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GIANTS 30, RAVENS 10: Overpowering all day long


GIANTS 30, RAVENS 10: Overpowering all day long
Here's the headline Justin Tuck wants you to read this morning: "The Giants are the worst 9-1 team in Football."


Of course, they're the only 9-1 team in Football, but that's beside the point. What the defensive end wants is to be ignored, underappreciated and overlooked.

"I hope you all continue to write about Baltimore and write about Pittsburgh," he said, going so far as to jokingly offer reporters a name-your-price reward for finding some other bandwagon to plop onto.

At this point, the best way for the Giants to reach their chameleonic goal of blending into the fabric of the NFL might be to lose a game or two. "We don't plan on doing that," Tuck said.

So get used to it, Giants. As long as they keep winning games like yesterday's 30-10 clobbering of the Ravens, posting 207 rushing yards against a team that had been allowing an average of about one-third that, it'll be hard for anyone to dispute their place atop the Football universe.

Sure, they still manage to keep that "us against the world" mentality, center Shaun O'Hara said. "There's just not as many people on that world side."

The Giants looked like world-beaters yesterday, even if that chip on their shoulder continues to shrivel. After a week of listening to how impenetrable the Ravens' run defense would be, they manhandled Ray Lewis & Co. on the opening drive, rolling for 52 yards on the ground. The first run they attempted was a handoff to Brandon Jacobs in which he was stopped behind the line of scrimmage but bounced it to the left for a 36-yard gain. Jacobs capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run behind blocks from Kevin Boss and Madison Hedgecock.

"That's what I do," said Jacobs, who carried eight times for 70 yards in the first quarter, more than the Ravens had been allowing per game. "I set the tone for our team."

From that point, it was just a matter of how many rushing yards the Giants would tally. No team had run for 200 yards against the Ravens since the Steelers in 1997, and no individual had posted 100 rushing yards against them since Larry Johnson in 2006, a span of 28 games. Rather than look at those trends as intimidating, the Giants wound up seeing them as objectives.

"The goal is always over 100, but we'll take 200," guard Chris Snee said. "We still wanted that 100-yard rusher, I'll tell you that now. I guess that streak stays alive."

Blame Jacobs' sore knee for that. He gained 73 yards on 11 carries and didn't take a handoff in the final 29:10. Helped by a 77-yard burst in the fourth quarter, Ahmad Bradshaw had 96 yards on nine carries. Derrick Ward had 41 yards on 11 carries and four catches for 54 yards.

"The holes were gaping, gaping," Ravens defensive tackle Trevor Pryce said. "If you give any NFL back holes like that, he's going to look like Gale Sayers."

Twice the Giants built leads of 20 points and left the Ravens so little space to regroup. Jacobs popped another 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter and Darcy Johnson grabbed a 1-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning for his first career reception to make it 20-0 (the snap skipped on the second PAT, denying the Giants a point).

Matt Stover kicked a field goal and Le'Ron McClain caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from rookie Joe Flacco to cut the lead to 20-10, but Aaron Ross had his second interception of the game and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown late in the third to make it 27-10. Lawrence Tynes, in his first scoring action of the season, sealed it with a 19-yard field goal that followed Bradshaw's long run to the 2.

The Giants thwarted the Ravens pretty well, too, holding them to 121 rushing yards, 57 of them on six carries by Flacco. Even when they seemed about to give up a field goal in the first quarter, Fred Robbins blocked a 32-yard attempt.

"Any time you have an opponent coming into your house and all they are talking about is their defense - and not your own - you want to come out here and prove to yourself that your defense is pretty good, too," Antonio Pierce said.

But the game will be remembered as a groundbreaker for the way the ground attack broke the Ravens. O'Hara could feel that the Ravens were "frustrated" and "didn't know what to do."

"It wasn't so much that they were ultra-special," Pryce said, "but it was more that we were ultra-bad."

Sounds like something Tuck almost wishes he could say.

Running start

The Giants put yesterday's game away early by scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions. The drives:

Time of Poss. Plays Yards

No. 1 4:13 8 68

No. 2 3:27 5 33

No. 3 6:40 12 90



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 17, 2008

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