Final

Giants 16

(7-3, 4-1 away)

Lions 10

(6-4, 4-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 18, 2007

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
NYG 3 7 3 316
DET 0 0 3 710

Top Performers

Passing: J. Kitna (DET) - 377 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: B. Jacobs (NYG) - 11 CAR, 54 YDS

Receiving: S. McDonald (DET) - 7 REC, 113 YDS

Strahan, secondary help Giants beat Lions

DETROIT (AP) -- Michael Strahan showed he's still got it, just days before he turns 36 and in a year he pondered retirement.

Strahan had a season-high three sacks, helping the New York Giants beat the Detroit Lions 16-10 Sunday to gain the advantage in the NFC wild-card race.

"From the time he got off the bus, he was very focused," said teammate Sam Madison, who had one of the victory-sealing interceptions in the final 2:04. "He was very energetic. He was the Stra of old. He's getting his legs under him. He's getting his second wind.

"He's showing he can still play the game."

New York (7-3) broke a third-place tie with Detroit in the conference and improved its chances of making the playoffs. In the Super Bowl era, 78.4 percent of teams that won seven of their first 10 games ended up in the postseason.

The Giants lost their first two games, won six straight, then lost to Dallas for a second time before handing Detroit its first defeat at home.

"We'll take the 7-3. I'm too tired to worry about how we got there," Strahan said. "Hopefully, we'll get another run going. We started one today."

The Lions (6-4) dropped back-to-back games for the first time this year, and took it hard after losing their other three games by double digits.

"Yeah, it's more difficult because that is not a better football team than us," quarterback Jon Kitna said. "We gave them the football game."

Strahan took offense to Kitna's take on the game.

"I honestly thought in the first half that was one of the worst teams we played that was 6-3," he said. "I don't quite understand why Jon would say that.

"Maybe we'll see them down the road and if that's the case, we'll beat that a-- again."

Detroit might need to beat the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers at home on Thanksgiving to maintain a realistic chance at making the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

"Is the season over? Absolutely not," offensive tackle Jeff Backus said. "It's one stumble in our path."

The Giants leaned on their defense to block Detroit's road to success.

Strahan and Co. put pressure on Kitna, forcing him out of the pocket to rush throws.

When Kitna did have time late in the game, Madison and James Butler came through for the Giants with key interceptions to shut down a team that had been scoring in bunches at home.

"They scored 31 points a game here," Strahan said. "The way we played today we should be very happy."

The win came at a price: Jacobs was sidelined in the third quarter with a left hamstring injury and linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka broke his left leg early in the game.

New York coach Tom Coughlin wasn't sure how serious Jacobs' injury was, but said Kiwanuka may be done for the season.

"It's obviously a big loss for us," Coughlin said.

Eli Manning threw a touchdown pass to Jacobs late in the first half and Lawrence Tynes kicked three field goals to give the Giants a 16-3 lead early in the fourth.

Detroit finally put together a strong drive, ending with Calvin Johnson's 35-yard TD catch to pull within six with 4:34 left.

After a three-and-out drive, Detroit drove to midfield and Kitna heaved an up-for-grabs pass to Shaun McDonald that Butler leaped to snag just inside the end zone.

The Lions had one more chance, getting the ball at their 32 with 1:25 left, but a pass went off McDonald's hands in New York territory and right to Madison in the final minute.

"That's the position we want to be in," McDonald said. "I didn't make the plays at the end."

In the second and third quarters, New York kept the Lions in the game by fumbling twice inside their 30.

But Kitna threw three interceptions, overshadowing the 28 passes he completed for 377 yards and a score. McDonald and Roy Williams both went over the 100-yard mark as the Lions were forced to throw because they could not run. Kevin Jones was limited to just 25 yards on 11 carries.

Manning was 28-of-39 for 283 yards with a score, spreading the ball around to five receivers who made at least four catches.

Game notes


Strahan, who missed all of training camp while deciding whether he wanted to play or retire, leads all active players with 140 1/2 sacks. ... Detroit S Idrees Bashir (knee) was injured on the opening kickoff and is scheduled for an MRI on Monday. ... Detroit fell to 0-3 vs. the NFC East and hosts division-leading Dallas next month.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYG
DET
1st Downs1917
Passing 1st downs
1015
Rushing 1st downs
71
1st downs from penalties
21
3rd down efficiency
4-141-10
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays6857
Total Yards341376
Yards per play5.06.6
Total Drives1313
Passing269351
Comp-Att
28-3928-43
Yards per pass
6.67.6
Interceptions thrown
03
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-143-26
Rushing7225
Rushing Attempts
2711
Yards per rush
2.72.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-30-0
Penalties6-477-40
Turnovers24
Fumbles lost
21
Interceptions thrown
03
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession35:1724:43

Passing Leaders

NYGC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning28/392837.3102-14
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Kitna28/433778.8133-26

Rushing Leaders

NYGCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jacobs11544.9018
Droughns11131.207
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones11252.308

Receiving Leaders

NYGRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jacobs44912.3134
Burress44711.8018
DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
McDonald711316.1032
Williams610617.7028

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYGDET
nygFG0:40Lawrence Tynes 28 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 81 yds, 5:11
30
SECOND QUARTERNYGDET
nygTD0:30Brandon Jacobs, 10 yd pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 3:44
100
THIRD QUARTERNYGDET
detFG10:56Jason Hanson 42 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 43 yds, 3:40
103
nygFG2:47Lawrence Tynes 46 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 30 yds, 3:18
133
FOURTH QUARTERNYGDET
nygFG11:18Lawrence Tynes 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 53 yds, 4:50
163
detTD4:41Calvin Johnson, 35 yd pass from Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 82 yds, 1:18
1610