Rapid Reaction: Giants 27, Bills 24
October, 16, 2011
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPN.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It took six weeks but Ahmad Bradshaw finally got going and the New York Giants edged the Buffalo Bills for a much-needed win.
What it means: The Giants surrendered a fourth-quarter lead again for the second straight game, but this time Corey Webster made a big interception to stop a Buffalo go-ahead drive and Eli Manning and Bradshaw marched the Giants 76 yards with the help of two pass interference calls against the Bills. That game-winning drive ended with a Lawrence Tynes 23-yard field goal with 1:32 left.
The Giants were coming off a dismal home loss to Seattle and needed to go into the bye week with a victory. Their schedule becomes increasingly difficult in November, so this win is huge. The Giants still have plenty of work to do on defense, but they hope to get some injured players back after the bye.
Action Jackson: Fred Jackson came into the game ranked third in the NFL in rushing and he showed why early in the game when he busted an 80-yard touchdown run with five minutes to go in the first quarter.
Kenny Phillips missed a diving tackle at the line of scrimmage from behind and then Deon Grant took a poor angle and Jackson sprinted by untouched. Aaron Ross then tried to chase Jackson down from behind but Jackson made a slight move to his left and lost Ross.
The Giants have been gashed by LeSean McCoy, Beanie Wells, Marshawn Lynch and now Jackson in consecutive weeks. Jackson had 107 yards by halftime.
Big problems: The Giants' defense has tried to contain big plays this season. But Jackson’s 80-yard run wasn’t the only big play surrendered in the first quarter. Fitzpatrick hit Naaman Roosevelt for a 60-yard touchdown on the next possession after the Jackson run. The Giants' defense again had a breakdown in coverage and took poor angles to let Roosevelt catch a short pass and run it all the way in.
Ahmad for three: The Giants wanted to try to run the ball against a Buffalo defense that came into the game allowing an average of 138 rushing yards a game. Bradshaw scored three 1-yard touchdowns and registered his first 100-yard rushing game of the season with 104 yards.
Injury report: The Giants played without DE Justin Tuck (neck/groin), G Chris Snee (concussion) and RB Brandon Jacobs (knee).
Webster steps up: Webster battled with Stevie Johnson all day. He gave up one touchdown to Johnson in the fourth quarter but intercepted Fitzpatrick twice on passes intended for Johnson. The second interception came as Buffalo was driving deep into Giants territory. Webster picked off the pass at the Giants’ 4-yard line with 4:10 remaining.
What’s next: The Giants have a much-needed bye to get many of their injured players healthy. They face the Miami Dolphins at home on Oct. 30.