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Question of the Day
The Giants gave up a 68-yard punt return, Victor Cruz dropped a pass at the goal line, and New York’s four turnovers in a horrific second half helped the Bengals pull away.
“Just a little subpar from what we’re used to,” said Cruz, who had three catches for only 26 yards. “I don’t know how to explain it. I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know what’s wrong.”
Everything went wrong, right from the start.
Cincinnati’s first big play was made by their Pro Bowl receiver, who got a little rise out of the Giants with his comment about the holes in their defense. Five plays into the game, he found a huge one. Cornerback Corey Webster let him go down the sideline, expecting help in coverage that never came. Green was wide open for a 56-yard touchdown catch.
“It’s tough, painful and an embarrassment,” Webster said.
The Giants have given up 39 passes of 20 yards or more, 10 for touchdowns. Green has a touchdown catch in eight straight games, tying T.J. Houshmandzadeh for the second-longest streak in club history.
Green was diplomatic, saying his pregame comments were misconstrued as a criticism.
“Their defense is great,” said Green, who had seven catches for a game-high 85 yards. “We were able to break some big plays.”
There were openings for all of Dalton’s receivers. Andrew Hawkins made a one-handed catch for an 11-yard touchdown that came off another Giants mistake. Steve Weatherford’s punt went out of bounds at the Cincinnati 14-yard line, but a penalty forced a rekick. Adam “Pacman” Jones slipped through two defenders for a 68-yard return that set up the score.
Jones started Cincinnati’s big third quarter by stripping Ahmad Bradshaw of the ball at the Cincinnati 14-yard line, preventing New York from getting back into the game.
On New York’s next possession, Manning’s deflected pass was intercepted by tackle Pat Sims at the 12-yard line. Dalton threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham, who outjumped Antrel Rolle in the end zone. Rolle was upset by Green’s “lot of holes” comment, saying he would let his pads do the talking on the field.
Less than 2 minutes later, Manning forced a throw that was picked off by Nate Clements. Dalton’s 10-yard touchdown to Mohamed Sanu made it 31-6.
NOTES: The home team has won every game in the series, which the Bengals lead 6-3. … Giants WR Domenik Hixon left in the first quarter with an ankle injury and didn’t return. … The Giants have forced turnovers in 39 of their last 42 games. They have 27 takeaways this season. … It was the first time this season that Dalton didn’t throw an interception. … There were nearly 9,000 unused seats at Paul Brown.
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