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 National Football League’s only undefeated team with a 19-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Isaac Redman rushed for 147 yards for the Steelers yesterday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, 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.
“That is as disappointing a loss as we’ve had in a long time,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said at a news conference. “Offensively, again, for a couple games in a row, we didn’t play well. We didn’t appear to be very aggressive.”
The Steelers won their third consecutive game to improve to 5-3 and remain a game behind the Baltimore Ravens in the American Football Conference North Division. The Giants fall to 6-3 and stay in first place in the National Football Conference East Division. It was New York’s first home loss since the season opener against the Cowboys.
While the Falcons scored 13 fourth-quarter points to pull away from the Cowboys and improve to 8-0 on the season, the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans both moved to 7-1 with wins.
Brandon Marshall scored three touchdowns as Chicago logged its sixth straight victory, 51-20 against the Tennessee Titans. The Texans made it two wins in a row with a 21-9 defeat of the Buffalo Bills.
Rookie Doug Martin rushed for 251 yards and four touchdowns yesterday to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 42-32 win over the Oakland Raiders. Mike Anderson was the only other player in NFL history to rush for at least 250 yards and four scores in a game, doing it on Dec. 3, 2000.
First-year quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 433 yards and two scores as the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Miami Dolphins 23-20. Luck eclipsed the NFL rookie record of 432 yards in a game set by Carolina’s Cam Newton last season.
Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes as the Green Bay Packers beat the Arizona Cardinals 31-17 to push their winning streak to four games, and Peyton Manning passed for three scores in the Denver Broncos’ 31-23 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. When Manning had two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help Denver erase a 20-17 deficit, it was his 48th career game-winning drive in the final quarter or overtime, surpassing Hall of Famer Dan Marino for the NFL’s most since 1970.
Elsewhere in Week 9 of the regular season it was Baltimore 25, Cleveland 15; Seattle 30, Minnesota 20; Carolina 21, Washington 13; and Detroit 31, Jacksonville 14.
Week 9 play, which began with a 31-13 win Nov. 1 for the San Diego Chargers (4-4) over the Kansas City Chiefs (1-7), concludes tonight with the New Orleans Saints (2-5) hosting the Philadelphia Eagles (3-4).
The New York Jets, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams don’t play this week.
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 1-yard run and linebacker Michael Boley scooped up a Ben Roethlisberger fumble and returned it 70 yards.
Shaun Suisham kicked a 30-yard field goal for Pittsburgh as time expired in the first half before Lawrence Tynes made a pair of third-quarter 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 quarterback Roethlisberger, cut across the field and raced 51 yards for a touchdown that pulled the Steelers within 20-17.
The Giants stopped the Steelers on a fake field goal attempt with 10:30 remaining, yet Redman gave Pittsburgh the lead on their next drive with his one-yard plunge.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who’s led 11 fourth-quarter comebacks the past two years, failed to get a first down against Pittsburgh’s defense in the final 15 minutes.
“We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be,” said Manning, who completed 10-of-24 passes for 125 yards, his lowest total in playing a full game since Dec. 23, 2007. “We’re just not executing.”
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.
“We had a lot riding on this game,” 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.”
In Atlanta, Michael Turner had a three-yard touchdown run to snap a 6-6 fourth-quarter tie and Matt Bryant kicked four field goals as the Falcons won their eighth straight game.
In Nashville, the Bears scored four first-quarter touchdowns in just over a five-minute span to open a 28-2 lead. Marshall and Matt Forte each had offensive touchdowns, while Corey Wootton scored on a blocked punt and Brian Urlacher returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown.
Chicago’s defense forced five turnovers in winning its sixth straight game.
In Houston, quarterback Matt Schaub threw a pair of touchdown passes and Arian Foster scored a touchdown for the 10th straight game as the Texans continued the best start in franchise history.