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Sept 25, 8:30 pm (FOX) - Giants at San Diego
Game 3
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Giants 3 17 0 3 23
Chargers 7 14 14 10 45
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Giants lose to the Saints 45-23.
Eli Manning went 24-of-41 for 352 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Tiki Barber rushed for 60 yards on 15 attempts.
Jeremy Shockey caught 6 passes for 101 yards.
Plaxico Burress caught 5 passes for 52 yards and 1 TD.
David Tryee caught 5 passes for 52 yards and 1 TD.
Amani Toomer caught 4 passes for 84 yards.

Game Notes:
"In the first drive, the Giants looked hot. You had to wonder that if Coughlin hadn't benched Plaxico Burress maybe they would have come away with 7 points instead of 3 and that looked big with the halftime score at 21-20. In the end, I guess it really didn't. Our defense couldn't stop them from scoring after that. Jeremy Shockey made some great catches in this game, especially that one that got us to the San Diego 4 yard line with 2 minutes left in the half.
Despite the fact that Manning was booed bigtime, he personally had a great game. Anyway, all the big deal about going to San Diego is over and done. The next time these two teams are scheduled to meet is at Giants stadium in 2009."

Game Notes:
"After two games, Eli Manning had completed 23 of 47 passes for 337 yards. He had 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Manning said, 'It is nowhere near what I think I can do. I am just learning to feel a little more comfortable in the huddle.' Even though there was no chance for him to feel comfortable in San Diego, he looked like a seasoned quarterback.
The Chargers were tough against the Giants running game all night, and even Brandon Jacobs couldn't make his usual 3rd down and 1. That put even more pressure on Manning who had to deal with many 3rd and long situations and he did that well. Manning was very alert. He stepped up in the pocket when he sensed trouble and he scrambled around when he had to.
On defense, the Giants couldn't stop Charger quarterback Drew Brees who completed almost every pass. They couldn't even stop running back LaDainian Tomlinson when he threw a pass or when he was running. The Giants lost this one, but Manning's performance was the one bright spot you've been looking for. He finished 24-for-41 for 352 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions."

First Quarter

Play: Jay Feely 22 Yd, 8:28.
Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards in 6:32.

Play: LaDainian Tomlinson, 1 Yd run (Nate Kaeding kick is good), 4:23.
Drive: 8 plays, 65 yards in 4:05.
Second Quarter

Play: Keenan McCardell, 15 Yd pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick is good), 13:05.
Drive: 7 plays, 85 yards in 3:55..

Play: LaDainian Tomlinson, 3 Yd run (Nate Kaeding kick is good), 9:35.
Drive: 6 plays, 62 yards in 2:46..

Play: Plaxico Burress, 5 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Jay Feely kick is good), 3:34.
Drive: 9 plays, 65 yards in 6:01..

Play: David Tyree, 4 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Jay Feely kick is good), 1:55.
Drive: 2 plays, 34 yards in 0:18..

Play: Jay Feely 40 Yd, 0:11. Drive: 8 plays, 58 yards in 1:12.

Third Quarter

Play: Keenan McCardell, 26 Yd pass from LaDainian Tomlinson (Nate Kaeding kick is good), 13:08.
Drive: 4 plays, 70 yards in 1:52.

Play: Antonio Gates, 14 Yd pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick is good), 2:59.
Drive: 11 plays, 77 yards in 6:48.
Fourth Quarter

Play: Jay Feely 28 Yd, 12:14. Drive: 16 plays, 59 yards in 5:45.

Play: LaDainian Tomlinson, 5 Yd run (Nate Kaeding kick is good), 8:30.
Drive: 6 plays, 39 yards in 3:44.

Play: Nate Kaeding 44 Yd, 3:55.
Drive: 5 plays, 65 yards in 2:38.

Game Stats:
Total First Downs    23 25
   By Rushing 5 12
   By Passing 16 12
   By Penalty 2 1
Third Down Efficiency 8-15-53% 5-8-63%
Fourth Down Efficiency 0-0-0% 0-0-0%
Total Net Yards 424 485
   Total Offensive Plays (inc. times thrown passing) 66 56
   Average gain per offensive play 6.4 8.7
Net Yards Rushing 86 268
   Total Rushing Plays 23 33
   Average gain per rushing play 3.7 8.1
   Tackles for a loss-number and yards 3-13 0-0
Net Yards Passing 338 217
   Times thrown - yards lost attempting to pass 2-14 0-0
   Gross yards passing 352 217
Pass Attempts-Completions-Had Intercepted 41-24-0 23-20-0
   Avg gain per pass play (inc.# thrown passing) 7.9 9.4
Kickoffs Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks 6-1-1 8-1-1
Punts Number and Average 4-44.0 2-42.5
   Had Blocked 0 0
FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0
Net Punting Average 41.5 43.5
Total Return Average (Not Including Kickoffs) -2 10
   No. and Yards Punt Returns 1--2 2-10
   No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 7-161 5-134
   No. and Yards Interception Returns 0-0 0-0
Penalties Number and Yards 12-83 7-50
Fumbles Number and Lost 2-1 1-1
Touchdowns 2 6
   Rushing 0 3
   Passing 2 3
Extra Points Made-Attempts 2-2 6-6
   Kicking Made-Attempts 2-2 6-6
Field Goals Made-Attempts 3-3 1-1
Red Zone Efficiency 2-5-40% 5-5-100%
Goal To Go Efficiency 2-2-100% 3-3-100%
Safeties 0 0
Final Score 23 45
Time Of Possession 29:55 30:05


Chargers Drew Brees went 19-for-22 for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Chargers LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 3 touchdowns and threw for another.
LaDainian Tomlinson's 192 rushing yards was the 3rd-highest total ever given up by the Giants.

Buffalo's Terry Miller rushed for 208 yards in a 41-17 Bills victory on Nov. 26, 1978.
The record for rushing yards against the Giants is 215, set by Cliff Battles of the Boston Redskins on Oct. 8, 1933. That was the first 200-yard rushing game in NFL history.

Chargers punted just twice in this game.

Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress did not start because he was late for two team meetings last week.

Tim Carter making his first start since Nov. 30, 2003.had a 44-yard catch - the longest of his career.

LB Nick Greisen forced a fumble that set up a touchdown.
DE Osi Umenyiora recovered the fumble.

Eli Manning had a career-high 352 passing yards.
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