New York Giants game balls in win over Chicago Bears
Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) celebrates with teammates after making a game-ending interception against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t pretty, but the New York Giants won their fifth straight game on Sunday when they defeated the Chicago Bears 22-16 at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants have made it a habit this season winning close games. All of their victories this season have been decided by seven points or less.

As with all victories, today was a team effort, but a couple of players deserved game balls because of their performances.

Landon Collins

For the fourth game in a row, safety Landon Collins had an interception. This one sealed the game with just 1:19 remaining. As has been the case during the Giants’ winning streak, when the defense has needed a big play, Collins has delivered. He also recorded six tackles and defended three passes. Right now there’s no safety in the league that’s playing better than him.

Jason Pierre-Paul

Jason Pierre-Paul had by far his best game of the season. He had 2.5 sacks, and one of those was a strip sack on the Bears’ final drive that pushed them back 14 yards. He also knocked down a pass and recorded five tackles. He is one of the main reasons the Giants shutout the Bears in the second half.

Eli Manning

Statistically, Eli Manning did not have a huge game. However, he was efficient and — more importantly — did not turn the ball over. He completed 22 out of 36 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. In a sequence in the fourth quarter, he ran for four yards to pick up a first down, and then on the next play scrambled to the right and connected with Victor Cruz for a 48-yard completion to the Bears’ 21-yard line. Three plays later, he connected with Sterling Shepard for what would be the game-winning touchdown.

Rashad Jennings

For the second week in a row, Jennings had a productive game running the football. He carried the ball 21 times for 85 yards and a touchdown. He also caught five passes for 44 yards.

Eli Apple

Although most will remember Apple giving up a 35-yard completion to Marquess Wilson in the fourth quarter, Apple had a very good game besides that. He led the Giants in tackles with nine and recovered Dwayne Harris’ muffed punt at the Giants’ 31-yard line. Had the Bears been able to recover Harris’ fumble, it could have changed the momentum of the game.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.