After their win in Dallas, Stevie Brown and the Giants returned to the tri-state area just in time to prepare for Hurricane Sandy’s arrival on Monday. It would have been a long few days having to mull over a loss without electricity, but in large part because of Brown’s efforts, that wasn’t the case.
The safety had two interceptions and recovered a fumble in the 29-24 victory before battening down the hatches.
“We’re doing well, we’re doing well,” Brown said on “NFL AM” Tuesday morning. “It’s just me and my dog out here on the east coast. We’re both inside and safe and everything, and all the players, my teammates that I’ve talked to, they’re all doing well. Just no power right now. I haven’t spoken to one of my teammates that had any power. So we’re just hanging in there.”
Through eight weeks, Brown leads the NFL in takeaways with five interceptions and two fumbles recovered. He also has a league-best 168 interception return yards.
“It definitely feels good to get the recognition,” Brown said. “I didn’t even know I was the NFL leader in takeaways until I landed Sunday. My brother texted me and was telling me I was the leader in takeaways. I was like, man, that’s crazy. I would have never thought – unreal.”
Now Brown will prepare for a 4-3 Pittsburgh Steelers team that has turned the ball over just six times, which is tied for the lowest in the NFL (Houston Texans).
“We’re going to have to continue to do what we do,” Brown said. “We have to play good defense – stop [quarterback Ben] Roethlisberger, [wide receiver Mike] Wallace, [running back Rashard] Mendenhall, all them. And then Eli [Manning] on the other side of the ball is going to take care of business like always. So if we play as a team, we play hard, we’ll be good.”
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14:46 — Eli Manning goes right to work on the first play of the fourth quarter, completing a 29-yard pass to Hakeem Nicks.
10:22 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 43-yard attempt to regain the lead. GIANTS 26, COWBOYS 24 (Drive: 8 plays, 60 yards in 4:26)
6:50 — After the Cowboys completed two key third downs, Felix Jones fumbles the football and Stevie Brown recovers at the Dallas 45.
3:37 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes adds to the lead with a 37-yarder. GIANTS 29, COWBOYS 24 (Drive: 6 plays, 26 yards in 3:09)
1:59 — Justin Tuck sacks Tony Romo but the play is negated by a defensive holding penalty.
1:14 — Stevie Brown intercepts Romo for the second time of the day.
0:00 — GIANTS 29, COWBOYS 24
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This week’s game is the 101st regular season meeting between the two teams, with the Cowboys leading the series, 57-41-2. The two teams have met once in the postseason, when the Giants defeated the Cowboys, 21-17, in the 2007 NFC Divisional Playoff Game. In their last meeting, the Cowboys defeated the Giants, 24-17, in Week 1 in MetLife Stadium.
Kickoff: 4:25 PM ET
Location: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Weather: Sunny. 59°F. Wind: From N 14mph, gusting to 19 mph
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15:00 — Game Day Captains: Osi Umenyiora and Chris Snee along with season captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Zak DeOssie. Giants win the coin toss and will receive.
13:38 — Manning completes a deep ball to rookie wide receiver Rueben Randle for a 56-yard gain. Randle entered Sunday’s contest with seven catches for 86 yards.
11:58 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 41-yard attempt on the opening drive. GIANTS 3, COWBOYS 0 (Drive: 7 plays, 57 yards in 3:07)
9:23 — S Stevie Brown jumps a pass intended for Dez Bryant and intercepts Tony Romo, returning it 37 yards down to the Dallas 27-yard line. Brown now leads the team with four interceptions.
7:17 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 37-yard attempt. GIANTS 6, COWBOYS 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards in 2:00)
5:57 — Two possessions and two interceptions for the Cowboys. Corey Webster grabs his second of the year and returns it 38 yards down to the Dallas 31.
3:46 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Set up by a pass to Martellus Bennett and two Ahmad Bradshaw runs taking it down to the one-yard line, Andre Brown takes it in for the score around the left end. XP is GOOD. GIANTS 13, COWBOYS 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 31 yards in 2:01)
2:17 — David Wilson’s number is called for the second time of the game, but the rookie loses a yard on the carry.
0:51 — The Giants are forced to punt after a three-and-out, but Dez Bryant muffs the return and Michael Coe recovers the fumble in Dallas territory.
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15:00 — The Giants kickoff to begin the second half.
13:44 — Converting four of six third downs in the first half, Washington is forced to punt on their opening drive of the third quarter.
8:04 — Michael Boley recovers Alfred Morris’ fumble and the Giants take over on their own 41. Linval Joseph is credited with the forced fumble.
5:15 — Eli Manning’s pass intended for Martellus Bennett is INTERCEPTED. Redskins take over on their own 16.
1:42 — Back-to-back-to-back turnovers for the Redskins and Giants as Stevie Brown intercepts Robert Griffin, returning it 41 yards to Washington’s 35.
0:00 — GIANTS 13, REDSKINS 13
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FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
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Landing a blow last week, the Giants’ defense is ready for round two.
As the schedule would have it, the NFL’s top two rushing offenses have come up on the Giants schedule in consecutive weeks. Last Sunday, the defense more than halved the 49ers’ season average, holding them to 80 yards on the ground. Now the Redskins enter the Giants’ home ring averaging 166.0 rushing yards per game, good for second in the NFL.
But the first bout was about power. This week is more about finesse. From zone-read to the triple option and wishbone, there are many facets to the run game coming out of Washington.
For those, Stevie Brown and the Giants went back to school.
“It definitely takes you back to college days,” the safety said Thursday. “You need to make sure you’re good with your eyes and good with your reads. You can’t just bite on the first thing you see because it could be wrong and then the next thing you know they could actually throw it for a touchdown or they’re going the other way. You have to study film and you have to look and see everything on the field before you just react.”
And it’s not all about the headliner, Robert Griffin III. While the quarterback has gained 379 yards and scored six touchdowns on the ground, running back Alfred Morris is still the leading rusher. Another rookie, Morris is fourth in the league, generating 538 yards and five scores.
So it will take another team effort this week as Brown continues to settle into the defense playing opposite Antrel Rolle in place of the injured Kenny Phillips. The two have started together two weeks in a row and are creating the chemistry necessary for any safety tandem.
“Between the safeties and middle linebacker you have to get everybody lined up and make a lot of the checks and everything like that,” Brown said. “So the safety relationship has to be pretty tight. Me and Antrel talk to each other before every single play, we talk to each other after every single play, we talk to each other on the sidelines, and we talk to each other in the meeting rooms. So we know what each other is thinking when we’re out there.”
That led to one of the defense’s best performances of the year in San Francisco, where Rolle also had a career day with two interceptions.
“Antrel played crazy,” Brown said. “He played so well and so did all of the secondary. Prince [Amukamara] played real well the way he came out and did his thing. Collectively we did well. It definitely gives you confidence going into the next week, but it’s a different type of attack this week.”
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FINAL: Giants 36, Panthers 7
6:36 — Stevie Brown intercepts Cam Newton and returns it 44 yards.
9:42 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Andre Brown scores his second touchdown of the night on a one-yard dive into the end zone. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 33, CAROLINA 7 (Drive: 8 plays, 48 yards in 3:50)
13:42 — Boley snags his third interception of the season in as many games.
13:47 — Jason Pierre-Paul teams up with Michael Boley for the Giants’ second sack of the game.
15:00 — Panthers start the fourth quarter with the ball on their own 45.
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