Game Notes

Aggressive D: The Giants defensive plan was to hit Browns QB Jeff Garcia from the opening bell. It worked like a charm. <BR><BR>

"One of our goals was to get to him early," LB Barrett Green said. "Hit him early and let him know we'd be after him all day."

Fellow free agent signee Carlos Emmons made his presence felt right from the get-go, dropping Garcia for an eight-yard sack on Cleveland's third play from scrimmage.

"It's always nice to start a game off that way," he said. "It gets you into a rhythm and you go from there."

Lethal Feagles: The Browns could never get out of the shadow of their own end zone due to the superb punting of 17-year vet Jeff Feagles.

"We did a lot to control their field position with our punter," Coughlin said.

"I certainly had the opportunities and I made the most of them," Feagles said. "It was a great day weather-wise and you have to take advantage of that when it happens."

Boy did he ever.

Believe it or not, Feagles' first punt, which was fair caught by dangerous Browns return man Dennis Northcutt at the Cleveland 14-yard line, was his worst.

After that, David Tyree downed one at the Cleveland 4, Northcutt fair caught another at the 10 and Northcutt ran out of bounds at the Browns 8 with Feagles' final boot.

"You're supposed to do that (well) when it's nice," he smiled.

Practice makes perfect: Tom Coughlin mentioned that New York's Wednesday practice leading up to the Browns game was the best Wednesday session they've had yet. Coughlin repeatedly points to practice performances as directly translating to game-day showings. He was obviously pleased with both last week.

"Preparation is the key to success," he said.

NFC East: With the win, New York moved into sole possession of second place. Sure, we know it's early, but did anyone really think the Giants would ever get this high at any point this season? The 2-1 Giants, who will be tied with the winner of last Monday night's game between Dallas and Washington, trail the unbeaten Eagles by a game. The Giants now head to historic Lambeau Field to battle the Packers this Sunday at 1 p.m.

Dayne, Williams shelved: Two days before the game, the Giants lost starting SS Shaun Williams for several weeks when he injured his left knee picking off a pass late in Friday's practice. Williams tore the lateral meniscus and underwent surgery Monday to repair the damaged cartilage. It was his right knee that cost him the final six games of last season. With Williams sidelined, rookie Gibril Wilson made his first pro start.

The morning of the game, Ron Dayne, who's had calf problems, also came up lame. When Dayne awoke, his calf had swollen up so he was deactivated for the contest. With Dayne on the shelf, Mike Cloud made his Giants debut. CB Frank Walker was also out of action with a broken bone is his foot. He's hopeful of returning to practice on a full basis and playing next week.

Finally, WR Jamaar Taylor, who returned to practice last week, sat out another game with his hamstring injury.

The rest of New York's inactives were healthy scratches – OL Greg Walker, OL Marques Sullivan and DT Kenderick Allen.

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