Game Notes

<b>Penalties Aplenty: </b> The yellow flags seemed to blend with the natural vistas of fall, but nobody was happy about it. The G-men committed 14 penalties, the most since last season against the Redskins and the third-highest ever for any Tom Coughlin team.

The Bears weren't much better, contributing 11 of their own.

A-Train Rolls Again: Bears running back Anthony Thomas, a former 1,000-yard rusher, subbing for the injured Thomas Jones, rushed for his second 100-yard game in a row. Thomas pounded out 110 yards on 28 carries and scored two touchdowns, including a backbreaking 41-yarder to extend Chicago's lead to 28-14 with just 7:56 left.

Sackin' Robbins: Defensive tackle Fred Robbins made two key first-half sacks. The first, a 7-yard loss, came when Robbins speed-rushed past guard Mike Gandy. The second sack, a key 4-yard loss right before the 2:00 warning, halted the Bears from going up by a touchdown after Nathan Vasher's 41-yard interception return. As a group, the Giants five sacks were the highest total since last season's finale against Carolina.

Fumble backs: The position is called quarterback, but not in this game. Bears quarterback Craig Krenzel and Giants Kurt Warner combined for four fumbles, all recovered by the opposition. But unlike Warner who also threw two picks, Krenzel didn't toss any interceptions and won his second-straight win as a starter.

Vanquished by Vasher: Cornerback Nathan Vasher intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble, and had three passes defensed, including a key 4th down play at the Bears 5-yard line when he knocked down an ally-oop pass for Ike Hilliard. Said the confident rookie from Texas: "I don't think it's my best game. I think my best game is still coming. I'm still learning."

Heinz 57 varieties: Michael Strahan's sack of rookie Craig Krenzel was the all-time sack leader's 57th QB trapping. The rest of the league no doubt has a long way to go to catch up.

Injuries: Defensive end Michael Strahan left the game in the second half with a strained right pectoral muscle. Strahan was to undergo an MRI on Monday. Keith Washington strained his knee in the second quarter and didn't return. Luke Petitgout suffered a concussion when he hit his head on the turf after Warner's last interception. He was still a little woozy after the game. Reserve tackle Brandon Winey finished the game. Amani Toomer was shaken up when he was clocked and fell hard to the ground on Warner's first interception, but returned to the game.

Inactives: Shaun O'Hara missed his second game with a leg infection. Wayne Lucier subbed for him at center. Barrett Green missed another start, this one due to knee and ankle injuries from the Minnesota game. Nick Greisen filled in and logged eight tackles. Quarterback Jesse Palmer, safety Curry Burns, running back Derrick Ward, linebacker T.J. Hollowell, offensive lineman Marques Sullivan and defensive tackle Kenderick Allen were also inactive.

NFC East: The good news for the Giants is the Eagles (7-1) lost to the Steelers, 27-3, so they're still just two games back. The Cowboys, now 3-5, were eaten alive by the Bengals, 26-3. And the Redskins, also 3-5, beat the Lions, 17-10.

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