Raiders vs. Giants 2013: Defense 'comes up big' in victory

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In one of the ugliest games of the season, the New York Giants kept their division hopes alive.

The New York Giants won their third consecutive game on Sunday, beating the Oakland Raiders 24-20 at a windy MetLife Stadium.

Despite turning the ball over three times, including on the opening kickoff, New York was able to run its record to 3-5. The Giants took advantage of a blocked punt and a Terrelle Pryor interception, turning the former into a touchdown return and the latter into a first-and-goal situation from which a touchdown would come.

Over at Big Blue View, Ed Valentine writes about the turning point in the contest:

The game turned in the third quarter. Just when things were looking like they might get away from the Giants with Oakland leading 20-14 the defense came up big again. Oakland got the ball at the Giants' 48-yard line following a 27-yard punt by Steve Weatherford. On third and nine at the Giants' 33, Terrell Thomas intercepted a Pryor pass for Denarius Moore and returned the ball to the Oakland 5-yard line.

As for the Raiders, the loss drops them to 3-6 on the campaign and all but finishes any playoff dreams. Despite a multitude of chances, Oakland could not get the offense rolling all day, gaining only 213 total yards and going 2 of 12 on third down.

Levi Damien of Silver And Black Pride wrote about Pryor's last four games, which reminded him of an ex-Oakland quarterback:

Over the past four games, Terrelle Pryor has had a passer rating of 42.0 (45.7, 25.7, 55.7, and 40.9) with 1 passing touchdown to 8 interceptions. The last quarterback to have a four-game stretch that bad was JaMarcus Russell who had a passer rating of 41.2 (47.6, 46.0, 22.6, and 48.5) over the first four games of the 2009 season.

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