1:00 pm (CBS) - Steelers at Giants
the Steelers winning the game 30-10.
Giants at 10-4 are atop the NFC East.
Collins passes for 333 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Tiki Barber scored his 6th rushing touchdown of
Giants held the Steelers to just 47 total yards
Giants look ready for the playoffs.
Giants win another one, their third in a row.
been a while since they won one at home, but this
game felt different from the start. It didn't take
the Giants long to score on the opening drive, and
then the Steelers got a penalty right away on their
opening kickoff return. They completed a short pass,
and a run, and then our defense confused them so
badly on their 3rd and 1, that they had to take
a timeout. The crowd got really into it, and we
had a lot of fun at the game. There were a lot of
big plays and the usual stuff that always seems
to happen only in a Giants game."
mean like that touchdown catch they didn't give
If I understand it right, he went out of the endzone,
but didn't get his feet back in bounds before he
caught the ball. It doesn't matter that he was never
actually standing out of bounds when he touched
the ball. He was in the air, and came down with
the ball inbounds, but it was still no good. Kerry
Collins was called for intentional grounding when
his pass went sailing out of the endzone. I don't
get that one. Like I said, this stuff only seems
to happen in a Giants game.
Also, the Giants called a challenge down by the
Steelers end zone when they thought Toomer had run
it in. It seemed like a good idea because they were
going to go for it on 4th down and would have used
a timeout anyway, but we lost some yardage on the
deal. It seems that they remarked where the ball
went down, so it was a bad idea to do the challenge
thing. Once again, only in a Giants game."
Hilliard made a good comeback after missing two
sure did. He's really exciting to watch on the field
once he gets the ball. After he scored a touchdown
on that spinning break-away run of his, some of
the older people near me started chanting 'I like
Ike, I like Ike', and they thought that was hilarious.
Like I said, the whole crowd, young and old was
really into this game. I'm just worried a bit about
Ike Hilliard. He seems to take an awful beating
the Giants can take the next two?
me see, they're at Dallas next week, and then I'm
back here with them for the Jaguars. Dallas isn't
really doing too well lately, and we looked really
good against the Steelers, so I think... No wait,
I don't want to say anything. I don't want to jinx
was a good solid game for the Giants.
Giants did what they usually do on defense. They
shut down the run, and as an added feature, they
improved on their pass rush. Every week the defense
is looking better. On offense, they did what they
don't usually do. Instead of running, Kerry Collins
passed the ball for over 300 yards, and it was only
the third time this season that they put 30 points
on the scoreboard."
Dixon was suspended for this game.
was a strong move by coach Fassel. He didn't know
how good Hilliard was going to be coming off his
injury, and Dixon could have made a difference in
this game. Dixon reportedly showed up ninety minutes
late for a meeting on Saturday, and Fassel had warned
him once before when he was late for the a Saturday
meeting, that he would be suspended if it happened
again, and the coach stuck with it. It costs him
one game's check (for Dixon, it's $11,352.94). Luckily,
as Gamegirl mentioned, Ike Hilliard did just fine.
Dixon had been handling kickoff returns. Omar Stoutmire
sure did a nice job filling in for him on that opening
Kerry Collins passed for 333
yards and two touchdowns.
"Yes, and the Giants showed that they can take
whatever the defense gives. That's what I liked
about this game. The passing game was working, so
they kept with it. Collins was very accurate with
his passes and the line gave him plenty of time.
It was a solid offensive performance, and as I said
before, the defense is only getting better.
Mike Barrow's name seems to be called all the time,
and our rookie pickup, Cornelius Griffin is playing
great in his first year. Shaun Williams had 7 tackles
this game, and Keith Hamilton had 3, and keeps the
quarterback on the run. Reserve DB Reggie Stephens
did great with 3 special-teams tackles. He ran down
QB Kordell Stewart on a scramble, and intercepted
a pass in the end zone.
Opposing teams always think that they can throw
on cornerback Dave Thomas, but it never really works
out for them. Sehorn is playing like he never broke
his rib a few short weeks ago. Fassel seems to have
solved the special teams problems. I'd say the Giants
are about as ready as they'll ever be for a playoff
Anything you didn't you like?
the Giants on a 'prevent defense'. We all know why
they use it, but look, the Steelers took only 4
minutes to march down from their 27 yard line to
the Giants 9, and then, luckily,
Kordell Stewart threw a pass for an interception
in the endzone. On Pittsburgh's next series, they
started with good field position on their own 46,
and 1:14 later had a touchdown. If you remember
last week against the Redskins, the Giants were
trying to protect their lead without giving up 'the
big one', and Jeff George marched his team downfield
pretty fast. The Giants have to work on this."
Giants - Kerry Collins 24-35 for 333 yards, 2 TD,
Steelers - Kordell Stewart 20-34 for 224 yards,
1 TD, 1 INT.
Giants - Amani Toomer 1-28, Tiki Barber 12-22, Ron
Dayne 11-20, Jason Garrett 2- (-2).
Steelers - Jerome Bettis 17-39, Kordell Stewart
Giants - Amani Toomer 9-136, Ike Hilliard 5-90,
Tiki Barber 6-75, Pete Mitchell 2-25, Joe Jurevicius
1-6, Greg Comella 1-1.
- Bobby Shaw 6-88, Hines Ward 6-64, Troy Edwards
1-25, Will Blackwell 2-23, Dan Kreider 2-10, Courtney
Hawkins 2-7, Jerome Bettis 1-7..
Giants - Reggie Stephens 1 for 0.
Giants - Omar Stoutmire 1 for 47, Greg Comella 1
for 11, Reggie Stephens 1 for 0.
Steelers - Will Blackwell 2 for 42, Hank Poteat
5 for 89.
Giants - Tiki Barber 3 for 28.
Steelers - Kris Brown 36, 44.
Giants - Shaun Williams 7-1-0, Jessie Armstead 3-4-1,
Ryan Phillips 2-5-0, Jason Sehorn 5-1-0, Michael
Barrow 2-3-0, Keith Hamilton 3-0-0, Cedric Jones
3-0-1, Emmanuel Mcdaniel 3-0-0, Reggie Stephens
3-0-0, Sam Garnes 2-0-0, Cornelius Griffin 2-0-0,
Dave Thomas 2-0-0, Lyle West 2-0-0, Christian Peter
1-1-0, Michael Strahan 1-1-0.
Steelers - Earl Holmes 9-2-0, Dewayne Washington
8-0-0, Chad Scott 6-1-0, Levon Kirkland 5-2-0, Brent
Alexander 5-2-0, Ainsley Battles 4-1-1, Lethon Flowers
3-1-0, Aaron Smith 2-1-0, Kimo Von Oelhoffen 1-2-0,
Kevin Henry 1-2-0, Jason Gildon 2-0-0, Joey Porter
0-2-0, Kendrick Clancy 0-1-0.
Giants - 68
Steelers - 47
Steelers - 217
Time of Possession
Steelers - 27:46
NYG - Brad Daluiso 38 Yard Field Goal, 12:54.
N.Y. Giants 3-0
NYG - Brad Daluiso 40 Yard Field
Goal, 14:47. N.Y. Giants 6-0
NYG - Tiki Barber 3 Yard TD Run (Brad Daluiso
Extra Point), 8:27. N.Y. Giants 13-0
PIT - Kris Brown 32 Yard Field Goal, 0:35.
N.Y. Giants 13-3
NYG - Ike Hilliard 9 Yard TD Pass from Kerry
Collins (Brad Daluiso Extra Point), 5:24. N.Y. Giants
NYG - Brad Daluiso 21 Yard Field Goal, 13:27.
N.Y. Giants 23-3
NYG - Amani Toomer 2 Yard TD Pass from Kerry
Collins (Brad Daluiso Extra Point), 2:34. N.Y. Giants
PIT - Bobby Shaw 5 Yard TD Pass from Kordell
Stewart (Kris Brown Extra Point), 1:04. N.Y. Giants
Collins has passed for 3,149 this year, and has
19 TDs. Both are personal highs.
Simms was the last Giants quarterback to pass for
more than 3,000 yards in a season in 1993 with 3,038.
Fassel is 3-6 for the year and 3-9 for his career
Maynard punted just once yesterday, the first time
that has happened for the Giants since 1995.
their 10 victories, the Giants have outscored their
opponents, 118-19, in the first half.
Steelers were the 6th team the Giants have held
to less than 50 yards on the ground.
Giants would clinch a playoff spot next weekend
even if they lose in Dallas if Detroit loses to
win over the Cowboys clinches a playoff berth and
the NFC division title. Then a win the following
week over the Jaguars would clinch a bye.
17, Giants at Dallas, 8PM (ESPN)