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COMMENATARY / MIKE LUPICA : Meggett Fills in the Holes for the Giants

September 11, 1994|MIKE LUPICA

He has done a lot of that. He has returned punts for touchdowns and kickoffs for touchdown. He has caught as many as 50 passes in a season and been one of the great third-down players in the whole game. When the Giants needed him to get nearly 50 rushing yards on top of Ottis Anderson's rushing yards in the Super Bowl in Tampa, Meggett was right there for them. He can get lost, and not just because he is 5-7. He may get lost after this season. But Meggett has been one of the big players at Giants Stadium since he showed up there. He finished up his big day Sunday with the touchdown run from scrimmage that made it 28-13.

"I just got into Jumbo Elliott's pocket," Meggett said.

Last year, the Giants went into Soldier Field and beat the Bears on the first Sunday. Simms took them down the field at the end. This time, the season started with Brown, who completed 10 of 20 passes for 171 yards and one touchdown. Brown said he talked to Simms Friday night and was offered "Phil Simms' Golden Rule."

"Just win the game," Simms told Brown.

Brown won a game Sunday by doing what Simms did a lot. He watched Dave Meggett run down the field with a punt. Later, Brown gave the ball to Meggett and just watched him go. There were holes at Giants Stadium Sunday, left by the people who were gone. Dave Meggett, who is still here, ran through them.

(c) 1994, Newsday Inc. Distributed by Los Angeles Times Syndicate

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