Man­ning guides Giants to vic­tory over Ben­gals

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Ben McA­doo has shown a will­ing­ness to gam­ble in his first sea­son as the Giants coach, and New York is rid­ing his hot hand for a run at their first post­sea­son berth since win­ning the Su­per Bowl in 2011.

Eli Man­ning threw his third touch­down pass of the game on a fourth­down, fourth-quar­ter roll of the dice by McA­doo, and the Giants beat the Cincinnati Ben­gals 21-20 on Mon­day night for their first four-game win­ning streak since 2013.

“We like the po­si­tion we’re in. We’ve just got to keep go­ing. We can’t slow down,” said Man­ning, who was 28 of 44 for 240 yards and two in­ter­cep­tions. “We can’t re­lax for a sec­ond. Ev­ery game we’ve been play­ing is tight. I’m proud of the way the team is fight­ing.

Man­ning threw scor­ing passes of 10 yards apiece to rookie Jer­rell Adams and Odell Beck­ham in the first half, and a game-win­ning 3-yarder to rookie Ster­ling Shep­ard on a dar­ing call with New York (6-3) down 20-14 early in the fourth quar­ter.

The six wins match the Giants’ to­tal in each of the last two sea­sons un­der Tom Cough­lin, and it bodes well with Chicago (2-7) and Cleve­land (0-10) on tap the next two weeks.

The key to this one was McA­doo’s de­ci­sion to play for a TD early in the fourth. The third quar­ter ended with New York at the Cincinnati 9, fac­ing a sec­ond and goal.

When Man­ning came to the side­line, McA­doo told him they were in four-down ter­ri­tory.

“I don’t know if I’ve heard it be­fore,” Man­ning said of be­ing told be­fore the sec­ond-down play.

“Ob­vi­ously on third down, they tell you. We had the quar­ter change, so I think he had some time to think and wanted me to know and to tell the of­fen­sive guys the cir­cum­stances.” The fourth quar­ter started with an in­com­plete pass in­tended for tight end Will Tye. A 6-yard pass to Tavar­res King set up the fourth-down pass to Shep­ard, who cut across the field on a shal­low route and beat the line­backer.

“We knew it was go­ing to take touch­downs to beat this team,” McA­doo said. “It’s a good foot­ball team and we felt like we needed to score touch­downs. “

The Giants de­fense took over from there, clos­ing it out on Lan­don Collins’ fourth in­ter­cep­tion in the past three games and two stops, the last on con­sec­u­tive sacks of Andy Dal­ton with less than five min­utes to play.

Dal­ton threw a 13-yard touch­down pass to A.J. Green and Jeremy Hill scored on a 9-yard run that was set up by an 84-yard kick­off re­turn by Alex Erick­son to start the sec­ond half. Mike Nu­gent kicked two field goals for Cincinnati (35-1), the sec­ond giv­ing the Ben­gals a 20-14 lead early in the third quar­ter.

Dal­ton said the Ben­gals just couldn’t get any­thing go­ing af­ter tak­ing the lead. They missed a short third down play in the fourth quar­ter and then never threat­ened.

“We just needed one play to get us go­ing and we never got it,” said Dal­ton, who was 16 of 29 for 204 yards.

The Giants had a 14-10 half­time lead. Man­ning capped an 80-yard open­ing drive with his pass to Adams . He hit Beck­ham (10 catches for 97 yards) on New York’s fi­nal drive of the half.

A 71-yard pass from Dal­ton to tight end Tyler Eifert set up Green’s touch­down, and an in­ter­cep­tion by Dre Kirk­patrick led to Nu­gent’s first field goal, which was dis­ap­point­ing since Cincinnati had first-and-goal at the Giants 7 af­ter the re­turn.

IN­JURIES

Giants sec­ond-year G Brett Jones made his first NFL start and lasted one series be­fore leav­ing with a strained calf. New York WR-KR Dwayne Har­ris (toe) left in the sec­ond half, as did the Ben­gals DE Wal­lace Gil­berry (calf ).

RING OF HONOR

The Giants in­ducted two-time Su­per Bowl-win­ning coach Tom Cough­lin, de­fen­sive end Justin Tuck and for­mer gen­eral man­ager Ernie Ac­corsi into their Ring of Honor. Cough­lin, who stepped down af­ter last sea­son, was the last to be in­tro­duced, and he started by say­ing he wasn’t go­ing to be “cheated” in giv­ing his ac­cep­tance speech. He wasn’t. He spoke so long the teams had to wait for the sec­ond half to start. — AP

— AFP

NEW JERSEY: Ge­orge Iloka #43 of the Cincinnati Ben­gals in­ter­cepts a ball in­tended for Tavar­res King #15 of the New York Giants dur­ing the fourth quar­ter of the game at MetLife Sta­dium on Mon­day in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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