Slow motion video of Tae Crowder hit on Derrick Henry is spectacular

Tae Crowder, NY Giants. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Tae Crowder, NY Giants. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Lost in all the madness from the New York Giants win over the Tennessee Titans has to be one of the early plays of the season from linebacker Tae Crowder. Called upon to step his game up following the release of Blake Martinez, Crowder stepped up an he laid a hit that’s going to be watched countless times.

Oh, and the hit came on one of the most most-feared players in the game, Derrick Henry. With his tremendous size, Henry is used to powering his way over would-be tacklers. Not against Crowder, though. The NY ‘backer absolutely leveled Henry on a play on Sunday and the slow-motion video of things is incredible to see.

NY Giants LB Tae Crowder delivered a vicious hit on Derrick Henry

Have we ever seen Henry sent flying like this before in his career? Not a chance. This is quite the play from Crowder and it also puts an exclamation point on the great play of the defense as a whole from Sunday. Wink Martindale’s defense kept the Giants in this one and help put the squad in a position to steal the victory late.

Henry indeed is one of the most electric players in the game, but the Giants were able to slow him down in pretty impressive fashion. On the day, Henry finished with 21 carries for 82 yards, averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Keeping him under four yards per touch is not easy to do, but the Giants were able to pull it off.

With the Titans holding a 13-0 lead at halftime, just about everyone thought that Tennessee was going to walk away with an easy victory over Brian Daboll and Co. Instead, the NFC East side showed incredible fight in the second half and they were able to post their first season-opening win since 2016 – back when Ben McAdoo was head coach.

Times are changing for the Giants and the play from Crowder sure sent a message to the rest of the league. This team means business and thanks to a favorable schedule – with the Panthers, Cowboys and Bears heading to MetLife over the next three weeks – there’s a good chance this unit can start the campaign 4-0.