Final

Giants 30

(11-5, 4-4 away)

Raiders 21

(4-12, 2-6 home)

8:00 PM ET, December 31, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
NYG 7 13 7 330
OAK 7 7 7 021

Top Performers

Passing: K. Collins (OAK) - 331 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: T. Barber (NYG) - 28 CAR, 203 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: P. Burress (NYG) - 5 REC, 128 YDS, 1 TD

NY Giants (10-5) at Oakland (4-11)

NY Giants (10-5) at Oakland (4-11) Saturday 8:00 pm EST

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- The New York Giants are in the playoffs for the first time since 2002. On New Year's Eve, they hope to celebrate an NFC East title.

The Giants can clinch the division crown for the first time in five years with a win against the Oakland Raiders in an interconference contest on Saturday. They had a chance to do it last week, but lost at Washington, 35-20.

"It's great to make the playoffs, but it's important for us to win the division and get a home game in the postseason," Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi said. "We have it in our hands and it will be disappointing if we can't get it done."

A loss by the Giants, coupled with a win by Washington (9-6) at Philadelphia would give the Redskins the division title.

Ironically, the Raiders' last win came at Washington on November 20. Since then, they have lost five straight, scoring a total of 51 points in that span.

But this game holds special significance for Raiders quarterback Kerry Collins, who was released by the Giants after Accorsi made a trade for Eli Manning on draft day 2004. Collins led the Giants to their last division title and a trip to the Super Bowl in 2000 as well as their last postseason appearance in 2002. He played five years in New York and threw for 16,875 yards.

Collins was not thrilled with being dumped after the 2003 season when he passed for 3,110 yards and 13 touchdowns with 16 interceptions.

"I understand it's a business, but it left a bitter taste," Collins said. "I was proud to say I went to the Super Bowl with the Giants."

Instead of serving as a temporary mentor to Manning, Collins signed with Oakland. But Collins has come nowhere near leading the Raiders to the playoffs, despite the additions of superstar wide receiver Randy Moss and running back LaMont Jordan before the 2005 season.

Collins is the 13th-ranked quarterback in the AFC (75.5), completing 53 percent of his passes for 3,428 yards and 17 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. But the Raiders have one less win than last season, which may spell the end for coach Norv Turner.

Moss has been a major disappointment. After setting an NFL record for most receiving yards (9,142) in the first seven years of a career, Moss has 53 catches for 889 yards in his first year with the Raiders.

Jordan, who missed last week's loss at Denver with a toe injury, has rushed for 1,025 yards and caught 70 passes for 563 yards.

Manning has a slightly lower rating (75.1) than Collins, completing just under 53 percent of his passes for 3,558 yards and 23 touchdowns with 17 interceptions.

New York's Most Valuable Player on offense has been Tiki Barber, who is second in the NFL with 1,657 rushing yards, which is 150 behind Seattle's Shaun Alexander.

Matchup to watch: Giants left end Michael Strahan, who has 11 1/2 sacks this season but was held without one last week, lines up against right tackle Robert Gallery, the second overall pick in the 2004 draft after Manning.

Series: The Raiders lead, 7-2, and have won the last four meetings.

Next week: The Giants will play in the wild-card round, January 7 or 8.

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Passing Leaders

NY GiantsCMP%YDSTDINT
E. Manning57.538181827
C. Painter50.05702
OaklandCMP%YDSTDINT
T. Pryor57.41798711
M. McGloin55.9154788

Rushing Leaders

NY GiantsCARYDSAVGTD
A. Brown1394923.53
P. Hillis732473.42
OaklandCARYDSAVGTD
R. Jennings1637334.56
T. Pryor835766.92

Receiving Leaders

NY GiantsRECYDSAVGTD
V. Cruz7399813.74
H. Nicks5689616.00
OaklandRECYDSAVGTD
R. Streater6088814.84
D. Moore4669515.15

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsNYG
 
 362
OAK
 
 309
Yards PassingNYG
 
 224
OAK
 
 224
Yards RushingNYG
 
 138
OAK
 
 86
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedNYG
 
 328
OAK
 
 331
Pass Yds AllowedNYG
 
 224
OAK
 
 203
Rush Yds AllowedNYG
 
 104
OAK
 
 128

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Series tied 1-1
Nov 25, 2001NYG 10, OAK 28