NFL Game Summary - Atlanta at NY Giants|
(Sunday, November 22nd)
Final Score: NY Giants 34, Atlanta 31 (OT)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Lawrence Tynes kicked a 36-yard field
goal in overtime to lift the New York Giants to a 34-31 victory over the
Atlanta Falcons at the Meadowlands.
Eli Manning threw for a career-high 384 yards with three touchdowns and
directed the winning drive on the only overtime possession, as the Giants
(6-4) came off their bye week and snapped a four-game losing streak.
"We did do a lot of soul searching probably these past two weeks," said Giants
coach Tom Coughlin. "In terms of believing in each other and trusting, we
certainly didn't start the game all that well, but we did finish it okay."
Matt Ryan tossed a pair of touchdown passes and Jason Snelling ran for a pair
of scores for Atlanta (5-5), which rallied from a 14-point deficit in the
fourth quarter to force the extra period. The Falcons still lost their second
straight game and have dropped four of their last five.
"It's disappointing because we didn't come out with the outcome that we
wanted," said Ryan. "I thought we had great contributions from a lot of guys
and great effort from a lot of guys in the second half to come back from 14
down. But with that said there's no moral victories."
The Giants built a two-touchdown lead early in the fourth quarter, but the
Falcons pulled within seven with 6:01 remaining on a four-yard touchdown pass
from Ryan to Eric Weems.
Atlanta forced the first punt of the second half on the next New York series
and Ryan started from his own 24 with 3:42 to play. Three short passes got the
Falcons to the 40 at the two-minute warning and a 22-yard pass to Roddy White
Tony Gonzalez then hauled in passes of 14 and 11 yards to set up a first down
at the New York 11. After Ryan threw incomplete toward the Pro Bowl tight end,
Gonzalez made a great catch between defenders in the end zone with 28 seconds
remaining to tie the contest.
The Giants were unable to mount a threat in the closing seconds, but won the
overtime toss. A 34-yard kickoff return by Domenik Hixon gave the Giants good
field position and Manning converted 3rd-and-2 with a seven-yard pass to
rookie Hakeem Nicks before finding Mario Manningham for 29 yards to put New
York at the Atlanta 23.
After gaining five yards on three plays, Tynes came on and split the uprights
to give the Giants a much-needed win.
Manning completed 25-of-39 passes and notched his first career 300-yard game
at home. He was also picked off once. Manningham finished with six receptions
for 126 yards, while Kevin Boss had five catches for 76 yards with a pair of
"Our receivers did a great job, running fast, making the right reads, right
decisions," Manning said. "They really did an outstanding job and a big reason
we had the success that we did."
Ryan wasn't as efficient, connecting on 26-of-46 throws for 268 yards, while
Gonzalez caught eight passes for 82 yards. Snelling, starting in place of the
injured Michael Turner, ran for 76 yards on 25 carries. Turner missed practice
all week because of a sprained ankle he sustained last week against Carolina.
Manning was picked off by Brent Grimes on the first possession of the game,
but the Falcons were unable to convert the turnover despite good field
position at the New York 45. The Giants followed with a 12-play, 64-yard drive
that ended with a 39-yard field goal from Tynes late in the opening quarter.
Back came the Falcons with a 65-yard drive for a touchdown. Ryan completed
each of his four passes during the series, which finished with a seven-yard
touchdown run by Snelling just over a minute into the second period.
Tynes then pulled a 31-yard field goal try wide left, but the Giants got the
ball right back after an Atlanta three-and-out. A 28-yard punt gave New York
possession at its own 48 and Manning needed three plays put his team in the
end zone, capping the quick set with a 28-yard scoring pass to Boss.
Jason Elam had a chance to tie it with just under three minutes left in the
half, but missed a 35-yard field goal try. The Falcons got the ball back
following the two-minute warning after a Giant punt, but Ryan was sacked by
Justin Tuck and lost the ball.
Osi Umenyiora recovered for the Giants at the Atlanta 34 with 1:19 remaining
and Manning found Boss in the end zone from four yards away to give New York a
17-7 lead just 14 seconds prior to intermission.
The Falcons took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove 63 yards in
eight plays to pull within three. Ryan connected on throws of 23 and 28 yards
early in the series before Snelling scored from a yard away on third down.
New York restored its 10-point margin just over three minutes later. Manning
threw a 51-yard pass to Steve Smith on the first play after the kickoff and
Ahmad Bradshaw followed with a 12-yard run on the next play, helping to set up
a two-yard scoring run by Brandon Jacobs.
The Falcons made it a 24-17 game on a 25-yard field goal by Elam with 1:57
left in the third. The 18-play drive was aided by a New York penalty for
defensive holding on a third-down incomplete pass, but the Giants caught a
break when Michael Jenkins was unable to hang on to a pass in the end zone
just before Elam's kick.
Manning went right back to work and directed a nine-play, 79-yard scoring
march. He hit fullback Madison Hedgecock out of the backfield for a three-yard
touchdown to give the Giants a 14-point cushion with 12:08 to play.
The road team had won the last 12 meetings...The last home team to win was the
Giants in 1979...The Giants had averaged just 20 points during their four-game
skid...Jacobs finished with 39 yards on 12 carries, while Bradshaw added 34
yards on 12 attempts...The Giants outgained the Falcons, 456-352...Former
Falcons linebacker Michael Boley, who signed with the Giants as a free agent
in the offseason, led New York with 13 tackles, including 11 solo. He also had
a sack...The Giants played without middle linebacker Antonio Pierce, who was
diagnosed Friday with a bulging disc in his neck...The Giants have won 11
straight games when Tuck has at least one sack...Boss notched his first career
two-touchdown game and has a TD catch in each of his last three contests.
11/22 18:31:00 ET