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article imageNFL: Jets own New York rivalry with 17-3 win over Giants

By Austin Tyler     Aug 30, 2011 in Sports
East Rutherford - The Jets and Giants are in the same market and have been going at it for years, but the addition of Rex Ryan has made it a bit more interesting to watch. Well that, and the fact that the Jets have been more successful of late.
The New York Jets and New York Giants squared off for a Week 3 showdown that pushed back due to Hurricane Irene. The Jets have been impressive of late when it comes to who owns New York. Then things got a little choppier when freshly released from prison Plaxico Burress signed with the rival Jets instead of going back to the Giants. Not only are they bitter rivals, but they also now share a brand new facility in Metlife Stadium.
The Giants started out with ball to begin the game, and after two plays they started to run a no huddle offense. They moved the ball a little as then went 53-yards in 8 plays. On the eight play of the drive Eli Manning (15/30, 200 yards, 2 Int) dropped back and had a passed picked off. Jim Leonhard intercepted the Eli pass to end the Giants opening drive and give them a chance to score first.
The Jets could not capitalize on the turnover as they went a quick three and out punting the ball back to the Giants. The Giants could not do much with the ball either as they got a first down before they went three and out and had to punt the ball right back. The Jets struggled again on offense and went three and out having to punt the ball away again after moving it only 9-yards.
The game was ugly to begin with as no one could even come close to moving the ball down field as they exchanged punts for nearly the whole first quarter. At one point the Jets punted the ball to the Giants and the punt returner Jerrel Jernigan muffed the punt. Jernigan recovered the ball, but the Giants still ended up punting the ball back to the Jets in three-plays.
The Jets still struggled and so did Jernigan who muffed the punt again for the Giants on the return. Once again he recovered it and the Giants kept possession as they looked to move down the field. The Giants moved 29 yards before Eli threw another interception. David Harris picked the ball off for the Jets and returned it 7-yards before running out of bounds as it looked like he had space to do something.
Mark Sanchez (8/16, 64 yards, 1 TD) had trouble moving the offense and later on fumbled the ball on this drive. Sanchez fumbled the ball on a 2nd down and eight yard play that was recovered by Clint Sintim. The Giants then finally moved the ball and capitalized on the turnover to put their first and only points on the board. Rhys Lloyd came on and made a 34-yard field-goal that gave the Giants a 3-0 lead.
Sanchez finally got the ball moving with the Jets offense after a nice return by Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie fumbled the ball first before getting a hold of it and returning it to give the Jets nice field position. The Jets used a nice offensive balance to move the ball 35-yards in 6 plays. Sanchez capped off the drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes (2 receptions, 37 yards, 1 TD). The Sanchez to Holmes connection gave the Jets a 7-3 lead.
The Giants tried to answer with a drive of their own, but fell short with time running out. The Giants had 1:53 to score, but could not get in field-goal range or touchdown range. They went into halftime down 7-3.
The game continued to be sloppy for both teams as neither one could get the ball really going. It was still trouble for Jernigan as he muffed another punt, but was yet to lose one as the Giants recover all the of them. The Giants continued to struggle on offense as they went 63-yards before trying to go for it on fourth down, but was stopped and turned the ball over on downs.
During that drive the game got chippy as Brandon Jacobs of the Giants and Muhammad WIlkerson were ejected from the game for a on-field scuffle. Jacobs slapped Wilkerson away from the play. Wilkerson then attempted to take a swing at Jacobs before he was wrestled to the ground by Giants left tackle Will Beatty. They continued to jaw at one another before being separated by their teammates.
With Greg McElroy (4/5, 39 yards) coming in for the Jets to run the offense, they still struggled. McElroy had the Jets go three and out and punted the ball away back to the Giants. The Giants got the ball in field-goal range on their next drive, but had the kicked blocked. The Giants lined Lloyd up for a 42-yard field-goal, but had it blocked and turned it over on downs in a game that just continued to look sloppier and sloppier
That blocked must have sparked the Jets as McElroy moved them 65-yards in 9 plays on their next drive. McElroy made a few nice passes, but it was Bilal Powell who scored the game’s first touchdown. Powell ran the ball from one-yard out to give the Jets a 14-3 lead.
David Carr (5/12, 36 yards) had the Giants offense go three and out. The Giants ran three-plays and moved the ball 0-yards in .38 seconds. They punted the ball back to the Jets took over with decent field position. McElroy even moved the Jets again, and scored a touchdown so it seemed. McElroy ran in from four-yards out to score a touchdown, but it was nullified by a offensive holding penalty. The Jets could not get back in the endzone and settled for a game over field-goal. The field-goal by Nick Folk made it a 17-3 win for the Jets.
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