Orleans Darkwa had 21 carries for 117 yards in the Giants' 23-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday night in Denver.
Darkwa, whose longest run of the day was 47 yards, amassed all of his yardage while playing just 27 of the team's 54 offensive snaps, Jordan Raanan of ESPN noted.
"That's what you dream of as a back, you know, you want to get fed, and that was our game plan going in," Darkwa told reporters after the game. "It was going to be a grind-it-out game, and we were able to have success off of that. And the O-line, tight ends, wide receivers, they did a hell of a job blocking. That's on them. All of that yardage is on them, because there were a lot of plays I didn't get touched. I owe them all the credit for that."
Paul Perkins (ribs) missed Sunday's game.
Wayne Gallman rushed nine times for 27 yards, while Shane Vereen had just one carry for four yards.
The 25-year-old Darkwa, who rushed eight times for 69 yards during the Giants' loss to the Chargers in Week 5, has carried the ball 42 times for 239 yards and one touchdown in five games this season.
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Can we please get a slow clap for Darkwa becoming the first 100-yard single-game rusher for the Giants in...well, forever?
Darkwa was spectacular -- and not in the playmaker, making defenders look silly kind of way. He used patience and fundamentals to bust out his career-high in yards, which the Giants needed desperately this week.
Patience is a virtue, and for Darkwa, a way to find the hole on Sunday night. The offensive line needs to get credit as well for their terrific performance as they created large gaps for Darkwa to burst through to go along with solid pass blocking. The Tulane product surveyed each run scheme and waited for the hole he needed to get through. What resulted were big gains including a 47-yarder that set up a Giants touchdown.
It was not only a career-night for Darkwa who likely solidified his spot in the starting role regardless of when Paul Perkins returns, but for the Giants as a whole. Saying the team has struggled with the run in recent years is an understatement. They showed Sunday night -- against a great defense in the Broncos I may add -- that a run game is in their arsenal.
What's even better is that it came at a time when the Giants' supposed strength -- their receiving corps -- was depleted. With that being the case in the coming weeks, Darkwa and the rest of the Giants' offense will hope to find continued fortune on the ground.