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Tynes’ Kick, Bradshaw’s Big Day Lifts Giants

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New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) runs away from Buffalo Bills defensive end Spencer Johnson (91) and  Terrence McGee (24) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won the game 27-24. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) runs away from Buffalo Bills defensive end Spencer Johnson (91) and Terrence McGee (24) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won the game 27-24. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ For a change, the New York Giants
didn’t have to rely solely on Eli Manning’s arm. They are heading
into the bye week with hope, now that they’ve found a running game.

Ahmad Bradshaw ran for season-high 104 yards and a career-best
three touchdowns and Lawrence Tynes kicked a go-ahead 23-yard field
goal with 1:32 remaining to give the New York Giants a 27-24
victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

The win sent the Giants (4-2) into their vacation in first place
in the NFC East, but knowing they have games against New England,
San Francisco, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Green Bay and the Jets in
their final 10-game stretch.

“This is a huge win for us,” guard David Diehl said. “Coming
into this game, we had a lot of things on our minds, with No. 1
being getting the run game going. Ahmad had a huge game for us,
over 100 yards, three touchdowns and he ran hard all game. The
other thing was we constantly said all week we can’t turn the ball
over against this team. This was a team scoring 14 points a game
off turnovers. We wanted to control the ball.”

New York was perfect on both fronts.

Bradshaw become the first Giants’ back to gain 100 yards this
season, scoring each time from a yard out. His game-high 30-yard
run on a little misdirecton play _ three plays after Corey
Webster’s second interception of the game _ set up Tynes’ winner
and allowed the Giants to rebound from a bad loss to Seattle.

“Anytime I have a chance, I want to put the team on the back
and make plays, and that’s what I plan to do anytime I do get a
shot,” said Bradshaw, who had career-high 88-yard TD run against
Buffalo in their last meeting in 2007, sealing a playoff berth in a
season New York won the Super Bowl. “We worked hard all week and
we were successful today.”

A big part of the success has to go to Manning. He loosened up
the defense, completing 21 of 32 for 292 yards and no interceptions
against the ballhawking Bills, who came in with 12 interceptions
and a league-best plus-11 on turnovers.

New York didn’t cough the ball up once.

“We feel we’re in a good spot, and we made progress
offensively,” Manning said. “We can’t afford to make mistakes
like we did last week, and the guys took that to heart.”

The defense, which gave up two long first-half touchdowns, also
stepped up, limiting the high-scoring Bills to seven second-half
points. Both of Webster’s picks came in the final half.

“We just kept fighting and scrapping and in the fourth quarter
we picked up the win,” Webster said. “We just persevered after
the big plays. You hate to put yourself behind the 8-ball, but we
kept fighting.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick was 21 of 30 for 244 yards and threw touchdown
passes of 60 yards to Naaman Roosevelt and 9 yards to Stevie
Johnson. However, the Bills quarterback had the only two turnovers
in the game and his final attempt was batted down by Jason
Pierre-Paul on a fourth-and-5 from the Bills 25 to preserve the
win.

“This is one of the hardest parts of playing quarterback, when
you don’t get the job done,” Fitzpatrick said. “The two
interceptions I threw, you couldn’t ask for better coverage, you
couldn’t ask for a better play, couldn’t ask for a better route.
They were both basically the same thing, Stevie on a go route. I’d
like to give credit to Corey Webster, he made plays on both of
them. That said, I feel like Stevie beat him and I underthrew both
of them.”

Fred Jackson had another monster game for Buffalo, rushing for
121 yards, including a career-high 80-yard TD run. He also caught
five passes for 47 yards.

After tying the game on the 9-yard pass to Johnson, Buffalo
appeared in position to take the lead when Fitzpatrick completed a
32-yard pass to David Nelson for a first down at the New York 27.

However, he went for the lead on a go-pattern to Johnson down
the left sideline and Webster was all over it, intercepting at the
5. Johnson was called for a very flagrant facemask, giving New York
the ball at its own 20.

“It’s always good winning going into the bye week,” Webster
said. “We got a ‘W’ instead of an ‘L.’ We’ve still got mistakes
that have to be corrected, but at least we’ve started to move in
the right direction now.”

Bradshaw had a 10-yard run on first down and then ripped off his
30-yarder around left end two plays later for a first down at the
Bills 37. Two pass interference penalties against Drayton Florence
eventually got New York a first and goal and Tynes, who had a
26-yard field goal in the first half, kicked another short one.

The Giants had a chance to take a 14-point lead late in the
third quarter when Manning hit Mario Manningham in stride on a pass
from the Bills 37, but the receiver failed to complete the
reception after hitting the end zone.

The pass was ruled incomplete. The Giants challenged and lost.
When the drive stalled, Tynes’ 51-yard field-goal attempt to put
the Giants up by 10 was blocked by Alex Carrington.

Buffalo took over at its 40, overcame a second-and-20 after a
sack by Osi Umenyiora and tied it on Fitzpatrick’s 9-yard TD pass
to Johnson with 8:57 to play.

New York had taken 24-17 lead with a 10-play, 75-yard drive that
Bradshaw capped after a review ruled that Manningham did not score
on a pass reception from the 7 that had originally been ruled a
touchdown.

The first half, which ended tied at 17, was mixture of the
Bills’ big-play offense and the Giants’ more methodical approach.

Bradshaw scored on a pair of 1-yard runs for the Giants and the
Bills got touchdowns on Jackson’s long run _ just one play from
scrimmage after Bradshaw’s first TD _ and a 60-yard catch and run
by Roosevelt, his first career TD.

Tynes kicked a 26-yard field goal for the Giants, while Rian
Lindell had a 49-yarder for the Bills with 24 seconds left in the
half.

Bradshaw had given the Giants the lead on the previous
possession, scoring just two plays after Manning hit Hakeem Nicks
on a 60-yard pass down the left sideline, New York’s biggest play
of the half.

Notes: Jackson has rushed for 100 yards in four of six games and
now has 11 in his career. His 80-yard TD run tied for the
fourth-longest in Bills’ history and was the longest run since
Thurman Thomas scored from 80 in 1990. … Buffalo has scored at
least 20 points in six straight games this season, their longest
run since 2006. … G Chris Snee had a streak of 101 straight
starts snapped when he missed the game with a concussion. …
Giants DE Justin Tuck said after the game he intended to play after
the bye week. He has missed three straight games with neck and
groin injuries.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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