Drive of the Game: Barden, Brown step up

September, 17, 2012
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The Giants mounted plenty of memorable drives Sunday against the Buccaneers -- particularly in the fourth quarter, when they put up 25 points.

But in choosing the Drive of the Game, we had to go with the final one -- which delivered the game-winning points in a 41-34 victory.

It wasn't a time-consuming drive, that's for sure. The Giants started on their own 20-yard line with 1:58 remaining in regulation. Eli Manning immediately hooked up with Ramses Barden -- filling in for the injured Domenik Hixon -- on a 24-yard completion.

Following a false start penalty on Sean Locklear, Manning then connected with Hakeem Nicks on a 50-yard catch and run, taking the Giants all the way down to the Tampa Bay 11.

Running back Andre Brown -- also filling in for an injured player, Ahmad Bradshaw -- could have scored on the very next play. But Manning yelled at Brown to fall down just outside the end zone, so the Giants could milk more time off the clock.

On 2nd-and-1 at the Bucs' 2, Brown waltzed into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown with 31 seconds remaining. Yes, Tampa Bay let him score, so they could get the ball back with at least a few seconds left on the clock. But it was still a memorable end to a very memorable game.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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