Notes and anecdotes from the Giants' 28-16 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
*The Giants improved to 1-1 and won their fifth consecutive game against the Rams, their longest winning streak in a series that began in 1938. They also beat St. Louis in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2008.
*St. Louis rushed for 59 yards, the lowest total by a Giants opponent since Seattle ran for 49 yards on Nov. 7, 2010.
*The Giants hosted a Monday night game for the first time in the eight-year Tom Coughlin era (not counting the 2005 game against New Orleans in Giants Stadium in which the Saints were the home team). They had last played at home on a Monday night on Sept. 15, 2003, when they lost to the Dallas Cowboys in overtime They had been the visitors in their previous nine Monday night games (including that Saints game), most recently in a 21-3 victory over Minnesota in Detroit last Dec. 13, a game that was moved from a Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis after the Metrodome roof collapsed in a blizzard.
*The victory was the Giants' first at home on a Monday night since Oct. 18, 1999, when they defeated Dallas.
*The Giants' record on Monday Night Football is 22-31-1. Their home record on Monday night is 7-8. They are 1-1 against the Rams on Monday night. This was the first Giants-Rams Monday night game since Dec. 10, 1973.
*The Giants played their home opener on a Monday night for the first time since 1995, when they lost to Dallas.
*The Giants won their fourth consecutive home opener and raised their record in such games to 48-35-4. The Giants' record in home openers by stadiums:
Polo Grounds: 18-10-3
Yankee Stadium: 9-8-1
Yale Bowl: 0-1
Shea Stadium: 0-1
Giants Stadium: 19-15 (after a 1-7 start)
MetLife Stadium: 2-0
*Coughlin is 3-1 against the Rams.
*Michael Boley scored the Giants' second touchdown on a 65-yard fumble return in the second quarter. It was the Giants' first defensive touchdown since Dec. 21, 2009, when Terrell Thomas returned an interception 14 yards for a score. Boley's touchdown was the Giants' first on a fumble return since Sept. 13, 2009, when Osi Umenyoira brought one back 37 yards against Washington.
*Boley's 65-yarder was the Giants' longest fumble return since Oct. 21, 2007, when Umenyiora scored on a 75-yard return.
*The touchdown was the first of Boley's seven-year career. Boley has a fumble recovery in each of the Giants' two games this season.
*It was the first fumble returned for a touchdown in the NFL this season. In 2010, the Giants led the NFL with 39 takeaways, but were one of four teams that did not score a defensive touchdown.
*The Giants have forced at least one turnover in 15 consecutive games. The last time they did not have a takeaway was on Sept. 26, 2010 vs. Tennessee.
*Defensive end Justin Tuck returned to action after missing the season opener with a neck injury and had five tackles (four solo) and 1.5 sacks.
*Brandon Jacobs scored the Giants final touchdown on a nine-yard run in the third quarter. It was the 50th rushing touchdown of Jacobs' career. That broke a tie with Rodney Hampton and moved Jacobs into sole possession of second place on the franchise's career list. Tiki Barber is first with 55.
*Eli Manning completed 18 of 29 passes for 200 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season, to Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon. Manning has now thrown for 23,114 yards in his career.
*Hixon scored his first touchdown since Dec. 13, 2009, a 61-yard reception vs. Philadelphia. It was the fourth touchdown catch of his career. Hixon missed the entire 2010 season after undergoing knee surgery.
*Coughlin won both of his replay challenges. The first occurred with 3:25 remaining in the first quarter. On third-and-two from the Giants' seven, Sam Bradford threw what was ruled a three-yard completion to Greg Salas. Coughlin challenged the ruling, saying Salas never had possession of the ball. After review, referee Terry McAulay overturned the call. Instead of continuing the drive with a first down, the Rams had to kick a field goal.
Coughlin's again threw the challenge flag with 3:24 remaining in the third quarter. Bradford rolled right and was tripped up by Tuck. He threw a pass that was ruled incomplete. Coughlin challenged, saying Bradford was down by contact prior to releasing the ball. After review, McAulay overturned the call and Tuck was awarded a 15-yard sack.
Coughlin is 3-0 this year, 33-32 with the Giants and 43-41 in his career on replay challenges.
*The 1986 Super Bowl XXI champions Giants were honored in a halftime ceremony. Forty eight players and coaches – plus the son of the late Len Fontes, the team's defensive backs coach – attended the ceremony. The players in attendance included Hall of famers Lawrence Taylor and harry Carson and quarterback Phil Simms.
*The Giants' inactive players were defensive end Osi Umenyiora, tight end Travis Beckum, cornerback Prince Amukamara, wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan, running back Da'Rel Scott and offensive linemen Mitch Petrus and James Brewer.
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