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New York Giants Defense Rebounds in 20-7 Victory Over High-Powered San Diego Chargers

February 16th, 2014 at 2:15 PM
By Dan Benton

"Re-Living History" is the latest Giants 101 offseason feature and a chance for long-time New York Giants fans to experience a part of their youth all over again. Each Sunday, we'll sit down and re-watch a historical game in full and write a subsequent game recap/review in real time. Knowledge of results and/or future events will not factor into these reviews, and any/all quotes used in said reviews are entirely 100% authentic. Enjoy.

Coming off of an opening week loss to the Dallas Cowboys, many had already begun to wonder if the New York Giants' bubble had burst and if they were truly the Super Bowl caliber team many believed them to be only a few short weeks ago. And entering Week 2, things got no easier for Bill Parcells & Co. as the Dan Fouts-led San Diego Chargers came to town.

"[Fouts] doesn't have any weaknesses as a quarterback," said Parcells. "He's always been great, this year he has a better supporting cast, and it's getting better. If they play like they played Sunday nobody will stop them."

After a letdown against the Cowboys in Week 1, coach Parcells ripped into a few defensive players and made it abundantly clear that the same mistakes could not be made in consecutive weeks. He specifically targeted and unnamed "three of four" who, he said, entered the regular season with suspect physical conditioning.

''I'm talking about three or four people. I was displeased with their conditioning and inability to function under pressure at the end of the game. I've spoken to those people," Parcells said earlier this week.

Whatever was said, the message was received loud and clear. And the Giants defense re-appeared, holding the high-powered Chargers offense to a mere touchdown en route to what Billy Ard had earlier referred to as a must win.

"It was not a very typical game for us," Fouts said. "We never established any rhythm or tempo. The Giants played extremely well. Their defense contained very well, and they had good pressure on the quarterback. We just didn't play anywhere near what we're capable of."

A week after dropping 50 points and 500 yards on the Miami Dolphins, the Big Blue Wrecking Crew held Fouts and the Chargers offense to the aforementioned touchdown and only 262 total yards while coming away with seven turnovers (five interceptions, two fumbles).

Perhaps the most telling number of all was the 41 yards on 13 carries the Giants' much-aligned defensive line gave up. It's a number that Parcells will undoubtedly praise and use as an example over the next week.

Meanwhile, on the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Phil Simms again put up solid number, completing 18 of his 37 passes for 300 yards and touchdown. Although he did add an interception.

The sole negative for the Giants was that kicker Joe Cooper, who last played in 1984 with the Houston Oilers and was signed earlier this week to replace Bob Thomas (IR – knee), missed a chip-shot field goal. Luckily he would put another two through the crossbars and the miss wouldn't come back to haunt the team.

Statistical Notes:

  • Joe Morris carried the ball 30 times for 83 yards and 1 TD. He also had 35 receiving yards.
  • Terry Kindard (2), Kenny Hill (2) and Mark Collins (1) were responsible for Fouts' picks.
  • George Martin was credited with a sack.

In Week 3, the New York Giants (1-1) travel to California to take on the Los Angeles Raiders (0-2), while the San Diego Chargers (1-1) play host to the Washington Redskins (2-0).

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Tags: Bill Parcells, Dan Fouts, Football, George Martin, Joe Morris, Mark Collins, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Phil Simms, San Diego, San Diego Chargers

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