Game Notes

Stat worth noting: The Giants improved by leaps and bounds on third down, converting five-of-10 a week after going one-for-11 in Dallas. Stat worth noting II: The Broncos ran for a gaudy 5.8 yards per carry average, but went away from the run late in the game, allowing New York life.

Turning point: It sure looked like the Giants were dead to rights after Champ Bailey picked off Eli Manning with less than five minutes to play. However, the defense stopped the Broncos three-and-out, giving the Giants the ball one more time, which enabled them to pull off the miraculous win.

Play to remember: Tiki Barber rebounded from his first fumble of the season in the first quarter by ripping off a beautiful 34-yard run the next time he touched the ball. Barber bounced outside and broke a couple tackles to kick-start New York's first scoring drive.

Play to forget: It looked like the Giants were finished when Eli Manning was picked off by Champ Bailey with 4:46 to play. Manning threw a terrible pass and Bailey made a diving pick to help the Broncos, leading 23-17 at the time, turn the Giants away.

By the numbers

3: Number of teams tied atop the NFC East. The Giants, Eagles and Redskins are all 4-2.

5: Amount of seconds to play when the Giants scored the game-winning touchdown.

7: Years since the Broncos were last at Giants Stadium to battle Big Blue. That 20-16 New York victory was also capped by an Amani Toomer touchdown pass.

8: Number of catches by Amani Toomer, who was the game's leading receiver.

What they said

"It was the greatest victory I have ever been a part of. I have never seen a play like that before. It was a huge one for us." – Giants DE Osi Umenyiora

"The Giants did what they had to do to win. I congratulate them for finding a way to move that ball down in the fourth quarter and do the things they needed to do to win the football game." – Broncos coach Mike Shanahan

What went right

Plaxico Burress came to play. He continues to be the threat the Giants so desperately needed and haven't had in what seems like forever. Plax started the game off right, going high for an 18-yard TD to give the Giants an early lead.

The Broncos inexplicably stopped blitzing late in the game. Denver had Eli Manning on his heels all game long, but definitely let up at the end.

Manning kept his cool. All his mates said he's mature and composed beyond his years. He's also more productive in the clutch than any Giants QB has been since a guy named Simms.

While he didn't have a whole bunch of impact plays, Antonio Pierce answered the bell with 13 tackles against the Broncos.

What went wrong

Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell showed up. The Giants were helpless to stop Denver's two-headed backfield all game long. Anderson had 120 yards on 24 carries and Bell had 60 more on eight totes.

The Broncos played a good game of keep-away, holding the ball for more than 34 minutes. Even though the Broncs only converted five third downs, they moved the ball up and down the field seemingly at will.

The Giants offensive line hardly had its best game, allowing Manning to be pressured way too often. However, they got the job done when it mattered most.

The Giants secondary never could seem to keep Jake Plummer under control. His bootlegs and play-action passes worked much more often than n

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