Victor Cruz (80) of the New York Giants celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on October 30, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Week 8 of the 2011 NFL season provided the New York Giants with what seemed as if it should be a breather before the Giants entered what everyone knew would be a brutal stretch of games the remainder of the season. In typical Giants fashion, though, they had to rally in the fourth quarter for a 20-17 victory over the winless Miami Dolphins.
The Giants trailed the 0-6 Dolphins, 17-10, entering the fourth quarter. A 29-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes early in the fourth quarter, and a 25-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Victor Cruz with 5:58 left in the game rescued the Giants, however. An interception by Corey Webster with less than two minutes remaining sealed the victory for New York, which improved to 5-2 with the win.
Manning was again heroic for the Giants, going 31-of-45 for 349 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, the Giants struggled. Miami's Reggie Bush ran for 103 yards on 15 carries, including a 35-yard run. To that point the only other 100-yard game in Bush's career was a 126-yard effort -- also against the Giants -- Dec. 24, 2006.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw cracked a bone in his foot in this game. Though he finished the game it was several weeks until he played again. This was also the game during which Justin Tryon broke his arm, and made a tremendous tackle on a late fourth quarter punt return, hanging on to Reggie Bush with both arms. Giants coach Tom Coughlin did not let the final play of Tryon's season go unnoticed.