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Sept 21, 1:00 pm - Texans at Giants
Game 3
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Giants win over the Texans 30-17.
Eli Manning was 21 of 28 for 234 yards with 2 TDs.
Rashad Jennings rushed for 176 yards on 34 carries and 1 TD.
Andre Williams rushed for 18 yards on 3 carries.
Victor Cruz caught 7 passes for 107 yards and 1 TD.
Larry Donnell
caught 6 passes for 45 yards and had 1 fumble.
Preston Parker caught 3 passes for 33 yards.
Rueben Randle caught 5 passes for 27 yards.

Daniel Fells caught 2 passes for 22 yards and 1 TD.
Trumaine McBride had 1 sack.
Johnathan Hankins had .5 sacks.
Jameel McClain had .5 sacks.
Antrel Rolle, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara each had interceptions.
Josh Brown kicked 39, 29 and 31 yard field goals.

Game Notes:
"The Giants sure know how to drag the fans through super highs and lows, but finally we got to see what they were hoping to bring to the field. They got the ball first and made a few nice plays, but their momentum was cut short when J.J. Watt slipped past Justin Pugh and sacked Eli Manning. The Giants defense held up, but the Texans faked the punt on 4th-and-1 and got their first down. Great job special teams unit. That was very disappointing, but soon after Prince Amukamara intercepted a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Giants had the ball on their 36 yard line.
It was exciting to see the offense going no huddle and making play after play down to the Texans 10 yard line, but that's
when tight end Larry Donnell caught a pass and then fumbled it at the 4 yard line when he was hit. I couldn't believe it! Here we go again! Still, Manning had been hitting on every pass and next chance, Victor Cruz takes one downfield for 61 yards.
They couldn't advance it much and in the first minute of the second quarter the Giants were going for a 30 yard field goal to finally put some points on the board. Wrong! Long snapper Zak DeOssie rolls a grounder instead of a snap and kicker Josh Brown is scrambling around like crazy to get control of the ball. No field goal, no points.
It took until later in the quarter for the Giants to graduate from high school football to the pros. It included Victor Cruz's first touchdown catch of the year, the defense sacking Fitzpatrick and Antrel Rolle snaring an interception and taking it to the Texans 2 yard line. It took three tries, but Jennings ran it in for a touchdown and when the quarter ended we were up 14-0.
In the third quarter, when they added another field goal to go up 17-0, I think everyone in the stadium started to feel that we were going to get our first win. Of course the lead was cut to 17-10 by the end of the third quarter, but early in the fourth the Giants added another field goal. The way Manning was throwing with confidence and the way the running game was being handled by Rashad Jennings, you got the feeling that the Texans were done. The special teams group even blocked a punt to set up an easy touchdown for the offense. The final score was 30-17 and b
eing 1-2 doesn't seem like much to be excited about, but it means a lot to me today to see the Giants turn things around like they did."

Game Notes:
"Last week against Arizona the Giants had an edge with starting quarterback Carson Palmer out for the game and they still lost. This week the football gods had the Texans spot the Giants their starting running back Arian Foster. After a few early mishaps, the Giants were able to make that work in their favor and come away with their first win of the season.
Tom Coughlin will no longer have to answer questions about how he will be able to fend off another 0-6 season. I can almost feel him breath a sigh of relief, but really come on now does he ever seem to be relieved about anything?
I actually mean that as a compliment, and as far as compliments go you have to look to
the Giants offense which is showing steady improvement. In the first half Eli Manning completed 14 of his 18 passes for 179 yards and threw a touchdown. Rashad Jennings had 88 yards and a touchdown. Victor Cruz had four receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown.
On defense in the first half they forced turnovers for the first time this season. Ryan Fitzpatrick was nailed for two sacks and two interceptions and he had completed only 4 of his 13 passes for 39 yards. The Texans failed to convert 7 times on third downs although they did on one fourth down on their fake punt play. Jameel McClain did a real nice job filling in for Jon Beason at middle linebacker and was even in on one of the two sacks on Fitzpatrick.
The Giants will travel to Washington for a Thursday night game. Both teams are now 1-2 with the Redskins losing to the Eagles today. They certainly won't want to add another division loss by dropping a game to the Giants."

First Quarter
Second Quarter

Play: Victor Cruz Pass From Eli Manning for 26 Yrds , Josh Brown Made Ex. Pt
Drive info: 9 plays, 83 yds, 4:23
Giants 7-0

Play: Rashad Jennings 1 Yard Rush , Josh Brown Made Ex. Pt
Drive info: 3 plays, 2 yds, 0:41
Giants 14-0

Third Quarter

Play: Josh Brown Made 39 Yrd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 24 yds, 2:34
Giants 17-0
Play: Randy Bullock Made 27 Yrd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 71 yds, 4:30
Giants 17-3
Play: Damaris Johnson Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick for 44 Yrds , Randy Bullock Made Ex. Pt
Drive info: 4 plays, 93 yds, 2:03
Giants 17-10

Fourth Quarter

Play: Josh Brown Made 29 Yrd Field Goa
l Drive info: 10 plays, 66 yds, 4:54
Giants 20-10

Play: Daniel Fells Pass From Eli Manning for 9 Yrds , Josh Brown Made Ex. Pt
Drive info: 3 plays, 29 yds, 1:06
Giants 27-10

Play: Josh Brown Made 31 Yrd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 16 yds, 3:39
Giants 30-10
Play: Ryan Fitzpatrick 1 Yard Rush , Randy Bullock Made Ex. Pt
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, 3:33
Giants 30-17

Giants Rashad Jennings ran for a career-best 176 rushing yards.

Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw his first interceptions of the season.

Texans had not allowed a sack in their first two games and gave up two in this game.
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