TODAY'S PAPER
Good Afternoon
Good Afternoon
SportsFootballJets

Victor Cruz's 99-yard touchdown doesn't haunt Antonio Cromartie

Victor Cruz of the New York Giants breaks

Victor Cruz of the New York Giants breaks the tackle attempt of Antonio Cromartie of the New York Jets during the first half of a game at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 24, 2011. Credit: Getty Images

It's a play Giants fans see in their dreams: Victor Cruz takes a pass from Eli Manning at his 11-yard line, skirts two tacklers and scampers down the right sideline for a 99-yard touchdown against the Jets.

The play happened on Christmas Eve 2011 in the most recent regular-season game between the Giants and Jets entering Sunday's meeting at MetLife Stadium. It propelled the Giants to a 29-14 victory and helped make Cruz a salsa-dancing star en route to the Giants' fourth Super Bowl championship.

One of the defensive backs who tried and failed to tackle Cruz was Antonio Cromartie, who will line up against the Giants again on Sunday. Cruz, though, has missed the season with a calf injury.

Former Jets coach Rex Ryan said earlier this season that the play still haunts him. Cromartie said Monday that he doesn't feel that way.

Why not?

"I wasn't covering him," he said. "That play won't ever stand out for me. It's a play that's over and done with and it's four years old. That won't stick with me at all."

Cruz was being covered by Kyle Wilson. Cromartie had fallen and was on his knees when Cruz sprinted past him on his way to the end zone.

"I was in the vicinity," Cromartie said. "I came off my guy to try to help Kyle Wilson on the tackle. I missed the tackle. He went 99 yards. For me to look at it as something for me to harp on, that's something I've never lost sleep over."

Asked what he remembered about that game, Cromartie said: "Nothing, to be honest with you. We lost the game."

This time, Cromartie will have to contend with Odell Beckham Jr. The identity of the Jets' other starting cornerback is up in the air.

Coach Todd Bowles said Darrelle Revis has made "slight progress" but still is going through the NFL's concussion protocol after missing Sunday's 38-20 win over Miami.

Marcus Williams, who started Sunday and made his fifth interception, suffered a sprained MCL and is day-to-day, according to Bowles. Buster Skrine or Darrin Walls likely would start in Williams' place.

"I think guys just stepped up and went out and had fun and played football," Cromartie said. "We have the depth, something I felt like we haven't had in New York for a while."

New York Sports