Ahmad Bradshaw avenged a fumble on the first play from scrimmage to run for 200 yards, and the New York Giants overcame a sluggish start to blow out the lowly Cleveland Browns 41-27 in MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
According to the CBS telecast, the Giants have outscored their first four opponents by a combined 16-3 in the first quarter. On Sunday, Cleveland put up the first two touchdowns of the game and jumped out to a 14-7 lead after the first 15 minutes.
The second quarter and beyond were a different story, though.
Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden threw a crucial pick on a 3rd -and-1 play deep in Giants territory with a 17-10 lead, and the Giants blew open the game from there.
Eli Manning and Co. capitalized on a thin Browns defense, as Manning threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns—all to to superstar wide receiver Victor Cruz.
The Cleveland offense showed signs of life. Trent Richardson and the running game were stellar, and receiver Josh Gordon flashed explosive ability. Gordon snagged a 62-yard touchdown to put the Browns up early and added another score late on a 20-yard strike from Weeden.
Ultimately turnovers, penalties and a lack of defensive resistance dropped the Browns to 0-5 on the season, while the Giants pushed their record to 3-2 in a high-scoring Week 5 matchup.