WR Randle sparks team with punt return & TD

Posted Nov 17, 2013

Rueben Randle had a career-high 32-yard punt return to set up his own touchdown reception

The Giants needed a fast start on Sunday. When that didn’t happen on their first drive, Rueben Randle nudged the offense in the right direction in another facet of the game.

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The second-year wide receiver broke a career-high 32-yard punt return – the longest by a Giant since 2009 – to set up his own touchdown on New York’s next possession for the first points of the game. Thanks to the special teams’ play, the Giants began in Packers territory and capped their second drive with Randle’s 26-yard catch-and-run over the middle from Eli Manning.

The Giants went ahead by a touchdown and never trailed in their 27-13 victory over Green Bay. 


“We wanted to get out and play fast,” Randle said. “And we knew that if we got on the board fast and kept the train rolling…we’d come out with a victory, and that’s what we did.”

In a season with its share of special teams miscues, Tom Coughlin knew the importance of all three phases working together. It was one of the first things he addressed in his opening remarks after the game.

“Good to win,” the Giants head coach said. “I thought we did some things well tonight. There's obviously more to be done. Special teams had a better night, no doubt. Rueben had the nice punt return, which helped right off the bat.”

The return was the longest since Domenik Hixon had a 79-yard touchdown in December of 2009 in a victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Randle’s previous career high was 18 yards in his rookie season.
But Randle was drafted to catch touchdowns.


He’s doing that, too. His score against the Packers was the sixth of the season, making up half of Manning’s 12 touchdown passes this season.

While that would be the quarterback’s lone touchdown pass of the game, the offense looked the sharpest it has in weeks.

“I think we did a great job of going out there and making plays when the opportunities were there,” Randle said. “We knew that was going to be big coming into this game. We know for the offense to keep rolling, we’ve got to keep the running game going as well. We’ve got to keep the train rolling and come out next week and make more plays.”

That next game will be against the Cowboys, who have given up at least 600 total yards in two of their last three contests.