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Landon Collins, New York Giants (November 14, 2016)

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NEW YORK GIANTS 21 – CINCINNATI BENGALS 20…
The New York Giants defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 21-20 on Monday night at MetLife Stadium. With the victory, the Giants improved their overall record to 6-3.

The Giants out-gained the Bengals in first downs (23 to 12), total offensive plays (72 to 55), total net yards (351 to 264), net yards rushing (122 to 78), and net yards passing (229 to 186). The Bengals were held to 2-of-11 (18 percent) on 3rd down conversion attempts.

Both teams scored touchdowns on their opening drives. The Giants first drove 80 yards in eight plays. Quarterback Eli Manning started this possession off with a 25-yard pass to tight end Will Tye and finished it with a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jerell Adams. But the Bengals quickly tied the game in three plays, with the biggest being a 71-yard pass from quarterback Andy Dalton to tight end Tyler Eifert. Dalton finished the possession off with a 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver A.J. Green. The game was tied at 7-7.

The next four Giants possessions ended with two punts, a turnover on downs, and an interception. The Bengals punted three times in a row before Manning’s interception. The turnover set up Cincinnati at the Giants 7-yard line. The defense held and forced a 25-yard field goal. New York’s offense then responded with an 8-play, 75-yard drive that culminated with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Manning to wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. to give the Giants a 14-10 lead at the half.

The Bengals returned the opening kickoff of the 3rd quarter 84 yards to the Giants 13-yard line. Two plays later, running back Jeremy Hill scored from nine yards out as the Bengals regained the lead 17-14. After a three-and-out by the Giants offense, Cincinnati added to their advantage by putting together a 7-play, 41-yard drive that set up a successful 38-yard field goal. The Bengals now led 20-14.

Both teams exchanged punts on their next two possessions. Late in the 3rd quarter and early in the 4th quarter, the Giants put together their game-winning drive after forcing the Bengals to punt from deep in their own territory. Starting on the Cincinnati 47-yard line, the Giants drove to the Bengals 3-yard line where they faced 4th-and-goal. Head Coach Ben McAdoo decided to go for it and was rewarded when Manning found wide receiver Sterling Shepard for the score. Giants 21 – Bengals 20.

Both teams then exchanged interceptions. First, safety Landon Collins picked off Dalton. Then Manning gave the ball right back to the Bengals on the very next play. But New York’s defense forced a three-and-out. Both teams exchanged punts before the Giants ran out the final three minutes of the game.

Offensively, Manning finished the game 28-of-44 for 240 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. His leading receivers were Beckham (10 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown), Tye (5 catches for 53 yards), and Shepard (5 catches for 42 yards and a touchdown). Running back Rashad Jennings rushed for 87 yards on 15 carries and running back Paul Perkins chipped in with 31 yards on nine carries.

Defensively, defensive end Olivier Vernon led the team with 10 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 tackles for losses. Defensive tackle Robert Thomas had one sack and defensive tackle Damon Harrison and linebacker Jonathan Casillas had half-sacks. Collins had the Giants lone turnover with his interception.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were wide receiver Victor Cruz (ankle), left guard Justin Pugh (knee), defensive end Kerry Wynn (concussion), cornerback Leon Hall, offensive tackle Will Beatty, linebacker Deontae Skinner, and quarterback Josh Johnson.

Left guard Brett Jones strained his calf in the 1st quarter and did not return. He was replaced by Marshall Newhouse. Wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris left the game with a toe injury and did not play in the second half.

POST-GAME REACTION…
Transcripts and video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Ben McAdoo and the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

POST-GAME NOTES…
QB Eli Manning was credited with his 33rd fourth-quarter, game-winning drive (leading the Giants to victories in games in which they trailed or were tied in the fourth quarter).

WR Odell Beckham set the NFL record for the fewest number of games (36) to reach 3,500 receiving yards.

S Landon Collins has four interceptions in his last three games.

TOM COUGHLIN, ERNIE ACCORSI, JUSTIN TUCK INDUCTED INTO RING OF HONOR…
Former New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin (2004-2015), General Manager Ernie Accorsi (1998-2007), and defensive end Justin Tuck (2005-2013) were officially inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor at halftime during Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. A video of the ceremony is available at Giants.com.

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Nov 082016
 
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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (February 6, 2012)

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TOM COUGHLIN, ERNIE ACCORSI, JUSTIN TUCK TO BE INDUCTED IN RING OF HONOR…
The New York Giants have announced that former Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin (2004-2015), General Manager Ernie Accorsi (1998-2007), and defensive end Justin Tuck (2005-2013) will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor at halftime during Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The following are the transcripts of today’s conference call sessions with each inductee:

To see a list of who is already in the Ring of Honor, see the New York Giants Ring of Honor section of the website.

GIANTS LOSING GEREMY DAVIS OFF OF PRATICE SQUAD?…
ESPN is reporting that an unidentified team will be signing New York Giants wide receiver Geremy Davis off of the team’s Practice Squad. Davis was drafted in the 6th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Giants. He played in 10 games with no starts as a rookie and finished the season with only two catches for 21 yards.

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Player interviews will be held on Wednesday and the team will return to practice on Thursday.

Nov 072016
 
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Ben McAdoo, New York Giants (November 6, 2016)

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MONDAY BEN MCADOO CONFERENCE CALL…
New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo addressed the media by conference call on Monday to discuss the team’s 28-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles:

McAdoo: Hit the defense first. Got off to a fast start. Two INT’s that led to two offensive touchdowns. We finished strong on a sudden change of possession. Showed high character there at the end of the ball game. Situational football was tremendous. The last thing is holding the quarterback to four carries and minus-four yards in the rushing department. What we need to work on, cut down the explosive plays. The details, execution and consistency needs to improve there. Set the tone in the first series of the second half.

Offensively, I think we took advantage of the two turnovers in the first quarter. Put two touchdowns on the board there. We were 4-for-4 in the shot zone, the high green zone, the fringe and the low green zone. We answered Philly’s touchdown to open the second half with one of our own. Despite all the negativity out there in the run game, we made some progress there late in the second half. What we need to work on, we had three pre-snap penalties, three batted balls. We need to finish the game in four-minute. We had a chance to end the game and we need to do that. We had eight opportunities to execute and make plays that were out there that could’ve had a positive impact on the game for us and we came up short. We need to take advantage of those opportunities.

Special teams, I think JPP going in and blocking the field goal at the end of the first half was huge. He used great technique there. He made a great play for us in the ball game. What we need to work on, we knew going in that we couldn’t give 43 (Darren Sproles) a seam on punt return. It was a combination of a bunch of things but hang to distance and being firm and protective on the releases. The gunners being singled up, they need to win there. In the four-minute, the kickoff decision was a poor decision. We had seven up. We need to stay in the end zone with the ball there. With that, we’ll open it up.

Q: You also incorporated a little bit more Roger Lewis and Dwayne Harris, how did that work out for you?

A: I thought it was good. I think it’s always good to get everyone involved. Those are two guys that have earned some opportunities. They’ve been practicing hard. Look good in practice and have earned reps. We’re going to give them some opportunities as long as they keep earning reps and working hard on the practice field and in games.

Q: What did Roger Lewis bring to the offense that you wanted to incorporate?

A: He’s a young and improving player. He’s taking advantage of his special teams opportunities. He needs to continue to do that. As long as he continues to produce the way he has been producing on special teams and improving on offense, he will get the opportunity to play.

Q: How is Justin Pugh and how do you think Brett Jones did?

A: Justin has a knee sprain. He’s going to miss a little bit of time. I thought Jonesie did a nice job when he went in there. He played physical. He’s been playing more center for us but was ready to go in the ballgame at guard.

Q: Why did you go with Brett rather than opt to move Bobby Hart in there?

A: I just think for where we are in the season and in the ballgame, that was the best fit for us at the time.

Q: How did Jerell Adams do? He and Will Tye looked to do a better job.

A: Tye definitely had some wiggle after the catch. We knew that from last year. He showed up in a positive way for us yesterday in that regard. Jerell did a nice job for us out there. He did have a pre-snap penalty which we have to eliminate, but he made some progress, too.

Q: Any update on Victor Cruz and Justin Pugh?

A: Justin is going to miss some time. I don’t know how long at this point, but he’s going to miss a little bit of time. Victor is scheduled to get an MRI today.

Q: Will you stick with Brett Jones at guard as long as Justin is out?

A: We’ll take a look at all of our options.

Q: Why did you decide to not dress Leon Hall yesterday?

A: It’s just the way it shook out. We wanted to get three safeties up. True safeties up. It came down to special teams. When you have a lot of healthy bodies you have to make some tough decisions. Certainly Leon has played some good football for us. We’re confident in Leon and what he brings to the table.

Q: You worked Devon Kennard inside for the first time yesterday. What went into that decision and how did he look?

A: We did a couple of different things and how to use our personnel. I think it’s a way to help get Devon some reps. They’re tough to come by in base defense these days. It was an opportunity to move him around a little bit and give us some opportunities.

Q: The way that you used so much personnel, is that an organizational decision or just the coaching staff?

A: That’s how I grew up in this business, to get young players and everyone involved in game days that is up. Give them all the support they need to be successful. The way to get young players acclimated to the varsity team is to get them out there and get them going. When the snaps get to December and January, it’s not too big for them. It’s not the first time they’re on the field.

Q: A day later, what light can you shed on the ball that was ruled an interception on the Odell play in the middle?

A: We’re going to turn it into the league and really see what they have to say about it. I think it’s one of those calls that it depends on where you start. I think it’s a tough one to overturn either way. If it’s incomplete, I think it stays incomplete. If it’s a completion, I think it stays a completion. The way they ruled it as an interception, once you go look at it, I think it stays an interception. It’s a hard one to overturn. Regardless. I thought we caught the ball and went to the ground. They came away with the ball. The starting point is probably going to be the ending point there.

Q: What did Paul Perkins bring to the running game?

A: We balanced up the touches there a little bit. It’s tough to give one guy, feature one guy in the running game these days. You need a couple of guys that can carry the ball for you. He had some good opportunities in there. Some clean looks. On the toss crack, he did a nice job finding the seam. He kept his balance and had a nice run there at the end.

Q: Bobby Rainey played less with Perkins and Rashad Jennings splitting the snaps. Was that injury related?

A: We took everything into consideration there. A little bit of everything.

Q: Victor had an X-ray yesterday, what did that show? How serious is the Ryan Nassib injury?

A: Victor is going to get an MRI. He has one scheduled today so we’ll know more after the MRI. Ryan will be limited this week.

Q: What did you think of Keenan Robinson, especially in defensing the screen game?

A: Keenan has been very active for us. His agility has allowed him to cover a lot of ground for us in the passing game. He had some good production to go along with it.

Q: What did you think of using Newhouse as the sixth offensive lineman?

A: I think Marshall did a nice job in there. He used good technique and fundamentals. He was productive when he had his opportunities.

Q: Is that something you can use more?

A: It’s something we will take a look at week in and week out. See if we can get anything out of it.

Q: Is there anything you do with young guys to track their progress?

A: No websites. We watch the film and we grade our players in practice and in games. We continue to coach them and develop them. The better they do and the more they respond to the coaching, the more opportunities they’ll get.

Q: When you play young guys, you have to expect mistakes. How do you weigh the mistakes made by young guys versus giving them experience?

A: You have to acclimate them early. You can’t wait until December. You have to get them opportunities to compete in practice and get them in there in games. They have to earn the opportunity. They don’t just get to play. They have to earn that opportunity and prove that they’re trustworthy and accountable. I think it does a lot for your team. It gives 46 guys an opportunity to play. I think it helps the veterans and breathes some life in the veterans in the long season. They have young guys that are champing at the bit. They bring excitement and energy. It’s fun to see the young guys have success.

Q: Does Eli Apple have to earn back playing time?

A: We’re going to dust Eli off, put him back out there. He’s going to get better and learn from it.

Q: Is Shane Vereen ready to practice?

A: Haven’t had those conversations yet.

Q: Is there a chance he comes back this year?

A: Haven’t had those conversations yet.

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players will be off on Tuesday. Player interviews will be held on Wednesday and the team will return to practice on Thursday. Conference calls with 2016 Ring of Honor inductees Tom Coughlin, Ernie Accorsi and Justin Tuck will be held on Tuesday.

Jul 272016
 
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Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (January 3, 2016)

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GIANTS REPORT TO CAMP ON THURSDAY…
New York Giants players report to summer training camp on Thursday. The first training camp practice will occur on Friday. (A complete schedule is available at Giants.com). Head Coach Ben McAdoo and a number of players will address the press on Thursday.

HAKEEM NICKS SIGNS WITH SAINTS…
New York Giants unrestricted free agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has signed a 1-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.

Desperate for veteran wide receiver help, the Giants signed then 27-year old Hakeem Nicks off of the street in November 2015. Unfortunately, the results were not good. Nicks played in six games with two starts, but finished with only seven catches for 54 yards. It’s been a precipitous decline for Nicks ever since his stellar 2010 and 2011 seasons when he compiled 155 catches for 2,244 yards and 18 touchdowns in 28 regular-season games.

Nicks was originally drafted by the Giants in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL Draft. After two disappointing seasons in 2012 and 2013 when Nicks’ production fell to 109 passes for 1,588 yards and three touchdowns in 28 regular-season games, Nicks departed in free agency for the Indianapolis Colts. Nicks’ production in Indianapolis was disappointing too as he caught 38 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns. He tried to catch on with the Tennessee Titans in training camp in 2015 but did not make the team. Nicks’ demise has largely been attributed to injuries, including compartment syndrome in his lower right leg in 2010 as well as a broken right foot and a poster cruciate ligament (PCL) tear in 2012.

DANIEL FELLS RETIRES…
Although not officially announced, it appears New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells has retired. Fells was placed on Injured Reserve in October 2015 after multiple career-threatening surgeries were required to address a life-threatening staph infection that developed in an injured ankle. He only played in two games in 2015 and finished with six catches for 60 yards.

Fells said on his Instagram account, “Although playing the game is no longer in the cards for me I’m grateful for the 10 year career that I was blessed to experience.”

Fells was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Atlanta Falcons after the 2006 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Falcons, Raiders, Buccaneers, Rams, Broncos, and Patriots. The Giants signed Fells to a reserve/future contract in January 2014. He played in all 16 games for the Giants in 2014 with nine starts, accruing 16 catches for 188 yards and four touchdowns.

TOM COUGHLIN ACCEPTS JOB WITH NFL…
According to press report, former New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin has accepted a full-time position with the NFL’s football operations department. His exact role has yet to be announced by the League. Coughlin was de facto fired in January by the Giants after serving with the team since 2004.

GIANTS.COM INTERVIEWS…
Video clips of exclusive interviews with the following coaches and players are available at Giants.com:

  • Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan (Video)
  • Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn (Video)
  • TE Will Tye (Video)
  • DE Olivier Vernon (Video)
  • DT Damon Harrison (Video)

GIANTS.COM PLAYER Q&As…
Transcripts of Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

This picture of me and my baby girl was taken a little over a year ago at Quest Diagnostic. I wish I was heading into battle with my brothers as Training Camp starts up this week but I also believe that everything happens for a reason. Although playing the game is no longer in the cards for me I'm grateful for the 10 year career that I was blessed to experience. Thank you all for the phone calls, text messages, emails and well wishes that I've gotten over the last few months. I'm working hard to accept my physical limitations and the mental struggles that go along with them. I know that I'm lucky to be alive so I'm determined to make the most of everyday that I have. Looking forward to cheering for my G-men and all of my former teammates on different teams around the nation this year #onceagiantalwaysagiant

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Jul 192016
 
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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (February 5, 2012)

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ERNIE ACCORSI, TOM COUGHLIN, JUSTIN TUCK TO RING OF HONOR…
The New York Giants have announced that Ernie Accorsi, Tom Coughlin, and Justin Tuck will be added to the team’s “Ring of Honor” during a halftime ceremony at the Giants-Bengals at MetLife Stadium on November 14.

The addition of these three will bring to 42 the number of team icons so honored. For a complete list, see the Ring of Honor section of the website.

Accorsi served at the Giants’ Assistant General Manager from 1994-1997 and General Manager from 1998-2006.

Coughlin served as the Giants’ wide receivers coach from 1988-1990 and head coach from 2004-2015. Coughlin helped lead the Giants to two NFL titles (2007 and 2011). He finished with 102-90 regular-season record (second most victories in franchise history) and an 8-3 post-season record (tied with Bill Parcells).

Tuck was a defensive end for the team from 2005-2015. Tuck was voted to the Pro Bowl twice and served as a team captain four times, finishing with 60.5 sacks in his Giants’ career.

“When you start working in the National Football League, this is not something you would ever dream could happen,” Accorsi said. “I’ve seen these in different stadiums, and when you see all the great players and coaches up there, it’s not something I ever thought could happen. I can’t even put into words what an honor it is, especially with this franchise. It’s overwhelming that someone who started at the bottom in this league could end up with some of the names up there, like Lawrence Taylor and Frank Gifford. It’s just incredible for me to get this.”

“It was a great privilege to be the 16th head coach of the New York Giants, and it’s a privilege and a tremendous honor to be a part of those great names in Giant folklore that are in the Ring of Honor,” Coughlin said. “It’s something Judy (his wife), my family and I very much appreciate. The New York Giants, to me, is the greatest franchise in the history of the NFL. We recognize the long history of the Giants and the greatest city in the world, the tremendous coaches and players that have represented the Giants over the years. It’s a great honor to be included in the same breath with some of these prestigious former players and coaches.”

“It’s a great honor,” Tuck said. “Anytime something like this is bestowed upon a person, you have to consider all the other guys up there, all the people that have paved the way for a small-town kid like me to have the opportunity to be put up in the rafters by what I consider to be the greatest football franchise there is. I don’t think it’s dawned on me yet how big a deal it is, but I’m sure that night there will be some emotions that come out and be very visible. I’m very, very excited about it.”

NFL NETWORK INTERVIEW WITH RASHAD JENNINGS…
The video and transcript of an NFL Network interview with running back Rashad Jennings are available at Giants.com.

GIANTS.COM PLAYER INTERVIEWS…
Video clips of exclusive interviews with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • QB Eli Manning (Video)
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (Video)
  • S Landon Collins (Video)

GIANTS.COM PLAYER Q&As…
Transcripts of Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

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Larry Donnell, New York Giants (October 11, 2015)

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NEW YORK GIANTS 30 – SAN FRANCISCO 49ers 27…
The New York Giants rallied late in the fourth quarter to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 30-27 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night. The victory improved New York’s overall record to 3-2 and first place in the NFC East.

All looked lost when the 49ers drove 80 yards to score the go-ahead touchdown with just 1:45 left in the game. At this point, San Fransisco led 27-23. But quarterback Eli Manning orchestrated an 8-play, 82-yard drive that culminated with a dramatic, game-winning 12-yard touchdown throw to tight end Larry Donnell with 21 second to play.

The 49ers received the football to start the game and moved 55 yards in eight plays to set up a successful 43-yard field goal. The Giants tied the game on their first possession by traveling 76 yards in nine plays to set up a 22-yard field goal as the drive stalled inside the 10-yard line. Manning found wide receiver Odell Beckham for a 49-yard gain on this initial possession.

Shane Vereen, New York Giants (October 11, 2015)

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After forcing San Francisco to punt on their second possession, the Giants put together a 14-play, 81-yard drive that resulted in a 2-yard touchdown pass from Manning to running back Shane Vereen on 3rd-and-goal. The big play on the drive was a 31-yard pass to Beckham on 3rd-and-7. Giants 10 – 49ers 3.

After another San Fransisco punt, the Giants moved the ball 43 yards in 10 plays to set up place kicker Josh Brown’s second successful field goal, this one from 41 yards out. Giants 13 – 49ers 3. However, the 49ers cut into that lead by driving 76 yards in 11 plays and kicking a 22-yard field goal late in the first half.

The Giants blew an opportunity for more points before intermission as New York drove 66 yards in less than a minute to reach the 49er 14-yard line. But Manning was picked off in the end zone on an ill-advised pass with five seconds to play. At the half, the Giants led 13-6.

The Giants received the ball to start the second half but punted after picking up one first down. The 49ers then tied the game on their initial possession of the second half by driving 88 yards in 10 plays. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick found wideout Anquan Boldin for a 3-yard score. Giants 13 – 49ers 13.

After the Giants and 49ers exchanged punts, New York drove the ball 61 yards in seven plays near the end of the third quarter and Manning found Beckham for a 17-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown. Giants 20 – 49ers 13. However, the Giants defense could not hold the advantage as San Fransisco responded with another long touchdown drive, this time 80 yards in 11 plays with Kaepernick hitting tight end Garrett Celek for a 5-yard score on 3rd-and-goal.

The Giants responded with a long scoring drive of their own, marching 74 yards in 14 plays. However, the Giants had to settle for another short field goal, this time from 24 yards out as the Giants went ahead 23-20 with 4:29 to play.

New York’s defense fell apart again, as the 49ers scored their third long touchdown drive of the second half. In just seven plays, San Fransisco went 80 yards with running back Carlos Hyde scoring from two yards out to put the 49ers up 27-23 with 1:45 to play.

Then came the dramatic game-winning drive. Manning scrambled for 11 yards and then threw to Vereen for 11 and 16 yards. Disaster almost struck on 1st-and-10 from the 49er 44-yard line when Manning’s deep pass initially appeared to be intercepted, but replay overruled the pick as the ball hit the ground. Two plays later, on 3rd-and-10, Manning hit Vereen for a 24-yard gain. After an 8-yard pass interference penalty was called on the 49ers against Beckham, Manning found Donnell for the game winner from 12 yards out with 21 seconds to play.

Offensively, the Giants accrued 30 first downs and 525 total yards (84 rushing, 441 passing). The team was 9-of-14 (64 percent) on third down, but only 3-of-6 (50 percent) in red zone opportunities. Manning finished the game 41-of-54 for 441 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. His leading receivers were Vereen (8 catches for 86 yards and a touchdown), Beckham (7 catches for 121 yards and a touchdown), wide receiver Dwayne Harris (6 catches for 72 yards), and Donnell (6 catches for 35 yards and a touchdown). Running back Rashad Jennings carried the ball 11 times for 46 yards and Vereen five times for 24 yards.

Defensively, the Giants allowed 22 first downs and 380 total yards (124 rushing, 256 passing). The 49ers were 8-of-14 (57 percent) on third down and 3-of-4 (75 percent) in the red zone. Defensive end Damontre Moore had both of New York’s sacks, but the Giants rarely pressured Kaepernick. The Giants did not force a turnover.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com. A video of the locker room celebration is also available.

INJURY REPORT…
WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), WR Rueben Randle (hamstring), LG Justin Pugh (ankle), LB Jon Beason (concussion), CB Trumaine McBride (possible aggravation of groin injury) all left the game with injuries. Beckham returned to the game.

“Sure, I was (reluctant to put Beckham back in the game),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “We were trying to win a game. He wanted to go. The medical people said let him go. I let him go. We’ll see what he is like tomorrow.”

POST-GAME REACTIONS…
Transcripts and video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Tom Coughlin and the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

POST-GAME NOTES…
Inactive for the Giants were WR Victor Cruz (calf), TE Jerome Cunningham (knee), DE Robert Ayers (hamstring), DE George Selvie (calf), LB Devon Kennard (hamstring), LB Jonathan Casillas (calf), and OT Bobby Hart.

The Giants broke a three-game losing streak on Sunday Night Football and improved their Sunday night record to 20-26-1, including 10-12 at home.

QB Eli Manning’s 41 completions and 54 pass attempts were career highs. Manning’s 41 completions were a franchise record. His 441 yards were the third-highest total of his career. Manning completed a career-high 15 consecutive passes over three series spanning the third and fourth quarters.

The victory was the 102nd of Manning’s career (94 regular season, eight postseason). That is a franchise record. Manning had been tied with Phil Simms (95 regular season, six postseason).

This was the 27th time that Manning has rallied the Giants from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie to win a regular-season game. He’s also done it five times in the postseason, including two Super Bowls. It was Manning’s first game-winning drive since October 5, 2014 vs. Atlanta.

DANIEL FELLS MRSA UPDATE…
According to an NFL.com report on Sunday, tight end Daniel Fells’ health situation had become far more serious. Fells, who has been hospitalized with a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) staph infection since last weekend, was moved to the Intensive Care Unit on Friday. He has undergone five surgeries to treat the infection with additional surgeries planned. There is a chance that Fells’ foot may need to be amputated.

However, NJ.com is reporting that Fells has responded better this weekend to a new antibiotic and FOXSports is reporting is reporting that his fever has dipped.

“We dedicated the game to Daniel Fells and his family, and thank God we were able to give him the game ball,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin after the Giants’ 30-27 victory over the 49ers. “Fells has had two very good days in a row…His MRI came back without any issues. Thank God and hopefully he will just continue in that direction and have this cleared up so he can go home and see his kids.”

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Q&A: New York Giants General Manager Ernie Accorsi

From x meadowlander: Ernie, what I would like to know is what YOUR expectations of this Giant team are? What kind of record do you EXPECT this team to have at the end of this season? (Barring Catastrophic Injuries).

Accorsi: It’s very difficult to place a won-lost goal or expectation on the season because so many incredible things can happen during a game (I really don’t have to go much farther than last Friday to provide the most extreme example). But I have expectations for this team because I think we have explosive offensive players now. Some of them are a little unproven, Bennett, Montgomery, Dayne and Dixon, on the pro level. But the talent is there. If we can protect the quarterback and get him in play action situations, we will score.

I am much more confident about the defense this year because of the health of Sehorn and the addition of Griffin and Barrow, in particular. I also think Strahan was stung by the criticism of his season last year and will play with something to prove.

You have to build a team now for a three-four year run. We have started that process. I don’t know what the record will be. I just think we will be headed in the right direction.

Pete from Woodstock and Giant Mike: Ernie, will there be anymore free agent signings after cuts this year to strengthen certain positions, and if so, which positions are you concentrating on? Any truth to rumors of a possible trade or two?

Accorsi: Free agent acquisitions at this point won’t be significant because everyone has 80-plus players and what is left isn’t going to make impact on a team. It’s possible that we could claim someone off the final cut that could contribute depth for us, either in the offensive line or the defensive secondary. We are being very vigilant to a possible trade. I can’t promise one because I have no control over what other clubs might make available. But, although we have been reluctant in the past to give up draft choices, I would trade one for a corner who could come in and play well for us.

RAZE in Poughkeepsie and Steve in Vegas: Given this year’s free agent acquisitions & veteran signings, are the Giants still as well positioned to be bigger players in free agency in 2001 as you thought earlier this year? Which position would you seriously consider upgrading through free agency?

Accorsi: It’s difficult to answer that until I see what the resolution of the 2000 season is, but always we would be on the lookout for defensive corners. They at a premium and you never have enough, especially with teams coming right out on first down with three and four wide receivers.

Milton: Evaluating college talent is a tough job. But as a fan, it’s surprising to me how some players who are so highly regarded (Blair Thomas, Aundray Bruce, etc.) can be such utter disappointments. And also, how a guy like Terrell Davis or Jessie Armstead could slip so far below the radar. As a talent evaluator, what is it that makes the job such guesswork (even after viewing thousands of hours of film, working the players out, interviewing them, and testing them)?

Accorsi: That is a very good question, because you just touched on the mystery of the game. How can absolutely no one be interested in either drafting or even signing Percy Ellsworth after his senior year at Virginia? The only reason we signed Ellsworth was that we lost three or four safeties in the post-draft signing frenzy and he was sitting there with no interest. I had scouted the Virginia-Florida State game (which was Florida State’s first loss in the ACC) the night that Ellsworth intercepted Kannel twice. I said, if we drafted Kannel, we might as well sign the guy who intercepted him twice. Another example, we debated between Jeremiah Parker and an offensive lineman in the seventh round in this past year’s draft. We decided on the speed rusher. A few days later, we signed a big offensive lineman from Michigan named Chris Ziemann, who had to fax us and beg us to sign him. The coaches feel right now, they would not be afraid to start him at right tackle if they had to (in the event we had an injury). We also hit on a tight end from Dartmouth named Adam Young who was cut by his NFL Europe team to make room for two allocated tight ends. You just never know. That’s the intangible element of the game. How could the Steelers cut Unitas?

Giant Great and George from PA: Why was the 1998 draft so unproductive? What is the strength of next years draft that you will concentrate on?

Accorsi: Shaun Williams was played out of position his first two year because he was versatile and we had Percy Ellsworth to play free safety. He has made big plays when he has had the opportunity and will be one of the best safeties in the league this year as soon as he comes back from this toe injury in my opinion. Joe Jurevicius is a weapon who just hasn’t had the chance to play. You have seen what he can do when he makes a play. We need a big year out of him. Brian Alford hasn’t gotten on the field. The coaches have a problem with his drops in practice but if you studied his college film, he had very few drops. He is a little bit of a mystery. Myles and Fricke have made other teams. Fricke has played for Dallas and contributed. Oakland likes Myles. I don’t know if he will make their team. He has ability. I think Williams and Jurevicius will contribute significantly to our season and Alford has a chance. To be totally honest with you, however, that’s not enough. We should have six and possible six players out of this draft (Dhani Jones is out for the season but will be an outstanding player). You have to have more than two.

English Alaister: I would be intrigued to know what, if any, limits the team would place on first round draft selections in terms of position? There has been some lengthy discussion on this board as to the merits of taking safeties, interior linemen, middle and strongside linebackers in the first round. Many people have argued that first round picks should be used only for difference makers. The skill positions on offense, quarterback of course, left tackle (assuming a righty QB) defensive end, cornerback and impact linebackers. However, in your first two drafts as general manager the team selected a safety and then a linemen now playing right tackle. But this draft there seemed to be a movement towards the impact offensive positions early and the use of free agency to fill the offensive line. Is this a trend predicated on the way you believe the NFL is developing (cheap veteran line help but not much offensive talent) or was it merely the way the chips fell? If (and I’m sure we all hope desperately that this will not be the case) the Giants have a top ten draft pick sometime in your tenure are there any positions you would not even look at to start with?

Accorsi: You are probably going to be puzzled by this answer, but over the past 20 years, if you asked me the two positions I would be least likely to select in the first round, it would safety and offensive line. My first draft, the system dictated Shaun Williams. He’s a good player, but I agree with your definition of impact players and safety generally is not one. The second year, I felt we had to have a left tackle. Luke Petitgout is a left tackle. He’s playing right tackle right now because Lomas Brown is playing left. He is having an excellent pre-season. He is more naturally at tackle than guard and is even more natural at left tackle. He is going to be a good player. But generally, I like impact players. Big play players. Quarterback first, if you have the opportunity to pick a great one. I was with Unitas, Bert Jones, and that is why I picked Elway in Baltimore in the face of overwhelming protests from his agent, from him and from the media. After that pass rushers, corners and backs and receivers. The inside linebacker has diminished in glamour because of the proliferation of spread formations. He is taken off the field unless its a run down. One year when I was in Cleveland and the Detroit Lions were playing the run and shoot, our middle linebacker (a very good player named Mike Johnson) didn’t play a down. That is why Brandon Short’s value dropped. But we are using him at strong side linebacker right now.

bw in dc: Why didn’t you get involved in the Kevin Mawae sweepstakes three years ago? Which non-Jints free agent over the last three years do you regret not pursuing? Why did the brass wait until 1999 to finally hire a full-time cap specialist?

Accorsi: We had Brian Williams in the shadow to be quite frank, we had no cap power to pursue a high priced player like that. I hired our cap specialist in my second year on this job. But I wanted the right one and in Kevin Abrams I got the right one. We were $10.6 million over the cap 11 days before the deadline in February. We got under and then signed six free agents, five of them who will start and the sixth is the backup quarterback. As far as regrets, I don’t look back. But the player we should have tried to trade for (he wasn’t a free agent) was Marshall Faulk.

Hbart: Assume that this season is reasonably successful and you feel strongly about the teams chances next season. Would you be inclined to take a Redskins/Snyder type approach of using free agency to fill holes and add depth without much regard for the cost and cap implications? Or would you continue with the approach we’ve seen of emphasizing value in FA acquisitions and looking mainly to the draft for depth?

Accorsi: I am not tied to any restrictions as far as avenues we would take. I basically like building with young veterans but I certainly would bring in an older player to plug a hole as we did this year with Lomas Brown and Glenn Parker. To just summarize, I will do anything I feel I have to do to win and still live with the cap. What has happened with the cap is, most clubs, including us, will pay a future price to win a championship. While you are building, you have to be careful. But once you think you have the team to win, go for it. If you have cap problems in the future because of it, you can relieve the burden by walking in the lobby and looking at a Super Bowl trophy. That is what we are all in this to do. Nothing less.

Mark S: When in the “targeting” phase of the personnel acquisition process (pre-draft, FA signing period, etc.), how much input do you receive from Jim Fassel, John Fox, and Sean Payton? Specifically, does management sit down with key members of the coaching staff and strategize about targeting specific players or specific “types” of players for the current/future offensive/defensive schemes?

Accorsi: Our scouting and personnel staff currently has a great working relationship with the coaches. We meet constantly so that the scouts can get a feel for what the coaches like in a player. But you have to be careful. You have to have a New York Giants philosophy, which has changed in recent years because the game has changed. You can’t just tailor everything to a coach then when the coach leaves you have to revamp your entire team. You have seen that when some of the run and shoot guru’s have left teams with no tight ends or running backs. It’s a blend. What you need the most is harmony between the two elements. We have that.

Kenney in CA: How do you evaluate your scouts? Since it can take years for an NFL player to develop, it seems it could take even longer to grade a scout’s job performance. Do you keep track of who a scout has liked, and how those players perform if they’re picked by other teams? Or do you feel there are too many variables to do be able to do that fairly?

Accorsi: That is a more important job for me than evaluating college players. I scout games and look at a lot of tape and have my opinions, particularly among the top-rated players, but so much of our decisions is based on the full time guys who do it for a living and for 365 days a year. I spend a lot of time evaluating the scouts. For example, if there are some low draft choices or free agents from a particular scout’s area that made it, I will go back and read his reports on that player and question him as well as the cross checker on why we didn’t draft him. This is particularly important in the later rounds. Sometimes earlier, you want a player but you just don’t get him because he is picked right ahead of you. I am very hard on them sometimes and I don’t think they are very happy about that. But the stakes are high. I don’t like to miss on anyone. I had a scout tell me once when I questioned him on a free agent who went to another club and played well, “The day i was there he wasn’t impressive.” My answer to that is, you are responsible for that school 365 days a year and once every four years 366 days.

Joe in massapequa and Eric from BBI: Are there any plans for next year with the aging vets we now have on our line to upgrade through free agency next year and the draft to get younger, meaning really: ( a) Are these guys stopgap moves? and (b) Has the organization come to the conclusion that more emphasis will be spent on free agency than the draft when it comes to improving the quality of the offensive line?

Accorsi: I sort of answered that question earlier, but this is the way I look at our offensive line: two older players (Brown and Parker), two very experienced young players (Ziegler and Stone), three young players with size and a future (Petitgout, Rosenthal, Ziemann). That is a good blend. We will obviously have to replace Brown and Parker shortly and we will do it both ways that you mentioned.

In summary, I would like to make one point to all of you. When I assumed this position, we were coming off of a divisional title. Most of us, however, didn’t think we were that good. We went one more year with essentially that team and found out for sure we weren’t that good. In the past two years we began to reshape this team. The major move was Kerry Collins. In this organization, there is a conviction that we have a big league quarterback we can win with for the first time since Phil Simms. This past off season, we made a lot of changes in the offensive line, skilled positions, and defense. The only thing we didn’t address was depth, which will be next, because we were fortunate to be able to do what we did. There is a buzz of excitement around the club. Now, I don’t expect fans to buy into it until they see results. And, I don’t know how quickly they will come, maybe they will or maybe it will a little while. But we have a chance now.

Most importantly, I appreciate your passion. I have been with three great franchises all with famous fans – the Baltimore (not Indianapolis, by the way) Colts, the Cleveland Browns and the New York Football Giants. I have never experienced a love of the team like Giants’ fans. Our only goal is to win for you.