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Gameday: Giants vs. Ravens

GAMEDAY RELEASE: GIANTS VS. RAVENS

OVERVIEW

The New York Giants (1-1) will face the Baltimore Ravens (2-0) this Saturday, Aug. 28 in M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

Date: August 28, 2010 Kickoff: 7:30 PM (ET) Site: M&T Bank Stadium Surface: Sportexe Momentum

TV
NBC
Play by Play: Bob Papa and Carl Banks
Sideline Reporter: Howard Cross and Bruce Beck

RADIO

The game will be broadcast on WCBS 101.1 FM. Anita Marks and Amani Toomer will handle all pregame and postgame programming, starting at 6:35 pm. Chris Carrino will deliver the play-by-play, and he will joined in the booth by Roman Oben and Karl Nelson. Paul Dottino will be the sideline reporter.

THE SERIES

The teams last met on November 16, 2008 when the Giants beat the Ravens, 30-10, in Giants Stadium.

The Giants have a 5-6 mark against Baltimore in the preseason and a 1-2 record against Baltimore in the regular season. In their last preseason meeting on August 19, 2007, the Giants won 13-12.

The Giants and the Ravens also squared off in Super Bowl XXXV on January 28, 2001 in Tampa. The Ravens captured the Lombardi trophy, beating the Giants, 34-7.

THE LAST MEETING

The Giants fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-17, on Saturday, Aug. 21, in their home debut in the New Meadowlands Stadium.

The Steelers scored the game's first points on Jeff Reed's 26-yard field goal with 10:43 remaining in the second quarter. Pittsburgh drove 68 yards in 12 plays before the field goal.

Ahmad Bradshaw's nine-yard touchdown run gave the Giants a 7-3 lead with 7:15 remaining in the second quarter. The score capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive highlighted by Steve Smith's 45-yard reception.

Byron Leftwich fired a 68-yard touchdown pass to wideout Mike Wallace to put the Steelers back on top, 10-7. Wallace beat Bruce Johnson downfield, caught the pass at the Giants' 15, and leaped into the end zone.

The next time out, though, the Giants defense kept the Steelers out of the end zone on three consecutive plays, including a fake spike turned Leftwich rush. Leftwich threw a pass over the head of wideout Randle El before Linval Joseph and Rocky Bernard kept Mewelde Moore out of the end zone to end the half.

In the third quarter, Steelers' QB Dennis Dixon engineered a nine play, 78-yard drive which ended with a 12-yard Isaac Redman TD run through the left side to give Pittsburgh a 17-7 edge.

The Steelers embarked on another long march on their next possession. Fullback Dwayne Wright capped off an eight play, 82-yard drive with a two-yard TD rush, making it 24-7 with 3:52 remaining in the third.

Brown's one-yard run with 12:23 remaining in the fourth quarter pulled the Giants to within 24-14. Tynes made a 42-yard field goal to make the score 24-17, the eventual outcome.

ON THE HORIZON

Next week, the Giants take on the New England Patriots at home. Meadowlands Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 2.

The Giants and the Patriots have met in 18 preseason games since 1971, including four straight years from 2004 to the present. The Giants lead the series, 10-8. Last year, the Patriots defeated the Giants, 28-27, in Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots lead the regular season series, 5-3. The teams have met once in the postseason, when the Giants beat the previously undefeated Patriots, 17-14, in Super Bowl XLII.

RAVENS CONNECTIONS

Offensive Line coach John Matsko held the same position with New York from 1997-1998. Assistant Strength & Conditioning coach John "Mother" Dunn was the Giants Strength & Condition coach from 1997-2003. Center Digger Bujnoch was originally signed as a rookie free agent by Big Blue in May of 2008, but was injured in the preseason and then released in Sept. 2008. 

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