The Giants’ Hixon makes a catch for a touchdown in the first half tonight against the St. Louis Rams at East Rutherford Stadium.After a disappointing loss to the Washington Redskins on opening day, the Giants evened their record with a 28-16 victory over their former defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and the St. Louis Rams tonight.

Eli Manning looked dreadful early on, the offense refused to grab momentum and the defense allowed Sam Bradford to throw for a career-high 331 yards.

Some of the big plays were near-disasters with juggling catches that didn’t have to be and resulted in injuries. Heck, even the celebrations were ugly and dangerous, with Michael Boley punctuating his 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown by firing the football into the face of some poor Giants video-production chap.

But the defense held at the end, Manning completed 16 of his last 18 passes and Brandon Jacobs found the end zone after a quick juke on a 9-yard touchdown to give the Giants a comfortable 19-point lead with 6:19 to play in the third quarter.

Finally, Manning hit Manningham up the left sideline for what should have been a touchdown. But Manningham cost himself a score and suffered a head injury when he bobbled the ball long enough to allow Mikell to bring him down at the end of a 31-yard catch.

Manningham suffered a concussion and did not return.

Domenik Hixon made a second straight costly catch when he made a juggling catch behind former Giants safety Craig Dahl for a 22-yard touchdown that made it 21-6 with 22 seconds left in the first half.

Hixon, who took off and landed awkwardly, returned to the game early in the third quarter but left again. He had his right knee wrapped and did not return to the game.

It didn’t matter as far as the outcome was concerned, as the Giants remained in control of the game the rest of the way.