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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas, playing in his first season after two consecutive ACL surgeries, picked off Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third quarter to spark a 24-20 win at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

It was the first interception for Thomas, the NFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 8, since 2010, when he recorded five interceptions.

It was also the first regular-season touchdown run for running back Andre Brown since Nov. 25, 2012, the last time he played before suffering a broken leg that ultimately ended his season.

The Giants managed to overcome a shaky first half that saw the Raiders score their 17 first-half points on three drives that totaled 10 yards and which saw the Giants' shaky special teams play continue.

Jerrel Jernigan fumbled away the opening kickoff for the Giants to set the stage for Pryor-s 1-yard touchdown run to get his team on the board after just 53 seconds.

Later in the first quarter, Giants rookie defensive end Damontre Moore blocked a punt, which was recovered and returned by safety Cooper Taylor 21 yards to tie the game at 7-7.

The Raiders then took the lead in the first quarter on a 33-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski after the Giants turned the ball over on a fumble by running back Peyton Hillis on a third-and-20.

New York battle back to take a 14-10 lead in the second quarter on a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Eli Manning to wide receiver Rueben Randle, but then Manning threw his 16th interception of the year to Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter, who returned it 43 yards to give the Raiders a 17-14 halftime lead.

After Janikowski extended the Raiders' lead to 20-14 on his second field goal of the day, Thomas came up with the momentum-shifting play with his interception.

Thomas was brought down on the Raiders' 5-yard-line, and initially appeared to have fumbled the ball out of the back of the end zone, but the replay official upheld the initial ruling on the field and the turnover stood.

Brown, who put the Giants ahead to stay with his 1-yard touchdown run, finished his first game back with a career-high 30 carries for 115 yards, and the touchdown.

With the win, the Giants improve to 3-6 and will now await the outcome of the Sunday night game between Dallas and New Orleans. If the Saints defeat the Cowboys, the Giants could potentially be facing their NFC East rivals in two weeks for first place in the NFC East if New York can get past Green Bay next week.

The Raiders, who fell to 3-6, remain in last place in the AFC West, and have now lost eight straight games on the road. They will try to snap their losing streak on the road next week at Houston.

NOTES: With the return of RB Andre Brown to the lineup, the Giants have now started a record-high of eight differed backs, including six running backs and two fullbacks, this season per the Elias Sports Bureau. ... The blocked punt for a touchdown by the Giants was their first one in 408 games, the last time being Sept. 5, 1988 against Washington. ... The Raiders won the turnover battle for only the third time this season.
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