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41 - 13 Final
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Manning throws three TDs as Giants rout Rams

Sep 14, 2008 - 10:38 PM ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Eli Manning and the New York Giants continued their dominance on the road.

Manning threw three touchdown passes and the Giants' defense overpowered the hapless St. Louis Rams en route to a 41-13 rout Sunday.

It was the 12th consecutive victory away from Giants Stadium for New York (2-0), which won its last seven regular-season road games last season. The Giants also won three road games in the playoffs before their Super Bowl upset of the New England Patriots in Glendale, Arizona.

"It is a new year and this is our first road game," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "We challenged our team this past week, we put the term 'Road Warriors' on the board and we talked about the values and virtues that we compiled and the success of last year."

A former No. 1 overall draft selection who was often criticized for his inconsistent play and poor body language, Manning came of age during New York's stunning postseason run.

Following a sub-par performance during last week's season-opening win against Washington, Manning was outstanding in this contest, completing 20-of-29 passes for 260 yards to pace a Giants offense that racked up 441 yards from scrimmage.

Manning gave the Giants the lead for good on their second possession when he found a wide-open Plaxico Burress for a 33-yard TD. The reigning Super Bowl MVP also orchestrated a pair of second-quarter drives capped by field goals from John Carney.

"We got off to a pretty good start getting a touchdown with a great route by Plaxico Burress on the post route," Manning said. "We had to settle for some field goals in the first half."

Manning also threw a 10-yard scoring strike to Amani Toomer in the third quarter and an 18-yard TD to Ahmad Bradshaw with 7:18 remaining.

The touchdown pass to Toomer gave New York a 20-6 lead and capped a 10-play, 97-yard drive that lasted less than five minutes. Manning completed 4-of-6 passes for 48 yards on the drive.

"In the second half, I thought we really responded," Manning said. "When we were in a little bind being on our 3-yard line, we got a 97-yard drive - which is a huge, huge drive right there in that situation."

While Manning and the offense clicked throughout the afternoon, the Giants' ferocious defense had its way with the Rams (0-2), who have been outscored, 79-16, over their first two games.

Defensive end Justin Tuck recorded two sacks and returned an interception 41 yards for a TD to lead New York, which sacked Marc Bulger six times and limited St. Louis to just 201 yards of total offense.

The Rams fought their way back into contention when Bulger found Torry Holt for a highlight-reel 45-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter that cut the deficit to 20-13.

But the Giants responded on their following possession with a six-play drive capped by Manning's scoring pass to Bradshaw, who evaded a pair of defenders in the flat before racing up the right sideline.

"They scored a touchdown, and to go down there and get another touchdown in that situation was a huge drive," Manning said. "It put us up 14 and put some pressure on them."

With a 27-13 lead, New York's defense took over from there. Tuck sacked Bulger on the first play of the next series, but the Rams converted a 4th-and-6 to preserve their fading hopes.

However, Tuck sealed the victory two plays later when he made a juggling interception of a screen attempt and raced into the end zone to make it 34-13 with 5:30 remaining.

"I jumped up and it kind of caught me right here in my shoulder pads," Tuck said. "I was able to get control of it, and it was off to the races."

Burress had five catches for 81 yards, Toomer hauled in six receptions for 67 yards and Brandon Jacobs rushed for 93 yards on just 15 carries for the Giants, who have not lost on the road since their 2007 season opener at Dallas.

"I think our offense is tough to put a finger on," Toomer said. "We're a very diverse group in terms of distributing the ball. We can get you a lot of different angles, it's a tough group to try and press down."

It was the second embarrassing performance in as many weeks for the Rams, who suffered a 38-3 drubbing at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday.

"The bottom line is we can't expect to win games playing the way we are playing," Rams head coach Scott Linehan said. "I think (everyone) would agree that for three and a half quarters, we were right there. There is no question in my mind that we didn't finish and they did."

Bulger was constantly harassed behind St. Louis' shaky offensive line and finished 20-of-32 for 177 yards and one interception.

Rams star running back Steven Jackson rushed for 53 yards and also had seven receptions for 37 yards. Holt finished with 76 yards on six catches.








  • NFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NY GIANTS 7 6 7 21 41
    ST LOUIS 0 6 0 7 13 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NYG - TD, PLAXICO BURRESS 33 YD PASS FROM ELI
    MANNING (JOHN CARNEY KICK), 8:49.
    Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards in 4:06.
    Key plays: Jacobs 11-yard run to
    New York 47; Jacobs 1-yard run on
    3rd-and-1

    Sep 14 4:05 PM


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    TD NYG
    AHMAD BRADSHAW 31 YD RUN
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NY GIANTS 41
    ST LOUIS 13 3:23 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Giants 41, Rams 13  4th - 3:23Sep 14 3:56 PM


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    TD NYG
    JUSTIN TUCK 41 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NY GIANTS 34
    ST LOUIS 13 5:30 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Giants 34, Rams 13  4th - 5:30Sep 14 3:46 PM


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    TD NYG
    AHMAD BRADSHAW 18 YD PASS FROM ELI MANNING
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NY GIANTS 27
    ST LOUIS 13 7:18 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Giants 27, Rams 13  4th - 7:18Sep 14 3:38 PM


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    TD STL
    TORRY HOLT 45 YD PASS FROM MARC BULGER
    (JOSH BROWN KICK)
    NY GIANTS 20
    ST LOUIS 13 10:46 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Giants 20, Rams 13  4th - 10:46Sep 14 3:26 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NY GIANTS 7 6 7 20
    ST LOUIS 0 6 0 6 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NYG - TD, PLAXICO BURRESS 33 YD PASS FROM ELI
    MANNING (JOHN CARNEY KICK), 8:49.
    Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards in 4:06.
    Key plays: Jacobs 11-yard run to
    New York 47; Jacobs 1-yard run on
    3r

    Sep 14 3:14 PM


  • NFL
    TD NYG
    AMANI TOOMER 10 YD PASS FROM ELI MANNING
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NY GIANTS 20
    ST LOUIS 6 8:48 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Giants 20, Rams 6  3rd - 8:48Sep 14 2:54 PM


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    NY GIANTS 13
    ST LOUIS 6 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
    STL BALL ON STL 44 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Sep 14 2:23 PM
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    Giants 13, Rams 6  2nd - 0:01Sep 14 2:22 PM


  • NFL
    FG NYG
    JOHN CARNEY 33 YD
    NY GIANTS 13
    ST LOUIS 6 0:01 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Giants 13, Rams 6  2nd - 0:01Sep 14 2:21 PM


  • NFL
    FG STL
    JOSH BROWN 54 YD
    NY GIANTS 10
    ST LOUIS 6 1:55 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Giants 10, Rams 6  2nd - 1:55Sep 14 2:12 PM


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    FG NYG
    JOHN CARNEY 39 YD
    NY GIANTS 10
    ST LOUIS 3 8:14 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Giants 10, Rams 3  2nd - 8:14Sep 14 1:53 PM


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    FG STL
    JOSH BROWN 54 YD
    NY GIANTS 7
    ST LOUIS 3 14:13 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Giants 7, Rams 3  2nd - 14:13Sep 14 1:40 PM


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    NY GIANTS 7
    ST LOUIS 0 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR
    STL BALL ON NYG 32 YD LINE
    3RD AND 2

    Sep 14 1:37 PM


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    TD NYG
    PLAXICO BURRESS 33 YD PASS FROM ELI MANNING
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NY GIANTS 7
    ST LOUIS 0 6:11 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Giants 7, Rams 0  1st - 6:11Sep 14 1:21 PM
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