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 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 142013
 
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Keith Rivers, New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

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November 14, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Thursday were DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) and CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle).

CB Terrell Thomas (knee), RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring/knee), and TE Bear Pascoe (ankle) practiced on a limited basis.

November 14, 2013 New York Giants Coach Media Sessions: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

November 14, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Article on New York Giants Running Backs:

Articles on New York Giants Defensive Line:

Article on LB Keith Rivers: LB Rivers looks to make consistent impact by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Nov 082013
 
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Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants (October 10, 2013)

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November 8, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Friday were RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring/knee) and CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle). Webster has officially been ruled “out” of the game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday; Jacobs is “doubtful.”

The Star-Ledger is reporting that the issue keeping Jacobs from practicing and playing is a chronic knee condition that flared up this week.

CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis. McBride and Hosley are “questionable” for the game; Thomas is “probable.”

“I feel good right now,” said McBride after practice. “I went out there today and I felt good running. I felt good turning. I felt good playing, so I’m ready to go for Sunday.”

WR Victor Cruz (neck) and TE Adrien Robinson (foot) fully practiced and are both “probable” for the game.

November 8, 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: The Coughlin Corner: Eight-game schedule by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

November 8, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Friday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Articles on New York Giants Running Backs:

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Line:

Article on DT Johnathan Hankins: Hankins hankering for bigger role by Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on the New York Giants and Bullying: Giants team meeting on bullying: What was said, what does it mean by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Oct 272013
 
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Johnathan Hankins, New York Giants (October 6, 2013)

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Brandon Jacobs Travels to Philadelphia, But Shaun Rogers Out: On Friday, RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), DT Shaun Rogers (knee), and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring) were listed as “doubtful” for the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. However, Rogers and Hosley did not make the trip to Philadelphia on Saturday and have been downgraded to “out.” Jacobs did make the trip; it remains to be seen if he will suit up.

RB David Wilson (neck) will not play. TE Adrien Robinson (foot) and CB Corey Webster (groin) are “questionable.”

LB Spencer Paysinger (ankle), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder) are “probable.”

Article on Beason, Hillis, Cordle, Conner, and Hill: New Names Play Giant Roles by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Articles on OC Jim Cordle:

Article on DT Johnathan Hankins: Giants rookie Johnathan Hankins aims to make impact on ‘D’ by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Articles on LB Jon Beason:

Oct 212013
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (October 6, 2013)

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Brandon Jacobs Not Playing Against Vikings? FOXSports is reporting that RB Brandon Jacobs, who is officially “questionable” to play in Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings with a hamstring injury, is unlikely to play. After practicing on Thursday and Friday on a limited basis, Jacobs did not practice on Saturday.

If Jacobs cannot play, Michael Cox and Peyton Hillis will be the main running backs.

Giants.com Q&A With Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Coughlin Corner: Monday night matchup by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on New York Giants Fans and the 2013 NFL Season: Giants will hear it from fans if they lose to Vikings on Monday night by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Articles on the Giants Passing Game:

Article on Wide Receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz: Giants’ Hakeem Nicks can use Victor Cruz as an example of what free agency could bring by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on OC David Baas and DE Mathias Kiwanuka: Giants’ Mathias Kiwanuka and David Baas can relate to David Wilson’s neck pain by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on LB Spencer Paysinger: Giants Q&A: Spencer Paysinger talks about growing up in Beverly Hills by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Oct 192013
 
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Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants (October 10, 2013)

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October 19, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Saturday were RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), RB David Wilson (neck), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (illness), DT Shaun Rogers (knee), and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring). Wilson and Hosley have officially been ruled “out” of Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Jacobs, Pierre-Paul, and Rogers are “questionable” for the game.

Practicing on a limited basis were TE Adrien Robinson (foot), CB Corey Webster (groin), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder). Robinson and Taylor are “questionable” for the game; Webster and Thomas are “probable.”

OC David Baas (neck) fully practice and is “probable” for the game.

Article on the 2013 New York Giants: Giants, the Stalwarts of a City, Suddenly Can’t Make It There by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

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Article on OC David Baas: Return of center Baas could boost Giants offensive line by Zach Braziller of The New York Post

Oct 182013
 
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Jon Beason, New York Giants (October 10, 2013)

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October 18, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Friday were DE Jason Pierre-Paul (illness), CB Corey Webster (groin), and RB David Wilson (neck).

“(Pierre-Paul) was sick,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He’s actually been sick since Monday.”

Practicing on a limited basis were RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OC David Baas (neck), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder).

“Today I took every rep. It’s definitely something I’m just working on,” Baas said. “I’m trying to get a feel for it and get out there and work with my teammates. Things are going well right now and no predictions, but right now I would say we’ve got a really good chance (to play).”

New York Giants Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Friday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Friday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Articles on the Giants Pass Rush:

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin and QB Eli Manning: Giants willing and stable with Coughlin, Eli by Dan Grazziano of ESPN.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: Giants standing behind Eli Manning by Tara Sullivan of The Bergen Record

Articles on the Giants Running Backs:

Article on TE Brandon Myers: Myers moves on from Chicago mistake by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com

Oct 142013
 
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Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (October 6, 2013)

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October 14, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Monday were RB David Wilson (neck), RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), RB Da’Rel Scott (hamstring), CB Corey Webster (groin), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder).

“Brandon, I think, will make it for (Thursday’s practice),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Today was precautionary just to keep track of him and not do something that was unnecessary.”

“It’s fine,” said Jacobs. “Day-to-day. Just go in and get treatment and do what I gotta do. But I’m not counting on being down. Hamstrings can be tricky. Just when you feel like they’re all healed and ready to go you go out and over-extend and hurt it again. So I’m just taking it precautionary. I don’t think it’s going to be an issue, though.”

OC David Baas (neck) participated in individual drills.

“It was good to get back out there,” Baas said. “I just did some limited stuff today, just did some individual. I’ll be ready to go on Thursday. I’ll talk to the doctors and the coaches and see how much I’m doing but I’ll be ready to go Thursday. I just want to help my team win, so I can’t wait to get back out there.”

TE Adrien Robinson (foot) returned to practice.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday press conference are available at Giants.com.

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Monday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the New York Giants Organization: Don’t expect Giants owner to fire Coughlin or Reese by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

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Article on LB Jon Beason: New Giants LB has confidence in middle of chaos by Brian Lewis of The New York Post