Hot! Recap: David Wilson Flips Out as Giants def. Saints, 52-27

David Wilson showed us he is a great gymnast. His record setting performance against the New Orleans Saints proved he can play some football too.
Photo courtesy of New York Daily News

 

Rookie RB David Wilson did more than explode onto the scene with a Giants team record 327 all-purpose yards vs. the Saints. He recorded another team record.

Most backflips performed: Three.

One for each of his touchdown celebrations.

Thanks in large part to Wilson’s contributions, the Giants demolished the Saints, 52-27, and improved their record to 8-5 on the season. New Orleans fell to 5-8, and are now effectively eliminated from the playoff hunt.

It was a long and uphill fight for Wilson this year. After an early fumble in the season opener against Dallas put the first round-pick in coach Tom Coughlin’s doghouse, Wilson was eventually relegated to kick return duties. He grew into that role, and is averaging 27.5 yards per kick return. Yesterday, in an exciting first quarter, he finally ran one back for a touchdown. His 97-yard kickoff return TD, the team’s first since 2007, helped set the tone for the rest of the game.

As it turned out, Wilson was just getting started. With backup RB Andre Brown placed on injured reserve and Ahmad Bradshaw nursing a knee issue, the speedy rookie was finally given a chance to run the ball. He scored two rushing touchdowns and became the first player in league history to rush for over 100 yards and return 200 more in the same game.

Other Giants stepped up in this must-win game.

Last minute victories by the Redskins and Cowboys have forced the Giants into a tight race for the NFC East crown, so the Giants needed their leader to play strong, and Eli Manning did just that. Manning started out poorly, throwing an interception just five minutes into the contest that was returned 73 yards for a touchdown by Elbert Mack. But he was able to rebound, building off the momentum created by Wilson’s ensuing kick return touchdown. Manning ended with 259 yards and four touchdowns.

The inconsistent Giants defense was far from stellar in allowing 20 points, but did produce some big plays. Safety Stevie Brown continued to make the most of his opportunities to play while starter Kenny Phillips is hurt. Brown forced a fumble and came down with both of Drew Brees’ interceptions.

After falling dormant for much of November, the Giants passing offense came alive. The dynamic duo of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz combined for 12 catches, 188 yards and two touchdowns. Nicks finally looked healthy after struggling all season with leg injuries, and Cruz put his recent drops behind him by pulling in eight receptions. Domenik Hixon, returned from a three-week absence, added 30 receiving yards and a touchdown of his own.

The 52 points scored by the Giants are the most the team has produced since they scored 55 points against the Green Bay Packers in 1986.

Next up for Big Blue is a trip to Atlanta (11-2) in Week 15 to take on a Falcons team that is undefeated at home.

Is it too soon to hope for more fireworks and backflips?

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Nicholas Kostopoulos

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  1. Do you know what is sad? At full strength, mineang everyone on their team is healthy, the Mets are a better team. Think about that for a second. On paper, the Mets are better than the Giants. But you know what? That’s a bunch of bs. Intangables, grit, pitching, timely hitting, and little bit of luck goes a long way in the post season. Take away Santana, the Mets are left with a bunch of miscasts. Seriously, David Wright compiles stats and does it well, year after year. Jose Reyes is not a great hitter. He is a good hitter, but we have watched him for seven years now. There is a ton of holes in his swing, at this point he is what he is. He plays great defense, but his games is tailored around speed, the older a guy gets his speed fades. (you can argue about Rickey Henderson, but he is an immortal J.R is not).Yeah I pick up Reyes’ option but the is the end of the line. He’s not a 15MM a year player, he’s half of that. Sorry I can keep going but I had to vent.

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