On Sunday, the Giants did both for good measure.
Aftger taking a 20-13 lead early in the fourth quarter, the Giants eventually let it slip away and found themselves down by three with 1:38 remaining.
Needing just 19 seconds to strike, Manning hooked up with Cruz for a 77-yard catch-and-run touchdown. The electrifying play, however, gave the ball back to Robert Griffin III (and a Washington offense that scored on its previous two possessions) with 1:13 left.
Enter the defense.
“Whenever you have ‘10’ at quarterback, things can happen,” Blackburn said of Manning, who coincidentally shares the same number with Washington’s quarterback. “At that point, we didn’t think we were going back on the field to defend with 1:13. There was only like, 1:24 when they took the ball over. I’ll take that any day of the week. Giving us the opportunity to be up at the end of the game, we’ll take it.”
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That came two plays later when Blackburn tackled Santana Moss, spinning him around and forcing another fumble.
“I was making a hit, and once I had him wrapped, I felt the ball,” said Blackburn, who had a team-high 11 tackles. “I could feel it in there and I was just trying to rip it out at that point.”