Giants rally to crush winless Browns

If self belief counts for anything, the New York Giants could be ready to make another run at the Super Bowl.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Reuters)

The Big Blue might have made a wobbly start to the 2012 NFL season but their confidence is unwavering.

Their run to last season's championship game was a real rollercoaster ride where they defied the odds and their own shortcomings.

But time and time again, the Giants dug themselves out of trouble and they are showing the same resilience this season, despite playing without some of their key players, who are battling injury.

They made another slow start on Sunday against the winless Cleveland Browns, giving up two touchdowns in the opening five minutes to trail 14-0.

Their supporters at a packed MetLife Stadium groaned and shook their heads in disbelief at what they were seeing but they need not have worried.

When Giants quarterback Eli Manning started finding his receivers, the game was as good as over. The Giants piled on 20 unanswered points to lead by 10 at halftime and scored first in the third quarter.

The struggling Browns tried hard but were unable to muster a comeback of their own.

They suffered their 11th consecutive loss dating back to last season as the Giants coasted to a 41-27 win and a 3-2 start to the 2012 NFL campaign.

Victor Cruz scored three touchdowns, tormenting his rivals with his electrifying pace then delighting his supporters by celebrating each one with his trademark samba dance.

Ahmad Bradshaw also scored a touchdown and ran for a career-high 200 yards while running back David Wilson scored his first career touchdown.

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