New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) hauls in the game-winning touchdown pass late in the second half against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Photo: William Perlman, The (Newark) Star-Ledger via US Presswire)
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And if so, the NFL is in for quite the treat because Round 1 -- a 27-23 victory for Manning's New York Giants over Griffin's Washington Redskins -- was nothing short of incredible.
It will be Manning's 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz over cornerback Josh Wilson and safety Madieu Williams, combined with Chase Blackburn's forced fumble on wide receiver Santana Moss on the ensuing drive, that will go down as making the difference.
But none will forget the 77-yard drive Griffin led shortly before those events, especially not the amazing scramble-and-throw on fourth-and-10, when he escaped from Jason Pierre-Paul and eventually threw the ball to Logan Paulsen for 19 yards, a first down and new life. On the next play, Griffin escaped to his right for a 24-yard run around end that extended the drive.
Two snaps later, he laid a perfect ball on the hands on Moss and over Giants rookie Jayron Hosley for a 30-yard score that was a potential game-winner.
Griffin, who sparked a trend called "Griffining" with the Week 1 sight of his sitting down and raising his hands in the air after a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints, struck a new pose after this one. As he was lying on his back, he brought his hands over his face.
Source: USA Today | Mike Garafolo