N.Y.'s Manning has Giant day

Posted: September 17, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning needed a near-record performance to make up for his own mistakes.

Manning threw for 510 yards, second-most for a Giants quarterback, and Andre Brown's 2-yard run with 31 seconds left lifted New York to a wild, 41-34 victory Sunday over the Buccaneers.

Manning overcame a miserable first half with a monster 295 yards passing in the second half, tying for the eighth-most in NFL history and 3 yards short of Phil Simms' Giants record.

After his three first-half interceptions staked the Bucs (1-1) to an 11-point lead, Manning helped the Super Bowl champions avoid a dreaded 0-2 start. He threw touchdowns of 23 yards to Hakeem Nicks, 80 to Victor Cruz, and 33 to Martellus Bennett with 3 minutes, 59 seconds to play to give New York a 34-27 lead.

Josh Freeman tied the game with a 41-yard pass to Mike Williams, but Manning drove New York 80 yards in four plays to win it. A 50-yard completion to Nicks led to Andre Brown's score.

Giants 41, Buccaneers 34

Tampa Bay 3 21 3 7 – 34

N.Y. Giants 6 7 3 25 – 41

First quarter

NYG–FG Tynes 37, 12:43.

TB–FG Barth 45, 8:42.

NYG–FG Tynes 24, 2:54.

Second quarter

TB–Jackson 29 pass from Freeman (Barth kick), 13:48.

TB–Martin 8 run (Barth kick), 6:19.

NYG–Nicks 23 pass from Manning (Tynes kick), 1:54.

TB–Wright 60 interception return (Barth kick), :08.

Third quarter

TB–FG Barth 52, 13:14.

NYG–FG Tynes 36, :39.

Fourth quarter

NYG–FG Tynes 24, 12:22.

NYG–Cruz 80 pass from Manning (A.Brown run), 6:48.

NYG–Bennett 33 pass from Manning (Tynes kick), 3:59.

TB–Williams 41 pass from Freeman (Barth kick), 1:58.

NYG–A.Brown 2 run (Tynes kick), :31.

A: 76,964.

TB   NYG

First downs 14   31   

Total Net Yards 307   604   

Rushes-yards 22-79   25-94   

Passing 228   510   

Punt Returns 2-16   2-23   

Kickoff Returns 8-198   4-99   

Interceptions Ret. 3-100   2-6   

Comp-Att-Int 15-28-2   31-51-3   

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-15   0-0   

Punts 6-42.0   2-39.5   

Fumbles-Lost 1-0   1-0   

Penalties-Yards 5-33   7-53   

Time of Possession 26:31   33:29   

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Tampa Bay, Martin 20-66, Parker 1-7, Ware 1-6. N.Y. Giants, A.Brown 13-71, Bradshaw 5-16, Wilson 3-6, Hynoski 1-3, Manning 3-(minus 2).

Passing: Tampa Bay, Freeman 15-28-2-243. N.Y. Giants, Manning 31-51-3-510.

Receiving: Tampa Bay, Jackson 5-128, Clark 4-33, Williams 3-59, Stroughter 1-14, Lorig 1-8, Ware 1-1. N.Y. Giants, Cruz 11-179, Nicks 10-199, Bennett 5-72, A.Brown 2-19, Barden 1-24, Hixon 1-12, Hynoski 1-5.

Missed Field Goals: None.

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