Smith had a solid preseason and took about 80 percent of the snaps with the starters over Vick during training camp, making the announcement a mere formality. But Smith looked every bit like a cool and confident starting quarterback in this one, finishing 9 of 14 for 137 yards, including a 1-yard scoring toss to rookie Jace Amaro.
"This is no slight to Mike Vick, believe me," Ryan said. "I wanted to come out of this knowing we had two really good quarterbacks that we can win games with, and I know, in my heart, that we have two we can win with."
Smith was given every opportunity this summer to show he has progressed from a shaky rookie season that ended with three wins in the last four games.
"I think he's taken off from where he left off," Ryan said.
Smith, who threw 12 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions last year, was happy to get the official nod from Ryan.
"It's a big deal," he said. "But nothing's going to change for me. ... I think I did some good things, but I've got work to do."
Vick replaced Smith to start the second half, and after a rough first series in which he was sacked and then lost a fumble, led an 11-play, 76-yard drive that was capped by a go-ahead 3-yard TD toss to Eric Decker against the Giants' backups. Vick finished 4 of 5 for 34 yards in his two series against the Giants (4-0).
Manning, still adjusting to new coordinator Ben McAdoo's offense, struggled most of the way but hit Rueben Randle for a 15-yard touchdown with 5 seconds left in the first half. Manning was 12 of 21 for 139 yards, including his first scoring pass of the preseason.
"The last drive of the first half was very welcomed, obviously," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We could finally move the ball. Eli made some great plays. I thought we ran the ball well early in the game, but didn't have anything to show for it."
Much of Manning's production came on the scoring drive, during which he was 7 of 10 for 89 yards. He came in struggling, going a combined 7 of 16 for 49 yards in the Giants' first three games.
"We were able to get into a little rhythm and showed what we could do," wide receiver Victor Cruz said. "It's something to build on, no question."
After some mild trash talk during the week spiced up the matchup, the Giants' victory gave them bragging rights over their stadium co-inhabitants in the MetLife Bowl -- aka, the "Snoopy Bowl." Coughlin received the trophy that features a bronze football-playing Snoopy after the game, as well as $30,000 from MetLife to the team's charity of choice. The Jets (2-1) also received $20,000 for charity.
Nassib and the Giants took advantage, scoring five plays later on Hynoski's touchdown catch on which he reached over the goal line and touched the pylon.
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