Victor Cruz Goes to Ground in Giants Win

10/2/11 in NFL   |   amanda85   |   56 respect

What could have been a game-changing fumble for the Giants, ended up helping them secure the win over the Cardinals in Arizona today.

On the Giants go ahead drive with just over 3 minutes left in the 4th, Eli Manning threw a pass to Cruz for a 29 yard gain. At least that's how it eventually turned out. Cruz caught the ball, and after eluding one tackle, seemed to fall to the ground untouched. Cruz then proceeded to let go of the ball and walk away! A Cardinals player picked up the ball thinking that Cruz had fumbled because he was not down by contact. After the challenge flag was thrown by the Cardinals, the Referees huddled and determined that the call on the field was that Cruz had declared himself down, and therefore it was an unchallengable call.

According to the NFL Rules when a player slides feet first they are determined to have declared them self down, and therefore a player from the other team does not have to touch them. While watching this game it seemed to me like Cruz tripped, there was NO WAY he purposefully went down (especially at that point in the game with the Giants down by 3). The second part of the rule says when a player falls to the ground. So maybe Cruz's action of flipping the ball away was his "declaration" in a sense, but that seems iffy.

While the call on the field couldn't be challenged, it definitely seemed like the wrong call under the circumstances. It also made a huge difference in the game with Eli Manning throwing a TD pass to Hicks on the next play.

Check out the play on youtube. Do we really think he gave himself up?
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10/3/11   |   Dream_Machine   |   12886 respect

What Fumble? Hello! What Kind Of Football Players, Especially a WR, Flips A Ball After Hes Fumbles? Cruz Considered His Knees Grounded On The Field, And Thus Declaring Himself Down On The Play. There Was At Least A Second Where He Could Have Thought About It And Went After The Ball If It Were A Fumble, But What Matters Even Worse Is That No Whistle Was Blown, So Who Is At Fault? Cruz? No, Refs Dropped The Ball On This One Again.

10/3/11   |   Burrellfan1   |   22709 respect

GmenJohn88 wrote:
After watching the play live yesterday, and watching it on youtube numerous times, as well as replays on ESPN, the world is right, it was a fumble. But here's the interesting thing: no whistle was ever blown. The refs never blew the whistle, and after taking the ball back, the Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw ran the ball into the endzone. What does this mean? Even if it was a fumble, the Giants would be given a touchdown and would probably still win the game. I think THAT is the biggest factor that no one is talking about.

 The Giants would not have been given a touchdown because the player who recovered the ball was touched by a Giants player (#82) when he was on the ground.  Plus, the side judge waved his arms calling the play dead. 

10/3/11   |   GmenJohn88   |   88 respect

After watching the play live yesterday, and watching it on youtube numerous times, as well as replays on ESPN, the world is right, it was a fumble. But here's the interesting thing: no whistle was ever blown. The refs never blew the whistle, and after taking the ball back, the Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw ran the ball into the endzone. What does this mean? Even if it was a fumble, the Giants would be given a touchdown and would probably still win the game. I think THAT is the biggest factor that no one is talking about.