The Giants came out on the wrong side of the local rivalry with Jets on Sunday, and they will have to wait four years to get another shot at them.
After building a 20-10 lead at halftime with an 80-yard punt return touchdown by Dwayne Harris and a 72-yard score from Eli Manning to Odell Beckham Jr., Big Blue was shut out the rest of the way in its first overtime game since 2013.
The Jets, meanwhile, controlled the clock for more than 38 minutes and tied the game near the end of regulation on Ryan Fitzpatrick's nine-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall. They then won the toss and received the opening kickoff of overtime, driving down to set up a go-ahead field goal that proved to be the difference in a 23-20 victory over the Giants. It was the first time the Jets beat the Giants since Halloween of 1993.
"Difficult game to even bring your team up after the game," coach Tom Coughlin said. "You're up 10. Didn't finish. Didn't finish, had opportunities. As I mentioned, I went for it on fourth-and-two thinking that that would certainly give, after the long drive and the amount of time used up in the drive, I thought that that was the play at the time. I still do. Obviously we didn't score there, we had an interception there. They drove, kicked a field goal and then we didn't do anything with the ball again."
IT WAS OVER WHEN
Josh Brown, who earlier extended his franchise record to 29 consecutive field goals, missed a 48-yard attempt wide left in overtime. After the game, Brown said he knew it was no good the "moment" he hit it. The Jets previously took the opening drive of overtime down to the Giants' 13-yard line, where Randy Bullock kicked a 31-yarder to take the lead.
"I just have to keep my head down, look through the ball and there's nothing else I can do about it," Brown said. "I have to keep striking the same ball. I had made everything, kicking well. I just have to hit that ball like I do every other one. I just didn't get through it like I needed to. It trailed left and stayed just left of the upright."
WHAT THE LOSS MEANS FOR THE GIANTS (5-7)
The Giants entered Sunday tied with the Redskins for first place in the NFC East -- Washington owned the tiebreaker based on division record -- and they now need help the rest of the way to make it to the postseason. As the fourth quarter of the season begins, Big Blue looks to break its three-game skid on "Monday Night Football" next week in Miami. The Dolphins improved to 5-7 on Sunday with a 15-13 victory over the Ravens. After that, the Giants host Carolina and Philadelphia with a road game in Minnesota in between.
"These are the games we've been in all year and it's the reason we're 5-7," said Beckham, who now has the most receptions (169 and counting) by any player in NFL history through his first two seasons. "It's the difference between being 10-2, 9-3; it's games like this. Like I said, you just keep moving forward and learn from it."
WHAT THE WIN MEANS FOR THE JETS (7-5)
With back-to-back victories, the Jets, who are 2-1 against the NFC East, held serve in the race for an AFC Wild Card spot. They alternate home and road games the rest of the way against the Titans, Cowboys, Patriots, and Bills.
"This is a statement game for us as far as coming from behind and winning one," Jets wide receiver Eric Decker said. "We've had a couple opportunities in the past, but to win one this time of year, we know we made a bunch of mistakes -- and the Giants played well; they put a lot of pressure on [Ryan] Fitzpatrick -- to get the win is big time for us. I thought a lot of guys stepped up and played."