Cards defense befuddles Manning, Giants
A team built around the passing of
“Tonight,” Warner said, “we definitely fed off our defense.”
In its last visit to
“We feel like we’ve got one of the best defenses in the league,” Boldin said. “It’s tough for teams to move the ball on them, let alone score on them.”
“Our game plan was to get (Manning) rattled, make him make quick decisions and quick throws,” linebacker
Feagles said he used the wrong kicking angles trying to keep the ball away from returner
Wilson, Rolle and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who left late in the third quarter with an ankle injury – X-rays were negative – in the Arizona secondary benefited from the confusion the defense caused for Manning, who was 19 for 37 and threw three interceptions.
“We played team defense,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “Everybody stepped up. When we had interception opportunities, we made them.”
And they made the
“They are constantly moving around and flipping safeties and they did a good job with that,” center
Rodgers-Cromartie was the featured character in two noteworthy first-half plays that both wound up in the end zone. He ran stride for stride with
He went from hero to villain in the second period on a bizarre play. In man coverage against
“Weird,” Rodgers-Cromartie said.
It was one of New York’s few victories all night.
“Anytime you turn the ball over four times, you don’t have much of a chance to win,” Coughlin said.
That overrule didn’t help the
Wells ran 13 yards for his first NFL touchdown late in the second quarter after mediocre punting by Feagles, the oldest punter in the league at 43. Feagles really struggled in the third quarter, as well, helping the
Fitzgerald broke free down the middle for 26- and 27-yard completions after Arizona got the ball at its 45 on Feagles’ 35-yard punt. Hightower scored from the 1.
Wilson picked off Manning at New York’s 20 when defensive end
NOTES: Warner finished 26 of 30 for 231 yards, and Wells rushed for 67 yards … Fitzgerald finished with six catches for 83 yards … Rookie Nicks caught four balls for 80 yards … Wright said he saw a field mouse run onto the field and “wasn’t sure if it was a big, old rat.” He got plenty of teasing from teammates when he scurried away from the rodent.