For 58 minutes, it appeared that the New York Giants were going to do it again. The New England Patriots, with an undefeated season on the line no timeouts in hand, trailed New York by two points as the clock wound down under two minutes.
And after whiffing on three straight pass plays from their own 20 -- the first on a dropped interception by Giants corner Jayron Hosely -- Tom Brady faced a 4th and 10 with 1:28 left on the clock. And that's when the magic kicked in.
A 32-yard pass play to Danny Amendola gave New England a new set of downs, and they would barely look back. Three completions later, the Pats had set up Stephen Gostkowski for a 54-yarder with six ticks left to win the game.
You can figure out the rest.
The kick soared through, leaving just a second for the Giants to ill-fatedly return a squib kick.
The Giants can walk away saying they played one of their best games of the season -- yet let it crumble down to nothing in the final minutes yet again. Eli Manning threw for 361 yards and two scores -- one via Odell Beckham Jr., who accounted for 104 of those yards.
It was in doubt more than it's been all season, but the Patriots' undefeated campaign is still in tact. At 9-0, their hardest remaining tests will in Denver on Sunday night in Week 12. The Giants, still clinging to first place by a half-game, control their own playoff destiny -- and the next step to the postseason is in Washington next week.
Patriots 27, Giants 26
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