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Top Five Special Teams Plays of 2015

Posted Jan 20, 2016

Giants.com ranks the best plays and moments of the 2015 season

HARRIS TAKES KICKOFF 100 YARDS TO THE HOUSE



Date: October 25, 2015 (Week 7)
Opponent: Dallas Cowboys
Location: MetLife Stadium

First-year Giant Dwayne Harris scored the go-ahead touchdown with 7:01 left in the game on a 100-yard kickoff return against the Cowboys, his former team. Harris tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Emlen Tunnell (1951) and Clarence Childs (1964) for the longest kickoff return in franchise history. Harris also became the first player in NFL history to score a game-winning kickoff return touchdown against a team he played for in the previous season. He was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career.





JENNINGS BLOCKS PUNT FOR A SAFETY



Date: September 24, 2015 (Week 3)
Opponent: Washington Redskins
Location: MetLife Stadium

On fourth-and-12 at Washington’s 17-yard line, starting running back Rashad Jennings blocked Tress Way’s punt just minutes into the game against the Redskins. The football shot out of the side of the end zone for a safety and an early lead for the Giants, who went on to win 32-21.





HARRIS RETURNS PUNT FOR 80-YARD TD



Date: December 6, 2015 (Week 13)
Opponent: New York Jets
Location: MetLife Stadium

Five weeks after his 100-yard kickoff return,  Dwayne Harris returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown against the Jets. He became the first Giant to have a punt return touchdown and kickoff return touchdown in the same season since Jimmy Patton in 1955.





DRC BLOCKS FG IN COMEBACK VS. CAROLINA



Date: December 20, 2015 (Week 15)
Opponent: Carolina Panthers
Location: MetLife Stadium

The comeback was on. After trailing 35-7 late in the third quarter, the Giants mounted 28 unanswered points to eventually tie the game against then-undefeated Carolina. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie helped the effort by blocking Graham Gano’s 34-yard field goal attempt, which Prince Amukamara recovered and returned into Panthers territory with 8:52 to play. Instead of a short field goal putting Carolina up by 38-21 midway through the fourth quarter, Big Blue kept it a two-possession game.





BROWN KEEPS BUCS AT BAY 



Date: November 8, 2015 (Week 9)
Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Location: Raymond James Stadium

Brown converted all four field-goal attempts, including a season-long of 53 yards and another from 44 yards in the fourth quarter to keep the Buccaneers at bay. For his performance, Brown was named Special Teams Player of the Week for the sixth time (second with the Giants) in his career. The four field goals also extended his franchise record to 23-straight successful attempts.