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Sunday, September 14, 2008
Quick take: Giants 41, Rams 13


Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

The Rams actually hung in this game for three quarters, but then the Giants buried them with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Eli Manning was 20 of 29 for 260 yards and three touchdowns, but the story of the game was the Giants' swarming defense. In the first two weeks of the season, the losses of Osi Umenyiora and Michael Strahan haven't hampered the club's pass rush.

The Giants finished with six sacks, and defensive end Justin Tuck continued his Pro Bowl campaign with two sacks and an interception return for a touchdown. It's not like Tuck came out nowhere (he had 10 sacks last season), but he's emerging as one of the top defensive players in the NFC East.

The once vaunted Rams offense was held to 201 total yards, and they only made it close in the second half because of a miracle catch by Torry Holt that made it 20-13. The Giants responded with a long touchdown drive and we were reminded why Ahmad Bradshaw is such a weapon when he took a swing pass from Manning 18 yards for a touchdown.

Tom Coughlin was worried to death about this game -- and for good reason. This is obviously a bad Rams team, but Coughlin knew there was an opportunity for a letdown. His offense, though, gashed the Rams with Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward on the ground.

Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo constantly rotated his talented defensive linemen, with defensive tackles Jay Alford and Fred Robbins combining for three sacks. Instead of worrying about players who aren't available, other players have raised their level of play.