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Week 2 Game Recap: New Orleans Saints 10, New York Giants 27

What you need to know

New Orleans Saints

Costly mistakes and turnovers determined the outcome of this game for New Orleans. The Saints turned the ball over six times, seemingly thwarting their own efforts throughout the game. A fumble on the opening kickoff resulted in Brandon Jacobs’ one yard touchdown run. Aaron Brooks threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. Joe Horn fumbled the ball right at the pylon as he was reaching for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that resulted in a touchback, giving the ball back to the Giants.

Aaron Brooks threw for 375 yards on his 27 out of 45 passing attempts. An amazing effort, looking at the stats. But as stated, Brooks accounted for four of the six New Orleans’ turnovers. The only successful drive of the game for him was his second, when he completed six out of six passes for 73 yards culminating with a 21 yard touchdown strike to Joe Horn.

Joe Horn was the receiver of choice in the first half with six receptions for 92 yards and his 21 yard touchdown reception. He finished the game with nine receptions for 143 yards. Donte’ Stallworth became Brooks’ favorite target in the second half of the game and ended with eight receptions for 141 yards. This game was the first time in five years that the Saints have had two receivers with a 100 yard plus game.

Deuce McAllister was ok, but certainly less than his owners were hoping for with 91 all purpose yards. His rushing efforts were stalled both by the front line of the Giants’ defense and an abandoning of the rushing game as the game wore on and the Saints found themselves further behind.

New York Giants

The Giants opened the game strong scoring on their first two drives of the game. After recovering a fumble at the Saints’ ten on the opening kickoff of the game, they quickly capitalized on the turnover. Tiki Barber carried the ball twice, first for seven yards, then for two yards. Brandon Jacobs came in at the goal line and quickly scored after Barber was stopped short on the one yard line. On their second drive Eli Manning sharply led the team downfield completing six out of eight passes for 80 yards, finishing with a six yard screen pass to Tiki Barber for the touchdown.

They were beneficiaries of the Saints’ mistakes as the rest of the game was a rather pedestrian effort on the part of the New York offense. In great contrast to Aaron Brooks who threw for 375 yards, Eli Manning completed just a little over half of his passing attempts with 13 completions out of 24 attempts for 165 yards.

It was the Giants’ running backs who scored all of the touchdowns. Brandon Jacobs with a one yard rush during the opening minutes of the game. Tiki Barber made a six yard touchdown reception, surprisingly his only catch of the game, during the second drive of the game and then rushed in easily from the 12 yard line in the second quarter. Barber rushed for 83 yards total on his 22 carries. His touchdown run was the longest of the game.

Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Shockey led the Giants’ receivers, both recording five receptions for 64 yards. Though Burress was targeted 12 times to Shockey’s six targets. Shockey made a key 20 yard reception that set up Tiki Barber’s touchdown run. Burress had a 22 yard touchdown called back with an illegal formation penalty. Burress himself was called for holding, negating a 28 yard rush by Tiki Barber.

What you ought to know

QB Aaron Brooks, Pass: 27 - 45 - 375 - 1 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 3 - 10 - 0

It was up and down night for Aaron Brooks. He looked sharp in the first quarter and at times throughout the rest of the game. He favored Joe Horn often, most impressively on a 21 yard touchdown strike at the beginning of the second quarter. He completed six out of six passes for 73 yards on that drive to answer the Giants’ previous score. But that was the last touchdown he would throw. And while he finished with 375 passing yards, he was a big part of this losing effort with turnovers. He lost a fumble, threw two interceptions and was sacked four times. And then threw a final third interception to end the game.

RB Deuce McAllister, Rush: 15 - 47 - 0, Rec: 6 - 44 - 0 (6 targets)

McAllister finished the game with only 47 rushing yards on 15 carries. He had a six yard carry brought back on a holding penalty. He had two carries of nine yards, but most of his yardage was gained on one and two yard rushes and he found few holes against the Giants’ front. McAllister’s involvement in the receiving game brought his total yards up to 91 with 44 yards on six receptions. He made two receptions near the end of the first half one for ten yards, the second for 22 yards.

RB Antowain Smith, Rush: 4 - 15 - 0

Smith carried the ball in the second quarter in relief of Deuce McAllister. He gained 15 yards on his four carries.

RB Mike Karney, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets)

FB Karney’s sole contribution to the game was a five yard reception in the third quarter.

RB Aaron Stecker (1 targets)

Stecker was not a factor in this game.

WR Joe Horn, Rec: 9 - 143 - 1 (13 targets)

Horn played an outstanding first half. He was overthrown on Brooks’ first passing attempt of the game. He made a great reception to gain a first down on the next play on a ball that went right through hands of the Giants’ defender. Horn made a fantastic catch on the sidelines keeping his feet in bounds as he made the reception, then a few plays later made his 21 yard touchdown reception. He was hit hard by Brent Alexander and stayed on the turf a few moments, but ran off the field on his own and returned to play. But in the second half, Brooks began to look primarily for Donte’ Stallworth. Horn cost the Saints a touchback, losing the ball as he dove to try to make a touchdown. He was diving and reaching for the pylon when the ball came out of his hands.

WR Donte Stallworth, Rec: 8 - 141 - 0 (12 targets)

Stallworth was not a real factor in the first half with only one reception for 12 yards. But in the second half, he came alive, adding seven receptions for 129 yards. Stallworth bobbled but pulled in a 15 yard pass in the first drive of the second half. And he made a great 33 yard reception in the third quarter. Stallworth returned a punt 27 yards late in the game after Michael Lewis left injured

WR Devery Henderson, Rec: 3 - 42 - 0 (5 targets)

Henderson made a two 13 yard receptions, and late in the game he made a third down conversion with a 16 yard reception. He was targeted once in the end zone, but the pass was broken up.

TE Ernie Conwell (4 targets)

Conwell was off his game and was not able to come up with a reception despite being targeted four times. He turned late on a deeper pass thrown to him on third down that would have given the Saints a first down had he caught it. Conwell was also targeted in the end zone, but Brooks overthrew him.

PK John Carney 1 - 2 FG, 1 - 1 XP, 4 points

Carney made a 21 yard field goal but also missed a 29 yard attempt.

NO Rush Defense

The Saints’ rush defense was unable to keep the Giants out the end zone, and were scored against twice in the first half. They gave up a total of 92 rushing yards to the Giants, 83 of those to Tiki Barber. Eli Manning was not sacked.

NO Pass Defense

After giving up 109 passing yards and a touchdown to Eli Manning, the Saints came back in the second half and brought more pressure on him and he only added 56 passing yards. The secondary was able to cover the New York receivers, forcing Manning to throw the ball away a number of times. Mike McKenzie knocked down a pass intended for Plaxico Burress.

QB Eli Manning, Pass: 13 - 24 - 165 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 0 - 0

Manning displayed confidence and poise at times in the game. And while statistically speaking it was not a stellar outing, he did what he was called to do, play mistake free football without turning over the ball. In the first quarter, he led the Giants downfield, completing six out of 8 passing attempts for 80 yards finishing with a six yard touchdown pass to Tiki Barber. Late in the game, a 22 yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress was brought back with an illegal formation penalty.

RB Tiki Barber, Rush: 22 - 83 - 1, Rec: 1 - 6 - 1 (2 targets)

Barber gained 7 yards on his first carry of the game. He was replaced by Brandon Jacobs at the goal line. Barber had a 28 yard carry called back on a holding penalty against Plaxico Burress. He made a 6 yard screen reception for a touchdown during the Giants’ second drive. Barber scored a second touchdown running in easily for the 12 yard score.

RB Brandon Jacobs, Rush: 3 - 5 - 1

Jacobs capitalized on Barber being stopped short at the goal line and scored the first touchdown of the game. He was brought into the game on short yardage situations. Jacobs also contributed on special teams with kick off returns.

RB Derrick Ward (1 targets)

Ward was targeted on the second drive of the game, on a screen play.

WR Plaxico Burress, Rec: 5 - 64 - 0 (12 targets)

Burress was Manning’s favorite target and a huge part of New York’s second scoring drive. He made the first catch of the game for the Giants to gain 15 yards. And then made an additional two more receptions for a total of 48 yards. Late in the game, Burress had a 22 yard touchdown reception called back with an illegal formation penalty.

WR Amani Toomer, Rec: 2 - 31 - 0 (5 targets)

Toomer saw his first target in the end zone. He was targeted twice deep, but Manning both under and overthrew him. Toomer had a 13 yard reception brought back with an offensive holding penalty. Toomer made a leaping grab at the sidelines for 25 yards and dragged his foot to make the reception count.

WR Willie Ponder, Rush: 1 - 4 - 0

Ponder carried the ball on an end around play to gain four yards.

WR David Tyree (1 targets)

Tyree was targeted in the end zone.

TE Jeremy Shockey, Rec: 5 - 64 - 0 (6 targets)

Shockey caught back to back passes to gain a combined 26 yards during the Giants’ second drive. He made a 20 yard reception that set up Tiki Barber’s 12 yard touchdown run.

PK Jay Feely 2 - 2 FG, 3 - 3 XP, 9 points

Feely made two field goals of 39 and 30 yards.

NYG Rush Defense

The defensive front of the New York Giants was able to hold Deuce McAllister in check and he rushed for only 47 yards. Aaron Brooks and Antowain Smith added an additional 25 yards rushing. They sacked Brooks four times. William Joseph recovered his fumble.

NYG Pass Defense

The Giants did give up 375 passing yards to Aaron Brooks but it was the turnovers that they came up with from him that prevented that from affecting the outcome of the game. Michael Strahan was called for roughing the passer and the Saints gained 15 yards additional yards on their first scoring drive. Brooks was sacked four times and intercepted three times.

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