RB Andre Brown had a huge game on Sunday.
With the team in desperate need of an impact playmaker at running back, Andre Brown delivered.
The 26-year-old back was activated from the short-term injured reserve this week, which he landed on after breaking his leg for the second time in a year during the preseason. Brown hadn't played in a regular season game since Week 12 of last season, when he first broke his leg in a win over the Green Bay Packers.
In his first game back, however, Brown set career highs for both carries and rushing yardage.
Since that Packers game last year, the Giants have lacked consistency at running back. Former first-round selection David Wilson has been a chronic disappointment, and the electric runner's recent placement on injured reserve put his potential breakout on hold yet again. Against the Raiders, Brown was able to fill the void in many fans' hearts that was created by Wilson.
By the game's conclusion, Brown had rushed 30 times for 115 yards, even crossing the goal-line once in the Giants' 24-20 victory. His six-point play provided the Giants' margin of victory, but his impact went beyond his contributions on the scoreboard. On a day in which Eli Manning's passing game struggled, Brown accounted for half of the team's entire offensive output, as he touched the ball on 31 of the 63 offensive plays that New York ran.
In essence, Brown was the heart of the Giants' offense on Sunday.
And when he wasn't on the field, cornerback Terrell Thomas took over where he left off. The NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 8 continued his unbelievable comeback from a third ACL surgery with another big performance against the Raiders.
Against the Eagles, Thomas seemed to be in on every tackle, collecting 10 before the game had ended. This week, as the nickel cornerback, Thomas did not register a single tackle, but he did make one monumental, tide-changing play.
With the Raiders driving late in the third and threatening to go up by 10 points, Thomas intercepted a Terrelle Pryor pass and returned it to the 5-yard line. From there, he let Brown take the reins, as the big back crashed into the end-zone and never looked back.