The second quarter of the first preseason game was when the novelty of a new stadium wore off for the Giants. That's when Calvin Pace's blindside hit forced a fumble and sent a helmetless Eli Manning into Jim Leonhard's facemask down near the Jets' goalline.
When Eli got up, you could see he was bleeding like a pro wrestler during a cage match and you could also see the entire Giants season flashing before your eyes. It wouldn't take much more than an injury to Manning to put the Giants in the running for a top 10 draft pick come next April and everyone who likes the Giants had to be thinking about lingering concussions and the things they can do to a football team.
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Luckily, it seems that a few stitches and a scar will be the only lasting reminders of that scary moment. Little else should matter to Giants fans, although we're sure more than a few of them will be spending the day finding out everything they can about Victor Cruz.
The undrafted rookie caught three touchdown passes in the second half, potentially making him the most famous man in America without his own Wikipedia page. It might have been the second half with mostly backups on the field, but it was a big night for the stadium which meant more people were watching than in your typical preseason second half. Cruz will likely be th darling of the media and fans for the rest of the summer. He's from Paterson, giving a local angle to the longshot storyline that plays out every summer in football camps. With Sinorice Moss eternally disappointing, Cruz should actually have a shot to make the team.
Those were the big things to come out of Monday night's game, but they were hardly the only observations:
You are now free to get back to dreaming about a future full of Victor Cruz highlights.