Michael Boley of the New York Giants returns a fumble 65 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on September 19, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
If we are going to give out game balls following the New York Giants' 28-16 victory over the St. Louis Rams -- and it appears that we are -- then it is really impossible to give just one. Wide receiver Domenik Hixon and linebacker Michael Boley each need to be recognized.
Hixon and Boley, or course, made the defining plays in the Giants' first victory of the 2011 season.
Boley picked up a lateral and rumbled 65 yards for a touchdown after Cadillac Williams dropped a backwards pass from Sam Bradford and failed to go retrieve it. That gave the Giants their second touchdown. Hixon made a brilliant, acrobatic 22-yard touchdown catch of an Eli Manning pass to give the Giants a 21-6 halftime lead.
On a night when the Giants were anything but dominant on defense, and anything but consistent on offense these two plays helped them escape with a victory. And earned Hixon and Boley game balls.