New York Giants vs Tampa Buccaneers: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
Somehow someway, the Giants defeated the Buccaneers by a score of 41-33. This game was sloppy from start to finish, but it was exciting nonetheless. Eli Manning stole the show as he passed for 510 and three touchdowns after a lackluster first half. The Giants now improve to 1-1 on the season, while the Bucs suffered their first loss and drop to 1-1. The Giants have to forget about this win quickly, as they have to travel to Carolina on Thursday Night to take on the Panthers. Tampa Bay will be on the road again next week when they travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys.
The Giants intercept Josh Freeman's pass to steal the victory. New York takes a knee, but the Tampa Bay defense tackles Eli Manning in a move that was extremely unsportsman like.
Greg Schiano and Tom Coughlin appeared to be arguing with each other as the teams shook hands, and it is understandable why Coughlin was upset.
The story of this game is how the Giants overcame a number of miscues to come on top at the end. Eli Manning finished with 510 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.
After review, Mike Williams did not make the catch. It will be second down at the Giants 5 yard line.
Josh Freeman is in the zone! The Bucs are at the Giants 16 yard line after a big pick up from Vincent Jackson and then a beautiful throw to Mike Williams down the sideline. The play to Williams is currently under review.
A four play, 85-yard drive propels the Giants to take the 41-33 lead. Josh Freeman now has 25 seconds to put a touchdown drive together.
Josh Freeman answers right back! A spectacular catch from Mike Williams in the end zone after he "Mossed" the Giants defender. Eli now has 1:58 to orchestrate a drive.
The Giants take the lead! A huge pass from Manning to Nicks over the middle and then a heave to the end zone that was caught by Martellus Bennett for the 33-yard score.
Let's see if Josh Freeman can regain some of his magic from a few seasons ago.
Another big time stop by the Giants defense. New York has the football with just under six minutes to play.
A huge play from Victor Cruz. The wide receiver blew past the Buccaneer secondary on a go-route for an 8--yard touchdown score. The Giants then went for the two-point conversion and made. Andre Brown ran the ball in on a draw play.
Momentum is with the Giants right now as the Buccaneers offense has not been able to do anything all quarter.
The game is ties at 27 with just under seven minutes to play.
The Giants defense is really carrying this team. Another huge stop on third down forces Tampa to punt, and the Giants will take over at their own 12 yard line.
Tampa Bay gave josh Freeman all day to complete a huge pass on third a long. The Bucs are driving, but they were forced to burn their first timeout of the half after some confusion.
The Bucs have to utilize Doug Martin more effectively in this quarter.
Another goal line stand by the Buccaneers, but it is more of the Giants shooting themselves in the foot. Lawrence Tynes hits his fourth field goal to bring the score within eight.
Tampa Bay leads 27-19.
The Giants are once again threatening in the red zone after the interception by Cory Webster. Martellus Bennett drops another touchdown pass that was thrown perfectly from Eli Manning.
At the end of the third quarter, Tampa Bay leads New York 27-16.
Kenny Philips is trying to light a fire under the Giants after he destroys Vincent Jackson to break up a pass.
A relentless pass rush then forces a bad decision from Josh Freeman as Cory Webster steps in front of his pass for an interception.
Another red zone stop by the Buccaneer defense. The Giants are forced to settle for a Lawrence Tynes field goal as they narrow Tampa Bay's lead to just 11.
The Giants offense is threatening once again as they enter Buccaneer territory. A touchdown here would swing some momentum back towards New York's way.
The Giants defense has come to play in the second half. Jason Pierre-Paul is firing up the unit as they force Tampa to punt.
The Giants offense has the ball at their own 35-yard line and they continue to feed Andre Brown the football. The running back now has 42 rushing yards to go along with 11 receiving.
The Giants first drive of the half ends with a punt as the unit continues to be out of sync. Vincent Jackson is continuing to shred the Giants secondary as he has 109 yards on four receptions.
The Bucs ended their first offensive drive of the half with 52-yard field goal from Connor Barth. The offense struggled once again,however, after they manged just 14 yards on five plays.
Tampa Bay now leads 27-13.
Tampa Bay's keys to the second half: The Bucs have to sustain a long drive on offense in the second half. The defense has carried this team after three interceptions and a defensive touchdown. Tampa has to do a better job protecting josh Freeman, as he has been facing consent pressure all day long.
New York's keys to the second half: The Giants have to cut down on simple miscues. Three interceptions, two dropped touchdowns and below average protection are the main reasons for the Giants to be down by 11 at the half. The ground game has to pick up where it left off at the end of the first half, and Eli has to make more sound decisions.
The Giants were driving into Buccaneer territory, but then Major Wright stepped in front of an Eli Manning pass and returned it to the house.
Manning seemed to be composed on that drive, however, but it appeared that he didn't see Wright as he threw it right to him.
At halftime, the Buccaneers lead the Giants 24-13.
The Buccaneers offense has not been able to sustain a solid drive since the beginning of the half. The unit has been set up beautifully by its defense on a number of occasions, but they cannot count on that same fortune for the remainder of the game.
Hakeem Nicks has brought the Giants to within four after an excellent route that allowed him to break free of Aqib Talib for a 23-yard touchdown reception.
Tampa Bay now leads 17-13.
Andre Brown is giving the Giants a much need spark in the ground game. The young back exploded for a 23-yard run, and he now has 39 yards on just four carries.
Look for the Giants to continue to feed him the ball as long as he stays hot.
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