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article imageNFL: Giants thrash the Bears in a 41-13 victory

By Austin Tyler     Aug 23, 2011 in Sports
East Rutherford - The New York Giants have had their struggles, but tonight they looked like a completely different team. The Bears on the other hand was supposed to rounding the corner to get back to their Super Bowl days, but seemed to miss the turn.
The New York Giants hosted the Chicago Bears for the last game of the Week 2 pre-season games. The New York Giants took a tough loss last week when they fell to the Carolina Panthers 20-10, behind a poor day from Eli Manning. The Bears are coming off a very impressive defensive performance against the Buffalo Bills 10-3, but tonight the defense looked super invisible.
The Giants started out with the ball and it seemed like they were still on the same kick from last week. They went three and out and had a play reviewed all in the first three-minutes of play. They were forced to punt, but the Bears could not take advantage as they also went three and out and punted the ball right back.
Both teams struggled with the offense to begin the game and the defenses looked good with back-to-back three and outs. The Giants then got the ball off a punt and they moved the ball down the field 58-yards before having Rhys Lloyd come on and kick a 25-yard field-goal to take a 3-0 lead.
The Bears got their turn off the kickoff and they marched down the field quick with Jay Cutler (12/21, 171 yards) hitting Devin Hester (3 receptions, 46 yards) and Matt Forte (1 reception, 42 yards) for big gains. The Bears moved the ball 81-yards before Robbie Gould came on to kick a 23-yard field-goal. The Bears tied the game up at 3-points apiece.
New York finally got the wheel moving after Devin Thomas returned the kickoff 73-yards to give them some great field-position. Brandon Jacobs (6 carries, 48 yards, 1 TD) took it from there as he ran in from 18-yards out for the game’s first touchdown a 10-3 lead. The Bears did nothing with their possession as they went three and out.
The Giants got the ball back and Eli Manning (8/16, 78 yards) moved them 32 yards into field-goal range and Lloyd did the rest. Lloyd kicked in a 37-yard field-goal that made a 13-3 game. Chicago took over after the kick-off and could not do anything with the field position Johnny Knox gave them after a 40-yard return. They ended up getting a 42-yard field-goal from Gould to make it a 13-6 Giants lead.
The Giants went three plays and out under new quarterback David Carr (9/11, 84 yards, 2 TD’s) and was forced to punt. Cutler stayed in the game for the Bears, but could not move them down the field on their possession. The Bears then lined up to punt the ball away and had it blocked by Greg Jones. With the great field-position, Carr hit Domenik Hixon (2 receptions, 13 yards, 1 TD) for a quick 5-yard touchdown catch. That touchdown put the Giants up 20-6.
The Bears had a chance to score before the half was over when they moved the ball 40-yards and got into field-goal range. They had Gould come out and try a 55-yard field-goal that looked long enough but went wide right. That ended the half with the Giants in the lead.
Chicago opened the second half with the ball with Caleb Hanie (17/28, 166 yards, 1 Int) at quarterback. The Bears moved the ball a little but was forced to punt it away. The Giants took over and Carr moved the Giants 40-yards before handing the ball off to Danny Ware (6 carries, 23 yards, 1 Td) for a 1-yard touchdown run. The run gave the Giants a 27-6 lead.
After the kickoff the Bears moved the ball 59-yards and went for in on the 16 play of the drive on fourth down, but missed and turned it over on downs. Both teams then went three and out, but the Giants next possession was good. Carr moved the Giants 66-yards in 8 plays to score another touchdown. Carr hit tight end Daniel Coats for a 17-yard touchdown pass. That touchdown put the Giants up big 34-7
Hanie tried to move the Bears down the field and did a good job moving them 69-yards in 10 plays. On his 10 play while they were going for it on fourth down again, Hanie had a pass intercepted by Mark Herzlich to end the drive. After the interception, Da’Rel Scott broke his only run of the night 97-yards and scored a touchdown. Scott’s touchdown sealed the Giants scoring as they led 41-6.
The Bears had some time left on the clock to make a few moves and they did as Hanie moved them 84 yards in 10 plays and got them a touchdown. Hanie handed the ball off to Kahil Bell who scored a touchdown from a yard out for the Bears only touchdown.
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