Phil Simms threw two touchdown passes and George Martin returned an interception 56 yards today to help the New York Giants keep up their division-leading pace with a 34-3 NFL victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Giants (8-4), coming off a 23-21 Monday night loss to the Washington Redskins, are tied with Dallas for first place in the NFC East. St. Louis is 4-8 after a 3-1 start.

Giants rookie George Adams ran for 113 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries.

Besides his interception, defensive end Martin had three sacks and recovered a fumble to lead a defense that had eight sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries and held St. Louis to 224 yards.

"We tried not to take this team lightly," he said. "We had to get over Monday night."

St. Louis quarterback Neil Lomax suffered a bruised nerve in his right shoulder and was replaced by Scott Brunner, a former Giants starter, with 9:25 left in the third quarter.

The Cardinals' points came on their opening drive when Novo Bojovic kicked a 40-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. It was the first St. Louis field goal after eight straight misses.