New York Giants: 2012 Week 9 Rapid Reaction
November, 4, 2012
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In just their third meeting ever, Ben Roethlisberger topped Eli Manning by leading the Steelers to a 24-20 comeback victory over the Giants.
What it means: Manning struggled for the third straight week and the Giants' defense was not able to hold onto a 20-10 lead to win the game. Manning completed only 10 of 24 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown and the Giants could not survive that. The Giants' four-game winning streak is over.
Giant calls: The Giants benefited from two big calls in the first half.
The first came on a third-and-2 at the Steelers’ 2. Manning threw an incomplete pass but Victor Cruz was decked by Ryan Clark. Clark was called for a personal foul for an apparent shot to Cruz’s head, though the hit was actually to Cruz’s rib area. Cruz remained down for several minutes before getting up and returning to play. Andre Brown scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run on the next play instead of the Giants having to either kick a field goal or go for it on fourth down.
The second call that went the Giants’ way was when Osi Umenyiora hit Roethlisberger’s hand as he was about to pass. The ball was jarred a bit before Roethlisberger moved his arm forward and the ball came loose. Michael Boley scooped it up for a 70-yard touchdown.
The officials ruled it a fumble and the Giants' touchdown stood. The Giants also avoided a potential clipping call before Boley made his way into the end zone. The touchdown put the Giants up 14-7 in the second quarter.
Speed kills: For most of the afternoon, Corey Webster held Mike Wallace in check. But Wallace needed only one play to hurt the Giants, running across the field and down the left sideline for a 51-yard catch-and-run touchdown that put the Steelers right back in the game at 20-17.
No fooling: Down 20-17 early in the fourth, Mike Tomlin opted for a fake field goal on fourth-and-1 from the Giants’ 3. But the Giants sniffed it out and Michael Coe tackled kicker Shaun Suisham, who took a pitch to the right from holder Drew Butler.
No defending the run: Perhaps Tomlin took the risk knowing he could still run on the Giants’ defense.
Isaac Redman scored a touchdown later to push the Steelers ahead 24-20 with 4:02 remaining as he broke tackles by Antrel Rolle and Michael Boley on a 1-yard run. The Giants couldn’t stop the run on Sunday as Redman rushed for 147 yards.
And when the Giants were able to slow the run down, Roethlisberger hit Emmanuel Sanders to convert a critical third down as the Giants were trying to get the ball back. After that, Redman gained 28 yards on a run to pretty much seal the game.
Wrapping Ben: The Giants were worried about Big Ben improvising, avoiding sacks and making plays. But the Giants did a good job of bringing Roethlisberger down when they got to him.
Justin Tuck got two sacks (and two bows) and Umenyiora collected one of his patented strip sacks. Jason Pierre-Paul also got into the mix with a sack, as well.
No Kenny: Safety Kenny Phillips said he was going to play this week but he was one of several key Giants who were inactive for the game.
Phillips (knee) joined linebackers Chase Blackburn (hamstring), Keith Rivers (calf), Jacquian Williams (knee) and tight end Bear Pascoe (ankle) on the sideline.
What’s next: Giants continue their tour of the AFC North with a game at Cincinnati next Sunday.
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