Sun Dec 1, !:00 pm (CBS) - Tennessee at Giants
| Game 12
Giants lose in overtime
to the Titans 32-29.
Kerry Collins completed 22 of 36 passes for 283 yards, and 2 TDs.
Tiki Barber had a long 42 yard run, and a 1 yard touchdown run.
Amani Toomer had 5 catches for 104 yards.
Ron Dixon had 5 catches for 93 yards.
Jeremy Shockey had 7 catches for 71 yards.
Michael Strahan had one sack and forced a fumble.
Matt Bryant had three field goals of 38, 36, and 19 yards.
This is not your favorite football weather.
"You know it. I can't believe over 70,000 people froze their butts off to see the Giants lose like that. I'm so disappointed. Things
weren't looking so good in the first half, but they kept coming up with plays when we needed them. The Giants were ahead 10-7 right near the end of the half, but the defense let them come
back and score a go ahead touchdown, all on about four plays with less than a minute and a half left."
The Giants had only 88 yards at the half, and Tennessee had 188.
"Tennessee had totally shut down Tiki Barber in the first half, and Toomer had only one catch, but it was a big one for 26 yards. Jeremy Shockey had most of the catches at that point,
and they went to Ron Dixon a few times. We were only down by four, and kept coming up with some big plays. Delvin Joyce had good returns and gave us good field position.
I kind of felt we would win this one, especially the way they started off the third quarter. They scored a touchdown in less than a minute using Toomer and Dixon, and after our defense had
them three and out, Fassel decided to feature Ron Dayne catching the ball along with Dixon, and that lead to a field goal. The defense held again, and Tiki was back. He opened the drive with
a 42 yard run, and he ended it with a 1 yard touchdown run. That drive took us into the fourth quarter, Collins had completed passes to Dixon and Shockey, and we were up 26-14. Things were
going our way, even though we missed the 2 point attempt."
That turned out to be a big mistake.
"It sure was. The Titans came up with two touchdowns to our one field goal, and they tied it up on their two point conversion. Then
they went on to win in overtime. It's too bad, because all in all, the team played pretty good, and we really needed that game."
What happened to the Giants rushing game in the first half?
"It looked like the Titans were focused on shutting down Tiki Barber and Amani Toomer. The Giants had minus six net yards rushing on 11 attempts, but Collins was successful passing
for 94 yards. Five of his nine completions went to Jeremy Shockey, and two to Ron Dixon. Toomer did catch one, and Dan Campbell got free in the endzone to catch that 1 yard touchdown pass.
So while the Titans were effective shutting down their main targets on offense, the Giants were adjusting to it well.
In the beginning of the second half, the Giants were moving the ball and scoring, but then the defense started giving up too many yards per play. The Titans ended up with 476 total yards.
We know what you're going to say about the fourth quarter.
"Right, and it sounds like this. Two points - NO, Two points - NO.
Don't ever, ever, ever, ever, go for the two point conversion, unless you're somewhere near the last part of the fourth quarter. That's about the only time you can guess at where the score
is going to be at. I don't care what the "chart" says. Before that, always, always take the sure one point conversion.
The Giants scored, and if they had gone for the extra point they would have had 27 and been up by 13 points instead of 12. Tennessee scored with about seven minutes left in the game, and with
the score 27-20 the Titans still would have kicked the extra point to make it 27-21. The Giants got their field goal and hey, that would have been enough to win this one. The Titans would
have been down by 9 instead of 8 and they didn't have time for two scores.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. For a few hundred grand, I'm available to any team as the 'Two Point Coach'. I'll save maybe a few games a year when they call me over and ask if
they should go for the two, but if you want to save that cash, mostly the answer will be NO."
So where do the Giants go from here?
"The Eagles won their game, so they're 9-3, and the Giants are 6-6. If the Eagles lose the next three to Seattle, Washington and Dallas, and the Giants win theirs against Washington,
Dallas, and Indianapolis, we'll be all tied up at 9-6. Then the Giants will just have to beat the Eagles in the last game of the season to become the NFC East division champs. Got it?"
|Tiki Barber 22-64, Ron Dayne 1-2, Kerry Collins 2-MINUS 4.
|Kerry Collins 22-36 for 283 yards, 0 INT, 2 TD.
|Amani Toomer 5-104, Ron Dixon 5-93, Jeremy Shockey 7-71, Ron Dayne 3-12, Tiki Barber 1-2, Dan Campbell 1-1.
|Jason Sehorn 9-2-0, Shaun Williams 8-1-0, Dhani Jones 8-2-0, Omar Stoutmire 6-1-0, Brandon Short 6-0-0, Michael Strahan 5-1-1, Lance Legree 4-0-0, Will Allen
3-0-0, Michael Barrow 3-0-0, Kevin Lewis 2-0-0, Reggie Stephens 1-0-0, Frank Ferrara 1-0-0, Ralph Brown 1-0-0.
|Opponents Fumbles Recovered
|Eddie George 20-64, Steve McNair 4-38, Robert Holcombe 7-24, Justin McCareins 1-16.
|Steve McNair 30-43 for 334 yards, 0 INT, 3 TD.
|Derrick Mason 12-116, Drew Bennett 4-65, John Simon 2-44, Justin McCareins 4-29, Frank Wycheck 3-24, Eddie George 2-19, Eddie Berlin 1-14, Robert Holcombe 1-13,
Erron Kinney 1-10.
|Randall Godfrey 7-0-0, Keith Bulluck 6-1-0, Andre Dyson 5-0-0, Peter Sirmon 5-2-0, Tank Williams 4-2-0, Lance Schulters 3-2-0, Carlos Hall 3-0-1, John Thornton
2-0-0, Donald Mitchell 2-0-0, Aric Morris 2-0-0, Robaire Smith 2-0-0, Juqua Thomas 1-0-0, Kevin Carter 1-0-0.
|Missed Field Goals
|Joe Nedney 54
| First Quarter
| NEW YORK - FIELD GOAL(3:53)
Play: MATT BRYANT 38 YD
Drive: 7 plays, 17 yards in 2:20
•Dh Jones recovery of McNair fumble at Tennessee 37
•Collins 14-yard pass to Dixon plus 5-yard face mask penalty on Titans' Bulluck on 3rd-and-11 to Tennessee 19
NY GIANTS 3-0
| TENNESSEE - TOUCHDOWN (2:58)
Play: DERRICK MASON 6 YD PASS FROM STEVE MCNAIR (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
Drive: 18 plays, 86 yards in 9:29
•McNair 13-yard pass to Holcombe on 3rd-and-7 to Tennessee 45
•Holcombe 3-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to New York 43
•McNair 9-yard pass to Mason on 4th-and-5 to New York 19
•McNair 2-yard run on 4th-and-1 to New York 8
NEW YORK - TOUCHDOWN (13:56)
Play: DAN CAMPBELL 1 YD PASS FROM KERRY COLLINS (MATT BRYANT KICK)
Drive: 10 plays, 55 yards in 4:52
•Collins 26-yard pass to Toomer on 3rd-and-6 to Tennessee 15
•29-yard pass Interference penalty on Titans' A Dyson on 3rd-and-25 to Tennessee 1
NY GIANTS 10-7
TENNESSEE - TOUCHDOWN (14:37)
Play: DREW BENNETT 26 YD PASS FROM STEVE MCNAIR (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
Drive: 4 plays, 63 yards in 0:51
•McNair 13-yard run to midfield
•McNair 24-yard pass to Mason to New York 26
|NEW YORK - TOUCHDOWN (0:57)
Play: RON DIXON 24 YD PASS FROM KERRY COLLINS (MATT BRYANT KICK)
Drive: 3 plays, 62 yards in 0:57
•Collins 25-yard pass to Toomer plus 15-yard facemask penalty on Titans' Morris to Tennessee 24
NY GIANTS 17-14
NEW YORK - FIELD GOAL(6:16)
Play: MATT BRYANT 36 YD
Drive: 7 plays, 40 yards in 3:00
•Collins 8-yard pass to Dayne to Tennessee 48
•Collins 28-yard pass to Dixon to Tennessee 20
NY GIANTS 20-14
NEW YORK - TOUCHDOWN (0:45)
Play: TIKI BARBER 1 YD RUN (TWO-POINT CONVERSION FAILED)
Drive: 9 plays, 88 yards in 4:47
•Barber 42-yard run to Tennessee 46
•Barber 12-yard run to Tennessee 29
•Collins 7-yard pass to Toomer on 3rd-and-4 to Tennessee 16
•5-yard pass interference penalty on Titans' T Williams on 3rd-and-6 to Tennessee 1
NY GIANTS 26-14
TENNESSEE - TOUCHDOWN (7:26)
Play: EDDIE GEORGE 1 YD RUN (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
Drive: 14 plays, 72 yards in 6:41
•McNair 12-yard run on 3rd-and-10 to Tennessee 40
•McNair 21-yard pass to Simon on 3rd-and-9 to New York 26
•McNair 13-yard pass to Mason to New York 10
NY GIANTS 26-21
NEW YORK - FIELD GOAL(12:39)
Play: MATT BRYANT 19 YD
Drive: 12 plays, 78 yards in 5:13
•Collins 21-yard pass to Shockey to New York 41
•Collins 12-yard pass to Toomer to Tennessee 36
•Collins 34-yard pass to Toomer to Tennessee 1
NY GIANTS 29-21
TENNESSEE - TOUCHDOWN (14:51)
Play: FRANK WYCHECK 9 YD PASS FROM STEVE MCNAIR (STEVE MCNAIR RUN FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION)
Drive: 12 plays, 81 yards in 2:12
•McNair 5-yard pass to Mason on 3rd-and-2 to Tennessee 46
•McNair 14-yard pass to Berlin on 3rd-and-10 to New York 40
•McNair 11-yard run to New York 29
•McNair 20-yard pass to Bennett to New York 9
| TENNESSEE - FIELD GOAL(5:00)
Play: JOE NEDNEY 38 YD
Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards in 2:05
•McNair 12-yard pass to Bennett to Tennessee 32
•McNair 23-yard pass to Simon to New York 45
•McNair 12-yard pass to Mason to New York 33
•Holcombe 14-yard run to New York 19
|| NY GIANTS
|Total Net Yards
| Total plays
| Average gain
|Net Yards Rushing
| Average per rush
|Net Yards Passing
| Yards per pass
| Sacked-yards lost
| Had intercepted
|Time Of Possession
Michael Strahan set up Bryant's early 38-yard field goal by sacking McNair and forcing a fumble that Dhani Jones recovered at the Titans 37.
Michael Strahan has at least half a sack in 10 straight games, tying an NFL record held Jevon Kearse (1999) and Simon Fletcher (1991).
Jeremy Shockey's seven catches set a Giants rookie record of 49, surpassing Bobby Johnson's 48 in 1984.
Six of Tiki Barber's first 10 rushes were for minus yards.
Barber finished with 22 carries for 64 yards.
Jason Sehorn had a game-high 11 tackles, including nine unassisted.
Giants rushing for 62 yards was their lowest output since last season's loss at Minnesota.
One play into the third quarter, Tiki Barber had minus-6 yards on 11 carries.
Barber finished with 64 yards on 22 carries, most of which came on a 42-yard run.
Titans Eddie George got the 4 yards he needed to surpass the mark of 8,574, set by Earl Campbell from 1978-84, when the team was known as the Houston
Steve McNair (30-of-43 for 334 yards) is the first QB this season to pass for more than 300 yards against the Giants.
The last time the Giants lost after leading by 12 or more points in the fourth quarter was Sept. 10, 1995, when the Chiefs beat them, 20-17, in overtime
after they led 17-3.
Giants' 29 points were the most scored in defeat under Jim Fassel.
Tennessee's 476 yards were the most against the Giants since Nov. 13, 1988 (495, Phoenix Cardinals).
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