Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 200 yards on 30 carries and Victor Cruz caught three touchdown passes to help the New York Giants beat the winless Cleveland Browns 41-27 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The Giants (3-2) overcame a 14-0 first-quarter deficit. The Browns (0-5) scored following a Bradshaw fumble on New York’s first play from scrimmage, then got another touchdown on their next possession when Brandon Weedon completed a 62-yard pass to wide receiver Josh Gordon, who outran Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn.
In other early National Football League games today, it was Baltimore 9, Kansas City 6; Pittsburgh 16, Philadelphia 14; Atlanta 24, Washington 17; and Miami 17, Cincinnati 13.
Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III left the game in the third quarter when after getting a hard hit to the head in the third quarter by Falcons linebacker Sam Weatherspoon as he tried to run into the end zone on a third-and-goal play from the Atlanta 3.
He did not return to the game and his status was not immediately announced by the Redskins. Atlanta improved to 5-0.
New York tied the game at 17 in the second quarter when Weeden, a rookie from Oklahoma State, threw the ball over Gordon’s head. Giants’ safety Stevie Brown intercepted on New York’s 14-yard line and returned it to the Cleveland 40. The Giants scored two plays later on a four-yard run by Bradshaw.
On the ensuing kickoff, Cleveland returner Joshua Cribbs fumbled on his own 30; Brown scooped up the ball and returned it nine yards. Quarterback Eli Manning found Cruz in the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown to complete a five-play drive and make it 24-17.
Manning completed 25 of 37 passes for 259 yards and 3 touchdowns with one interception. Cruz finished with 5 catches for 50 yards.
The Giants’ final score came when rookie running back David Wilson dashed up the middle on a 40-yard touchdown run with 5:41 left. The drive started when Blackburn intercepted Weeden in the Giants’ endzone.