Eli, Giants Rip Woeful Rams
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Eli Manning connected on 20-of-29 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns as the New York Giants crushed the St. Louis Rams, 41-13, at Edward Jones Dome.
Brandon Jacobs had 15 touches and gained 93 yards for the Giants (2-0), who have won 11 straight games on the road, which includes the playoffs. Plaxico Burress caught five balls for 81 yards and a TD and Amani Toomer also caught a TD pass. Ahmad Bradshaw had five carries for 52 yards with a score and also had a touchdown reception for New York. Justin Tuck had three tackles, two sacks and a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown.
“This was a good win for us, to come in and get our 11th road win,” said Burress. “We just want to keep at it one game at a time and whoever is next on the schedule that’s our mindset, to win one game.”
Marc Bulger was 20-of-32 passing for 177 yards with a TD and a pick for the Rams (0-2), who have dropped four straight to the Giants. Steven Jackson had 13 carries for 53 yards in defeat. Torry Holt caught six passes for 76 yards and scored the lone TD for the Rams. St. Louis gained only 201 total yards of offense.
The Rams, trailing by 14 points, began the fourth with a 2nd-and-10 from their own 16. Bulger led his team 84 yards to pay dirt in just nine plays, capped off with a 45-yard strike to Holt. The long TD made it 20-13 with 10:46 left in regulation.
“The bottom line is that we can’t expect to win games playing the way we are playing,” Rams head coach Scott Linehan said. “Last week was different than this week. I think you guys would agree that for three and a half quarters we were right there.”
NY answered on its next possession as Domenik Hixon’s over-the-shoulder 32- yard reception set up Bradshaw’s 18-yard TD catch. The score closed out a six-play, 82-yard drive that concluded with just over seven minutes remaining and gave Big Blue a 27-13 cushion.
The Rams’ next drive helped the Giants put the game out of reach. After converting on a crucial 4th-and-6, Bulger dropped back to pass but found Tuck right in his face to block the throw. Tuck bobbled the ball, gained possession and ran 41 yards for his first career touchdown, which made it 34-13.
“I jumped up and it kind of caught me right here in my shoulder pads and I was able to get control of it and it was off to the races,” said Tuck.
Bradshaw broke a 31-yard touchdown run for NY on its next drive to balloon the lead to 41-13 with less than 3 1/2 minutes left in the game.
Neither team could muster any offense on either of their first possessions, but the Giants’ second drive resulted in a score.
Manning found Burress wide-open deep down the middle of the field for a 33- yard TD. The bomb capped a seven-play, 64-yard drive that lasted 4:06 and gave the G-Men a 7-0 lead they took into the second stanza.
Josh Brown hit a pair of 54-yard field goals, bookended around a John Carney 39-yarder, in the second quarter with the second making it 10-6 with just under two minutes to play.
NY then started a drive at its own 32 with 1:49 to go before the break. The club drove down to the Rams’ 18-yard line before Derrick Ward took a handoff and trucked his way to the goalline, however, a holding call brought the ball back to the 26. The Giants settled for a 33-yard kick from Carney to make it 13-6 heading into the intermission.
The Rams were forced to punt on their first possession of the second half, and the Giants took over at their own three-yard line. The team converted on 3rd- and-6 as Manning found Burress for a 14-yard pickup. Two plays later, Jacobs broke a 30-yard run to the St. Louis 41.
A few plays later, Manning hit Burress again and the receiver moved to the 10- yard line but fumbled the ball as he was tackled. Oshiomogho Atogwe scooped it up for a potential Rams possession but NY coach Tom Coughlin threw the red flag and the call was reversed after an official review, making it 1st-and- goal from the 10.
On the very next play, Manning found Toomer over the middle for a touchdown grab he hauled in despite strong coverage from Tye Hill. The 10-play, 97-yard drive gave the Giants a 20-6 advantage with 8:48 to go before the final frame.
The Rams have given up 966 yards of total offense and have been outscored 79-16 in the first two games of 2008…Holt’s TD in the fourth quarter was the first for St. Louis this season. The Rams have not run a play in the Red Zone all season…The Giants still have a ways to go for the consecutive road-win record as the Joe Montana-led San Francisco 49ers ripped off 19 road wins in a row from 1988-90…The Rams, who lost their first eight games of 2007, had won 10 of their previous 13 home openers coming in…St. Louis leads the all-time regular season series with the Giants, 25-13.
09/14 18:24:06 ET