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Dec 26, 1:00 pm (FOX) - Giants at Cincinnati
Game 15
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Giants 0 13 3 6 22
Cincinnati 7 3 7 6 23
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Giants lose to the Bengals 23-22.
Eli Manning completed 19 of 37 passes for 201 yards with 1 interception.
Tiki Barber rushed 22 times for 109 yards and 1 touchdown.
Steve Christie hit on five field goals of 42, 31, 36, 44 and 41 yards.
Ron Dayne rushed 6 times for 33 yards.
Jeremy Shockey caught 6 passes for 64 yards.
Ike Hilliard had 4 catches for 46 yards.
Amani Toomer had 3 catches for 35 yards.

Game Notes:
"That was really disappointing. I thought for sure we were going to win it this time, the way things were going in the second half. The offense kept moving the ball, making first downs, but except for that first touchdown, the Giants couldn't put the big points up on the board.
Steve Christie did a good job kicking five field goals in a row, but the Bengals took their third and fourth quarter drives down all the way into the endzone for touchdowns. The guys played hard, but were one first-down short on offense. Then the defense came up short stopping the Bengals on a fourth-and-ten, and finally the Giants ended up one point short on the scoreboard.
Now we wait until next week, and the final game of the season at home against Dallas, to see if Eli Manning can win his first game as a pro quarterback in the NFL."


Game Notes:
"This was a close game that could have gone either way. So close that you have to wonder if Will Peterson was the starter instead of Frank Walker, maybe things would have been different. On a third and five from the Giants 32, Jon Kitna completed a 17 yard pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh with Walker covering, and that set up the Bengals first touchdown. Holding them on that play could have resulted in a crucial 4 point difference. You never know of course, because that was early in the game and situations vary.
We do know that when Will Peterson was on the field, he did fine and even ended up with the team high 6 tackles. Walker did have one interception, but that was on a fourth down play and the ball would have been turned over to the Giants anyway. Coughlin should know what's best for the team, but Walker has a few years of learning ahead of him before he can play like Will Peterson, and Coughlin's decision to demote Peterson as some form of punishment may have cost the Giants the game. It may have been too late, but In the second quarter Tom Coughlin did put Peterson back to his corner spot for the rest of the game."

Scoring:
First Quarter
CINCINNATI - TOUCHDOWN (5:26)
Play: Chad Johnson, 5 Yd pass from Jon Kitna (Shayne Graham kick is good)
Drive: 7 plays, 46 yards in 3:28
CINCINNATI 7-0
Second Quarter
GIANTS - TOUCHDOWN (12:49)
Play: Tiki Barber, 1 Yd run (Steve Christie kick is good)
Drive: 11 plays, 57 yards in 4:51
CINCINNATI 7-7
CINCINNATI - FIELDGOAL (9:46)
Play: Shayne Graham 42 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 31 yards in 3:03
CINCINNATI 10-7
GIANTS - FIELDGOAL (5:22)
Play: Steve Christie 31 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 54 yards in 4:24
CINCINNATI 10-10
GIANTS - FIELDGOAL (0:00)
Play: Steve Christie 36 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 49 yards in 3:13
GIANTS 13-10
Third Quarter
GIANTS - FIELDGOAL (7:36)
Play: Steve Christie 44 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 34 yards in 3:45
GIANTS 16-10
CINCINNATI - TOUCHDOWN (1:21)
Play: Rudi Johnson, 1 Yd run (Shayne Graham kick is good)
CINCINNATI 17-16
Fourth Quarter
GIANTS - FIELDGOAL (12:38)
Play: Steve Christie 41 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 39 yards in 3:43
GIANTS 19-17
GIANTS - FIELDGOAL (5:15)
Play: Steve Christie 28 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 18 yards in 3:05
GIANTS 22-17
CINCINNATI - TOUCHDOWN (0:44)
Play: Chad Johnson, 4 Yd pass from Jon Kitna (Jon Kitna 2 Pt. Conversion pass to Kelley Washington failed)
Drive: 6 plays, 24 yards in 1:21.
CINCINNATI 23-22

Game Stats:
 
Bengals
Giants
Total First Downs    16 18
   By Rushing 3 8
   By Passing 12 10
   By Penalty 1 0
Third Down Efficiency 6-13-46% 6-15-40%
Fourth Down Efficiency 1-3-33% 1-1-100%
Total Net Yards 233 326
   Total Offensive Plays (inc. times thrown passing) 60 67
   Average gain per offensive play 3.9 4.9
Net Yards Rushing 63 142
   Total Rushing Plays 25 28
   Average gain per rushing play 2.5 5.1
   Tackles for a loss-number and yards 4-10 1-2
Net Yards Passing 170 184
   Times thrown - yards lost attempting to pass 3-16 2-17
   Gross yards passing 186 201
Pass Attempts-Completions-Had Intercepted 32-20-1 37-19-1
   Avg gain per pass play (inc.# thrown passing) 4.9 4.7
Kickoffs Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks 5-0-0 6-0-0
Punts Number and Average 3-46.7 4-38.0
   Had Blocked 0 0
FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0
Net Punting Average 39.0 22.8
Total Return Average (Not Including Kickoffs) 59 13
   No. and Yards Punt Returns 3-61 2-3
   No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 6-132 5-121
   No. and Yards Interception Returns 1--2 1-10
Penalties Number and Yards 3-20 9-85
Fumbles Number and Lost 3-1 1-0
Touchdowns 3 1
   Rushing 1 1
   Passing 2 0
Extra Points Made-Attempts 2-3 1-1
   Kicking Made-Attempts 2-2 1-1
   Passing Made-Attempts 0-1 0-0
Field Goals Made-Attempts 1-1 5-5
Red Zone Efficiency 3-4-75% 1-5-20%
Goal To Go Efficiency 3-3-100% 1-2-50%
Safeties 0 0
Final Score 23 22
Time Of Possession 29:14 30:46

Notes:
Tiki Barber rushed for 109 yards and scored the Giantsí only touchdown
Tiki Barber set a Giants record with his ninth 100-yard game, topping Joe Morris with 8 in 1986.
Tiki Barber has a career-best 1,423 yards this season.

Giants held running back Rudi Johnson to 31 yards on 19 carries.
Johnson entered the day with 1,324 rushing yards and a 94-yard average per game.

Giants held All-Pro receiver Chad Johnson to 46 yards on 8 catches, with a long of 10 yards.

Giants are 0-5 all-time in Cincinnati.
Giants have lost eight games in a row.
Giants are officially eliminated from the NFC playoff race.

Bengals sold out all 8 home games for the first time since 1992.
Bengals season attendance of 524,248 is a franchise record.


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