Giants Q&A: Rosenfels replaces Dodge as holder

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, left, and backup Sage

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, left, and backup Sage Rosenfels talk on the sideline during a game against the Carolina Panthers at the New Meadowlands Stadium. (Sept. 12, 2010) Photo Credit: David Pokress

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So, a new look for the Giants on field goals and extra points?

Yes. Punter Matt Dodge was replaced as the holder Sunday by backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels, and although Rosenfels and Lawrence Tynes started working together only Wednesday, they seemed to find chemistry very quickly.

"I felt comfortable with a veteran out there," said Tynes, who was good from 45 and 42 yards. "He commands everything out there."

Tynes even jokingly offered to give Rosenfels the ball after their first field goal together.

What's the biggest difference between Rosenfels and Dodge?

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Tynes said the main thing is the speed with which Rosenfels puts the ball down. "Sage is very, very fast," he said. "I get to look at the ball forever. That was the main cog."

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He's also bigger than Dodge, so when a few snaps sailed high Sunday, Rosenfels was able to go up and grab them more easily than Dodge might have.

Had Rosenfels ever held before?

He did it twice, he said, for the Texans in a 2006 game against the Jets. His last one was on a 60-yarder that came up short, and he wound up breaking his wrist while tackling Justin Miller coming out of the end zone.

What happened to David Diehl?

The left tackle, who is obsessive about not missing practices or snaps in games, had to come out with a cramp late in the second quarter. He was replaced by Shawn Andrews for the final three snaps and missed the first snap of the third quarter because he was in the locker room finishing his IV.

"I was going crazy coming in here," Diehl said. He was screaming for someone to turn on the TV so he could get an idea of how long he had before the second half started.

How many batted passes did the Giants' defensive line come up with?

Four. There were two by Chris Canty, one by Rocky Bernard and one that looked as if it went off the head of Jason Pierre-Paul. "They're all pretty big guys with long arms, and they just read the three-step drop and are able to bat the ball down," Texans quarterback Matt Schaub said.

It's been a while since Steve Smith caught a touchdown pass, right?

He had one in the final home game against the Panthers last year, but it had been almost six full games before he pulled one in with 4:50 left in this one.

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"I was happy to get Steve a touchdown at the end," Eli Manning said. "He hasn't complained about it, but you always know when a receiver has gone a few games without getting in the end zone, they get a little antsy. On that last play, I was hoping they would blitz and play single high. We had a good play and he made a great catch."

Was it good to see Derrick Ward again?

Yes, especially when the Giants held him to 1 yard on one carry (which is actually a better average than he had the last time he played his former team and had 2 yards on five carries for the Bucs last year). Ward did get credit for a touchdown, although it appeared that Clint Sintim might have stopped him at the goal line. "I don't think he got in," Brandon Jacobs said, "but hey, good for him."

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