Wilson Has Banner Day as Giants Flip Saints
John Fennelly , Lead Writer
The Giants came into this game needing a win to stay atop the NFC East and they got it in emphatic fashion. They sliced up the sloppy New Orleans Saints in the rain at MetLife tonight, 52-27, with big plays on offense, defense and special teams.
It was the most points the Giants scored in a regular season game since Dec 20. 1986, when they pinned 55 on the Packers to close out the regular season en route to a Super Bowl victory.
RB David Wilson, the team’s first round selection in this year’s NFL Draft who the Giants had been dry-docking all season, broke out in a big way with 327 all-purpose yards. He has 227 of them on kickoff returns and another hundred rushing. He scored three times.
One was a 97-yard kickoff return. Another was on a 52-yard run from scrimmage. He delighted the crowd by performing a backflip after each of his scores.
He became the first Giant to rush and return a kickoff in the same game since 1948.
Wilson wasn’t the only player that stood out. Safety Stevie Brown picked off Drew Brees twice returning one for 21 yards and another for 70. He set a Giants single-season for INT return yards with 259. There’s still three games to go.
QB Eli Manning tossed 4 TDs to four different receivers. He was 22/35 for 259 yards and threw two INTs – one of which was returned 73 yards by New Orleans’ Elbert Mack for a TD.
WR Victor Cruz had 8 receptions for 121 yards and a TD. He broke the 1,000 yard mark for the second consecutive season.
S Antrel Rolle forced a fumble and recovered another. He was the lead dog today, even if LB Michael Boley led the defense with ten combined tackles.
The win moved the Giants to 8-5 and they maintain a one-game lead in the NFC East over Dallas and Washington.