Steelers overtake Giants for 24-20 upset win

Sun Nov 4, 2012 9:42pm EST
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By Larry Fine

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - The visiting Pittsburgh Steelers scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to erase a 20-10 deficit and upset the Super Bowl champion New York Giants 24-20 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

It was the third victory in a row for the Steelers, who improved to 5-3 as they thoroughly outplayed New York in the second half to snap a four-game winning streak for the Giants, who fell to 6-3.

"That's as disappointing a loss as we've had around here in a long time," said Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who had wanted his team to provide some inspiration for the region in the wake of devastating superstorm Sandy.

Instead, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got the better of fellow 2004 NFL Draft first-rounder Eli Manning in their third match-up after splitting their first two encounters.

Big Ben, who like Manning has two Super Bowl rings to his credit, outdueled his Giants' counterpart, making the big plays when needed and relying on a surprising fierce running attack.

An electrifying 51-yard catch and run connection from Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace cut the Giants' lead to 20-17 just 55 seconds into the final quarter.

After squandering a sure three points with a foiled fake field goal on a fourth-and-one from the New York three-yard line, the determined Steelers came back yet again with a nine-play, 51-yard drive for the game-winning touchdown.

Isaac Redman, the Steelers' third-string running back playing because of injuries, bullied his way over the goal line from one yard out to put the Steelers ahead with 4:53 left.   Continued...

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) has words with Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark (25) after Clark made a late hit on Giants receiver Victor Cruz (not pictured) and was penalized in the second quarter of their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, November 4, 2012. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine