Five Memorable Manning-to-Cruz Connections: Giants Fan's View

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In 27 career games, including the playoffs, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has 17 touchdowns. It helps when you have Eli Manning throwing you the ball. Here's a look at a growing list of the most memorable touchdowns from the team's dynamic duo.

Buc Shot (Sept. 16, 2012) -- Trailing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-19 in the fourth quarter, Manning found Cruz for an 80-yard touchdown to knot the game at 27-27. The Giants, who trailed 27-13 early in the second half, went on to win the game, 41-34, and Cruz finished with 179 yards receiving.

Super Catch (Feb. 5, 2012) -- The Giants jumped out to a 9-0 lead against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI on Cruz's two-yard touchdown catch from Manning. New York went on to win the game, 21-17, and Manning was named the Super Bowl MVP for the second time in five seasons.

Flying High (Sept. 25, 2011) -- In his third career regular season game, Cruz snagged a 74-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles to give the Giants a 14-0 lead. In the fourth quarter, he made the game-winning grab on 28-yard chuck from Manning. Cruz finished with 110 yards.

Taking Flight (Dec. 24, 2011) -- Backs to the goal line and trailing the New York Jets in the battle of the Big Apple, 7-3, the Giants turned the game (and possibly their season) around on Cruz's 99-yard catch-and-run to the house. The Giants took the lead and never looked back, beating the Jets, 29-14.

Skinned (Oct. 21, 2012) -- Seconds after Robert Griffin III put the Washington Redskins in front, 23-20, Manning hit Cruz in stride for a 77-yard game-winning touchdown with 1:13 left in the fourth. It was Cruz's sixth career TD of at least 70 yards, solidifying him as one of the best big-play threats in the NFL.

Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. He grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. Adam follows back Giants fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.

Sources

Pro-Football-Reference.com.

The Official Site of the New York Giants.

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