Warner set up a touchdown run by Tiki Barber with a long pass,
and the veteran quarterback capped another drive with his second
career regular-season TD run in a 27-10 win over the Browns on
"More important than who we were playing today and what the
Cleveland Browns brought to the table was, 'Can the New York Giants
not beat themselves?" Giants center and former Brown Shaun O'Hara
The Giants (2-1) won their second straight under Tom Coughlin
because they got big games from their playmakers, and they did all
the little things right.
They won the takeaway battle 3-0, held edges in time of
possession and field position and converted 45 percent of their
third downs while limiting Cleveland to 2-of-10.
Warner was outstanding for the second straight week, going
19-of-27 for 286 yards and no interceptions. He hurt an ankle late,
but said it was not serious.
"Kurt is putting the ball in places where we can catch it,"
said Amani Toomer, who had five catches for 126 yards and helped
set up two touchdowns. "I'm really happy with the way he can buy a
little extra time and get the ball out."
Strahan, who played with a sore left hand, had two sacks and two
fumble recoveries as the defense made life miserable for
quarterback Jeff Garcia in handing the Browns (1-2) their second
Strahan's biggest play came in the opening minutes of the second
half when he recovered a fumble by Garcia at the Giants 5 with New
York leading 10-0.
"That play kind of took the air out of their sails because we
went down and scored," said Strahan, who also had six tackles.
With Ron Dayne out with a calf injury, Barber rushed for 106
yards and scored on an 8-yard run in the first quarter.
The two-game winning streak matched the Giants' high for last
season, when they went 4-12 under Jim Fassel.
"I think we are starting to believe in ourselves," said Giants
punter Jeff Feagles, who landed four punts inside the 14-yard line
in the first half. "Everybody in this league knows how important
confidence is. We're getting turnovers, we're not giving the ball
up and (we're) playing sound football. We're getting on a roll."
Steve Christie added field goals of 43 and 25 yards and Mike
Cloud iced the game with a late 5-yard touchdown run for New York.
Garcia, who had a 0.0 quarterback rating against Dallas last
weekend, hit Quincy Morgan on a 3-yard touchdown pass and Phil
Dawson kicked a 49-yard field goal for the Browns, who got all
their points after falling behind 17-0.
"We had too many mistakes and penalties that erased positive
plays," said Garcia, who finished 21-of-31 for 180 yards and an
interception. "We had turnovers in bad situations. We never seemed
to get anything headed in the right direction until much too
Cleveland had six starters hurt in last week's loss to the
Cowboys, and also lost linebacker Ben Taylor with a pectoral injury
in the first quarter.
"There was so much made out of our having six or seven starters
out of the game," Brown coach Butch Davis. "You start thinking
this guy has to do this and this guy has to do that, that you
almost paralyze yourself."
The Browns were held to 89 total yards in the first half, in
which four of their six series started inside their own 14-yard
Warner gave the Giants the lead with a three-play, 71-yard drive
on their second possession that ended when Barber scored on a
After Garcia fumbled early in the second half, Warner drove the
Giants 95 yards in 11 plays. A personal foul against Cleveland
safety Robert Griffith for a late hit helped the drive early and
Toomer and Warner combined on a 38-yard pass to set up Warner's TD
A holding penalty against Morgan in the third quarter also
nullified a 49-yard touchdown run by William Green.
Amani Toomer extended his own Giants record by a catching a
pass for the 86th straight game. ... Giants TE Jeremy Shockey had
five catches for 41 yards after complaining about his role in the
offense. ... Browns RB William Green rushed for 91 yards on 15
carries. ... Cleveland started Michael Lehan and Leigh Bodden at
the cornerbacks with Anthony Henry and Daylon McCutcheon sidelined.
... Giants rookie Gibril Wilson started at SS with Shaun Williams
out with a knee injury. Wilson had his second interception in as