Rosie Brown will always be the gold standard for late-round Giants draft choices who became great players.
A 27th-round selection from Morgan State in 1953, Brown was chosen for nine Pro Bowls, was a member of the NFL’s 75th anniversary team and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975.
Successes like those late in the draft have been rare for the Giants, and none has ascended nearly as high as Brown.
Defensive back Carl “Spider” Lockhart, a two-time Pro Bowler who is third in Giants history with 41 interceptions, was a 13th-round selection in 1965. Linebacker Brian Kelley, a member of the famed Crunch Bunch, was chosen on the 14th round in 1973. Jessie Armstead, a five-time Pro Bowl linebacker and, like Brown, a member of the Giants’ Ring of Honor, was an eighth-round pick in 1993 – the last year the draft had an eighth round.
If he hadn’t done so already,
His 200-yard game was the ninth in franchise history. He is one of 15 active players with a 200-yard rushing game. Bradshaw increased his career rushing total to 3,550 yards. That vaulted him past Doug Kotar (3,380) and into eighth place on the Giants’ all-time list. Frank Gifford, the Hall of Famer at No. 7, is just 69 yards ahead of him. Bradshaw could soon become just the sixth player to rush for 4,000 yards in a Giants uniform.
He is also second on the franchise’s postseason rushing list with 480 yards, 73 behind Joe Morris.
Bradshaw’s four receptions vs. Cleveland increased his career total to 118. He is one of just seven Giants players to rush for more than 3,000 yards and catch more than 100 passes (Morris was two catches shy of being the eighth player on this list).
Bradshaw has 6,323 total yards (rushing, receiving and kickoff returns), which places him ninth in Giants’ history, 206 yards behind Morris.
Bradshaw’s 28 rushing touchdowns, exactly half of Brandon Jacobs’ franchise-record total, is good for ninth place on the Giants’ career list. He has rushed for at least 100 yards nine times and the Giants have won every one of those games. Bradshaw was the Giants’ leading rusher in the 2007 and 2011 postseasons and in both Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. He scored the game-winning touchdown with 57 seconds remaining in the most recent title game.
The Giants have had few low-round draft choices become long-term productive players. But Ahmad Bradshaw belongs near the top of that list.
*While Bradshaw rushed for 200 yards Sunday,
It was the first time in 52 years a team had one player rush for at last 200 yards while another caught at least three touchdown passes. On Dec. 18, 1960, the St. Louis Cardinals’ John David Crow ran for 203 yards and Sonny Randle had three receiving touchdowns. *The Giants trailed by at least 14 points in each of their three home games this season, against Dallas, Tampa Bay and Cleveland. It is the first time they faced such a large deficit in three consecutive home games since the end of the 2006 season (a 36-22 loss to Philadelphia followed by a 30-7 defeat to New Orleans) and the first home game in 2007 (35-13 loss to Green Bay).
The Giants rallied to defeat the Buccaneers and Browns. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the first time in their history the Giants have trailed by 14 or more points in consecutive home games and won both.
*Cleveland took an early 14-0 lead Sunday before the Giants began their comeback. They last had last fallen behind 14-0 and won on Dec. 23, 2007 at Buffalo, where a 14-0 deficit became a 38-21 victory. Ironically, Bradshaw had his previous career-best rushing total in that game (151 yards, including an 88-yard run).
*The Giants scored 41 points in each of their last two home games. In 2011, their highest point total was 35, and that was in a three-point loss to Green Bay. This is the first time the Giants scored at least 41 points in consecutive home games since Sept. 11 and Oct. 2, 2005, when they scored 42 vs. Arizona and 44 vs. St. Louis.
*The Giants have gained 1,877 yards over their past four games, their highest total over any four-game span in team history The previous Giants records for most yards over a four-game span was 1,798 in 1963 and 2010.
*The Giants gained 604 yards against Tampa Bay and 502 yards vs. Cleveland. This is the first time the Giants had two 500-yard games in the same season since 1967, when they gained 520 yards against Washington on Oct. 1 and 535 yards vs. New Orleans on Oct. 8.
*Also, the Giants had 31 first downs vs. the Buccaneers and 30 against the Browns. It is the first time in their history they had two games with at least 30 first downs in the same season. The Giants had at least twice as many first downs as their opponents in each of those games (31-14 advantage vs. Tampa Bay, 30-15 against Cleveland).
*The Giants rushed for 243 yards on 34 attempts Sunday, a 7.1-yard average that was their highest with at least that many carries since Dec. 21, 2008, when they had 41 attempts for 301 yards, a 7.3-yard average in an overtime victory over Carolina.
*Brown has interception returns this season of 44 and 46 yards. The last Giant with two returns of at least 44 yards on interceptions in the same season was Tito Wooten in 1997.
*Manning has not been sacked in either of the last two games. This is the first time the Giants have not allowed a sack in consecutive games since they had a streak of five in a row from Nov. 7 to Dec. 5, 2010. The Giants are 21-8 when Manning is not sacked.
*Conversely, the Giants did not sack Brandon Weeden, their first sackless outing since Nov. 28, 2011 at New Orleans.
*Manning has 195 career touchdown passes – 100 at home, 95 as a visitor
*The Giants are second in the NFL in yards per game (429.2) and first in yards per play (6.5). The 49ers, their next opponent, are second at 6.4 yards a play.
*The Giants continue to have the NFL’s stingiest punt coverage unit, allowing an average of 4.3 yards a return.
*Victor Cruz is fourth in the NFL with 37 receptions, just two behind Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, the league leader. Cruz’s 12 catches on third down lead the NFL.