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Giants 20, Dolphins 17: A First Look Back

Here is a quick first look back at the New York Giants’ 20-17 victory Sunday over the Miami Dolphins.

It Was Over When …

Corey Webster of the Giants intercepted a pass by Miami’s Matt Moore on fourth-and-23 with 1:54 remaining. Miami had no timeouts left, so the Giants were able to run out the clock.

Turning Point Of The Game

Giants’ fans won’t like this one, but it was a very questionable pass interference call on Miami’s Brandon Marshall. Rather than Miami getting a first down at their 47-yard line while holding a 17-13 lead they were pushed back to their own 17, and wound up punting to the Giants with 8:43 remaining. The Giants scored the winning touchdown on their next possession.

Three Up

- Eli Manning went 31-for-45 for 349 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He had no help from the Giants’ running game and his receivers dropped five balls, yet Manning was still brilliant. And victorious.

- The Giants’ pass rush showed up huge, with four sacks during Miami’s final two possessions.

- Victor Cruz caught seven balls for 99 yards, including the game-winning touchdown.

Three Down

- The Giants’ run defenese was porous, allowing Reggie Bush to run for 103 yards on just 15 carries. Bush has two 100-yard rushing games in his career, both against the Giants.

- Brandon Jacobs had a miserable day. He complained last week that he would have to leave New York to get a chance to be a No. 1 back again, and then went out and flopped. He carried four times for just 10 yards, dropped a handoff and dropped a pass.

- The Giants’ running game was, again, awful. New York totaled 58 yards rushing on 23 carries, an average of 2.5 yards per running play. Terrible.