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Nov 7, 4:00 pm (FOX) - Bears at Giants
Game 8
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bears 0 20 0 8 28
Giants 14 0 0 7 21
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Giants can't handle the swarming Bears and lose 28-21.
They forced 5 turnovers and sacked Kurt Warner 7 times.
Kurt Warner was 18 of 36 for 195 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.
Tiki Barber rushed 21 times for 72 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Jeremy Shockey caught 6 passes for 64 yards and 1 touchdown.
Ike Hilliard caught 6 passes for 38 yards.

Game Notes:
"What can I say? The Giants special teams group started strong, forcing Chicago to line up on their own 11 yard line after the kickoff and coverage. Then the Giants defense held Chicago to 3 and out. The
offense came on with great field position, but actually lost yardage on 3 plays with two incomplete passes and one rushing attempt that lost yardage. Those first 3 minutes told you all you needed to know for the rest of the game.

I mean the Giants kicked off and once again the special teams group did an outstanding job. David Tyree did some amazing gymnastics in the air to have the ball downed by Jim Maxwell at Chicago's 6 yard line. The Giants defense got the Bears 3 and out again, and after the kick, the offense had the ball at the Bears 38 yard line.

From this close distance they did their part. Tiki Barber finished off the drive with a rush up the middle for a 3 yard touchdown and the Giants had a 7-0 lead. On the next offensive series Tiki rushed for a touchdown again, and so the Giants were up 14-0 at the end of the quarter. The ball changed hands a few times with lots of penalties being called for most of the quarter, and then somehow before you could say 'Bring on the Eagles', the Giants were down 20-14 at the half, and they never recovered.

They managed to make it close near the end, scoring with a touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey. Then with the score 28-21, they recovered the onside kick, but that was just a tease. They were four and out and so were all the fans by that point including me, wondering what the heck happened."

Game Notes:
"It looks like the Curse of Inside The NFL struck again. Bob Costas, Dan Marino, Cris Collinsworth and Cris Carter all picked the Giants to win and of course they lost
the game. It would be easy to blame Kurt Warner for a few mistakes here and there, but mostly the offensive line was at fault. Kurt barely had time to get the snap, and the Bears were all over him to the tune of 7 sacks, 15 hits, and 15 hurries.
It wasn't good from the start and didn't get better when Luke Petitgout had to leave with a concussion. Giants starting center Shaun O'Hara was also absent from this game because of a leg infection. The Bears brought a physical game and even Strahan ended up on the sidelines. Quite a few players on both sides required some extra care. Both teams played hard and the Bears exposed the Giants big weakness which continues to be the offensive line."

First Quarter
Play: Tiki Barber, 3 Yd run (Steve Christie kick is good)
Drive: 5 plays, 38 yards in 2:37
Play: Tiki Barber, 1 Yd run (Steve Christie kick is good)
Drive: 2 plays, 21 yards in 0:49
Second Quarter
Play: Bernard Berrian, 35 Yd pass from Craig Krenzel (Paul Edinger kick is good)
Drive: 2 plays, 53 yards in 0:49
Play: Anthony Thomas, 4 Yd run (Paul Edinger kick is good)
Drive: 2 plays, 29 yards in 1:01
GIANTS 14-14
Play: Paul Edinger 22 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 0 yards in 1:08
Play: Paul Edinger 21 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 38 yards in 0:46
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Play: Anthony Thomas, 41 Yd run (Craig Krenzel Run for 2 Pt. Conversion)
Drive:6 plays, 76 yards in 3:51
Play: Jeremy Shockey, 1 Yd pass from Kurt Warner (Steve Christie kick is good)
Drive: 3 plays, 11 yards in 0:27

Game Stats:
Total First Downs    13 15
   By Rushing 4 4
   By Passing 6 9
   By Penalty 3 2
Third Down Efficiency 2-15-13% 1-14-7%
Fourth Down Efficiency 0-0-0% 0-3-0%
Total Net Yards 231 258
   Total Offensive Plays (inc. times thrown passing) 60 68
   Average gain per offensive play 3.9 3.8
Net Yards Rushing 122 91
   Total Rushing Plays 34 25
   Average gain per rushing play 3.6 3.6
   Tackles for a loss-number and yards 4-4 5-10
Net Yards Passing 109 167
   Times thrown - yards lost attempting to pass 5-35 7-28
   Gross yards passing 144 195
Pass Attempts-Completions-Had Intercepted 21-8-0 36-18-2
   Avg gain per pass play (inc.# thrown passing) 4.2 3.9
Kickoffs Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks 5-0-0 4-1-0
Punts Number and Average 10-36.7 7-38.7
   Had Blocked 0 0
FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0
Net Punting Average 32.2 32.6
Total Return Average (Not Including Kickoffs) 89 45
   No. and Yards Punt Returns 3-43 3-45
   No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 2-27 5-155
   No. and Yards Interception Returns 2-46 0-0
Penalties Number and Yards 11-70 14-109
Fumbles Number and Lost 2-2 4-3
Touchdowns 3 3
   Rushing 2 2
   Passing 1 1
Extra Points Made-Attempts 3-3 3-3
   Kicking Made-Attempts 2-2 3-3
   Passing Made-Attempts 1-1 0-0
Field Goals Made-Attempts 2-2 0-0
Red Zone Efficiency 1-3-33% 3-6-50%
Goal To Go Efficiency 1-3-33% 2-3-67%
Safeties 0 0
Final Score 28 21
Time Of Possession 30:03 29:57

Giants have not scored a touchdown on their opening possession in 17 games, dating back to last season.

Tiki Barber has scored a touchdown in 6 consecutive games.
Tiki Barber's 2 rushing touchdowns gave him 36 in his career and moved him past Ottis Anderson and into 4th place on the Giants' all-time list. Rodney Hampton is first with 49.

Wide receivers Amani Toomer and Ike Hilliard have combined for 60 receptions and 713 yards, but neither has a touchdown.

Amani Toomer caught a pass in his 91st consecutive game.

Craig Krenzel became the 57th different quarterback Strahan has sacked.
Strahan's total of 118.0 sacks is the most among active players and the 12th-highest total.

Kurt Warner was sacked 7 times, the most sacks allowed by the Giants since Dec. 15, 1996, when New Orleans had seven sacks in a 17-3 Saints victory.

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