Wilson fires Giants to 52-27 rout of Saints

Sun Dec 9, 2012 10:19pm EST
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By Larry Fine

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - The Super Bowl champion New York Giants, powered by a dynamic performance by rookie David Wilson, preserved their one-game lead in the tight NFC East race by routing the visiting New Orleans Saints 52-27 on Sunday.

Bolstered by a huge coming-out party by Wilson, who gained 227 yards on four kickoff returns including a 97-yard touchdown dash, the Giants improved to 8-5 while dropping the sloppy Saints to 5-8.

Wilson scored from six yards out and capped a spectacular day with a 52-yard touchdown burst from scrimmage in the fourth quarter that gave him 100 yards rushing, which he celebrated with a back-flip in the end zone.

The total 327 yards amassed by the rookie, who had taken a background role after fumbling in the first game of the season, was a team record for a single game.

The Giants also set a franchise mark for kickoff return yardage and had safety Stevie Brown, who picked off two Drew Brees passes and returned one 70 yards, set a team season record for interception return yardage.

Along with four touchdown passes from quarterback Eli Manning, the Giants took their score past 50 points for the first time since the 1986 season.

"We did a lot of good things today but we've got a lot more to get done," Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters.

"We have traditionally done a decent job in certain years when we had no margin for error and our backs were to the wall."   Continued...

New York Giants' running back David Wilson does a back flip after running for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints in their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, December 9, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar