One of the biggest plays of Sunday's win over Washington was made by Chandler Fenner, the cornerback who recovered the onside kick at the start of the second half.
"My hands were moving faster than they've ever moved before trying to corral the ball and keep it from going out of bounds," Fenner said after the game. "I was initially blocking and then I saw the ball on the ground and I was on the ground so I'm crawling trying to get the ball to keep it from going out of bounds. Once I got my hands on the ball I just cradled it and held on for dear life. A lot of times you get in the dog pile situation and people are trying to take the ball away from you. I'm just squeezing the ball as hard as I can."
The Giants kicked off from the Washington 35 to open the half thanks to 30 yards of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against Santana Moss for arguing the reversal of the would-be touchdown run by Robert Griffin III. That gave the Giants two options: Kick the ball into and through the end zone for an easy touchback, or go for a low-risk onside kick that, even if recovered by Washington, would likely only give them the ball at the 20 or so.
They chose wisely. Although it did not seem that way when tight end Adrien Robinson had a clean shot at recovering the kick but could not catch it. That left it to Fenner to keep the ball not only in his control, but in bounds. He did both.
"We came out and they made the call to try to get the ball," Fenner said.
"At that point, I'm just thinking, 'All right, let's go get it.' That's really all it is. You just set your mind to go get the ball and whatever happens after that happens."
The Giants wound up with the ball at the 17 and kicked a field goal that tied the score at 10. Combined with the overturned touchdown at the end of the first half, the entire sequence was a 10-point swing for the Giants.
"At that point it's a high," Fenner said. "You come out expecting to give them the ball and we end up with the ball in great field position. It's definitely a morale booster, something that our offense can run on the field with a positive upbeat swing to them. It's something where people get more in an attack mode because of the change in momentum."