NFL Game Summary - NY Giants at Tampa Bay|
(Sunday, September 27th)
Final Score: NY Giants 24, Tampa Bay 0
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Eli Manning threw for 161 yards and two
touchdowns on 14-of-24 efficiency, and the New York Giants used great defense
to make short work of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 24-0, in Week 3 action at
Raymond James Stadium.
Ahmad Bradshaw tallied 104 yards on 14 carries and Brandon Jacobs added 92
yards and a score on 26 rushes for the Giants (3-0), who travel to Kansas
City to face the Chiefs next Sunday. Steve Smith racked up 63 yards and a TD
on seven grabs and Sinorice Moss also had a TD reception.
The Giants outgained the Buccaneers, 397-86. Tampa Bay had just 28 yards
rushing. The Bucs also failed to record a first down in the opening two
quarters, and totaled just 19 yards over that span. Tampa Bay had just five
first downs the entire game.
"Our main concern was, once we got into the red zone, getting touchdowns,"
said Manning. "They (the Bucs) were playing us too high with the safeties
deep...we ran the ball terrific all day."
Byron Leftwich was a pedestrian 7-of-16 for 22 yards and an interception, and
Josh Johnson was 4-for-10 for 36 yards in relief for the Bucs (0-3), who will
have to wait to give rookie head coach Raheem Morris his first victory.
Johnson also led all rushers with a 15-yard carry. Sammie Stroughter led all
Tampa Bay receivers with 23 yards on two grabs.
The Giants took the opening possession of the game 80 yards in 12 plays to
assume a 7-0 lead with 8:05 showing on the clock. Jacobs' six-yard run up the
middle gave New York its first red zone touchdown of the season.
The teams both punted on their next touch and, after the Bucs got the ball
back, Leftwich went downfield for Kellen Winslow. However, his throw was
errant as Mathias Kiwanuka hit him mid-throw and Terrell Thomas wound up with
an easy pick.
"They just controlled the ball, controlled the line of scrimmage...they played
well on defense," said Bucs safety Will Allen. "It was tough, it was just
tough out there. I look forward to next week...we have to come back and come
New York then embarked on a drive that bridged the first two quarters. The
Giants started at their own 34 while Bradshaw's 38-yard run highlighted the
trek, and Smith's four-yard TD catch closed it out to give the visitors a
14-0 lead early in the second.
"We just stayed in rhythm, within our game plan," Manning added. "We had a lot
of (good situations) where we could run or pass."
Lawrence Tynes missed a 21-yard field goal wide left with under 30 seconds
left, and it was still 14-0 at the half.
After holding the Bucs to a three-and-out on the second half's first
possession, the Giants went 64 yards in 12 plays. However, the drive stalled
at the eight-yard line and Tynes nailed a 26-yarder to give the Giants a 17-0
edge with just under six minutes left in the third.
Moss hauled in an 18-yard TD pass from Manning to give New York a 24-point
advantage early in the fourth.
Johnson took over for Leftwich in the fourth, and led his team from their own
24 all the way down to the Giants five. However, the drive stalled there and
Tampa Bay failed to convert on 4th-and-goal.
Prior to Jacobs' first-quarter touchdown, the Giants were the only team in the
NFL without a red zone TD. Jacobs has a touchdown in his last three games
against Tampa Bay...Manning is 29-9 in his last 38 starts (including
playoffs)...The Bucs lost their seventh straight game (dating back to last
09/27 18:28:21 ET