You get all or nothing, feast or famine -- and some drama. It happened again Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Early in the fourth quarter, Cruz had one of the most spectacular acrobatic catches you'll ever see and took it 68 yards for the go-ahead score. He had Giants fans at MetLife Stadium in a frenzy, chanting his name.
But before they could crown him the new King of New York, Cruz let it all slip off his fingertips. That's because quarterback Eli Manning's fourth-quarter pick-six as the Giants drove for the potential winning touchdown wasn't entirely Manning's fault. The ball bounced off of Cruz's hands, straight to Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, who returned it 94 yards for a touchdown to ice Seattle's 36-25 win.
Just like that, what was sure to be one of the greatest days of Cruz's short NFL career came to a miserable end.
"I thought I gripped it, but as soon as I went to grip it in, I got hit and it bobbled up in the air," said Cruz, who also lost a fourth-quarter fumble deep in New York territory that allowed Seattle to tie the score at 22. "I knew it was all downhill from there because there were two guys there, and one of them was going to pick it off."
The NFL can be cruel like that in an instant. Last week at Arizona, Cruz was saved from being the goat, thanks to the rule book. This week, his career day (eight catches for 161 yards) couldn't save him from frustration.
Wonder what Cruz will have in store for his next act.