The Giants-Bucs Game Was Absolutely Insane
Whew, where to begin here? How about Eli Manning's three first-half interceptions? The Super Bowl MVP looked like Brandon Weeden in the first half, delivering passes like this monstrosity that Eric Wright picked off and took 60 yards to the house to end the second quarter.
Luckily for New York fans, Manning pulled it together in the second half, throwing for a near-record 295 yards, including this 80-yard bullet to Victor Cruz. Cruz blessed us with a dynamite salsa in the end zone to celebrate. (Video via Cosby Sweaters.)
Andre Brown's 2-yard touchdown run and a late Michael Boley interception sealed the victory for the Giants. But with the game in the bag, and Manning about to take a knee, the quarterback was knocked over by a Bucs defender, setting off a shoving match between the teams. Afterward, Tom Coughlin and Greg Schiano got into it. (Video via The Big Lead.)
Trent Richardson Had Quite the Day
In his coming out performance, Browns running Trent Richardson had 109 yards rushing and two total touchdowns. Check out his two most impressive runs below:
The Eagles Squeak Out Another One
Mike Vick and the totally incomprehensible Philadelphia Eagles topped the Ravens by one today. Player of the game honors has to go to tight end Brent Celek, who had eight catches, 157 yards, and one impressive hurdle over a defender.
Panthers Shock the Saints
Cam Newton passed for 253 yards and ran for 71, but his great rushes were overshadowed by the big fullback Mike Tolbert, who scored in the second quarter and proceeded to walk it out like a much younger man. The Panthers shocked New Orleans, winning 35-27 in a game that wasn't as close as the score would indicate.
This Should be Porn for Pats Haters
Coming into today, the Patriots had never lost a home opener at Gillette Stadium. That all changed thanks to a Cardinals (!) win today. Arizona almost blew it with a late Ryan Williams fumble, but Stephen Gostkowski missed a field goal that would have given New England the win. The miss prompted this reaction from owner Bob Kraft. (GIF via Kissing Suzy Kolber.)
Cheer up, Bob. Maybe your girlfriend can help?