Presented with an opportunity for a road win by the mistake-prone New York Giants, the Raiders couldn’t overcome their own errors in a 24-20 defeat Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
It was the 12th consecutive defeat for the Raiders (3-6) in the eastern time zone, and frustrating in that the Giants (3-6) had their own crowd of 80,366 booing at times because of their play.
Three New York turnovers led to 17 first-half points for the Raiders, including a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown by Tracy Porter against Eli Manning.
Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who struggled all day with his passing, made the game’s biggest mistake late in the third quarter.
With Oakland leading 20-17 and faced with a third-and-9 at the New York 33, there was a chance for a long distance field goal attempt by Sebastian Janikowski even if the Raiders failed to convert the first down.
Pryor, however, forced a pass to a covered Denarius Moore, with Terrell Thomas intercepting and racing 65 yards to the 5-yard line. Thomas lost the ball after he hit the ground after a tackle by Andre Holmes, but officials ruled the ball dead.
Andre Brown, who got steady yardage against the Raiders all day, scored from the 1-yard line one play later and New York led 21-20.
The Giants extended the lead to 24-20 on a 23-yard field goal by Josh Brown with 8:04 remaining.
A lost Pryor fumble on a third-and-10 sack by Mathias Kiwanuka and recovery by Cullen Jenkins at the Oakland 45-yard line with less than four minutes to play snuffed out any hopes the Raiders had of coming back.
Pryor finished 11 of 26 for 122 yards and no touchdowns with the interception and a lost fumble. The most consistent offense came from running back Rashad Jennings, who gained 84 yards on 18 carries.
For the Giants, running back Andre Brown rushed for 106 yards on 28 carries in his first game after coming off the injured reserve (designated for return) list. Manning was 11 of 22 for 140 yards and a 5-yard touchdown to Rueben Randle.
The teams traded mistakes throughout, with the Giants’ Jerrel Jernigan fumbling the opening kickoff on a strip tackle by Taiwan Jones at the 5-yard line, with Pryor scoring on a 21-yard run 45 seconds into the game.
The Raiders gave that back a short time later when Damonte Moore charged through an unblocked middle to block a Marquette King punt, with Cooper Taylor returning it 21-yards for a touchdown.
Janikowski converted a 33-yard field goal for three gift points when Lamarr Houston forced and recovered a Peyton Hillis fumble _ the Raiders weren’t able to convert the mistake into a touchdown.
After the Giants finally got something going and Manning completed a 90-yard, 11-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Randle, Porter’s interception return gave Oakland a 17-14 halftime lead despite having 99 yards of offense.
The Raiders finished with eight penalties for 64 yards with the Giants having only one penalty for five yards. New York converted 7 of 13 third-down opportunities while the Raiders were 2-for-12.