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The Big Melee, New York Giants (December 21, 2014)

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The New York Giants defeated the St. Louis Rams 37-27 on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. It is the third win in a row for the Giants who have now improved their overall record to 6-9.

The 37 points scored by the Giants was the most given up this season by a Rams’ defense that is one of the best in the NFL. The Giants gained 514 total net yards on offense and controlled the clock for almost 10 minutes more than the Rams.

Eli Manning, New York Giants (December 21, 2014)

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Quarterback Eli Manning completed 25-of-32 passes for 391 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. The leading receivers were Odell Beckham with eight receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns and Rueben Randle with six catches for 132 yards and one touchdown. Running back Andre Williams carried the ball 26 times for 110 yards.

Passions ran high in this contest as there were a number of dirty plays and cheap shots made by Rams’ players, culminating in a sideline fight in the second quarter after Beckham was hit late of out of bounds. Three players were ejected from the contest, including wide receiver Preston Parker and defensive end Damontre Moore.

“‘That dirty shit don’t make them tough,” said linebacker Jameel McClain after the game. “God damn that is a dirty ass team. They suck as an organization.”

“They were playing nasty football,” said safety Antrel Rolle. “They were taking cheap shots. I felt like they were trying to take Beckham out of the game…You can play physical but they were going over and beyond. Everyone saw that.”

The Giants were flagged 12 times for 149 penalty yards while the Rams were flagged nine times for 76 yards.

Rueben Randle, New York Giants (December 21, 2014)

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The Giants scored 20 first half points, including 10 on their first two possessions of the game. New York received the opening kickoff and drove 69 yards in 10 plays to set up a 29-yard field goal by place kicker Josh Brown. The big play on this drive was a 49-yard pass to Randle.

On the ensuing Rams’ kickoff return, reserve running back Orleans Darkwa forced a fumble that was recovered by safety Nat Berhe at the St. Louis 21-yard line. Five plays later, Manning hit Beckham for a 9-yard touchdown and the Giants were quickly up 10-0.

The Rams then started with superb field position at the Giants’ 48-yard line after a return to the 37-yard line and 15-yard personal foul penalty on the kickoff. The Rams’ offense only gained 15 yards but it was enough to set up a successful 51-yard field goal to cut the New York lead to 10-3.

The Giants punted on their third possession but quickly got the ball back when rookie defensive end Kerry Wynn intercepted a pass at the Giants’ 37-yard line and returned it seven yards. New York moved the ball 37 yards in seven plays to set up Brown’s 37-yard field goal as the Giants went up 13-3.

Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants (December 21, 2014)

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The Rams punted on their next series and the Giants responded with an impressive 10-play, 80-yard drive, culminating with a 12-yard touchdown run by Darkwa.

Although the Giants were now up 20-3 and seemingly in control, the Rams scored the final 10 points of the first half, first with a 5-play, 74-yard touchdown drive and then with a 9-play, 58-yard field goal drive. In between these two possessions came the big fight that caused three players to be ejected.

At the half, the Giants led 20-13.

The Rams received the ball to start the second half but punted after gaining two first downs. The Giants then responded with another impressive drive, this one for 87 yards in 13 plays, finishing with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Manning to Randle. On this drive, Williams broke off a 45-yard run. The Giants now led 27-13.

New York’s defense could not hold, however, and the Rams responded with their own impressive drive, going 90 yards in 10 plays to cut the Giants’ lead to a touchdown again at 27-20. On 3rd-and-10 on the ensuing Giants’ possession, Manning found Beckham all alone deep for an 80-yard touchdown strike as the Giants again went up by two scores, 34-20, near the end of the third quarter.

The Rams punted on their next possession and the Giants then drove 56 yards in 10 plays to set up a successful 52-yard field goal by Brown to go up 37-20. Both teams exchanged punts. With 5:14 to play, the New York defense allowed St. Louis to drive 66 yards in just over a minute to cut the score to 37-27 as there was a breakdown in coverage on a 47-yard touchdown pass.

The ensuing Rams’ onside kick went out of bounds and the ball was awarded to the Giants. New York reached the St. Louis 11-yard line but a 29-yard field goal attempt by Brown was blocked. However, on the Rams’ next offensive snap, Wynn recovered a fumble at the 12-yard line to end the game.

Video highlights of the game are available at NFL.com.

Post-Game Player Media Q&A’s: Video clips of media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were RB Rashad Jennings (ankle), TE Jerome Cunningham, OG Eric Herman, OG Adam Gettis, DT Dominique Hamilton, LB James Davidson, and CB Jayron Hosley.

NY Post Q&A With LB Devon Kennard: Serby’s Sunday Q&A with Devon Kennard by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on the New York Giants Offense: Giants’ offense still a work in progress by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Why Rueben Randle has been one of the Giants’ biggest letdowns by Mark Cannizzaro of The New York Post

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul and S Antrel Rolle: NY Giants should bring back Antrel Rolle and Jason Pierre-Paul after late surge by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Dec 172014
 
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Giants Sign TE Jerome Cunningham to 53-Man Roster: The New York Giants signed tight end Jerome Cunningham to the 53-man roster from the team’s Practice Squad on Wednesday. Cunningham fills the roster vacancy created when the Giants put linebacker Terrell Manning on Injured Reserve on December 2. Per an obscure NFL rule, Manning could not be replaced on the 53-man roster for three weeks after he was signed from the Bengals’ Practice Squad on November 25.

Cunningham played college football at Southern Connecticut State University from 2009-2012, but he was not with an NFL team in training camp until August 2014 when the Giants signed him. He did try out with the Indianapolis Colts in May 2013 and Arizona Cardinals in May 2014, but was not signed by either team. Cunningham lacks ideal size for the position; he’s built more like an H-Back. But he is a good athlete who catches the ball well.

Giants Sign FB Nikita Whitlock to Practice Squad: To fill the vacancy created when the Giants signed TE Jerome Cunningham to the 53-man roster, the Giants signed fullback Nikita Whitlock to the Practice Squad on Wednesday.

Whitlock, who played defensive tackle in college, was originally signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as a rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. He was cut by the Bengals in their final round of cuts and then signed by the Dallas Cowboys to their Practice Squad. The NFL suspended Whitlock in November for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and the Cowboys terminated his Practice Squad contract. Whitlock was converted to fullback by the Bengals and he flashed in the preseason as a lead blocker with good size.

December 17, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) and LB Jameel McClain (knee) did not practice on Wednesday.

December 17, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday’s press conference are available at BigBlueInteractive.com and Giants.com.

December 17, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of media sessions on Wednesday with the following players are available at BigBlueInteractive.com and Giants.com:

ESPN Radio Interview with WR Odell Beckham: The audio of Wednesday’s ESPN Radio interview with WR Odell Beckham is available at ESPN.com.

Article on Giants President/CEO John Mara: NY Giants owner John Mara will be able to tune out fans if he doesn’t fire Tom Coughlin by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Article on the New York Giants Offense: Kevin Gilbride still questions overhaul of Giants offense by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on DT Johnathan Hankins: Giants’ Johnathan Hankins steps up by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article son S Antrel Rolle:

Article on the Giants and the 2015 NFL Draft: NY Giants need help on offensive and defensive lines this draft by Ebenezer Samuel of The New York Daily News

Dec 152014
 
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NY Post Reports Tom Coughlin Will Return as Head Coach: According to The New York Post, an unidentified source “familiar with the club’s thinking” says Tom Coughlin is “99.9 percent” likely to return as head coach of the New York Giants in 2015. The full story is available here.

But another report from Newsday says the return of Coughlin is not as certain. “I think there is a good chance he will be back, but 99.9 percent is not close,” an unidentified source “familiar with the Giants’ situation” told the paper.

December 15, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday conference call is available at BigBlueInteractive.com.

QB Eli Manning on WFAN Radio: The audio of Monday’s WFAN interview with QB Eli Manning is available at CBS New York

Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (November 16, 2014)

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Articles on Head Coach Tom Coughlin:

Articles on the New York Giants Wide Receivers:

Articles on the New York Giants Defensive Line:

Article on the Giants-Redskins Game: Rashad Jennings lasts 1 play, Rueben Randle on decline, Kerry Wynn on rise | Giants snap counts by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Notes: Tom Coughlin has 95 regular-season wins as the Giants’ head coach. That is second in franchise history to Hall of Famer Steve Owen (153).

On Sunday, WR Odell Beckham caught 12 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns. The 12 receptions were the most ever by a Giants rookie wide receiver, and tied the highest total in a single game by a wide receiver in franchise history.

Beckham has at least 90 receiving yards in seven consecutive games, extending his NFL rookie record.

Beckham’s 972 receiving yards this season are a new Giants rookie record. The old record of 894 was set by TE Jeremy Shockey in 2002.

Beckham is the first rookie in Giants history to catch three touchdown passes in a game.

The Giants have 41 sacks this season, far exceeding their 2013 total of 34.

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December 11, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: OT James Brewer (concussion) and LB Jacquian Williams (concussion) did not practice on Thursday.

QB Eli Manning (back) practiced officially on a limited basis.

“Eli practiced well and did everything,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “There wasn’t any real restriction on him, so we feel good about that.”

LB Jameel McClain (knee) and LB Mark Herzlich (concussion) fully practiced.

December 11, 2014 New York Giants Coach Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com and BigBlueInteractive.com:

December 11, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com and BigBlueInteractive.com:

7 Takeaways from Giants Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on General Manager Jerry Reese: Why firing general manager Jerry Reese is a tough call for the Giants by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: Eli Manning and the value of perfect attendance by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Reuben Randle’s role in Giants offense receding by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on the New York Giants Defense: Kennard, Hankins Are The Building Blocks Of 2015 Giants Defense by Curt Macysyn for CBS New York

Articles on the New York Giants Defensive Line:

Article on the Giants-Titans Game: What the Giants rookies did in Tennessee to impress | Film review by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Giants Online – Giants vs. Redskins Preview: The video of this week’s Giants Online is available at Giants.com.

Dec 102014
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (December 7, 2014)

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December 10, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report Includes Eli Manning: OT James Brewer (concussion), LB Jameel McClain (knee), and LB Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday.

QB Eli Manning (back) and LB Mark Herzlich (concussion) practiced on a limited basis.

“I don’t know if I really got hurt,” said. “I feel good. The coach wanted to take a few reps off. It wasn’t many reps anyway, so it is not going to limit me in my practices for the week, or the game. Just kind of some of the procedures you have to go through now in the NFL.”

LB Devon Kennard Named “NFC Defensive Player of the Week”: New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard has been named the “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday in the team’s 36-7 victory.

In that game, Kennard was credited with six solo tackles, two sacks, two tackles for losses, and a forced fumble that was returned for a touchdown by defensive tackle Markus Kuhn.

“(Kennard) has been a really outstanding player for us in the last few weeks,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He has had a number of sacks, a number of hits on the quarterback and he has played well at the linebacker level, whether it is in coverage or whatever. He is a young man who…loves to play. He is physical and he is one of those guys by just looking in his eyes you know that he wants to be on the field.”

Kennard is the first Giant defender to receive a Player of the Week award since defensive end Justin Tuck in Week 13 of the 2013 season. He is the first Giants linebacker to be honored since Mathias Kiwanuka, who played linebacker that season, in Week 9 in 2011 against New England.

Kennard is the first Giants defensive rookie to be honored as a Player of the Week.

“There have been some incredible linebackers to play for this organization,” Kennard said. “So something like that, it was definitely special. But I know that I have a long way to go and a lot of things that I want to improve and continue to develop in my game. I’m just taking it one day at a time and am grateful for that accomplishment.”

“I think I played a good game, but there are always things (to improve),” Kennard said. “Route recognition, understanding formations, just allowing myself to play faster and faster. That’s all going to come with the more reps I get, the more comfortable I’m getting. I just want to continue to get better. I’m not in any way, shape or form satisfied.”

“Kennard is a phenomenal kid,” linebacker Jameel McClain said. “Kennard is focusing on his game and he focuses on details. For him to be so young and be such a professional, it is amazing.”

December 10, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday’s press conference are available at Giants.com and BigBlueInteractive.com.

December 10, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of media sessions on Wednesday with the following players are available at Giants.com and BigBlueInteractive.com:

7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

ESPN Radio Interview with WR Odell Beckham: The audio of Wednesday’s ESPN Radio interview with WR Odell Beckham is available at ESPN.com.

Article on QB Eli Manning: The truth about the new offense’s effect on Eli by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on QB Ryan Nassib: Ryan Nassib not likely to play for Giants by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com

Articles on RBs Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams:

Article on WR Odell Beckham: Odell Beckham is most talented ever, David Tyree says by Chris Wesseling for NFL.com

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Line: 

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: Jason Pierre-Paul wants to be a ‘Giant for life’ if it’s in the cards by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Article on the New York Giants and Injuries: Giants lead NFL with 20 players on injured reserve; are these injuries preventable? by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Dec 092014
 
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Antrel Rolle and Quintin Demps, New York Giants (December 7, 2014)

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Giants Re-Sign DT Dominique Hamilton to the Practice Squad: The New York Giants have re-signed defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton to the team’s Practice Squad.

Hamilton originally signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2012 NFL Draft. The Raiders cut him and he was on NFL practice squads in 2012 (Redskins) and 2013 (Redskins and Chiefs). The Chiefs waived him in August 2014.

The Giants signed him to the Practice Squad on September 3, signed him to the 53-man roster on December 2, and waived him on December 6 when linebacker Paul Hazel was promoted to the 53-man roster.

S Antrel Rolle on WFAN Radio: The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN interview with S Antrel Rolle is available at CBS New York

Articles on Head Coach Tom Coughlin:

Articles on the 2014 New York Giants Rookie Class:

Article on QB Eli Manning: The world-class trait that sets Eli Manning apart by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on RB Andre Williams: Giants’ Andre Williams growing in confidence by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Articles on WR Odell Beckham:

Article on DT Markus Kuhn: Touchdowns translate for German fans of Markus Kuhn by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on S Antrel Rolle: Giants should think twice about re-signing Antrel Rolle by Ebenezer Samuel of The New York Daily News

Sights and Sounds from Giants-Titans Game: A sights and sounds video from the Giants-Titans game is available at Giants.com.

Notes: In the last six games, WR Odell Beckham has caught 49 passes. That is the highest total in a six-game span by a rookie in NFL history.

Beckham is both the first Giants player ever and the first rookie in NFL history with six consecutive games with 90 or more receiving yards.

Beckham has two games this season with at least 10 catches and 130 receiving yards. He is the first rookie in NFL history to do that.

In Tennessee, Beckham totaled 11 catches for 130 yards and running back Andre Williams rushed for 131 yards on 24 carries. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants were the first team in NFL history to have rookies with 130 rushing and receiving yards in the same game.

Quarterback Eli Manning has thrown for 3,340 yards this year. It is his 10th consecutive 3,000-yard season, the fourth-longest streak in NFL history behind Brett Favre (18), Peyton Manning (13) and Drew Brees (11).

In the last two weeks, the Giants had seven sacks at Jacksonville and eight at Tennessee. It is the first time in their history they had at least seven sacks in consecutive games.

If the Giants defeat Washington on Sunday, they will clinch third place in the NFC East.

Dec 082014
 
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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (December 7, 2014)

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December 8, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday conference call is available at BigBlueInteractive.com.

QB Eli Manning on WFAN Radio: The audio of Monday’s WFAN interview with QB Eli Manning is available at CBS New York

Articles on the New York Giants 2014 Rookie Class:

Article on LB Devon Kennard: Rookie LB Devon Kennard turning heads with stellar play by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Articles on the Giants-Jaguars Game:

Dec 042014
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (November 30, 2014)

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Odell Beckham Wins NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month Honors: New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. has won “NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month” honors for his performance during the month of November 2014. Last month, in five games, Beckham caught 38 passes for 593 yards and two touchdowns.

The last and only other Giants wide receiver to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month honors was Hakeem Nicks in October 2009.

December 4, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: RB Rashad Jennings (ankle), OT James Brewer (concussion), LB Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder), and LB Mark Herzlich (concussion) did not practice on Thursday.

WR Preston Parker (knee), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), LB Jameel McClain (knee), and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/shoulder) practiced on a limited basis.

OT Justin Pugh (quadriceps) fully practiced.

December 4, 2014 New York Giants Coach Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com and BigBlueInteractive.com:

December 4, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com and BigBlueInteractive.com:

7 Takeaways from Giants Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on the New York Giants and the NFL Draft: Poor Drafting At Core Of New York Giants Deficiencies by Curt Macysyn for CBS New York

Article on QB Eli Manning: How will Eli pay for this season? by Johnette Howard of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on RB Orleans Darkwa: With Rashad Jennings looking like a long shot, Giants may turn to a ‘different flavor back’ by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Article on TE Larry Donnell: Are Giants more worried about Larry Donnell fumbling or his health? by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Articles on New York Giants Defensive Ends:

Giants Online – Giants vs. Titans Preview: The video of this week’s Giants Online is available at Giants.com.

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December 3, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: RB Rashad Jennings (ankle), OT James Brewer (concussion), and LB Mark Herzlich (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday.

DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), LB Jameel McClain (knee), LB Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder), and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/shoulder) practiced on a limited basis.

OT Justin Pugh (quadriceps) fully practiced.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin said four of the five players placed on Injured Reserve yesterday – OG Geoff Schwartz (ankle), OG Adam Snyder (knee), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), and LB Terrell Manning (ankle) – will need surgery. DT Robert Ayers (pectoral) will not.

Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (November 30, 2014)

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December 3, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday’s press conference are available at Giants.com.

December 3, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of media sessions on Wednesday with the following players are available at Giants.com:

7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on S Antrel Rolle: Antrel Rolle says Giants won’t give up by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on the Giants-Jaguars Game: How Eli Manning, Giants offense managed to blow 21-point lead to 1-10 team | Film review by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Sights and Sounds from Giants-Jaguars Game: A sights and sounds video from the Giants-Jaguars game is available at Giants.com.

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Robert Ayers Out for Season With Torn Pectoral Muscle: According to various media reports, New York Giants defensive end Robert Ayers will miss the remainder of the 2014 NFL season with a torn pectoral muscle. Ayers has been one of the Giants’ best defensive players, accruing five sacks on the season as a key rotational player and back-up.

December 1, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday conference call is available at Giants.com.

December 1, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts of media conference calls on Monday with the following players are available at Giants.com:

QB Eli Manning on WFAN Radio: The audio of Monday’s WFAN interview with QB Eli Manning is available at CBS New York

Article on Giants President/CEO John Mara: It’s time for co-owner John Mara to shake up his pathetic Giants by Steve Politi for NJ.com

Articles on the New York Giants Head Coaching Position:

Article on TE Larry Donnell: Giants tight end Larry Donnell not sure what he can do to avoid costly fumbles by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Articles on the Giants-Jaguars Game:

Notes: The Giants’ seven-game losing streak is their longest since they lost eight in a row in 2004. The 3-9 record is their worst after 12 games since 1995. The Giants will have consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2003 and 2004, when they were 4-12 and 6-10.

The Giants have lost their last three games in which they led at the half – 17-14 at Seattle (where they lost, 38-17), 21-10 last week vs. Dallas (lost, 31-28), and at Jacksonville. Prior to this streak, they had won nine consecutive games in which they held a halftime lead. The Giants also lost the game against Arizona on September 14 when they led 14-10 at the end of the 3rd quarter and lost 25-14.

The Giants led in the fourth quarter, 21-16, and again at 24-22. It was the second game in a row they didn’t hold a fourth-quarter lead. Last week vs. Dallas, they took a 28-24 lead before losing, 31-28.

This was the third time the Giants held a 21-point lead and lost in Tom Coughlin’s 11 years as head coach. On November 26, 2006 at Tennessee, they led 21-0 in the fourth quarter but lost, 24-21. On December 19, 2010 in MetLife Stadium, they led Philadelphia, 24-3 and 31-10, but lost 38-31.