Andrew Rosario goes across the river to Giants Stadium and witness a Giants dramatic win to keep their season start at 3-0.

Giants Stadium, NJ – Someone forgot to tell the Cincinnati Bengals they were a 0-2 football team. They came into the Meadowlands against the defending Super Bowl champions looking like the Bengals of old. Saddled with problems on and off the field, the team many thought would compete for the big trophy last year, turned into another group with talented players with nothing to show for it.  Quarterback Carson Palmer showed signs of becoming an elite signal caller. The wide receiver tandem of Chad (Ocho Cinco) Johnson and TJ Houshmandzadeh would give defensive backs sleepless nights. Well, a funny thing happened to the team with so many expectations. A year after winning their division and being a heavy favorite to get last game of the year, their season was a total bust. The roll continued downhill the first two games of the year as they only scored a total of 17 points in losses to Baltimore and Tennessee. The Giants were well aware of the wounded animal. All week long they spoke of not taking Cinci for granted. Right from the start, the Bengals showed New York the game would not be a walk in the park. The Giants would not score the first two times they had the ball with the Bengals defense stuffing the run and putting pressure on Eli Manning. Offensively, Palmer kept the Giants on their heels mixing up the plays with short passes and runs by Chris Perry that totaled 21 yards. 12 plays and 59 yards later, Shayne Graham would kick a 22 yard field goal. For the first time this year, the Giants would trail in a game. New York responded on their next possession as tight end Kevin Boss catches his first pass of the year bringing them down to the 15 yard line. Brandon Jacobs gives New York a 7-3 lead with a 1 yard leap. Perry continued to be the focus of the Bengals offense as he gained 38 all purpose yards. The last 25 yards saw him in the end zone. They added another field goal giving them 13-10 halftime lead. Both teams struggled in the third quarter with the only points coming from a John Carney 46 yard field goal.  The fourth quarter showed why the Bengals are better than their record indicated and why the Giants are the defending Super Bowl champions. John Carney began by kicking his third field goal of the day tying the game at 13. Palmer, starting at his own 18, directs an 82 yard drive in 12 plays finding Houshmandzadeh in the back of the end zone for a 17 yard touchdown. With only 4:39 left and the Giants faced with their first loss of the year, Manning connects with Amani Toomer for 14 yards and Steve Smith for another 15. Derrick Ward bust up the middle for 14 more yards before Boss makes his biggest catch of the year. From the Bengals 4 yard line on third down and  Manning in the shot gun, Boss curls in front of Chinedum Ndukwe for the touchdown catch as he gets hammered by Ndukwe and free safety Marvin White. Palmer and the Bengals would not surrender. Trailing by 3 and starting at their own 26, Palmer put them in a position to win the game outright. 6 complete passes gets them down to the Giants 3 yard line. They had to burn their last timeout, forcing them to kick the game tying field goal sending the game to overtime.

 New York wins the coin toss and does nothing on their first possession. Ditto for Cinci as they go three and out. New York did not waste their second chance. From their own 34, Manning finds Plaxico Burress for 28 yards. Then, perhaps the best catch of the day comes from the veteran Toomer. On third and 10 from their own 41, Manning sees Toomer streaking down the left sideline past Ndukwe. Toomer makes an over the shoulder catch, scraping both feet in bounds. After a short Ward run, Carney kicks a 22 yard field goal sending the Bengals home with another loss.The New York Giants almost fell into the trap of a wounded animal. They survived keeping their record perfect in this early season. For the Cincinnati Bengals, the thought of a moral victory is the last thing they want to hear.    

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