Giants 41, Browns 27
Offense: The Browns tied their highest point total of the season, but rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden’s two interceptions spoiled the output of the offense. The Giants capitalized on each interception by scoring touchdowns during their ensuing drives in the second and fourth quarters. The Browns gained 375 yards and converted both of their fourth-down attempts, though they finished just 3-of-12 (25 percent) on third down.
Defense: The defense was run over by Ahmad Bradshaw, who finished with 30 carries for a career-high 200 yards (6.7 average). The secondary was shredded by quarterback Eli Manning, who completed 25-of-37 passes (68 percent) for 259 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. The Giants gained 502 yards and converted 6-of-11 third downs (55 percent).
Special teams: Josh Cribbs fumbled during a kickoff return, and the Giants recovered with 2:37 left in the second quarter. Three plays later, wide receiver Victor Cruz caught his first of three touchdowns, giving the Giants a 24-17 lead after they trailed 14-0 in the first quarter and 17-7 early in the second quarter. The Browns never recovered.
Coaching: Coach Pat Shurmur and his assistants must be credited for preparing their team to come out swinging. But their young players weren’t ready to respond when the defending Super Bowl champion Giants inevitably started fighting back. The defense had no answers. In the second half, the offense didn’t muster anything significant until late in the fourth quarter when the outcome was already virtually sealed. The Browns finished with 10 penalties compared with three for the Giants.
— Nate Ulrich