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A happy return for Jason Pierre-Paul as Giants hold off Buccaneers

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 08: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scrambles away from Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants during a game at Raymond James Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 08: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scrambles away from Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants during a game at Raymond James Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

TAMPA, Fla. -- Eli Manning threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns, helping the first-place New York Giants rebound from last week's road debacle at New Orleans with a 32-18 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Josh Brown booted four field goals for the Giants (5-4), including fourth-quarter kicks of 53 and 44 yards that gave New York some breathing room after the Bucs (3-5) pulled within two points.

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Manning threw first-half TD passes of 8 yards to Reuben Randle and 4 yards to Shane Vereen. The Giants defense, bolstered by the return of Jason Pierre-Paul, did its part by keeping the Jameis Winston-led Tampa Bay offense out of the end zone until the rookie scrambled 10 yards for a TD that made it 20-18 with 9:25 remaining.

Winston's 2-point conversion pass to the rear of the end zone was caught out of bounds. The Giants sealed the victory with Brown's third and fourth field goals, plus Trevin Wade's fumble recovery on the game's final play.