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article imageNFL: The Giants come from behind to get 20-17 win over Dolphins

By Austin Tyler     Oct 31, 2011 in Sports
East Rutherford - With the way the Miami Dolphins been playing, the question of tanking has been coming up. The past few weeks they have had leads with chances to pull out the victory, but have continued to fall short and no one knows why.
The New York Giants (5-2) hosted the Miami Dolphins (0-7) in a Week 8 matchup that looked like it would be a blowout because of the records involved. The Giants struggled a little to begin the game, but found their stride and came back to pull out the 20-17 victory to continue to build on their lead in the NFC East.
New York got the ball to start the game and Eli Manning (31/45, 349 yards, 2 TD) came out throwing connecting with Victor Cruz (7 receptions, 99 yards, 1 TD) and Hakeem Nicks (6 receptions, 67 yards) for 17-yard catches apiece. They moved the ball 51-yards on this drive, but it stalled and they turned it over on downs. The Giants had a run for 1-yard and three incomplete passes by Manning to end the drive as they went for it on 4th and 9.
Miami got the ball and they wasted no time taking advantage of the good field position. Reggie Bush (15 carries, 103 yards) got the drive going with a 3-yard run. Matt Moore (13/22, 138 yards, 1 Int) then hit Bush on back-to-back passes for 4 and 9 yard gains. The big gain came on a Moore (5 carries, 31 yards, 1 TD) scramble 16-yards and then hit Charles Clay for his only reception of the game for 16-yards. Steve Slaton (5 carries, 7 yards, 1 TD) finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to give them a 7-0 lead.
The Giants got the ball on the ensuing drive and moved the ball 61-yards. Ahmad Bradshaw (13 carries, 50 yards) broke an 18-yard run to start the drive. Manning then hit Mario Manningham (6 receptions, 63 yards, 1 TD) 12-yard pass, and then hit Jake Ballard (4 receptions, 55 yards) 21-yard pass. New York got hit with a penalty that made it 1st and 25 after the catch and the Giants could not keep the drive going. They had to settle for a Lawrence Tynes field-goal that was from 25-yards out to make it 7-3.
The Dolphins got the ball back and got it moving as they went 55-yards on their ensuing drive. Bush once again opened the drive with a run, but this one was for 4-yards. Moore used his legs as well on the drive to move them down the field with 11-yard run. After that Bush had a 35-yard run to get the Dolphins on the Giants 7-yardline. Moore then finished the drive with another run for a touchdown to give them a 14-3 lead.
With 9:37 left in the half the Giants got the ball, but started out with Manning fumble that was recovered by Brandon Jacobs. The drive only moved 13-yards before they were forced to punt. The Dolphins were forced to punt as well giving the Giants the ball back after they only moved the ball 13-yard also.
Manning went into the shotgun and he moved the ball down the field with his arm. The Giants moved the ball 79-yards on this drive with Manning connecting with Bradshaw and Hicks for big gains. The drive was capped off with a 7-yard pass to Manningham that made it a 14-10 lead going into halftime, as the fans thought a upset was in the making.
The Dolphins got the ball to start the second half, and they got the ball moving with a 12-yard pass to Brandon Marshall (4 receptions, 55 yards). Bush then had to big runs of 28 and 13 yards to give the Dolphins back-to-back first downs. The drive stalled after that as they had to settle for a 40-yard Dan Carpenter field-goal. That gave Miami a 17-10 lead to open the third quarter.
The rest of the quarter was pretty quiet as all both teams did was trade punts. The Giants got the ball with 2:45 left in the third and had a drive that carried into the fourth quarter. New York held the ball for 7:08 as they moved the ball 78-yards on the drive. Manning hit Cruz with a 26-yard pass and later hit Ballard for a 22-yard pass and catch. The drive went cold after that big gain and Tynes came on for another field-goal. Tynes kicked a 29-yard field-goal that made it a 17-13 game.
On the next drive the Dolphins got it going, but a penalty derailed them from keeping the drive going. Bush ran for 2-yards and then Moore connected with Marshall for a 26-yard pass, but was called back for offensive pass interference. The commentators said the call was ticky-tack, but the Dolphins could not bounce back after that and was forced to punt.
The Giants got the ball back and began to move the ball down the field. Bradshaw had two runs to start the drive with one going for 11-yards. Manning then hit Nicks on a 23-yard pass and finished the drive with a strike to Cruz from 25-yards out and their first lead of the game, 20-19.
Miami had their chance to bounce back and score, but the Giants defense stepped up and made it real tough for them to do anything. They went three and out as they punted the ball back to the Giants. The Giants could not move the ball either and after getting one first down on a penalty they went three and out as well.
The Dolphins got the ball back with 3:35 left in the game, and Moore hit Davone Bess (3 receptions, 43 yards) with a 24-yard pass to get them moving. After that Moore was sacked twice for a loss of 20-yards which brought up a 3rd and 30. They had no choice but to go for it on fourth down, but he was picked off. Corey Webster of the Giants picked off the pass and sealed the deal for the Giants to win the game.
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