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Sept 11, 4:15 pm (FOX) - Arizona at Giants
Game 1
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Cards 0 13 6 0 19
Giants 7 0 21 14 42
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Giants win big over the Cards 42 - 19.
Eli Manning was 10-of-23 for 172 yards with 2 Ints and 2 TDs.
Tiki Barber rushed for 62 yards on 13 attempts, and 1 TD.
Tiki Barber also had 2 catches for 60 yards.
Brandon Jacobs rushed for 39 yards on 6 attempts, and 1 TD.
Plaxico Burress had 5 catches for 76 yards and 1 TD.
Jeremy Shockey had 2 catches for 29 yards and 1 TD.
Willie Ponder returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Chad Morton returned a punt for a touchdown.
Michael Strahan had 1 sack and split another with Antonio Pierce.
William Joseph had a sack.
Frank Walker and Gibril Wilson each had an interceptions.

Game Notes:
"It was an exciting home game for a number of reasons today on 9/11, but I'm not going to go into that right now. As for the game, the Giants showed us a lot of what we'd hoped to see after watching those preseason games. As advertised, Plaxico Burress handled Eli Manning's first pass of the game for 8 yards, and on the 3rd down and 1, Brandon Jacobs nailed the first down and even more.
Jeremy Shockey had the next completion for 9 yards, and on this 3rd and 1, Brandon did it again, and much more, for 21 yards. Then, Tiki Barber who didn't do much on his first two carries, broke one for 16 yards to the Arizona 20 yard line. Shockey had the next completion for the Giants first touchdown of the season.
The Cards fought back, but the Giants defense held them to a field goal, and on Manning's second pass attempt, the ball came off of David Tyree's hands and was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. The Cards had a 10-7 lead, but that interception didn't shake Manning. He was cool under pressure when things went wrong and I was impressed with his performance. The Giants owned the game after the second half, and it felt good to go home with a win.

Game Notes:
"This was about as much as any fan could want in an opening day game. The Giants were clicking on offense, defense and special teams. There were interceptions, great punt and kickoff returns and sacks. Reaching for things to work on would be the offensive line. The Cards got good pressure on Manning and by the end of the first half, he was sacked 3 times, hit 5 times, and hurried 7 times.
It was strange that when right tackle Kareem McKenzie left the game in the 2nd quarter with an ankle sprain, that they actually seemed to do better. Jeremy Shockey also had an ankle sprain right near the end of the game. Manning looked confident, but he had a number of bad throws. Then again, he didn't play much in preseason so you have to factor that in."

First Quarter
Play: Jeremy Shockey, 20 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Jay Feely kick is good), 7:57.
Drive: 10 plays, 81 yards in 4:51.
Second Quarter

Play: David Akers 45 Yd
Drive: 5 plays, 20 yards in 1:55.

Play: Karlos Dansby, 18 Yd interception return (Neil Rackers kick is good), 11:14.

Play: Neil Rackers 42 Yd, 3:19.
Drive: 13 plays, 61 yards in 5:49.

Third Quarter

Play: Brandon Jacobs, 5 Yd run (Jay Feely kick is good), 12:13.
Drive: 4 plays, 63 yards in 2:47.
GIANTS 14-13

Play: Tiki Barber, 21 Yd run (Jay Feely kick is good), 11:48.
Drive: 1 play, 21 yards in 0:06.
GIANTS 21-13

Play: Larry Fitzgerald, 1 Yd pass from Kurt Warner (Kurt Warner 2 Pt. Conversion pass to Adam Bergen failed), 7:04.
Drive: 8 plays, 39 yards in 4:44.
GIANTS 21-19

Play: Willie Ponder, 95 Yd kick return (Jay Feely kick is good), 6:45.
GIANTS 28-19

Fourth Quarter

Play: Plaxico Burress, 13 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Jay Feely kick is good), 11:26.
Drive: 6 plays, 52 yards in 2:52.
GIANTS 35-19

Play: Chad Morton, 52 Yd punt return (Jay Feely kick is good), 8:25.
GIANTS 42-19

Game Stats:
Total First Downs    20 14
   By Rushing 2 8
   By Passing 17 5
   By Penalty 1 1
Third Down Efficiency 8-19-42% 4-11-36%
Fourth Down Efficiency 0-1-0% 0-0-0%
Total Net Yards 318 275
   Total Offensive Plays (inc. times thrown passing) 80 51
   Average gain per offensive play 4.0 5.4
Net Yards Rushing 31 121
   Total Rushing Plays 21 25
   Average gain per rushing play 1.5 4.8
   Tackles for a loss-number and yards 4-18 3-7
Net Yards Passing 287 154
   Times thrown - yards lost attempting to pass 3-29 3-18
   Gross yards passing 316 172
Pass Attempts-Completions-Had Intercepted 56-32-2 23-10-2
   Avg gain per pass play (inc.# thrown passing) 4.9 5.9
Kickoffs Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks 5-2-0 7-1-0
Punts Number and Average 7-44.6 6-42.0
   Had Blocked 0 0
FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0
Net Punting Average 29.1 42.8
Total Return Average (Not Including Kickoffs) 15 176
   No. and Yards Punt Returns 1--5 6-88
   No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 7-180 5-224
   No. and Yards Interception Returns 2-20 2-88
Penalties Number and Yards 10-53 7-52
Fumbles Number and Lost 0-0 0-0
Touchdowns 2 6
   Rushing 0 2
   Passing 1 2
   Interceptions 1 0
   Punt Returns 0 1
   Kickoff Returns 0 1
Extra Points Made-Attempts 1-2 6-6
   Kicking Made-Attempts 1-1 6-6
   Passing Made-Attempts 0-1 0-0
Field Goals Made-Attempts 2-2 0-0
Red Zone Efficiency 1-2-50% 2-3-67%
Goal To Go Efficiency 1-1-100% 0-0-0%
Safeties 0 0
Final Score 19 42
Time Of Possession 35:45 24:15

This was Kurt Warner's third straight opening day at Giants Stadium with his third different team.

Six different players scored touchdowns for the Giants - Tiki Barber, Brandon Jacobs, Jeremy Shockey, Plaxico Burress, Willie Ponder and Chad Morton.
The last time the Giants had six different players score a touchdown in a game was on Nov. 27, 1966.

It was the most points the Giants have scored on opening day in 34 years when they defeated the Green Bay Packers, 42-40, on Sept. 19, 1971.

Jeff Feagles fourth punt of the game in the 3rd quarter was the 1,368th of his career, a new NFL record.
Jeff Feagles has now booted more punts than any player in NFL history. He punted six times to increase his career total to 1,370. The old record of 1,367 was held by former Giant Sean Landeta.
Feagles played in his 273rd career game, tying him with placekicker Norm Johnson for 12th on the all-time list.

Chad Morton's 52 yard punt return was the Giants' first punt return touchdown in 91 regular season games. Tiki Barber scored on an 85-yard punt return against Dallas on Oct. 18, 1999.

The last time the Giants had a kickoff return and a punt return for a touchdown in the same game was Oct. 30, 1955 at Washington.

Amani Toomer did not catch a pass, ending his streak of consecutive games played with at least one reception at 98. The last time Toomer played and did not catch a pass was Dec. 6, 1998 - against the Cardinals in Arizona.

Arizona finished with 31 net rushing yards, the lowest total by a Giants opponent since Washington ran for 29 yards on Dec. 3, 2000.

Next Game
Mon, Sept 19 - New Orleans Saints at Giants Stadium 7:30 PM on ABC
(Originally was Sept 18, Giants at New Orleans 1:00 PM - FOX)

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