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Giants beat Patriots 24-20 on last-minute comeback

By Howard Ulman

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Nov. 6 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is alone as he runs into the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Foxborough, Mass.. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011.

Charles Krupa, Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Eli Manning hit Jake Ballard for a 1-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds left, giving the New York Giants a 24-20 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday, repeating a comeback victory similar to the 2008 Super Bowl between the teams.

The Giants won that one, 17-14, on Manning's 13-yard scoring pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining. But on Sunday, it looked like the Patriots would win with a comeback of their own when Tom Brady threw a 14-yard scoring pass to Rob Gronkowski, making it 20-17 with 1:36 to go.

But the Giants (6-2) had enough time to move 80 yards on eight plays — helped by a 20-yard pass interference penalty against the Patriots (5-3) that put the ball at the 1 with 30 seconds to play. Three plays later, Manning found Ballard in the back left corner of the end zone.

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