Nicknamed Earth, Wind and Fire, the Giants backfield is on the verge of dancing its way into the NFL record book.
Fresh off his 215-yard explosion against the Carolina Panthers, Giants running back Derrick Ward needs only 52 more rushing yards to reach 1,000 for the season. It is a total that New York’s other running back, Brandon Jacobs, already has met and surpassed.
If Jacobs is on the bench Sunday, allowing his knee to get healthier for New York’s divisional playoff game, the Giants will be apt to give more carries to Ward. And if Ward gets the carries he needs to pick up those 52 yards and go over 1,000 for the season, the Giants would become the fourth team in NFL history to have two running backs with over 1,000 rushing yards in a season.
The last team to do it was the 1985 Cleveland Browns with Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner. The only other two teams to do it were the 1972 Miami Dolphins with Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris, and the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers with Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier.
Now the Giants are trying to run their way into the NFL record book.
Earth is moving. Wind is blowing. And the NFL record book is waiting.