Manning, run game and defense impressive in Giants’ win 24-17 over CarolinaBy Tom Canavan, AP
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Hill’s bizarre late TD leads Giants over Panthers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Defensive end Tommie Hill scored on a bizarre 18-yard fumble return as time ran out and the New York Giants scored a 24-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Monday night.
Fourth-string quarterback Hunter Cantwell had tied the game with 57 seconds to play, taking Carolina on an 88-yard drive. He ran for 21 yards and passed for 67 on the five-play drive that ended with a 31-yard scoring pass to Jason Chery and a 2-point conversion pass to Andrew Davie.
The Giants had a three-and-out series and Jeff Feagles punted 56 yards to the Carolina 18 with 10 seconds to play.
Cantwell went back to pass on the next play and his arm was hit by Leger Douzable. The ball went in the air and Hill grabbed it and scurried into the left corner of the end zone for a shocking ending.
The Giants had led almost the entire game, scoring on a 19-yard run by Ahmad Bradshaw, a 36-yard screen pass from David Carr to halfback Danny Ware and a 46-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes.
New York also forced five turnovers, with the last one deciding the game.
Linebacker James Anderson’s punt block led to a Carolina safety in the first half and halfback Mike Goodson scored on a 14-yard run in the third quarter for Carolina’s other scores.
Eli Manning, who signed a $97 million contract extension last week, played only two series for New York in trying to find a deep threat to replace the troubled Plaxico Burress, who was released in April in the wake of his self-inflicted gunshot wound.
While none of the receivers stood out, Manning had to be happy with his offensive line and running game. Brandon Jacobs had a 13-yard catch and run and rambled 22 yards on a 77-yard scoring drive that featured an 18-yard Manning pass to Domenik Hixon and the touchdown run by Bradshaw, who is replacing Derrick Ward, the 1,000 rusher who signed with Tampa Bay.
Manning finished 2 of 3 for 31 yards playing behind an offense line that was without starting guards Chris Snee and Rich Seubert.
Anderson came clean on his punt block and got Carolina on the scoreboard with a safety midway through the second quarter. Feagles had to bat the ball out of the end zone to prevent a Panthers’ touchdown.
The defense and Carr combined for New York’s second touchdown late in the second quarter. Maurice Evans sacked Josh McCown and rookie DeAndre Wright recovered at the Panthers 36.
On third-and-10, New York had a perfect call against a Panthers’ blitz and Ware was almost untouched scoring on a 36-yard screen pass.
Panthers safety Quinton Teal intercepted an Andre Woodson pass early in the third quarter and returned the ball 21 yards to the Giants 30. Goodson ran 16 yards with a pitch on the first down and then cut back left on the second play for the touchdown, although he was flagged for a taunting penalty for making a throat slash gesture after the run.
Tynes, who missed a 43-yard field goal earlier in the game that matched two teams that disappointed in the playoffs last season, seemed to give New York breathing room with his 46-yarder in the fourth quarter.
However, Cantwell tied the game with less than a minute to play and then coughed up the ball to go from hero to goat.
The game marked the return of two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora to the Giants’ lineup after missing last season with a knee injury. He delighted the crowd with a first-quarter sack.
Jake Delhomme, who threw five interceptions in the playoff loss to Arizona, was 5 for 9 for 38 yards in an average performance over three series.
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