Giants Fade in Fourth Quarter; Fall to Steelers, 24-20

John Fennelly , Lead Writer

The fans came out in full force today, many of them still entwined in Sandy’s unforgiving grasp. They were served a helluva football game by two of the league’s most clutch teams.

Eli Manning and his counterpart, Ben Roethlisberger both specialize in fourth quarter heroics. This time the fourth quarter did not belong to the Giants. In fact, much of the first three quarters didn’t, either, even though they led for the majority of the game.

The Giants led 20-10 after three quarters but then unraveled, allowing the Steelers to score 14 unanswered points, which could have been more. Pittsburgh attempted a fake FG on one drive and were stopped short of the first down. The Giants went down with a whimper, going 3-and-out in all three of their 4th quarter possessions.

The Giants’ offense was not in synch again. The defense was opportunistic, but leaky and the special teams were lax on both kickoff and punt coverage.

The result was a 24-20 victory the Steelers (5-3). The Giants fall to 6-3 after letting another game slide through their fingers. Nine games played. Nine games that could have been won. Yes, it’s frustrating, but why complain? We’ve been down this road before.

You didn’t expect the ride to be easy this time, did you?