Monday Night Football: Giants Top Rams, 28-16, But Lose Domenik Hixon, Mario Manningham

The New York Giants topped the St. Louis Rams on Monday night, but at what cost? Domenik Hixon and Mario Manningham, two of New York's top receivers, left early with injury.

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Giants Vs. Rams Video Highlights: Eli Manning Throws Two TD Passes In 28-16 Win

Monday Night Football didn't exactly feature a high volume of fantastic execution, but the St. Louis Rams and New York Giants still did their best to make things entertaining. After throwing an abysmal interception in the first quarter, Eli Manning recovered to throw a couple of touchdown passes, though both were much more the work of his receivers than him. Going the other way, Sam Bradford didn't get a whole long of help from his receivers, save for one great touchdown catch. Oh, and there was diving. Here are the video highlights from Monday Night's game. 

 

The Giants didn't play their best, but won't complain about a much needed win. The NFC East is sure to be tight this year, with none of the four teams looking like total duds. The NFC West is going to be competitive for an entirely different reason - everyone is trash - so the Rams are still very much in the playoff race after starting 0-2. Sam Bradford sure could do with his skill players getting healthy, though.

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NFL Scores Week 2: Giants Top Rams 28-16 For Monday Night Football Win

The Giants scored on the ground, through the air and with their defense in their 28-16 win against the Rams on Monday Night Football. In the end, it was too much for St. Louis, which repeatedly settled for field goals in the first half when it could have had touchdowns.

The game turned in the Giants' favor when linebacker Michael Boley picked up a botched lateral and returned it to the house to put New York up 14-6 in the second quarter. More importantly, Boley celebrated by pegging the football into the face of an innocent bystander, the indisputable highlight of the game.

Domenik Hixon put the game away for all intents and purposes with a ridiculous, circus TD catch (video) that he bobbled in the end zone. Of course, he was injured on the play. The Giants also lost WR Mario Manningham to a concussion, and depth at wide receiver could be a problem going forward.

For the Rams, Sam Bradford threw for 331 yards and a touchdown, but he completed just 22 of 46 passes (47 percent). In addition to a sub-par receiving corps, Bradford clearly missed the presence of stud running back Steven Jackson, who was inactive due to a strained quadriceps suffered in Week 1. Starting in his place, Cadillac Williams tallied just 36 yards on 13 carries. For more stats, visit the Rams vs. Giants box score


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Mario Manningham Injury: Giants WR Suffers Concussion, Won't Return

The Giants are winning, but Eli Manning is losing targets -- fast. Domenik Hixon is questionable to return after tweaking his knee while scoring a touchdown just before halftime, and now the team has announced that Mario Manningham is done for the night. From the team's official Twitter account: 

@Giants WR Mario Manningham has a concussion and is out for the rest of the game #GiantsGame
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Manningham apparently suffered the concussion after making the 31-yard catch just before halftime that set up Hixon's score. He juggled the catch, and while reaching to secure the ball, he lost his balance and tumbled. Had he stayed on his feet, he easily could have scored -- there was nothing but green grass between him and the end zone.

Instead, he goes down, and Hixon hurts himself on the following play. It put points on the board for the Giants, but at what cost? We'll have to wait and see, but one thing is for sure: he's out for the rest of the game. 


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Giants Vs. Rams: Brandon Jacobs Steals Ahmad Bradshaw's Touchdown

Things are getting a little too easy for the New York Giants, who extended their lead to 28-9 following a nine-yard touchdown run by Brandon Jacobs. The Rams are doing their best to answer every time the Giants score, but so far they're settling for field goals while the Giants are going all the way.

In any case, Ahmad Bradshaw did most of the damage on New York's 10-play, 81-yard scoring drive. He was essentially stuffed on a couple of runs, but he caught two passes for a combined 30 yards. The last one put the ball on the nine-yard line, at which point Jacobs entered the game and vultured the TD.

All is not lost for Bradshaw's fantasy owners: he's just five total yards shy of the century mark (50 rushing, 45 receiving). Jacobs, meanwhile, has 31 yards on seven carries.  


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Domenik Hixon Injury: Giants WR's Return Questionable Vs. Rams

Domenik Hixon will not return to this Monday Night Football contest after the Giants wide receiver suffered an injury to his right knee. Hixon put the Giants ahead of the Rams by a score of 21-6, making a circus touchdown catch in which he juggled the ball several times in the end zone.

Hixon injured his right knee on the touchdown catch. Last season he injured the same knee, and missed last season with a torn ACL.

Hixon's injury, along with a concussion to WR Mario Manningham, leaves the Giants very thin at wide receiver. Right now they're going with Hakeem Nicks (who was listed pregame as questionable), Brandon Stokley and Victor Cruz.


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Giants Vs. Rams Score: Domenik Hixon Makes It Look Hard, Still Scores For Giants

Eli Manning found Domenik Hixon in the end zone from 22 yards out just before halftime, putting the Giants ahead 21-6. Hixon made it look a lot harder than it had to be, juggling the catch by tipping it to himself not once but twice before finally hauling it in while laying on his back for the score. I'd complement him on his concentration, but he probably could have hauled it in the first time. 


The funny thing is that Manning should have had a touchdown on the previous play -- he found Mario Manningham streaking along the sideline for a 31-yard reception. But like Hixon, Manningham bobbled the catch, eventually securing it but not before losing his footing and tumbling. Had he made the catch in stride, he had a clear path to the end zone and would have easily scored.

In the end, the result is the same: the Giants scored and enter halftime with a suddenly comfortable lead. But Manning's receivers aren't making this easy for him. 


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Steven Jackson Injury Update: Jackson Inactive, Cadillac Williams Will Start

It's official: Steven Jackson is inactive for the St. Louis Rams for tonight's Monday Night Football game. Just hours ago the running back was still holding out hope that he might return to action, but the Rams opted to give him at least another week of rest. The Rams announced on their official Twitter account that Cadillac Williams will start in Jackson's place. 

Jackson has been sidelined since the Rams' first offensive play from scrimmage in Week 1, straining his right quadriceps while breaking off a 47-yard touchdown run against the Eagles. After he left that game, Williams shouldered the load, carrying the ball 19 times for 91 yards. Expect Williams to see a similar load tonight against the New York Giants


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Steven Jackson Injury Update: Status Uncertain For Monday Night Football

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson took to Twitter on Monday to announce that he remains uncertain for Monday Night Football against the New York GiantsJackson tweeted that he was headed to the stadium to test out his quad. At that point we'll likely get some sort of announcement from the St. Louis Rams.

If you've rolled the dice on Steven Jackson playing tonight, you'll basically just have to wait until the Rams and Giants announce their inactive lists at approximately 7:30pm eastern time. Of course, it is also possible the Rams keep Jackson active if he thinks he could go but not in a starting role. If you have both Jackson and Cadillac Williams that would leave you in a bit of a pickle.

If you've only got Cadillac he remains a start because even if Jackson decides he can play Cadillac will likely get a decent number of carries. Of course, given that it's Monday Night Football, you likely don't have a choice to make unless you have both Jackson and Cadillac. I'd imagine Cadillac will be the play, but we'll see what the Rams announce over the next hour and a half.


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