Sep 16, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Giants won 41-34. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Giants Vs. Buccaneers: Manning, Giants Rally For 41-34 Victory

The New York Giants defeated Tampa Bay Sunday as Eli Manning passed for 510 yards and three touchdowns.

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New York Giants Injury Report: Ahmad Bradshaw Heads Laundry List Of Issues

The New York Giants were hurt by injuries to David Diehl and Ahmad Bradshaw among others on Sunday.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants: Studs and Duds

The New York Giants appeared to be headed for a brutal Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a 0-2 start - both at MetLife Stadium - to begin the defense of their Super Bowl title. Then Eli Manning orchestrated yet another fourth-quarter comeback. Down 27-13 early in the third quarter, Manning and the Giants roared back and held on for a 41-34 victory, a wild affair that totaled a combined 911 yards of offense and controversy on what was supposed to be only a kneel-down to end the game.

(via sbnation)

Eli Manning: Threw for three touchdowns and 510 yards, the second-highest total in franchise history behind Phil Simms' 513 set against the Cincinnati Bengals in 1985. He overcame a first half during which he threw three interceptions - the last for a pick six - to compile 295 passing yards. To put Manning's day in perspective, he threw for 243 yards in the fourth quarter. Bucs QB Josh Freeman threw 243 for the game.

Victor Cruz-Hakeem Nicks-Martellus Bennett: Cruz (11 catches, 179 yards, TD) and Nicks (10-199-1) were awesome in becoming the first duo with 150-plus receiving yards in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. But the "Black Unicorn" overcame a dropped scoring pass in the first quarter to collect five grabs for 72 yards, including the go-ahead 33-yard strike from Manning with 3:59 left to play.

Andre Brown: Became the Giant's primary running back after Ahmad Bradshaw left with a neck injury and ran for 71 yards on 13 carries and the game-winning touchdown with 31 seconds left. Brown also tied the game with a two-point conversion after Cruz hauled in an 80-yard scoring pass.

Josh Freeman: He was overshadowed by Manning, but Freeman was very good. He finished 15 of 28 for 243 yards and two touchdowns and refused to buckle under the Giants' fourth-quarter momentum. Freeman found Mike Williams for a pretty 41-yard score with 1:58 left to tie the game.

Eric Wright : Returned Manning's third interception 60 yards for a score with eight seconds left in the second quarter to give Tampa Bay a 24-13 lead.

Greg Schiano: The former Rutgers coach was enjoying his New Jersey homecoming until the fourth quarter. Then he decided to act tough by telling his players to knock Manning to the ground while he took a knee on the game's final play. That didn't go over well with Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, who got heated with Schiano before, during and after the postgame handshake.

"I don't think you do that at this level," Coughlin said. "You don't do that in this league. You don't jeopardize the offensive line, you (don't) jeopardize the quarterback. Thank goodness we didn't get anybody hurt, that I know of, a couple of linemen were late coming in (after end of game)."

Schiano explained that he did that while at Rutgers and would do it again.

"I don't know if that's not something that's not done in the National Football League, but what I do with our football team is we fight until they tell us game over," Schiano said. "There's nothing dirty about it and there's nothing illegal about it."

Maybe it's not illegal, but certainly not moral and it's totally unnecessary. Two weeks into his first NFL season, Schiano isn't making any friends outside of the Tampa metropolitan area.

Bucs cornerbacks: The Giants targeted and toasted fifth-year corner Aqib Talib; 16-year veteran Ronde Barber was torched by Cruz's 80-yard score; Bennett beat Brandon McDonald for his TD catch.

Giants corners: More struggles for the injury-ravaged Giants secondary. Corey Wilson was handled by Vincent Jackson (5 catches, 128 yards), who beat Michael Coe for a 29-yard scoring grab in the first half. Justin Tryon was beaten on Freeman's pass to Williams that tied the game at 34.

David Wilson: Dropped a pass on the Giants' first drive and was passed over for Brown after Bradshaw left the game. Wilson (3 carries, 6 yards) was a non-factor in the running game, though he did return three kicks for 86 yards.






Manning to Cruz for 80 yards tied the game and electrified the Met, and Cruz honored his late grandmother, Lucy Molina, with his first touchdown salsa. The Giants later took the lead and though Bucs came back to tie the game, Big Blue had enough momentum that they were not going to be denied.

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Eli Manning: 510 Yards Passing And Other Amazing Numbers

Eli Manning passed for a career-best 510 yards Sunday in the New York Giants' 41-34 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Giants (1-0) needed every last one of them as they rallied from a 27-13 deficit.

"He hung in there. That's the best example I can tell you as he does. He made a couple of bad plays and yet didn't get discouraged," head coach Tom Coughlin said. "We got them together when we first came in at the half and talked about the character of our team would show up in the second half, how we needed to play, what we needed to do to get back in this thing. We were just down two scores but we just weren't playing very well. We just kept hanging in and believing."

Below are some numbers from Sunday's game.

Buccaneers vs. Giants 2012: Eli Manning Overcomes Shaky 1st Half, Throws 510 Yards in Wild 41-34 Win (via sbnation)

  • Manning's 510 yards were the second-highest total by a quarterback in Giants history. Phil Simms threw for 513 yards at Cincinnati on Oct. 13, 1985. Y.A. Tittle's 505-yard game vs. Washington on Oct. 28, 1962 is the only other 500-yard passing game by a quarterback in Giants history.
  • Manning’s previous career high was 420 yards vs. Seattle on Oct. 9, 2011.
  • The 510-yard outing was Manning's 23rd career 300-yard game. The Giants are 12-11 in regular season games in which Manning throws for at least 300 yards.
  • This was the 21st time Manning has rallied the Giants from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie to win a regular season game.
  • The Giants gained 604 total yards vs. Tampa Bay. That is the second-highest total in franchise history. The franchise record of 609 yards was set on Dec. 3, 1950 in a 51-7 victory over the New York Yanks. It was the third 600-yard game in Giants history; they gained 602 yards in a 49-34 victory over Washington on Oct. 28, 1962.
  • The Giants' 510 net passing yards were a franchise record. The previous record of 505 yards was set in that 1962 game vs. Washington. Those are the only two 500-yard passing games in Giants history.
  • Victor Cruz caught 11 passes for 179 yards and Hakeem Nicks added 10 receptions for 199 yards. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants are the first team in NFL history with two players with at least 10 catches and at least 175 receiving yards in the same game.
  • According to the NFL, Manning, Cruz and Nicks joined three Hall of Famers - quarterback Norm Van Brocklin and receivers Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsh and Tom Fears of the 1951 Los Angeles Rams - as the only teammates in history with 500 passing yards, plus two receivers with at least 150 yards, in the same game. The Rams' trio accomplished the feat on Sept. 28, 1951 vs. - ironically - the New York Yanks.

- Stats provided by the Giants' PR department.


Giants-Buccaneers Final Score: Giants Rally For 41-34 Victory

Eli Manning, master of the fourth-quarter comeback, struck again Sunday for the New York Giants. Trailing 27-13 Manning rallied the Giants for a 41-34 victory at MetLife Stadium. Manning, who set an NFL record last season 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes, threw two on Sunday as the Giants (1-1) rallied for their first victory of the season.

Manning completed 31-of-51 passes for a career-high 510 yards. He rallied the Giants after throwing three first-half interceptions that led to 21 Buccaneers' points as Tampa Bay took a 24-13 halftime lead.

With the score at 34-34 and 1:58 to play, Manning went to work. He hit Ramses Barden for 24 yards. After a false start penalty he hit Hakeem Nicks on a 50-yard pass down the right sideline to set the Giants up at the Tampa Bay 11-yard line with 1:20 to play.

The Bucs tried to allow Andre Brown to score on a draw play, but Brown slid down at the 2-yard line. Brown then scored from there on the next play, giving the Giants a 41-34 lead with 31 seconds to play. That capped a wild finish to the final few minutes of the game.

Michael Boley then intercepted a Josh Freeman pass in the closing seconds to seal the victory.

The wild finish to this one began with the Giants trailing, 27-19. Manning hit Victor Cruz for an 80-yard score with 6:59 to play. Andre Brown ran the ball in for the two-point conversion, tying the score at 27-27.

The Giants then forced Tampa Bay into a three-and-out and took over at their own 37-yard line following a punt.

The Giants appeared to have won it when Manning threw a 33-yarder to Martellus Bennett, who wrestled the ball away from a defensive back with 3:59 left to play. That completed a four-play, 67-yard drive that gave the Giants their first lead since the first quarter.

Tampa Bay came right back, however, with an 80-yard drive, tying the game with 1:58 left on a 41-yard pass from Josh Freeman to Mike Williams, who caught the ball over defensive back Justin Tryon.

Manning then led the Giants on their winning drive. Manning's 510-yard passing day was the second-best in terms of yardage in Giants' history and the first 500-yard game of his career. Phil Simms threw for 513 yards in 1985.

Nicks played a huge and gutty game for the Giants. He had 10 catches for 199 yards, including the 50-yarder that set up the winning score. On several occasions he had to come off the field due to issues with his foot, broken during the offseason. Cruz caught 11 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown. Bennett had five catches for 72 yards.

Brown, who carried the running load after Ahmad Bradshaw left with a neck injury, had 71 yards on 13 carries.

The Giants played an ugly first half during which quarterback Eli Manning was intercepted three times. Each of those interceptions turned into touchdowns for Tampa Bay, including one in the closing seconds of the half that Eric Wright ran back 60 yards for a touchdown.

The Giants led after the first quarter, 6-3, as New York kicker Lawrence Tynes made field goals of 37 and 24 yards, sandwiched around a 45-yarder by Buccaneers' kicker Connor Barth.

Tampa Bay then took advantage of three second-quarter interceptions to outscore the Giants in the second quarter, 21-7, taking a 24-13 lead at halftime. With the score 17-13 the Giants looked like they were about to take control of the game when Wright stepped in front of a pass for Victor Cruz then returned it 60 yards for a score.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants: Facts, Stats And More

Sunday at MetLife Stadium, the New York Giants (0-1) commence Week 2 of the NFL season when they play host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0). Kickoff is at 1 p.m. with the game televised on the FOX networks. Flagship station WFAN AM-660 in New York will carry the radio broadcast.

[Related: Fantasy Football Start/Sit Week 2]

The Giants began the defense of their Super Bowl championship by laying an egg in a 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The theme entering the game was "build the bridge," except by the final whistle it was a bridge to nowhere. Tony Romo shredded the Giants secondary for 307 passing yards and three touchdowns while New York's running game picked up where it left off last season. Ranked dead last a year ago, the Giants were outrushed 143-82.

The Giants have taken the last three games, including a wild card victory at Raymond James Stadium in January 2008 that launched their Super Bowl run. The teams last met on September 27, 2009, a 24-0 Giants victory in Tampa.


Giants: Eli Manning (213 yards)
Buccaneers: Josh Freeman (138 yards)

Giants: Ahmad Bradshaw (17 carries, 78 yards)
Buccaneers: Doug Martin (24 carries, 95 yards)

Giants: Victor Cruz (6 catches, 58 yards)
Buccaneers: Vincent Jackson (4 catches, 48 yards)

Giants: Antrel Rolle (9)
Buccaneers: Mason Foster (6)

The Giants may only be 0-1, but the pressure is already on to not fall into an early hole. The rest of Big Blue's NFC East competition enters Week 2 1-0 and every opponent expects to bring their ‘A' game against the defending Super Bowl champions.

"You can't lose a game," said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "Everybody's 1-0 and we're 0-1. We have another big game this weekend. That's the great thing about our profession. We get to line up and play again."

The young Buccaneers are led into MetLife Stadium by first-year head coach Greg Schiano, who returns to New Jersey as the former coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Schiano's crew held the Carolina Panthers' ground game to 10 yards in a 16-10 victory at the Ray Jay. Promising quarterback Josh Freeman leads a Bucs offense that ran the ball effectively in Week 1. Schiano took a chance on starting rookie Doug Martin, picked one spot ahead of Giants RB David Wilson, and was rewarded with 95 rushing yards.

"He does a great job of preaching this is a one-game season," veteran cornerback Ronde Barber said of Schiano. "We'll play them one at a time and search for wins the best way that we can."

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Coughlin professed that Wilson is coming out of the doghouse. As long as the rookie can hold on to the ball, he stands a good chance of giving the Giants beleaguered ground game a boost. The line must also protect Eli Manning from a Buccaneers defense that last week sacked Cam Newton three times.

Defensively, a pass rush that vanished against Romo and the Cowboys must reassert itself against Freeman, another mobile quarterback. Justin Tuck said it was "alarming" that he, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora failed to sack Romo in the Week 1 loss.

Expect what's normally a ferocious front defensive line to come out motivated from the opening kickoff. They will have to rattle Freeman to help a secondary missing Terrell Thomas (knee), and possibly Prince Amukamara (high ankle sprain) and Michael Coe (hamstring). Corey Webster, the veteran of the group, is healthy, but played poorly against the Cowboys.

"I haven't slept well, so I think we all are itching to get back on the field. Definitely got a lot of work to do on the practice field." - Justin Tuck

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Buccaneers vs. Giants: Game Time, TV Schedule, Injury Updates And More

Greg Schiano will take his Tampa Bay Buccaneers to meet Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants on Sunday in MetLife Stadium.


Week 2 NFL Picks: Buccaneers Vs. Giants

The New York Giants are overwhelming favorites against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hoping they don't fall into another trap as they did against the Dallas Cowboys.


Greg Schiano: Ex-Rutgers Coach Rebuilding Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano brings the Tampa Bay Bucccaneers to MetLife Stadium Sunday to face the New York Giants.


Giants Vs. Buccaneers, Wednesday Injury Report

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, working his way back cautiously from a broken foot, did not practice today as the team prepared for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Nicks played Wednesday against the Dallas Cowboys, and there is no reason to think he won't play against Tampa Bay. He simply will be limited this season during practice.

Cornerback Prince Amukamara, working his way back from a high ankle sprain, was limited in practice for the 0-1 Giants. "He does have some issues; he's just fighting his way through them," said head coach Tom Coughlin.

New York Giants
Did Not Practice
Pos. Player Injury
WR Hakeem Nicks Foot
DE Adewale Ojomo Hamstring
Limited Participation
Pos. Player Injury
CB Prince Amukamara Ankle
DT Marvin Austin Back
C David Baas Hip
CB Michael Coe Hamstring
LB Keith Rivers Hamstring
Full Participation
Pos. Player Injury
T James Brewer Back
RB Da’Rel Scott Knee

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Did Not Practice
Pos. Player Injury
RB LeGarrette Blount Neck
Limited Participation
Pos. Player Injury
G Carl Nicks Toe
Full Practice
Pos. Player Injury
WR Arrelious Benn Knee
CB E.J. Biggers Foot
CB Anthony Gaitor Hamstring

Giants Vs. Buccaneers: Tom Coughlin Looking For 'Renewed Vigor'

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin has not slept much since his team lost to the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday in its season-opening game. During his press briefing on Wednesday, Coughlin made it clear he hopes he isn't the only one bothered by what took place against the Cowboys.

"None of us have slept well. I hope the whole room is full of people that didn't sleep well. That's the point," Coughlin said.

The 65-year-old coach has mellowed in recent years. Lack of sleep, a season-opening loss, and lots of questions from pesky reporters that he really did not feel much like answering had him in a foul mood during his 10-minute briefing, which was televised on MSG 2.

[Related: Complete Press Conference Transcript]

What does Coughlin want from his 0-1 team this week as it prepares for the 1-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whom they will host Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at MetLife Stadium? He made it clear:

"Energy. enthusiasm. Pride. Second game of the season. Didn't like what we saw for the most part in the first game. Renewed vigor. Vigilance. Unselfishness. Do your job. Understand. Listen. Pay attention to the details," Coughlin said.

The Buccaneers defeated Carolina, 16-10, in the debut of Greg Schiano, formerly of Rutgers, as head coach.

"They're a good team, they're a fast team," said Coughlin. "They did well in free agency, they drafted well."


- Coughlin said cornerback Prince Amukamara (high ankle sprain) "does have some issues. He's just fighting his way through."

- Offensive tackle Will Beatty (back) is not on the injury report for the first time. Coughlin said "We'll see how fast he comes." He would not promise that Beatty will return to the starting job at left tackle.

- Defensive tackle Marvin Austin (back) and linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring) will practice, though Rivers is limited.


New York Giants Vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Game Capsule

Here is a capsule look at this Sunday's matchup between the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, courtesy of the NFL PR Dept.








6 of past 9


Schiano: 0-0

Coughlin: 4-1


W 16-10 vs. Panthers

L 24-17 vs. Cowboys


9/27/09: Giants 24 at Buccaneers 0. New York RB Ahmad Bradshaw rushes for 104 yards & RB Brandon Jacobs rushes for 92 yards & TD as Giants defense allows just 86 total yards.


10/29/06: Giants 17, Buccaneers 3. New York QB Eli Manning hits WR Plaxico Burress for 7-yard TD & RB Brandon Jacobs adds TD run as Giants defense holds Bucs to 174 total yards.


FOX (1:00 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Chuck Cooperstein, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 135 (TB), 85 (NYG). XM: 230 (NYG).



Freeman: 16-24-138-1-0-95.5

Manning: 21-31-213-1-0-94.9


Martin (R): 24-95-4.0-0

Bradshaw: 17-78-4.6-1


Jackson: 4-47-11.8-0

Cruz: 6-58-9.7-0











3 tied: 1

Bernard, Joseph: 1


Barber, A. Black: 1

Boley: 1


Koenen: 46.0

Weatherford: 50.3


Barth: 10 (1/1 PAT; 3/3 FG)

Tynes: 5 (2/2 PAT; 1/1 FG)


BUCCANEERS: Head coach GREG SCHIANO returns to NJ. Was born in Wyckoff, NJ & was head coach at Rutgers for 11 seasons (2001-11). Off. Coor. MIKE SULLIVAN spent 8 years as coach with NYG (2004-11) & won 2 SBs…Since 2010, QB JOSH FREEMAN is 1 of 2 QBs with 7,000+ pass (7,181) & 600+ rush (615) yards (AARON RODGERS). Had 95.5 rating last week & when Freeman has 95+ rating, Bucs are 10-4 (.714)…Rookie RB DOUG MARTIN rushed for 95 yards & had 4 catches for 23 yards in NFL debut. RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT has 7 career 100-yard games…WR VINCENT JACKSON had 2 TDs in only game vs. NYG (11/8/09 with SD). Since 2008, Jackson avg. 17.88 yards per catch, best in NFL (min. 200 catches). WR MIKE WILLIAMS had TD catch last week. TE DALLAS CLARK aims for 3rd in row vs. NYG with TD…Defense allowed 10 rush yards last week, tying club record. CB RONDE BARBER started 200th consecutive game last week, most by CB in NFL history. Had sack & INT. Is only player in NFL annals with 25+ sacks (28) & 40+ INTs (44). GIANTS: Head coach TOM COUGHLIN is 3-0 vs. TB with NYG (incl. playoffs)…QB ELI MANNING is 3-0 in career vs. TB (incl. playoffs). In those 3, has completed 50 of 82 (61 pct.) for 500 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 98.6 rating. In past 6 starts (incl. postseason), Manning has 106.9 rating, completing 151 of 228 (66.2 pct.) for 1,778 yards with 13 TDs vs. 1 INT. NYG is 5-1 in those 6…In last meeting, RB AHMAD BRADSHAW rushed for 104 yards (14 att., 7.4 avg.). Has 8 100-yard rushing games in career & team has won all 8. Rushed for TD last week & aims for 3rd in row with rush TD (incl. playoffs)…WR VICTOR CRUZ has 9 career rec. TDs & avg. 52 yards per TD (468 yards). Has 5 TDs of 65+ yards & 8 TDs of 20+ yards. WR HAKEEM NICKS has 2+ catches in all 24 career home games (incl. playoffs). TE MARTELLUS BENNETT had TD catch in NYG debut last week…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 6 sacks in past 5. In WC meeting (1/6/08), CB COREY WEBSTER had INT & FR. NYG is 12-4 when Webster has INT (incl. playoffs).


Giants' Antrel Rolle: 'We Need To Improve With How We Practice'

New York Giants' safety Antrel Rolle is never shy when it comes to expressing his opinions, and on Monday he told WFAN's Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno that the 0-1 Giants "have a lot to improve on."

[Full Interview Transcript]

Head coach Tom Coughlin has been talking about how the Giants need better preparation than they had prior to their Week 1 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Rolle agreed:

“I think it’s definitely going to be a tight division this year,” Rolle said. “I think it’s tough every year. I will admit that I watched the Redskins, and they looked pretty impressive going up against the Saints and beating them in the Superdome. We have a lot to improve on, and it’s going to start in practice. We need to improve with how we practice, first and foremost, and that’s going to carry over to the games.”

The Giants' secondary struggled against the Cowboys with starting cornerback Prince Amukamara out with a high ankel sprain and replacement Michael Coe leaving the game with a hamstring injury.

“We have to win those one-on-one matchups,” Rolle told WFAN’s Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno in his weekly spot. “We have to do what we’re assigned to do as far as assignment and technique. We need to make plays when the opportunity presents itself, and I don’t think we did such a good job of that last Wednesday night. I think we definitely need to get more crisp in our approach and have that attack mentality.”

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