Giants’ ‘D’ KOs Cutler, Bears
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The New York Giants’ defense delivered a knockout punch that sent Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears reeling from the unbeaten ranks.
The Giants knocked out Cutler (concussion) with a nine-sack first half, sent his replacement to the sideline late in the fourth quarter and limited Chicago to 110 total yards in a 17-3 victory on Sunday night.
“It’s fun to watch our defense when they are doing that,” Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. “When they get the sacks, it gets the crowd fired up.”
The win left the NFL with only one undefeated team.
Can you say, or believe the idle Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)?
The Giants (2-2) did just enough on offense to beat the Bears (3-1), with the best thing being they didn’t turn the ball over much until the fourth quarter.
Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown against a defense that had allowed 119 yards on the ground in its first three games and Lawrence Tynes kicked a 22-yard field goal as the Giants snapped a two-game losing streak.
Brandon Jacobs, whose fourth-quarter fumble inside his own 30 set up Robbie Gould’s 40-yard field goal for Chicago, capped the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run with 4:31 to play.
On a night the Giants inducted 22 of their greatest players into their new Ring of Honor, including Hall of Famers Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson, this defense emulated some of the great ones of the Giants’ history.
New York limited the Bears to six first downs, did not allow a third-down conversion in 13 attempts and forced three turnovers in addition to the 10 sacks.
“You get pressured like that, it’s tough to do anything,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said.
The sack total was two shy of the league record, which the Giants tied in 2007 against Philadelphia. Osi Umenyiora had six in that game. He had three Sunday.
Cutler and Todd Collins paid the price. Cutler was sacked nine times in the first half and suffered a concussion and did not return. The veteran Collins took over in the second half and lasted until about four minutes remained in the game. That’s when he was sent to the sideline with a stinger after taking a blindside hit from linebacker Michael Boley.
Smith then sent out No. 3 quarterback Caleb Hanie, who was sacked by Justin Tuck for New York’s 10th and final sack with about three minutes left.
New York didn’t take control until the third quarter when Manning (18-of-30 for 195 yards) led an eight-play 90 yard drive that featured passes of 21 yards to Hakeem Nicks and 25 to tight end Travis Beckum, a former Wisconsin athlete. Bradshaw capped it with a 3-yard run.
on which his line seemed to shove him into the end zone.