Returning running back Brown sparks Giants win
By Larry Fine
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Raising your record to 3-6 would not seem like much cause for celebration but such is the weakness of the NFC East, the New York Giants are still clinging to postseason hopes after beating the Oakland Raiders 24-20 on Sunday.
Sparked by the return of running back Andre Brown, who ran for 115 yards and a touchdown, the Giants scored the last 10 points to overcome a 20-14 third-quarter deficit and register their third win in a row.
It was Brown's first game in almost a year after his 2012 season ended prematurely with a broken leg and another break in the same limb in pre-season saw him miss New York's 0-6 start.
"We don't make it easy on ourselves but we found a way to win," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "We're trying to go one game at a time and see where we are. We just made another notch closer."
With upcoming home games against the Green Bay Packers, who are down to their third-string quarterback, and division-leading Dallas Cowboys, who already have four losses and face a stern Sunday night test in New Orleans, the Giants would be in the thick of the race if they can win the next two.
On Sunday, it was big mistakes rather than big offensive plays that led to scores.
The Raiders took a quick lead on a fumbled opening kick off. The Giants ran a blocked punt in for a score. The Giants fumbled deep in their territory to give Oakland more points, but they recovered a fumble from Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Both teams had big interceptions and long returns.
INSTANT WORKHORSE Continued...