AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Eli Manning passed for 303 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Giants to their fourth straight win, 31-10, over the hapless Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. The Giants (4-2) took control after a wild first quarter in which the teams combined for 24 points. New York scored the final 24 points to send the Michael Vick-less Falcons tumbling to their fifth loss in six games. “I felt good throwing the ball,” said Manning, who completed 12 straight at one point in the first half. “I was getting opportunities in a timely fashion. I was spreading the ball around.” The Giants have bounced back after starting the season with losses to Dallas and Green Bay, but they must be mindful of the collapse that knocked them out of the playoffs a year ago. A five-game winning streak had the Giants at 6-2 midway through the 2006 season, but they managed just two more wins the rest of the way. Maybe that’s why Coach Tom Coughlin didn’t sound all that enthused. “I thought sometimes we did play well offensively, and then sometimes we did not,” he said. “There were some issues.” Manning threw two touchdown passes and set up another New York TD with three straight completions, which lessened the damage of two interceptions and losing a fumble when John Abraham knocked the ball loose just before the quarterback’s arm went forward. It also helped to be playing the Falcons, who are averaging just 13.2 points a game. “They are a good defensive football team,” Coughlin said. “They have some problems, obviously, on the offensive side of the ball.” Manning was 27-for-39 passing and put up his highest total since a 312-yard performance against the Cowboys in Week 1. He hooked up with Amani Toomer on a 5-yard scoring pass in the back-and-forth opening period. Before the half was done, Manning went deep for a 43-yard touchdown to Plaxico Burress that gave the Giants a 21-10 lead. Playing behind a patched-up line, Joey Harrington was sacked four times, had several passes deflected at the line and did plenty of scrambling to avoid New York’s fearsome pass rush, which had tied a league record with 12 sacks of Philadelphia’s Donovan McNabb two weeks earlier. The Falcons, who were starting two new tackles because of injuries, actually did a better-than-expected job keeping Osi Umenyiora, Michael Strahan & Co. away from Harrington. That was largely because Harrington went with quick drops and short passes, not leaving much time to open up the passing game. “Eventually, they started to dominate the line of scrimmage,” Petrino said. “We couldn’t sustain the run and execute the passing game.” After yanking Harrington the previous week in favor of Byron Leftwich, the Falcons didn’t have a backup plan against the Giants. Leftwich, who signed with Atlanta after Week 2, was designated as the third quarterback because of a sore ankle, and backup Chris Redman has not played in a game since 2003. “We decided to stick with Joey and see what he could do,” Petrino said. Not much was the answer. Harrington was 18-for-39 passing for 209 yards, putting him in danger of losing another starting job after he was already deposed in Detroit and Miami.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NFL: Giants quarterback throws for 303 yards in an easy victory. By Paul Newberry THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA – The New York Giants are on another roll. Now, they’ve got to sustain it.
England winger Raheem Sterling is bemused by what is written about him and his lifestyle in the media and says that he is convinced about the fact that “they hate what they don’t even know.”The Manchester City forward received a lot of criticism for a gun tattoo on his leg leading to the World Cup and the headlines only got worse leading to England’s 2018 World Cup opener against Tunisia. The negative coverage about his ‘lavish’ lifestyle and spending habits has left the 23-year-old disappointed.The former Liverpool forward said that it was a symbol to mark the death of his father at a young age but it was misconstrued by the media and led to an uproar. Not only that, he buying his mother a house in 2016 also attracted some negative headlines and Sterling fails to understand why people think he loves ‘bling’ and all that.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”You know, it’s sad that I even have to say this, but I’m going to say it anyway,” Sterling wrote in a column for The Players’ Tribune.”There’s a perception in certain parts of the media that I love ‘bling.’ I love diamonds. I love to show off. I really don’t understand where that comes from.”Especially when I bought my mum a house, it was unbelievable what some people were writing. I think it’s really sad that people do that. They hate what they don’t even know.”Jacks up pic.twitter.com/UZ1OHBi7lMRaheem Sterling (@sterling7) May 14, 2018In the lengthy article, Sterling outlines his struggles growing up, including cleaning hotel bathrooms with his mother at the age of six, and the sacrifices his family made to support his dream.advertisementFIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”If you grew up the same way I grew up, don’t listen to what certain tabloids want to tell you,” he added.”They just want to steal your joy. They just want to pull you down. I’m telling you right now, England is still a place where a naughty boy who comes from nothing can live his dream.”Sterling is expected to feature in England’s second group game against Panama on Sunday before Gareth Southgate’s side face off against Belgium in the final group match.(With inputs from Reuters)