EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With 1:54 remaining in the fourth quarter, Corey Webster’s eyes lit up.
Another pass was about to get entangled in “The Web.”
Matt Moore thought he saw a wide-open Brandon Marshall down field, but Webster ran in front of the Dolphins mercurial receiver and made his third interception of the season to seal the Giants’ 20-17 victory over Miami on Sunday afternoon.
“I was just trying to stay close to him in coverage and was able to make a play on the ball,” said Webster, who held Marshall to just four catches for 55 yards. “I just made sure to catch it and tuck it in.”
Marshall created controversy yet again earlier in the week when he “guaranteed” a Dolphins’ victory on Twitter, tweeting “when we win” not “if.”
“I’m not the biggest Tweeter so I had no idea,” Webster said. “I don’t tweet at all, so I didn’t read it.”
Of his coverage of Marshall, Webster said: “I just did the job the coaches asked me to do. I just wanted to go out there and stick Marshall, stay as close to him as possible. I think he’s a good, physical specimen and a great route runner so I just tried to stay close to him, and when I got the opportunity to make a play on the ball just knock it away and try to get my hands on it.”
In what turned to be arguably the play of the game early in the fourth, Webster and Marshall jostled for position as Marshall came away with an incredible 26-yard catch over the Giants cornerback. But the Dolphins wideout was questionably called for pass interference for pushing off on Webster, negating the play.
“It was a good call,” Webster said.
Marshall disagreed, but it didn’t matter.
The Giants defense played poorly in the first half, but turned it around after giving up touchdowns on the Dolphins’ first two drives.
“I think we showed the perseverance of this team, how we stick together, don’t let nobody get down on each other and we keep fighting,” Webster said. “Ultimately, we got the win.”
Said head coach Tom Coughlin: “He has drawn the tough assignments week in and week out and he once again did an outstanding job. Brandon Marshall is an outstanding, strong, physical wide receiver who can go up high for the ball. Corey battled in there and at key times in the games, he is able to come up with a big play.”
• Victor Cruz’s 25-yard touchdown catch with 6:06 remaining in the fourth gave the Giants their first lead of the afternoon and proved to be the difference.
Here’s how he made it: “It was actually just an inside seam that turned into a slant route basically because of the coverage they were playing,” Cruz said. “I slanted in, caught the ball, made a guy (Will Allen) miss and headed into the endzone.”
Cruz’s salsa touchdown dance capped off a seven-catch, 99-yard, one-score performance.
He said Miami was mostly playing a Cover-2 shell with safeties high and the wide nickel playing outside leverage, which allowed the Giants to attack the middle of the field.
• Lawrence Tynes hit his 134th consecutive point-after-touchdown, breaking the Giants’ all-time record.