Jim Mancari, ContributorEach week, I will be taking a look at the Giants’ media notes to pull out some interesting facts about the upcoming opponent.
The Giants take on the Denver Broncos Sunday afternoon at 4:25 p.m. in the “Battle of the Manning Brothers.” Peyton is 2-0 in his career against younger brother Eli.
This game will mark the first time in NFL history that the opposing starting quarterbacks will have each thrown for at least 400 yards in the previous week. Peyton threw for 462 yards and an NFL-record tying seven touchdowns, while Eli tallied 450 yards and four touchdowns but threw three interceptions.
Eli though did find his three big receiving weapons – Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle – often. For the first time in Giants’ history, three players had at least 100 receiving yards in the same game.
Here are some interesting Giants’ notes about this week’s opponent:
- The Giants are 5-5 all time vs. the Broncos.
- Big Blue has won the previous two matchups at home against Denver – a 20-16 win on Dec. 13, 1998 and a 24-23 victory on Oct. 23, 2005
- The Giants are 24-19 in games vs. the AFC West.
- Tom Coughlin is 2-3 (1-1 in playoffs) vs. the Broncos in his coaching career.
Here are some Giants-Broncos connections:
- Broncos’ head coach John Fox spent five seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Giants from 1997-2001 and led a defense that consistently ranked among the league’s most productive units
- Broncos’ assistant secondary coach Sam Garnes was selected by the Giants in the fifth round of the 1997 NFL Draft and played safety for five seasons (1997-2001), starting 105 of 106 games
Other Giants’ notes:
- The Giants’ defense has forced at least one turnover in 44 of the last 49 games, including the playoffs.
- If the Giants defeat Denver in Week 2 at MetLife Stadium, they will reach 50 wins in home openers.
- Denver is coming off a 49-27 with over the Baltimore Ravens – the largest margin of victory against a defending Super Bowl champion in a season opener
- Three Broncos – Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker– each had two touchdown catches, joining the 1989 Cincinnati Bengals as the only teams to have three different players with multiple touchdown receptions in the same game.
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