Two touchdown passes by quarterback David Carr and a ground game that racked up 222 yards and scored three touchdowns propelled the New York Giants to a 41-13 win over the Chicago Bears at New Meadowlands Stadium on Monday night.
New York jumped out to a 20-6 score halftime lead behind a pair of field goals by Rhys Lloyd, an 18-yard touchdown run by Brandon Jacobs and a five-yard touchdown pass from Carr to Domenik Hixon. The Giants’ first-team defense would take a major hit with the loss of fourth-year cornerback Terrell Thomas to a torn ACL in his right knee late in the first half.
The Giants extended their lead to 21 points in the third quarter when No. 3 running back Danny Ware plunged into the end zone from a yard out. The Bears would respond with a 16-play, 62-yard drive that ended when running back Marion Barber was stopped for no gain at the Giants’ one-yard line on fourth-and-goal in the closing seconds of the third quarter.
Carr would connect with veteran Daniel Coats for a 17-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to give the Giants a 34-6 lead and, after another goal-line stand, seventh-round running back Da’Rel Scott would take his first carry of the game 97 yards for a touchdown. Giants undrafted rookie linebacker Mark Herzlich picked up his first career interception, getting his hands on a fourth down pass from Caleb Hanie on the play before Scott’s long touchdown run.
Hanie guided the Bears on a 10-play, 76-yard drive that ended in a Kahlil Bell touchdown run with 24 seconds remaining to cap the scoring.