- Associated Press - Sunday, November 6, 2011

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Eli Manning hit Jake Ballard for a 1-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds left, giving the New York Giants a stirring 24-20 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday, repeating a comeback victory similar to the 2008 Super Bowl between the teams.

The Giants won that one 17-14 on Manning’s 13-yard scoring pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining. But Sunday, it looked like the Patriots would win with a comeback of their own when Tom Brady threw a 14-yard scoring pass to Rob Gronkowski, making it 20-17 with 1:36 to go.

But the Giants (6-2) had enough time to move 80 yards on eight plays — helped by a 20-yard pass interference penalty against the Patriots that put the ball at the 1 with 30 seconds to play.

Three plays later, Manning found Ballard in the back left corner of the end zone.


Packers 45, Chargers 38

SAN DIEGO — Aaron Rodgers threw touchdown passes to four receivers, Green Bay returned two Philip Rivers interceptions for scores and the Packers withstood a wild finish to hold off San Diego and remain the only undefeated team.

The Packers improved to 8-0 behind Rodgers (21 of 26, 247 yards), who has an NFL-high 24 TD passes.

The Packers led by 21 points early in the fourth before Rivers threw two of his four touchdown passes to Vincent Jackson in the span of 1:07 midway through the quarter.

San Diego had a final chance to tie it, but Charlie Peprah intercepted Rivers in the closing seconds and returned it 76 yards to seal the victory.

Rivers tied his career high with four touchdown passes but was picked off three times as the Chargers (4-4) lost their third straight

Jets 27, Bills 11

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Mark Sanchez threw a touchdown to Santonio Holmes, and the New York Jets forced three turnovers to defeat the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in a key AFC East midseason showdown.

Sanchez’s 8-yard pass to Holmes with 3:27 left in the third quarter helped blow open the game as the Jets won their third straight — and first on the road — to move into a tie with the Bills.

LaDainian Tomlinson also scored on a 1-yard dive in the second half, three plays after Jim Leonhard recovered Fred Jackson’s fumble.

Saints 27, Buccaneers 16

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