1:00 PM ET, September 30, 2001
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- On a day the New York Giants finally opened their home season and honored the heroes of the World Trade Center attack, their team leaders took charge.
Ron Dayne's career-best 55-yard run helped set up his own TD that gave the Giants the lead for good in the second quarter.
The Giants have improved each week, especially on defense. They went from no sacks in Week 1 to one sack in Week 2 to four on Sunday (three by Michael Strahan). And they stopped the run. The Giants are getting more comfortable with their defense as the season moves on. On offense, Ron Dayne is starting to step it up and look like a real player; he gained over 100 yards on just 19 carries.
ESPN.com NFL analyst Vinny Cerrato has served as director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
Giants receiver Ike Hilliard (foot) played for the first time this season and had two catches for 32 yards ... Giants starting LG Glenn Parker left the game in the third quarter with a concussion ... Williams averaged 46.5 yards on eight punts, including a long of 63 ... Jackson finished with eight catches for 105 yards for the Saints ... Shaun Williams of the Giants had the only interception ... Michael Lewis opened the game with a 68-yard kickoff return to the New York 23, but the Saints failed to capitalize because of an unsportsmanlike penalty against T Kyle Turley.