Eli Manning has his arm hit by LaMarr Woodley as he tries to pass on Sunday. - Jeff Zelevansky
The New York Giants could not match the physicality of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, suffering a 24-20 defeat.
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.
Pittsburgh's comeback began with a 51-yard catch and run from Ben Roethlisberger toMike Wallace, who caught a short pass and outraced several Giants' defenders to pull the Steelers within 20-17.
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.
Ahmad Bradshaw carried 15 times for the Giants for only 48 yards. Victor Cruz had five receptions for 67 yards.
The Giants are on the road next week to face the Cincinnati Bengals.