The end of Monday Night Football

Monday Night Football on ABC
Tonight is the 555th episode of Monday Night Football on ABC.
It’s also the last. Next season, it moves to ESPN, and the era of it on free TV gone.
The first MNF game was the Cleveland Browns versus the New York Jets.
This last MNF game is the New England Patriots versus…the New York Jets.
(Keep this in mind, it will be in future editions of Trivial Pursuit: What NFL franchise was both in the first and last Monday Night Football game?)

Baltimore 30 Minnesota 23

Baltimore gives the Giants a Christmas Present!
By beating the Minnesota Vikings, the Baltimore Ravens have given the NY Giants and their fans a Christmas present–a playoff berth. The Giants can do no worse now than a wildcard, and thus will make the postseason. A division title is still assured with a victory against Oakland next week, but at least a playoff berth is assured no matter what.
Thank you, Baltimore.

Washington 35 NYG 20

Washington 35 NYG 20
Crash and burn. I was so afraid of this, after Washington dismantled the Cows last week.
The Giants can still win the NFC East next week by beating Oakland in Oakland. But dreams of a first round bye are dead, and I don’t like the Giants chances in the playoffs against the likes of the Panthers/Bucs, Seahawks and Bears. But we shall see.
For the Giants to lose next week and then lose the NFC East title and the playoffs entirely would be the worst indignity.

NYG 27 Kansas City 17

NFL.com – Kansas City at New York Game Recap
A game that I thought they were going to lose for sure, but my Giants have made it to the 10 win plateau this year, something else I didn’t expect. (I would have been expecting 8-8 this year, frankly).
I still don’t like Manning’s inconsistency and tendency to throw picks, especially at the worst possible time (there was a near-interception this game that was tailor made to fit that bill). But what can one say except Tiki, Tiki, Tiki? Breaking the Giants single-game rushing record? The most yards out of a single running back since 2003? Sure, a lot of it was Kansas City not being able to tackle to save their lives, but Barber has to get SOME credit.
Now, the Giants are a win away from the division title…and if they win both of their games and Chicago or Carolina falter, they will get the first round bye they need to have any chance at the NFC Championship.