Break up the New York Giants!
After starting out 0-6 this year, the Giants have now won three games in a row, albeit against teams that probably aren't going to be 2013 playoff contenders.
This game wasn't any better. The Giants, who overcame 17 first-half points scored by the Oakland Raiders, whose offense moved the ball just 10 yards on those three scores, got a huge, momentum-turning interception by cornerback Terrell Thomas in the third quarter which set up the go-ahead score, a one-yard touchdown run by Andre Brown to make it 21-20 Giants.
Kicker Josh Brown would put the finishing touches on the Giants' 24-20 win with a 23-yard field goal, capping a day in which the Giants defense once again played stellar ball, limiting Raiders leading rusher, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, to 19 yards on five carries and sacking Pryor four times.
What are some more positives to emerge from this game? The Giants were only flagged once, their lowest total this season. They also posted their second consecutive four-sack game, as the defense played lights-out.
And, as we'll get to later in this presentation, the rushing game, which welcomes back Andre Brown, was simply phenomenal, as for the first time this season, the Giants actually ran the ball more times than they threw it, 38 runs to 22 pass attempts.
Finally, somehow the Giants won the game despite being minus-one in the turnover department. Jerrel Jernigan's fumble on the opening kickoff, running back Peyton Hillis' first-quarter fumble and Eli Manning's second-quarter pick-six accounted for 17 of the Raiders 20 points.
No, it wasn't pretty, and no, the Raiders aren't a team that will be a part of the postseason tournament this coming January. However, a win's a win for the Giants, who are now 7-3 under Tom Coughlin in games played after the bye week and who are still very much alive in the NFC East.