An underwhelming Week 1 loss to the Redskins had GIants fans in a pessimistic mood entering Monday night's home game against the Rams. But the defense rose to the challenge, limiting the Rams and helping Eli Manning's two touchdowns hold up in a 28-16 win. Michael Boley returned a Sam Bradford lateral 65 yards -- some might have left it and thought it to be an incomplete pass -- for a touchdown in the game's biggest play. Manning went 18-for-29 with 200 yards and threw scores Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon. The latter deflected the ball at least twice before finally corralling it in the end zone. The Giants' next test is a trip to Philadelphia to face the Eagles, who are also 1-1. The panic can be put on hold, for now.

A.J. Burnett's tendency to give up often riles up Yankees fans, but on Monday it helped ensure Mariano Rivera had a save situation against the Twins. The Yankees closer converted it with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to move past Trevor Hoffman for the all-time lead with 602 career saves. Rivera's greatness is so much more than that number, but it does prove how long he has been a dominant pitcher. Rivera, always reluctant in the spotlight, had to be pushed out of the dugout by Jorge Posada to acknowledge the cheering crowd. Curtis Granderson hit his 41st homer to start the scoring n the 6-4 win. The Yankees lead the Red Sox by five games in the American League East. Boston leads Tampa Bay by two games in the wild-card race.

Cappie Pondexter had an off-night, and it cost the Liberty as their season ended in a 72-62 loss to the Indiana Fever. The Liberty star had only 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting in the decisive third game of the series.