Giants get big play from Hixon

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

NEW ORLEANS -- The Giants desperately needed someone to make a play after falling behind 14-0 -- and Domenik Hixon was up to the task. His kickoff return gave the Giants the ball near midfield. But he'll take some ribbing in the locker room this week for not being able to get past Saints punter/kickoff specialist Thomas Morstead. The punter did a nice job of somehow grabbing Hixon's jersey as he ran past. That's when it helps to have a 6-4, 225-pound punter. Shout out to the SMU Mustangs on Morstead's behalf. Not exactly an NFL hotbed.

Giants were forced to settle for a 49-yard field goal from kicker Lawrence Tynes. On the previous play, the Saints broke coverage, allowing Steve Smith to get wide open for what would've been a certain touchdown. Manning felt the rush and put too much mustard on the ball.

Not a great start for the New Orleans native.