- Ian Begley, ESPN New York Writer
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Thanks to Corey Webster, Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick could barely look his teammates in the eyes on Sunday afternoon.
Twice, Fitzpatrick had Steve Johnson, his top receiver, open on a “go route.”
It was the same route he’d hit Johnson on 100 times before.
But Fitzpatrick couldn't connect on Sunday.
Why? Because Webster was in the way.
The Giants top corner finished with two picks against Buffalo, including a game-saving interception that helped send the Giants into the bye week on a winning note.
"He made two super plays," a happy Tom Coughlin said after the game.
The first came midway through third quarter.
With the Bills at their own 41, the Harvard-bred Fitzpatrick saw Johnson streaking down the sideline, steps ahead of Webster.
But he threw the ball a few feet short. At the last possible moment, Webster turned around, corralled it at the Giants 27 and ran it back to Buffalo's 48.
"Once it hit my hands [I was able] to just squeeze it and bring the ball in," Webster said.
The former second-round pick wasn't so fortunate ten minutes later.
Again, he was defending Johnson on the inside (guessing slant route). But, this time, Fitzpatrick fooled him, hitting Johnson on a back-shoulder fade for a nine-yard touchdown to give tie the score at 24-24.
Webster had one thought after getting burned.
"You want the chance, the opportunity, to even the score. That is what you play for," he said.
Less than five minutes later, he got just that.
With the Bills driving for the go-ahead score, Fitzpatrick tried to hit Johnson inside the Giants five-yard line. It was the same go route he'd ran on Webster's earlier pick.
Again, Johnson appeared to have Webster beat. But, with Webster, appearances were deceiving on Sunday.
The Giants veteran picked off Fitzpatrick again and, for good measure, drew a 15-yard facemask penalty on Johnson.
"We should connect 80% of the time down there," Johnson said.
Eli Manning took over and drove the ball downfield for what resulted in a Lawrence Tynes game-winning field goal.
"That was huge," Manning said of Webster's pick.
Somewhere in the Metlife Stadium suite, Lorraine Webster, Corey’s mom, was thinking the same thing.
“Even when he just knocks a pass down, I feel good,” Lorraine said.
So she was ecstatic on Sunday.
Like many other Giants fans, Lorraine has noticed that Corey's been matched up against the opponents’ top receiver again and again this year.
“Bring it on,” she said, adding, "I kind of like when it’s on him.”
On Sunday, so did the Giants.
Corey Webster #23 CBNew York Giants 2011 STATS Tot17 Solo15 Ast2 FF0 Sack0.0 Int0 Thanks to Corey Webster, Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick could barely look his teammates in the eyes on Sunday afternoon.