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Sept 14, 1:00 pm - Cardinals at Giants
Game 2
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Giants lose to the Cardinals 25-14.
Eli Manning was 26 of 39 for 277 yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs.
Rashad Jennings rushed for 64 yards on 18 carries and 1 fumble and had 4 catches for 45 yards.
Andre Williams rushed for 12 yards on 8 carries and had 2 catches for 7 yards.
Larry Donnell caught 7 passes for 81 yards.
Victor Cruz caught 5 passes for 60 yards.
Rueben Randle caught 4 passes for 39 yards and 1 TD.

Preston Parker caught 1 pass for 29 yards.
Jerrel Jernigan caught 2 passes for 15 yards.
Daniel Fells caught 1 pass for 1 yard and 1 TD.
Quintin Demps had 1 fumble.

Jason J. Pierre-Paul had 1.5 sacks
Robert Ayers had 1 sack.
Johnathan Hankins had 1 sack.
Mathias Kiwanuka had .5 sacks.

Game Notes:
"It's always great to watch the Giants play at home. It's too bad they couldn't come away with a win for the fans. You're always excited to see the Giants playing in their first home opener. They had a bad time on the road last Monday, but everyone was hoping for much better. It didn't start out that way as the Cardinals were able to march downfield and score a touchdown on their opening drive. The Giants responded with an interception on theirs. The defense held the Cardinals to just a field goal this time and it was 10-0 at the end of the quarter.
Later Eli Manning managed a real nice drive from the 10 yard line that took up the last half of the second quarter. Rashad Jennings. Larry Donnell, Rueben Randle and Victor Cruz all contributed and there was only one third down that Cruz picked up as they marched down the field play after play. Randle capped the drive off with his touchdown in the endzone. It was 10-7 and even though the Giants were trailing it was a great way to see the half coming to an end, leaving the Cardinals with a half minute to play.
There was a nice halftime ceremony with a bunch of former Giant players and everyone settled in for the start of the third quarter with the Giants offense on the field and I was hoping for them to continue from where they left off. Instead we got a three-and-out that lost four yards. After some back and forth the Giants put a go ahead drive together that ended with a Manning one yard pass to tight end Daniel Fells for a touchdown to put us up 14-10.
The Cardinals managed to get a field goal in the early part of the fourth quarter to make it 14-13. Boy there sure were a lot of penalties called today by the refs. The Giants went three-and-out and I couldn't believe it, but the Cardinals returned the punt for a touchdown and a 19-14 lead when they failed to make the 2 point conversion. Then their kickoff was fumbled by our return guy setting the Cardinals up for an easy field goal and now a 22-14 lead. This game was going downhill fast.
The Giants got the ball down to the Cardinals 17 and I was thinking about how they would go about the two point conversion to tie the game when Manning's short pass was caught and fumbled away by Jennings with no one touching him as he just fell and lost the ball to the Cardinals. With only four and a half minutes left a bunch of fans started leaving. The Giants went three-and-out on their next possession and on the following, with almost no time left, Manning threw another interception and that was it. The Giants play again at home this Sunday and I'll hope they can leave their big mistakes out of that one."

Game Notes:
"With Carson Palmer suddenly unable to play and the Cardinals having to make a last minute switch to backup quarterback Drew Stanton, this should have been a cakewalk for the Giants. L
ast Monday the Cardinals worked their magic against the Chargers and came from behind with 12 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win by one point. Today against the Giants it was 15 unanswered fourth quarter points, much more than they needed to win 25-14.
The Giants didn't deliver at all last week, but certainly had a chance to do so today. They were catching the Arizona Cardinals just at the right time. They were the traveling team working on a short week and missing some defensive players, and then had to substitute to their backup quarterback at just about game time. Suddenly Carson Palmer was out and Drew Stanton, who hadn't thrown a regular season pass since 2010, was in and running the starting offense. The only thing that Stanton had going for him was getting in some good practice time while they were resting Palmer for his injured shoulder earlier this week.
Victor Cruz put himself behind the eight ball with his comments after the loss last week. He stated that for the Giants to be successful he needed to be targeted more. Eli Manning delivered, but Cruz let a few crucial passes drop away and the fans got on him. To be fair some of those were tough catches, but Cruz is the top receiver and even he feels he should have caught more, including one drive killing drop in the fourth quarter.
This game came down to things like that. There were a lot of if-only moments. If only Steve Weatherford's punt after Cruz's drop had more hang time, and if only gunner Zack Bowman managed to actually hit Cardinals returner Ted Ginn Jr. he wouldn't have gone 71 yards for a touchdown. Then Quintin Demps had to fumble the ensuing kickoff at the Giants 21 yard line. Then, with the Giants driving, Rashad Jennings has to slip and fall after an easy catch all on his own and turn the ball over to the Cardinals on their own 14 yard line.
If only Rueben Randle didn't drop a deep late fourth-quarter pass on third down the against the slight interference by Antonio Cromartie.
If only, if only, if only the Giants would stop killing themselves with stupid plays maybe they could win next week against the Houston Texans and Tom Coughlin won't have to answer questions about his team looking to duplicate last years 0-6 start."

First Quarter
Play: Jonathan Dwyer 1 Yd Run (Chandler Catanzaro Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 4:429
Arizona 7-0
Play: Chandler Catanzaro 49 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 40 yds, 5:07
Arizona 10-0
Second Quarter

Play: Rueben Randle 7 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Josh Brown Kick)
Drive info: 13 plays, 90 yds, 7:13
Arizona 10-7

Third Quarter

Play: Daniel Fells 1 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Josh Brown Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 74 yds, 4:37
Giants 14-10

Fourth Quarter

Play: Chandler Catanzaro 37 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 74 yds, 5:25
Giants 14-13
Play: Ted Ginn Jr. 71 Yd Punt Return (run failed)
Drive info: 3 plays, 4 yds, 1:28
Arizona 19-14

Play: Chandler Catanzaro 32 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yds, 0:51
Arizona 22-14

Play: Chandler Catanzaro 33 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yds, 1:23
Arizona 25-14

Giants have lost their last 12 regular-season games in which they did not force a turnover.

Giants held the lead in a game for the first time this season.

Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason and corner Walter Thurmond left the game with injuries.

Giants came away with four sacks on Cardinals quarterback Drew Victor Stanton.

Cardinals Drew Stanton had his first start since Dec. 19, 2010, playing with the Detroit Lions.
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