Somewhere along the way in preparing for San Francisco, Adrian Tracy’s name came up among Tom Coughlin and his staff. So they wrote the defensive-end-turned-linebacker-turned-whatever-you-need into the script on Sunday.
The payoff was high as the Giants 2010 sixth round draft pick turned his dozen snaps into four tackles, including his first career sack. Hampered by injuries throughout his young career (which included spending all of 2010 on injured reserve), Tracy has played in every game this season and made the most of his opportunity against the 49ers.
“They asked Adrian to step up this week and play a different role than what he had over the last couple weeks,” Michael Boley said Monday on a conference call with Giants beat reporters. “And he stepped up and played pretty well. Hat off to him.”
Tracy saw the bulk of his action as an outside linebacker, and got his feet wet early with a tackle on running back Frank Gore for no gain. He finished the game as strong as he started and sacked backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a loss of six yards on the 49ers’ last offensive snap of the game. Eli Manning and company took over in the victory formation and preserved the win.
Tracy was one of a handful of players asked to do more than usual in San Francisco.
“Guys played hard,” Coughlin said on a conference call. “Lots of people got to contribute and play. Adrian Tracy made a contribution in there, did a very nice job. We got to play a bunch of guys on special teams and they rose up and did a nice job of that. Michael Coe came back and was healthy and made a couple tackles on special teams, and Justin Tryon had three tackles on special teams. Lots of people played and contributed and we tried to be able to do some things with their personnel combinations. And we used lots of people on the field and they played well. So I was pleased to see that happen.”
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Tickets, which range in price from $45 – $195, will go on-sale to the public on Wednesday, October 17 at 11 AM EST and will be available for purchase at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at the MetLife Stadium and IZOD Center Box Offices, and at Wal-Mart Ticketmaster outlets throughout the New York/New Jersey area. For group sales (15+) call 201-460-4370. New Jersey Transit service will be operating from New York’s Penn Station to the Meadowlands Sports Complex train station. For more information, visit www.njtransit.com/meadowlands.
For Brazil, the home team, this is the team’s third match at MetLife Stadium, most recently facing Argentina on June 9, 2012 for the “Clash of the Titans” match-up. The November match marks the first time Colombia will play at MetLife Stadium and its first return to the Meadowlands region since August 2009, playing against Venezuela at Giants Stadium.
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Coming off a blocked field goal before halftime in a defensive grudge match, the Giants offense needed a spark coming out of the locker room in San Francisco. David Wilson, who already had kick returns of 44 and 53 in previous weeks, stepped up to the plate.
The 49ers won the coin toss and elected to receive to begin the game, which gave the ball to the Giants to start the second half with a 10-3 lead. That’s when Wilson ripped off a 66-yard return and gift-wrapped the ball on the San Francisco 32-yard line for the offense to take over. Seven plays later, Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a one-yard leap into the end zone and gave the Giants a 14-point lead.
Wilson had two returns for 93 yards on the day, upping his season average to 28.4.
“The kickoff return after the half was huge,” Tom Coughlin said of Wilson, who also had a 46-yard return called back due to a holding penalty in the first quarter. “That was a momentum-changing play in that we came out, we knew what we had to do offensively. And they kicked the ball off and we had a super return. David again looked like he might go all the way, but [he] put us in excellent, excellent field position.”
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