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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Report Card: Giants march past Saints

By Ohm Youngmisuk

RUSHING OFFENSE

David Wilson finally broke out with his first 100-yard game and two touchdowns, including a 52-yarder at the end. This has to lead to more touches in the coming weeks.

A banged up Ahmad Bradshaw was able to gain only 33 yards on 11 carries. His health will remain a concern the remainder of the season.

PASSING OFFENSE

Eli Manning threw four touchdowns but he had two interceptions, including a 73-yard pick-six early in the game.

Still, the offense looked better in the red zone and Eli got Victor Cruz (8 catches for 121 yards and one TD), Martellus Bennett (five catches, 32 yards, one TD), Hakeem Nicks (four catches, 67 yards, one TD) and Domenik Hixon (three catches, 30 yards, one TD) all involved. The offensive line also did not surrender a sack.

RUSHING DEFENSE

The Giants had to give up something when it comes to Drew Brees. And they managed to make sure the Saints didn't hurt them too much on the ground.

New Orleans rushed for 142 yards but had only one touchdown coming on a Darren Sproles score. Sproles had a 34-yard run against the Giants, who need to improve on run defense.

PASSING DEFENSE

The Giants held Brees, who routinely drops 40-plus on them, to one touchdown and two interceptions. Stevie Brown had the two interceptions. Brown and Antrel Rolle both forced fumbles and Rolle recovered one.

Josh Morgan had two big receptions but the Giants kept big plays to a minimum against a team that usually burns them. Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and Lance Moore were all held in check.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Wilson was spectacular, compiling 227 yards on kickoff returns and scoring his first return touchdown on a 97-yarder. The blocking was terrific.

The coverage team held Sproles in check on punt returns. The only negative was Lawrence Tynes missing a field goal. Hixon also took over punt return duties.

COACHING

With the Redskins and Cowboys breathing down their necks, the Giants answered with a monster win against a team that has tormented them. Even though they might not have had a choice due to injuries, the Giants finally turned to Wilson, and the rookie produced. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride got the team revving again.

Like he did against Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell came up with a game plan to slow down Brees. Special teams coach Tom Quinn deserves credit for exposing the Saints' special teams on kickoffs. Head coach Tom Coughlin got his team to rebound in a big way from the Redskins loss.