Game Notes

Webster Plays Big: Emmanuel Lewis would be proud (the TV Webster, for those of you under 30). Though listed as third-team, rookie Corey Webster made two impressive interceptions. The first he stole from Carolina receiver Steve Smith; the second, hauling down a long pass from Chris Weinke and returning it 28 yards.

A Will and a Way: Though Will Peterson left the game early with a strained knee, Will Allen enforced his own will on Carolina, notching seven tackles, defending three passes, and intercepting a Delhomme pass – all in the first half.

Pressure or lack thereof: Although Coughlin noted, "We (had) no pressure on the passer whatsoever." That's not exactly true. The Giants forced six turnovers and you can thank the d-linemen. Defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy forced Carolina QB Jake Delhomme to throw an errant pass during the Panthers first drive, picked off by Will Allen. Delhomme's second interception was a result of more d-line pressure and, ironically, snatched out of the air by rookie defensive end Justin Tuck. Late in the fourth quarter, Fred Robbins recorded a sack on Carolina rookie, Stefan LeFors.

The Brandon-ator: Brandon Jacobs, the Human Contusion, didn't make an appearance until the third quarter he still led the team with 38 yards on 9 carries. Instead, Coughlin gave reserves Mike Cloud and Derrick Ward room to run. On one fourth-quarter run, the popular 260-pounder raced around left end like a mutant-sized Tiki Barber for 14 yards. Before the game, one fan slapped "Jacobs" on a piece of duct tape to an old Ron Dayne jersey. When the season starts, there's no doubt, he'll be able to go out and get the real thing.

Backup Wars: Giants quarterback Tim Hasslebeck made a case for the backup job by leading New York on two scoring drives: the first a 28-yard field goal; the second, a nine-play, 87-yard drive culminating in a 6-yard toss to Tim Carter. Jared Lorenzen did mop up duty late in the fourth. He ended one drive by being sacked by linebacker Bryan Knight, who, at 238-pounds, is at least 40 pounds lighter than ‘ol Pils.

Plax Lax. Big Plax's first-half production was a bit lax. He didn't latch onto a single pass. His closest chance was on the last possession of the first half when Burress dropped a third-down toss by Manning just as he was being tattooed by reserve corner back Dante Wesley.

Happy Returns: After returning one punt for six yards last week against the Browns, Michael (Waylon) Jennings returned two punts for 19 yards, while Willie Ponder totaled 114 yards fielding four kickoffs.

Gumbo Galore: Everyone knows feisty Carolina QB Jake Delhomme is a ragin' Cajun, but so is lefty rookie QB Stefan LeFors. Both served up some tasty treats for the Giants D. For the record, Weinke isn't Cajun. His name just sounds funny.

Injuries: Will Peterson sprained his knee in the first quarter and did not return. Eli Manning suffered a sprained elbow. X-rays were negative. "It happened on the paly when Peppers knocked the ball out," said Manning. "It feels better now." Linebacker T.J. Hollowell, shoulder, also had X-rays. Results expected soon.

Inactives: Safety Jack Brewer, Defensive end Eric Moore, and linebacker Barrett Green did not play due to knee injuries. Also inactive were receiver/punt returner Mark Jones (foot); cornerback Lamont Brightful (shoulder); lineman Wayne Lucier (calf); and receiver Jamaar Taylor (hip flexor strain). On the Carolina side, former Giants linebacker Brandon Short sat out with bad foot.


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