What They're Saying

Here's what Eli Manning, Antonio Pierce and Domenik Hixon had to say about Big Blue's performance against Cleveland.

Eli Manning: "I think the first team offense did really well. Our goal was to come out and play strong and get off to a better start than we did last week. We did that.

"The second possession we got the pass interference and then got a touchdown. The next time we got the ball we did a good job of getting another touchdown after getting good field position.

"Our goal for the whole season is to come out and play well at home. Last year we didn't play well at home. It's good to come out here and give a good performance.

(On Hixon) "He's been consistent. He has taken snaps with the first team all training camp. He has been making plays for us and his work paid off tonight.

"He stayed in-bounds for the first touchdown, which was a fade route, and then again on the second touchdown, which was a post route.

"It was really a great job on both of them of getting his feet down. Then the touchdown on the free kick. That gave him the hat trick in the first quarter. Not a bad night."

Antonio Pierce: "Guys came out with a lot more energy this week. We were focused on getting off the field on third down. We didn't do it on the first series, but we bounced back nicely with four or five straight three and outs, including a defensive score. Guys made up their mind that enough20is enough. The defense is making progress."

Domenik Hixon: "On both touchdowns, the offensive line did a great job of blocking and Eli put the ball right where it needed to be.

"Since the Detroit game, getting my feet in-bounds is something we have practiced. It is something I need to do better. Every day after practice we work on it. I even talked to Amani and Plax about how they get their feet down in-bounds.

"On the free kick, the guys up front did a heckuva job blocking. The wedge cleaned them out and gave me a seam to run, and everybody else sealed off their blocks out front. The tough job is the blocking. All I had to do is run."

Some second half highlights:

Danny Ware threw his hat into the kickoff return ring with a 59-yard return early in the third quarter.

Ahmad Bradshaw dove over the top of the pile and into the end zone on fourth down midway through the third quarter.

Fill-in kicker Josh Huston didn't help his efforts to impress others around the league when he missed a 42-yarder wide left in the fourth quarter.

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