EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A couple of comeback kids helped the New York Giants continue their winning streak.
It was appropriate that Thomas and Brown combined to maintain the Giants' hopes of overcoming an 0-6 start. Thomas missed the past two seasons with major knee injuries.
Brown missed the first eight games this season after breaking his left leg in the last preseason game for the second time in nine months.
"When I scored off his interception return, I went back over there and I said: 'Good job'" said Brown, who ran for 115 yards on 30 carries.
"He's another guy that showed perseverance. He knows how to deal with adversity. Guys like that, you feed off of. I want to make sure I'm a guy that they can feed off me."
Even more importantly they forced Oakland (3-6) to settle for a field goal on the opening possession of the second half after getting a first-and-goal at the 1.
Instead of a 24-14 lead, the margin was 20-14.
"That was huge," middle linebacker Jon Beason said. "Anytime you can go out there with your backs against the wall, it's a good thing."
Thomas' interception was even bigger, and it turned the momentum a final time.
Thomas, who was the NFC defensive player of the week two weeks ago, was waiting in the slant route.
"It was a route they have run a lot and I was waiting on it the whole game," Thomas said. "They run two-by-two slants and coach put us in a great position and I was happy to make a play for the defense."
Thomas ran toward the gaping end zone, avoiding a tackle by Pryor inside the 20 before being tackled by Andre Holmes.
The ball came loose, and officials said Thomas was down.
Brown gave the Giants the lead from the 1-yard line following a pass interference call, taking time to kneel in the end zone and stretch his hands to the sky.
"It's great to have 'Dre back," Thomas said. "To run for 100 yards after sitting out and missing eight games and to come back in the fashion he did, and run like he did, it's very refreshing for our team. It was great to see him return to his old self. I wish I would have scored but it was great to see him get in."
"We just to go back to work and stick with each other," said Pryor, who was 11 of 26 for 122 yards playing with a sore hamstring. "A lot of fingers can be pointed at me. That's all right, I understand that. The next time we get in this situation we have to know how to react."
But Thomas and Brown stepped in to save New York.
Pryor scored from 1 yard on the second play from scrimmage after a fumble by Jerrel Jernigan on the opening kickoff.
Oakland took a 10-7 lead on a 33-yard field goal by Janikowski. A fumble by running back Peyton Hillis on a short pass set up the score.
Manning got the Giants going in the second quarter with a TD pass to Randle. However, Manning's third pick-6 of the season allowed Porter to skip into the end zone.
NOTES: The previous time the Giants returned a blocked punt for a TD was by Tom Flynn in 1988. ...Weatherford had a miserable day, averaging 30.4 yards on four punts. Linebacker Sio Moore had nine tackles and a sack to lead Oakland. Safety Antrel Rolle had a game-high 12 tackles and a sack, one of four by New York.
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