The Big Play

After jumping out to a 17-0 lead, Big Blue was holding a 17-14 edge. What should have been a simple TD for New York almost turned into disaster.

There were so many plays on which New York's monumental victory over St. Louis could have turned. But none held more possibilities than the Giants third-and-goal situation from the St. Louis five-yard line midway through the third quarter. After jumping out to a 17-0 lead, Big Blue was holding a 17-14 edge. What should have been a simple TD for New York almost turned into disaster.

As the Giants reached the line of scrimmage, RB Tiki Barber split wide right. No one saw him – not any St. Louis defenders or QB Kerry Collins. Barber was wildly waving his arms to no avail. Collins dropped back to pass, never even looked Barber's way and was sacked by Rams DE Grant Wistrom.

After the play, Barber was furious, slamming his helmet to the ground upon reaching the sideline. "I couldn't believe it," he said. "That would have been the easiest touchdown me or Kerry ever had."

Collins took full blame, saying, "I just didn't see him. That's on me."

However, Collins is lucky he wasn't charged with a fumble on the play. When Wistrom hit him, the ball clearly came free with a Rams defender scooping it up and starting to head in the opposite direction. However, extremely fortunately for the Giants, the whistle blew, ending the play. New York lined up and kicked a field goal to extend its lead to 20-14.

Replays, however, showed that the play clearly was a fumble and that the whistle never should have been blown.

What did Collins think?

"Yeah it was [a fumble]," he said. "Sometimes things go your way. What can you do? [New England QB Tom] Brady fumbled too.

"We got a break maybe…maybe we didn't."

They definitely did, and it certainly helped them top the Rams.


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