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(Sunday, September 26th)
Final Score: Tennessee 29, NY Giants 10
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Chris Johnson carried the ball 32 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns, and the Titans' defense recorded three turnovers and a safety en route to a convincing 29-10 Tennessee victory over the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium.
Vince Young completed 10-of-16 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown for the Titans (2-1), who bounced back from a 19-11 loss to the Steelers to pick up their 10th straight win against the NFC.
Kenny Britt hauled in two passes for 26 yards and a score for Tennessee, which got interceptions from Sen'Derrick Marks and Jason McCourty.
"My hats off to the coaches to never getting away from the running game when it's not working in the beginning," Johnson said. "At the end of the day for us to be a great team and go deep into the playoffs and possibly the Super Bowl, a lot of teams are going to try to play us like the previous team played us and put a lot of people in the box, so it's going to take the players on the outside to step up and make plays. We've been getting better week after week and making plays out there. I think it's just going to be tough for defenses to contain us."
Eli Manning connected on 34-of-48 passes for 386 yards and two interceptions for the Giants (1-2), who lost 38-14 to the Colts last Sunday night.
Ahmad Bradshaw carried the ball 15 times for 88 yards and a score and Steve Smith hauled in nine passes for 103 yards. Kevin Boss, who missed last week's game with a concussion, caught three passes for 88 yards.
"They are held accountable. They've been told that they do not have the freedom to hurt our football team, to take actions which hurt our team," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "Penalties lose games -- they know that, they've been told that, they all know it - what the repercussions are of losing the turnover battle - they all understand that...against a team that had seven turnovers a week ago and had none today. It is frustrating, but it's my fault, it's my responsibility, put it on me."
The story of the game was New York's sloppy play. The Giants missed two field goals and had 86 penalty yards.
The fourth play of the game resulted in Manning being picked off. Manning threw a pass into the hands of Hakeem Nicks, but a big hit by Cortland Finnegan jarred the ball loose. The football bounced back to defensive tackle Marks near midfield.
Tennessee took advantage of the turnover with a 48-yard field goal from Rob Bironas with 9 1/2 minutes left.
A 54-yard pass from Manning to Boss had the Giants at the nine on their ensuing possession. Faced with a 3rd-and-goal from the two, Manning scrambled around before trying a flip pass into the end zone. The ball deflected into the hands of cornerback McCourty.
The Titans failed to capitalize this time around, and New York was set up at the 49 following a punt. The score remained 3-0 after Lawrence Tynes missed a 53-yard field goal wide left.
Tennessee marched the ball down the field with ease. On 3rd-and-goal from the one, Johnson rumbled into the end zone for a 10-0 Titans lead with 8:43 to go in the half.
The Giants responded with a 50-yarder from Tynes to make it 10-3 with 4:12 left.
After the Titans went three-and-out, New York took over at their 37 with 2:48 to go. The home team was set up at the 10 following Mario Manningham's 20-yard catch along the left sideline. On the next play, Bradshaw found an opening on the right side and scampered into the end zone for a 10-10 game at the break.
The Giants started their first drive of the second half from the one-yard line following a great punt by the Titans. On the third play, Manning completed a 43-yard pass to Manningham down the left sideline. However, Bradshaw was called for a chop block in the end zone. The penalty took away the catch and resulted in a safety for a 12-10 Tennessee lead.
"He was our center's guy and I jumped over from the MIKE because the center took my guy, and I went to chop block him," Bradshaw said. "By the time I was in the air, I didn't know whether he had his hands on him or not. They called the penalty."
Marc Mariani returned the ensuing free kick to the 49. On the sixth play of the drive, Young found Britt in the middle of the end zone for a 13-yard score and 19-10 advantage with 7:43 remaining.
New York came right back with a nice march down the field. Bradshaw, though, fumbled the ball at the six-yard line. Alterraun Verner fell on the football for the Titans.
The Giants were driving again early in the fourth period. Faced with a 3rd- and-7 from the 21, Manning threw an incomplete pass. The field goal unit came on the field, but a delay of game penalty made it a 44-yard field goal. Tynes' kick sailed wide right.
Tennessee essentially put the game away with a 12-play drive that took over 5 1/2 minutes off the clock. Bironas capped the march with a 22-yard field goal to make it a 22-10 contest with 7:50 to play.
It was only fitting that New York's next possession would come to an end due to another miscue. Faced with a 2nd-and-10 from the Titans 31, Manning threw an incomplete pass. Right tackle Kareem McKenzie was whistled for his second personal foul of the contest after the play. The Giants went on to turn the ball over on downs.
Johnson capped his big day with an eight-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter.
The all-time series between the Titans and Giants is tied 5-5. New York has not beaten Tennessee since November 21, 1994...The Giants were without safety Michael Johnson and center Shaun O' Hara...McCourty suffered a slight forearm fracture.
09/26 20:20:11 ET
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