The New York Giants swiped a pair of Super Bowl wins away from the Patriots by making more big plays in unbelievably tight fourth quarters. The shoe was on the other foot Sunday at MetLife Stadium as New England somehow kept its perfect season alive, downing New York 27-26.
Stephen Gostkowski’s 54-yard field goal gave the Pats the victory as Tom Brady completed three passes to Danny Amendola and one each to Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Dobson on a thrilling drive in the final two minutes. It looked as though Giants safety Landon Collins had picked off Brady to end the game at the start of the drive, but Collins let the ball hit the ground while falling down on the play and it was ruled an incomplete pass.
The Giants had to settle for a field goal on their final offensive drive as Malcolm Butler came up with a huge play in the end zone, stripping Odell Beckham Jr. after what initially was ruled a touchdown grab. New York could not get into the end zone on its next two plays and only came away with the three points.
Earlier in the fourth, LeGarrette Blount looked as though he put the Pats up by eight points with five minutes remaining. A a holding penalty, though, on David Andrews wiped out the score. Trumaine McBride would then burn the Pats as he picked off Brady at the goal line. McBride undercut Brandon LaFell’s route and the Giants had grabbed firm hold of the momentum.
Brady finished the day having gone 26 of 42 for 334 yards, two TDs and one interception.
It was easily New England’s toughest test to date as the Pats had fallen behind at halftime, 17-10. The Pats will now look to move to 10-0 on the season with a date at home against Buffalo a week from Monday.