EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Last week, it was a sack extravaganza. This time, the New York Giants' defense did it with interceptions.
Rookie Aaron Ross returned the second of his first two NFL interceptions 43 yards for a touchdown with just over three minutes left to secure a 35-24 victory over the Jets in the latest Battle of New York.
A week after getting 12 sacks against Philadelphia, the Giants had only one -- by Osi Umenyiora with less than three minutes left -- but intercepted three Chad Pennington passes. The last was the most costly as the Jets were driving for a potential go-ahead score.
Pennington, who had good protection all game, threw a pass for Jerricho Cotchery but Ross stepped in front of it and took off down the left sideline and into the end zone. After trailing by 10 at halftime, the Giants (3-2) took over in the second half and beat the Jets (1-4) for the seventh time in 11 meetings.
Quoteworthy: "There's only so many more times that we can say, 'Well, we have time.' " -- Jonathan Vilma, Jets linebacker