Final

Steelers 16

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Giants 20

(2-0, 1-0 home)

7:30 PM ET, August 9, 2014

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
PIT 3 0 3 1016
NYG 7 6 0 720

Top Performers

Passing: R. Nassib (NYG) - 81 YDS

Rushing: R. Jennings (NYG) - 5 CAR, 85 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Archer (PIT) - 2 REC, 50 YDS

Giants rally for 20-16 win over Steelers

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With a chance for an increased role in the Giants' running game, Rashad Jennings made a strong first impression on Saturday night.

Jennings ran 73 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and Curtis Painter's scoring pass with 2:50 left gave the Giants a 20-16 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in a preseason game.

"It feels good to get out there and jell with the offense," Jennings said. "Find a big hole like that and make a big play."

Howard Jones had given the Steelers a 16-13 lead when he picked up backup quarterback Ryan Nassib's fumble and went 28 yards for a touchdown with 10:16 to go. But Painter led a 12-play, 80-yard drive and threw a 3-yard TD pass to Corey Washington for the victory.

Eli Manning played four series and was 0 for 2 for the Giants.

Manning said the offense under new coordinator Ben McAdoo is a work in progress.

"I thought the running game was good," Manning said. "Whenever you have a running back break a long one, that's a great thing to have to be able to hit that big play.

"I feel confident in the offense, feel confident in our ability."

The Giants opened the preseason last week with a 17-13 victory over Buffalo in the Hall of Fame game.

The Giants focused on their running game after a week in which David Wilson was forced to retire because of a neck injury. Peyton Hillis missed the game because of an ankle injury.

Jennings, who signed a four-year, $10 million deal with the Giants in March, finished with 85 yards to lead the team.

Ben Roethlisberger played only one series for the Steelers (0-1). He was 1 for 2, with the completion a 46-yarder to rookie third-round pick Dri Archer to the Giants 14. Running back Le'Veon Bell started the drive with gains of 9 and 8 yards.

The seven-play, 70-yard drive ended with the first of Shaun Suisham's three field goals, a 26-yarder for a 3-0 lead.

"I thought it was a good, solid first series," Roethlisberger said. "Obviously, it helped that we had a huge play to Dri. But we moved the ball down the field and got points on the board."

Jennings' long touchdown run came on the next play from scrimmage.

"It was a well-executed play," Jennings said. "Eli made sure we were in the right play, it was a hat on a hat, a gaping hole in the offensive line."

"One-on-one battles in the open field, you've got to win those. It's what I did and the rest was just a race."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was disappointed with his team's defense on that score.

"We gave up a long run and that can't happen," he said. "You're going to have guys break out and get 8 or get 12 yards, but not 78. It was an integrity issue. When those things happen, you have to be able to minimize the explosion."

Early in the second quarter, the Giants took advantage of a 21-yard punt by Brad Wing and started their drive at the Steelers 35. Josh Brown made a 45-yard field goal for a 10-3 lead.

Bruce Gradkowski took over for Roethlisberger and was 8 for 12 for 66 yards.

Nassib replaced Manning in the second quarter. On his second drive, he completed his first five passes, including a 12-yarder to Rueben Randle. Brandon McManus' 46-yard field goal with 38 seconds left in the first half gave the Giants a 13-3 lead.

Charles James fumbled a punt with 7:37 left in the third and Jones recovered at the Giants 21. The Giants' defense held and Suisham made a 38-yard field goal to make it 13-6.

Suisham added a 32-yarder 59 seconds into the fourth quarter to make it 13-9.

Game notes


Washington also caught a TD pass last week against the Bills. ... Steelers second-year linebacker Jarvis Jones had a sack of Manning late in the first quarter. ... First-round pick WR Odell Beckham Jr. missed the game because a hamstring injury. Also out for the Giants: WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), OT Will Beatty and DT Mike Patterson (shoulder). ... Missing the game for the Steelers: LB Ryan Shazier, TE Michael Palmer, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and NT Steve McLendon. ... The Giants' next preseason game is next Saturday at the Colts, who lost to the Jets on Thursday. The Steelers will host the Bills in their preseason home opener next Saturday.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PIT
NYG
1st Downs1415
Passing 1st downs
511
Rushing 1st downs
34
1st downs from penalties
60
3rd down efficiency
2-145-14
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Plays5962
Total Yards251312
Yards per play4.35.0
Total Drives1212
Passing181141
Comp-Att
20-3519-30
Yards per pass
4.94.5
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-51-8
Rushing70171
Rushing Attempts
2231
Yards per rush
3.25.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-21-1
Penalties5-3410-109
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
12
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession29:2430:36

Passing Leaders

PITC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Jones11/21743.5001-0
Gradkowski8/12665.5001-5
NYGC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Nassib12/21813.9000-0
Painter7/7689.7100-0

Rushing Leaders

PITCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bell3186.009
Poole5173.407
NYGCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jennings58517.0173
Gaskins10464.6012

Receiving Leaders

PITRECYDSAVGTDLG
Archer25025.0046
Moye4328.0014
NYGRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harvey22311.5013
Washington3237.7111

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPITNYG
pitFG10:34Shaun Suisham 26 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 70 yds, 3:10
30
nygTD10:14Rashad Jennings 73 Yd Run (Brandon McManus Kick)
Drive info: 1 plays, 73 yds, 0:20
37
SECOND QUARTERPITNYG
nygFG9:13Josh Brown 45 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 8 yds, 1:22
310
nygFG0:38Brandon McManus 46 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 44 yds, 3:44
313
THIRD QUARTERPITNYG
pitFG6:14Shaun Suisham 38 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 1 yds, 1:23
613
FOURTH QUARTERPITNYG
pitFG14:01Shaun Suisham 32 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 62 yds, 2:07
913
pitTD10:16Howard Jones 28 Yd Fumble Return (Shaun Suisham Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 18 yds, 3:45
1613
nygTD2:50Corey Washington 3 Yd pass from Curtis Painter (Josh Brown Kick)
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yds, 7:26
1620