Post Game Report: Rams vs Giants

Fast facts Giants record: 3-1 This time last year: 3-1 Time of game: 3:35 Attendance: 78,453

Stat worth noting: The Rams completed 40 of their 62 passes, averaging 6.9 yards per pass play. The Giants completed only 19 passes, but averaged more than eight yards per pass play.

Stat worth noting II: The Rams actually had more yardage and first downs than the Giants, despite basically getting crushed. The Rams out-gained Big Blue 476-456 and had 27 first downs to 24 for New York.

Turning point: Midway through the third quarter with the Rams nipping at New York's heels, Rams coach Mike Martz got a little too cute. On a third-and-three from the New York six-yard line, the Rams ran a reverse that flopped. Steven Jackson's toss to Shaun McDonald fell to the turf and Fred Robbins recovered, thwarting St. Louis' best chance to get back into the game.

Play to remember: Amani Toomer scoring a touchdown. New York's forgotten man leapt high in the end zone to bring down a fade pass from Eli Manning to give Big Blue a 17-7 lead in the opening quarter. The fourth-and-goal conversion was challenged by Rams coach Mike Martz, but was upheld for Toomer's first score in more than a year.

Plays to forget: Twice the Rams benefited from terrible spots by the officials. The second occasion, which converted a fourth down, was challenged by Coughlin but upheld. In each case, the refs were really nowhere near the correct spot.

By the numbers

2: Out of 97 total pass attempts, there were only two sacks all game – one by Michael Strahan and one by St. Louis' Anthony Hargrove.

5: Turnover differential. The Giants didn't turn the ball over, while they picked Marc Bulger off three times and also recovered two St. Louis fumbles.

11: Game-high number of tackles by Gibril Wilson, who also forced a fumble.

75: Giants' winning percentage through the season's first quarter.

What they said

"We're ecstatic to go into this break 3-1. We feel very confident with ourselves." – Giants RB Tiki Barber

"We started out slow and got too far behind the eight ball. We didn't respond well early. We fought but there is nothing you can't overcome in a game. That has to be your mindset but we just put ourselves a little too far behind." – Rams RB Marshall Faulk

What went right

Plaxico Burress. He was unstoppable against the Rams, catching 10 passes for 204 yards and two TDs. Burress delivered more than New York could have ever hoped against the Rams.

The Giants have an offense. Can you believe it? It took New York only four games to become the first Giants team since 1972 to score more than 40 points twice in the same season.

Eli Manning looked as good as ever, spreading the ball around, but also making sure that a scalding Burress got enough touches.

Tom Coughlin has to be pleased with turnover-free football. A plus-5 TO differential is going to win you the game almost every time.

The running game got the job done. Tiki Barber averaged 5.3 yards per carry and scored a late TD.

What went wrong

The Rams were able to hang around. It wasn't until Mike Martz's bone-headed call midway through the third quarter that this game was pretty much settled, even though the Giants were dominating St. Louis.

Coughlin will still have plenty to yell about this week, as New York committed 11 penalties for 90 yards in losses.

Marc Bulger's 40 completions and 62 attempts were both the highest ever against the Giants.

It sure looked like the Giants missed Will Peterson, who very well could be out for the season. Curtis Deloatch made some good plays, but Peterson's absence was obvious against the Rams.

Osi Umenyiora's foot was hurting him after the game. At press-time there, was no word on the extent of his injury.

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