Saints close in on first-round playoff bye

Saints 30 Giants 7

Nfl Week 16

Gameday

December 25, 2006

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The reborn New Orleans Saints are a game away from a first-round playoff bye. Tom Coughlin may be a game away from the end of his coaching career with the New York Giants.

Reggie Bush ran for a career-best 126 yards and a touchdown and the Saints limited the Giants to six first downs and 142 yards in a 30-7 win yesterday that turned Giants Stadium into a ghost town in the fourth quarter. The sellout crowd twice chanted "Fire Coughlin" before heading for the exits. A year ago, New York won the NFC East.

New Orleans 3 10 7 10-30

N.Y. Giants 7 0 0 0- 7

First quarter NYG-Burress 55 pass from Manning (Feely kick), 12:43. NO-FG Carney 32, 9:23.

Second quarter NO-FG Carney 26, 13:01. NO-Colston 2 pass from Brees (Carney kick), 1:51.

Third quarter NO-Bush 1 run (Carney kick), 7:55.

Fourth quarter NO-McAllister 9 run (Carney kick), 14:06. NO-FG Carney 38, 11:52. A-78,539.

NO NYG

First downs 22 6

Total net yards 359 142

Rushes-yards 53-236 18-83

Passing 123 59

Punt returns 5-15 2-8

Kickoff returns 2-62 7-164

Interceptions ret. 1-9 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 13-32-0 9-25-1

Sacked-Yards lost 1-9 2-15

Punts 5-42.6 9-37.6

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-2

Penalties-Yards 2-15 7-67

Time of possession 40:34 19:26 Rushing-New Orleans, Bush 20-126, McAllister 27-108, Karney 1-3, Brees 5-(minus 1). N.Y. Giants, Barber 16-71, Finn 1-12, Manning 1-0. Passing-New Orleans, Brees 13-32-0-132. N.Y. Giants, Manning 9-25-1-74. Receiving-New Orleans, Colston 4-37, Copper 2-46, Bush 2-23, McAllister 2-14, Stecker 2-4, Campbell 1-8. N.Y. Giants, Barber 3-12, Shockey 2-(minus 3), Burress 1-55, Carter 1-9, Finn 1-1, Moss 1-0. Missed field goal-New Orleans, Cundiff 51 (WR).

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