Jets beat the Giants

Umenyiora injures knee
August 23, 2008 7:08:19 PM PDT
The New York Giants hope they didn't lose more than just a preseason game to the New York Jets. Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora was carted off the field with a knee injury in the second quarter of the Giants' 10-7 loss Saturday night. The injury overshadowed a first-half quarterback duel between Brett Favre and Eli Manning that ended up being a penalty-filled snoozer.

The Giants said Umenyiora's left knee "locked up" with 10:48 left in the half on an incomplete pass by Favre on third down. He couldn't put any weight on the leg. X-rays were negative, but further examinations were planned Sunday.

Umenyiora had a team-high 13 sacks in earning his second Pro Bowl appearance while leading the Giants' pass-rush happy defense in New York's run to the Super Bowl.

Brett Ratliff threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Paul Raymond with 6:08 remaining to put the Jets (2-1) ahead. Drew Coleman's interception of Andre' Woodson with 1:06 left sealed the victory.

Favre, in his second start since being acquired from Green Bay, finished 9-of-12 for 96 yards and had a pretty touchdown pass negated by a penalty. Manning was 10-of-17 for 113 yards, but had a scoring drive late in the second half short-circuited when he took a big sack on third down.

With the Giants (1-2) expected to pose a huge test for the Jets' revamped offensive line, it was the guys in green and white who constantly put the pressure on the quarterbacks. The Jets finished with eight sacks, including two by Calvin Pace.

The officials were kept busy as the teams combined for 16 penalties, including 12 by the Jets - who opened the second half with mistakes on three consecutive plays.

Favre, who last faced the Giants in a loss in the NFC championship game in January, received a standing ovation as he ran on the field with the first-team offense to start the Jets' first drive. The cheers didn't last as Justin Tuck beat new right tackle Damien Woody and sacked Favre on the Jets' second play for a loss of 8 yards. New York was forced to punt two plays later.

On the next series, Favre's 28-yard pass to Brad Smith down to the Giants 21 was wiped out by an illegal shift penalty. After another ho-hum possession, Favre got things going.

With the Jets starting on their 17, he hit Smith for 17 yards and Leon Washington for 10 yards two plays later. On third-and-11 from the Giants 49, Favre threw a perfect spiral down the right sideline to Jerricho Cotchery, who zipped into the end zone for what appeared to be the first score of the game.

But Bubba Franks, Favre's former teammate in Green Bay, was called for illegal motion on the play and the touchdown was wiped away. The Jets punted two plays later.

The Giants had a chance to score on the next possession, which was helped by a 22-yard catch by Domenik Hixon and an 18-yard run by Derrick Ward. On third-and-goal from the Jets 7, Pace sacked Manning - his second of the game - for a 16-yard loss.

Coach Tom Coughlin then sent out Josh Huston, the Giants' kicker with Lawrence Tynes sidelined with a leg injury. But Huston was wide right on a 42-yard field-goal attempt.

The Giants took a 7-3 lead with 13:32 left in the game on Ahmad Bradshaw's 3-yard touchdown run. The drive started on the Jets 30-yard line after Renaldo Wynn intercepted Ratliff.

Kellen Clemens opened the second half with a 17-play drive that was capped by a 24-yard field goal by Mike Nugent, giving the Jets a 3-0 lead. Clemens finished 9-of-12 for 83 yards.