Rapid Reaction: Giants 21, Steelers 14

October, 26, 2008
10/26/08
7:40
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

PITTSBURGH -- It was as competitive and physical as everyone expected.

The possible Super Bowl preview between the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers went down to the final quarter as the Giants came back to win, 21-14.

Pittsburgh led 14-9 for most of the second half until a series of bad plays led to New York taking over. The Giants' John Carney kicked 24-yard field goal to get within two. Then a high snap by linebacker James Harrison on a Pittsburgh punt attempt led to a safety that tied the game. First-string long snapper Greg Warren injured his knee in the third quarter.

With 3:11 remaining, Giants tight end Kevin Boss scored the go-ahead touchdown to seal it. The Steelers had the ball in the final two minutes with a chance to tie but couldn't drive the length of the field.

Pittsburgh's offense was never able to string together enough plays as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw four interceptions, continually putting the Steelers defense in bad spots.

Bodies were dropping left and right in this game. It will be interesting to hear the post-game injury report from both coaches following the beat down both teams dished out on one another. For Pittsburgh alone, Warren and starting safety Ryan Clark (shoulder) appeared to have suffered significant injuries.

The defeat breaks a three-game winning streak for the Steelers (5-2), who hadn't lost in more than a month since a Sept. 21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Pittsburgh will look to rebound against another tough NFC East opponent next week when the Steelers travel to play the Washington Redskins (6-2) on ESPN's "Monday Night Football."

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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