Giants' Manning a scene stealer in Arizona
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Eli Manning insists he never flashed back to his previous game in Glendale. Everyone who watched him yesterday probably did.
Manning threw for three touchdowns in his return to the scene of his Super Bowl MVP performance and the New York Giants beat Arizona, 37-29, to snap the Cardinals' seven-game home winning streak.
"It's just a totally different feel, it's just a different time," Manning said. "You never really compared it to the last time we were here. We knew we'd have a tough contest with Arizona."
Defensive end Justin Tuck, though, admitted to "a little deja vu."
"Once you got back out here, you see the field and this stadium looking like a space ship, you start to think about that night and how it felt," he said.
With starting running back Brandon Jacobs out with a knee injury, the Giants took to the air to win their sixth in a row. Manning completed 26 of 33 passes for 240 yards with no interceptions as the Giants moved to 10-1, tied for the best record in the NFL.
In the second half, Manning completed 16 of 18 for 156 yards and two scores.
"He just continues to do whatever has to be done to win a game," New York coach Tom Coughlin said.
Kurt Warner, under fierce pressure most of the game, was 32 of 52 for 351 yards and a score for Arizona. He was intercepted once and fumbled once, both leading to Giants touchdowns.
The Cardinals (7-4) also allowed two long kickoff returns to set up scores.
"Whenever you can put our offense in that type of field position, it's a great thing," Tuck said, "especially with the weapons that we have."
Warner topped 300 yards for the fifth consecutive game, one shy of the NFL record he shares with Steve Young and Rich Gannon. Warner's 5-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin cut the lead to 34-26 with 4:02 to play. The Cardinals' subsequent onside kick bounced off the hands and chest of Arizona's Ralph Brown and was recovered by New York's Chase Blackburn.
John Carney's third field goal, from 33 yards, put the Giants up 11 with 1:55 remaining.
A 44-yard field goal by Neil Rackers pulled Arizona to within 37-29 with 31 seconds left, but New York's Steve Smith recovered the onside kick.