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10/17/2011 5:35 AM EDT
Bradshaw, Tynes lift Giants past Bills 27-24
NY GIANTS 27, BUFFALO 24
By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants and Buffalo
Bills are both heading into their bye week in good shape, though
Tom Coughlin's team is probably going to enjoy it a little more
after walking off with a win.
Ahmad Bradshaw ran for season-high 104 yards and a career-best
three touchdowns - all on 1-yard runs - and Lawrence Tynes
kicked a go-ahead 23-yard field goal with 1:32 remaining to give
the Giants a 27-24 victory Sunday.
The win, coupled with Washington's loss to Philadelphia, sends
New York into its off week in first place in the NFC East. The
reality check is that the Giants know they have games against
New England, San Francisco, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Green Bay
and the Jets in their final 10-game stretch.
"I love winning before a bye," Giants quarterback Eli Manning
said. "It's a long two weeks. Just having that locker room
excited, having that fourth quarter coming from behind as the
offense stepped up and everybody did their part, we came
together and the guys made the plays. We feel we're in a good
The good news for the Giants was they finally found a running
game (122 yards) to go along with Manning's arm. The quarterback
was 21 of 32 for 292 yards and no interceptions against the
ballhawking Bills, who came in with 12 interceptions and a
league-best plus-11 on turnovers.
After giving up two big plays for touchdowns in the first half,
the defense stepped up and limited the high-scoring Bills to
seven points in the second half.
Cornerback Corey Webster made the two biggest plays,
intercepting two passes by Ryan Fitzpatrick, the only turnovers
of the game. The second one started New York's game-winning
drive, one that featured runs of 10 and 30 yards by Bradshaw,
who became the first Giants back to gain 100 yards rushing this
"We still have a long ways to go, but it is easily corrected off
of a 'W' instead of a 'L,"' Webster said. "We made some
mistakes, but we get to correct them. We have two weeks to do
that so hopefully we get started moving in the right direction
The Bills (4-2) will enter the bye a game behind New England
(5-1) in the AFC East after the Patriots beat Dallas. Not bad
for a team that won only four games last season and hasn't been
to the playoffs since 1999.
"We feel like we're on track to where we want to be," said
running back Fred Jackson, who ran for 121 yards, with most of
it coming on a career-best 80-yard TD run in the first quarter.
"We look at the two losses as games we should have won. We just
didn't finish them. We've still got a lot of work to do, but
we're excited about where we're going."
Fitzpatrick finished 21 of 30 for 244 yards and threw touchdown
passes of 60 yards to Naaman Roosevelt and 9 yards to Stevie
Johnson. However, he was annoyed with himself for the
interceptions, both on sideline go routes to Johnson.
"This is one of the hardest parts of playing quarterback, when
you don't get the job done," Fitzpatrick said. "The two
interceptions I threw, you couldn't ask for better coverage, you
couldn't ask for a better play, couldn't ask for a better route.
They were both basically the same thing, Stevie on a go route.
I'd like to give credit to Corey Webster, he made plays on both
of them. That said, I feel like Stevie beat him and I underthrew
both of them."
After tying the game on the 9-yard pass to Johnson, Buffalo
appeared ready to take the lead when Fitzpatrick completed a
32-yard pass to David Nelson for a first down at the New York
However, he went for the lead on a go-pattern to Johnson down
the left sideline and Webster was all over it, intercepting at
the 5. Johnson was called for a very flagrant facemask, giving
New York the ball at its own 20.
Bradshaw and the Giants took over and set up Tynes for his
second field goal of the game.
"Anytime I have a chance, trying to put the team on my back,
keep making plays and that is what I plan to do," Bradshaw said.
"Anytime they give me a shot I try to take advantage of it."
New York had taken a 24-17 lead in the third quarter with a
10-play, 75-yard drive that Bradshaw capped after a review ruled
that Mario Manningham did not score on a pass reception from the
7 that had originally been ruled a touchdown.
The first half, which ended tied at 17, was a mixture of the
Bills' big-play offense and the Giants' more methodical
Bradshaw scored on a pair of 1-yard runs and the Bills got
touchdowns on Jackson's long run - just one play from scrimmage
after Bradshaw's first TD - and a 60-yard catch and run by
Roosevelt, his first career TD.
Tynes kicked a 26-yard field goal for the Giants, while Rian
Lindell had a 49-yarder for the Bills with 24 seconds left in
Notes: Jackson has rushed for 100 yards in four of six games and
now has 11 in his career. His 80-yard TD run tied for the
fourth-longest in Bills' history and was the longest run since
Thurman Thomas scored from 80 in 1990. ... Buffalo has scored at
least 20 points in six straight games this season, its longest
run since 2006. ... G Chris Snee had a streak of 101 straight
starts snapped when he missed the game with a concussion. ...
Giants DE Justin Tuck said after the game he intended to play
after the bye week. He has missed three straight games with neck
and groin injuries.
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