Revis wins battle against Giants receivers

December, 24, 2011
12/24/11
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Perhaps the Giants should have thought twice about challenging Darrelle Revis.

The Giants lived up to their words and came out and challenged the All-Pro cornerback on Saturday but had poor results doing so. In all, the Giants unofficially challenged Revis eight times and managed just two completions and Revis also forced an interception.

"He's good. He's really crafty," said Giants receiver Victor Cruz. "He knows how to get your hands on you where it won't look like he's doing anything and he's a really top-notch corner."

Coming into the game, there had been some perhaps demeaning comments made about Revis by the Giants' receivers. Cruz said that teams weren't as afraid to throw at Revis has they have been in the past and the Giants were going to challenge him, while Hakeem Nicks called Revis a "decent" corner.

On Saturday, the Giants saw why Revis is perhaps the best cover corner in the game. Giants quarterback Eli Manning was unofficially just 2-of-8 for 31 yards and an interception when he targeted Revis.

Manning completed 1-of-4 passes for 20 yards and an interception when targeting Nicks, connected on his lone pass to Devin Thomas for 11 yards, and had one incomplete pass to each of Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden and Cruz. Revis was credited with five pass deflections in the game.

Revis spent most of the day shadowing Nicks, going stretches of time covering him. He broke up a pass in the end zone intended for Nicks in the second quarter to force a field goal early in the second quarter and later had good enough coverage on Nicks that a pass went off the receiver's hands and was intercepted by David Harris, giving the Jets some life.

While his team ultimately lost the game, Revis certainly won the battle on this day between him and the Giants receivers.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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