Giants
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37 - 29 Final
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Giants use second-half surge to beat Cardinals

Nov 24, 2008 - 2:49 AM GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- Eli Manning and the New York Giants did not need any fourth-quarter heroics in their latest trip to University of Phoenix Stadium.

Manning threw three touchdown passes Sunday afternoon and the Giants used a second-half surge to defeat the Arizona Cardinals, 37-36, in a battle of NFC division leaders.

The contest marked New York's first trip to the desert since last February 3, when the Giants rallied from a last-minute deficit to stun the previously unbeaten New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

Manning thrived under the fourth-quarter pressure that night, completing an improbable desperation heave to David Tyree before throwing the game-winning TD to Plaxico Burress en route to being named Super Bowl MVP.

Nearly 10 months later, Manning and the Giants were able to coast to another win.

"It was a totally different feel being here today, it is a different time," Manning said. "We are the away team - the crowd was against us, so it never really flashed back to (the Super Bowl).

"It was a total different atmosphere. We knew (Arizona) has been playing well, so we just focused on that."

Manning completed 26-of-33 passes Sunday for 240 yards while Domenik Hixon finished with 269 total yards for the Giants (10-1), who have won their last six games.

"We knew coming in we were going to have to throw the ball," Manning said. "They are good at stopping the run and we knew that would be there main focus."

In solidifying their spot atop the NFC East, the Giants also delayed a long-awaited postseason return for the Cardinals (7-4), who could have clinched the NFC West with a victory.

The Cardinals have not made the playoffs since 1998.

By virtue of losses from San Francisco and Seattle, Arizona needed to beat the Super Bowl champs to secure its first division title since 1975.

The Cardinals put themselves in good early position to wrap up a playoff berth, taking a trio of first-half leads. Arizona went ahead, 12-10, on Neil Rackers' 20-yard field goal with 3:49 remaining in the second quarter.

But despite playing without leading rusher Brandon Jacobs, who was inactive with a knee injury, and Burress, who missed most of the game with a hamstring injury, the Giants outscored the Cardinals by a 24-7 margin bridging the second and fourth quarters.

"Our guys, they say 'OK, we have an injury so we have to play at a higher level,'" Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "The one thing that occurred that was really good was Domenik had the full week of practice; he really did well."

While Manning operated with relative ease, Arizona's Kurt Warner was constantly harassed by New York's fierce pass rush.

A two-time league MVP and a former Giant, Warner finished 32-for-52 for 351 yards and a TD but also was intercepted once and lost a fumble. Both of Warner's turnovers led to touchdowns for the Giants.

"That is what you expect when you play a team like this," Warner said. "One of their strengths is their pass rush, so I will be sore for a couple of days."

Facing a 9-7 deficit midway through the second quarter, New York gained excellent field position thanks to the first of three long kickoff returns from Hixon, who raced 83 yards to set up John Carney's 33-yard field goal.

Arizona regained the lead on Neil Rackers' 20-yarder, but Hixon responded with a 68-yard return to the Cardinals' 32-yard line.

"One guy gets the stats, but the guys up front did a heck of a job," said Hixon, who served as Burress' primary replacement and finished with a team-leading six receptions. "Getting the reps in practice is a good thing because you have been there before."

New York took the lead for good six plays later on Manning's first TD - a 12-yard crossing route to Amani Toomer with 1:08 left in the first half.

After Warner lost a fumble at Arizona's 40-yard line on the opening drive of the second half, New York used a four-play drive to take a 24-12 lead. The march was punctuated by Manning's 2-yard TD to fullback Madison Hedgecock.

"I'd like to see what would have happened if we didn't turn the ball over twice and give them two big kickoffs," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "We left a number of plays out there today and against a good football team, you can't do that."

Arizona cut its deficit to 24-19 late in the third quarter on rookie Tim Hightower's second rushing TD of the contest.

But Manning, who completed 16-of-18 passes in the second half, orchestrated a 10-play, 80-yard drive capped by his 10-yard TD to tight end Kevin Boss that made it 31-19 with 11:15 remaining.

Carney made a 27-yard field goal with 6:17 left to give New York its biggest lead of the game at 34-19.

Derrick Ward, who handled the bulk of the workload in place of Jacobs, ran for 69 yards and a TD on 20 carries.

Justin Tuck had a sack while rookie Kenny Phillips finished with seven tackles for the Giants, who have won six of their last eight meetings with the Cardinals.

Anquan Boldin finished with 87 yards on 11 receptions for the Cardinals, who can win the NFC West with a victory at Philadelphia on Thanksgiving.

"You have to leave this game saying, 'I know we made some mistakes,'" Warner said. "But if we eliminate those mistakes and play our game, we can play with anyone in this league."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    NY GIANTS 0 17 7 13 37
    ARIZONA 3 9 7 10 29 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: ARI - FG, NEIL RACKERS 34 YD, 8:42. Drive: 13
    plays, 63 yards in 6:57. Key plays:
    Warner 17-yard pass to Breaston on
    3rd-and-9 to Arizona 39; Warner
    9-yard pass to Arrington on
    3rd-and-9 to A

    Nov 23 7:38 PM


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    FG ARI
    NEIL RACKERS 44 YD
    NY GIANTS 37
    ARIZONA 29 0:32 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Giants 37, Cardinals 29  4th - 0:32Nov 23 7:35 PM
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    Giants 37, Cardinals 29  4th - 0:32Nov 23 7:35 PM


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    FG NYG
    JOHN CARNEY 33 YD
    NY GIANTS 37
    ARIZONA 26 1:55 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Giants 37, Cardinals 26  4th - 1:55Nov 23 7:30 PM
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    TD ARI
    ANQUAN BOLDIN 5 YD PASS FROM KURT WARNER
    (NEIL RACKERS KICK)
    NY GIANTS 34
    ARIZONA 26 4:02 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Giants 34, Cardinals 26  4th - 4:02Nov 23 7:18 PM
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    FG NYG
    JOHN CARNEY 27 YD
    NY GIANTS 34
    ARIZONA 19 6:17 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Giants 34, Cardinals 19  4th - 6:17Nov 23 7:10 PM


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    TD NYG
    KEVIN BOSS 10 YD PASS FROM ELI MANNING
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NY GIANTS 31
    ARIZONA 19 11:15 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Giants 31, Cardinals 19  4th - 11:15Nov 23 6:55 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NY GIANTS 0 17 7 24
    ARIZONA 3 9 7 19 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: ARI - FG, NEIL RACKERS 34 YD, 8:42. Drive: 13
    plays, 63 yards in 6:57. Key plays:
    Warner 17-yard pass to Breaston on
    3rd-and-9 to Arizona 39; Warner
    9-yard pass to Arrington on
    3rd-and

    Nov 23 6:49 PM


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    TD ARI
    TIM HIGHTOWER 1 YD RUN
    (NEIL RACKERS KICK)
    NY GIANTS 24
    ARIZONA 19 0:49 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Giants 24, Cardinals 19  3rd - 0:49Nov 23 6:44 PM
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    TD NYG
    MADISON HEDGECOCK 2 YD PASS FROM ELI MANNING
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NY GIANTS 24
    ARIZONA 12 10:35 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Giants 24, Cardinals 12  3rd - 10:35Nov 23 6:11 PM


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    MISSED FG ARI
    NEIL RACKERS 68 YD ATTEMPT SHORT
    NY GIANTS 17
    ARIZONA 12 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

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    TD NYG
    AMANI TOOMER 12 YD PASS FROM ELI MANNING
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NY GIANTS 17
    ARIZONA 12 1:08 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Giants 17, Cardinals 12  2nd - 1:08Nov 23 5:33 PM


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    FG ARI
    NEIL RACKERS 20 YD
    NY GIANTS 10
    ARIZONA 12 3:49 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Giants 10, Cardinals 12  2nd - 3:49Nov 23 5:23 PM


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    FG NYG
    JOHN CARNEY 33 YD
    NY GIANTS 10
    ARIZONA 9 6:51 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Giants 10, Cardinals 9  2nd - 6:51Nov 23 5:14 PM


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    TIM HIGHTOWER 4 YD RUN
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    NY GIANTS 7
    ARIZONA 9 7:51 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Giants 7, Cardinals 9  2nd - 7:51Nov 23 5:04 PM


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    TD NYG
    DERRICK WARD 1 YD RUN
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NY GIANTS 7
    ARIZONA 3 11:38 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Giants 7, Cardinals 3  2nd - 11:38Nov 23 4:54 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    NY GIANTS 0 0
    ARIZONA 3 3 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: ARI - FG, NEIL RACKERS 34 YD, 8:42. Drive: 13
    plays, 63 yards in 6:57. Key plays:
    Warner 17-yard pass to Breaston on
    3rd-and-9 to Arizona 39; Warner
    9-yard pass to Arrington on
    3rd-and

    Nov 23 4:48 PM


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    FG ARI
    NEIL RACKERS 34 YD
    NY GIANTS 0
    ARIZONA 3 6:18 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Giants 0, Cardinals 3  1st - 6:18Nov 23 4:31 PM
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