Before Sunday, they were one of two teams in the National Football League that had yet to score in the opening 15 minutes of a game this year. Spencer Pulley snapped the ball before Philip Rivers was ready, and the ball bounced back into the end zone.
WR MISERY: Giants WRs Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall left the game on the same second-quarter series with sprained left ankles. It was the Giants' first rushing touchdown of the season by a running back. Giants RB Orleans Darkwa's 23-yard touchdown is the longest of his career. TE Hunter Henry became the sixth opposing tight end to score a touchdown against the Giants defense this season.
Olivier Vernon will miss the first game of his career with an ankle injury after being declared inactive for Sunday's 0-4 clash with the Chargers.
Rivers' tenure with the Chargers has been good, but the team advanced to one AFC title game, losing to the Patriots after the 2007 season. "If it wasn't for him, I'd be playing in a soccer stadium in Los Angeles". NY ranks third-to-last in the league with 3.2 yards per carry, and will be without running back Paul Perkins (ribs) today.
Safeties are one of the most exciting plays in football. Earlier this week, Giants receiver Odell Beckham essentially called the offense predictable, saying that opposing defensive backs already know the routes that are coming.
Manning has led the team to a pair of Super Bowl titles since taking over the quarterback duties in NY, defeating the Patriots twice in two tries. Three plays later, Rivers found running back Melvin Gordon in the end zone for the 10-yard touchdown.