The message from coach Tom Coughlin to his New York Giants team all season has been clear — finish games. Sunday, for the fourth time this season the Giants won a game that was in doubt in the closing minutes, rallying from a 17-10 deficit to win, 20-17, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Manning completed 31-of-45 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns, throwing the game-winning 25-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz with 6:06 to play. The Giants defense then turned away the Dolphins twice, sacking Miami quarterback Matt Moore four times on the final two drives. Corey Webster sealed the victory for New York, intercepting Moore on fourth-and-23 with 1:54 to play.
The Giants trailed 14-10 at halftime and 17-10 entering the third quarter as the Dolphins made a strong bid for their first victory.
New York closed to within 17-13 when Lawrence Tynes made a 29-yard field goal with 10:43 to play.
The winning drive was a six-play, 53-yard march.
The Giants, again, did not run the ball well. They compiled only 58 yards rushing. Cruz caught seven passes for 99 yards, Hakeem Nicks caught six for 67 yards and Mario Manningham six for 63 yards and one touchdown.
Moore was 13-for-22 for 138 yards for Miami. Reggie Bush gained 103 yards rushing on just 15 carries.
New York faces New England next Sunday.