EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants are not only back in the playoff hunt with a four-game winning streak, they're calling the plays that get them those wins.
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With the Giants clinging to a 20-13 lead early in the fourth quarter and the Packers about to start a series at their 30, Pierre-Paul said in the huddle he was going to pick a pass and score. Pierre-Paul hadn't seen the Packers' formation and he hadn't been listening to coach Mike McCarthy talk to Scott Tolzien on the sideline. He just knew, and he was right.
"I have never seen anything like it before in my life," fellow defensive end Justin Tuck said. "We were literally in a TV timeout and he said, 'I'm going to pick this.'"
"If you look at my reaction to him picking it, I was in awe because he had just called it before it happened," Tuck said. "He called it before seeing the formation, so I don't know if it was Voodoo. I don't know."
Pierre-Paul, questionable because of a shoulder injury against Oakland that limited him to one day of practice, said he had a feeling.
"I knew I could deliver that play, that significant play, and I did," Pierre-Paul said. "It changed the game."
Tolzien, starting his first NFL game, took the blame.
"That's on me giving their team a freebie," said Tolzien, who finished 24 of 34 for 339 yards and three interceptions. "We had a chance at that point. That kills ya. It was a game-changer. You see the arms up in the air and you can't throw it."
"It's not good," Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said. " It's definitely new territory. It's tough, because you go 10-5, 10-6, 15-1. You lose three, it doesn't feel good. But right now we're just not playing very good ball. We're 5-5 right now, so we've just got to move forward with the guys we have and play better."
Two of the three losses have come with 2011 NFL MVP Rodgers sidelined with a broken left collarbone.
The Giants are heading the other way. Their winning streak follows a 0-6 start and it improbably has moved them within 1½ games of first-place Philadelphia (6-5) in the weak NFC East. They are a game behind second-place and idle Dallas (5-5), which will play here next Sunday.
"We've kept the dream alive and got to the game next week," center Jim Cordle said. "But there is still a long way to go."
The touchdown reception was Randle's sixth in the last six games, and he set it up with a 32-yard punt return. Manning finished 25 of 35 for 279 yards and an interception.
NOTES: Brett Conway of Washington kicked a 55-yard against New York in 2001. ... Nelson finished with eight catches for 117 yards. ... Packers DT Johnny Jolly (groin) and CB James Nixon (knee) left the game with injuries. ... LB Jon Beason and S Antrel Rolle had the Giants' other interceptions. ...Linebacker Brad Jones led the Packers with 13 tackles and a sack. ... CB Terrell Thomas, Beason and LB Jacquian Williams all had eight tackles for the Giants. ... Green Bay outgained New York 394-334, but the Giants had the ball 35:14.
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