Preseason games can sometimes be a drag for fans; they don’t see the starters play much, and the backups usually don’t make an impact.
The Giants and Jets put on a show for anyone who tuned in on August 17, 2010.
It was a heck of a way to open up MetLife Stadium and go down as one of the most memorable preseason games in Giants’ history.
When teams take the field for a preseason game, fans and coaches alike have the same thought: nobody gets hurt. Well, the Giants had quite the scare on that August night almost 11 years ago. Early in the second quarter, Eli Manning dropped the ball after colliding with Brandon Jacobs on the turf inside the Jets 5 yard line and got popped by the Jets’ defensive lineman Calvin Pace on his way up. He flew forward, and his head hit Jets safety Jim Leonhard’s face mask, causing a gash in his head. Eli came up gushing blood, giving every Giants fan a panic to remember. Although his head ended up being fine, it was a memorable moment, to say the least.
One of the best Giants in this franchise’s storied history was introduced to fans on this night. Victor Cruz went for THREE touchdowns on 6 catches and 145 yards while donning the number 3. This included a memorable one-handed catch right in front of the Jets sideline that went for six. This game prompted then Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan to exclaim to Tom Coughlin, “I don’t know who the f*** that number 3 is, but holy sh**?” Although Cruz didn’t truly make his impact until the next season, a star was born this night.