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Giants Fail to Close Out Steelers; Fall 24-20

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.

Didn’t happen.

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.

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16 Responses to “Giants Fail to Close Out Steelers; Fall 24-20”

  1. […] Things seemed to be going just fine for the Giants Sunday up 20-10 in the fourth quarter. Then bottoSee all stories on this topic » […]

  2. Jason C. says:

    I usually defend Gilbride (as a 2 time Super Bowl winning coordinator he has to have done something right) but, the redzone play calling was atrocious, and they should’ve put the ball in Eli’s hands more, maybe some shorter routes since the pressure was coming in faster than he’s used to this year.

    • Albo says:

      Totally agree with you. This team is becoming too dependent on the deep ball. Don’t get me wrong if not for the deep ball we don’t win against the skins but you have to use the deep ball wisely. I don’t remember Bennett being used much except for blocking. In the red zone the TE and running game are your best friends.

  3. NViddivo says:

    I am still in disbelief that Coughlin started Deihl. There was constant pressure coming from his side and the running game suffered as well. If Locklear is not starting this week then I will be forced to question whether Coughlin is playing favorites or doing what is best for this team.

  4. sinbad624 says:

    I think the G-men were lucky to be up 20-10 in the 4th qtr. Special teams were awful giving the steelers great field position. Defense kept it close until the 4th qtr. Eli seemed out of sync with the receivers. Threw balls to Randle and Cruz nowhere near the receivers. Agree with previous comment on Deihl starting over Locklear. Deihl was shaky which was the case before he got hurt. Questioned calls on offense and defense which normally i can live with. Example: just stopped fake field goal by steelers. Ball inside the 10 and you’re throwing a fly pattern to Nicks who’s at best maybe 80% healthy. Nice play if it works but couldn’t we use shorter routes to move the ball, kill some time, get a few 1st downs… Fourth qtr. secondary played soft giving steeler receivers plenty of room to move the ball. Herzlich looked lost at times filling in for Blackburn. If it weren’t for the personal foul call on Cruz in the end zone, which even the commentators questioned, and another questionable def. interference call we may not have had that lead going into the 4th qtr. Obviously being a giant fan i’ll take it but overall i think it was frustrating game to watch. Both Players and Coaches guilty of lackluster effort.

  5. Sam says:

    There’s not much more the defense can do, the offense is in a slump. I’m happy that we haven’t peaked yet. We have to be able to get through the bengals and hopefully in the bye the offense can pick it up. Over the years I’ve gotten away from stressing these mid season losses to contenders because just like we lost to the 9ers and packers last year during the season it didn’t mean anything in the playoffs. Plus you can clearly see that Nicks and Eli’s timing is off.

  6. Scott says:

    I too can’t believe that Diehl is starting. Awful decision. Also, our most explosive runner, David Wilson, got zero carries. Doug Martin is running wild in TB but David Wilson sits on the bench here. Bradshaw was overworked, is injured, and is wearing down.

  7. dave bassman says:

    This site has crushed Blackburn in the past and wanted to see Herzlich.. Im no huge fan of Blackburn for sure, but you saw yesterday that Herzlich wasnt prepared to be the starter. I saw him about 10-12 times fill the wrong hole, another 5-6 times take on a blocker with bad form (leading with wrong shoulder) and 5-6 missed tackles.. I love Herzlich, we all know his story, but before everyone crushes Blackburn, now we know why he was starting before getting injured. Is it me or do the Giants seem to be the ONLY team in the NFL who cant cover anyone?? I see guys WIDE OPEN all game.. Our offense is great but they complete balls to guys who are covered and there is a great throw or great catch it seems all game long. Our defense leaves guys open by 5-10 yards every play.. what happened to tight defense? you get a blitz and the DB backs off 10 yards to allow for an easy completion. they play soft.. and the offense needs to be be changed around a little bit.. its midseason, teams know the ruotes the run, how they like to attack.. its time for a change in philosphy a little.. change up the routes, run guys through the zones instead of having them sit in spots only to be covered. How about some no huddle for a change? you cant rely on ELi every game, the guy is human, there will be some bad/poor games mixed in with the great ones..

  8. Sam says:

    I see Rolle play a lot of slot when Phillips returns because slot wrs and TE’s are running open like crazy in the middle of the field. The middle of the field is a disaster.

  9. hp says:

    Pittsburgh out muscled the Giants all day and on both sides of the ball.

    The refs handed the Giants two scores in the first half but then the Steelers proceeded to hand the Giants their a**

    • Jason C. says:

      There were a couple of questionable calls in favor of the Giants, but neither were bad calls (the ball moved in Ben’s hand if it weren’t for his gloves (what QB wears gloves??) it would’ve been more obvious, Sickle Cell Clark left his feet and launched at Cruz (calling it going to the head was the wrong call, but he left his feet, spearing is still a personal foul), I’ve seen a lot worse pass interference calls as well). If you want to talk about the refs ask why Colon is still allowed in the league after all the punching and grabbing he’s allowed to do all day. Dude is a big baby too, throws a 3rd grade tantrum anytime a penalty is called on him. No respect for this Pittsburgh team, gladly we play a Cincinnati team with a lot more class next week (other than Pacman of course, though he’s doing well lately, no nightclub brawls in a while).

  10. chris says:

    We need O to show back up, how is all of our fire power not working. Makes no sense.

  11. Kaz says:

    How this team does not know how to perform in the “Green Zone” is beyond me. Why was there a fade thrown to Randle? He and Eli are obviously not there chemistry wise, example being that back shoulder throw. We have Ramses Barden. Been here much longer. I am sure he has practiced fade routes in the end zone year in and year out. Utilize his size. Unreal.

    • Jason C. says:

      Good point, I didn’t even think of that, I think the play was primarily a slant to Cruz which ended up being a fade to Randle, but I think Barden out there probably would’ve drawn more attention away from Cruz, every little thing helps.

    • Albo says:

      Problem is that although he is 6-6, Ramses Barden can’t get off the line of scrimmage. Timing is everything in this league (specially in the red zone). If the guy gets jammed at the LOS and takes an extra second then the play is essentially dead on that side. Until Barden learns to fight through jams he will only see the field on special teams and while other WRs are injured.

  12. Chris says:

    get David dheil of the fu**in field

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