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Travel Memories: Memorable December road wins


The Giants will head to Baltimore looking for their sixth win of the season when they travel to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the Ravens in Week 16.

The two clubs have met only six times since the Ravens joined the NFL in 1996, with Baltimore winning the first meeting, 24-23, at Giants Stadium in 1997. The Giants are 2-4 all-time against the Ravens after winning the last meeting between the two teams in 2016, thanks to over 400 passing yards and three touchdowns from Eli Manning.

Let's take a look back at some memorable December road wins in Giants history.

In 1986, the Giants flew to San Francisco to take on the 49ers on Monday Night Football at Candlestick Park. Hall of Famer Jerry Rice scored two touchdowns for the 49ers, one in the air and one on the ground, but it wasn't enough as Phil Simms threw for 388 yards and two touchdowns in the Giants' 21-17 win. Stacey Robinson led the way with five receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown while Mark Bavaro reeled in seven passes for 98 yards.

The Giants picked up a crucial road win in Buffalo back in 2007 that helped jumpstart the team's run to a Super Bowl championship. Big Blue rushed for a whopping 289 yards and three touchdowns, including 151 yards and a score from Ahmad Bradshaw and 143 yards and two touchdowns from Brandon Jacobs, on the way to a big 38-21 win over the Bills. The defense came up with a couple of very clutch plays in this win. Kawika Mitchell returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown to give the Giants a three-point lead early in the fourth quarter, while Corey Webster returned a pick 34 yards for the game-sealing touchdown a few minutes later.

In 2010, the Giants were set to fly to Minnesota to take on the Vikings for a Week 14 showdown. However, a snowstorm prevented the Giants from getting to Minneapolis, causing the league to switch the game to Ford Field in Detroit. Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined for 219 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, while the Vikings were held to just 164 total yards as the Giants emerged with an easy 21-3 victory.

The franchise's 2011 run to Super Bowl XLVI began with a couple of crucial road wins in December, which helped clinch the Giants' spot in the playoffs. Big Blue flew to Dallas to take on the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football in Week 14. The first points of the game were scored on a safety after Tony Romo was sacked in the end zone. Dallas went on to take a 12-point lead late in the fourth quarter, but an 8-yard touchdown catch by Jake Ballard, followed by a 1-yard Brandon Jacobs touchdown run, resulted in the Giants leaving Dallas with a 37-34 win.

Two weeks later, the Giants picked up a pivotal Week 16 win on the "road" against the Jets. The Giants didn't have to travel far for this must-win game as they took on their MetLife Stadium co-tenants on Christmas Eve. Eli Manning had the longest completion of his career in this win, connecting with Victor Cruz for a 99-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and the Giants never looked back. Chris Canty sacked Mark Sanchez in the end zone for a fourth quarter safety, and Ahmad Bradshaw topped it off with a 19-yard touchdown run to seal the victory for Big Blue, 29-14.

This weekend's trip to Baltimore will be just the third time the Giants have taken on the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium, with the Ravens winning the first two meetings (2004, 2012).



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