Drive of the game: Hixon, Cruz tag team

October, 15, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- There were several drives to highlight from Sunday for the New York Giants.

There was the one that opened the third quarter with Ahmad Bradshaw's touchdown that pushed the Giants up 17-3, a drive sparked by David Wilson's 66-yard kickoff return. Or how about the 13-play, 72-yard drive that pounded the Niners into submission and ate up 7:10 in the fourth quarter?

[+] EnlargeDomenik Hixon
Brian Bahr/Getty ImagesDomenik Hixon
Both were terrific. But here's my drive of the game:

In the second quarter, the Giants trailed 3-0 and the game felt as if it was heading in the same direction as the NFC Championship Game -- a defensive battle. But Prince Amukamara intercepted a rare mistake from Alex Smith at the Giants' 33-yard-line.

The Giants' offense took the field with 13:54 to go and marched 67 yards in seven plays, striking fast and letting the Niners know the Giants were here to win.

On third-and-6 from the Giants' 37, Manning hit Domenik Hixon on a 39-yard pass that pretty much was the first mistake made by the Niners' defense. Hixon made the catch while falling backward. He then made a 16-yard catch on a third-and-8 at the Niners' 22.

On the next play, a first-and-goal from the 6, Manning fired a bullet to Victor Cruz, who beat Carlos Rogers for a touchdown in the back of the end zone. The Giants were only up 7-3, but they drew blood on the Niners' defense and the touchdown gave them confidence, which only grew as the game progressed.

What was your favorite drive or moment from Sunday?
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
Follow him on Twitter »  Ohm's chat archive »



You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?