October 09, 2011
One week after being spared the role of the would-be goat, receiver Victor Cruz(notes) was almost the would-be hero. The New York Giants receiver, who was bailed out of a careless fumble by the officials in last Sunday's victory, made a spectacular, one-handed catch late in this week's game against the Seattle Seahawks that gave New York a lead.
Eli Manning's(notes) deep throw into double coverage was tipped by safety Kam Chancellor(notes). Cruz kept his eye on the ball, reached right and made a one-handed catch, barely breaking stride and never putting his left hand on the ball en route to a spectacular 68-yard touchdown.
If not for another jaw-dropping 41-yard catch Cruz had later in the game, it would undoubtedly be the play of the week and, perhaps, one of the NFL's plays of the year.
Mr. Cruz can't stay out of the action, though. On the next Giants possession, with the team nursing a four-point lead, Cruz inexplicably fumbled on third down, well short of the first-down marker, and gave Seattle the ball deep in New York territory.
Later, with the Giants inside Seattle's red zone with under two minutes and on the verge of scoring a possible game-winning touchdown, Cruz slipped as he cut on his post route and wasn't able to catch up with Manning's pass. Once again, he tried to tip the ball to himself to give the Giants a "did you see that?!" touchdown. This time it didn't work out as well. Cruz tipped the ball directly into the hands of Seattle's Brandon Browner(notes), who returned the interception 94 yards for the game-sealing score.
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