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New York Giants Receiver Victor Cruz Talks About His First Playoff Experience
After the New York Giants' 24-2 thrashing of the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, receiver Victor Cruz—who had two catches for 28 yards in the game—admitted to being a bit overwhelmed by his first professional playoff experience, using the words "exciting," "butterflies" and "nervousness" to describe how he felt throughout the afternoon.
"Glad the first one's over so I can kind of relax a little bit," he told Yahoo! Contributor Network after New York's one-sided win. "And now I know how the atmosphere [is], I know what to expect. The next one should be a good one."
The Giants' next game, as the 25-year-old receiver hinted, will be against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field this Sunday (4:30 p.m. ET).
Though Cruz's production vs. Atlanta this past weekend was less than pedestrian compared to what he yielded in consecutive wins over the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys—mainly because he dropped three passes—his teammates, Hakeem Nicks (6 receptions, 115 yards, 2 TD) and Mario Manningham (4 receptions, 68 yards, 1 TD), made up for that by combining for three touchdown catches.
It also didn't hurt that New York rushed for 172 yards and stopped Atlanta twice on fourth and 1 en route to shutting its offense out. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (24 of 41, 199 yards) failed to produce a touchdown and running back Michael Turner—Atlanta's leading rusher on the day—ran for a mere 41 yards on 15 attempts.
"They (the defense) played great, man; I've been proud of those guys all year," Cruz said. "They made some huge plays today, and to hold them to two points that basically their defense put up [with a safety] is just amazing. Those guys have been playing their hearts out for us."
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