Running back Andre Brown stepped up for Giants when Ahmad Bradshaw went down
Jorge Castillo/The Star-Ledger By Jorge Castillo/The Star-Ledger
on September 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM, updated September 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Andre Brown got a ring and now he’s got a touchdown.
When Brown, listed as the Giants’ third-string running back, arrived at MetLife Stadium today, he expected a role limited to special teams, as it was against the Dallas Cowboys in the season opener.
Instead, starter Ahmad Bradshaw was sidelined with a neck injury in the second quarter and the Giants turned to Brown, known for his celebratory Super Bowl catch phrase, over rookie David Wilson to shoulder the load.
The third-year player capitalized with 71 yards on 13 carries and his first career touchdown, a 2-yard run late in the fourth quarter that proved to be the winner in the Giants’ 41-34 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“It just feels awesome, especially (given) my situation,” said Brown, who was on the practice squad last season and entered the game with two career carries. “(I) went active, inactive, cut 18 million times and finally get an opportunity like this.”
It was the type of performance the Giants needed after struggling on the ground for the majority of their 24-17 loss to the Cowboys. Bradshaw finished with 17 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown against Dallas, but nearly half of the production came on a 33-yard run in the fourth quarter.
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