Eli Manning posted the second 400-yard passing game of his career and tossed two touchdowns. Victor Cruz finished with nine receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns, including a 72-yard score, with Mario Manningham out. The offensive line, which had David Diehl at left tackle and Kevin Boothe at left guard with Will Beatty out, gave up only one sack but did have two false-start penalties in the second quarter to stall two drives in New Orleans' territory.
The Giants managed 73 yards on the ground, and Brandon Jacobs had 46 yards and a touchdown while using a new offensive line with Will Beatty out. Those numbers are major improvements from last week against Philadelphia, which held the Giants to 29 yards rushing. But the Giants miss Ahmad Bradshaw, and if they were able to run the ball more effectively early on, Big Blue would have been able to keep the ball out of Drew Brees' hands a bit longer.
The Giants allowed 205 yards on the ground, 125 of them coming after halftime when the game got out of hand. Still, they surrendered three rushing touchdowns and there were too many missed tackles. With LB Michael Boley out, the Giants lost their quickest linebacker. And rookie Mark Herzlich, who started his second straight game, left in the second half with an ankle injury. Brees also ran for an 8-yard touchdown in the third quarter, killing any chance of a comeback.
Drew Brees carved up the Giants for 363 yards and four touchdowns, repeatedly exposing the Giants' defense. The Giants could not cover Jimmy Graham (two touchdowns), Lance Moore (two touchdowns), Marques Colston or Devery Henderson. The pass rush disappeared for the second straight week, failing to sack Brees. Osi Umenyiora left the game in the first half with an ankle injury. Jason Pierre-Paul was one of the few bright spots with six tackles and one quarterback hit.
Tom Coughlin called for a fake punt late in the third quarter but changed his mind. Punter Steve Weatherford did not get the aborted fake punt call and ran for no gain on a fourth-and-7. Aaron Ross fumbled a second-quarter punt return (the Giants recovered). On the bright side, the Giants stopped a fake field goal attempt early in the game. They kept Darren Sproles in check, and Lawrence Tynes showed off his power by barely missing a 61-yard field goal at the end of the first half.
The Giants looked overmatched and overwhelmed on defense. Granted, they had injuries to key starters like Michael Boley, Ahmad Bradshaw, Will Beatty, Mario Manningham and Osi Umenyiora. But the Giants were outclassed and the pass rush has vanished. Tom Coughlin took the blame for two of the Saints' touchdowns, and he lost two challenges in the third quarter on Saints' drives that ended with touchdowns. Now Coughlin must find a way to stop another second-half slide.