After their first win on the road last weekend against the Buffalo Bills, the New York Giants returned home to play the Pittsburgh Steelers in their first preseason game of the summer at MetLife Stadium.
Just like last weekend against Buffalo and last year against Pittsburgh, the Giants knocked off the Steelers again by a score of 20-16 as they improved to 2-0 in the preseason.
With both Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger not playing much in this game; Manning going 0-for-2 with 0 yards and Ben Roethlisberger going 1-for-2 for 42 yards, the Giants again saw a boost from their newly revamped running game, only this time it was from a different running back providing the spark this week.
After Shaun Suisham's 26-yard field goal with 10:37 to go in the first quarter gave the Steelers an early 3-0 lead, the Giants got the ball on the next possession and Rashad Jennings took the first play for 73 yards to the house and all the way into the end zone for the Giants first touchdown and put them up 7-3 just 11 seconds after Pittsburgh's initial score.
After both teams traded punts and several penalties, it was the Giants who put the next points on the board, as Josh Brown connected on a 45-yard field goal with 9:18 left in the second quarter to put the Giants up 10-3. The Steelers missed a chance to put points on the board, as Suisham's second attempt of the night, a 38-yard attempt hit the upright and was no good.
The Giants then took the ball back on their own 28 yard line and drove down to the Steelers 28-yard line on 13 plays and backup kicker Brandon McManus converted on a 46-yard field goal with :38 left in the half to put the Giants up 13-3, which is what the score stayed at when both teams hit the locker room for halftime.
In the second half, the Giants were given more reason to cut Jayron Hosley loose this summer during training camp, as he looked dreadful for the second week in a row and not only was getting beat on plays down the field, but got called twice for defensive pass interference and with a suspension already looming for him at the start of the season, Hosley's time with the Giants may be coming to an end with his play.
The Steelers put the next couple of points up, as Suisham converted on a 38-yard field goal to make it 13-6 with 6:24 left in the third quarter, then Suisham connected on a 32-yard field goal to cut the Giants lead to 13-9 with 14:05 left in the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter with 10:25 to go in the game, Giants second year quarterback Ryan Nassib made a blunder of a play when he threw a backwards pass at the Steelers 28-yard line that was picked up by Howard Jones and returned for a 28-yard touchdown score and put the Steelers up for the first time since they were up 3-0 at 16-13.
After the turnover, that lead to Curtis Painter coming in to relieve Nassib and the veteran backup lead the Giants down the field in a 12-play, 80-yard drive that took up 7:26 off the clock and ended with Painter connecting to Corey Washington on a three-yard touchdown catch and the Giants re-claimed the lead at 20-16. The touchdown catch was Washington's second of the preseason and only further increases his chances of making the final 53-man roster.
With 2:50 left, the Steelers had one final chance to try and take the lead in the game, but with 1:25 left in the game, Martavias Bryant fumbled the ball on the Giants 27-yard line and was recovered by Terrell Manning. The Giants took over possession, ran out the clock and got their second win of the season by holding off the Steelers 20-16.
With Manning only participating in limited action, Nassib went 12-for-21 for 81 yards. Curtis Painter went 7-for-7 for 68 yards and a touchdown pass. Jennings lead the rushing attack this time with 85 yards on five carries with a touchdown; rookie Andre Williams, who was the star last week, had 35 yards on seven carries. Washington was the only receiver to catch a touchdown, as he had three catches for 23 yards and his one touchdown turned out to be the team's winning score.
Now at 2-0 in the preseason, the Giants will travel to the building they won Super Bowl XLVI in; Lucas Oil Stadium, as they will play the Indianapolis Colts and will see a few former Giants on the other side of the field in Ahmad Bradshaw and recently departed receiver and former number one pick Hakeem Nicks.
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