After that, former New York Jets kicker Mike Nugent's field goal with 8:52 left in the third quarter staked the Bengals to a 20-14 lead.

The Bengals went up 20-14 on NY midway through the third quarter and had chances to pull away.

"I don't know if I've heard it before", Manning said of being told before the second-down play. "I had to get it back because I dropped a pass on third down".

The Blonde Bomber and his radio partner/BFF Craig broke down the 21-20 victory, an outcome that upped the Giants' record to 6-3 and greatly enhanced their chances of making the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 season.

"I feel terrible about it", Jones said.

"We have opportunities on offense to put more points on the board and we end up having to kick field goals and that ended up probably being the difference in the football game", coach Marvin Lewis said.

"The team is playing as one", said safety Landon Collins, who had his fourth interception in the past three games. There are certain factors advanced metrics systems inexplicably value higher than others, which is why guys like Rey and Shawn Williams - both of whom have been incredibly inconsistent throughout the season - grade out so well in certain rankings.

Bengals quarterback ANDY DALTON sure tried to will his team to a win tonight with his late game heroics as a runner and passer. "There's nothing better. We always say we want to end the game with the ball in our hands". "The defense gave us the ball back, so we were confident that we were going to move the ball down the field and get in the end zone". Now at 6-3, the Giants look set to earn a Wildcard place in the NFC.

The Giants now look to Week 11 when they take on the Chicago Bears to end their home stand before traveling to take on the Cleveland Browns. They host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. On Monday night, Green had "just" 60 yards at halftime and finished with seven catches for 68 yards.

Although the running backs didn't contribute to the scoring against Cincinnati, they did something just as important: They helped the Giants, who were nursing that one-point lead with 3:01 left in the game, run out the clock by rushing five times for 38 yards before going into the victory formation.

ABOUT THE GIANTS (5-3): Quarterback Eli Manning is coming off a four-touchdown performance against Philadelphia, the third time he has tossed at least three scoring passes in a game this season, but he also was picked off twice for the third time. Manning capped an 80-yard opening drive with his pass to Adams.

"It's like we just needed that one play to get us going, and we never got it", said Dalton, who was 16 of 29 overall for 204 yards with a touchdown, an interception and three sacks.

In fact, this Giants could still win the east if they continue the dominance they've displayed so far and being the only team to beat Dallas.

Tyler Eifert returned to his Pro Bowl form against the Redskins two weeks ago, catching nine passes for 102 yards.

Giants second-year G Brett Jones made his first National Football League start and lasted one series before leaving with a strained calf.