The New York Giants gave the Oakland Raiders ample opportunities to pick up their first road win of the season on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, but instead the Raiders trumped the Giants mistakes with miscues of their own and took a 24-20 loss.
The Giants turned the ball over three times in the first half, which led to 17 points for Oakland, but it was Terrelle Pryor who wound up making the key mistake of the afternoon for the Raiders.
Nursing a 20-17 lead with a third-and-9 in New York territory, Pryor tried to fit a pass in to Denarius Moore. Terrell Thomas picked it off and rambled 65 yards to the Oakland 5-yard line.
One play later, Andre Brown was in for a one-yard touchdown and the Giants led 21-20.
The Giants got a field goal midway through the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 24-20 and the Raiders’ last chance was snuffed out when Pryor was sacked and stripped of the ball by Mathias Kiwanuka near midfield with less than four minutes left.
Pryor was just 11-for-26 for 122 yards and had the two turnovers. Rashad Jennings had a solid day, picking up 88 yards on 20 carries, but Oakland’s trouble getting key yards reared its ugly head after the Giants gave the ball away deep in their own end.
The game really was a comedy of errors. Each team scored on either defense or special teams and the sides combined for five turnovers.
The turnover parade started quickly, with the Giants Jernell Jernigan fumbling the opening kickoff to set up Oakland’s first touchdown. Andre Holmes recovered the fumble and returned it to the New York 5. Two plays later, Pryor sneaked in to make it 7-0.
The Giants tied it five minutes or so later when Marquette King had a punt blocked. Cooper Taylor scooped up the loose ball and sauntered 21 yards for a score to tie the game at 7-7.
Lamarr Houston stripped the ball away from Giants running back Peyton Hillis and recovered the fumble, but all the Raiders could get out of it was a 33-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski to take a 10-7 lead late in the period/
The Giants took their first lead midway through the second quarter on a five-yard pass from Eli Manning to Rueben Randle, but while New York was running a two-minute offense, Tracy Porter came up with a big interception and returned it 43 yards for a score to give Oakland a 17-14 halftime edge.
Brown had 115 yards on 30 carries and scored a touchdown for the, playing his first game since breaking his leg in the final preseason game. Manning was 12-for-22 for 140 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
For the Raiders, their woes in the Eastern Time Zone continued as this was their 12th consecutive loss in games played there.
Oakland will be on the road for another early start next Sunday when they visit the Houston Texans for a 10 a.m. Pacific kickoff.