Giants 41, Buccaneers 34: Instant Analysis

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants runs past Mark Barron #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter on September 16, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Did anybody see anything Sunday afternoon from the New York Giants that they really didn't expect during the wild 41-34 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

Other than Andre Brown (13 carries, 71 yards) being the leading rusher I'd say this was pretty much par the course for the Giants as we have come to know them.

- Playing down to the level of lesser competition and very nearly losing a game that shouldn't really have been that difficult to win.

- A Giants team that looked for all the world like it still hand't found the sense of urgency coach Tom Coughlin wants -- until the fourth quarter.

- A Giants team that, when the fourth quarter rolls around, finally seems to quit messing around and gets down to business.

- A Giants team that has a brilliant, gun-slinging quarterback in Eli Manning who gives them a chance to win every game. And sometimes gives the other guys a chance to win, too.

- A Giants team with brilliant play-makers on the outside in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.

- A team that still struggles in short yardage and red zone, settling for field goals the first four times it reached the end zone.

- A team that can't stand prosperity, rallying from a 27-13 deficit only to somehow leave Justin Tryon, who is, oh maybe the 87th cornerback on the roster, one on one with the game on the line. Of course, he surrendered a game-tying touchdown. And, of course, Manning said so what, fired up a few more darts and won the Giants a game. That he had already won them once. Again.



Honestly, nothing here Giants' fans shouldn't be used to. It's a team that never makes anything easy. They are determined to give you a heart attack, and someday they might just give you -- and coach Tom Coughlin -- one.

Sunday's crazy 41-34 victory? Just business as usual for the Giants, who always seem to do things the hard way.

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