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Associated Press New York Giants' Dave Tollefson (71) sacks New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the fourth quarter Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 29-14.

NFL Week 16: Giants silence Rex Ryan, Jets 29-14

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Rex Ryan was brash and confident all week, insisting his Jets were the kings of New York.

Well, the Giants shut him up in a big way -- taking the city bragging rights and setting up an even more important showdown with the Dallas Cowboys next weekend with a 29-14 victory Saturday.

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"I hate to use that cliche, but this is a huge one," left tackle David Diehl said. "This is about the city, the city of New York and what team wants to be responsible. They have talked all week and said what they wanted to say. From Day 1, they're our big brother and other stuff. We went out there and played our game and showed whose stadium this is."

Ryan said the Jets were the better team the last two years, based on their consecutive trips to the AFC championship game and the Giants missing the postseason. Tom Coughlin responded by saying, "Talk is cheap. Play the game."

"They were the better team today, and they're the better team this year," a humbled Ryan said. "Clearly, I was wrong."

The Giants kept their postseason hopes alive, helped by Victor Cruz setting two franchise receiving records and Ahmad Bradshaw running for two touchdowns. While neither team looked much like playoff material, the Giants (8-7) are now in position to win the NFC East with a victory at home next Sunday against Dallas.

"Given everything that was at stake, and all the noise that has been coming out of Florham Park," Giants co-owner John Mara said, "yeah, it means a little more."

Running back Brandon Jacobs said he had an exchange with Ryan after the game in which the coach approached him, used an expletive and said, "Wait till we win the Super Bowl."

Added Jacobs: "And I told him I'll punch him in the face. I told him out of all these Giants players on this team you're talking to the wrong one. And that was that."

Ryan acknowledged that he and Jacobs "had a private conversation. He doesn't like me; I respect him."

The back-and-forth went on even in the hours before the game, when Jacobs and kicker Lawrence Tynes both removed black curtains placed by the Jets over the Giants' Super Bowl logos. The Jets said it was simply their standard practice to cover those logos for every one of the team's home games.

"We knew early what we were going to get no matter what happened as soon as he had the opportunity to run his big fat mouth," Jacobs said of Ryan's boasts throughout the week.

Giants 29, Jets 14

N.Y. Giants 0 10 7 12--29

N.Y. Jets 7 0 0 7--14

FIRST QUARTER

NYJ--Baker 5 pass from Sanchez (Folk kick), 7:56.

SECOND QUARTER

NYG-- Tynes 21 FG, 11:51.

NYG--Cruz 99 pass from Manning (Tynes kick), 2:12.

THIRD QUARTER

NYG--Bradshaw 14 run (Tynes kick), :13.

FOURTH QUARTER

NYG-- Tynes 36 FG, 13:18.

NYJ--Sanchez 1 run (Folk kick), 7:17.

NYG--Canty safety, 2:13.

NYG--Bradshaw 19 run (Tynes kick), 2:04.

Attendance--79,088.

NYG NYJ

First downs 11 22

Total Net Yards 332 331

Rushes-yards 26-115 25-105

Passing 217 226

Punt Returns 3-7 4-74

Kickoff Returns 3-77 5-110

Interceptions Ret. 2-47 1-20

Comp-Att-Int 9-27-1 30-59-2

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-8 5-32

Punts 9-43.4 9-42.1

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1

Penalties-Yards 5-45 10-95

Time of Possession 23:54 36:06

Individual statistics

RUSHING--N.Y. Giants, Bradshaw 15-54, Jacobs 7-42, Ware 3-20, Manning 1-(minus 1). N.Y. Jets, Greene 14-58, Tomlinson 5-29, Sanchez 4-13, Kerley 1-6, Holmes 1-(minus 1).

PASSING--N.Y. Giants, Manning 9-27-1-225. N.Y. Jets, Sanchez 30-59-2-258.

RECEIVING--N.Y. Giants, Cruz 3-164, Nicks 1-20, Jacobs 1-13, D.Thomas 1-11, Bradshaw 1-8, Ware 1-5, Barden 1-4. N.Y. Jets, Keller 8-77, Tomlinson 6-36, Kerley 5-36, Holmes 4-50, Burress 3-34, Greene 3-20, Baker 1-5.

MISSED FIELD GOALS--N.Y. Jets, Folk 44 (WR).

Bengals 23,

Cardinals 16

Arizona 0 0 0 16--16

Cincinnati 10 10 3 0--23

FIRST QUARTER

Cin-- Nugent 24 FG, 10:55.

Cin--Gresham 11 pass from Dalton (Nugent kick), 6:24.

SECOND QUARTER

Cin--Simpson 19 pass from Dalton (Nugent kick), 2:46.

Cin-- Nugent 41 FG, 0:00.

THIRD QUARTER

Cin-- Nugent 32 FG, 3:09.

FOURTH QUARTER

Ari--Fitzgerald 30 pass from Skelton (Feely kick), 11:25.

Ari--King 2 pass from Skelton (run failed), 7:39.

Ari-- Feely 29 FG, 3:16.

Attendance--41,273.

Ari Cin

First downs 17 21

Total Net Yards 316 301

Rushes-yards 18-59 34-165

Passing 257 136

Punt Returns 2-(-3) 2-6

Kickoff Returns 4-69 2-40

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 3-17

Comp-Att-Int 23-44-3 18-31-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 5-40 2-18

Punts 6-38.3 5-43.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-2

Penalties-Yards 6-87 6-47

Time of Possession 28:21 31:39

Individual statistics

RUSHING--Arizona: Wells 14-53, Skelton 4-6. Cincinnati: Benson 16-57, Dalton 5-48, Scott 10-28, Green 2-25, Peerman 1-7.

PASSING--Arizona: Skelton 23-44-3-297. Cincinnati: Dalton 18-31-0-154.

RECEIVING--Arizona: Fitzgerald 6-105, Roberts 6-75, Doucet 2-47, Heap 2-29, Taylor 2-19, Housler 1-11, Wells 1-8, King 1-2, Stephens-Howling 1-2, Peterson 1-(minus 1). Cincinnati: Gresham 5-56, Simpson 5-42, Whalen 3-20, Green 2-25, Benson 1-8, Hawkins 1-3, Lee 1-0.

MISSED FIELD GOALS--Cincinnati: Nugent 35 (WR), 48 (WR).

Patriots 27, Dolphins 24

Miami 3 14 0 7--24

New England 0 0 17 10--27

FIRST QUARTER

Mia-- Carpenter 47 FG, 10:59.

SECOND QUARTER

Mia--Marshall 19 pass from Mat.Moore (Carpenter kick), 13:45.

Mia--Clay 1 pass from Mat.Moore (Carpenter kick), 6:31.

THIRD QUARTER

NE-- Gostkowski 45 FG, 11:39.

NE--Branch 1 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 7:10.

NE--Brady 1 run (Gostkowski kick), 2:17.

FOURTH QUARTER

NE-- Gostkowski 42 FG, 8:55.

NE--Brady 1 run (Gostkowski kick), 2:56.

Mia--Bess 15 pass from Mat.Moore (Carpenter kick), 1:48.

Attendance--68,756.

Mia NE

First downs 20 26

Total Net Yards 381 400

Rushes-yards 27-115 31-119

Passing 266 281

Punt Returns 2-25 4-19

Kickoff Returns 3-73 3-83

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-0

Comp-Att-Int 17-33-1 27-46-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 5-28 4-23

Punts 6-44.8 6-52.3

Fumbles-Lost 4-1 1-0

Penalties-Yards 6-39 5-50

Time of Possession 29:04 30:56

Individual statistics

RUSHING--Miami: Bush 22-113, Thomas 2-3, Mat.Moore 3-(minus 1). New England: Ridley 13-64, Woodhead 4-20, Brady 9-17, Green-Ellis 3-10, Welker 1-7, Hernandez 1-1.

PASSING--Miami: Mat.Moore 17-33-1-294. New England: Brady 27-46-0-304.

RECEIVING--Miami: Marshall 7-156, Hartline 4-72, Bess 3-39, Bush 2-26, Clay 1-1. New England: Welker 12-138, Gronkowski 7-78, Hernandez 4-36, Branch 3-37, Ochocinco 1-15.

MISSED FIELD GOALS--New England: Gostkowski 51 (WL).

Ravens 20, Browns 14

Cleveland 0 0 7 7--14

Baltimore 10 7 3 0--20

FIRST QUARTER

Bal--Dickson 5 pass from Flacco (Graham kick), 9:12.

Bal-- Graham 48 FG, 0:58.

SECOND QUARTER

Bal--Rice 42 pass from Flacco (Graham kick), 8:57.

THIRD QUARTER

Bal-- Graham 43 FG, 5:50.

Cle--Cribbs 84 punt return (Dawson kick), 3:07.

FOURTH QUARTER

Cle--Moore 6 pass from Wallace (Dawson kick), 8:22.

Attendance--71,083.

Cle Bal

First downs 18 15

Total Net Yards 256 284

Rushes-yards 25-117 37-162

Passing 139 122

Punt Returns 1-84 2-0

Kickoff Returns 5-113 2-54

Interceptions Ret. 1-0 1-4

Comp-Att-Int 19-33-1 11-24-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-8 1-10

Punts 6-41.8 5-44.6

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0

Penalties-Yards 6-95 5-51

Time of Possession 27:42 32:18

Individual statistics

RUSHING--Cleveland: Hillis 24-112, Wallace 1-5. Baltimore: Rice 23-87, R.Williams 10-45, Flacco 4-30.

PASSING--Cleveland: Wallace 19-33-1-147. Baltimore: Flacco 11-24-1-132.

RECEIVING--Cleveland: Moore 5-35, Little 4-40, Cribbs 2-28, Massaquoi 2-17, C.Mitchell 2-12, Hillis 2-0, Ogbonnaya 1-12, Cameron 1-3. Baltimore: Rice 3-48, T.Smith 2-38, R.Williams 2-21, Dickson 2-14, Leach 2-11.

MISSED FIELD GOALS--None.

Bills 40, Broncos 14

Denver 7 0 7 0--14

Buffalo 0 17 6 17--40

FIRST QUARTER

Den--Tebow 1 run (Prater kick), 7:13.

SECOND QUARTER

Buf-- Rayner 28 FG, 6:06.

Buf--McKelvin 80 punt return (Rayner kick), 4:05.

Buf--Spiller 4 run (Rayner kick), :19.

THIRD QUARTER

Den--Fells 17 pass from Tebow (Prater kick), 11:42.

Buf-- Rayner 25 FG, 6:19.

Buf-- Rayner 25 FG, 2:32.

FOURTH QUARTER

Buf-- Rayner 29 FG, 13:26.

Buf--Byrd 37 interception return (Rayner kick), 8:03.

Buf--Sp.Johnson 17 interception return (Rayner kick), 7:45.

Attendance--45,112.

Den Buf

First downs 18 14

Total Net Yards 293 351

Rushes-yards 35-133 28-160

Passing 160 191

Punt Returns 1-3 3-135

Kickoff Returns 9-165 3-101

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 4-69

Comp-Att-Int 13-30-4 15-27-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 3-25 1-5

Punts 7-43.7 4-50.3

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 7-58 8-69

Time of Possession 30:31 29:29

Individual statistics

RUSHING--Denver: McGahee 15-64, Tebow 10-34, Johnson 6-23, Ball 4-12. Buffalo: Spiller 16-111, Choice 9-27, Fitzpatrick 3-22.

PASSING--Denver: Tebow 13-30-4-185. Buffalo: Fitzpatrick 15-27-0-196.

RECEIVING--Denver: D.Thomas 4-76, Rosario 2-46, Fells 2-22, Johnson 2-19, Willis 1-11, Green 1-9, Royal 1-2. Buffalo: St.Johnson 4-92, Nelson 3-41, Spiller 2-27, Hagan 2-9, Brock 1-21, B.Smith 1-8, Caussin 1-6, Choice 1-(minus 8).

MISSED FIELD GOALS--Buffalo: Rayner 45 (WL), 31 (WL).

Raiders 19, Chiefs 13

Oakland 3 0 7 3 3--16

Kansas City 3 0 3 7 0--13

FIRST QUARTER

Oak-- Janikowski 28 FG, 13:20.

KC-- Succop 23 FG, 3:06.

THIRD QUARTER

Oak--Moore 61 pass from Palmer (Janikowski kick), 8:52.

KC-- Succop 20 FG, 3:30.

FOURTH QUARTER

Oak-- Janikowski 31 FG, 2:57.

KC--Bowe 3 pass from Orton (Succop kick), 1:02.

OVERTIME

Oak-- Janikowski 36 FG, 12:47.

Attendance--70,803.

Oak KC

First downs 13 26

Total Net Yards 308 435

Rushes-yards 25-71 30-135

Passing 237 300

Punt Returns 2-1 1-19

Kickoff Returns 3-149 1-25

Interceptions Ret. 2-65 2-22

Comp-Att-Int 16-26-2 21-36-2

Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0

Punts 4-54.3 3-48.7

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 15-92 11-88

Time of Possession 29:34 32:39

Individual statistics

RUSHING--Oakland: Bush 23-70, Reece 2-1. Kansas City: Battle 14-56, Jones 11-51, McCluster 3-15, McClain 1-11, Orton 1-2.

PASSING--Oakland: Palmer 16-26-2-237. Kansas City: Orton 21-36-2-300.

RECEIVING--Oakland: Moore 4-94, Heyward-Bey 4-70, Bush 2-24, Houshmandzadeh 2-19, Tonga 2-12, Reece 1-10, Cartwright 1-8. Kansas City: Bowe 6-80, McCluster 5-89, Breaston 4-41, Copper 3-61, Pope 1-13, Baldwin 1-10, Becht 1-6.

MISSED FIELD GOALS--Oakland: Janikowski 59 (SH). Kansas City: Succop 49 (BK), 49 (BK).

Steelers 27, Rams 0

St. Louis 0 0 0 0--0

Pittsburgh 3 7 3 14--27

FIRST QUARTER

Pit-- Suisham 21 FG, 4:43.

SECOND QUARTER

Pit--Clay 10 run (Suisham kick), 6:50.

THIRD QUARTER

Pit-- Suisham 49 FG, 9:19.

FOURTH QUARTER

Pit--Mendenhall 1 run (Suisham kick), 8:58.

Pit--Redman 2 run (Suisham kick), 3:14.

Attendance--60,081.

StL Pit

First downs 15 17

Total Net Yards 232 377

Rushes-yards 36-164 28-169

Passing 68 208

Punt Returns 3-31 1-5

Kickoff Returns 3-72 1-30

Interceptions Ret. 1-7 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 9-24-0 15-22-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 3-23 0-0

Punts 7-40.1 4-47.8

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 4-21 7-50

Time of Possession 30:45 29:15

Individual statistics

RUSHING--St. Louis: S.Jackson 24-103, Williams 9-42, Clemens 2-10, Jones 1-9. Pittsburgh: Mendenhall 18-116, Redman 8-35, Clay 1-10, A.Brown 1-8.

PASSING--St. Louis: Clemens 9-24-0-91. Pittsburgh: C.Batch 15-22-1-208.

RECEIVING--St. Louis: Lloyd 3-29, Alexander 2-25, S.Jackson 2-24, Kendricks 2-13. Pittsburgh: Wallace 4-82, Ward 4-32, A.Brown 3-34, Mendenhall 1-35, Miller 1-18, Redman 1-5, Johnson 1-2.

MISSED FIELD GOALS--St. Louis: Jo.Brown 52 (WL), 33 (WR).

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