8:30 PM ET, October 15, 2007
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
ATLANTA (AP) -- The New York Giants are on another roll. Now, they've got to sustain it.Eli Manning passed for 303 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Giants to their fourth straight win, 31-10 over the hapless Atlanta Falcons on Monday night.The Giants (4-2) took control after a wild first quarter in which the teams combined for 24 points. New York scored the final 24 points to send the Michael Vick-less Falcons tumbling to their fifth loss in six games.
The Giants improved to 4-2 after beating up on the Falcons, but they also racked up the franchise's 600th all-time win in the process. Not too many other teams in the NFL can claim that accomplishment.
|The Giants and Falcons have an odd history ... the road team has won every head-to-head meeting since 1981. Here are some other similar streaks in NFL history:|
|Giants vs. Falcons||12||1981-present|
|Bengals vs. Colts||10||1981-95|
|Chiefs vs. Chargers||8||1974-77|
|Steelers vs. Redskins||8||1950-53|
The Giants became just the third team in NFL history with 600 regular-season wins. They are 600-502-33 in franchise history, following Chicago and Green Bay. ... Atlanta reached 100 yards rushing for the first time this season, largely because of Norwood's big run. Starter Warrick Dunn was held to 15 yards on eight carries. ... Atlanta DT Rod Coleman played his first game of the season but wasn't much of a factor with three tackles.
It was execution along with a good run game that paved the way for a solid win for the Giants in Atlanta. In the second quarter, the Giants lined up in maximum protection, with two tight ends and two receivers out wide and a single back behind quarterback Eli Manning for a first-and-10 play from the Atlanta 43. A solid ground game forced safety Lawyer Milloy to bite on Manning's play-action fake, which was all WR Plaxico Burress needed to get behind the secondary of Atlanta. Manning hit Burress on his post route for a 43-yard touchdown that put the Giants up 21-10, and that was all they needed en route to a 31-10 win. This is why a strong ground game makes the play-action pass such a dangerous weapon. Manning connected on all five passes, with two touchdowns, off the play-action fake in the first half.
-- Doug Kretz, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.5||4.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-4||0-0|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||11:52||Morten Andersen 47 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 8 plays, 41 yds, 3:13
|TD||5:37||Amani Toomer, 5 yd pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 73 yds, 6:15
|TD||5:27||Jerious Norwood, 67 yd run (Morten Andersen kick is good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 67 yds, 0:18
|TD||2:18||Reuben Droughns, 1 yd run (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 82 yds, 3:01
|TD||8:28||Plaxico Burress, 43 yd pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 62 yds, 2:22
|FG||10:55||Lawrence Tynes 32 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 13 plays, 79 yds, 7:57
|TD||3:14||Derrick Ward, 9 yd run (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 67 yds, 1:42