With the Redskins and the Cowboys on their heels for the division, the New York Giants responded with a huge win over the Saints on Sunday. The star in this one was rookie David Wilson who had break out game racking up 327 yards including a 97 yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 52-27 home win.
David Wilson didn’t do much for the Giants through the first 12 games of the season, but he came up with a big one in lucky number 13 to help the team stay on top of the NFC East. Wilson returned a crowd pleasing 97 yard kickoff for a touchdown in the first quarter, had a six-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and put the final touches on a 52-27 win over the Saints with a 52-yard run in the fourth quarter. Wilson also chipped in a couple of other long kickoff returns to help keep the Giants in fine field position. Big Blue had seven drives start in New Orleans territory all evening on their way to the win.
Eli Manning threw four touchdowns to four different receivers, making up for a couple of bad interceptions early on. His first pick went for a touchdown and the second helped the Saints score 14 quick points to close the gap from 35-13 to 35-27 in the third quarter. Jernigan’s return set them up with a short field and Manning turned it into a 10-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz. Drew Brees threw his second pick at the Giants’ 8 on the next drive and the lead was back up to 18 points after a Lawrence Tynes field goal.
New York snapped a three-game losing streak against the Saints, who turned over the ball four times in losing their third consecutive game. “Honestly, this is our playoffs,” defensive end Justin Tuck said after the game. “These are playoff type games. The teams we’re going to play, the atmosphere we’re going to play in, this is what it is about. This is the type of football that leads into the playoffs and this is what we need.” Big Blue at 8-5 needs to keep rolling in Atlanta next weekend to maintain control of their own destiny this season.