Nicks gets fist bump -- from Woodson

December, 4, 2011
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After going into beast mode and making a ridiculous one-handed catch in the end zone for a touchdown, Hakeem Nicks received a fist bump -- from none-other than the cornerback he beat, Charles Woodson.

“No, that’s never happened to me before,” said the 23-year-old wide receiver, who finished with seven catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns in the Giants’ heartbreaking 38-35 loss to the Packers on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.

“But that’s a sign of respect. He respects my game and I definitely respect his. We were just out there competing.”

Woodson also had some words for Nicks, too.

“He gave me props, he told me good play, that was about it,” Nicks said.

The third-year pro certainly made his impact felt throughout the game. He hauled in a 51-yard reception from Eli Manning, and later caught a two-yard back-shoulder TD on third down with 58 seconds left to bring the Giants within two of Green Bay.

“I just wanted to get the ‘W,’” Nicks said. “When I was called on I just wanted to make plays and wanted to be there for Eli when he did come my way when i wasn’t double covered and the safety wasn’t over the top of me.”

So does Nicks feel like the Giants let one slip away?

“No,” he replied. “It just came down to a situation where they’re a pretty good team. We fought hard. They fought hard. They just had the ball last and they finished it off and scored.”

Victor Cruz felt the same way Nicks did.

“There’s definitely a lot of fight left in us,” Cruz said. “We came in and everybody doubted us. We were underdogs and every one thought we were gonna get washed up because of how we performed last week. We proved a lot of people wrong [Sunday] even though we didn’t come up with the victory.”

Cruz led all Giants’ receivers with 119 yards, and, in the process, surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Given that the 24-year-old had gone undrafted and then suffered a season-ending hamstring injury in 2010, it meant a lot to him to reach that milestone.

“It’s amazing man,” said Cruz, who already has 1,076 yards with four games left. “Obviously, you wanna come out with the win when you clinch your 1,000 yards in a season, but it’s amazing man. It hasn’t even sunk in yet. It’s just a testament to all my hard work and all the preparation I’ve been putting in since Day 1 in college, just fighting my way to get to this point.”

• Manning deserves some props to.

Running back D.J. Ware said that Manning audibled to an inside-handoff on his two-point conversion which tied the game at 35.

“It was a pass play,” Ware said. “He saw they were stacked up and ready to drop back [for a pass out of the shotgun], so he figured he’d get the run and it worked. He checked to the perfect play and we got in there.”

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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