Giants fail to put smiles on faces against Steelers

Tue, Nov 6, 2012, 00:00

AMERICAN FOOTBALL:The Pittsburgh Steelers ended the New York Giants’ four-game winning streak by erasing a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 24-20 victory, while the Atlanta Falcons remained the NFL’s only undefeated team with a 19-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Isaac Redman rushed for 147 yards for the Steelers at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, and scored the go-ahead touchdown with four minutes, two seconds remaining. The Giants lost a total of eight yards on their three fourth-quarter drives in blowing a 20-10 lead.

The Steelers won their third consecutive game to improve to 5-3 and remain a game behind the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North Division. The Giants fall to 6-3 and stay in first place in the NFC East Division. It was New York’s first home loss since the season opener against the Cowboys.

The Giants scored two touchdowns in a span of less than two minutes during the second quarter to open a 14-7 lead, as Andre Brown scored on a one-yard run and linebacker Michael Boley scooped up a Ben Roethlisberger fumble and returned it 70 yards.

Shaun Suisham kicked a field goal for Pittsburgh before Lawrence Tynes made a pair of field goals to push the Giants’ lead to 20-10. On the second play of the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace caught a short pass from Roethlisberger and raced 51 yards for a touchdown that pulled the Steelers within 20-17.

Redman gave Pittsburgh the lead with his one-yard plunge. Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who has led 11 fourth-quarter comebacks the past two years, failed to get a first down in the final 15 minutes.

The game was played six days after Hurricane Sandy killed at least 22 people in New Jersey and was linked to 42 deaths in New York City. Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said: “Everyone knows about what’s taken place this last week in this area. A lot of us have been affected ourselves and we wanted to come out and put some smiles on faces. That’s frustrating.”

While the Falcons scored 13 fourth-quarter points to pull away from the Cowboys and improve to 8-0, the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans both moved to 7-1 with wins. Chicago logged its sixth straight victory, 51-20 against the Tennessee Titans while the Texans made it two wins in a row with a 21-9 defeat of the Buffalo Bills.

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