Without tailback Ahmad Bradshaw and center David Baas, the Giants still rushed for 111 yards. Brandon Jacobs wanted a bigger role and he got 18 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown. He also caught four passes.
Eli Manning didn't put up gaudy numbers, but he led the Giants on 85- and 80-yard TD drives in the last seven minutes. Victor Cruz, Jake Ballard, Mario Manningham and Ramses Barden all stepped up in the fourth quarter.
The Giants allowed New England to rush for 106 yards, but this was a vast improvement over their previous five games, when New York surrendered 145 rushing yards or more in each game. BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 52 yards on 12 carries but his longest run was for 18 yards.
The Giants kept Tom Brady out of the end zone for three quarters and picked him off twice. Wes Welker did have nine receptions for 136 yards and Rob Gronkowski had eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown.
Steve Weatherford was terrific, landing five of his eight punts inside the 20. Punt coverage was excellent, as Mark Herzlich forced a Julian Edelman fumble on a return. However, Aaron Ross muffed a punt that eventually led to a Pats field goal and Devin Thomas nearly fumbled away a kick.
The D held Brady in check until the fourth. The offense, despite missing key players, took advantage of New England's shaky pass defense. Tom Coughlin snapped Bill Belichick's 20-game regular-season home win streak and was lifted onto the shoulders of his players in the locker room.