EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 05: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants drops back to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2012 NFL season opener at MetLife Stadium on September 5, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Eli Manning Throws For Over 500 Yards And Giants Beat Bucs

The Giants held off the Bucs in Week 2 thriller.

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Buccaneers Vs. Giants, Week 2: Business As Usual For New York

The New York Giants, the defending Super Bowl champions, narrowly avoided going 0-2 Sunday, as they somehow pulled off an amazing second-half rally to defeat the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 41-34, at MetLife Stadium.

The contest featured a terrible first-half from the Giants, who rallied behind a video game-like performance (510 passing yards) from their quarterback Eli Manning, who seemed to find wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz for big play after big play in the fourth quarter.

Despite the weirdness of the victory, the SB Nation blog Big Blue View looked at it as business as usual for the Giants.

Honestly, nothing here Giants' fans shouldn't be used to. It's a team that never makes anything easy. They are determined to give you a heart attack, and someday they might just give you -- and coach Tom Coughlin -- one.

Sunday's crazy 41-34 victory? Just business as usual for the Giants, who always seem to do things the hard way.

For Giants fans the beginning of Week 2 wasn't fun but the end sure was.

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Buccaneers Vs. Giants Game Recap: Eli Manning Overcomes Early Interceptions, Leads New York To 41-34 Victory Over Tampa Bay

After a rough first half, New York Giants QB Eli Manning went on to set a team record in single game passing yardage (with 510 yards in the air) while leading a 41-34 comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers defense was determined to prove that last week's strong performance against the Carolina Panthers wasn't a fluke and, in the first half, they achieved that goal. In the first thirty minutes of play, Tampa Bay intercepted Manning three times, scoring 21 points off those turnovers with seven coming from a 60-yard Eric Wright pick-six.

But following a 52-yard Connor Barth field goal on the Buccaneers' first drive out of the half, the Giants scored 21 unanswered points. Victor Cruz's 80-yard touchdown reception would tie the game at 27 following a successful two point conversion. On the very next drive, the Giants would take the lead on a 33-yard Manning to Martellus Bennett touchdown strike.

But Josh Freeman wasn't going to go down that easily. After getting the ball back, he showed some good chemistry with TE Dallas Clark before hooking up with WR Mike Williams on a beautiful 41-yard touchdown toss in the corner of the endzone to even the game.

Ultimately though, Manning came through with fourth quarter heroics yet again. Manning would find Hakeem Nicks for a 50-yard grab to set up a the dagger: a two-yard touchdown run from Andre Brown. The Buccaneers made things interesting at the end, but an interception from LB Michael Boley would ice it.

Fantasy studs/duds: Wide receivers were the story for both teams during this game, with Vincent Jackson (128 yards, one TD), Hakeem Nicks (199 yards, one TD) and Victor Cruz (179 yards, one TD) all putting up eye-popping numbers. Manning obviously had a huge game with 510 yards and three touchdowns, but it could have been his best performance ever if it wasn't for the negative points off the picks.

But Did They Cover?: The Giants comeback redeemed their 2.5-point favorite status.

Injury Info: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), WR Domenik Hixon (concussion) and RT David Diehl (knee) were all forced from the game and did not return for the Giants. CB Eric Wright did not return on for the Buccaneers after a lower back injury that's bothered him all preseason acted up.

Next Week's Schedule: The Giants only have four days to recover before heading to Carolina to face the Panthers on Thursday Night Football. The Buccaneers will continue on their NFC East tour, taking on the Cowboys in Dallas.

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Eric Wright Injury: Tampa Bay CB Out With Back Injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright was forced out of Sunday's game with a lower back injury. His return is being called questionable at this point in time.

It's unclear when he suffered the ailment but it's possible his back just acted up as he was bothered by back issues throughout the preseason.

Wright had a highlight reel 60-yard pick-six off of Eli Manning at the end of the first half. Wright is being replaced by Brandon McDonald, who also has a Manning interception of his own on the day.

The Bucs had a comfortable lead but a Josh Freeman interception at the end of the third has given the Giants the ball back down 27-16. With Wright out, Manning might have some more opportunities. Then again, with how solid the Tampa Bay secondary has been as a whole, it's possible that he might just continue throwing interceptions.

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Ahmad Bradshaw Injury: Giants RB Has X-Ray On Neck

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw left the team's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter with an apparent neck injury. Bradshaw hurt it making a block, which caused his head to move awkwardly.

After taking an offensive series off, Bradshaw was taken back to the locker room to have X-rays taken on his neck to determine the extent of the injury.

Before leaving the game, Bradshaw had 16 yards on five carries. He had 78 yards on 17 carries in the Giants' Week 1 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, also scoring one touchdown. Last season, Bradshaw rushed for 659 yards with nine touchdowns in 12 games as he dealt with a number of injuries. The Giants currently trail the Buccaneers, 10-6, in the second quarter.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs New York Giants: Betting Odds, Preview and Prediction

If you bet UNDER the total in every Bucs-Giants game since 1981, you would have never lost and you would have won 11 times. Why are more bettors focused on the 8-point spread than the 44.5 total?

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