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Giants 31, Cardinals 27: Monday Review

Here is a brief look back at Sunday’s 31-27 victory by the New York Giants over the Arizona Cardinals.

It Was Over When …

New York defensive back Corey Webster batted a fourth-and-two pass away from Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald, giving the ball back to the Giants with 51 seconds left.

Turning Point

The ruling on Victor Cruz’s fumble/non-fumble at the Arizona 29-yard line late in the fourth quarter. The enforcement of the previously mysterious Rule 7.2.1(e) allowed the Giants to keep the ball. Calling Cruz’s apparent gaffe a fumble would have given the ball to the Cardinals and likely ended the Giants’ comeback hopes.

Three Good Stats

- Eli Manning went 27-for-40 passing for 321 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

- Hakeem Nicks recorded 10 receptions for 162 yards

- The Giants went three-for-four in the red zone, including two-for-two on first-and-goal situations.

Three Bad Stats

- New York averaged only 2.2 yards rushing per play, getting 54 yards on 24 plays.

- The Giants lost their first two fumbles of the season.

- The Giants surrendered 156 yards rushing on 32 carries by Arizona, 4.9 yards per play.

Three Stars

- Manning, Nicks and Osi Umenyiora, who returned to action with two sacks and a key forced fumble.

Next Week

The Giants host the 1-3 Seattle Seahawks.