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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Cruz passes 1,000 receiving yards

By Jane McManus

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Victor Cruz notched his second straight 1,000-plus receiving yard season with a 121-yard performance in a 52-27 win over the visiting Saints.

"All my life I dreamed about being a 1,000-yard receiver," Cruz said. "You've seen all the greats that have 1,000 yards, and to do it in back-to-back seasons is definitely one of my dreams come true.

"But it's all about this team," Cruz added. "You have nothing to show for it if you don't make the playoffs or get where you want to as a team, but obviously individually it's a great feat for me."

His 10-yard scoring catch also gave the Giants a bit of a cushion just as New Orleans was making a run. But it was a solid day for the receivers as a whole, with 259 passing yards, and four different receivers scoring a touchdown.

Quarterback Eli Manning commented on how balanced the game was for the Giants.

"I think when you have three receivers and a tight end who are all capable of getting the ball and you have great confidence and trust that they're going to get open and beat whatever coverage they're throwing at you, or whatever the one-on-ones are, it obviously eliminates what defenses do," Manning said.

"They can't just say, 'Hey, we're going to double Hakeem (Nicks) and double Victor.' If they want to do that, we'll go to Martellus (Bennett), or we'll go to (Domenik) Hixon. I thought tonight, we mixed it up well."