By Jeremy Kahn
One day very soon the Oakland Raiders will get back on track and prove to everyone that they are a good football team, and they will return to “The Greatness,” very soon.
Andre Brown scored on a one-yard run after Terrell Thomas returned a Terrelle Pryor interception 65 yards to setup Brown’s one-yard run, as the New York Giants defeated the Raiders 24-20 at MetLife Stadium.
The Giants, who lost their first six games of the season have now three straight, and are right back in the hunt in the NFC East.
Both Brown and Thomas are coming serious injuries to lead the Giants to the victory over the Raiders, who have dropped two in a row.
Pryor and the Raiders offense seemed grounded all day, as they gained only 213 yards of offense on the afternoon.
After a taking 7-0 lead just 53 seconds into the game, things got interesting after the Raiders could not convert on their next series.
Marquette King’s punt was blocked and Cooper Taylor returned it 21 yards for a touchdown to tie up the game.
This was the first blocked punt returned for a touchdown by the Giants since Tom Flynn in 1988.
Sebastian Janikowski gave the Raiders the lead after he connected for a 33–yard field goal, but the lead was short lived.
Ruben Randle caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to give the Giants their first lead the afternoon.
Manning made a huge mistake, as he threw an interception that Tracy Porter returned 43 yards to the end zone, giving the Raiders a 17-14 lead at the half.
Janikowski extended the lead up to six points at 20-14 in the third quarter, as he nailed a 24-yard field goal.
Brown then scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown with 2:15 remaining in the third quarter.
Josh Brown kicked a 23-yard field goal with just over eight minutes left in the game for the final points of the game.
In the absence of Darren McFadden, who sat out the game while nursing an injured hamstring, Rashad Jennings led the Raiders on the ground with 88 yards on 20 carries.
Pryor, who scored the Raiders first touchdown of the game carried the ball five times and gained just 19 yards.
In the air, Pryor went just 11-for-26 for 122 yards and that costly interception that eventually cost the Raiders the game.