Dec 062013
 
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Corey Webster, New York Giants (October 27, 2013)

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December 6, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Friday were DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) and RB Brandon Jacobs (knee). Pierre-Paul has officially been ruled “out” of the game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday; Jacobs is “doubtful.”

Head Coach again said he expects Pierre-Paul to play again this season. He also said Webster is making progress.

TE Brandon Myers (groin), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), and CB Corey Webster (ankle) practiced on a limited basis. Webster has been ruled “out” of the game against the Chargers. McBride is “questionable” and Myers and Thomas are “probable.”

“(McBride) looks like he’s going to be OK,” said Coughlin.

December 6, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Friday media session are available at Giants.com

Giants.com Q&A With Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Coughlin Corner: Planning for West Coast by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

December 6, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Video clips of Friday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on TE Brandon Myers: Giants TE Brandon Myers hoping to improve on the positive by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on OT Justin Pugh: Rookie Justin Pugh on verge of rare feat by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Articles on New York Giants Defensive Ends:

Articles on LB Jon Beason:

Article on CB Terrell Thomas: Free agency a distraction to NY Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas by Ebenezer Samuel of The Daily News

Dec 022013
 
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Will Hill, New York Giants (December 1, 2013)

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New York Giants 24 – Washington Redskins 17: The New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 24-17 on Sunday night at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. With the victory, the Giants improved their overall record to 5-7 (2-3 in the NFC East) with four games left to play in the NFL regular season. The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles lead the NFC East at 7-5. With the loss to the Giants, the Redskins were eliminated from playoff contention.

The Redskins out-gained the Giants in first downs (18 to 16), total net yards (323 to 286), total offensive plays (68 to 54), net yards rushing (139 to 80), and time of possession (31:35 to 28:25). The turnover battle was equal (one apiece). The Giants only committed one penalty, while the Redskins were flagged eight times.

It was ugly early for the G-Men as Washington took a 14-0 lead. The Redskins received the football to start the game and drove 72 yards in 14 plays to go up 7-0 on their opening possession. QB Eli Manning was sacked on the Giants’ very first play as the Giants quickly went three-and-out. The Redskins reached the Giants’ 38-yard line but punted, pinning New York at their own 1-yard line. The Giants went three-and-out again. The Redskins then went 59 yards in eight plays with QB Robert Griffin III finding TE Logan Paulsen for a 19-yard touchdown on 3rd-and-9. Redskins 14 – Giants 0 early in the second quarter.

The Giants stormed back in the second quarter. On New York’s third possession, the Giants quickly drove 74 yards in six plays to cut the lead to 14-7. On 3rd-and-1, RB Peyton Hills gained eight yards. On the very next snap, out of a shotgun formation, Hills ran for 27 yards down to the Redskins’ 30-yard line. Two plays later, RB Andre Brown broke off a 23-yard touchdown run.

The Redskins then went three-and-out and the Giants went three-and-out for the third time in four possessions.

With 3:34 left before halftime, the Giants put together an 9-play, 81-yard drive that resulted in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Manning to TE Brandon Myers with 35 seconds left on the clock. A key play on this drive was a 15-yard pass from Manning to WR Hakeem Nicks on 3rd-and-4.

At the half, the game was tied 14-14.

Like the start of the game, the Giants looked out of sorts at the beginning of the second half. The Giants gained a couple of first downs and crossed midfield on their opening drive of the third quarter, but punted. The Redskins picked up three first downs and punted. On the Giants’ second possession of the half, Manning was intercepted by S Brandon Meriweather at the Giants’ 44-yard line. Meriweather returned the interception 32 yards to the Giant’ 12-yard line. New York’s defense held and forced Washington to settle for a short field goal. It would be Washington’s last points of the game. Redskins 17 – Giants 14.

Both teams went three-and-out. A special teams snafu by the Redskins gave the Giants the ball at the Washington 46-yard line after an 18-yard punt. Manning and the Giants took advantage with an 8-yard pass to WR Victor Cruz, an 18-yard pass to Myers, a 19-yard pass to Cruz, and then a 1-yard touchdown run by Brown. New York took their first lead of the game, 21-17 early in the fourth quarter.

DE Justin Tuck, who finished the game with four sacks, sacked Griffin twice on the Redskins’ ensuing possession, forcing a three-and-out. The Giants picked up one first down and then punted, as did the Redskins. With just under six and a half minutes to play, the Giants began an 8-play, 40-yard drive that resulted in a 39-yard field goal by PK Josh Brown and took almost four minutes off of the clock. With 2:32 left to go, the Giants were up 24-17.

The Redskins began their last, desperate attempt to tie the game from their own 20-yard line. On 4th-and-3, Washington converted with a 9-yard pass to the their own 36-yard line. Then the craziness began. At the two-minute warning, the Redskins thought the officials had signaled first down on a 2nd-and-5 yard pass play that picked up four yards. The Redskins, thinking it was 1st-and-10, ran a deeper pass play on the next snap, but the pass intended for TE Fred Davis was dislodged by a strong hit from S Antrel Rolle. At this point, the Redskins were informed it was 4th-and-1. (After the game, the officials said the stakes had been moved incorrectly). Regardless, Griffin completed a 6-yard pass to WR Pierre Garcon on 4th-and-1, but S Will Hill ripped and stole the ball away from Garcon to end the game with a fumble recovery.

Offensively, Manning finished the game 22-of-28 for 235 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. His leading receivers were Cruz (6 catches for 80 yards) and Myers (5 catches for 61 yards and a touchdown). Hillis carried the ball six times for 45 yards and Brown carried the ball 14 times for 35 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, LB Jon Beason lead the team with 17 tackles. Tuck had 5 tackles and 4 quarterback sacks. DT Cullen Jenkins also had a sack and Hill’s forced fumble and fumble recovery sealed the game. The defense held RB Alfred Morris to 26 yards on 11 carries, but Griffin rushed for 88 yards on 12 carries. He also started the game 12-of-12 and finished the first half 16-of-17.

P Steve Weatherford averaged 47.8 yards on six punts.

Video highlights are available at NFL.com.

Player Post-Game Media Sessions: Video clips of post-game media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were QB Ryan Nassib, RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), TE Adrien Robinson, OL Stephen Goodin, DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), and CB Corey Webster (ankle).

Nov 272013
 
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Cullen Jenkins, New York Giants (November 24, 2013)

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New York Giants Sign CB Ross Weaver to Practice Squad: The Giants signed CB Ross Weaver to the Practice Squad on Wednesday.

November 27, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Wednesday were DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), and RB Brandon Jacobs (knee).

WR Hakeem Nicks (abdomen) and CB Corey Webster (ankle) practiced on a limited basis.

November 27, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday press conference are available at Giants.com.

November 27, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Wednesday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the New York Giants Offense: How the Play-Calling Is Hindering New York Giants Offense by Patricia Traina of the BleacherReport.com

Articles on WR Hakeem Nicks:

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Line:

Nov 262013
 
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Jim Cordle, New York Giants (September 30, 2012)

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New York Giants Place Jim Cordle on Injured Reserve, Promote Stephen Goodin from Practice Squad: The New York Giants placed OC Jim Cordle on season-ending Injured Reserve on Tuesday. Cordle tore the patella tendon in his left knee in last Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. To fill Cordle’s roster spot, the Giants signed OG/OC Stephen Goodin from the Practice Squad.

Practice Squad Moves: The Giants signed OT Steven Baker to the Practice Squad. This is Baker’s third stint on the Giants’ Practice Squad this season. The Giants also terminated the Practice Squad contract of CB Brandon Jones, who the Giants had signed in early November.

DE Mathias Kiwanuka on ESPN Radio: The audio of Tuesday’s ESPN Radio interview with DE Mathias Kiwanuka is available at ESPN.com.

S Antrel Rolle on WFAN: The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN interview with S Antrel Rolle is available at CBSNewYork.com

Sights and Sounds from New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys Game: A sights and sounds video from the Giants-Cowboys game is available at Giants.com.

Article on the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys Game: Giants vs. Cowboys rewind: Was the offense too predictable? by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Articles on New York Giants Wide Receivers:

Notes: The Giants have allowed 32 touchdowns this season. Nine of those have been return touchdowns (three apiece on interception, fumble, and punt returns). The nine return touchdowns are the highest allowed in the NFL thus far this season. The Giants have given up at least one return touchdown in eight of their 11 games.

The Giants’ defense has allowed 23 touchdowns in 11 games. Only seven defenses have been scored on less frequently.

Nov 242013
 
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Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys (November 24, 2013)

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Giants Fall Short in Game, and Season: The Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants 24-21 on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. With the loss, the Giants fall to 4-7 on the season (1-3 in the division). The Giants now trail both the 6-5 Cowboys (4-0 in the division) and 6-5 Eagles (3-2 in the division) with five games to play. In a nutshell, unless the Giants win their remaining games and the Cowboys and Eagles both collapse, the Giants are not going to make the playoffs for the second year in a row.

The game started off slowly for both teams as the Cowboys and Giants exchanged punts twice. On the second play of Dallas’ third possession, S Antrel Rolle intercepted QB Tony Romo at the Giants’ 21-yard line. However, three plays later, WR Victor Cruz fumbled the football after a short catch at midfield, and the loose ball was returned 50 yards for a touchdown by S Jeff Heath of the Cowboys. Dallas 7 – New York 0.

On New York’s fourth possession, the Giants drove the ball 74 yards in 10 plays, but were forced to settle for a 21-yard field goal after facing a 1st-and-goal situation at the 9-yard line. The Cowboys responded with a 5-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Romo to TE Jason Witten. Cowboys 14 – Giants 3.

The Giants’ offense moved the football well again, driving 65 yards in eight plays. But again, the drive stalled in the red zone. After facing a 1st-and-goal from the 4-yard line, the Giants had to settle for yet another short field goal, this time from 23 yards out.

Neither team threatened in the last four possessions of the second quarter. At the half, Dallas led 14-6.

New York received the football to start the second half and drove from their own 34-yard line to the Dallas 35. However, QB Eli Manning’s pass to Cruz on 4th-and-6 ended the drive and the Giants turned the football over on downs. Dallas then took a commanding lead by drive 65 yards in 10 plays as Romo hit Witten again, this time from two yards out. Midway through the third quarter, the Cowboys led 21-6. That drive was kept alive when a roughing-the-passer penalty on DE Mathias Kiwanuka erased a fumble that was forced by CB Terrell Thomas and recovered by S Will Hill.

The Giants immediately cut into that 15-point advantage by driving 67 yards in six plays. On 4th-and-3 from the Cowboys’ 27-yard line, Manning for TE Brandon Myers for the score. Cowboys 21 – Giants 13.

On the Cowboys’ second possession of the half, they were forced to punt the ball away after crossing midfield near the end of the third quarter. The Giants then went three-and-out, the Cowboys punted after gaining one first down, the Giants went three-and-out again, and Dallas punted the ball away again.

With just under nine minutes to play, and trailing by eight points, New York drove 58 yards in eight plays, with Manning finding WR Louis Murphy for a 4-yard touchdown with just under five minutes to go. RB Andre Brown scored on the 2-point conversion and the game was tied at 21-21.

However, the dramatic comeback was ruined when the Cowboys ended the game with a 14-play, 64-yard drive that ended with a walk-off 35-yard field goal by Dallas with no time left on the clock. The Cowboys converted on three third-down situations on the drive.

Offensively, Manning finished the game 16-of-30 for 174 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. His leading receivers were RB Andre Brown (4 catches for 11 yards), WR Rueben Randle (3 catches for 64 yards), and TE Brandon Myers (three catches for 39 yards and a touchdown). The Giants rushed for 202 yards. Brown carried the ball 21 times for 127 yards and RB Brandon Jacobs carried the ball nine times for 75 yards.

Defensively, the Giants allowed 220 net yards passing and 107 net yards rushing. The Giants sacked Romo four times with sacks by DT Cullen Jenkins (twice), DE Justin Tuck (once), and a shared sack by DT Linval Joseph and DE Mathias Kiwanuka. The only forced turnover was Rolle’s interception.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at NFL.com.

Post-Game Injury Report: OC Jim Cordle injured his knee and left the game in the first half. It is not believed to be an ACL tear, but he will undergo an MRI exam. CB Trumaine McBride was forced to leave the game with a groin injury. DE Jason Pierre-Paul had x-rays taken on his injured shoulder after the game.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Post-Game Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game press conference are available at Giants.com.

Player Post-Game Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of post-game media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were QB Ryan Nassib, RB Peyton Hillis, WR Hakeem Nicks (abdomen), TE Adrien Robinson, OC Dallas Reynolds, DT Markus Kuhn, and CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle).

Both teams were flagged 11 time.

Dallas was 4-of-11 on third down, but three of those conversions came on their game-winning field goal drive.

Nov 242013
 
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Article on the 2013 New York Giants: Despite disastrous 0-6 start, NY Giants’ captains never scuttled the ship by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Article on Today’s New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys Game: Cruz says Giants have winning formula to beat Cowboys by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on the New York Giants Defense: New, improved Giants defense set for Dallas by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on the New York Giants Special Teams: Giants require special effort against Cowboys by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin is reason NY Giants have meaningful game against Cowboys by Mike Lupica of The Daily News

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Article on RB Andre Brown: Brown hopes Giants backfield gets hot in the cold by Dan Martin of The New York Post

Articles on New York Giants Wide Receivers:

Article on LB Spencer Paysinger: Spencer Paysinger always puts the team first by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Articles on New York Giants Cornerbacks:

Nov 202013
 
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Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (November 17, 2013)

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Jason Pierre-Paul Named “NFC Defensive Player of the Week”: DE Jason Pierre-Paul has been named the “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday. Pierre-Paul returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown in the Giants’ 27-13 victory over the Packers. Pierre-Paul was also credited with three tackles in the game.

This is Pierre-Paul’s third “NFC Player of the Week” award. He was honored in Weeks 14 and 16 of the 2011 season, following standout performances against Dallas (eight tackles, two sacks, and a blocked field goal) and the Jets (five tackles and two sacks).

Pierre-Paul joins LB Lawrence Taylor (nine times) and DE Michael Strahan (three times) as the only Giants named “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” at least three times.

November 20, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – Nicks and Conner Miss Practice: Not practicing on Wednesday were DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Trumaine McBride (hip), RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), FB Jon Conner (hip), and WR Hakeem Nicks (groin).

CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle) practiced on a limited basis.

November 20, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday press conference are available at BigBlueInteractive.com and Giants.com, respectively.

November 20, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Wednesday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Articles on the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys Game:

Article on CB Prince Amukamara: Giants Spotlight: Prince Amukamara blossoming into all-around player by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Nov 172013
 
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Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (November 17, 2013)

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New York Giants Win Fourth Game in a Row, Defeat Green Bay Packers 27-13: The New York Giants beat the Green Bay Packers 27-13 on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants have now won four games in a row after starting the season 0-6. The 4-6 Giants still trail the 6-5 Philadelphia Eagles and 5-5 Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.

The Packers actually out-gained the Giants in total net yards (394 to 334) with 339 net yards passing. But the Giants held advantages in first downs (19 to 16), rushing yards (78 to 55), and time of possession (35:14 to 24:46). Green Bay also turned the football over three times while the Giants turned it over once, and the Packers also failed to convert on a fake punt and turned the football over on downs.

New York received the football first to start the game, picked up two first downs, but then was forced to punt. The Giants then scored 10 points on their next two possessions. The Giants first drove 42 yards in five plays with QB Eli Manning hitting WR Rueben Randle from 26 yards out for the score. The good field position on that scoring drive was also set up by a 32-yard punt return by Randle. The Giants then followed that up with an 11-play, 56-yard drive that set up a 40-yard field goal for PK Josh Brown.

Meanwhile, the Packers went three-and-out on their first two possessions of the game and fell behind 10-0. On Green Bay’s third possession, the Packers drove 76 yards in seven plays to set up a 24-yard field goal. Giants 10 – Packers 3.

New York responded with an impressive drive, moving the ball from their own 11 to the Green Bay 14-yard line. But on 3rd-and-11, WR Louis Murphy ran the wrong route and Manning’s throw was intercepted by the Packers and returned to the Green Bay 21-yard line. The Packers crossed midfield with less than a minute and half to play, but punted. The Giants went three-and-out and punted. With only 43 seconds left, the Packers moved 24 yards in four plays to set up a successful 57-yard goal.

At the half, the Giants led 10-6.

Green Bay received the football to start the second half. The Packers crossed midfield, but that drive was halted when LB Jon Beason intercepted QB Scott Tolzien at the Giants’ 41-yard line, returning the football to midfield. Manning then hit WR Hakeem Nicks for 35 yards down to the 15-yard line. The Giants’ drive stalled there and New York settled for a 28-yard field goal. Giants 13 – Packers 6.

The Packers moved the ball past midfield on their second possession of the half, but the Giants’ defense then held. On 4th-and-7, the Packers attempted a fake punt from the Giants’ 43-yard line. Green Bay was stopped just short of the first-down marker by LB Spencer Paysinger, turning the ball over on downs.

The Giants took a 20-6 lead on the ensuing possession by driving 63 yards in 10 plays, with RB Brandon Jacobs scoring from one yard out. However, that apparently comfortable lead was quickly erased as the Packers drove 83 yards in just five plays to cut the lead to 20-13 early in the fourth quarter.

The Giants went three-and-out. Momentum had definitely swung in Green Bay’s favor. But on the very first play of the Packers’ fourth possession of the half, DE Jason Pierre-Paul intercepted Tolzien’s pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. The Giants were again back up by two scores, 27-13 with less than 11 minutes to play.

The Giants’ defense forced a three-and-out. And while New York did not score on the ensuing possession, they were able to pick up two first downs and take almost four minutes off of the clock. Down by two touchdowns, the Packers started from their own 17-yard line with 4:32 to play. Using the no huddle, Green Bay did reach reach the Giants’ 34-yard line in seven plays. However, on the first play after the two-minute warning, S Antrel Rolle intercepted Tolzien at the Giants’ 13-yard line. New York went three-and-out. Green Bay got the ball back with 37 seconds left but the closest the Packers got was the New York 35-yard line as time expired.

Offensively, Manning finished the game 25-of-35 for 279 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. His leading receivers were WR Victor Cruz (8 catches for 110 yards), Nicks (four catches for 50 yards) and Randle (three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown). RB Andre Brown rushed for 66 yards on 18 carries (3.7 yards per carry). Jacobs only had nine yards on five carries, but he did score a touchdown and converted twice on 4th-and-1.

Defensively, the Giants had no sacks, but were able to get some heat on Tolzien. Beason, Pierre-Paul, and Rolle all had interceptions. The leading tacklers, with eight a piece, were CB Terrell Thomas, Beason, and LB Jacquian Williams. The Packers were held to only 55 yards rushing. RB Eddie Lacy was held to 27 yards on 14 carries.

On special teams, P Steve Weatherford rebounded with a strong performance, averaging 53 yards on five punts (42.2 yard net). Randle returned his only chance for 32 yards. RB Michael Cox was the new kickoff returner, but only averaged 17.5 yards per kickoff on two chances. Josh Brown hit both his field goal chances. And the Giants stopped the fake punt short of the first-down marker.

Video highlights are available at NFL.com. The video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game locker room speech is available at Giants.com.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Post-Game Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game press conference are available at Giants.com.

Player Post-Game Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of post-game media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were QB Ryan Nassib, RB Peyton Hillis, TE Adrien Robinson, OC Dallas Reynolds, DT Markus Kuhn, LB Allen Bradford, and CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle).

Nov 132013
 
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Terrell Thomas, New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

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November 13, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – Jason Pierre-Paul Says He Might Not Play Sunday: Not practicing on Wednesday were DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle), RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring/knee), and TE Bear Pascoe (ankle).

“(Pierre-Paul is) still sore, but he’s still optimistic and so are we,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “I would hope (he would practice on Thursday).”

However, Pierre-Paul was not as optimistic. “I don’t know if I’m going to play Sunday,” said Pierre-Paul. “I don’t. That’s the honest answer. At this point, I’m just taking it day-by-day and see how I feel on Sunday…I’m not going to go out there unless I feel comfortable with my shoulder…It just hurts. I’m not going to be ready (to practice on Thursday).”

Coughlin was asked about the status of Corey Webster, who hasn’t played much this season. “I thought we were over the hump a couple of weeks ago when he was able to just play a few plays, but there was an ankle injury in there and he’s still trying to recover from that.”

“Brandon Jacobs is not going to work, he’s scheduled to work (on Thursday),” said Coughlin.

Practice Squad Moves: The Houston Texans signed S Jawanza Starling from the Giants’ Practice Squad on Wednesday. Starling was added to the Giants’ Practice Squad in September after the Texans had waived him.

To fill that vacancy, the Giants signed LB Marcus Dowtin to the Practice Squad. Dowtin has spent time with the Jets, Eagles, and Bills.

November 13, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday press conference are available at Giants.com

November 13, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Wednesday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on General Manager Jerry Reese: Peace of Reese: Moves give Giants GM some respite, for now by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on the Giants-Raiders Game: Giants vs. Raiders rewind: Breaking down a third straight win by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on the New York Giants Offense: Offense works around lack of big plays by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Nov 102013
 
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Andre Brown, New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

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New York Giants Win Third Game in a Row, Beat Oakland Raiders 24-20:  The New York Giants defeated the Oakland Raiders 24-20 on Sunday afternoon at a windy MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. With the victory, the Giants have improved their record to 3-6; it is New York’s third win in a row after starting the season 0-6.

Offensive and special teams miscues by the Giants kept the game closer than it probably should have been. WR Jerrel Jernigan fumbled away the opening kickoff. The ball was recovered by the Raiders at the Giants’ 27-yard line and returned to the 5-yard line. Two plays later, QB Terrell Pryor of the Raiders scored from one yard out and the Oakland was up quickly 7-0.

The Giants went three-and-out on their first offensive possession. The Raiders crossed midfield but were pushed back a holding penalty. Four plays later, on 4th-and-15, DE Damontre Moore blocked Oakland’s punt. S Cooper Taylor recovered the loose ball at the the Raiders’ 21-yard line and returned it for a touchdown. The game was tied at 7-7.

Oakland picked up first down on their third possession, but then punted. On New York’s second possession, the Giants also picked up one first down, but were pushed back by an 11-yard sack. On 3rd-and-20, RB Peyton Hillis fumbled the ball away after a short pass from QB Eli Manning on a screen play. The ball was recovered by the Raiders at the Giants’ 21-yard line. New York’s defense held and forced a 33-yard field goal. Raiders 10 – Giants 7.

New York’s offense continued to struggle on their third possession as the Giants only picked up one first down and then punted. On the Giants’ first three offensive possessions, the Giants only gained two first downs and 20 yards, with two punts and one fumble. After the Raiders went three-and-out, the offense finally got its act together, driving 90 yards in 11 plays. The drive culminated with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Manning to WR Rueben Randle. Giants 14 – Raiders 10.

On the ensuing Raiders’ possession, Oakland picked up a couple of first downs but was forced to punt, the ball being downed at the Giants’ 3-yard line with less than five minutes to go in the half. The Giants moved the ball to their own 37-yard line. But on 1st-and-10 with 1:28 left before intermission, Manning’s pass intended for WR Victor Cruz was intercepted by CB Tracy Porter at the Giants’ 43-yard line and returned for a touchdown.

At the half, the Raiders led 17-14.

The Raiders extended their lead to 20-14 with their best offensive drive of the game on their opening possession of the third quarter. The Raiders march 74 yards in 14 plays and had the ball 1st-and-goal at the Giants’ 1-yard line. But New York’s defense held and forced a 23-yard field goal. That would be Oakland’s last points of the game.

The Giants’ offense went three-and-out on their first possession of the second half. A bad punt by P Steve Weatherford traveled only 27 yards and gave the Raiders the ball at the Giants’ 48-yard line. (Weatherford had a rough day punting, averaging only 30 yards per punt). After picking up a first down, the Raiders faced a 3rd-and-9 from the Giants’ 33-yard line. CB Terrell Thomas picked off Pryor at the 30-yard line and returned the interception 65 yards to the Oakland 5-yard line. Two plays later, RB Andre Brown scored from one yard out and the Giants regained the lead 21-20.

The Raiders went three-and-out and punted the ball away as the third quarter expired. The Giants’ offense then drove 70 yards in 13 plays, but were not able to punch the ball in after facing 1st-and-goal from the 4-yard line. New York settled for a 23-yard field goal by PK Josh Brown and a 24-20 advantage.

The Raiders and Giants then exchanged three-and-outs. Weatherford’s punt was partially blocked and only travelled seven yards with less than five minutes to play in the game. Oakland picked up one first down, but on third-and-10, Pryor was sacked by DE Mathias Kiwanuka, who stripped the football loose. DT Cullen Jenkins recovered with 3:21 left in the game. The Giants successfully ran out the clock with Andre Brown carrying the load.

Offensively, Manning finished the game 12-of-22 for 140 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. His leading receivers were WR Hakeem Nicks (four catches for 49 yards), Randle (three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown), and Cruz (three catches for 37 yards). Andre Brown carried the ball 30 times for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, S Antrel Rolle led the team with 12 tackles, one sack, and one tackle for a loss. LB Keith Rivers had eight tackles, one sack, and one tackle for a loss. Defensive ends Mathias Kiwanuka and Jason-Pierre-Paul each had sacks as well. Thomas picked off one pass and Jenkins recovered a fumble that Kiwanuka forced.

Video highlights are available at NFL.com. The video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game locker room speech is available at Giants.com.

Injury Report: DE Jason Pierre-Paul left the game with a shoulder injury (stinger) but returned. X-rays were negative.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Post-Game Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game press conference are available at Giants.com.

Player Post-Game Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of post-game media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were QB Ryan Nassib, RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring/knee), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OC Dallas Reynolds, DT Markus Kuhn, CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle), and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring).

The Giants won their sixth consecutive game following a regular-season bye.

The Giants trailed at halftime, 17-14. This was their first victory in a game in which they trailed at the half since September 16, 2012 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Giants had lost their last 10 games when trailing at the half, including six this season.

The Giants committed only one penalty for five yards.

The game featured the Giants’ first blocked punt for a touchdown since 1988. The touchdown was also the Giants’ first non-offensive touchdown this season.

RB Andre Brown started at running back, the sixth player to start at that position this season. Brown’s 30 carries and 115 yards were both single-game career highs.

QB Eli Manning has thrown three interceptions for touchdowns this season. Manning has thrown 16 interceptions this season, one more than he had for all of 2012.

The Giants’ defense had four sacks for the second game in a row.