The Giants were all banged up for their Thursday night road game against Carolina. The Super Bowl champs played without wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon, as well as running back Ahmad Bradshaw and offensive tackle Dave Diehl yet still rocked the Panthers 36-7. Eli Manning completed 27 of 35 passes for 288 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.
Jets defensive back Darrelle Revis has been cleared for contact for the first time since suffering a concussion in the team's season opener.
It seems fans and commentators are not the only ones having issues with the replacement referees this season. NFL.com reported last night that senior league officials called owners, general managers and coaches from all 32 teams to tell them that respect for the game demands better on-field behavior. NFL executive vice president Ray Anderson singled out Monday night's game for having examples of "unacceptable behavior." He didn't specify which incidents in the Atlanta Falcons' victory over Denver crossed the line, but Broncos coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio both had heated arguments with officials
In baseball news, The Nationals have become the first Washington baseball team to reach the postseason since the 1933 Senators made the World Series.
Around the NL Philadelphia scored eight runs in the first inning and coasted to a 16-1 laugher over the New York Mets behind a 21-hit attack. Ryan Howard hit his 12th homer, a grand slam in the ninth, and drove in five. The Mets used 10 pitchers to no avail. The Mets will host Miami this weekend.
In the AL Ichiro Suzuki hit a go-ahead, two-run double in a seven-run fourth inning capped by Nick Swisher's grand slam, and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-7. That gives the Yanks a one-game AL East lead over idle Baltimore. The Yanks will spend the weekend against Oakland and Baltimore will take on Boston after the Red Sox fell to Tampa Bay 7-4 yesterday in a much needed win for Rays.
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