, 68- Tampa Bay 4 11 0 .267 263 449 Lampley in the back of the Jacksonville 4 11 0 .267 224 316 yard drive. He had just 59 Indianapolis 2 13 0 .133 230 411 end zone for the go-ahead West Division yard passing at halftime and score. A brief scuffle broke West Division finished 18 of 41 for 165 out between some of the W L T PCT PF PA W L T PCT PF PA y-San Francisco 12 3 0 .800 346 202 yards. players after the catch, but Denver 8 7 0 .533 306 383 Arizona 7 8 0 .467 289 328 On the winning drive, no one was ejected. Oakland 8 7 0 .533 333 395 Seattle 7 8 0 .467 301 292 Davis was 3 of 4 for 66 San Diego 7 8 0 .467 368 351 St Louis 2 13 0 .133 166 373 With both teams strug- Kansas City 6 9 0 .400 205 335 x= clinched playoff berth yards, including a 43-yard gling to get going, special National Football Conference y= clinched division title completion to Dominique teams got the Golden Eagles Sullivan down the right side- on the scoreboard from a line and a 19-yarder to a blocked punt by Tim Green crossing William Spight. early in the second quarter. RB could be out for 9 months Sullivan had five catches for Green burst through the 75 yards. middle and leaped in the air, With Davis held in check, getting his hand on the ball Vikings’ Peterson has torn ACL the Golden Eagles relied on their defense, stopping Mark on fourth-and-1 at midfield as he flipped over a blocker. Tray Becton-Martin then dropped on the ball in the LANDOVER, Md, Dec 25, (AP): Peterson for some nine months and make with 3:56 left. Mark had 183 end zone, giving the Golden Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian it difficult for him to return for the start of yards rushing for the Wolf Eagles a 7-0 lead. Becton- Peterson tore a ligament in his left knee next season. Pack (7-6) but was held to Martin is the 25th different just 21 yards in the second player to score for the Saturday after taking a direct hit in a 33-26 On the play after Peterson was hurt, half. win over the Washington Redskins. Minnesota’s Christian Ponder suffered a Golden Eagles this year, “Our offense in the second which leads the nation. An MRI showed the anterior cruciate head injury when sacked by Adam half-our offensive front just Nevada answered with a ligament tear after the team returned to Carriker and London Fletcher. Ponder didn’t get it done at all and I 5-yard touchdown run by Minnesota. remained in the game for one more play-a was really disappointed in Mark, who had a 25-yard Peterson said he knew “it was some- third-down incomplete pass-before head- that aspect of it. We got scamper to begin the 81-yard ing to the locker room. stopped on two fourth-and- drive. Mark had 41 yards FOOTBALL Coach Leslie Frazier said Ponder had 1s,” Wolf Pack coach Chris rushing on the drive, giving “concussion-like symptoms.” The coach Ault said. him 112 yards and his sixth- said he’s uncertain whether the quarter- Nevada was without its straight game with 100 or thing bad” the moment he was hit and that back will play in next week’s season finale top receiver, Rishard more. he was in “severe pain” on he lay on the against the Chicago Bears. Matthews, who has 91 recep- Both teams blew good field. He was hurt when tackled by tions for 1,364 yards and scoring opportunities in the “We’ll have to weigh it when we get eight TDs. Redskins safety DeJon Gomes at the end back,” Frazier said, “and I’ll follow the first quarter. The game featured a Mark burst up the middle of a 3-yard gain on the first offensive play doctor’s lead.” Hawaii Bowl-record 17 punt, of the second half. for 43 yards and was chased Peterson had 12 carries for 38 yards and the 41 combined points down from behind by “Anytime you take a blow to the knee when he left. He also had a 1-yard touch- was the fewest in bowl histo- Presley, getting Nevada like that, you’re concerned about the ACL, down run in the second quarter. ry. inside the red zone. But MCL,” Peterson said as he stood on Ponder completed 8 of 13 passes for 68 Cody Fajardo was 8 of 19 Fajardo’s pass on third down crutches in the locker room. “I’m trying to yards. He was replaced by Joe Webb, who for 60 yards for Nevada. He Southern Mississippi head coach Larry Fedora holds up the 2011 Hawaii Bowl trophy after was tipped and intercepted in stay as positive as I can.” scored on a 9-yard run on the next series to also was held to just 14 yards an NCAA college football game Dec 24, in Honolulu. Southern Mississippi defeated the end zone by Jacorius The torn ACL would likely sideline give the Vikings the lead. rushing on nine carries Nevada 24-17 to win the 2011 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. (AP) Cotton.