Timely mistakes plague Raiders in loss to Giants
On the opening kickoff, Jerrel Jernigan was stripped by Raiders special teams standout Taiwan Jones. The fumble was recovered by recently activated wide receiver Andre Holmes, who returned it to the five yard line. The return set up a one yard touchdown run from Terrelle Pryor.
Special teams lapse
After a Giants punt, the Raiders took over for their second drive, which stalled around midfield, forcing a punt. The punt was blocked by Damontre Moore and returned 21 yards for a touchdown by Cooper Taylor. It was the Giants' first blocked punt for a touchdown since 1988, and tied the game at seven.
The defense ignites
The Raiders punted on their next drive, then their defense took over. The pass rush came alive, pressuring Eli Manning and forcing fumbles on consecutive plays, the second of which was forced and recovered by the Raiders' Lamarr Houston. Oakland took over at the Giants' 21 yard line but couldn't convert for a first down and settled for a Sebastian Janikowski 33 yard field goal.
The Giants respond
After trading possessions, the Giants took over at their own 10 yard line and mounted an 11 play, 90 yard touchdown drive. The drive was kept alive by an offside penalty on third down and was capped off by a five yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle.
Porter takes the lead back
Following another sloppy raider drive, the Giants took over deep in their own territory. New York began to move the football, then Tracy Porter jumped a Victor Cruz route and picked off Eli Manning's pass, returning it 43 yards for a touchdown. The play gave the Raiders a 17-14 lead that they would take into the half.
Second half success
On the first drive of the second half, the Raiders moved the ball well but ultimately stalled in the red zone. Oakland settled for a field goal and extended their lead to 20-14.
A costly error
After a Giants three-and-out, the Raiders took over at midfield, where a bizarre play ensued. Terrelle Pryor's pass was intercepted by Terrell Thomas, who returned it 65 yards to the Oakland five yard line, then apparently fumbled the ball, which rolled out of the end zone. The officials ruled that Thomas was down before he lost the ball, and after review, the call was confirmed. Andre Brown then punched in a one yard touchdown to give New York a one point lead.
The death knell
The teams traded drives back and forth, without much development other than a 23 yard Josh Brown field goal that made the score 24-20. With five minutes left the Raiders took over and attempted to regain the lead and secure victory. On third and ten Terrelle Pryor was sacked by Mathias Kiwanuka and lost the football, which was recovered by the Giants. The Raiders never saw the ball again as a series of successful runs and kneel downs sealed the win for the Giants.