Giants Post Game Notes

<b>What went right</b><br> For the second week in a row, the Giants received points from a source other than their struggling offense. <br><br> Despite coughing up his first try, Derrick Ward continues to run very hard and well on kickoff returns.

The refs correctly overturned a Clarence Moore non-catch that clearly hit the ground. That reversed a 47-yard Baltimore gain.

The Giants got to see that a receiving tight end could actually be an effective weapon, as Todd Heap blistered the defense for 76 yards and two TDs.

Former Giants on Baltimore's sideline must have had a blast. Ravens assistants Jim Fassel, Mike Nolan and Johnnie Lynn had to enjoy this one. Heck, even Darnell Dinkins caught a pass against his former team.

There are only three games left in this most pitiful of seasons.

What went wrong
Eli Manning was terrible, looking an awful lot like a guy who shouldn't be in the lineup right now.

The offense couldn't establish any type of rhythm whatsoever, and turned the ball over six times.

The defense couldn't get the job done, often playing on a very short field as a result of all the offensive miscues. Kyle Boller tossed four TD passes.

Tiki Barber lost his first two fumbles of the season, with the first ending a pathetic opening drive by the Giants offense. Ray Lewis recovered, setting up a 46-yard Matt Stover field goal.

Ravens RB Jamal Lewis and CB Deion Sanders, both questionable all week, suited up and hurt the Giants.

The game refused to end. It was 3:45 by the time the fourth quarter started. Nothing better than three-and-a-half hours of lousy football.

Fast facts
Giants record: 5-8
This time last year: 4-9
Time of game: 3:33
Attendance: 69,856

Stat worth noting: You have to look no further than the turnover department to see why this one was so one-sided. The Giants gave away the ball six times, while only forcing one Ravens turnover.

Stat worth noting II: In the first half when the game was obviously decided, the Giants had 21 passing yards. The Ravens had 55 yards alone on returns of Eli Manning's two interceptions.

Turning point: It took the Giants exactly one play to seal their fate in Baltimore. Derrick Ward coughed up the game's opening kick and the Ravens never looked back. Ward had a nice 26-yard return going before Ravens LB T.J. Slaughter knocked out the ball. Edgerton Hartwell recovered on the Giants 26 and six plays later the Ravens had a 7-0 lead.

"The fumble on the opening kickoff was like a bad dream," Tom Coughlin said.

Play to remember: About all that went right for the Giants came late in the second quarter when Ravens coach Brian Billick decided to go for it on a fourth-and-five from the Giants 34. Kyle Boller dropped back to pass and was hit and stripped by Reggie Torbor, who was credited with a 16-yard sack on the play. Osi Umenyiora picked up the loose ball at midfield and raced down the left sideline for the first touchdown of his career.

Plays to forget: It took the Ravens less than three minutes to take a lead the Giants never seriously threatened. Facing a third-and-six from the Giants 12, Ravens QB Kyle Boller lofted a perfect fade pass to Clarence Moore. Moore used his six-inch height advantage and easily jumped over Will Peterson to snatch the ball in the side of the end zone. Moore later beat Terry Cousin in similar fashion right under the goalpost.

By the numbers
0.0: Eli Manning's quarterback rating.
6: Consecutive losses by an obviously overmatched New York club.
8: Number of INTs this season by Ravens safety Ed Reed, the entire Giants team has 10.
20: Ravens points off turnovers

What they said
"Obviously you feel disappointed. But what can you do, you know? You just have to try to bounce back and get this thing going in the other direction." - Giants TE Jeremy Shockey

"I think the blessing is we played our type of football. We ran the ball well, we played hard-nosed defense, and that's our type of football." - Ravens LB Ray Lewis

The Giants Beat Top Stories