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Nov 11, 4:00 pm (FOX) - Giants at Cards
Game 9
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Giants 7 7 0 3 17
Cards 0 7 3 0 10
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The Giants did enough to win it.
Tiki Barber rushed for 118 yards on 17 carries.
Ron Dayne had a 3-yard touchdown run on the Giants first possession.
Michael Strahan had a 32-yard sack and leads the NFL with 15.
Will Allen came up with an interception to end the game.

It was a win, but the Giants were expected to win this one.
"You know it, but why do these games have to be so close? The Giants were out in front 14-0, and then it turns into 14-10 by the third quarter. The way Jake Plummer was able to hit Dave Boston all day, the Giants were living dangerously to by letting the Cards keep it all just one touchdown away."

What did you think of Strahan today?
"
Strahan was great. He's having some year. That play where he sacked Plummer and hit the ball out of his hand was really something. Kenny Holmes picked up the ball, got some yardage, and then I was surprised to see him lateral the ball to Mike Barrow. By the way, all you guys should click on that link we have up and make sure to vote Strahan into the Pro Bowl this year."

The Giants actually threw passes to the tight ends.
"Yes, I think there was one pass to each one of them. I guess they threw to Howard Cross because it was his 200th game. I have no idea at all why they threw one to Dan Campbell. You can't just dole out these passes to the tight ends willy-nilly."

The Giants play Minnesota next week.
"The Eagles really beat up on them good today, with a 48-17 win. With what the Giants did to them in the playoffs last year and now this, maybe they'll be afraid to play against any NFC East teams."


The Giants were limited to less than 100 yards rushing in four straight games.
"They broke out of that today with the extensive use of something called 'Tiki Barber'. He had 17 carries for 118 yards, and also caught two passes. That was his first 100-yard game since Week One of last season, which also was against the Cards. The big mystery of this game is why with the Giants driving the ball all the time, the score was so low."

Strahan has 15 sacks now.
"He leads the league, and that ties him for the third-highest single-season total in Giants history. Overall though in this game, Plummer was able to escape the pass rush and be effective throwing."

What were the weaknesses you saw.
"On defense, we couldn't stop passes from getting to Dave Boston. On offense, we couldn't score points. On special teams, obviously it hurts to have Rodney Williams out. Owen Pochman did his best subbing, but that one short punt of his gave the Cards the ball at the Giants 38, and two plays later, they were in the endzone."


Early Stats

Passing
Giants - Kerry Collins 15-24 for 155 yds. 1 INT.
Cards - Jake Plummer 13-26 for 172 yds. 1 INT.

Rushing
Giants - Tiki Barber 17-118, Ron Dayne 19-49, Ike Hilliard 1-21, Kerry Collins 4-minus 2.
Cards - Michael Pittman 17-54, Thomas Jones 5-15, Jake Plummer 2-9, Team 1-0.

Receiving
Giants - Amani Toomer 4-43, Ike Hilliard 3-43, Greg Comella 2-23, Tiki Barber 2-8, Joe Jurevicius 1-14, Dan Campbell 1-11, Ron Dayne 1-8, Howard Cross 1-5.
Cards - David Boston 9-137, Michael Pittman 2-7, Mar Tay Jenkins 1-22, Frank Sanders 1-6.

Net yards rushing
Giants - 186
Cards - 78

Net yards passing
Giants - 148
Cards - 129

Interceptions
Giants - Will Allen (1-0)
Cards - Kwamie Lassiter (1-13)

Kick-off Returns
Giants - Ron Dixon (2-32)
Cards - MarTay Jenkins (4-87)

Punt Returns
Giants - Tiki Barber (3-30)
Cards - Arnold Jackson (1-12) Kwamie Lassiter (1-10)

Time of Possession
Giants - 33:49
Cards - 26:11

Tackles (tackles-assists-sacks)
Giants - Shaun Williams 6-2-0, Michael Barrow 4-4-0, Michael Strahan 6-1-1, Brandon Short 4-1-0, Keith Hamilton 3-2-1, Jessie Armstead 3-0-0, Jason Sehorn 3-0-0, Cornelius Griffin 2-0-0, Sam Garnes 2-0-0, Will Allen 1-1-0, Kenny Holmes 0-2-0, Will Peterson 1-0-0.

Cards - Ronald Mckinnon 10-3-0, David Barrett 7-1-0, Corey Chavous 6-0-0, Thomas Burke 4-2-0, Kwamie Lassiter 4-1-1, Barron Tanner 3-2-0, Raynoch Thompson 3-2-0, Pat Tillman 3-2-0, Marcus Bell 2-3-0, Russell Davis 3-1-0, Rob Fredrickson 2-1-1, Coby Rhinehart 2-0-0, Mario Fatafehi 2-0-0, Jabari Issa 1-0-0, Levar Woods 1-0-0.


Scoring:

1ST QUARTER:
NYG -TD (5:29) Play: Ron Dayne 3 Yard Run (Morten Andersen Kick) Drive: 7 plays, 44 yards in 3:09 Key Plays: Barber 8-yard run on 3rd-and-3 to Arizona 29 Collins 14-yard pass to Toomer to Arizona 15 Dayne 2-yard run plus 4-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on Cardinals' McKinnon to Arizona 3 NY GIANTS 7-0
2ND QUARTER:

NYG - TD
(7:20) Play: Ike Hilliard 27 Yard Pass From Kerry Collins (Morten Andersen Kick) Drive: 5 plays, 42 yards in 2:44 Key Plays: Holmes 6-yard fumble return plus 13-yard lateral to Barrow to Arizona 42 Collins 12-yard pass to Toomer on 3rd-and-9 to Arizona 29 NY GIANTS 14-0
Arz - TD (10:22) Play: David Boston 38 Yard Pass From Jake Plummer (Bill Gramatica Kick) Drive: 2 plays, 38 yards in 0:19 Key Plays: Pochman 16-yard punt to New York 38 NY GIANTS 14-7
3RD QUARTER:
Arz - FG (6:55) Play: Bill Gramatica 32 Yard Drive: 9 plays, 35 yards in 4:38 Key Plays: Lassiter 13-yard interception return to New York 48 Pittman 13-yard run to New York 29 Plummer 13-yard pass to Boston on 3rd-and-5 to New York 11 NY GIANTS 14-10
4TH QUARTER:
NYG - FG (3:21) Play: Morten Andersen 25 Yard Drive: 10 plays, 33 yards in 5:07 Key Plays: Dayne 9-yard run to Arizona 31 Collins 3-yard run on 4th-and-1 to Arizona 28 Collins 13-yard pass to Toomer to Arizona 14 NY GIANTS 17-10


Notes

Cardinals wide receiver David Boston has totaled 100 or more yards receiving in four straight games.

Giants kicker Morten Andersen has scored at least one point in an NFL-record 279 straight games.

He was 21-for-21 against the Cardinals until missing on a field goal attempt today.


Next Game
Giants at Minnesota Nov 19 at 9:00 pm.

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