Things seemed to be going just fine for the Giants Sunday up 20-10 in the fourth quarter.
Then bottom dropped out – and the team paid for it.
Pittsburgh scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, and the Giants offense put up 9 yards in the quarter, and the result – a 24-20 loss to drop to 6-3.
The Giants scored on Andre Brown’s one-yard touchdown run, Michael Boley’s 70-yard fumble return and Lawrence Tynes’ field goals of 50 and 23 yards, but couldn’t stop Pittsburgh when it mattered the most.
They gave up a 51-yard touchdown to speedy Steelers WR Mike Wallace to start the Pittsburgh comeback, and then after a couple of punts, gave up the game-winner when Issac Redmen went in from 1-yard out with 4:02 to play.
The Giants had a shot to take the game back over in the 4th, when Steelers had a chance to tie the game with 10:30 to play down 20-17.
Kicker Shaun Suisham lined up to attempt a gimme 20-yard field goal, but the Steelers tried to fool the Giants with a fake as holder Drew Butler flipped the ball over his head to Suisham, who was tackled at the four-yard line by Michael Coe.
Instead of taking advantage of it, the Giants went 3-and-out, and had to punt from their end zone. The Steelers from there put a drive together, with Redmen ending it with a TD run to make it 24-20.
From their own 12 with 3:55 to play, Eli Manning threw two incomplete passes, and then was sacked and lost the ball on third down.
The Giants recovered, but punted with the hopes of getting the ball back one more time.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger put the game away when on 3rd-and-9 from their 29 he hit WR Emmanuel Sanders with a 16-yard pass play for a first down.
A few kneel downs later, the game was over, and the Giants four-game win streak was snapped.
Manning connected on 10-of-24 passes for 125 yards and an interception for the Giants. Roethlisberger completed 21-of-30 passes for 216 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Steelers.
Redmen dominated the Giants on the ground, he carried the ball 26 times for a career-high 147 yards. New York put up just 182 yards of offense, while the Steelers had 349 yards.
The Steelers had 22 first downs to 12 for New York, and held the ball 35:15 to 24:45.
Overall, a tough effort for the G-Men, who seemed to be ready to win their 5th in a row up 10, but simply couldn’t stop the Steelers offense.