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Monday, October 15, 2012
Drive of the game: Hixon, Cruz tag team

By Ohm Youngmisuk

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?

Domenik Hixon
Domenik 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?