By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — The Giants won their third game in a row Sunday, with a 28-20 win over the Detroit Lions at New Meadowlands Stadium, but many Big Blue fans in the region didn't see it because of an ongoing cable TV dispute.
Due to an ongoing contract dispute between Cablevision and News Corp., Fox 5 was pulled from the air, leaving millions of Giants fans in the dark.
They missed Eli Manning throwing for 177 yards and two touchdowns, including a 33-yard score to wide receiver Mario Manningham in the second quarter.
Still, the Lions managed to stay close, pulling within four points early in the fourth quarter.
Big Blue pulled away again when running back Brandon Jacobs scored on a six-yard run with a little over three minutes to go. Jacobs scored two touchdowns in the game.
"Winning's not going to be pretty every week," defensive end Justin Tuck told the Daily News. "We spoiled ourselves the last two weeks and had great runs. Today we found a way to get it done."
The Giants are now in a two-way tie for first place in the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles, who also won on Sunday.
The two teams will meet on Nov. 21 in Philly.
"Thankfully we were able to get a victory," said defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who had two sacks and forced two fumbles, according to the New York Post. "We played all right, we left a couple of plays out there, we did a couple of things we haven't been doing the last couple of games and we have to find a way to rectify that."