In a must win game for two teams with dim playoff hopes, Terrell Thomas intercepted Terrelle Pryor’s pass and ran it back 65 yards to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Andre Brown as the New York Giants beat the visiting Oakland Raiders, 24-20, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
Thomas has had three surgeries on his knee in the last two seasons and is making his return to the League to this season. The interception was his first this season.
“It’s tough anytime you feel like…not even that you could have won, but you should have won,” linebacker Nick Roach said to the San Francisco Chronicle. “We’re not finishing these games, so you kind of get what you deserve, as far as that goes.”
Oakland (dropped to 3-6 with the loss) was coming off an awful 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, led by Nick Foles’ record tying 7 TD passes. The Giants (improved to 3-6 and kept alive their hopes of winning the weak NFC West) had a bye and 2 weeks to prepare for the Raiders.
Brown ran for a game-high 115 yards on 30 carries and the go-ahead TD with 2 minutes and 15 seconds left in the third quarter to go up, 21-20. Josh Brown kicked a 24-yard field goal with 8:04 left in the final quarter for the final score.
Eli Manning completed 12 of 22 passes for 140 yards, a TD and an INT. But, NY was 7-of-14 (50%) on third down while the Raiders were a pathetic 2-of-12 (16.7%).
Pryor had another rough game after showing progress throwing the ball earlier this season. Pryor completed just 11 of 26 passes for 122 yards and an awful INT. However, his offensive line continued to struggle in pass blocking and Pryor was pressured all game long. He was sacked four times for a loss of 16 yards.
Rashad Jennings filled in for the injured starting running back Darren McFadden and performed capable. He ran for 88 yards on 20 carries and also caught 2 passes for 19 yards a week after totaling 176 yards from scrimmage against the Eagles. Pryor (leading all QB’s in rushing yards) added 19 yards on five carries.
The Raiders travel to Houston next week to play the (2-7) Texans, while the Giants host the (5-4) Green Bay Packers.
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