By Sean Wagner-McGough, Next Impulse Sports, Special to SI.com
If you are going to beat Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, you will most likely need to do something very impressive. He might not have Richard Sherman’s mouth and trash-talking abilities, but Peterson is right up there with Sherman in terms of talent. He knows how to lockdown a receiver and make quarterbacks pay for targeting his man.
Unfortunately, for Peterson, New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle did something more than impressive with just one of his hands. And sure enough, it resulted in six points for New York.
The Giants, facing a 10-point deficit against the Arizona Cardinals, opted to throw a fade to Randle in the right corner of the end zone, despite him being covered by one of the game’s best cornerbacks. Eli Manning displayed perfect touch and Randle more than made up for the suspect play call with this ridiculous one-handed snag. Notice the fine footwork too.
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The Giants needed something to jumpstart their offense in this game and, perhaps more importantly, needed something to jumpstart their season. After a disastrous week 1 performance against the Detroit Lions and after falling into a 10-point hole against the Cardinals, the Giants needed something. Randle delivered for the Giants.
Randle, a former second-round draft pick, has struggled so far in his short NFL career. Not only did he catch just 60 total passes in his first two seasons, but he opened up the 2014 season with just two receptions and three receiving yards against the Lions.