The New York Giants, who have been plagued by bad misfortune early this season, got some things to go their way Monday night. But, they weren’t immune to the injury bug.
Big Blue took advantage of the turnovers and missed opportunities by St. Louis and defeated the Rams 28-16 at Metlife Stadium. Eli Manning started the game with another interception, but settled down to throw two touchdowns for 200 yards for the Giants (1-1). Linebacker Michael Boley took a botched lateral by Sam Bradford and ran it back 65 yards for the score. Dominik Hixon made a circus catch in the end zone to take a 21-6 lead into halftime.
Brandon Jacobs added a touchdown run in the third quarter as he and Ahmad Bradshaw combined for 109 rushing yards. Bradshaw also chipped in 45 receiving yards as well.
Bradford had incredible difficulty throughout the game to get the ball in the end zone for the Rams (0-2). The young quarterback put up some impressive stats (22-46, 331 yards, 1 TD) but could not get the job done in the red zone, failing to convert three out of four times inside the 20. St. Louis fumbled the ball twice, including on a punt return that allowed the Giants a possession to put some padding on the lead.
The injuries of Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola last week proved to be detrimental for Bradford and the rest of the St. Louis offense. The Rams also were plagued by eight penalties for 85 yards.
However, the Giants (1-1) could not escape unharmed, both Domenik Hixon and Mario Manningham left the game due to injuries. Manningham left the game with a concussion after making three catches for 59 yards. His status is unknown for next week’s game against the Eagles is uncertain.
Hixon hurt his knee after making the miraculous touchdown catch in the second quarter. He tried to return in the second half, but came out again and had his knee heavily wrapped. Hixon’s status will be determined during the week.
New York looks to add to their momentum by taking on NFC East rival Philadelphia who may or may not have quarterback Michael Vick available (mild concussion) for next Sunday. With the unpredictibility that the NFC East has had so far, this could already be a must win game in week three.
About the Author
Written by Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan is a Staten Island, NY native who is a graduate of SUNY-Cortland, majoring in sport management. At Cortland, he was the sports editor of the student-run newspaper The Dragon Chronicle for both his junior and senior year. He interned for the sports producer and sports anchor Bruce Beck at WNBC-4 Sports in New York City for their 6:00 and 11:00 news programs. Also, he interned in the summer of 2010 for the New York Jets as a sports writer for their website during their training camp which was shown on HBO's Hard Knocks program. Assignments included writing feature stories that were included on both newyorkjets.com and the Jets Playbook given out to the fans at the game. Most recently, he was a broadcast assistant with the NBA for the 2010-2011 season. Chris is a Yankees, Giants, Knicks and Rangers fan.