Patriots Rally, Defeat Giants 27-26: Full Recap and Highlights

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Nov 15, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) runs after a pass reception as he is pursued by New England Patriots cornerback Rashaan Melvin (24) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. New England Patriots defeat the New York Giants 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

The eight-play 76-yard drive was highlighted by an incredible 54-yard bomb to wide receiver Brandon LaFell down the left sideline. A few plays later, Blount rumbled into the end zone from a yard out, seemingly giving the Patriots an even bigger lead. However, the touchdown was brought back on a holding call against Patriots’ center David Andrews.

On second and goal from the five-yard line, Brady tried to hit LaFell on a quick slant pass at the goal line, but the ball was thrown well behind the receiver. Giants’ cornerback Trumaine McBride jumped the route, making an incredible play on the ball for an interception. What looked to be an automatic eight point lead ahead, was quickly turned back into only a one point deficit. It was a bad throw by Brady, and a great play by the defender.

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Manning and the Giants took over possession at their own three-yard line, down by one, with six minutes remaining. He was able to methodically move the ball down the field with ease against the Patriots’ defense.

The first big play of the drive came on a third and three from the Giants’ own 42-yard line. Manning was able to find Harris on a corner route that ended in a gain of 30. Rashaan Melvin was in coverage against Harris on the play, and he looked completely over-matched.

Manning picked on Melvin again two plays later, as he found Harris deep down the left sideline. Harris took the play down to the five-yard line with the two-minute warning approaching.

Right before the two-minute mark on the very next play, Manning found Beckham on the left side against Butler for a touchdown. Beckham seemed to get both feet in with possession, but Butler did an incredible job of knocking the ball away quickly. The play was originally called a touchdown for the Giants, but after review, it was changed to incomplete.

An incomplete pass to Harris and a busted third down play where Manning took a sack, and the Patriots forced the Giants into a field goal attempt. Brown knocked the ball through the uprights to give the Giants a 26-24 lead, but there was still 1:46 left on the clock for the Patriots’ offense.

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