The victory by the Giants was not as easy as the final score might indicate. The Browns scored two touchdowns in the game's first five minutes to take a shocking 14-0 lead. The Giants roared back to take a 27-17 halftime lead, at one point scoring 20 unanswered points in the second quarter.
There were plenty of offensive stars for the Giants.
- Victor Cruz caught three touchdown passes and had five receptions for 50 yards total.
- Rookie Rueben Randle had six receptions for 82 yards.
- Domenik Hixon caught five passes for 55 yards.
- Manning completed 25-of-37 for 259 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
- David Wilson ran 40 yards for his first NFL touchdown.
The Giants took control of the game in the second quarter. With the Giants trailing 17-10 safety Stevie Brown intercepted a pass by Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden on third-and-one from the Giants' 25-yard line. Brown returned the ball to the Cleveland 40.
It took only two plays for the Giants to score, a 36-yard pass to Randle and 4-yard run by Bradshaw.
Cleveland's Josh Cribbs fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Brown was again on the spot, recovering and returning it to the Browns' 29-yard line. Five plays later the Giants took their first lead on a 7-yard pass from Manning to Cruz with 1:16 left in the half. The Giants never looked back from there.
The Giants travel to Candlestick Park to face the San Francisco 49ers in a rematch of last season's NFC Championship Game. Former Giants Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs now play for San Francisco.