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Giants 28, Rams 16: A Quick Look Back

Here is a look back at some of the highlights and lowlights of the New York Giants 28-16 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Monday night.

It Was Over When ...

New York running back Brandon Jacobs ran nine yards for a touchdown with 6:27 left in the third quarter, giving the Giants a commanding 28-9 lead.

Turning Point ...

Michael Boley's 65-yard return for a touchdown of a lateral that was dropped and not retrieved by Cadillac Williams of St. Louis. Until that point the Rams offense had the Giants defense on the ropes. The play gave the Giants a 14-6 second-quarter lead.

Three Good Stats ...

  1. Time Of Possession: The Giants controlled the ball for 34:12, compared to 25:48 for St. Louis. 
  2. 38 Running Plays: That is compared to 29 passes, much more the way the Giants play when they win.
  3. 59 Yards rushing Allowed: That is what the Giants defense gave up. One thing the Giants can do is defend the run.

Three Bad Stats

  1. 334 Yards Passing Allowed: That is back-to-back 300+ yard passing performances by Rex Grossman and Sam Bradford against the Giants secondary. With Michael Vick Tom Brady, Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees coming up later this season that is not a good sign.
  2. 3.1 Yards Per Rushing Attempt: The Giants hit a few good runs, but they need to do better than 3.1 yards per attempt.
  3. Third-Down Efficiency: The Giants were just 5-for-15 here after going 1-for-10 the previous week. That has to improve.

Next Week

The Giants face the Philadelphia Eagles in Philly at 1 p.m. ET. The Eagles have won the last six times the teams met.

Final - 9.19.2011 1 2 3 4 Total
St. Louis Rams 6 0 10 0 16
New York Giants 7 14 7 0 28

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