Twenty minutes before the Giants and Saints kicked off Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins completed their comebacks to get within a half game of the Giants.
Now the Giants were officially in a must win game.
After Eli Manning threw his 14th career interception returned for a touchdown, MetLife stadium was about as quiet as it has ever been. Manning threw a pass behind Jerrel Jernigan, and Saints corner Elbert Mack picked it off and took it back for six.
On the ensuing kickoff, the stadium erupted as the speedy rookie David Wilson took the kick back 97 yards to tie the game at seven.
The Saints then handed the ball back to the Giants after Saints fullback Jed Collins was stripped by Antrel Rolle.
Manning led the Giants on a 35 yard scoring drive capped by a touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett.
The Saints made it a one point game with back to back field goals, but Eli and the Giants offense executed another one of their patented two minute drives. Manning found Domenik Hixon in the back right corner of the end zone to give the Giants a 21-13 lead at the half.
The Giants defense, who played with a bend but don't break mentality, stepped up and forced two more turnovers in the second half.
Stevie Brown intercepted Drew Brees' first pass of the second half after it was deflected by Antrel Rolle and Jimmy Graham. Brown's sixth pick of the season set up a David Wilson touchdown to make it 28-13 Giants early in the third.
Trailing 35-13 in the third quarter the Saints put together a quick scoring drive ending with a Darren Sproles touchdown to cut the lead to 35-20. The Saints picked off Eli Manning again, and another Darren Sproles score made it an eight point game.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Saints kicked it short to keep it away from the speedy Wilson, but Jerrel Jernigan took the return deep into Saints territory to set up a Victor Cruz touchdown and give the Giants a 42-27 lead.
The Saints threatened to cut into the Giants lead, but Stevie Brown picked off his second pass of the game at the Giant eight yard line, and returned it 70 yards down to the Saints twenty two yard line.
Up 45-27 in the fourth, the Giants let their first round draft pick display his talents in the backfield.
David Wilson broke through the Saints defense and ran 52 yards for his second rushing touchdown of the night.
Wilson finished the night with a franchise record 327 total yards (100 rushing and 227 return yards) and three total touchdowns.
Victor Cruz had another big game for the Big Blue pulling in passes for 121 yards and a touchdown.
Eli Manning, who looked shaky at points in the game, finished 22 of 35 for 259 yards, four scores, and two picks.
Drew Brees threw threw for 354 yards, and hit eight differen receivers, but also threw two more interceptions. Brees has thrown 16 interceptions this season, two more than he threw all of last year.
If there was a game ball to be handed out tonight it would most certainly go to rookie David Wilson, but Wilson would have to share that with his kick return squad for opening up those lanes for him.
The Giants are 8-5 and maintain their one game lead in the NFC East with three games to go.
The Giants will travel to the Georgia Dome next week to take on the Matt Ryan and the 11-2 Falcons.
Dallas will host the Pittsburgh Steelers while the Redskins travel to Cleveland.