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VIDEO: Remembering When Victor Cruz Tied an NFL Record Against the Jets

Zach Brunner
Remembering Victor Cruz's 99-yard touchdown catch.
Remembering Victor Cruz's 99-yard touchdown catch. / Twitter: SNYGiants

Watching a team get hot at the right time and going on a Super Bowl run is one of the greatest things in sport. The way everyone is in sync with great success is a thing of beauty. A classic example of this was the Super Bowl run the New York Giants went on in 2011.

One of the moments that set off this Super Bowl run was the 99-yard touchdown catch from Victor Cruz, tying an NFL record.

On the closest road trip in the league, the Giants were playing in their classic sibling rivalry against the New York Jets, who entered the game with a superior 8-6 record, while the Giants were at 7-7. After entering the second quarter down 7-0, kicker Lawrence Tynes got the Giants on the board with a field goal, but it was the pitch and catch from Eli Manning to Cruz that swung the momentum.

Passing from the back of the end zone is an uncomfortable place to be, but Manning hung in there and found Cruz, for what looked to be a 10-yard gain. However, Cruz put his skills on display, splitting the two Jets defenders.

After regaining his balance, there was a lot of real estate ahead, turning into a foot race the rest of the way, which was a race the second-year Cruz would win.

Cruz was not finished for the day. He ended the game with three catches for 164 yards and a touchdown. This would be a short-lived career-high for the Giants receiver, who went for 178 yards in the regular season finale.

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