What Happened Last Night: Giants Force Game 7, Steelers Get Back On Track
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The NLCS will go the distance.
Wasn't so long ago that the Cardinals seemed in complete control of the NLCS with a commanding 3-1 lead. That's because it wasn't so long ago: Thursday, to be exact. But then, the Giants got on track just in time, winning Game 5 5-0 in St. Louis and dominating again in a 6-1 win last night that pushed the series to a decisive seventh game tonight in San Francisco.
The Giants wasted no time last night, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and chasing Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter out of the game after four. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, though, was terrific, allowing just one run and four hits over seven innings while striking out nine. As firmly as the Cardinals seemed to control the series a few days ago, the Giants look just as imposing now. They've got home-field advantage tonight, if momentum means anything, it's on their side, and they have Matt Cain, their best pitcher, on the mound. Then again, the Cardinals have Kyle Lohse, one of their best, starting tonight. We could be in for a tense pitching duel.
And a couple tangentially-related notes from last night's game: one, the lady in the crazy hat singing "God Bless America." Two, Lil Wayne singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." When the Giants make the playoffs, they go all-out.
NLCS Game 7 TV info: Tonight, 8 p.m., Fox.
Maybe the Steelers will be okay.
2012 hadn't been especially kind to the Steelers before last night. They were 2-3, winless on the road, and only one of those two wins (a 27-10 Week 2 triumph over the Jets) looked convincing. Obviously, five games is way too soon to pronounce a team done for the year, but the Steelers looked awfully mediocre.
Last night, though, things turned for the better. Despite a multitude of injuries (most of them real), the Steelers beat the Bengals in Cincinnati 24-17, evening their record and getting not only a road win, but a key AFC North win on top of that. The Bengals haven't been great either (they're now 3-4), but beating them was huge for the Steelers in terms of getting their season moving in the right direction.
It was especially critical since Pittsburgh's next couple games (against the Redskins and Giants) won't be easy either - really, looking at their schedule, the Steelers only have three "okay, they should definitely win those" games for the rest of the year - one against the Chiefs, and two against the Browns. And you never know how those divisional games will shake out, either, so if you want to put the Browns game in Cleveland into the toss-up category, we're not stopping you.
Meanwhile the 4 p.m. NFL slate produced two overtime games. In one, the Raiders beat the Jaguars, which was ve- zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Sorry. Anyway, in the other, the Patriots hung on to fight off a late rally from the Jets and win 29-26. Notably, this game did not feature the Raiders or Jaguars, making it automatically better than the other one. Rob Gronkowski caught two TDs for the Pats. Sick, bro.
Monday Night Football TV info: Lions at Bears, tonight, 8:30 p.m., ESPN.
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