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David Wilson busts out in 52-27 Giants win

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David Wilson didn’t do much for the Giants through the first 12 games of the season, but he came up with an big one in lucky number 13 to help the team stay on top of the NFC East.

Wilson returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, had a six-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and put the final touches on a 52-27 win over the Saints with a 52-yard run in the fourth quarter. Wilson also chipped in a couple of other long kickoff returns to help keep the Giants in fine field position — they had seven drives start in New Orleans territory — all day on their way to the win.

Wilson, who finished with 327 all purpose yards and 100 rushing yards, wasn’t the only guy coming up with big returns. Jerrel Jernigan had a 60-yard kickoff return, Stevie Brown flipped the field on one of his two interceptions and the Giants rolled up more than 400 yards on all of their returns (there were two fumbles and two punts as well) during the day. That left the Giants offense without much heavy lifting to do, but they handled a limited workload awfully well.

Eli Manning threw four touchdowns to four different receivers, making up for a couple of bad interceptions. His first pick went for a touchdown and the second helped the Saints score 14 quick points to close the gap from 35-13 to 35-27 in the third quarter. Jernigan’s return set them up with a short field and Manning turned it into a 10-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz. Drew Brees threw his second pick at the Giants’ 8 on the next drive and the lead was back up to 18 points after a Lawrence Tynes field goal.

The Saints offense performed well enough until that second Brees pick, but the four turnovers left a lot of points on the field and there wasn’t any fight left in the visitors at that point. Without any hopes of the playoffs still alive in New Orleans, the rest of the year will be about finding out which current defenders will stick around for 2013 and beyond.

As for the Giants, not much changes for them. The win means they remain on top of the NFC East, but the Cowboys and Redskins remain on their heels and in control of tiebreakers after their dramatic wins on Sunday. They’ll need to keep rolling in Atlanta next weekend to maintain control of their own destiny this season.

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39 Responses to “David Wilson busts out in 52-27 Giants win”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Dec 9, 2012 7:49 PM

    Wait. I thought the Saints were going to win the Superbowl and stick it to Roger Goodell ?

  2. arrogantnation says: Dec 9, 2012 7:51 PM

    After seeing the Saints manhandle the Giants for so many years in the Superdome, it’s nice to see Big Blue get some revenge.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 9, 2012 7:51 PM

    Giants lost the division crown last Monday night to Washington. Atlanta or Baltimore will beat them and that’s that.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:52 PM

    We needed every last bit of his yardage in every facet. Should have scored 60+ and run up the score on them after they did it the last few times we faced them. Told you guys they are not the same team outside of that dome.

  5. giantsfan2104 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:53 PM

    They play Atlanta next weekend, then they play Baltimore.

  6. rg3some says: Dec 9, 2012 7:53 PM

    Nice win Gmen, the Saints had that one coming to them after last year.

  7. richmondhokie says: Dec 9, 2012 7:54 PM

    And if Roger Goodell has his way, no one will ever have an exciting day like this again – b/c there will be no kickoffs. This is one example of why kickoffs should remain part of the NFL.

  8. roadtrip3500 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:54 PM

    Wilson in full Beast Mode today… that was an impressive performance.

    Giants have to keep it up, though – no wiggle room with tie-breakers, and the entire division won today… a one-game lead only works after Week 17.

  9. ghjjf says: Dec 9, 2012 7:58 PM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation!

  10. anthonykornheiser says: Dec 9, 2012 8:00 PM

    Have to disagree, Wilson has been fantastic all season on returns for the giants. He was incredible against Philly, ran one back against the niners. He hasn’t really had much of a chance due to his inexperience and blocking woes, but, when given the opportunity he’s been good. To say he hasnt done much through 12 games isn’t accurate. 327 yards though is insane.

  11. zaggs says: Dec 9, 2012 8:00 PM

    Wilson had more yards than Brees passing. Who woulda thunk it.

  12. notinjuschillin says: Dec 9, 2012 8:01 PM

    You can’t be slight of heart and be a fan of a NFC East team. This is the way it usually goes at this time of year.

    What makes it tougher is that the Bears have dropped to a wildcard hopeful so with a 8-5 record that puts them ahead of the Boys and Skins so winning the East is the only way to get in at this point.

  13. fuglyflorio says: Dec 9, 2012 8:10 PM

    Can RG3 make it through a full year? Seems doubtful.

  14. hireclixscott says: Dec 9, 2012 8:14 PM

    How come no one is complaining that the Giants are a classless organization because they ran up the score? They should have taken a knee. The Pats would have…lol

  15. bigwayne75 says: Dec 9, 2012 8:18 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Dec 9, 2012 7:51 PM
    Giants lost the division crown last Monday night to Washington. Atlanta or Baltimore will beat them and that’s that.
    —————————————————–
    If I was you, I would just worry about your team because without RG3, Skins are done.

  16. urfinished says: Dec 9, 2012 8:19 PM

    Coughlin has proven he’s a great coach but no one is perfect. Think the dog house punishment on this kid was a bit much.
    Impossible to deny he’s our most physically gifted rb.

  17. taintedlombardis says: Dec 9, 2012 8:21 PM

    Every single one of those returns could have been called back.

  18. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 9, 2012 8:31 PM

    taintedlombardis says: Dec 9, 2012 8:21 PM

    Every single one of those returns could have been called back.
    ————
    hahahahahhaa

  19. joeyd524 says: Dec 9, 2012 8:31 PM

    Division is in the bag….Balt done,eagles stink,and fraudlanta is back,11-5 or 10-6 gets it done..No worries

  20. snaxdsp says: Dec 9, 2012 8:36 PM

    The Saints had one coming? Why 97 points the last 2 games? Lmao

  21. anthonykornheiser says: Dec 9, 2012 8:37 PM

    Joeyd, way to jinx it.

  22. stonetackle83 says: Dec 9, 2012 8:37 PM

    hireclixscott says:
    Dec 9, 2012 8:14 PM
    How come no one is complaining that the Giants are a classless organization because they ran up the score? They should have taken a knee. The Pats would have…lol
    _________________________
    Did you take 3rd grade math? There were 5 minutes left in the game and kneeling the ball from a first and 10 can use up 2 minutes if they don’t use a timeout

  23. tonyarnold2 says: Dec 9, 2012 9:03 PM

    Ravens will beat the Giants in a couple weeks, and Atlanta will beat them too

  24. sd1024 says: Dec 9, 2012 9:03 PM

    Nice to have a guy like him in your back pocket.

  25. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 9, 2012 9:07 PM

    tonyarnold2 says: Dec 9, 2012 9:03 PM

    Ravens will beat the Giants in a couple weeks, and Atlanta will beat them too
    —————–

    Don’t develop agita and an ulcer sitting back and hoping for it with the way the Ravens and Falcons both look flimsy of late.

  26. bbk1000 says: Dec 9, 2012 9:12 PM

    All you idiot NO fans can stick it…..the Giants creamed you, take you out of the Superdome and you are nothing……put you you in the Superdome and you are average at best….

  27. bigbluwreckincrew83 says: Dec 9, 2012 9:17 PM

    Should I explain to Drew Brees or does someone else want to?

  28. ctp603 says: Dec 9, 2012 9:37 PM

    Still saw a few times he scared me on blitz pickups today. I can’t say I didn’t love watching those wheels though! He is QUICK!

    A real special teams kick returner? Dave Meggett approves.

  29. cooklynn17 says: Dec 9, 2012 10:00 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: Dec 9, 2012 7:51 PM

    Giants lost the division crown last Monday night to Washington. Atlanta or Baltimore will beat them and that’s that.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Yeah ok, play the odds. But let me ask you how many games the skins win without RG3?

    Crub your enthusiasm, the Giants are still the champs and they are looking better each week.

  30. laserw says: Dec 9, 2012 10:00 PM

    First Giant kickoff return should never have counted – a clear block in the back above the waist was committed – Giant player clearly pushes Saint in the back in the numbers in a block near mid-field. This should never have counted. There was also a similar hit at the goal line that was not called. That one was a bit tighter to call, but the first one was a huge miss.

    Wonder how much the Maras paid the refs in this game.

  31. sd1024 says: Dec 9, 2012 10:22 PM

    Laserw= nervous Redskins fan

    Theyre out in nervous packs like ants circling a lost steak. The idea of Tommie Frazier hurting and missing out on the honor of losing a wildcard game is too much to bear for these sorry sacks.

  32. kev86 says: Dec 9, 2012 10:24 PM

    That was an easy win thanks to Wilson. Big Blue produces talent.

  33. sd1024 says: Dec 9, 2012 10:25 PM

    Edit: divisional round. Apologies..the idea of Washington actually winning that division escaped me for a second

  34. vman0626 says: Dec 9, 2012 11:41 PM

    interesting how once the rains came in the meadowlands – an occurrence that coupled with rain happens in half the games every season in nj – that brees suddenly became the 2nd best qb on the field.

    i wonder if drew is elite…..

  35. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 10, 2012 2:40 AM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Dec 9, 2012 7:52 PM
    We needed every last bit of his yardage in every facet. Should have scored 60+ and run up the score on them after they did it the last few times we faced them. Told you guys they are not the same team outside of that dome.
    ——
    You do know that’s funny, because you’re basically saying that your Gmen aren’t the same team outside of your stadium and inside the Superdome. Idiot.

  36. badintent says: Dec 10, 2012 3:02 AM

    A rookie setting a team record for a team that has a long history like the Gmen is very impressive. I think we all know Coach Tom was too quick to pull the trigger on this guy for one fumble.He has way too much talent to sit on the pine.

  37. maurysline says: Dec 10, 2012 8:10 AM

    Once again the Saints show that when the weather gets cold and/or wet/snowy they can not play the same outside the dome.

    Atlanta has the same issues……look at the playoff game against the Giants last year.

    Domes are death for teams from the south when they have to come north late in the season.

  38. bigbluefan1 says: Dec 10, 2012 8:10 AM

    Drew wants to know why the roof was open

    Before anyone crowns anyone other the Giants NFC East Champions take a real hard look the Giants flew west to San Fran and beat the 49ers then beat the packer and now the great Saints

    Who is truly the best team in the NFC?????

  39. giantsny says: Dec 10, 2012 9:24 AM

    Giants step up when its count the most,,, get used to it hatters.

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