It wasn’t your standard football game victory by the New York Giants, but it still counts as a W in the standings.
The Giants rode on two touchdowns in less than a minute in the fourth quarter, and avoided a controversial challenge that might have swung the game, to escape Arizona with a 31-27 over the Cardinals last night. The win moved Big Blue to a surprising 3-1 record and in sole possession of first place in the NFC East after late game collapses by both Dallas and Philadelphia.
Despite quarterback Kevin Kolb having a rough game, the Cardinals put themselves in a prime position to win. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 102 receiving yards, setting the team record for most 100-yard games. Running back Beanie Wells had a big game as well, scoring three touchdowns rushing.
Arizona took a 6-0 lead after two Jay Feely field goals, but the Giants fought back with an Ahmad Bradshaw rushing touchdown and a Lawrence Tynes last second field goal to take a 10-6 lead into halftime.
The second half was a rough one for both sides of the Giants play. Turnovers, which had been relatively handled by the team, came back to hurt them. The Cardinals took advantage of these mishaps, running back Beanie Wells (27 carries, 137 yards, 3 TDs) scored all his touchdowns in the second half and had Arizona five minutes away from a victory.
Down 27-17, Eli Manning and company was desperate to get a quick score to even have a chance at tying the game. After driving down the field, Manning hit tight end Jake Ballard in the end zone to cut the lead to 27-24. The Giants defense forced a three-and-out on the next drive and had a chance to at least send the game into overtime.
This drive featured the most talked about play of the game. The first play of the drive Manning hit receiver Victor Cruz for a 28 yard reception, but dropped to the ground without defensive contact. The ball came free, and the Cardinals recovered. Cardinals head coach Ken Wisenhunt urged the referees to challenge the play but it was ruled ‘unreviewable’ as Cruz had given himself up and was ruled down. The next play Manning (27-40, 321 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT) hit Hakeem Nicks (162 yards on 10 catches) for a 29 yard touchdown throw to take the lead.
Corey Webster picked off Kolb on the final drive for Arizona to seal the win for Big Blue. The Giants will look to improve to 4-1 with a game against Seattle.
About the Author
Written by Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan is a Staten Island, NY native who is a graduate of SUNY-Cortland, majoring in sport management. At Cortland, he was the sports editor of the student-run newspaper The Dragon Chronicle for both his junior and senior year. He interned for the sports producer and sports anchor Bruce Beck at WNBC-4 Sports in New York City for their 6:00 and 11:00 news programs. Also, he interned in the summer of 2010 for the New York Jets as a sports writer for their website during their training camp which was shown on HBO's Hard Knocks program. Assignments included writing feature stories that were included on both newyorkjets.com and the Jets Playbook given out to the fans at the game. Most recently, he was a broadcast assistant with the NBA for the 2010-2011 season. Chris is a Yankees, Giants, Knicks and Rangers fan.