Manning’s TD to Cruz lifts Giants past Steelers in preseason opener

New York Giants 18
Pittsburgh Steelers 13

There may have not been many big plays in Saturday evening’s preseason contest between the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but fortunately one of them for the Giants ended in a Victor Cruz salsa dance in the endzone.

Eli Manning, who threw the 57-yard dart to Cruz, finished the night 2/5 with 73 yards. Though he only completed two passes, he was the leading passer for the team and of the whole game.

The two quarterbacks after Manning on the depth chart, David Carr (7/11, 64 yds) and Curtis Painter (5/11, 55 yds) both saw good playing time, while rookie Ryan Nassib (1/4, 29 yds) got little time to show to the team what a good offseason it has been for him.

Overall, New York did very little on offense, and honestly looked pretty sloppy. The leading rusher was rookie Michael Cox (9 carries, 33 yds), followed by Andre Brown (4 carries, 23 yds), who looks to get even more playing time in 2013. The projected starter at running back, David Wilson, only rushed the ball 5 times for 16 yards.

No other receiver racked up 30 or more yards in the game, and after Cruz rookie Julian Telly, whose only catch was a 29-yarder from Ryan Nassib, was second in yards for the G-Men.

On defense, the Giants totaled five team sacks to the Steelers’ four, while fourth-year defensive back Tyler Sash tackled Pittsburgh quarterback Landry Jones in his own endzone for a safety.

The Giants’ special teams unit was highlighted by placekicker Josh Brown, who kicked three of four field goals on the night, and punter Steve Weatherford, who punted six times for an average of 41 yards.

Overall, not a lot stood out in the New York Giants’ preseason opener. In other words, coach Tom Coughlin and his staff still have a lot to find out in their final three preseason games.

The next game for the squad will be next Sunday night versus the Indianapolis Colts, and the Giants regular season debut will be in the Sunday Night Football opener, September 8th at the Dallas Cowboys.

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