NFL: Manning leads Giants to comeback win over Buccaneers
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey |
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Eli Manning made amends for an awful second quarter by throwing a career-best 510 yards to lead the Super Bowl champion New York Giants to a 41-34 comeback win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers n Sunday.
Manning threw three second-quarter interceptions that led to three Tampa Bay touchdowns and a 24-13 halftime deficit, but he brought the Giants back in a thrilling last quarter.
An 80-yard strike to Victor Cruz followed by a two-point conversion run in by Andre Brown tied the game 27-27, and a 33-yard touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett gave New York a 34-27 lead with less than four minutes to play.
Then it was Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman's turn to spark a fight back as he hit Mike Williams for a 41-yard leaping catch in the end zone for a touchdown that tied it 34-34 with just under two minutes left.
Sensing a Bucs' blitz as he tried to drive the Giants to a winning score, Manning stepped up and quickly released a high-floating bomb down the sideline that Hakeem Nicks hauled in for a 50-yard gain to the 11-yard line.
Brown bulled his way for a two-yard touchdown run with 31 seconds left to make it 41-34 and the Giants escaped a last ditch desperation drive by Tampa Bay when Michael Boley intercepted a Freeman pass to end it.
The only New York Giants quarterback to throw for more yards than Manning was Phil Simms who set a franchise record of 513 yards in 1985.
(Editing by Julian Linden)
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