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Newsday - Long Island, N.Y.
Date: Dec 22, 1996
Start Page: B.27
Section: SPORTS
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Gary Downs and Charles Way, the makeshift starting running-back tandem, looked good in the first half, totaling 64 rushing yards, but were held to 24 yards in the second half, a startling figure for a team nursing a lead. Downs finished with career highs in carries (22) and yards (52). He credited Pats LB Ted Johnson with giving him fits, including a stop on a fourth-and-goal at the 1 in the first quarter . . . Way's 1-yard run was his first career rushing touchdown. The Giants finished with four rushing TDs, their fewest since 1987 . . . RB Robert Walker, who was signed off the practice squad Friday, made his debut but had no carries . . . First-round pick Cedric Jones apparently was in for one play, a failed two-point conversion by the Patriots. It was a fitting end for a horrendous rookie season . . . CB Jason Sehorn's interception was his team-high fifth . . . The Patriots had 26 rushing yards on 18 carries. It was the lowest total against the Giants since the Saints managed 11 in 1993 . . . The Giants used the shotgun formation extensively for the first time this season. [Dan] Reeves said only that he thought it gave the team the best chance to win . . . Patriots WR Terry Glenn set a rookie record for receptions in a season with 90. He passed Earl Cooper, who had 83 for the 1980 49ers. This and that

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