The New York Giants are used to being part of fourth-quarter comebacks. Only, the Giants are used to coming out on the winning end of them. That did not happen Sunday as the Pittsburgh Steelers erased a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat the Giants, 24-20, at MetLife Stadium.
The Giants (6-3) got a temporary reprieve after Emmanel Sanders returned a punt 63 yards to the Giants 12, foiling a fake field goal attempt by Pittsburgh.
On the Steelers' next possession, however, Pittsburgh drove 51 yards in 10 plays, with Isaac Redman scoring the winning touchdown from a yard out with 4:08 to play.
Truth is, this is a game the 5-3 Steelers dominated and deserved to win. Pittsburgh physically dominated the Giants, a fact that the post-game stats show. Consider the following:
- In three fourth-quarter possession, the Giants did not pick up a single first down.
- The Steelers totaled 349 yards of offense to just 182 for the Giants.
- Pittsburgh had the ball for 35:15 compared to just 24:45 for New York.
- The Steelers had three punt or kickoff returns of at least 50 yards.
- Giants' quarterback Eli Manning had his worst game of the season, completing only 10-of-24 passes for 125 yards and one interception. He was sacked twice after having been sacked only six times all season entering the game.
- Redman, the Steelers' third running back, carried 26 times for 147 yards.
The Giants led at the half, 14-10. They got a touchdown on a 1-yard run by Andre Brown on their only sustained drive of the game, an eight-play, 72-yard march in the second quarter helped by a pair of Pittsburgh penalties. Their other score came on a 70-yard fumble return by linebacker Michael Boley.
Roethlisberger completed 21-of-30 for 216 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for Pittsburgh.
The Giants are on the road next week to face the Cincinnati Bengals.