EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes and linebacker Michael Boley scored on a 65-yard fumble return to lead the New York Giants to a 28-16 victory over the mistake-prone St. Louis Rams on Monday night.
Manning hit Hakeem Nicks with a 3-yard TD pass and Domenik Hixon made a spectacular juggling grab on a 22-yard score as New York (1-1) gave
Tom Coughlin a win over Steve Spagnuolo in their first matchup since the one-time Giants defensive coordinator left to take over as coach of the Rams (0-2).
This one was ugly with mistakes by the Rams giving New York a much-needed win after a disappointing loss to Washington in the season opener.
Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass and Josh Brown kicked three short field goals for the Rams, who moved up and down the field except in the red zone.
Boley, a former Atlanta Falcon, sped 65 yards with a botched lateral that the St. Louis Rams didn’t pursue until it was too late.
Sam Bradford’s backward pass went off Cadillac Williams’ hands and Williams stood up straight as Boley pursued the ball on the ground. Nobody could catch Boley as he made it 14-6.
It was the first TD of Boley’s seven-year career.
Hixon followed a bobbling catch by Mario Manningham for 31 yards with his own acrobatics. He beat Craig Dahl, had the ball bounce off his chest, reached out and juggled the ball twice before hauling it in while lying on the turf in the end zone.
The Rams offense stalled deep in Giants territory several times – three times resulting in field goals by Josh Brown.
St. Louis finally reached the end zone on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Bradford to Danario Alexander, who finished with three catches for 122 yards.
Bradford ended the game 22 of 46 passing for 331 yards. He was sacked twice and had the one fumble.
Williams, filling in for an injured Steven Jackson, had only 36 yards on 13 carries.
Manning had 200 yards on 18 of 29 passing. The Rams got to him for three sacks and picked him off once.