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Dec 22, 4:05pm - Giants at Lions
Game 15
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Giants win over the Lions in overtime 23-20.
Eli Manning was 23 of 42 for 256 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.
Andre Brown rushed for 40 yards on 16 carries and had 2 catches for 14 yards.
Bear Pascoe rushed for 2 yards on 1 carry and had 1 catch for 7 yards.
Michael Cox rushed for 1 yard on 2 carries.
Jerrel Jernigan caught 6 passes for 80 yards and 1 TD
Brandon Myers caught 4 passes for 53 yards.
Hakeem Nicks caught 4 passes for 52 yards.
Rueben Randle caught 4 passes for 40 yards.
Louis Murphy caught 2 passes for 10 yards.

Will Hill had 1 interception and 1 TD on the return
Justin Tuck had 1 INT.
Mathias Kiwanuka had 2 sacks.
Antrel Rolle had 1 fumble recovery.
Josh Brown made field goals of 41, 52 and 45 yards.

Game Notes:
"Wow! Nobody expected the Giants to win today against the Lions. It shows you what this team is made of that they played the way they did. The ball didn't change hands much in the first quarter and the Giants were up 3-0. They were actually moving the ball pretty well against the Lions who are known to stop teams from making first downs.
Detroit tied it up in the second quarter with a field goal and after the Giants went three and out, the defense caused the Lions to fumble and gave the Giants the ball at midfield. They went down to the 15 yard line and then almost blew their good fortune when Eli Manning let the clock run out before the snap. It was bad enough that they lost five yards on the penalty in the red zone, but then they wasted a time out trying to figure out what to do next.
It turned out that it was well spent because Eli then completed a 20 yard touchdown pass to Jerrel Jernigan to put us up 10-3. The Lions got the ball next, and I was excited when the defense stopped them on a third and one. Unfortunately the special teams unit jumped offsides on the punt, and I figured here's where we blow this game. Matthew Stafford completed two big passes to put them on the Giants 11 yard line. Luckily Stafford's last pass was called back for holding and then the Giants defense came up with a real big play. Justin Tuck jumped up and clutched Stafford's pass to his chest for an interception with less than a minute left.
I can't describe how I felt at that point and don't think I'll ever forget that play because the vision of Tuck holding that ball is etched in my head. On the next drive Eli took a sack that lost nine yards, but still was able to move the ball close enough for Josh Brown to kick a long 52 yard field goal and the Giants were up 13-3.
I was probably as amazed as anyone watching the Giants holding their own in this game and even being in the lead at the half. In the second half the Giants had the ball first and they went three and out and started doing that every time they got the ball. The Lions defense must have figured something out at halftime and they took over the lead 20-13. They looked like the better team on the field and I had that sinking feeling until Will Hill intercepted a pass and took it in for a touchdown to tie the game.
The Giants fumbled the ball away in overtime, but overcame that to win the game 23-20. I felt bad for the Detroit fans at the game because I know how it feels to lose an important game at home. Both teams had their ups and downs, and
Christmas came a little early for Giants fans who are still hanging in there."

Game Notes:
"The Giants did well in the first half. They were keeping the ball moving with 10 first downs. They had no turnovers, and with one touchdown and two field goals, were leading the Lions 13-3. The offense couldn't keep that up however, and by the time the fourth quarter ended, they had added just 2 more first downs and had turned the ball over once. The Giants gave the Lions an extra chance to score when rookie Damontre Moore jumped offsides on the Lions punt near the end of the half. They saved themselves when Justin Tuck made a nice interception to kill that drive.
In the third quarter Eli Manning was sacked in the endzone for a safety to add to the Lions tally making it 13-12. In the fourth quarter the Lions scored a touchdown and were successful on the two pointer to put them up 20-13. Thanks to the Giants offense giving up those two points earlier, they now needed a touchdown to tie the game, but it wasn't coming from this struggling offense. The only reason they got to overtime was Will Hills interception and touchdown that helped tie the score at 20-20 with five minutes left.
The defense got the job done, holding the Lions to two three-and-outs. With less than a minute left, the Giants were at midfield and Manning was intercepted. Then It didn't make sense to me that the Lions didn't try to do something, having 23 seconds and two timeouts left at the end of the game. They were on their own 25, but why not take a shot or two for a breakout run or long pass downfield to win the game instead of committing to overtime. The fans felt the same way judging from the boos.
The Giants got the ball first in overtime and Michael Cox had a great return taking it to the Giants 49 yard line. Manning completed a 15 yard pass to tight end Brandon Myers and the Giants were on a roll. That lasted only to the next play when Andre Brown got hurt and fumbled the ball over to the Lions. Once again the Giants defense stepped up and the Lions had to punt. On this drive Tom Coughlin made a gutsy call to go for it on fourth down and seven at midfield and they made it. After a nice 15 yard catch by Jerrel Jernigan and a 2 yard run by Bear Pasco, with Brown out, Josh Brown kicked a 45 yard field goal to win it."

First Quarter
Play: Josh Brown 41 yard field goal, 3:49
Drive: 15 plays, 69 yards in 5:42
New York 3-0
Second Quarter

Play: David Akers 37 yard field goal, 12:38
Drive: 12 plays, 63 yards in 6:11
Tied 3-3
Play: Jerrel Jernigan 20 yard TD pass from Eli Manning (Josh Brown kick), 2:19
Drive: 9 plays, 49 yards in 5:21
New York 10-3
Play: Josh Brown 52 yard field goal, 0:09
Drive: 5 plays, 23 yards in 0:38
New York 13-3

Third Quarter

Play: Joique Bell 1 yd run (David Akers kick), 9:06
Drive: 8 plays, 30 yards in 4:10
New York 13-10
Play: Nick Fairley safety, 1:01
Drive: 3 plays, -12 yard in 1:27
New York 13-12

Fourth Quarter

Play: Theo Riddick 2 yd run (Joseph Fauria 2pt Pass from Matthew Stafford), 11:50
Drive: 9 plays, 63 yards in 4:11
Detroit 20-13

Play: Will Hill 38 yd interception return (Josh Brown kick), 4:57
Drive: 0 play, 0 yard
Tied 20-20


Play: Josh Brown 45 yd FG, 7:32
Drive: 11 plays, 45 yards in 5:12
New York 23-20

Giants Eli Manning has been sacked a career-high 38 times this season.

Giants Jerrel Jernigan scored his first career touchdown on a 20-yard pass.

Giants Bear Pascoe’s 2 yard run was the first rushing attempt by a tight end since 2009.

Giants Josh Brown is the first Giants kicker with 3 field goals in a game longer than 40 yards.

Giants guard Brandon Mosley made his first career start, but left early with a broken hand.

Lions were eliminated from playoff contention with this overtime loss to the Giants.
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