Last week, Thunder and Lightning carried the New York Giants. On Sunday, they had a new star.
Kerry Collins passed for 220 yards and two touchdowns Sunday as the Giants beat Philadelphia 33-18 for their first 2-0 start in six years.
One week after Tiki Barber and Ron Dayne had a successful running debut, the Giants proved they also have a passing game.
Collins was 21-of-29, including several key third-down conversions as New York dominated the game, controlling the ball for nearly 40 minutes.
Barber, coming off a career-high 144-yard game against Arizona, had 96 yards on 11 carries, including a touchdown. Dayne had 50 yards on 21 attempts.
The Giants have won seven straight against the Eagles.
Philadelphia, which had 425 yards in a 41-14 season-opening victory against Dallas, went three-and-out on its first three possessions, and in four of five possessions in the first half.
By that time, New York had a 20-3 lead. The Giants scored twice in the final minute of the second quarter to break open a 6-3 game.
A 25-yard pass from Collins to Amani Toomer made it 13-3 with a minute remaining. The play capped an eight-play, 55-yard drive, and came after a 33-yard field goal by David Akers.
Philadelphia went three-and-out on the ensuing possession and the Giants took over at the Eagles 42.
Three plays later, Barber ran in from 31 yards out to make it 20-3.
New York's defense completely shut down Philadelphia's running game. Duce Staley, who ran for 201 yards against Dallas, gained just 11, including 4 yards in the first half.
The Giants consistently put pressure on Donovan McNabb and sacked him three times.
The Eagles didn't get a first down until McNabb juked four tacklers for a 17-yard run midway through the second quarter.
A 31-yard pass to Chad Lewis followed the run and put the Eagles at the 4. But McNabb was sacked, the drive stalled and Philadelphia settled for Akers' 33-yarder.
The Eagles moved the ball effectively on the first possession of the second half, but again settled for a field goal. A 29-yarder by Akers cut it 20-6.
The Giants came right back as Collins connected with Ike Hilliard for a 30-yard touchdown that made it 27-6 with 5:08 left in the third.
Philadelphia scored its first touchdown on a 15-yard run by McNabb that included a nifty spin move around a defender. But the extra point was blocked and New York led 27-12.
Brad Daluiso hit field goals of 32, 36, 44 and 23 yards for the Giants.
Punter Sean Landeta kept Philadelphia in the game early with punts of 59, 54 and 52 yards.