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Giants' Manning, Cruz Make Connection in 18-13 Preseason Victory

NY Giants Quarterback Eli Manning
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a game on August 10, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photographer: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed a 57-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz and the team’s offensive starters scored on both their first quarter drives in an 18-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

In the first preseason game for both clubs, Manning completed 2 of 5 passes for 73 yards. Cruz, who signed a six-year, $45.9 million contract in July, broke free on the play by slipping past William Gay and Troy Polamalu and then sprinting past Ryan Clark for the score.

“My route was the seam and I kind of went up the alley,” Cruz said after the game. “I (saw) Troy Polamalu, and I think he was thinking I was going to break off the route. So I just went vertical and Eli threw a great pass to me that I was able to take in for the touchdown.”

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 4 of 8 passes for 36 yards and free agent running back LaRod Stephens-Howling rushed for a team leading 40 yards on seven carries in the loss.

One Giants rookie who stood out was third-round draft pick Damontre Moore, who blocked a punt on the opening series that set up Josh Brown’s 23-yard field goal to put New York ahead 3-0. He finished with three solo tackles.

Giants’ field kicker Josh Brown was 3 for 4, with successful kicks of 23, 30 and 47 yards. He was wide left on a 38-yard attempt in the third quarter.

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