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Giants hit field goal at buzzer to beat Saints

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants reacts against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

Victor Cruz was gone for a long time, but he’s made himself right back at home through the first two weeks of this season.

Cruz scored the go-ahead touchdown in Dallas in Week One and he came up with a huge catch late in the fourth quarter against the Saints in Week Two. The Giants faced a third-and-eight from the New Orleans 34-yard-line after Odell Beckham couldn’t hold onto a pass and Manning looked in Cruz’s direction deep down the other sideline.

He wrestled the ball away from cornerback Ken Crawley for a 32-yard gain and the Giants were able to run out the clock before Josh Brown’s 23-yard field goal at the gun to move to 2-0 with a 16-13 win.

That probably wasn’t the way most people expected this one to go after the two teams combined to score 101 points last season, but it’s a new world on defense for the Giants. They held the Saints to 288 yards and three conversions on 13 third-down tries in a second strong outing in a row.

The Saints defense was better than they were in the opener, forcing three turnovers and keeping the Giants offense out of the end zone all afternoon despite playing without cornerbacks Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams for almost all of the game. Breaux is out with a broken leg and Williams was taken to the hospital after taking two knees to the head on the same play in the first quarter. Williams has a concussion, but Laura Okmin of FOX Sports reported during the game that the Saints hope he can travel home with them after spinal tests were completed.

The play of the defense through the first two weeks of the season qualifies as very good news for the Giants after they sunk nine figures into bringing in new bodies after years of dismal results. They likely thought their offense would be less of an issue, but those three turnovers helped keep them out of the end zone this week. There were good results in terms of moving the ball for much of the day, however, as Eli Manning wound up with 368 yards despite the inability to get into the end zone.

Previous success on that side of the ball should keep much panic from rising as long as the new-look defense continues to be a good one for the 2-0 Giants.

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22 Responses to “Giants hit field goal at buzzer to beat Saints”
  1. lanman11 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:30 PM

    That sucks.

  2. puzio20 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:32 PM

    Giants turned the ball over 3 times and still found a way to win. With last years defense this would be a blowout. Another point, Eli looks really sharp so far.

    If the defense continues to mesh, this Giants team could surprise some people.

  3. skoobyfl says: Sep 18, 2016 4:34 PM

    The Gents are back !

  4. dr45acp says: Sep 18, 2016 4:41 PM

    Saints will be lucky to go 4-12

  5. skawh says: Sep 18, 2016 4:47 PM

    Way to grind out a win Giants!!!

  6. leatherface2012 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:48 PM

    the nfl has buzzers?

  7. realfootballfan says: Sep 18, 2016 4:54 PM

    They need to get their offense in gear, but the Giants looked like the best team in that division most of last year but just didn’t close games. Their defensive additions look like to have been good ones so far.

  8. cboys4life2014 says: Sep 18, 2016 5:01 PM

    2 close wins against a team on the decline and another decimated by injury and suspensions. Yea the Giants are real contenders.

  9. asparatame says: Sep 18, 2016 5:05 PM

    So let me get this straight. Manning led the Giants to 9 points in their home opener?

    Hall
    Of
    Lame

  10. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 18, 2016 5:13 PM

    After tomorrow night everybody but the G-Men will be looking up !

  11. leatherface2012 says: Sep 18, 2016 5:36 PM

    but most importantly, who knelt down during national anthem and flipped the bird to the oppressive usa? u know, the country where they can earn millions per year with the iq of a doorknob?

  12. leatherface2012 says: Sep 18, 2016 5:44 PM

    jameis winston today is singing “can i get a mcpick 2?

  13. famundacheese says: Sep 18, 2016 6:00 PM

    Oh my Goodness the east sucks!!!! 3 point win against the aints , beating a rookie QB with an ok running game, 2 teams with no defense. A win is a win, but this division use to be great. Now it sucks from top to bottom.

  14. jag1959 says: Sep 18, 2016 6:09 PM

    cboys4life2014 says:
    Sep 18, 2016 5:01 PM
    2 close wins against a team on the decline and another decimated by injury and suspensions. Yea the Giants are real contenders.
    ++++++++++++++=

    2-0 is 2-0. At the end they don’t ask you how just how many, but congrats on not being 0-2.

  15. abninf says: Sep 18, 2016 6:55 PM

    The best of two poor teams won.

  16. jag1959 says: Sep 18, 2016 7:43 PM

    abninf says:
    Sep 18, 2016 6:55 PM
    The best of two poor teams won.
    ++++++++++++++++

    Uh, you posted to the wrong article. The Dallas/Washington article is several floors down.

  17. malleng says: Sep 18, 2016 9:03 PM

    I wonder if they’ll be in the proper spot in this week’s “power” rankings.

    Top of the NFC east. No denying.

  18. n0hopeleft says: Sep 18, 2016 9:47 PM

    there are plenty of other “good” teams out there who aren’t 2-0 after today… Give the Giants the credit they deserve for finding a way to win twice.

  19. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Sep 18, 2016 10:44 PM

    I thought it couldn’t get worse for the Saints after the failed Browner and Finnegan experiments…I was wrong.

  20. bkostela says: Sep 18, 2016 11:12 PM

    cboys4life2014 says:
    Sep 18, 2016 5:01 PM
    2 close wins against a team on the decline and another decimated by injury and suspensions. Yea the Giants are real contenders.
    _____________

    news flash – a team can’t be “on the decline” if they haven’t been relevant for over 20 years

  21. bkostela says: Sep 19, 2016 8:28 AM

    Teams that are minus 3 in the turnover battle lose approximately 90% of the time. Props to the G-men for finding a way to win this one.

  22. jv86 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:52 PM

    Funny how the “experts” on here have all the answers. Giants lose, well they suck and should have lost… Giants win, and well, they were lucky to beat bad teams. What, no credit for solid defense and a special teams gem??? 2-0 is 2-0!

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