Giants Hold Off Cardiac Bills

The New York Giants took down the Buffalo Bills 27-24 on a 23-yard field goal with 1:35 left in the fourth.  The victory improves the Giants to 4-2 while the Bills also slip to 4-2.

The Bills went up 14-7 in the first quarter with some big plays by their offense.  RB Fred Jackson scored on an 80-yard touchdown run, and finished the day with 16 carries for 121 yards and 1 TD, plus 5 receptions for 47 yards.

Less than 5 minutes later, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with WR Naaman Roosevelt on a 60-yard touchdown pass to give the Bills the lead.  Fitzpatrick finished with 244 yards passing and 2 TDs, but he also threw 2 INTs in the game.

The Giants came storming back behind some tough running by Ahmad Bradshaw, who finished the day with 26 carries for 104 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Bradshaw’s third touchdown, in the third quarter, put the Giants up 24-17.

The Bills came back again in the fourth quarter and scored on a TD pass from Fitzpatrick to Stevie Johnson, who leads all Bills receivers this season with 28 receptions for 343 yards and 3 TDs.

Ultimately, Eli Manning and Bradshaw marched the Giants down the field for the winning fieldgoal, including two key pass interference penalties on Drayton Florence that accounted for 26 yards on the final drive.  Manning finished the day 21 of 32 for 292 yards.

The win puts the Giants in first place in the tough NFC East thanks to Washington’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.  The Giants face the winless Miami Dolphins next week.

The Bills are still in contention in the AFC East, as Miami and the Jets continue to struggle.  The Bills face the Washington Redskins next week.

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