GIANTS: Week 2 Recap


Sep 15, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) shakes hands with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) after a game at MetLife Stadium. The Broncos defeated the Giants 41-23. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants shoot themselves in the foot too many times in loss to Broncos

“The performance level has to come up” – Tom Coughlin

Multiple bounces did not go the Giants way as the Broncos came into Metlife Stadium and beat the Giants 41-23

“Somehow, someway you’ve got to stop the interceptions.” – Tom Coughlin

Eli Manning threw 4 interceptions trying to force too many balls in an attempt to replace a dismal rushing performance by this Giants team.

19 carries for 23 yards and a TD are the only numbers the Giants rushing attack could put up against a feisty defensive front for the Denver Broncos.

Peyton Manning followed up his 7 TD performance by carving up the Giants defense by throwing 23 for 43 for 307 and 2 with zero interceptions.

Quick Blow By Blow: 

Game started with the Broncos at their own 7. Peyton drove all the way down the field but the drive ended when rookie Montee Ball fumbled into the end zone which was recovered by the Giants for a touchback

A big story again this week was the inability to score a TD in the red zone and the Giants drive stalled after that turnover leading up to a Josh Brown field goal.

The Giants did a good job bottling up the Broncos rushing attack except for 2 rushes for 20 and 25 yards by Moreno for TD’s

Nicks dislocated a finger on a drop that would have been a first down but Coughlin says he is okay.

Brandon Myers tripped over his own feet after a 27 yard catch and run, may have scored if he did not.

– That drive also stalled when Randle fumbled at the goal line which was recovered by the Broncos. Luckily there was illegal contact called and the ball was given back to the Giants. After a drop on the 2 yard line by Myers for what would be a 1st down, the drive ended in another field goal.

A methodical drive by Eli Manning right before the half was halted by a Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie interception in the end zone. A field goal would have put the Giants up 12-10 at the half.

Brandon Jacobs got his first TD this season as a Giant in the 3rd quarter to cut the lead to 17-16

Demaryius Thomas fumbled the ball on the ensuing drive that bounced right into Mark Herzlich’s hands but he did not recover. Broncos took advantage and scored a TD on a 25 yard  run.

Another bad bounce came for the Giants in the beginning of the 4th quarter when Eli was trying to find Randle on a slant but the ball was kicked by the cornerback off a tip and intercepted.

Later on in the 4th a short punt bounced right into Trindon Holliday’s hands. With the gunner over running the play, Holliday ran the punt back 81 yards to put the nail in the coffin.