Manning, Giants trounce Texans

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:53 PM ET

Last week the New York Giants got their ground game going. Sunday they got Hakeem Nicks and the passing game clicking.

Bad news for the Houston Texans, who watched Eli Manning hit Nicks for two of his three TD passes.

Nicks is giving Giants‚ receivers a name for something other than being jailbirds, coming within one catch of tying the club record for a game. Nicks finished with career highs of 12 catches and 130 yards, dominating Houston cornerbacks Kareem Jackson and Brice McCain.

Tiki Barber had 13 catches in one game in 2000. Nicks is quickly putting himself in a class alongside great Giants‚ receivers such as Amani Toomer and Jeremy Shockey. It didn't take him long. Last year his 47 catches and 790 receiving yards ranked third-highest in the team‚s record book for a Giants rookie.

He was named the NFL offensive rookie of the month in October and became the first rookie since Buffalo‚s Lee Evans in 2004 to catch a touchdown pass in four straight games.

Yesterday he pulled in a 14-yard catch on the first play of the second quarter, then broke open behind Jackson for a 12-yard touchdown catch to put New York up 21-0.

The Giants piled up 414 yards and got a devastating defensive performance that held the Texans to a franchise-low 24 yards rushing. The first-quarter summed that up nicely when the Texans ran four plays for negative yards and mustered only two first downs.

Osi Umenyiora sacked Texans quarterback Matt Schaub twice and also forced a fumble. New York held NFL rushing leader Arian Foster to 25 yards on 11 carries.


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