Studs and duds from Giants' win over Broncos | Eli Apple, Mike Sullivan

Studs and duds from Giants' win over Broncos | Eli Apple, Mike Sullivan

New York Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh will start at right tackle for Eli Manning when they take on the Broncos in Denver on 'Sunday Night Football'.

The Denver offense finally started to pick up some yardage on their next drive, including a 24-yard reception by Demaryius Thomas on the first play to put him over 100 yards for the game, but McManus would miss yet again.

"Nobody is giving us a chance in hell to win this ballgame", coach Ben McAdoo declared as he prepared to bring his team to Denver, where the Broncos were healthy, coming off a bye and leading the league in defense and swagger.

Now in his fourth season with the Broncos, Sanders had recorded 20 receptions for 190 yards and two scores through four games. Down 17-3 at the half, Denver chose to run the ball just once on first down for the rest of the game.

McManus also missed a 53-yard attempt in the third quarter that was partially blocked.

Jason Pierre-Paul had a trio of sacks for the Giants, who came into Denver tottering from a tumultuous week in which three wide receivers landed on injured reserve, five other starters were sidelined with injuries and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended for insubordination.

Adam Gotsis would return the favor on New York's next possession, though.

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Another receiver went down for the Broncos a few minutes later when Isaiah McKenzie had to be carted off the field after an apparent leg injury. Thomas made a huge catch for 21 yards on the drive, but hobbled off and Seimian was sacked on the very next play.

The Giants continued to own the Broncos as they marched down the field for the first touchdown of the game to make it 10-0 in the second quarter. NY could only burn 2:13 off the clock on the drive, though, and Denver would get the ball back with 6:10 remaining.

In the fourth quarter, the Broncos reached the red zone twice, scoring once on a 13-yard pass from Siemian to Jeff Heuerman.

Siemian passed for 376 yards in the game, eclipsing the Giants' total offensive total of 266 yards, but the two interceptions and a lost fumble were too much to overcome.

Both x-rays for Sanders and McKenzie came back negative and both will have MRI's on Monday, coach Vance Joseph said after the game.

The Giants, who entered the game 0-5, had every reason not only to lose this game, but possibly to be embarrassed.

McAdoo, playing the us-against-the-world underdog card to textbook perfection in the lead-up to the game, should be credited with his motivational powers and keeping his team focused after a rough week. Here'w what they had to say (along with some of our favorite follows) about the second half and how it unfolded...



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