AT FIRST GLANCE**
Never trailing, the New York Giants took an early lead and never looked back en route to a 24-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
After losing their first two games, the Giants have now won two in a row to improve to 2-2.
The Giants return to MetLife Stadium and will host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night for an 8:30 p.m. ET kickoff. In their most recent meeting, Big Blue lost 16-10 to San Francisco in Week 11 of last season.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE
While moving ahead of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and into 13th place on the all-time passing yards list, Eli Manning finished 20 of 35 for 212 yards, three touchdowns, and his first interception of the season.
Playing without Victor Cruz (calf), the Giants needed a third wide receiver to emerge, and Dwayne Harris did just that on Sunday.
The former Cowboy grabbed his first touchdown as a Giant on a 21-yard pass from Manning in the first quarter. After recording seven receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown in Week 3, Randle followed up with three receptions for 31 yards, including an 11-yard score. The big play of the day, however, came on a short pass to running back Rashad Jennings, who turned it into a 51-yard touchdown to put the Giants ahead by two touchdowns midway through the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, the ground game put together an impressive outing -- notably in the first half -- against Buffalo's No. 1 rush defense. With Jennings, Andre Williams, and Shane Vereen all getting at least five carries, the Giants totaled 93 yards on the ground.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE
The Giants set the tone by forcing a three-and-out on the Bills' first possession, holding them to just two first downs (1 of 8 on third-down conversions) in the first half. They opened up the third quarter by doing the same en route to holding the No. 3 scoring team (33.3 points per game) to just 10 points. In addition to key goal line stands in the second half, cornerback Prince Amukamara started to put the game away for the Giants with a strip of Robert Woods late in the fourth quarter. Overall, the Giants held the Bills to 3 of 16 on third-down conversion attempts while limiting the No. 1 rushing offense to 55 yards on the ground.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE SPECIAL TEAMS
Brad Wing entered Week 3 leading the NFL with eight punts downed inside the 20-yard line, and he added four more on Sunday, three of which pinned the Bills at or inside the 10.
Five standout performers in the Giants Sunday matchup vs. Bills
NYG: WR Victor Cruz, TE Daniel Fells, S Cooper Taylor, LB Jasper Brinkley, DT Markus Kuhn, TE Jerome Cunningham, DE Robert Ayers Jr. BUF: WR Sammy Watkins, LB LeSean, S Aaron Williams, LB Tony Steward, G John Miller, WR Marquise Goodwin, DT Alex Carrington.
NYG: Rueben Randle for Cruz at WR; Cullen Jenkins for Kuhn at LDT; Kerry Wynn for Jenkins at LDE; George Selvie for Ayers at RDE. BUF: Robert Woods for Watkins at WR; Kraig Urbik for Miller at RG; Karlos Williams for McCoy at RB; Bacarri Rambo for Williams at S.
LG Justin Pugh along with season captains QB Eli Manning, LB Jon Beason, and LS Zak DeOssie.
NYG: LT Ereck Flowers (ankle, returned), CB Trumaine McBride (thigh contusion, returned), WR Dwayne Harris (ribs, returned), DE George Selvie (calf), CB Jayron Hosley (evaluated for concussion), LB Devon Kennard (hamstring). BUF: OT Cordy Glenn (ankle), TE MarQueis Gray (arm).