Giants grind out a win in preseason opener

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The New York Giants kicked off their preseason schedule with a win in the Steel City.

It wasn't an offensive showcase by any stretch of the imagination, but the New York Giants left Heinz Field Saturday night with a hard fought 18-13 win in their preseason opener. Quarterback Eli Manning completed 2-of-5 pass attempts, highlighted by his 57 yard first quarter touchdown bomb to Victor Cruz. Without star defensive ends Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul, Big Blue produced five sacks and seven quarterback hits in the Steel City.

The running back duo of David Wilson and Andre Brown combined for 39 yards on nine carries in limited action. Placekicker Josh Brown connected on three of his four field goal attempts including a 47-yarder in the stadium widely regarded as the least kicker friendly in the league. Rookie defensive lineman Damontre Moore registered a block punt and Landry Jones tackled punter Tyler Sash for a safety early in the third quarter.

Backup quarterbacks Ryan Nassib, David Carr and Curtis Painter were held in check by a stingy Steelers' pass defense as the trio of signal callers combined to go 13-of-26 for just 113 yards including no touchdowns and zero interceptions. Big Blue plays host to former running back great Ahmad Bradshaw and the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday, August 18 at MetLife Stadium.

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