3, 1:00 pm (FOX 5) - Arizona Cardinals at New York
Tiki Barber scored the first and second TDs of the
Emmanuel McDaniel came up with 2 INTs.
Ron Dayne ran for 78 yards and got his first NFL
win the fourth season opener under head coach Jim
was some wild day for an opening game.
Barber sure called it with that 'thunder and lightning'
stuff he talked about. We had it both on and off
the field! Remind me from now on to wear something
a little heavier next time, no matter how hot it
seems to be. I don't really care to be a wet tee-shirt
attraction in the stands. I'd rather everyone's
eyes were looking towards the field instead of on
doubt that would stop them Gamegirl.
now, thanks for the compliment. You know it was
really hot and the air was thick at the stadium,
and it even felt good to get a little bit rained
on at first, but then it got worse. I was watching
them pull the players off the field and was wondering
how about us? We were no safer in the stands. The
whole place ducked for cover. The only thing that
made it OK was that the Giants were winning at the
that was something different.
it seems a win was a long time coming. I almost
wish I didn't read Mikefan's pregame review, because
I knew how bad a shape the Cards were coming into
this game, and even though it took the edge off,
I was still happy when the Giants won. If they had
lost this one, I would have felt miserable, more
miserable than just being drenched in the stands."
favorite player of the game?
that's easy. Tiki Barber of course. He did it all,
reverse field running, catching passes, and that
one long 78 yard touchdown run. He had scored one
touchdown before that. Tiki was easily the MVP for
what's your take on the Giants this year?
feel a whole lot better than last week, watching
us lose one preseason game after another. I guess
the Giants knew what they were doing, using the
preseason games for practice which is what they
are really intended for.
We can't say right now if the Giants are really
a strong team based on this one game against the
Cards, but they did seem to have a more balanced
attack, and the defense wasn't on the field the
I think Dallas is weaker than last year, and if
we can beat the Eagles I think there's a playoff
shot no matter how we do against the Redskins. As
for next week, I usually love coming out to the
stadium, but I'll welcome the away break, and I
plan to be watching the Giants - Eagles game in
complete comfort at home."
said you had a list of things to watch for in this
two big things were, could Ron Dayne bring his skills
to the playing field as he moves up a notch to the
NFL, and can the undisputed first string quarterback,
Kerry Collins lead this team to the playoffs?
I'd say the answers are yes and yes to those first
two. The Giants really need a power running back.
Ron was very good in his first NFL game and he's
only going to get better. Coupling Tiki Barber with
him, mixing up the running game will keep many defenses
on their heels, and worn out by the fourth quarter.
Kerry Collins seemed totally relaxed and in charge
in his role today, which seemed to be mostly in
support of the running game. Still, whenever it
was called for, he made whatever pass plays he wanted.
I almost felt that the receivers wished they got
to see more action this game, but the passing game
took the backseat to the running game today.
'thunder and lightning' works so well it cuts out
the passing game?
just say that 'thunder and lightning' worked better
for the Giants than it did for Gamegirl. Hey, sometimes
there's an advantage to watching that game on the
big screen. I was nice and dry, and when they had
that 22 minute weather break in the game, the FOX
station switched over to the Redskins - Panthers
game. It was really something to see Bruce Smith
in action for a little while. Also, I thought it
was interesting at one point when the announcer
mentioned that Tiki Barber was having the 'game
of his life'. I guess it slipped his mind that Tiki
single handedly blew away the Cowboys in that first
season game against them last year.
As for the Giants gameplan, the run was working
so they kept with it. In future games, if the opposition
overbalances their resources to stop the run, I'm
sure you'll see the lightning switch to Kerry Collins'
arm, and it will strike all over the field.
were the others things you were watching for?
Michael Strahan record sacks like he did in 1998?
Will physically fit, Jason Sehorn play up to what
he's really capable of, and if he does, will cornerback
Dave Thomas be able to hold up on his side of the
I have no clear answer on Michael Strahan from today's
game. There was good pressure from the defense all
game, but they weren't able to get to the quarterback.
Then again, Jake Plummer is a pretty mobile quarterback.
He finished with 28 completions in 49 attempts for
312 yards. Jake did get sacked by Mike Barrow when
they were trying to come back late in the fourth
quarter, but mostly he was able to break from the
pocket and get passes off.
Sehorn had a real nice game. He led the team with
eight tackles and two defensed passes. It's only
one game, but if he stays healthy, I'd say he's
Dave Thomas held up well. Near the end of the game,
that pass somehow got through him. It's hard to
believe how it did. There was hardly any room behind
Thomas in the endzone, but somehow it got by him
for the touchdown. The Cards needed to go for two,
and they tried it against Dave Thomas, and he blocked
it away. I think he'll be fine."
else on the game?
"The whole offensive front line did their job
well this game. They made holes for the runners
and blocked just fine for Collins all day. It was
a great team effort. I can't leave out Emmanuel
McDaniel, who made his presence known throughout
this game. He had three tackles and two interceptions.
Letting the Cards catch up like they did, getting
two touchdowns in a span of 1:23 late in the fourth
quarter shows there are some weaknesses.
Special teams still needs a little work. The Cards
were able to exploit them a few times, and the Giants
have to watch the penalties."
Giants were lucky to open the season against Arizona.
The Cards weren't in the best of shape for this
game and it showed. The Giants held the Cards to
only 43 yards, and quarterback Jake Plummer got
18 of those yards. If they can do anything near
that against Duce Staley next week, it would be
Giants - Kerry Collins 17-25 for 172 yards, 1 INT.
Cards - Jake Plummer 28-49 for 318 yards, 3 INT.
Giants - Tiki Barber 13-144, Ron Dayne 23-78, Kerry
Cards - Jake Plummer 4-18, Thomas Jones 12-16, Michael
Giants - Ike Hilliard 3-62, Greg Comella 5-42, Amani
Toomer 4-35, Tiki Barber 3-25, Daniel Campbell 1-10,
Ron Dayne 1--2.
- David Boston 9-128, Frank Sanders 5-78, Michael
Pittman 6-71, Thomas Jones 4-18, MarTay Jenkins
1-13, Mac Cody 1-8, Joel Makovicka 2-2.
Giants - Emmanuel McDaniel 2 for 2 yards, Shaun
Williams 1 for 40 yards.
Cards - Kwamie Lassiter 1 for 11 yards.
Giants - Kerry Collins.
Cards - Chris Dishman.
Giants - Micheal Barrow.
Cards - Aeneas Williams.
Giants - Jason Sehorn 8-0-0, Shaun Williams 6-1-0,
Micheal Barrow 6-0-1, Jessie Armstead 3-3-0, Sam
Garnes 4-1-0, Cedric Jones 4-0-0, Emmanuel McDaniel
3-0-0, Christian Peter 3-0-0, Dave Thomas 3-0-0,
Lyle West 3-0-0, Keith Hamilton 1-2-0, Michael Strahan
0-2-0, Ryan Phillips 1-0-0, Pete Monty 0-1-0.
Cards - Tom Knight 7-4-0, Rob Fredrickson 4-4-0,
Ronald McKinnon 6-1-0, Raynoch Thompson 6-0-0, Tony
McCoy 5-1-0, Pat Tillman 4-2-0, Aeneas Williams
4-1-0, Corey Sears 2-3-0, Kwamie Lassiter 3-1-0,
Jabari Issa 2-1-0, Corey Chavous 2-0-0, Justin Lucas
2-0-0, Mark Smith 2-0-0, David Barrett 1-0-0, Brad
Giants - 223
Cards - 43
Cards - 312
Cards - 28:30
NYG - Barber 10 Yard TD Run (Daluiso Extra
Point), 0:24. N.Y. Giants 7-0
NYG - Barber 78 Yard TD Run (Daluiso
Extra Point), 9:50. NY Giants 14-0
ARI - Blanchard 32 Yard Field Goal, 0:05.
NY Giants 14-3
NYG - Dayne 7 Yard TD Run (Daluiso Extra
Point), 7:33. NY Giants 21-3
ARI - Boston 9 Yard TD Pass from Plummer
(Blanchard Extra Point), 2:00. NY Giants 21-10
ARI - Boston 25 Yard TD Pass from Plummer
(Plummer Pass Failed), 0:39. NY Giants 21-16
10, Giants at Philadelphia, 1PM FOX
unusual is a lightning delay in a football game?
NFL spokesman Joe Browne said there were two other
lightning delays in NFL history. A game at Giants
Stadium between the Jets and Colts was delayed 32
minutes on Sept. 8, 1996, while a contest in Kansas
City between the Seattle Seahawks and Chiefs was
delayed 54 minutes on Oct. 4, 1998.
Barber facts - The 78 yard touchdown in the second
quarter, was the longest run of his career. It was
the fourth longest scoring run in Giants history.
The two touchdown runs were Tiki's first since his
rookie season of 1997.