American Football: New Orleans Saints lose 'home' game in New York

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The Independent Online

The New York Giants beat the displaced New Orleans Saints 27-10 in one of the most bizarre "home" settings in NFL history on Monday night.

The Saints, with no stadium after the damage to the Superdome caused by Hurricane Katrina, were given a home game at Giants Stadium by the league.

The Giants, visitors in name and jersey colour only and playing before 68,031 of their fans, benefited in every way from the NFL's decision. To tumultuous cheers for the "visitors," Brandon Jacobs barely squeezed into the end zone for a 7-0 lead

New Orleans could not overcome critical mistakes, committing 11 penalties for 72 yards in the first half alone. In all, the Saints had six turnovers, 13 penalties and allowed four sacks.

The Giants made it 14-0 on Eli Manning's six-yard touchdown pass to Tiki Barber. The Saints scored on Aaron Brooks' 21-yard pass to Joe Horn, but Sedrick Hodge's penalty led to Barber's 12-yard run which made it 21-7.

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