After watching the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys each make fourth quarter comebacks to win their games, the New York Giants knew this was a must win. Big blue found themselves down by a touchdown early after a Manning pass was picked off for a touchdown. But David Wilson, the star of the game, answered right back with a kick return for a touchdown of his own. That's not all Wilson was able to accomplish. He would finish with 100 yards rushing and three total touchdowns. The Giants also won the turnover battle recovering two fumbles. Mr. Johnny on the Spot, Stevie Brown, was able to intercept Drew Brees twice. The Giants offense was able to capitalize on the turnovers, converting them into points.
This victory was crucial, with the Redskins and Cowboys threatening. Every game from here on out is a must win, especially with a weak Giants division record, which is worse than both the Cowboys' and Redskins', in the case of a tie. The next game comes against the NFC's top team, the Atlanta falcons, and after that it doesn't get any easier. But for now Giants fans can celebrate today's dominating victory against a dangerous Saints team. So let's take a look at today's good, bad, and mixed performances of today's Giants win.
Turnover Battle – The defense was fortunate to force two fumbles in the first quarter that gave them excellent field position. Stevie Brown also contributed with two interceptions. The turnovers gave the Giants great field position and the offense capitalized, converting those turnovers into points.
David Wilson – Just a monster game as both the kick returner, and running back, and a huge reason for the Giants' success today. Finally the Giants trusted him with more carries, and Wilson took advantage. After being so close on so many kick returns, the rookie finally got one in the first quarter. It came directly after Manning's pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown early in the game, which visibly helped the team's morale. He would finish the day with 327 (a team record) all purpose yards (100 rushing), and three touchdowns. His role with the offense appears to be growing, and it couldn't come at a better time. His speed and his ability to hit the hole hard adds another element to the offense and makes the Giants more dangerous. Most importantly for Wilson, he was able to hang onto the ball.
Martellus Bennett – The Black Unicorn acted as a safety blanket for Manning all game. He was just too big physically for the Saint's defenders to match up with. He would finish the game with 32 yards and a touchdown reception.
Stevie Brown – The man is just in the right place at the right time. He gets the start in Kenny Phillips' absence, and like he's done all season, he always finds himself near the ball. He was able to read Brees' eyes, helping him pick off two of his passes.
Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks – The two receivers made big plays for the offense when it needed them. Combined they caught twelve balls for 188 yards and two touchdowns.
Ramses Barden – What in the world was he thinking on what would have been a twenty-five yard completion for David Wilson? He was blocking his man as if it were a running play, drawing an offensive pass interference call, erasing a nice gain, which led to a punt for the offense. He was a non-factor during the game
Lawrence Tynes – After missing a field goal last week that ended up being the difference in the final score, Tynes misses another chip shot in the second quarter after a strong drive for the offense.
Rush Defense – The Giants D allowed over 100 yards in the first half. It didn't matter which of the Saints' myriad of running backs got the carry, they found consistent yardage through the gut of the Giants' defense for the entirety of the game.
Eli Manning – Eli had an up and down day. He got off to a more than shaky start early in the first quarter, throwing what should have been in interception to Jabari Greer, then later threw a pass behind Jerrel Jernigan that was intercepted and returned for six. Manning appeared to be looking for the home run play even late in the game with the lead that resulted in another interception and several close calls. He would finish with 259 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions.
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