Notes: Eli comes through in clutch, again
October, 21, 2012
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Much of the talk before, and after, the New York Giants' 27-23 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday was about Washington rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III -- the early favorite to win the NFL's Rookie of the Year Award.
But Eli Manning deserves some ink, too.
For the 21st time in the regular season in his NFL career, Manning led the Giants to victory after they were trailing or tied in the fourth quarter.
He has done it eight times in the past two seasons alone -- tops in the league during that span.
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"Well, does he ever cease to amaze me? No, I guess," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "He just keeps hanging in there and banging away, banging away. When his back is up against the wall is when he does his best work."
This time around, Manning had less than two minutes on the clock, and 77 yards to go for a game-winning touchdown. But he got the job done on just one play -- a touchdown strike to Victor Cruz.
Overall, Manning was 26-for-40 on the day, for 337 yards. (He did throw two interceptions.)
"With our offense and with Eli at the helm, we’re never really too worried," Cruz said. "We know that no matter what situation we’re in, no matter how many points we need or a field goal, we have the confidence that we can do it."
BIG DIFFERENCE: The Redskins, who were second in the league in rushing entering Sunday's game, racked up 248 yards on the ground against the Giants. Rookie running back Alfred Morris had 120 yards on 22 carries, while fellow rookie Griffin picked up 89 on nine carries.
The Giants, on the other hand, had just 64 yards rushing -- but found a way to win.
Ahmad Bradshaw had 12 carries for 43 yards, while Andre Brown had five for 17. (Rookie David Wilson did not get any carries.) On the bright side, both Bradshaw and Brown had a touchdown run.
"Well, we knew it was going to be tough and we knew there were going to be some openings in the pass game and you know, I wish we had better balance," Coughlin said. "We didn't."
STEPPING UP: Safety Stevie Brown, playing in place of the injured Kenny Phillips, had his third interception of the season -- tying him with linebacker Michael Boley for the team lead.
"Tell you what, he has come through for us in a big way," Coughlin said. "Stevie finds the ball or the ball finds him, one way or the other."