Game Notes

Kool Hand Kurt: It's been quite a long time since Kurt Warner was the winning QB in a football game, the 2001 NFC Championship Game while he was with the Rams to be exact. He now has that monkey off his back. Warner wasn't spectacular but did nothing to hurt the team, throwing for a QB rating of 97.0, with a perfectly-thrown TD pass to Tim Carter and no interceptions. <BR><BR>

"Don't remind me, it's over now," Warner said of his nine-game losing streak. "It always feels good to win and it really does not feel as long as it has been. It always feels great to win and to get the first win in a Giants uniform. It's just a great feeling."

Warner, 36-16 as an NFL starter, became the 14th different QB to win a game for the Giants since Giants Stadium opened in 1976.

"The fans were great today," he said. "It is so important to win games at home, you know that is an added advantage when you're playing at home in front of your home fans."

Warner was also glad to help snap another ugly streak, New York's nine consecutive losses dating back to last season. That tied the longest down skid ever; the Giants dropped the first nine games of the 1976 campaign.

Picked off: New York's four INTs were the most they've recorded since they had four in a win over Dallas on Nov. 4, 2001. Brent Alexander became the first Giant to record a multiple-pick game since Will Allen swiped a pair in Minnesota on Nov. 19, 2001.

Game ball: Michael Strahan presented Tom Coughlin with a game ball in the locker room after the game for Coughlin's first victory as head coach of the Giants.

Series edge: The Giants now lead their regular season series with Washington, 81-58-4. The postseason series is tied, 1-1. The Giants have more games played (143) and more victories against Washington than any other opponent. Also, the Giants now have a regular-season record of 218-218-2 since Giants Stadium opened.

History lesson? This is the 13th time the Giants won their second game after dropping the opener, with it happening most recently in 2002. In the 12 previous seasons, they had eight winning records, twice finished .500 and finished with a losing record just twice. They've also now improved to 16-13 in home openers and have won four of the past five.

Sittin' out

The following Giants were inactive Sunday vs. Washington: RB Mike Cloud, CB Frank Walker (foot), Carlos Emmons (groin), OL Greg Walker, OT Marques Sullivan, WR Jamaar Taylor (hamstring) and DT Kenderick Allen. Jesse Palmer was the third QB.

Quote of the game: "We really didn't try to play it close to the vest in the second half. I know it turned out that way and it looked that way. Of course, we made it real exciting…we tried like heck in every situation to make it close and it certainly was, so I'm very, very pleased to win, very happy for our players. Our players deserve all the credit in the world." – Tom Coughlin


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