Manning and Burress dominate Rams

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A week after spending the first quarter on the sideline for violating team rules, Plaxico Burress redeemed himself with one of the best days of his career. The six-year veteran had two touchdown catches among a career-high 10 receptions Sunday as the New York Giants defeated the St. Louis Rams 44-24. Giants quarterback Eli Manning also threw scoring passes of 1 yard to Amani Toomer and 31 yards to Jeremy Shockey. The Giants (3-1) overcame a 40-for-62, 442-yard performance by the Rams’ (2-2) Marc Bulger that represented the most passes attempted and completed by a Giants opponent in the team’s history. The 6-foot-5 Burress, the Giants’ major free-agent, off-season acquisition, has caught four touchdown passes this season, or twice as many as all the Giants’ wide receivers caught a year ago. He wasn’t on the field in the first quarter of the Giants’ 45-23 loss at San Diego last Sunday after being benched by coach Tom Coughlin for being late to two team meetings. The move was questioned by some Giants players and became a focus of attention leading up to the Rams game. “He was taking a lot of heat last week about things, and I think he just came out and had a good week of practice,” Manning said. “He didn’t say anything about it, he didn’t apologize to me; he didn’t have to. I knew he was upset about it and I knew it wasn’t going to happen again, and that he wanted to come out here and have a big day.” Burress and Manning hooked up for both touchdowns in the first half. The first came on a 31-yard catch-and-run that Burress leaped high to snare and then ran untouched into the end zone. On the second, Manning laid the ball between two defenders on a post pattern. “Last week is last week,” Burress said. “I treat each day like a new day, and I’m pretty sure everybody else does, too.” Manning picked up where he left off after last week’s career-best, 352-yard performance against San Diego. His four touchdowns against the Rams were also a career high for the second-year quarterback, who now has a 9-6 edge in scoring passes over older brother Peyton, who has been to the Pro Bowl five times in eight seasons and is a two-time league MVP for Indianapolis. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Peyton and I aren’t competitive with each other,” Manning said. “We root for each other to do well. Last year was the first time we’ve ever been in the same league and playing at the same time. I’m always glad for him when he plays well and they’re winning.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more