EAST RUTHERFORD N.J. -- A week after Hurricane Sandy hit the Tri-State area hard, Giants fans braved gas lines to reach a MetLife Stadium or, from the looks of the terrible towels, sold their seats to the travel-ready Pittsburgh fans.
At the half, the Giants lead the Steelers 14-10.
Steelers adapt without Mendenhall: Isaac Redman had 14 carries for 87 yards in the first half -- including a 17-yard run in the first scoring drive of the game. The Steelers scored first but Giants amped up pressure on their quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and it started to pay off.
Bradshaw does all the work, Brown gets TD: The Giants tied the game 7-7 on an 8-play drive during which running back Ahmad Bradshaw had five carries for 18 yards, but Andre brown got to punch it in the last yard for the score.
Close call for Cruz: Victor Cruz went down hard in the end zone right before the Giants scored. It took him about a minute to get up, but when he did he hit his chest a few times and jogged back to the bench. The wide receiver was announced with a rib injury but returned on the next series. Cruz had a long rest however. Before he could get back on the field, linebacker Michael Boley ran back a fumble for the Giants, keeping the defense on the field.
Jason Pierre-Paul had his knee examined on the sideline but then returned and immediately sacked Roethlisberger.
On the Steelers, wide receiver Antonio Brown left the game with a left ankle and his return was designated probable.
Tynes' Miss: The Giants were set up to add a field goal before the end of the first half, but a rare miss by kicker Lawrence Tynes left the Giants up 14-7. The 31 seconds left however was just enough time for Roethlisberger to get the Steelers in field goal range, hitting passes of 24 and 23 yards, and kicker Shaun Suisham hit it to cut the Giants lead to 14-10.