Stat worth noting: The Saints actually out-gained New York 422 yards to 257, yet were never really in the game. New Orleans also moved the sticks 23 times to only 15 for Big Blue.
Stat worth noting II: The Saints had the ball more than New York for each of the first three quarters, before New York put the game away with a 9:05-5:55 edge in the fourth.
Turning point: What better time to set the game's tone than on the opening kickoff? After taking the return handoff from Saints teammate Michael Lewis, Fred McAfee fumbled when Nick Greisen hit him. Giants rookie LB Chase Blackburn recovered on the Saints 10. After Tiki Barber gained nine yards, Brandon Jacobs punched it in and the Giants never looked back.
Play to remember: No matter how much the Giants were dominating the game, the Saints just kept hanging around. That all ended late in the third quarter. With New Orleans in Big Blue territory, Saints QB Aaron Brooks forced a pass to Donte' Stallworth. The pass hit off the receiver and into the awaiting arms of Brent Alexander, who returned the gift 24 yards to the Saints 49.
Play to forget: Early in the third period, with the ball around midfield, Eli Manning had Amani Toomer wide open on a post route and nearing the goal line. However, Manning badly underthrew the pass, which Toomer was unable to corral.
By the numbers
2: Catches turned in by Amani Toomer, one week after having his 98-game reception streak snapped.
5: Years since the Giants began a season 2-0. They kicked off the 2000 Super Bowl season with a 3-0 start.
11: Number of Saints penalties – in the first half alone. They finished with 13.
17: Number of catches by Saints receivers Joe Horn and Donte' Stallworth, who abused the Giants secondary all night long.
What they said
"The good thing is that we're 2-0. We definitely have some things that we can definitely get better at and personally I'm working hard to get better but I think for the most part we came out on the first couple of drives and put some points up on the scoreboard. We played well for the first and second quarters and were a little slow in the third but we have to continue to play well for all four quarters." – Giants WR Plaxico Burress
"I think the focus was fine. I think guys were focused. You take your lumps and you move on. They beat us and you can't blame anybody. You can blame the New York Giants. Your focus has to be ready to play for 60 minutes. We played in spurts." – Saints RB Deuce McAllister
What went right
New York unleashed its running backs on New Orleans. In addition to two rushing scores by Tiki Barber and Brandon Jacobs, Barber also scored on a six-yard pass.
Eli Manning made some beautiful throws, looking much better than he did on opening day. He threw for one short score with no INTs.
The Giants got their turnovers, turning three fumble recoveries and three interceptions into 17 points.
Starting Saints safety Fakhir Brown was inactive after he collided with teammate Darren Howard during Saturday's practice, leaving Jason Craft to fail miserably in attempting to cover Plaxico Burress.
The Giants were able to get to Saints QB Aaron Brooks often, sacking him four times.
What went wrong
The Giants got a bad break in the second quarter when Chad Morton failed to field a punt, which hit James Butler in the leg, giving New Orleans the ball on the Giants 37, leading to a field goal.
For the second straight game, an opposing receiver had his way with New York's defensive backs. Joe Horn finished with nine catches for 143 yards and a TD. All told, Big Blue surrendered 350 passing yards.
The Saints were able to convert more than half of the third down opportunities, moving the sticks eight times in 15 tries.
The Giants were called for nine penalties, most of them totally unnecessary and undisciplined.
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