DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions eliminated themselves from the playoff picture.
Sure, Josh Brown's 45-yard field goal on the third drive of overtime lifted the New York Giants to a 23-20 win over Detroit on Sunday. But the Lions (7-8) lost for the fifth time in six games, blowing fourth-quarter leads in each setback that might seal Jim Schwartz's fate.
The embattled coach chose to play for overtime by running out the clock with 23 seconds and two timeouts left from the Detroit 25. When the crowd reacted with a chorus of boos, Schwartz turned his head toward the stands and appeared to angrily shout back at the fans.
Schwartz has lost nine straight games in December or January, leading to his job being in jeopardy.
Detroit needed some help to stay in postseason contention and got it when Pittsburgh won at Green Bay, but the Packers' loss turned out to be moot when the lowly Lions fell.
The Giants (6-9) overcame Eli Manning's interception late in regulation and Andre Brown's fumble on the opening possession in overtime to win for the second time in five games.
With nothing to lose, New York went on fourth-and-7 from the Lions 42. Manning connected with Jerrel Jernigan to set up the winning kick — the second straight by a visitor at Ford Field.
Manning was 23 of 42 for 256 yards with a TD pass to Jernigan — his first career score — and an NFL-high 26th interception.
Stafford was worse: 25 of 42 for 222 yards and two interceptions, the second returned by Will Hill for a TD that to tied it at 20 with 4:57 left in the lackluster game.
Stafford's first interception and Reggie Bush's career-high fourth fumble in the first half let the offensively challenged Giants take a 13-3 lead at halftime.