Giants Dominate Ball Control in Home Opener

Posted: 13th September 2009 by John Borgolini in NFL
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After an offseason of questioning how the Giants would perform without Plaxico Burress, New York answered emphatically. The Giants owned the time of possession, controlling the ball for just over 36 minutes on 70 plays while the Washington Redskins only had the ball for just under 24 minutes and ran only 51 plays. Eli Manning led a solid passing attack that provided far better results than the rushing game which struggled to find success. Manning finished the game 20-for-29 with 256 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His favorite target proved to be third-year veteran Steve Smith who made big plays whenever he was called upon. This was never more evident than in the Giants final scoring drive when Smith spun around and caught a pass right over a defender's shoulder to convert o ...

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