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Giants overcome mistakes to beat Raiders
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Terrell Thomas' interception thwarted an Oakland drive and set up the go-ahead touchdown, as the New York Giants came from behind for a 24-20 victory over the Raiders at MetLife Stadium.
Andre Brown, in his first game of the season after recovering from a broken leg, scored from the one to put the Giants ahead late in the third quarter and finished the game with 115 yards on 30 carries.
The Giants (3-6) survived a multitude of mistakes, including a fumble on the opening kickoff that led to an Oakland touchdown and the third pick-six thrown by Eli Manning this season, to earn their third straight win after a disastrous 0-6 start.
Manning threw for 140 yards with a touchdown while completing only 12-of-22 passes in the victory, which was aided by a blocked punt return for a score. The Giants have now won six straight coming off a bye and snapped a five-game skid against AFC opponents.
"We are kind of coming together as a team and finding ways to win games in the fourth quarter and playing a little better," Manning said. "We've got to keep working offensively. Our defense has been playing outstanding. Our offense, we have to start being a little bit more consistent, having some better drives, not putting them in a bind and turning the ball over."
Oakland (3-6) has lost two straight overall and eight in a row on the road dating back to last year.
Terrelle Pryor ran for the lone Raiders' offensive touchdown and completed only 11-of-26 passes for 122 yards with the crushing interception. He also lost a fumble to derail Oakland's last series.
"Obviously I didn't have a great game," Pryor said. "A lot of fingers easily could be pointed at me. I understand that. We understand that. We just have to move forward."
The Raiders held a 20-14 lead late in the third and were driving for more with the ball inside the Giants' 35, but Thomas picked off a poor Pryor throw and nearly went the distance with the return. He was taken down at the Oakland five and lost the ball, which went through the end zone for what would have been a touchback, but the play was ruled down by contact.
After a pass interference penalty in the end zone, Brown waltzed in on the next play for a 21-20 lead.
The Raiders went three-and-out to end the third quarter and the Giants ate up nearly seven minutes of the fourth quarter clock before settling for a 23-yard field goal to extend the margin to four.
Oakland had a quick three-and-out, then got the ball back with 4:55 remaining at its own 33 after a partially blocked punt, but Pryor was stripped of the ball and the Giants recovered with 3:21 to play.
Brown then helped run out the remaining time with five carries for 21 yards and a pair of clock-killing first downs.
The Giants' woeful special teams issues again came to the forefront to start the game, as Jerrel Jernigan lost control on the kickoff return and the ball bounced directly into the hands of Andre Holmes, who raced 22 yards to the New York five. It took the Raiders just two plays to cash in, as Pryor scored from the one for a 7-0 lead.
However, the Giants came up with their own big special teams play after Oakland was forced to punt on its next series. Damontre Moore came through the middle of the line untouched and blocked Marquette King's punt. Cooper Taylor scooped up the loose ball and went 21 yards for the tying touchdown.
The Giants, though, gave it away again later in the first when Peyton Hillis fumbled at the New York 20. The Raiders could not take full advantage and settled for a 33-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal for a 10-7 lead.
New York went in front with its first possession of the second quarter, as Manning directed an 11-play, 90-yard series for a touchdown. He connected on 5-of-6 throws during the set, including a 5-yard strike to Rueben Randle for the score.
The Giants had the ball in the final two minutes of the half and were headed toward a potential score, but Tracy Porter stepped in front of a poorly thrown Manning pass for the easy pick and cruised 43 yards to the end zone to instead give Oakland a 17-14 advantage heading to the break.
Oakland opened the second half with an eight-minute drive, but it yielded just three points on a 24-yard Janikowski field goal. The 14-play, 74-yard set was keyed by a Pryor 23-yard pass on third down. Pryor should have been sacked for a loss, but bounced off linebacker Keith Rivers to keep the play alive.
Oakland has lost 12 straight games in the Eastern time zone ... Porter notched his 10th career regular-season interception and third touchdown ... Manning has been picked off 16 times this season, three of which have been returned for scores ... The Giants hadn't beaten an AFC foe since a 41-27 triumph over Cleveland last October ... The Raiders haven't won away from Oakland since a 26-16 victory at Kansas City last Oct. 28 ... The Giants have won three straight against the Raiders, including a 44-7 rout four years ago at the Meadowlands, but Oakland still owns a 7-5 mark in the all-time series ... The Giants will host Green Bay next week before a visit from Dallas ... Oakland travels to Houston next Sunday.
11/10 18:35:25 ET