Joe Danelo kicked a 40-yard field goal with 5:40 left in overtime today, enabling the New York Giants to upset the Atlanta Falcons, 27-24.

It was Danelo's second field goal of the game and his 10th straight successful kick. He had six last week against Seattle.

New York Coach Ray Perkins called this "the best win, by far," in his three years with the team.

Linebacker Brad Van Pelt, who set up the winning kick by recovering a fumble, called it "the biggest game" of his nine-year career.

After Van Pelt recovered William Andrews' fumble on the Atlanta 32, Rob Carpenter ran the ball three straight times, reaching the Atlanta 23. Then Danelo won the game.

"I knew it was good when I hit it," Danelo said.

The Giants have won three straight and the Falcons (4-4) have lost four of their last five.

Atlanta forced the overtime when Lynn Cain ran three yards to tie the game with 1:09 left in regulation. Quarterback Steve Bartkowski led the 66-yard drive, throwing three key completions.

The Giants (5-3) trailed, 17-7, early in the third period. But then Phil Simms threw a two-yard scoring pass to rookie tight end Dave Young, Danelo kicked a 27-yard field goal and Simms threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Perkins.

New York's other score came when Mike Dennis recovered a blocked punt in the end zone in the second quarter.

Simms, who had only 29 yards passing at halftime, finished with 19 completions in 32 attempts for 256 yards.