26 Dec 2011

Giants win to book NFL playoff spot

6:22 am on 26 December 2011

The Giants beat the Jets 29-14 in a pivotal New York showdown that gave the winners a direct path to reach American football's NFL playoffs and imperilled the loser's chances of advancing.

A safety registered by defensive tackle Chris Canty on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez effectively ended the game by giving the Giants two points for a 22-14 lead with the Jets punting from their own 20 with just over two minutes left.

After a failed on-side punt by the Jets, Ahmad Bradshaw barged into the end zone from 19 yards out to complete the scoring and turn what had been a tension-packed game into a rout.

The victory improved the Giants to 8-7 and made next week's regular season finale against the visiting Dallas Cowboys a clash for the NFC East title.

The defeat dropped the Jets to 8-7, derailing their clear run for an AFC wildcard berth.

The Jets remained mathematically alive, but need a win in next week's game in Miami against the Dolphins and help from other teams to qualify for the postseason.