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Anatomy of a Play


DOWN AND DISTANCE: 3rd and 1 at MIA 7.

TIME: 0:12, 2nd QTR.


THE PLAY: Eli Manning passes left to Mario Manningham for 7 yards, TOUCHDOWN.**CLICK HERE TO WATCH**: LEADING UP: Trailing 14-3 before the half, the Giants forced a Miami punt and took over on their own 16. Eli Manning was sacked on the first play for a loss of five yards, but then pieced together an 84-yard drive on which he was 9-for-10 passing (entirely from the shotgun) for 77 yards to five different receivers. The Giants picked up five first downs on the drive with no play greater than 15 yards (an Ahmad Bradshaw catch) before taking their final timeout of the half with 12 seconds remaining.WHAT WE SAW: Making his first career start in place of the injured Vontae Davis, rookie cornerback Jimmy Wilson couldn't locate the ball in time as Manningham was running a fade route to the back left corner of the end zone. By the time Wilson got his head around, Manningham had already gotten his separation and caught the ball for the easy score.WHAT MANNINGHAM SAW: "The safeties blitzed and I was working my release and Eli put the ball in a perfect spot…I just worked my release and got open. In the huddle, we said the safety was going to bite on the two inside receivers or double them, and (Wilson) just didn't see me."FROM THE ROOKIE: "They've got a great offense over there with fast receivers with a bunch of moves and a great quarterback," Wilson said after the game.  "So it took me probably two or three series to really calm down and play my game." THE IMPORTANCE: "We are going to make some plays as an offense," Manning said. "There are going to be opportunities, and when we need drives, when we need to go down and score points when the game is on the line, we are doing a good job of making plays in those situations."COACH'S TAKE: "The first half wasn't very representative, although the two-minute drive was an exceptional drive with no timeouts left and scoring the touchdown from Eli to Manningham," Tom Coughlin said on Monday. "That was an exceptional play because had that not occurred, was there time for another play or whether we would have gone right to the field goal, nobody will ever know."

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