The New York Giants have used success on third down and Victor Cruz to make their late run to the 2012 NFC Championship Game. But while the former is having a fantastic game in said game, the San Francisco 49ers are doing their best to limit the Giants on third down.
Pressure forced Eli Manning to throw the ball away on another third down in the third quarter, leaving the Giants just five-for-11 on third down on this Sunday. That's a bit off their playoff pace: the Giants were a combined 16-for-31 against the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers in the first two rounds of the NFC playoffs.
But Cruz' big day has continued: he has 10 catches for 142 yards after two for 17 yards on that drive.
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