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Manning countered with an 80-yard scoring drive -- helped by a critical Cleveland penalty -- to pull the Giants within 17-14. From the 3, he lofted a perfect 3-yard TD pass to Burress, who easily ran past defensive back Terry Cousin. Three plays earlier, Manning had been sacked and fumbled on third down, but Browns safety Mike Adams was called for illegal contact, giving New York a first down.
Browns defensive end Corey Williams had provided the Giants with some bulletin-board material leading into the game. Williams, who was with Green Bay last season and lost to New York in the NFC title game, had said Cleveland's defense planned to "hit him (Jacobs) in the mouth" and that "their ain't nothing physical" about the Giants' offensive line.
Williams also said he was going to try to knock Jacobs' head off, remarks that were prominently displayed on the back pages of New York's tabloid newspapers.
After Jacobs barreled through several Cleveland defenders for his TD early in the second quarter, he jawed with Williams.
It was the Browns, though, who got the last word.
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