Titans 29

(2-1, 1-0 away)

Giants 10

(1-2, 1-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 26, 2010

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
TEN 3 7 9 1029
NYG 0 10 0 010

Top Performers

Passing: E. Manning (NYG) - 386 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: C. Johnson (TEN) - 32 CAR, 125 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: S. Smith (NYG) - 9 REC, 103 YDS

Titans defense forces 3 turnovers in win over Giants

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Tennessee Titans wanted a bounce back game and the New York Giants helped them get it.

A week after Tennessee turned over the ball seven times in a loss to Pittsburgh, Chris Johnson ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns, Vince Young threw a touchdown and the Titans didn't lose the ball once in a 29-10 win Sunday over the error-prone and undisciplined Giants.

The aggressive Titans (2-1) forced three turnovers, including two inside their 6-yard line, and agitated the Giants (1-2) so much that New York was flagged for five personal fouls.

"This Tennessee defense, we play hard. We play physical," said safety Michael Griffin, who forced a key fumble by Ahmad Bradshaw in the third quarter at the Titans 5. "Look at the stats, they don't look pretty. Look at that score, it looks very nice. We did get in their heads a little bit."

The victory was the 10th straight against an NFC opponent for the Titans and their fifth straight over the Giants.

The Giants were their own worst enemy. They missed two field goals; gave Tennessee a safety with a chop block in the end zone; and had the parade of personal fouls, including two by offensive tackle Kareem McKenzie that led to him being yanked from the game. There was also one against Brandon Jacobs that didn't count because it was offset by one against the Titans.

"All the personal fouls, we took advantage of that today," said linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who had 13 tackles. "They have a good team over there. I know Tom Coughlin will get them right."

This was the Giants' second straight stinker. They were blown out by Indianapolis 38-14 last Sunday night in the second Manning Bowl.

"The way in which we play in between the lines is my responsibility and I'm taking full responsibility for that," Coughlin said. "This is a game that we should have won we didn't win."

The Giants, who got a 50-yard field goal from Lawrence Tynes and a 10-yard touchdown run by Bradshaw in a 10-10 opening half, outgained the Titans 471-271.

"We beat ourselves," defensive captain Justin Tuck said. "You have to give Tennessee credit for taking advantage of our miscues. I think we outplayed them, but it doesn't matter. They scored 29 points and we scored 10. Turnovers, penalities, missed assignments. You name it and we probably did it today."

The mistakes made the one-sided yardage figures meaningless.

The go-ahead score came early in the third quarter. On a third-and-10 from the Giants 1, Manning found Mario Manningham for a 44-yard pass down the sideline. But the play was nullified when Bradshaw was flagged for a chop block in the end zone, which resulted in a safety.

"Sometimes you are going to get beat and that is one thing, and sometimes the other team makes a play," said Giants quarterback Eli Manning (34 of 48 for 386 yards). "But when you hurt yourself it is hard to overcome those things."

Rookie Matt Dodge sent a line-drive 53-yard punt on the ensuing free kick and Marc Mariani returned it 22 yards to the Titans 49. Six plays later Young, who was lifted in the loss to the Steelers, hit Kenny Britt on a 13-yard touchdown pass for a 19-10 lead.

The Giants had a chance to get back in the game on the next possession, but Bradshaw, who had runs of 22 and 20 yards, fumbled at the Titans 5 and Alterraun Verner recovered. Giants tackle David Diehl was called for a personal foul for ripping the helmet off the head of safety Cortland Finnegan.

Tynes, who missed from 53 yards in the first half, missed on a 44-yarder early in the third quarter. The wide-right kick came after New York was called for a delay of game, then a miffed McKenzie got his first personal foul after the play.

"You are always taught that they [the officials] never see the first thing, they see the retaliation," McKenzie said. "That's something we are well aware of and for whatever reason sometimes guys just don't get it. Today I didn't."

Rob Bironas added a short field goal after the miss and Johnson, who scored on a 1-yard run in the first half, iced the game with an 8-yard run to the pylon.

Tennessee jumped to a 10-0 lead on a 48-yard field goal after lineman Sen'Derrick Marks picked off a deflected pass on the opening series. Johnson carried nine times for 35 yards on a 10-play drive that ended with his 1-yard run.

The Giants tied the game on Tynes' long field goal and a nine-play, 63-yard drive capped by Bradshaw's run.

Game notes

Giants Pro Bowl center Shaun O'Hara was out (left ankle). Special teams captain Chase Blackburn also was out (right knee). ... A good day for the Titans' former Rutgers players. Britt had two catches for 26 yards and Jason McCourty had an interception in the end zone on a pass tipped by linebacker Will Witherspoon.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1726
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5870
Total Yards271471
Yards per play4.76.7
Total Drives1111
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-41-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

tenFG9:39Rob Bironas 48 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 21 yds, 3:19
tenTD8:49Chris Johnson 1 Yard Run (Rob Bironas Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 57 yds, 5:23
nygFG4:22Lawrence Tynes 50 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 38 yds, 4:31
nygTD0:42Ahmad Bradshaw 10 Yard Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 63 yds, 2:12
tenSF10:53Penalty on Ahmad Bradshaw, Chop Block In Own End Zone
Drive info: 2 plays, -1 yds, 1:34
tenTD7:55Kenny Britt 13 Yard Pass From Vince Young (Rob Bironas Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 51 yds, 2:56
tenFG7:53Rob Bironas 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 46 yds, 5:39
tenTD4:12Chris Johnson 8 Yard Run (Rob Bironas Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 65 yds, 1:54

Research Notes

From Elias: The Giants had 471 yards of total offense but scored just 10 points. That is the 2nd-most total yards gained while scoring 10 points or fewer in a game since the NFL first started recording statistics in 1933.

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