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Monday, December 10, 2012
Five key plays that changed the game

By Jane McManus

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- There were plenty of plays to choose from in the Giants' high-scoring 52-27 win over the visiting Saint, but these five stand out:

Manning throws a Pick-6: Saints cornerback Elbert Mack snapped up a pass meant for Giants wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan and ran it back for a 73-yard touchdown with 9:38 left in the first quarter, putting the first points on the board for either team.

Domenik Hixon
Domenik Hixon's touchdown grab gave the Giants a 21-13 lead.
The 97-yard return for a touchdown: David Wilson had a record-setting day with 227 yards in the return game, and this 97-yard run set things right for the Giants. Wilson's touchdown came 13 seconds after Mack's pick-six and forced a 7-7 tie. Wilson also guaranteed himself a spot in the Giants' record book with 1,321 return yards on the season.

Hixon's first touchdown in a season: In the second quarter, Domenik Hixon juked Jabari Greer and ran toward the back left of the end zone, just enough room for Manning to place a 5-yard pass into his hands for a touchdown, putting the Giants up 21-13. Nice move by a player who missed the two prior games with an ankle injury.

Stevie Brown takes an interception 70 yards: Brown intercepted two passes for 91 yards, but the big one came in the fourth quarter when the safety grabbed a Drew Brees pass intended for tight end Jimmy Graham. It was the longest for a Giant since Kevin Dockery's 96-yard return on 2006. The play led to a field goal and a 45-27 Giants lead.

Wilson's final touchdown, aka The Icing: It was almost all over, but with 5:10 left to play, Wilson scored his third touchdown of the night, this one coming on a 52-yard run for the final 52-17 margin. The icing on the cake.