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Jennings rushes for career-best 176 yards, Eli has 2 TDs, Giants beat error-prone Texans 30-17

  • New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) is pulled down by Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye (34) on his way to a touchdown in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) is pulled down by Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye (34) on his way to a touchdown in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) falls across the goal line for a touchdown against Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye (34) in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) falls across the goal line for a touchdown against Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye (34) in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) is tripped up by Houston Texans free safety Kendrick Lewis (21) in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) is tripped up by Houston Texans free safety Kendrick Lewis (21) in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

Rashad Jennings ran for a career-high 176 yards and a touchdown and Eli Manning threw two TD passes as the New York Giants overcame some early mistakes and beat the suddenly error-prone Houston Texans 30-17 on Sunday.

The victory not only put some life back into the Giants (1-2) after two disappointing efforts, it also ended any chance of a second straight 0-6 start for Tom Coughlin's team.

The Giants got a lot of contributions. Victor Cruz caught a 26-yard touchdown pass, his first since Game 4 of last season, and danced the salsa. The defense intercepted three of Ryan Fitzpatrick's passes, and the special teams blocked a punt, setting up Josh Brown's third field goal.

Fitzpatrick threw a 44-yard scoring pass to Damaris Johnson and ran for another score for the Texans (2-1), who played without halfback Arian Foster (hamstring).

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