Oct 112013
Brandon Myers, New York Giants (October 10, 2013)

Interception on the Final Drive – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Free Falling – The New York Giants Are Now 0-6: The Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants 27-21 on Thursday night at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. With the loss, the Giants are now 0-6 with 10 games left to play in this dreary NFL season. This is the first time the Giants have started a season 0-6 since 1976.

“We’re all sick of it,” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said after the game. ”We’re all sick of losing, but we put ourselves in this position.”

The game was a closely-fought affair with the difference being three interceptions by QB Eli Manning. Eli threw interceptions on the Giants’ first two possessions. Three plays into the game, on 3rd-and-6, Eli’s pass intended for WR Rueben Randle was picked off and returned to New York’s 12-yard line. But the Giants’ defense held, including on a 4th-and-2 pass, and Chicago came away with no points. On the Giants’ second possession, after picking up two first downs, there was miscommunication between Manning and Randle as Manning’s pass was picked off and returned 48 yards for a touchdown. Chicago 7 – New York 0.

The Giants responded with an impressive 10-play, 80-yard drive on their third possession to tie the game at 7-7. RB Brandon Jacobs capped off the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. But the Bears quickly regained the lead with an 8-play, 86-yard touchdown drive with WR Brandon Marshall catching a 10-yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-9. Bears 14 – Giants 7.

The Giants responded impressively again, driving 80 yards in seven plays with Manning finishing the series with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Randle. The game was tied 14-14. But back came the Bears with a 9-play, 80-yard possession as QB Jay Cutler found Marshall again for a 3-yard score. Bears 21 – Giants 14.

The back-and-forth scoring ended on New York’s fifth possession with the team going three-and-out. The Bears, on their final possession of the half drove 58 yards in 10 plays to set up a 40-yard field goal. After stuffing the Bears on their first possession of the game, the Giants’ defense gave up 17 points Chicago’s other three drives of the first half.

At the half, the Bears led 24-14.

Chicago extended their lead on their first possession of the second half as they drove 40 yards in eight plays to set up a 52-yard field goal. Bears 27 – Giants 14. The Bears would not score for the remainder of the game however.

The Giants had four offensive possessions in the second half in a desperate attempt to salvage a victory. They went three-and-out on their first possession, but cut the lead to 27-21 on their second possession by driving 91 yard in nine plays. Jacobs scored a second time, this time from one yard out near the end of the third quarter.

The Giants had the ball twice in the fourth quarter. On their third possession of the half, New York punted after picking up one first down. With the game still 27-21, with 5:21 left, the Giants began their final drive at their own 11-yard line. New York picked up three first downs and with just over two minutes left in the game faced a 2nd-and-9 from the Chicago 35-yard line. But Eli’s pass intended for TE Brandon Myers was intercepted at the 10-yard line and returned 16 yards. Chicago picked up one first down and ran out the clock. Ball game.

Offensively, Manning finished the game 14-of-26 for 239 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Manning now had an NFL-leading 15 interceptions, matching his total for all of 2012.

”I feel bad for my teammates,” said Manning after the game. “I feel bad for my coaches and everybody, fighting every day, and I’m fighting, too. I am trying to get a win for these guys.”

The leading receivers were WR Hakeem Nicks (4 catches for 70 yards), WR Victor Cruz (4 catches for 68 yards), and Randle (3 catches for 75 yards and one touchdown). Jacobs carried the ball 22 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, the Giants gave up 372 total net yards, including 110 yards rushing and 262 yards passing. For the second week in a row, the defense forced no turnovers. And they also did not sack, and rarely pressured, QB Jay Cutler.

Video lowlights are available at NFL.com.

Injury Report: RB Da’Rel Scott left the game with a hamstring injury.

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

  • RB Brandon Jacobs (Video)
  • DE Justin Tuck (Video)

New York Giants-Chicago Bears Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were QB Ryan Nassib, RB David Wilson (neck), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OC David Baas (neck), CB Corey Webster (groin), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder).

DE Justin Trattou Claimed by Vikings: DE Justin Trattou, who the Giants waived on Tuesday, was claimed off of waivers by the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday.

Articles on the 2013 New York Giants:

Oct 082013
Brandon Jacbos and Eli Manning, New York Giants (October 6, 2013)

Eli Manning Hands Off to Brandon Jacobs – © USA TODAY Sports Images

October 8, 2013 New York Giants Injury Update: Not practicing on Tuesday were RB David Wilson (neck), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OC David Baas (neck), DE Damontre Moore (hamstring), CB Corey Webster (groin), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), S Cooper Taylor (shoulder), and LS Zak DeOssie (back).

Wilson has already been ruled out of Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears. “David will be week to week,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He has a neck issue, so it will be week to week.”

It also sounds like Webster will miss his fourth straight game. “I don’t see any change there,” said Coughlin.

Practicing on a limited basis were WR Louis Murphy (ankle), TE Brandon Myers (ankle), and DT Linval Joseph (ankle).

LB Mark Herzlich (toe) and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) fully practiced.

Giants Re-Sign RB Da’Rel Scott and Waive DE Justin Trattou: The Giants re-signed RB Da’Rel Scott on Tuesday. Scott was waived by the Giants last Tuesday. To make room for Scott, the Giants waived DE Justin Trattou.

Giants Add Two to the Practice Squad: The Giants had two vacancies on the Practice Squad to fill and they did so by signing CB Junior Mertile and LB Darin Drakeford. Mertile is a rookie free agent who was with the Giants in training camp. Drakeford was an undrafted rookie free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs who was released from the Chiefs’ Practice Squad on October 1st.

The vacancies were created when the Giants signed CB Charles James from the Practice Squad to the 53-man roster and the Buffalo Bills signed LB Ty Powell from the Giants’ Practice Squad.

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

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

Article on RB Brandon Jacobs: Brandon Jacobs set for increased role by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

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

Notes: Linebackers Spencer Paysinger and Jon Beason have switched jersey numbers. Beason will now wear #52 and Paysinger #54.

Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride said on Tuesday that 35-of-61 of the Giants’ third-down situations this year have been 11 yards or more.

Sep 182013
Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (September 15, 2013)

Can Tom Coughlin Right the Ship? – © USA TODAY Sports Images

September 18, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Other than the players on Injured Reserve, OT David Diehl (thumb) was the only player not to practice on Wednesday. TE Adrien Robinson (foot) was limited in practice.

September 18, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday press conference are available at Giants.com.

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

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin Must Cope with the Tragic Death of His Brother by Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger

Article on the Giants’ Defense: Giants’ Struggling Defense Lacks Passion by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: JPP of Old is Cure for Giants’ Pass Rush by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Articles on Giants’ Running Game:

Article on Former Giants Head Coach Bill Parcells: Tuna Time: Roasting Bill Parcells by Greg  Hanlon of The New York Observer

Sep 152013
Eli Manning, New York Giants (September 15, 2013)

Eli Manning – © USA TODAY Sports Images

New York Giants Fall to 0-2: The New York Giants lost to the Denver Broncos 41-23 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. With the defeat, the Giants have fallen to 0-2.

The game was competitive until late in the third quarter when the Broncos pulled away. But third-down inefficiency (1-for-11 on third down), red-zone inefficiency (1-of-3 inside the red zone), turnovers (four interceptions), and an inability to run the football (23 yards rushing) killed New York. In addition, the Giants’ defense allowed 416 total yards, including 109 yards rushing and never sacked QB Peyton Manning. All three phases failed as the Giants’ special teams allowed an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown that put the game out of reach, and P Steve Weatherford struggled (22 net yards per punt).

After the game, safety Antrel Rolle was asked if he felt the Giants were better than their record. “I can say what we are, but the record shows otherwise,” replied Rolle. “The record shows 0-2, so at this point, we’re an 0-2 team. It’s up to us what we’re going to do from this point on. We can either get in the tank, which is something that we will never, ever do, or we can go out and fight like I hope that we will do and like I see us going out there and doing. We have to pick it up. We have to pick it up in all three phases on the game, offensively, defensively, and special teams and make sure you clear up certain things because there are a lot of things that need to be clear.”

The Broncos received the football to start the game and easily drove 91 yards down field to the Giants’ 6-yard line. But the Giants’ defense forced their only turnover when DT Cullen Jenkins forced a fumble that S Ryan Mundy recovered in the end zone.

On the first play of New York’s first possession, QB Eli Manning hit WR Victor Cruz for a 51-yard completion, but the drive stalled at the Denver 18-yard line and the Giants settled for a 36-yard field goal by PK Josh Brown.

The score remained a 3-0 Giants until the second quarter as both teams exchanged punts twice. Denver began their fourth drive on the Giants’ 40-yard line. Four plays later, RB Knowshon Moreno broke off a 20-yard touchdown run. Early in the second quarter, the Broncos led 7-3.

After both teams exchanged punts again, the Giants started their fifth possession a Denver’s 43-yard line. However, the drive stalled at the 6-yard line and the Giants settled for a 24-yard field goal. Broncos 7 – Giants 6.

After the Giants’ defense forced a three-and-out, the Giants drove 37 yards in seven pays to set up a 41-yard field goal by Brown as the Giants regained the lead 9-7. Denver responded with an 8-play, 56-yard drive that set up a 42-yard field goal as Denver went back up 10-9. The Giants had a chance late in the second quarter to add more points as 34-yard pass to WR Hakeem Nicks and a 21-yard pass interference penalty set the Giants up at the Broncos 28-yard line with 16 seconds to go before intermission. But Manning’s deep pass for Nicks was intercepted in the end zone.

At halftime, the Broncos led 10-9.

In the second half, after a three-and-out by New York, the Broncos extended their advantage to 17-9 as Denver drove 53 yards in nine plays with the possession culminating in a 2-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to WR Wes Welker. The Giants responded with a 9-play, 81-yard drive that resulted in a 1-yard touchdown run by RB Brandon Jacobs. With just over three minutes to play in the third quarter, the Giants had cut the score to 17-16.

But then the roof caved in as the Broncos scored 21 unanswered points in a matter of minutes, including a 7-play, 80-yard drive that finished with a 25-yard touchdown run by Moreno; a 5-play, 36-yard touchdown drive after Eli Manning’s second interception; and an 81-yard punt return by WR Trindon Holliday. With 10 minutes to play, the Giants trailed 38-16.

Eli Manning was picked two more times in the fourth quarter as the Giants desperately tried to get back into the game. New York did score with four minutes left as RB Da’Rel Scott caught a 23-yard touchdown pass. But it was far too little, far too late. Denver tacked on a late 47-yard field goal.

Eli Manning finished the game 28-of-49 for 362 yards, 1 touchdown, and 4 interceptions. Running backs David Wilson, Brandon Jacobs, and Da’Rel Scott combined for 23 yards on 19 carries (1.2 yards per carry). Victor Cruz caught 8 passes for 118 yards.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

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

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

Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were QB Ryan Nassib, RB Michael Cox, TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OT David Diehl (thumb), OG Brandon Mosley, DT Johnathan Hankins, and LB Allen Bradford.

Sep 152013
Photo by big d E

Photo by big d E

Articles on the New York Giants Running Backs:

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Article on LB Mark Herzlich: New Giants Starting LB Herzlich Up to Broncos Challenge by Howie Kussoy of The New York Post

Article on CB Terrell Thomas: Serby’s Q&A with Giants’ Terrell Thomas by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe: Duke Coach David Cutcliffe Coached and Serves as Mentor to Peyton and Eli Manning by Kevin Armstrong of The Daily News

Sep 112013
Antel Rolle and Tom Coughlin

Antel Rolle and Tom Coughlin – Photo by big d E

September 11, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – David Baas Returns to Practice, but Da’Rel Scott Injures Knee: Not practicing on Wednesday were CB Prince Amukamara (concussion), LB Dan Connor (neck), OT David Diehl (thumb), and TE Adrien Robinson (foot).

“(Amukamara) does feel pretty good, but he’s got to follow the protocol,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin.

OC David Baas (knee) and DE Damontre Moore (shoulder) were limited in practice. This was Baas’ first action since injuring his MCL in the second preseason game.

Baas was asked if he might play this weekend. “That’s my plan,” Baas said. “Today was a big step forward and we’re just going to keep monitoring it day by day. Last week, it didn’t work out, I prepared myself like I was going to play. This week, I’m going to do the exact same thing…I feel like we definitely made some progress today.”

RB Da’Rel Scott left practice early with a knee injury. According to press reports, the MRI showed no structural damage, but Scott will be monitored for swelling in the knee.

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

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

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin Concludes Giants Team Meeting With a Remembrance of 9-11 by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Articles on the Running Backs:

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Article on Giants’ Senior Vice President of Medical Services: He Might Be Giants: Is Longtime Trainer Ronnie Barnes the Most Powerful Man in New York Football? by Greg  Hanlon of The New York Observer

Notes: On Tuesday, the Giants worked out linebackers Aaron Maybin (ex-Bengals), Tavares Gooden (ex-49ers), and Emmanuel Acho (ex-Eagles). As previously reported, the Giants signed Acho to the Practice Squad.

Sep 102013
Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants (February 5, 2012)

Brandon Jacobs – © USA TODAY Sports Images

New York Giants Sign RB Brandon Jacobs: The Giants have signed 31-year old RB Brandon Jacobs to a 1-year contract. Jacobs was drafted in the 4th round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Giants and played with the team for seven years from 2005-2011. He remains the fourth-leading rusher in Giants’ history with 4,849 yards. Jacobs played in two games with the 49ers in 2012.

“Whatever they need me to do,” Jacobs said. “Whatever role they want me to play, I’ll come in and do it. I know the offense. I know they’ve made some tweaks here and there, and I’ll do whatever I have to do. I look forward to teaming up with David (Wilson) and (Michael) Cox and Da’Rel (Scott) and Dre (Andre Brown) whenever he gets back and try to make everybody around us better. We want to be the group that leads the team to victory.

“The Giants have given me a great opportunity. This is where I wanted to be. These are the coaches I want to play for and I wanted to come back with my teammates. This is the place I love most. I’m ready to go. If I need to go Sunday, I can go Sunday. There’s no issue. I’ll be really excited. Now I just have to try to get Stevie Brown on the phone.”

S Stevie Brown is wearing Jacobs’ old number – #27. For now, Jacobs will wear #34.

The video of an exclusive Giants.com interview with Jacobs on his return to the Giants is available at Giants.com.

Article on RB Brandon Jacobs: Why the Giants Signed Brandon Jacobs by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Practice Squad Moves: The Giants have signed LB Emmanuel Acho to the Practice Squad. To make room for Acho, the Giants terminated the Practice Squad contract of WR Marcus Harris. Because of these moves, we have updated the Transactions, Roster Analysis (with scouting report), and Roster sections of the website.

WR Ramses Barden Released from Injured Reserve: The Giants released WR Ramses Barden (knee) from Injured Reserve with an injury settlement on Monday. Because of this move, we have updated the Transactions and Roster sections of the website.

Bill Parcells to Be Honored at Halftime of Giants-Broncos Game: Former Giants’ Head Coach Bill Parcells (1983-1990) will receive his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring at halftime of the Giants-Broncos game on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Other living Giants’ Hall of Famers will also be on hand including QB Y.A. Tittle (1961-1964), RB Frank Gifford (1952-1960, 1962-1964), LB Sam Huff (1956-1963), LB Harry Carson (1976-1988), and LB Lawrence Taylor (1981-1993).

Giants on WFANAudio clips of WFAN interviews with the following players are available at CBSNewYork.com:

Giants on ESPN Radio: Audio clips of ESPN Radio interviews with the following players are available at ESPN.com:

  • WR Victor Cruz (Audio)
  • DE Mathias Kiwanuka (Audio)

Shaun O’Hara Breaks Down Giants-Cowboys Game: O’Hara’s Take: Breaking Down Week 1 by Giants.com

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

Aug 072009

On August 7, 2009, Brandon Jacobs was awarded the 2008 “BBI Giant of the Year” for his performance during the 2008 NFL season. Jacobs rushed for 1,089 yards and 15 touchdowns on 219 carries in the regular season.

This is a montage of the day’s events. This video, which was uploaded onto YouTube on August 5, 2010, was also created in memory of Hope Johnson who was taken far to early from us, we will miss you Hope.