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Will Hill's weekend turns out for the best with a critical pick-6

Will Hill (25) runs into the end zone

Will Hill (25) runs into the end zone for a touchdown after intercepting Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9), background, during the fourth quarter. (Dec. 22, 2013) Credit: AP

DETROIT - Will Hill's weekend ended much better than it began.

On Friday, the Giants safety was arrested in New Jersey on a warrant for outstanding child support payments.

On Sunday, he made the biggest play in the Giants' 23-20 overtime win over the Lions.

With the Giants trailing 20-13 late in the fourth quarter, and their offense having produced a safety and four three-and-outs in the entire second half, Hill intercepted a pass from Matthew Stafford that bounced off the hands of tight end Joseph Fauria.

Thirty-eight yards and an extra point later, the Giants had tied the score.

"I just saw the ball tip up in the air and took advantage of the situation," Hill said. "I was overseeing three players, and once the ball tipped off his hand, all I saw was daylight, so I just ran for it."

Hill said he immediately realized that if he caught the ball, he was bound for his first career touchdown. "I knew there was no one there," he said.

The Giants did not comment on Hill's arrest Saturday other than to announce he would play against Detroit.

When the game was over, coach Tom Coughlin said, "We support him in every way we can. He's trying like heck to meet all his responsibilities. Probably you know more than I do [about it], but it is a private matter and it's something he has taken care of. We, again, support him as best we can and he tries like heck to meet all his obligations."

Asked if it was a "tough weekend" for him, Hill said, "It hasn't been a tough weekend for me. I'm just focusing on football and trying to come out here and help the team win."

Did he wonder if he would be permitted to play? "I don't even want to talk about it," he said. "It's a private matter."

Hill thanked the Giants for their support, saying, "It means the world to me just to have a coach, a staff, a team that's going to back you in any situation."

Hill, a second-year player who grew up in East Orange, N.J., was suspended for four games last year for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy and for four more games this year for violating its substance-abuse policy.

Defensive end Justin Tuck said Hill has "matured a lot this season." He also called Hill's interception huge: "We don't win this game without it."

Hill said he was doing what Giants defenders always tell one another: The goal is to produce take-aways regardless of how the offense is performing.

"They had a lot of momentum," Hill said of the Lions. "They had stopped us a couple of times and our offense seemed a little flat and needed a little boost, and I was just the one to give it to them."

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