Victor Cruz has been one of the most surprising things about the 2011 NFL season, emerging from obscurity and the Giants' practice squad to become one of the league's most productive receivers. On the Giants' last drive of the first half in the 2012 NFC Championship Game, which culminated in a field goal to give New York a 10-7 halftime lead, he reminded the viewing audience of why.
Cruz ducked and dived into the holes in the Niners' coverage, making himself available for Eli Manning, making four catches for 56 yards on the drive, and getting New York into position for Lawrence Tynes to kick a 31-yard field goal.
Cruz has had a massive first half beyond just that drive, too, with eight catches for a staggering 125 yards. If Manning can keep finding him, Big Blue may have little trouble advancing to Super Bowl XLVI.
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