The New York Giants halted a four-game losing streak with an impressive come-from-behind victory over the first-place Dallas Cowboys once again led by quarterback Eli Manning and capped off by a blocked field goal in the final seconds of regulation by defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul inside Cowboys Stadium.
The victory came at a point of desperation for Manning and the Giants, who would have seen their chances at a playoff spot dwindle with a loss to the Cowboys. It was only their 10th victory in December in eight seasons under head coach Tom Coughlin.
Despite struggles on defense throughout the game, Manning kept his team in contention with consistent play and leadership at the quarterback position—as has been the case all season. With 3:14 remaining and the Giants down by 12, 34-22 in favor of the Cowboys, Manning led his offense to two touchdowns and a 37-34 lead with less than a minute remaining.
After a timely timeout called by Coughlin proved a successful Dan Bailey field goal worthless for the Cowboys, Bailey’s second attempt at the game-saving field goal—for the second week in a row—was a failure as second-year stud Jason Pierre-Paul got just enough on it to knock it dead.
“I rushed the center, put my hands up and got the block,” Pierre-Paul said, according to NFL.com.
Pierre-Paul also contributed two sacks and a forced fumble for the otherwise invisible New York Giants defense.
Big Blue’s win is Eli Manning’s sixth fourth-quarter comeback victory of the season—the Giants are 7-6 on the season. It also changes the entire complexion of the Giants season as they now hold the tiebreaker for the NFC East division lead with three weeks remaining in the regular season.