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Sept 19, 7:30 pm (ABC) - Giants at New Orleans - relocated to Giants Stadium
Game 2
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Giants 14 7 3 3 27
Saints 0 10 0 0 10
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Giants win over the Saints 27-10.
Eli Manning went 13-of-24 for 165 yards and 1 touchdown.
Tiki Barber rushed for 83 yards on 22 attempts, and had 2 TDs.
Brandon Jacobs rushed for 5 yards on 3 attempts and had 1 TD.
Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Shockey each caught 5 passes, each for 64 yards.
Amani Toomer caught 2 passes for 31 yards.
Osi Umenyiora had 2 sacks.
Michael Strahan and Kendrick Clancy each had 1 sack.
Shaun Williams, Brent Alexander and Carlos Emmons each had interceptions.

Game Notes:
"You felt torn between these two teams. As a Giants fan, you wanted to see them win of course, but because of all
the events that have happened, you didn't want to see the Saints lose. Somehow, with the Saints opening the game with a trick play it seemed like they were trying to take advantage of the situation, and you lost some of that feeling. The Giants were right on top of that, recovering a fumble at the 10. Before you knew it, Brandon Jacobs was running the ball in for a 7-0 lead.
Both teams played hard, but the Giants played better and now we have a 2-0 record going into San Diego next week, and that will be a challenge for Eli Manning since they really have it in for him there."

Game Notes:
"The Saints self destructed a number of times, but make no mistake, the Giants played a tough hard game and earned this win. Most improved over last week was Eli Manning, and that was great to see. It was like night and day watching Eli Manning on the field. As composed as Aaron Brooks looked with the Saints, Eli Manning was right there with him. Considering how long each has been playing, that's a lot to say for Manning.
The Giants defense gave up 350 passing yards, but Brooks was throwing a lot, trying to get his team back from a 14-0 deficit. He threw 45 passes and completed 27 of them, along with 3 interceptions. The Giants defense held the Saints to just 72 yards on the ground and special teams played well. The Giants look like a well balanced strong team this year."

First Quarter

Play: Brandon Jacobs, 1 Yd run (Jay Feely kick is good), 13:25.
Drive: 3 plays, 10 yards in 1:28.

Play: Tiki Barber, 6 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Jay Feely kick is good), 4:13.
Drive: 11 plays, 76 yards in 5:55.

Second Quarter

Play: Joe Horn, 21 Yd pass from Aaron Brooks (John Carney kick is good), 14:11.
Drive: 8 plays, 86 yards in 5:02.

Play: Tiki Barber, 12 Yd run (Jay Feely kick is good), 1:54.
Drive: 4 plays, 41 yards in 1:33.

Play: John Carney 21 Yd, 0:05. Drive: 7 plays, 34 yards in 1:10.
GIANTS 21-10

Third Quarter
Play: Jay Feely 39 Yd, 7:48.
Drive: 4 plays, 20 yards in 2:36.
GIANTS 24-10
Fourth Quarter
Play: Jay Feely 30 Yd, 6:37.
Drive: 14 plays, 68 yards in 6:47.
GIANTS 27-10

Game Stats:
Total First Downs    15 23
   By Rushing 6 3
   By Passing 7 19
   By Penalty 2 1
Third Down Efficiency 5-12-42% 8-15-53%
Fourth Down Efficiency 0-0-0% 0-0-0%
Total Net Yards 257 422
   Total Offensive Plays (inc. times thrown passing) 53 71
   Average gain per offensive play 4.8 5.9
Net Yards Rushing 92 72
   Total Rushing Plays 29 22
   Average gain per rushing play 3.2 3.3
   Tackles for a loss-number and yards 3-7 1-1
Net Yards Passing 165 350
   Times thrown - yards lost attempting to pass 0-0 4-25
   Gross yards passing 165 375
Pass Attempts-Completions-Had Intercepted 24-13-0 45-27-3
   Avg gain per pass play (inc.# thrown passing) 6.9 7.1
Kickoffs Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks 6-2-1 3-0-0
Punts Number and Average 5-45.8 3-40.0
   Had Blocked 0 0
FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0
Net Punting Average 38.8 37.7
Total Return Average (Not Including Kickoffs) 37 35
   No. and Yards Punt Returns 2-7 4-35
   No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 3-37 5-76
   No. and Yards Interception Returns 3-30 0-0
Penalties Number and Yards 9-86 13-92
Fumbles Number and Lost 2-1 3-3
Touchdowns 3 1
   Rushing 2 0
   Passing 1 1
Extra Points Made-Attempts 3-3 1-1
   Kicking Made-Attempts 3-3 1-1
Field Goals Made-Attempts 2-2 1-2
Red Zone Efficiency 3-4-75% 0-3-0%
Goal To Go Efficiency 1-1-100% 0-2-0%
Safeties 0 0
Final Score 27 10
Time Of Possession 28:08 31:52

This was Tom Coughlin's first Monday night game as head coach of the Giants.

Eli Manning played against the team his father, Archie, quarterbacked in 1971-82.

Jay Feely kicked two field goals to increase his career total to an even 100.

Giants are 2-0 for the first time since 2000, when they finished 12-4 and won the NFC championship.

Giants were considered the visiting team for this New Orleans' rescheduled "home opener" at Giants Stadium.

The word "Saints" was painted in white in one end zone.
New Orleans musicians Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis performed the national anthem.
Irvin Mayfield played "America the Beautiful" on the trumpet.

Giants are 4-1 as visitors in Giants Stadium.
This is the first time they faced somebody other than the Jets as visitors in their own stadium.

Saints and Giants contributed $1 million of the proceeds from this game to the relief effort and the NFL Players Association announced that it will contribute $1 million to the Gulf Coast recovery effort.

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