It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time to vote for the NFL’s weekly awards. Once again, a Giants player is nominated after Eli Manning was named the “FedEx Air Player of the Week” and recognized for the “Never Say Never Moment of the Week” following his 510 yards in a comeback victory against Tampa Bay.
But Week 3 was all about running back Andre Brown, who rushed 20 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns as the Giants defeated the Panthers 36-7 on the road. Making his first career start, Brown’s primetime performance on Thursday night has him nominated for the “Ground Player of the Week.”
Other nominees: Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) and Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars).
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Following the Giants’ 36-7 win in Carolina, it’s time to vote for the Giants “Extra Effort” Player of the Game. Along with Eli Manning, a pair of first-time starters, Ramses Barden and Andre Brown, boosted the offense to a quick lead and took off from there.
Here are this week’s candidates and a look at their performances:
QB Eli Manning
27/35, 288 YDS, 1 TD, 0 INT, 110.2 RTG
Taking the opening drive 80 yards on eight plays – capped by a 14-yard touchdown to Martellus Bennett – Manning’s performance on Thursday night was as efficient as they come. Completing all but seven of 35 passes, Manning led the offense to scoring drives on eight of its 10 possessions. VOTE NOW
WR Ramses Barden
9 REC, 138 YDS (15.3 AVG), 23 LG, 10 TGTS
In all of 2011, Barden totaled nine receptions for 94 yards. He eclipsed those numbers in one game as he stepped up in place of injured Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon. While he would not find the end zone, Barden led the team in all other receiving categories, including 10 targets. VOTE NOW
RB Andre Brown
20 CAR, 113 YDS (5.7 AVG), 2 TD, 3 REC, 17 YDS
Making his first career start in his home state of North Carolina, Brown received the opportunity he’s been waiting for since coming into the NFL in 2009. He powered the Giants’ rushing attack with 113 yards on 20 carries for an impressive 5.7-yard average. He also had two touchdowns from the goal line and added three catches for 17 yards out of the backfield. VOTE NOW
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FINAL: Giants 36, Panthers 7
6:36 — Stevie Brown intercepts Cam Newton and returns it 44 yards.
9:42 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Andre Brown scores his second touchdown of the night on a one-yard dive into the end zone. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 33, CAROLINA 7 (Drive: 8 plays, 48 yards in 3:50)
13:42 — Boley snags his third interception of the season in as many games.
13:47 — Jason Pierre-Paul teams up with Michael Boley for the Giants’ second sack of the game.
15:00 — Panthers start the fourth quarter with the ball on their own 45.
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0:00 — GIANTS 20, PANTHERS 0
1:29 — Jayron Hosley intercepts Cam Newton.
3:17 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 49-yarder, the longest of his season. NEW YORK 20, CAROLINA 0 (Drive: 11 plays, 57 yards in 5:59)
6:45 — With that 23-yard catch, Barden eclipses the century mark in the first half with 107 yards.
9:49 — Osi Umenyiora sacks Newton for a loss of nine yards. It was Umenyioa’s first of the year.
11:57 — Pierre-Paul bats down another Newton pass. Newton is 1/6 for 23 yards so far.
12:08 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Giants capitalize on the goal line as Brown pushes in for a one-yard score. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 17, CAROLINA 0 (Drive: 9 plays, 72 yards in 4:39)
13:50 — Barden picks up his fourth catch of the night, totaling 63 yards. Barden one of many capitalizing on opportunities early in the game.
15:00 — Giants will begin the second quarter with the ball on the Carolina 45.
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0:00 — GIANTS 10, PANTHERS 0 (key stat: Giants offense has gained 158 yards to Panthers’ 56)
3:50 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 47-yarder. NEW YORK 10, CAROLINA 0 (drive: 9 plays, 51 yards in 4:44)
*Tynes is a perfect 6/6 on the season.
4:36 — Manning showing his precision and begins 9 for 10 passing, including rookie Rueben Randle’s first catch of his career (a 4-yard gain).
8:30 — FB Henry Hynoski clears the way for Brown, who powers for another 16 yards on the ground.
9:13 — Jason Pierre-Paul takes down Cam Newton on third down as the quarterback was trying to get to the left edge, forcing the Panthers to punt.
11:42 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. TE Martellus Bennett catches a 14-yard pass in the end zone from Manning. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 7, CAROLINA 0 (drive: 8 plays, 80 yards in 3:22)
13:21 — RB Brown, starting in place of Ahmad Bradshaw breaks an arm tackle and breaks down the sideline for 31 yards. First-time starters on offense are making the most of it so far.
14:26 — With the receiving corps banged up, WR Ramses Barden hauls in an early catch for an eight-yard gain.
15:00 — Game Day Captains: CB Corey Webster and G Kevin Boothe in addition to season captains QB Eli Manning, DE Justin Tuck and LS Zak DeOssie. Giants win coin toss, elect to receive. Panthers elect to defend the west goal.
This week’s game will be the seventh regular season meeting between the two teams, with the series tied, 3-3. In the last meeting, the Giants defeated the Panthers, 31-18, in Week 1 of the 2010 season in the first regular season game in MetLife Stadium.
Kickoff: 8:20 P.M. ET
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.
TV: NFL Network/WPIX 11
Weather: Scattered clouds. Warm. 77 °F, Wind: 3.45 mph/N
Tags: Andre Brown, Corey Webster, Henry Hynoski, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jayron Hosley, Kevin Boothe, Lawrence Tynes, Martellus Bennett, Ramses Barden, Rueben Randle
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0:00 — GIANTS WIN 41-34
0:12 — LB Michael Boley intercepts Freeman, all but sealing the victory.
0:34 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. XP is GOOD. Andre Brown walks in for a two-yard score. NEW YORK 34, TAMPA BAY 34 (drive:
1:58 — WR Ramses Barden gets on the board with a key 24-yard catch down the right sideline.
2:08 — TOUCHDOWN BUCCANEERS. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 34, TAMPA BAY 34 (drive: 5 plays, 80 yards in 2:01)
4:09 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Martellus Bennett 33-yard touchdown from Manning. NEW YORK 34, TAMPA BAY 27 (drive: 4 plays, 67 yards in 1:44)
5:51 — Momentum on Giants’ side as they force a punt and take over on their own 33 with a tie game.
6:59 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Classic Manning to Cruz for an 80-yard touchdown when the team needs it most. Andre Brown takes the handoff for a successful two-point conversion. NEW YORK 27, TAMPA BAY 27 (drive: 3 plays, 88 yards, 0:53)
7:41 — Giants force a punt and take over at their own 12, down by 8 points.
10:57 — Giants fail to get off the field on third-and-7 as Tampa converts just its second third down (2-for-8).
12:26 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Tynes knocks in his fourth field goal of the game, this time from 24 yards out. TAMPA BAY 27, NEW YORK 19 (drive: 9 plays, 30 yards in 2:59)
13:59 — The Giants offense converts a huge third-down on a Manning pass to Nicks for 14 yards, setting up a first-and-goal at the 5.
15:00 — Brown continues to shoulder the workload in the backfield, picking up 10 yards on a sweep to the left. He now has 62 yards on 9 carries.
*Giants will begin the final frame with the ball on Tampa’s 28.
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Tuesday was a players’ day off, but it was also a time to remember the 11th anniversary of 9/11.
Eli Manning took the day to help out with the BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald annual Charity Day in New York, which raised approximately $12 million this year to help families of 9/11 as well as provide aid to victims of terrorism, natural disaster and emergencies.
“That’s why today is such a special day,” Manning said on WFAN’s Boomer & Carton Morning Show, the broadcast of which originated from yesterday’s event. “So many different charities are affected and helped out. Obviously on the anniversary of 9/11, a terrible event, and how they’ve turned something positive with this day is really special.
“I was in college [when it happened]. I woke up to a radio and they were talking about it and I turned on the TV. The one plane had already crashed and I saw as the second one came in. You can’t imagine it ever happening. You kind of felt like you were watching a movie, like it wasn’t real. You’re like no way is this really happening. I still remember the day. Obviously I wasn’t in New York at the time, I was still in college, but it affected everybody and obviously it was an attack on our country. It was a terrible day, but how they’ve turned this into a charity, taking some positive out of it, is special. A lot of the people affected on that day are being helped today, so that’s a great cause.”
BACK TO FOOTBALL
Meanwhile, Giants players made 14 appearances around the tri-state community — including West Point, Riverside Firehouse, and the New Rochelle Fire Department – to celebrate “Back to Football” and thank community leaders for their service.
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0:00 — GIANTS 3, PATRIOTS 3
1:13 — Jernigan shows what he brings to the table with a 25-yard catch-and-run, injecting the stadium with some life before the final quarter of the preseason.
7: 40 — FIELD GOAL: GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes knocks in a 34-yarder. He is now 7/7 this preseason. Giants 3, Patriots 3 (drive: 13 plays, 64 yards in 7:30)
9:10 — WR Ramses Barden hauls in his fourth catch of the night. He currently leads all receivers in receptions and yards (31).
13:24 — RB Andre Brown breaks a 16-yard run. Brown is getting the bulk of the carries now, has been featured on seven plays during the current drive.
15:00 — Giants will receive the ball to start the second half.
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