EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For the fifth time this season, the New York Giants on Sunday snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, losing to the New York Jets in overtime, 23-20. The Giants melted down in the final 8:42, blowing a 10-point fourth-quarter lead. The 5-7 Giants have blown five fourth-quarter leads this season.
The game-winning score for the Jets came on their first possession of overtime. They went 61 yards in 13 plays for a 31-yard Randy Bullock field goal that turned out to be the game winner. Josh Brown missed a 48-yard field goal that would have tied the game. That was Brown's only miss of the season and his first miss in 30 attempts.
The 5-6 Washington Redskins face the Dallas Cowboys Monday night. A Washington victory would put the Redskins alone atop the division. A loss by Washington and the Giants would still be tied for the division lead.
These are the Giants, of course, meaning nothing ever gets done the easy way. After blowing four fourth-quarter leads already this season, the Giants did it again on Sunday. An interception of Eli Manning on fourth-and-goal at the Jets' 4-yard line is the play that ultimately led to the Giants once again snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Leading 20-10, the Giants had a chance to salt the game away in the fourth quarter, but Eli Manning was intercepted by Rontez Miles on 4th-and-1 from the Jets' 4-yard line. That ruined a 17-play, 76-yard drive that took 11:21 and gave the Jets life with 8:42 to play.
The Jets drove to the Giants' 6-yard line before settling for a 24-yard Randy Bullock field goal with 4:28 to play, making the score 20-13.
After a three-and-out the Giants punted and the Jets took over at their 29-yard line with 2:40 to play. The Jets went 71 yards in 10 plays with Ryan Fitzpatrick hitting Brandon Marshall for a 9-yard touchdown pass to tie the score, 20-20, with 27 seconds to play.
The Giants took a 20-10 first-half lead thanks to a pair of big plays. They got an 80-yard punt return score from Dwayne Harris and a 72-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Odell Beckham Jr., along with two Josh Brown field goals. Harris is the first Giants to have both a kickoff and punt return touchdown in the same season since Jimmy Patton in 1955.
The Giants get the Monday Night Football spotlight next week when they travel to face the Miami Dolphins in Florida