Giants play spoiler, knock Lions out of contention with OT win

Updated: December 22, 2013

Detroit, MI ( – Josh Brown’s 45-yard field goal midway
through overtime officially knocked the fading Detroit Lions out of playoff
contention, while lifting the New York Giants a 23-20 victory at Ford Field.

Brown hit three field goals in all for a Giants team that prevailed despite
mustering just two first downs and 57 total yards in the second half.

New York (6-9) overcame its offensive woes by scoring 17 points off three
Detroit turnovers, none bigger than Will Hill’s 38-yard touchdown return off a
Matt Stafford interception that tied the game at 20-20 with 4:57 left in

Stafford threw a pair of picks while putting up 222 yards on 25-of-42 passing
in the loss, the fifth in six games for Detroit (7-8). The Lions blew a
fourth-quarter lead in each of those setbacks.

Eli Manning completed 23-of-42 throws for 256 yards with an interception and a
touchdown to Jerrel Jernigan, who posted a career-high 80 yards on six catches
filling in for an injured Victor Cruz.

Joique Bell was one bright spot in the Lions’ latest frustrating defeat,
tallying 154 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown that included a 10-catch,
63-yard effort.