Comeback In The Desert

Deon Grant (US Presswire)

Maybe it's time to break up the Giants. First they beat Philadelphia, and then on Sunday they went to Arizona and staged a stirring fourth-quarter comeback for a 31-27 win.

Justin Tuck was on the sideline, and comebacking Mario Manningham were non-factors. And yet, the Giants staged a major comeback in the fourth quarter to beat the Cardinals 31-27 and go 3-1 on the season.

This was the first time since 2006 the Giants overcame a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to win a game.

Here's the good and bad.

THE GOOD:

VICTOR CRUZ Cruz: Even with Mario Manningham back in the lineup, Cruz continued his strong play with six catches for 92 yards.

HAKEEM NICKS: He went 10-for-162 and made a great catch against A.J. Jefferson in the last four minutes to get the Giants down deep to set up a touchdown. And then he caught Manning's 29-yard pass for the go-ahead touchdown at 2:39.

JAKE BALLARD: He's not supposed to be able to catch passes, and yet he grabbed three passes for 33 yards, including a fourth-quarter touchdown, the first of his career, that brought the Giants to within 27-23, and an earlier catch that got the Giants to the 2. Ballard represents production from an unexpected source, considering Travis Beckum and Bear Pascoe were supposed to be their two major tight end targets.

Osi Umenyiora and Corey Webster: Huge sack, his last of two in his season debut, inside the last two minutes of the fourth quarter. Two plays later, Corey Webster broke up a fourth-down pass to Larry Fitzgerald.

FOURTH QUARTER OFFENSE: Three fourth-quarter touchdowns? Two in 58 seconds? Why, it's almost Eagles-like, circa 2010.

THE BAD:

LATE GAME RUN DEFENSE: It went to pot, basically. Beanie Wells, a gametime decision with a bad hamstring, didn't look at all slowed in running for two third-quarter touchdowns and a 39-yarder in the fourth quarter. After that one, they let Alfonso Smith run it down to the 2 before Wells walked it in for his third score of the game.

Deon Grant: The safety had perfect position to pick Larry Fitzgerald, only to get outwrestled for the ball. Can't be doing that against a physical receiver like Fitzgerald.

PENALTIES: The Cardinals drew 11 flags, but the Giants had seven of their own to interrupt momentum.

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