EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The New York Giants kept their faint playoff hopes alive Saturday with a drive reminiscent of last season's run to the Super Bowl.
Kerry Collins threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Amani Toomer with 25 seconds to play and the Giants snapped a three-game losing streak with a 17-13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
The comeback was out of character for the Giants (6-7), who have blown four fourth-quarter leads this season.
The Cardinals (5-8) came close to making it five after taking a 13-10 lead on Tywan Mitchell's leaping 24-yard touchdown catch on a fourth-down pass from Jake Plummer with 4:04 to play.
"I felt there has been a lot of games over the last couple of weeks where we had opportunities, our offense had opportunities, and I think we just got fed up," Toomer said. "It was our turn to make plays to win the game."
Toomer, Collins, Ike Hilliard and Tiki Barber all contributed on the 11-play, 70-yard drive that still left the Giants on the outside of the playoff picture. They need to win their final three games and get help.
"When they scored, if ever there was a chance for a team to say it can't happen, that was it," Giants coach Jim Fassel said. "For us to hang in there and win the game says a lot."
Collins also threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Ron Dixon, and Morten Andersen kicked a 39-yard field goal in the game that featured a lot of inept play.
The most comical play came from Cardinals kicker Bill Gramatica, who hyperextended his right knee jumping to celebrate a 42-yard field goal in the first quarter. He added a 23-yarder in the second quarter but wasn't able to handle the kickoffs.
Starting safety Pat Tillman had to do that and that allowed the Giants to take over at their 30 after Mitchell's spectacular catch gave Arizona the lead.
"When they got the touchdown, it was like, 'You've got to be kidding me,"' said Collins, who was 6-of-9 for 56 yards on the final drive and finished 14-of-32 for 147 yards. "We all hung in there and stayed positive and did what we had to do."
Collins started the game-winning drive with a 14-yard pass to Hilliard. After a 14-yard run by Barber, Collins kept the drive alive with a 9-yard, third-down pass to Hilliard. A 14-yard pass to Toomer got the ball to the Cardinals' 15 and Barber had an 11-yard catch on third down to give New York a first-and-goal at the 4.
Toomer, who was nearly benched after dropping three passes earlier in the game, scored two plays later on a fade pattern to the right corner of the end zone. Cardinals cornerback Renaldo Hill slipped and fell on the play.
"I'm sickened, I'm extremely sick for those players in there," Cardinals coach Dave McGinnis said. "They put everything they had out there and we didn't get it done."
Arizona linebacker Ronald McKinnon said the blame should fall on the defense.
"We asked the offense to score and they score, and we didn't do it," McKinnon said.
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