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Raiders fall to Giants 24-20

  • New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle, left, catches a touchdown pass as Oakland Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkins (21) defends on the play during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Despite having their chances to turn things around, the Oakland Raiders' season is sinking quickly.

Mired in a morass of failed execution, bad special teams play, and hurt by Terrell Thomas' third-quarter interception that turned into the go-ahead touchdown, the Raiders lost a winnable game, falling 24-20 to the New York Giants.

"I'm very discouraged and disappointed in the outcome," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "I thought we were well-prepared. We were focused and we came out to win a game, and we didn't get it done."

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The Raiders didn't win because they were forced to settle for a field goal on the opening possession of the third quarter despite getting a first-and-goal at the 1. Then they saw quarterback Terrell Pryor make a poor game-changing throw later in the quarter.

Thomas returned the interception 65 yards to set up a go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run by Andre Brown, and the Giants won their third straight game.

The Raiders (3-6) have lost 12 straight games in the Eastern time zone since beating Pittsburgh in December 2009.

The Raiders' season continued to crumble after losing their second straight game to an NFC East team, and third this season.

At least this one was much closer than last week's 49-20 embarrassment to the Philadelphia Eagles. But no less frustrating.

"It was very winnable," said Pryor, 11 for 26 for 122 yards. "We're close. But we got a blocked punt and an interception they took down to the 4. You can't win like that. We've got to learn."

Allen said his team was focused and determined to win a game after last week's rout.

But they struggled at key times, especially settling for the 24-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal and a 20-14 lead when they could have been up 10 points.

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