(Sunday, August 3)
Final Score: New York 17, Buffalo 13
Canton, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – New York fourth-round rookie Andre Williams ran for 48 yards and a touchdown as the Giants topped the Buffalo Bills, 17-13, in the Hall of Fame Game.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning played three series. He went three-and-out on the first and was strip-sacked on the opening play of the second, but New York went 80 yards on 12 plays on its third trek, culminating in Williams’ 3-yard TD run.
Manning finished 6-of-7 for 43 yards for the Giants, who went 7-9 last season after starting 0-6.
Williams is fighting with offseason acquisition Rashad Jennings for the Giants’ starting running back job. Jennings totaled 23 yards on seven carries.
Manning’s backup, Ryan Nassib, completed 7-of-12 passes for 139 yards and threw the go-ahead 73-yard TD pass to Corey Washington early in the fourth to give the Giants a 17-13 lead.
Bills second-year quarterback E.J. Manuel was just 2-of-7 for 19 yards, while highly touted rookie wide receiver Sammie Watkins was targeted three times, but did not have a reception.
Robert Woods caught four passes for 49 yards and a score and Bryce Brown, who was acquired in a trade from Philadelphia, carried the ball seven times for 40 yards in defeat.
Kyle Williams’ strip-sack of Manning led to a Dan Carpenter 30-yard field goal to open the scoring in the first and after Andre Williams’ score, Woods hauled in a 2-yard TD pass from Jeff Tuel to cap the Bills’ ensuing 15-play, 80-yard march to give them a 10-7 advantage with 9:00 to go in the second.
Brandon McManus split the uprights from 47 yards out on New York’s next touch to tie the game at 10-10.
Carpenter banged through a 51-yard field goal with 4:08 to play in the third to stake Buffalo to a 13-10 edge.
|Final Team Statistics|
|Time of Possession||33:37||26:23|
|NY Giants||– A.Williams 7-48, P.Hillis 7-36, R.Jennings 7-23, J.Conner 1-7, K.Gaskins 5-5, M.Cox 9-3, R.Nassib 1-0, C.Painter 1-(-1).|
|Buffalo||– B.Brown 7-40, A.Dixon 4-15, R.Wingo 3-15, J.Tuel 1-13, F.Jackson 2-6, E.Rodriguez 2-3, C.Spiller 1-2, T.Lewis 1-0.|
|NY Giants||– E.Manning 6-7-0, 43 yards. C.Painter 3-3-0, 26 yards. R.Nassib 7-12-0, 139 yards and touchdown.|
|Buffalo||– E.Manuel 2-7-0, 19 yards. J.Tuel 12-17-1, 74 yards and 1 touchdown. T.Lewis 10-16-1, 87 yards.|
|NY Giants||– M.Harris 4-49, R.Jennings 3-20, J.Jernigan 2-13, C.Washington 1-73, M.Manningham 1-17, L.Donnell 1-13, D.Fells 1-10, T.Harvey 1-9, M.Cox 1-8, P.Hillis 1-(-4),|
|Buffalo||– R.Woods 4-49, C.Gragg 4-24, A.Dixon 4-16, C.Hogan 3-12, T.Graham 2-23, B.Brown 2-12, Mi.Williams 1-11, K.Elliott 1-10, L.Smith 1-8, T.Gurley 1-8, R.Wingo 1-7.|