GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 02: Kevin Kolb #4 of the Arizona Cardinals looks to pass as Osi Umenyiora #72 of the New York Giants attempts to knock the ball away at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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Giants-Cardinals Score: Giants Come From Behind For 31-27 Victory

The New York Giants scored two touchdowns in the final 5:20 to overcome a 10-point deficit and defeat the Arizona Cardinals Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, 31-27. The game-winning score was a 29-yard pass from Giants quarterback Eli Manning to Hakeem Nicks with 2:46 remaining.

One play earlier the Giants had gotten a break when Victor Cruz had been ruled to have given himself up on a play where he caught a pass, went to the ground and appeared to simply put the ball down without being touched. That ruling is not reviewable, though the Cardinals certainly appeared to have a legitimate beef. One play later, Manning found Nicks alone down the left sideline for the eventual game-winner.

The Giants improved to 3-1, while Arizona fell to 1-3.

Arizona took a 27-17 lead with 5:20 remaining in the game when Beanie Wells ran for a two-yard touchdown, completing a six-play, 77-yard drive.

The Giants responded by going 80 yards in seven plays, with Manning hitting Jake Ballard for a two-yard touchdown pass with 3:44 remaining.

The Giants then forced a punt, and took over at Arizona's 48-yard line after an 18-yard return by Aaron Ross. The controversial Cruz catch/fumble/give himself up play was the first of the drive. The Manning-to-Nicks touchdown was the second.

Arizona drove the ball to the Giants' 30-yard line, but on fourth-and-two Giants' cornerback Corey Webster batted away a Kevin Kolb pass intended for Larry Fitzgerald with 51 seconds left, securing the win for New York.

The Giants led, 10-6, at the half and trailed, 20-10, after three quarters.

Manning completed 27-of-40 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns. Nicks caught 10 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown for New York. Cruz caught six passes for 98 yards. Defensively, Osi Umenyiora had two sacks and a forced fumble in his return from preseason knee surgery.

For Arizona, Kolb was 20-of-34 for 237 yards and one interception. Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 102 yards, and Wells ran 27 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns.

The Giants face the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday at MetLife Stadium at 1 p.m. ET.



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Giants-Cardinals Halftime Score: New York 10, Arizona 6

The New York Giants lead the Arizona Cardinals, 10-6, at halftime of their NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ar.

The Giants fell behind 6-0 on a pair of 27-yard field goals by Arizona’s Jay Feely, but rallied late in the second quarter.

Ahmad Bradshaw capped a 10-play, 69-yard drive by the Giants with a 13-yard touchdown run to give the the Giants a 7-6 lead. Near the end of the first half Lawrence Tynes kicked a 30-yard field goal to give the Giants their halftime margin.

Osi Umenyiora, playing his first game this season for the Giants, made his presence felt. With Arizona having driven into the Giants red zone Umenyiora forced a turnover with his patented strip sack of Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning finished the first half 11-of-20 for 133 yards. Hakeem Nicks has five catches for 62 yards for the Giants, who are looking for their third straight victory.

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New York Giants Injury News: Justin Tuck Appears Out, Osi Umenyiora To Play

Defensive end Justin Tuck is unlikely to play today for the New York Giants due to neck and groin injuries, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. That’s the bad news today for the Giants.

The good news is that Osi Umenyiora expects to start and play between 30-40 snaps, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.

Tuck expected to play, but his injured neck apparently flared up during the five-hour flight to Arizona.

“Tuck still plans to test his injuries in pregame warm-ups and always could change his mind, but his mindset going into Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals is that he will not play,” wrote Schefter.

Umenyiora has not played yet this season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in August. The veteran defensive end tied Tuck for the team lead with 11.5 sacks a season ago. He also forced 10 fumbles.

The Giants (2-1) face the 1-2 Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium

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