Originally posted on Patriots Extra  |  Last updated 11/6/11

After losing to the New York Giants 24-20 at home today, the New England Patriots have extended their losing streak to two games.

The first two quarters of the game ended in a 0-0 tie due to a solid mixture of sloppy offensive play and good showings from each defense. Tom Brady threw his ninth interception of the year in the second quarter after a tipped pass was caught by Mathias Kiwanuka. Punters Zoltan Mesko and Steve Weatherford combined for ten first half punts. Stephen Gostkowski missed a chip-shot 27 yard field goal right before the half ended that would have put the Pats up 3-0.

December 2006 at Miami was the last time that the Patriots were held scoreless in the first half. November 1993 against Buffalo was the last time that both teams were held scoreless in the first half of a Patriots game.

The third quarter ended with the Giants leading 10-3, but that was a score the Patriots were thankful for considering how they played in the third quarter. Tom Brady committed two more turnovers, one an interception and one a fumble. There were quite a few boos heard from Patriots fans in the third quarter because of the poor offensive performance.

Near the end of the third corner, cornerback Kyle Arrington picked off an Eli Manning pass in the end zone that would have led to a 17-3 lead, and that would have been an almost insurmountable lead to overcome considering how poorly the Patriots offense had played to that point. Instead, Arrington's fifth interception of the season led to a touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to tie the game up at 10-10.

A 45 yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal with 7:28 remaining in the game brought the score to 13-10, and that was the first time that the Patriots held the lead.

The Patriots defense got shredded last week against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the defense this week played suberb through the first three-plus quarters of play. But they fell apart in the last few minutes of the game.

Eli Manning led the Giants offense to two eighty-plus yard drives in the end of the fourth quarter. One drive ended with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Mario Manningham with 3:03 remaining and the other ended with a touchdown pass with 15 seconds remaining to tight end Jake Ballard.

Tom Brady's fourth-down touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski with 1:36 remaining to put the Patriots up 20-17 was all for naught after the Patriots defense allowed Eli Manning to drive 80 yards in under 80 seconds to put the Giants up 24-20.

Super Bowl XLII in 2008 was the last time that the Patriots faced the Giants, and the tough memories from that game were brought up once again after seeing Eli lead the Giants to a victory in another fourth-quarter game-winning drive.

The Pats are now in a three-way tie atop the AFC East at 5-3 with the Bills and Jets, and they will face the Jets in New York next week on Sunday Night Football.

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