Jacksonville at New York

Fassel takes over play-calling and Giants respond

SportsLine.com wire reports
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jim Fassel spoke, and the New York Giants responded to his play-calling.

Tiki Barber ran for 101 yards and scored on runs of 2 and 44 yards as the Giants broke out of a scoring slump and beat Jacksonville 24-17 on Sunday night, handing the Jaguars their fourth straight loss.

Kerry Collins, who had been getting the play calls from offensive coordinator Sean Payton, added a review-aided 8-yard touchdown pass to Ron Dixon in helping the Giants (4-4) snap a two game losing streak.

Tim Seder kicked a 24-yard field goal and Mark Brunell threw fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 14 yards to Bobby Shaw and 9 to Jimmy Smith for Jacksonville (3-5).

However, the Jaguars played a mistake-filled game that started with an early fumble by Brunell and continued with three key dropped passes.

Those mistakes all helped make Fassel look good in taking over the play-calling for the first time since the 1999 season.

It wasn't as bold a move as two years ago, when Fassel's guaranteed the Giants would make the playoffs, a gamble that catapulted them to a Super Bowl appearance.

However, Fassel felt he had to do something after seeing his team score seven touchdown in seven games and only 13 points in the last two, and this move also paid off.

The defense, which had no takeaways in the last three games, helped ignite the offense as end Kenny Holmes recovered a bobbled snap by Brunell at the Giants 44.

With Fassel making all the right calls, the offense moved 56 yards in seven plays. Barber scored almost untouched from the 2-yard line.

New York should have scored on its next two series, but Matt Bryant, who had made all 11 of his field goal attempts this season, missed from 41 and 37 yards.

There were no mistakes the last time the Giants got the ball in the half, except by the officials. They ruled Dixon out of bounds after his catch in the right corner of the end zone with :09 left in the half.

However, replay official Rex Stuart ordered a review and the replay showed Dixon, now a starter after the season-ending injury to Ike Hilliard, had both feet inbounds.

Bryant, who also botched two kickoffs, stretched the lead to 17-0 with a 27-yard field goal on the opening possession of the second half. Barber iced the game with his 44-yard run, the longest by a Giant this season.

Barber set up the run with a cutback to his right and got a great downfield block from guard Rich Seubert at the Jaguars 15.

Down 24-0, the Jaguars made it a game, drawing within 24-17 on a 9-yard TD pass from Brunell to Smith with 1:47 to go.

However, the Giants recovered the onsides kick and Jacksonville never threatened again.


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Scoring Summary
1ST QUARTER
TDTiki Barber, 2 Yd run (Matt Bryant kick is good), 10:54. Drive: 7 plays, 56 yards in 2:39.
2ND QUARTER
TDRon Dixon, 8 Yd pass from Kerry Collins (Matt Bryant kick is good), 0:09. Drive: 11 plays, 68 yards in 4:12.
3RD QUARTER
FGMatt Bryant 27 Yd, 11:54. Drive: 8 plays, 58 yards in 3:06.
TDTiki Barber, 44 Yd run (Matt Bryant kick is good), 7:18. Drive: 2 plays, 53 yards in 0:46.
FGTim Seder 24 Yd, 3:16. Drive: 8 plays, 61 yards in 4:02.
4TH QUARTER
TDBobby Shaw, 14 Yd pass from Mark Brunell (Tim Seder kick is good), 5:20. Drive: 15 plays, 67 yards in 7:41.
TDJimmy Smith, 9 Yd pass from Mark Brunell (Tim Seder kick is good), 1:47. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards in 2:24.
Jacksonville
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
M. Brunell23/3823020
RushingATTYDSTDLG
M. Brunell563027
S. Mack954022
F. Taylor6907
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
J. Smith10123132
B. Shaw565127
K. Brady32008
S. Mack318011
P. Mitchell1404
F. Taylor1000
New York
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
K. Collins20/2822810
RushingATTYDSTDLG
T. Barber19101244
R. Dayne1352010
T. Carter113013
K. Collins21108
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
T. Barber462036
R. Dixon446115
A. Toomer436012
T. Carter127027
J. Shockey224013
D. Campbell219011
R. Dayne2706
C. Stackhouse1707
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