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Giants stifle Sanchez and Tebow


February 16. 2013 5:46PM


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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rookie Jayron Hosley returned an interception of Mark Sanchez 77 yards for a touchdown, and the New York Giants' defense stifled the Jets' starters in a 26-3 preseason victory between the hometown rivals on Saturday night.


Tim Tebow, making his home debut for the Jets (0-2), didn't fare much better in his six series. But the backup quarterback led the Jets (No. 14 in the AP Pro32) to their only points of the night — Josh Brown's 30-yard field goal.


Lawrence Tynes kicked four field goals for the Giants (1-1). Eli Manning and the Giants (No. 3) starters were mostly quiet, with the Super Bowl MVP going 7 of 14 for 62 yards and an interception.


Sanchez finished 9 of 11 for 59 yards and the costly interception, and was under pressure nearly every play. He was sacked three times, including twice by Jason Pierre-Paul.


Texans 20, 49ers 9

HOUSTON — Matt Schaub threw a touchdown pass to Lestar Jean, Trindon Holliday returned a punt for another score and Houston's defense stifled San Francisco in the Texans' win over the 49ers.


Schaub completed 11 of 14 passes for 128 yards in two quarters, looking sharp in his second game since fracturing his right foot in Week 10 last season.


The 5-foot-5 Holliday, who returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score in the Texans' preseason opener, scored in the fourth quarter.


The Texans (No. 6 in the AP Pro32) held the 49ers to 267 yards and 13 first downs. Alex Smith completed 5 of 9 passes for 49 yards for the 49ers (No. 4). He was sacked twice by the Texans' first-string defense.


Rams 31, Chiefs 17

ST. LOUIS — Sam Bradford threw touchdown passes on his first two drives, and the St. Louis Rams made improvements on the other side of the ball in a preseason victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the annual Governor's Cup game.


Lance Kendricks and Danny Amendola scored on catches of 23 and 8 yards, and Steven Jackson ran for 49 yards on seven carries in a 151-yard first quarter that handed the backups a two-touchdown cushion. The Rams (1-1) totaled 215 yards in a 38-3 loss last week at Indianapolis.


Bradford was 6 for 9 for 102 yards for St. Louis (No. 28 AP Pro32).


Matt Cassel played the first half for Kansas City (1-1) and was 13 for 18 for 142 yards.




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