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GAME REWIND: Giants at Saints (Wk 12)

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GAME RECAP: GIANTS LOSE SHOOTOUT TO SAINTS, 49-24

Tom Coughlin is not one to mince words, so he quickly volunteered what he considered the salient point after the Giants lost to the New Orleans Saints, 49-24, Monday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

"Obviously," Coughlin said "we had a tough time stopping them."

That's an understatement. The Saints scored touchdowns on seven of 11 offensive possessions. They gained 577 yards, the second-highest total allowed by the Giants in their 87-year history. The Chicago Bears gained 682 yards on Nov. 14, 1943.

"We ran into a buzzsaw," said defensive end Justin Tuck. "We had some opportunities and didn't take advantage of them. We didn't play that well on third down (the Saints converted five of nine opportunities). They made some big plays. We weren't able to do anything we wanted to defensively."

**POSTGAME QUOTES

Coach Coughlin:* "Our players were very serious about their preparation. We did a good job these last couple of days of continuing to study. Obviously, we had a tough time stopping them. I am responsible for two of those scores (by the Saints). The rookie fumbled, giving the ball up. And going for it on fourth down because we basically had to. I knew they (the Saints) would try to score. They did." FULL TRANSCRIPT
 

BOX SCORE*

NYG

NO

1st Downs

29

31

Passing 1st downs

19

17

Rushing 1st downs

5

13

1st downs from Penalties

5

1

3rd down efficiency

5-11

5-9

4th down efficiency

0-2

0-2

Total Plays

70

69

Total Yards

465

577

Passing

392

372

Comp-Att

33-47

25-39

Yards per pass

8.3

9.5

Rushing

73

205

Rushing Attempts

22

30

Yards per rush

3.3

6.8

Red Zone (Made-Att)

2-3

5-6

Penalties

4-32

11-104

Turnovers

2

0

Fumbles lost

1

0

Interceptions thrown

1

0

Defensive / Special Teams TDs

0

0

Possession

31:28

28:32

 

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