Giants rally & take control of NFC East

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Eli Manning celebrates a fourth-quarter touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys

On a day when there were a NFL-record five comebacks of 12 or more points, Eli Manning and the New York Giants showed why they can never be counted out.

The Giants scored 15 points in the final 3:14 only to have Jason Pierre-Paul cap the comeback with a block of a potential game-tying field goal with one second left. The Giants erased a 12-point deficit and moved into first place in the NFC East.

Manning now has six game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime this season. That's the most of any player (one more than Tim Tebow), and it matches the most for any player over the last two seasons (Matt Ryan had six last year).

Manning now also has 14 touchdowns in the fourth quarter this season, easily the most in the NFL. The Elias Sports Bureau says it is tied for the most fourth-quarter touchdowns in a single season in NFL history. Peyton Manning did it in 2002 while Johnny Unitas was the first to do it back in 1959.

Most 4th-Quarter Pass TD
Single Season, NFL History

Manning finished with 400 yards passing, which gives him 4,105 yards on the season good enough for the Giants single-season record. His 400 yards was also the 14th 400-yard passing game in the NFL this season, which too is a single-season NFL record.

A big reason Manning had so much success in the air was because he got uncharacteristic support from his ground game which was the worst in the NFL entering Sunday.

Brandon Jacobs led the way with 101 yards, his first 100-yard game since Week 13 of last season.

Seventy-four of his 101 yards came between the tackles as Jacobs averaged more than five yards per carry, and almost half of those after first contact.

Brandon Jacobs Inside the Tackles
This Season

Jacobs also scored two rushing touchdowns, giving him 56 for his career, and one more than Tiki Barber for most rushing touchdowns in franchise history.

For the Dallas Cowboys, this is their fifth game this season where they have lost in the final two minutes or overtime.

These two teams will meet again Week 17 in New York, but for now, the Giants are in control of the NFC East with a one-game lead over the Cowboys.