Sept 15, 4:00 pm FOX - Giants at Rams
| Game 2
Giants upset the Rams 26-21.
Collins completed 14 of his first 15 passes.
He was 22-for-26 for 307 yards yards.
Jason Sehorn scored his 5th career TD on a 31-yard INT.
Jeremy Shockey scored his 1st career touchdown.
Kenny Holmes logged the Giants first sack of the season.
Will Peterson had one interception.
Matt Bryant made field goals of 20, 32, 34, and 25 yards.
Ike Hilliard had 4 catches for 97 yards.
Amani Toomer had 4 catches for 92 yards.
The Giants come away with their first win of the season.
"Yes they did, and really, the Rams shouldn't feel bad losing to the Giants. There's going to be a lot of teams losing to them this year. The Giants looked real good in their first game against the Niners even though they lost, and I think they've proved with this win that they're going to be a tough team to beat."
Sehorn scored a touchdown.
"You know he's my favorite, and it was so fitting that he got that interception and touchdown after putting up with the Rams head coach Mike Martz saying that he's overrated and that he'd like to line the Rams up against Sehorn every day of the week. I think Jason showed some class by not showboating in the endzone after scoring."
What did you think of Jeremy Shockey?
"We need to see much more of this guy. It's a wonder that they don't have more passes going his way. I still think the Giants don't understand that you're supposed to throw to the tight end. Even when they had Pete Mitchell they didn't use him enough. Did you see Shockey on the sideline looking crazed when they didn't call his number for a play?
Maybe they just don't want to put too much pressure on a rookie in his first few games, or maybe they're waiting to explode Shockey on a division rival like the Cowboys in game 5. You know there's a big game in Shockey, and I can't wait to see it happen."
So Mikefan what was good?
"Well, Kerry Collins was real good. His only lapse came in the third quarter after he was knocked down and fumbled the ball at the Rams 14 yard line.
It wasn't ruled a fumble because of a quick whistle when they felt Collins was down by contact, and Matt Bryant kicked a field goal, but the very next time Kerry Collins had the ball, he threw it for an interception. I guess Collins felt he owed one to the Rams for the refs bad call on his fumble. Collins next pass after that was incomplete, and then he was right back on track.
The only reason I even mention this is because Collins only had 2 other incomplete passes in the whole game."
Anything else good?
"The Giants are really on track. They played with the same spirit they showed in their first game, and were able to hang in there and put points on the board every time the Rams scored. The front line gave Collins enough time to pass, and the run blocking looked fine. Tiki Barber was his usual double threat running and catching the ball. Toomer and
Hilliard were great targets with Shockey tossed in for good measure.
The defense seems well balanced. Last year Strahan was getting all the sacks, but teams were making big plays on us. Now there's a constant pressure on the opposing quarterbacks with the Giants secondary making the big plays. Special teams is holding up. Tiki gets a break and doesn't have to be the returner, and Matt Bryant is doing a great job kicking field goals under pressure. There's
a lot of good going on right now on the Giants."
Now what was bad?
"We're bound to hear more about this. Week after week, Ron Dayne is proving that he can't do the job. The Giants gave him enough chances this game, eleven to be exact, and he came away with only 18 yards. Last game Dayne's neck was bothering him and he had 6 carries for only 10 yards. Tiki Barber was hurting also and didn't do much better
getting 29 yards on 15 carries.
They both had ten days to rest up, and after the poor showing in the running game last time out, Fassel was encouraging Sean Payton to use more straight ahead runs, which they did. Dayne fared no better, while Tiki averaged 4 yards a run.
The announcers are hitting on this. In the fourth quarter when Dayne couldn't get a first down on 2nd and 1, at the Rams 8 yard line, they called it a 'lame run by Ron Dayne'. The Giants essentially gave up on Ron Dayne after that. They left Dayne in as a decoy, and had Collins rush up the middle, also for no gain, and had to settle for a field goal from Matt Bryant.
Clearly not having a power running back is costing the Giants points on the scoreboard."
|Tiki Barber 19-80, Ron Dayne 11-18, Kerry Collins 7-3, Amani Toomer 1-2
|Kerry Collins 22-26 for 307 yards, 1 INT, 1 TD
|Ike Hilliard 4-97, Amani Toomer 4-92, Jeremy Shockey 4-50, Tiki Barber 6-30, Ron Dixon 1-23, Sean Bennett 1-10, Dan Campbell 2-5
|Michael Barrow 6-2-0, Michael Strahan 5-0-0, Dhani Jones 5-0-0, Will Peterson 4-0-0, Shaun Williams 4-1-0, Will Allen 3-0-0, Kenny Holmes 3-0-1, Jason Sehorn 2-0-0, Ralph Brown 2-0-0, Cornelius Griffin 2-0-0, Lance Legree 1-0-0, Omar Stoutmire 1-1-0, Jason Whittle 1-0-0, Keith Hamilton 1-0-0,
Brandon Short 1-0-0
|Jason Sehorn 1 for 31 yards, Will Peterson 1 for 0 yards
|Opponent Fumbles Recovered
|Michael Strahan , Brandon Short
|Marshall Faulk 14-87, Kurt Warner 2-5, Trung Canidate 1-0
|Kurt Warner 26-39 for 266 yards, 2 INT, 1 TD
|Torry Holt 6-88, Isaac Bruce 8-79, Marshall Faulk 7-36, Ricky Proehl 2-31, Ernie Conwell 1-20, Brandon Manumaleuna 1-7, Yo Murphy 1-5
|Adam Archuleta 10-0-0, Aeneas Williams 8-0-0, Ryan Pickett 6-1-0, Dre Bly 6-0-0, Kim Herring 5-0-0, Grant Wistrom 5-0-2, Jeff Zgonina 4-1-0, Robert Thomas 4-0-0, Tommy Polley 3-3-0, Brian Young 3-0-0, Don Davis 2-0-0, Dexter McCleon 2-0-0, Leonard Little 2-0-0, Jamie Duncan 1-1-0, Damione
|Adam Archuleta 1 for 2 yards
|Andy McCollum , Marshall Faulk
|Missed Field Goals
|Jeff Wilkins 35
|NYG - FG (5:06)
Play: MATT BRYANT 20 YD
Drive: 9 plays, 68 yards in 5:06
"Collins 38-yard pass to Hilliard on 3rd-and-2 to St. Louis 24
"Barber 12-yard run to St. Louis 5
NY GIANTS 3-0
|NYG - TD (4:31)
Play: JEREMY SHOCKEY 28 YD PASS FROM KERRY COLLINS (MATT BRYANT KICK)
Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards in 3:43
"Barber 15-yard run to New York 49
"Collins 12-yard pass to Toomer on 3rd-and-7 to St. Louis 36
"Collins 10-yard pass to Hilliard to St. Louis 28
NY GIANTS 10-0
|NYG - TD (5:16)
Play: JASON SEHORN 31 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (MATT BRYANT KICK)
NY GIANTS 17-0
|STL - TD (10:22)
Play: RICKY PROEHL 6 YD PASS FROM KURT WARNER (JEFF WILKINS KICK)
Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards in 5:06
"Warner 25-yard pass to Proehl on 3rd-and-8 to St. Louis 47
"Warner 9-yard pass to Holt on 3rd-and-3 to New York 37
"Warner 11-yard pass to Bruce to New York 10
NY GIANTS 17-7
|STL - TD (3:16)
Play: MARSHALL FAULK 1 YD RUN (JEFF WILKINS KICK)
Drive: 6 plays, 66 yards in 3:16
"Warner 14-yard pass to Bruce to St. Louis 48
"Faulk 44-yard run to New York 8
NY GIANTS 17-14
|NYG - FG (8:52)
Play: MATT BRYANT 32 YD
Drive: 11 plays, 61 yards in 5:36
"7-yard A Williams pass interference penalty on 3rd-and-4 to New York 49
"Collins 18-yard pass to Toomer to St. Louis 31
"Collins 23-yard pass to Hilliard to St.. Louis 8
NY GIANTS 20-14
|NYG - FG (3:13)
Play: MATT BRYANT 34 YD
Drive: 12 plays, 66 yards in 5:34
"Short recovery of Warner fumble on New York 18
"Collins 4-yard pass to Shockey on 3rd-and-3 to New York 29
"Collins 30-yard pass to Toomer to St. Louis 35
"Barber 6-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to St. Louis 20
NY GIANTS 23-14
|STL - TD (6:36)
Play: MARSHALL FAULK 8 YD RUN (JEFF WILKINS KICK)
Drive: 6 plays, 69 yards in 3:23
"Warner 15-yard pass to Holt to St. Louis 46
"Warner 34-yard pass to Holt to New York 20
NY GIANTS 23-21
|NYG - FG (10:41)
Play: MATT BRYANT 25 YD
Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards in 4:05
"Collins 32-yard pass to Toomer to St. Louis 45
"Collins 26-yard pass to Hilliard to St. Louis 17
NY GIANTS 26-21
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Giants ended a four-game losing streak to the Rams.
Sehorn scored the the fourth regular season touchdown of his career.
Sehorn also had a postseason touchdown in 2000.
Kenny Holmes sacked Warner for a 6 yard loss and then deflected the pass which caromed to Sehorn, who returned it 31 yards for a touchdown.
Matt Bryant was cut by the Giants in preseason, but re-signed three days before the start of the season when Owen Pochman was placed on injured reserve and converted field goals of 20, 32, 34 and 25 yards.
Rams started out 6-0 each of the last three seasons, but have dropped seven straight, counting Super Bowl XXXVI and the preseason.
Rams are 0-2 for the first time since they went 4-12 in 1998, the year before Kurt Warner led them to their first Super Bowl title.
In the past 10 seasons, 86 teams have started a season 0-2. Only 10 have made the playoffs.
Marshall Faulk scored two touchdowns on runs of one and eight yards in the second half, increasing his career total to 113 touchdowns and tying him with Hall of Famer Lenny Moore for eighth all-time.
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