- Associated Press - Sunday, November 28, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. | With his team trailing by 11 points and the season on the brink, coach Tom Coughlin wasn’t the only voice in the New York Giants‘ locker room at halftime.

The one that stood out was Justin Tuck, and his message was simple: Stop playing like garbage.

The Giants (7-4) got the message and maybe saved their season with five games to go.

Eli Manning threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Boss with 3:15 to play and Tuck and his buddies sacked David Garrard on three straight plays in the closing minute and forced a turnover as the Giants rallied to beat Jacksonville 24-20 on Sunday. The win snapped a two-game slide and ending the Jaguars’ three-game winning streak.

“I talked about how you allow somebody to come into your house and take over,” Tuck said after the Jaguars had taken a 17-6 halftime lead. “At that point, they were doing just about whatever they wanted to do. We couldn’t allow ourselves not to be on the same page.”

“I told them I was playing like garbage,” Tuck added. “I told them we were playing like garbage. In the second half, we’ve got to pick it up. I just tried to create a spark, and it worked.”

The Giants held the Jaguars (6-5) to three points, 92 yards in total offense and forced two turnovers, with Antrel Rolle’s fumble recovery with 1:25 left icing the game.

“That was something that we needed,” Coughlin said. “We needed to rise up and have a finish like that. We’re all aware of the circumstances that we’re in, that the division is in, that the conference is in, and we needed to keep pace.”

Jacksonville took a 20-17 lead on 42-yard field goal by Josh Scobee with 8:26 to play and the Giants finally took the lead with a six-play, 69-yard drive that featured an 18-yard pass to Mario Manningham and an 18-yard run by Brandon Jacobs, who gained 87 yards on 14 carries in his return to the starting lineup.

Faced with a third-and-10 at the Jaguars 32, Manning (14-of-24 for 226) and Boss caught Jacksonville in a blitz.

“He saw it,” Manning said of Boss. “He went up the field looking for the ball and I got it to him.”

Boss caught the ball at the 25, shook off a tackle by safety Courtney Greene and romped into the end zone.

“He almost brought me down,” said Boss, whose holding penalty cost the Giants a first-half touchdown. “I was kind of fumbling and stumbling to keep my feet and get in the end zone.”

Greene took the blame.

“I just missed the tackle,” said Greene, who led the Jaguars with 11 tackles.

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