Game Story: Giants 13, Dolphins 10

Here are a bunch of tidbits, news and notes about the Giants big win over the Dolphins.

Fast Facts

Stat worth noting: Unable to get much of a passing attack due to the inclement conditions, New York averaged a lofty 5.1 yards per carry on the ground.

Stat worth noting II: With Miami trying to mount a comeback, the Giants were able to play keepaway and hold onto the ball for 10:50 of the fourth quarter.

Turning point: Leading just 3-0 midway through the second quarter, the Giants were faced with a fourth-and-one near midfield. Tom Coughlin decided to go for it and Reuben Droughns rewarded him with a two-yard run that moved the sticks. Six plays later the Giants reached the end zone to take a 10-0 lead. They were never seriously threatened after that.

Play to remember: In a play somewhat resembling something from a comedy skit, Michael Strahan was Johnny on the spot, falling on a gift from Dolphins QB Cleo Lemon. The Miami signal-caller went to throw the ball but had it slip right from his grasp as he began his throwing motion. The ball fell to the turf and Strahan recovered it at the Miami 34-yard line. Four plays later, Lawrence Tynes drilled a 41-yard field goal to give New York a 13-0 halftime lead.

Play to forget: Late in the third quarter, Dolphins DE Matt Roth blew right by the weak blocking attempt of David Diehl and absolutely leveled Eli Manning. New York's QB coughed up the football and Jason Taylor emerged victorious from the bottom of the scrum and came away with the fumble, which gave Miami the ball on the Giants 49.

By the Numbers

2: Career rushing touchdowns by Eli Manning. His first came in Philadelphia during the 2005 season.

6: Consecutive victories by New York after an 0-2 start.

24: Consecutive made field goals by former Giants kicker Jay Feely before he missed a 48-yarder wide right in the first quarter.


"To me there is no such thing as a moral victory. A loss is a loss and we made too many mistakes today to win." – Dolphins CB Will Allen

"We've won six in a row. We're 6-2 and we're happy to go into the bye week." – Giants coach Tom Coughlin

What went right

Brandon Jacobs rumbled to yet another career high in rushing. Jacobs gained 131 yards on 23 carries to set a career-best for the second consecutive week.

Eli Manning was able to outrace Miami DE Jason Taylor for a 10-yard touchdown run shortly before halftime. That gave New York its first TD and a 10-0 lead. Perhaps Taylor could have used some help from his 26-foot-tall friend, Big JT, which was displayed all over London the week before the game.

Brandon Jacobs' fumble, which was forced by Will Allen of all people, popped straight into the air where it was grabbed by LG Rich Seubert, who rumbled but was unable to gain any extra yardage in the third quarter.

Miami was the opposition. During this contest, it was easy to see why the Dolphins entered the game with an 0-7 mark. Clearly they earned it. With a quarterback named Cleo Lemon handing off to an RB named Jesse Chatman and throwing to a WR named Derek Hagan, it didn't really matter how well or poorly the Giants played. They basically couldn't lose.

What went wrong

Eli Manning was hardly sharp in mastering the elements and the Miami defense. Several of Manning's passes sailed high as he threw more incompletions (14) than he completed passes (eight). His receivers certainly didn't help any, as the Giants dropped at least five catchable passes during the game.

Barry Cofield was flagged for unnecessary roughness late in the third quarter, aiding Miami's first scoring drive of the game.

New York had an embarrassing penalty-filled drive in the fourth quarter as they were trying to run out the clock. The Giants actually faced a second-and-37 after offensive holding calls on Madison Hedgecock and Amani Toomer, an illegal block above the waist by Toomer and an illegal substitution infraction.

Lawrence Tynes missed his usual field goal, this one a 29-yarder that sailed wide left in the fourth quarter that would have helped New York salt away the game.

The streaker that ran to midfield and started doing push-ups right before the second half kickoff was a little too much to take, for either team.

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