The Saints put the icing on the cake of their Super Bowl XLIV victory when cornerback Tracy Porter picked off Peyton Manning and went 74 yards for a touchdown.
Sunday’s game at the Meadowlands between the Giants and Raiders doesn’t have as much at stake (and is being played by two far inferior teams), but Porter still found a way to make life miserable for the Manning family. Porter jumped a pass intended for Victory Cruz and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown to give the Raiders a 17-14 lead with 1:18 to play in the first half. It’s Manning’s 16th interception of the season, but his first since Week Six.
A third sack of Manning helped kill the Giants’ ensuing offensive drive and allowed the Raiders to take their lead into the half. It’s been a sloppy game on both sides with special teams miscues accounting for points on both sides and the Raiders finding their old penalty bug. Both teams have matched decent running attacks with passing games that have done more harm than good for the most part. Manning is 8-of-13 for 90 yards and Terrelle Pryor is 3-of-12 for 27 yards in a performance that’s seen him fail to get the ball out quickly enough time and again.
Manning’s interception was the Giants’ third turnover of the game already, a reminder that the last two wins haven’t moved the Giants too far past their six-game losing streak.