The New York Giants found themselves in a dogfight with the Washington Redskins on Sunday. And Big Blue was leading with 1:38 left in the fourth quarter when the real drama started. Rookie corner back Jayron Hosley found himself matched up against veteran wide receiver Santana Moss, and soon after Moss would be behind him catching the go-ahead touchdown pass from Robert Griffin III.
"It was man-to-man coverage, and he was the better man on that play," Hosley said. "I could have helped myself by getting a jam [at the line of scrimmage] on him. But he took a wide release and kind of faded away from me. He's a fast guy, a good guy and a veteran receiver. He made the play, and I didn't. It's as simple as that. And it was a great pass."
The Giants found themselves down by three with about 1:30 remaining and all Hosley could do was stand helpless on the sidelines and hope the comeback specialist Eli Manning could bail him out. He would watch as Manning threw a 77-yard bomb to Victor Cruz that gave the Giants the lead again with 39 seconds left on the clock.
Hosley and the rest of the defense marched back onto the field to prevent the Redskins from doing what the Giants just did. RGIII completed a pass, again to Moss, for an eleven yard gain close to midfield, but MLB Chase Blackburn was able to strip the ball loose putting the ball up for grabs. It was then that Hosley saw his chance for some redemption. Hosely laid out and beat another nearby Redskin to recover the fumble.
"Nobody else was around," Hosley said. "I've got to go make that play. It's a little redemption. The offensive guys came out and made a big play. The defense had to go out and seal the deal."
The ball again belonged to the Giants, and the game would end in a New York victory after one kneel down. It was a must win for the G-men after losing their first divisional games against the Cowboys and Eagles. The Giants now find themselves atop the NFC East with a 5-2 record and Hosley couldn't feel more relieved.
Although only a rookie, Hosley will continue to be counted on for the Giants. Lining up against a veteran and crafty receiver in Moss will only benefit the 22-year-old. Sunday's game serves as a valuable lesson for the rookie who must continue to learn as the season goes on.
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