12:59 — Chase Blackburn breaks up a pass intended for TE Tony Gonzalez on third-and-4, forcing Atlanta to punt. The Giants take over on their own 20.
12:18 — Safety Thomas DeCoud intercepts Manning and the Falcons take over on the Giants’ 27.
10:22 — FIELD GOAL FALCONS. Matt Bryant makes a 38-yarder. ATLANTA 17, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards in 1:46)
10:17 — Newly signed running back Kregg Lumpkin takes his first handoff the year for nine yards. He follows up with another one for eight yards and a fresh set of downs before tearing off a 22-yarder.
6:08 — David Wilson is stopped for no gain on fourth-and-1. Falcons take over on downs.
5:28 — Chris Canty gets the first sack of the day for the Giants, a loss of five.
2:52 — Back-to-back completions to Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon for 24 and 37 yards, respectively, bring the Giants inside the 20.
1:14 — The Giants go for it again on fourth down, but Manning throws an incomplete pass to Victor Cruz. Atlanta takes over on its 11.
HALFTIME: FALCONS 17, GIANTS 0
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15:00 — Saints begin the quarter with the ball on their own 7.
9:47 — FIELD GOAL SAINTS. Garrett Hartley makes a 32-yard attempt. NEW YORK 14, NEW ORLEANS 10 (Drive: 14 plays, 81 yards in 5:44)
*David Wilson rattles off another big return for 52 yards down to the Saints’ 46. That brings his season total 1,301 return yards, breaking Domenik Hixon’s club record of 1,291 in 2009.
6:07 — Lawrence Tynes misses a 36-yard field goal attempt. Wide left.
1:57 — FIELD GOAL SAINTS. Hartley makes a 25-yard attempt. NEW YORK 14, NEW ORLEANS 13 (Drive: 8 plays, 67 yards in 4:06)
1:45 — Offsetting passing interference penalties on both the Giants and Saints bring back a 40-yard completion to Hakeem Nicks.
1:14 — Giants knocking at the door after a 35-yard completion to Cruz.
0:25 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Hixon makes a diving grab in the back right corner of the end zone for a 5-yard score. XP is good. NEW YORK 21, NEW ORLEANS 13 (Drive: 9 plays, 69 yards in 1:37)
*That was Hixon’s first touchdown of the season.
HALFTIME: GIANTS 21, SAINTS 13
Tags: David Wilson, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Lawrence Tynes, Victor Cruz
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The Giants and New Orleans Saints meet for the 27th time in the regular season, with the Giants holding a 14-12 lead in the series. The two teams have never met in the postseason. In their last meeting, the Saints defeated the Giants, 49-24, in New Orleans on Monday Night Football in Week 12 of the 2011 regular season.
Kickoff: 4:25 PM ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
Weather: Light rain until 4pm. 44°F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
24 CB Corey White
29 RB Chris Ivory
58 LB Scott Shanle
71 T Charles Brown
75 DT Tyrunn Walker
81 TE Michael Higgins
90 DE Turk McBride
Lineup changes: None
15:00 — Game Day Captains: Victor Cruz and Antrel Rolle along with season captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck and Zak DeOssie. Giants win the coin toss and elect to receive. Saints defend the west goal.
*David Wilson returns the opening kickoff 58 yards down to the Saints’ 44 (Jerrel Jernigan was also back to receive)
13:30 — Giants fail to capitalize and go three-and-out.
12:46 — Will Hill and Stevie Brown force Marques Colston to fumble. Giants recover on Saints’ 45.
9:38 — TOUCHDOWN SAINTS. Elbert Mack intercepts Manning and returns it 73 yards to the end zone. XP is good. NEW ORLEANS 7, NEW YORK 0
9:25 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Wilson returns the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and does a backflip for the exclamation point. XP is good. NEW YORK 7, NEW ORLEANS 7
*That was the Giants first kickoff return for a touchdown since Domenik Hixon did it Dec. 29, 2007.
6:57 — Antrel Rolle strips the ball from Jed Collins and Linval Joseph recovers. That’s two forced fumbles so far by Giants safeties.
4:28 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Manning finds Martellus Bennett in the end zone for a six-yard score. XP is good. NEW YORK 14, NEW ORLEANS 7 (Drive: 4 plays, 35 yards in 2:24)
*That’s Bennett’s fifth of the season and second straight game with a touchdown.
2:04 — Hixon back to return the first punt of the game, not the usual Rueben Randle.
0:00 — GIANTS 14, SAINTS 7
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The Giants and Cincinnati Bengals will meet for the ninth time, with the Bengals holding a 5-3 lead in the series. The two teams have never met in the postseason. In their last meeting, the Giants defeated the Bengals, 26-23 (OT), in Week 3 of the 2008 season.
Kickoff: 1 PM ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Weather: Partly cloudy. 66°F. Wind from SSW 16 mph.
New York Lineup Changes
Cincinnati Lineup Changes
» 19 Tate for 85 Binns at WR
» 66 Robinson for 62 Finn at C
» 91 Geathers for 96 Dunlap at LDE
» 33 Crocker for 22 Clements at SS
» 26 Mays for 20 Nelson at FS
15:00 — Game Day Captains are Domenik Hixon and Chase Blackburn in addition to season captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck and Zak DeOssie. Giants win the coin toss and defer.
12:43 — TOUCHDOWN BENGALS. QB Andy Dalton hooks up with WR A.J. Green for a 56-yard score. XP is GOOD. CINCINNATI 7, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 5 plays, 79 yards in 2:26)
11:49 — Giants go three-and-out on their opening drive.
11:34 — After a player out of bounds penalty, Steve Weatherford is forced to punt again and Adam Jones returns is 68 yards. This is the second straight game the Giant shave given up a return of 60 yards or more.
10:53 — TOUCHDOWN BENGALS. Andrew Hawkins hauls in an 11-yard score from Dalton. XP is GOOD. CINCINNATI 14, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 3 plays, 11 yards in 0:18)
9:14 — Eli Manning is sacked for just the ninth time this season and the Giants are forced to punt.
8:45 — On the return, Chase Blackburn and Will Hill combine on a hit to force Brandon Tate to fumble. Hill recovers at Cincinnati’s 27.
5:38 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 23-yard attempt. CINCINNATI 14, NEW YORK 3 (Drive: 6 plays, 22 yards in 3:00)
0:00 — BENGALS 14, GIANTS 3
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WR Victor Cruz
On today’s practice…
“Practice went well today, had a good rhythm to it…we’re building on the timing aspect of it which I thought we lacked a little bit so today was a good day, it felt good. It felt clean, it felt crisp.”
On Bengals 4-game losing skid…
“I approach every opponent the same way, it’s an NFL team. You’re never guaranteed anything in this league. Anything can happen on any given Sunday…just looking to play ball, get back on track.”
On Bengals secondary vets…
“You’re going up against great competition, you know that, they got a lot of first round guys and a lot of vets in their secondary so like I said we’re going to go out there and compete.”
Tags: Antrel Rolle, Domenik Hixon, Victor Cruz
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Domenik Hixon understands firsthand the sacrifice that comes with being in a military family.
Born and raised on a base in Germany, Hixon lived it as a son of a 21-year Army veteran. So it was only fitting that the Giants wide receiver was recently on hand in Lyons, N.J., to announce MetLife’s commitment of $40 million in capital to further develop housing for veterans in need.
“I don’t think people understand enough how much sacrifice goes into military families for our freedom,” Hixon said. “For us to live free, there’s a price to pay…That’s why we can go out on Sunday and play football.”
Hixon, who moved to Columbus, Ohio, after his formative years, also understands the hardships of transitioning to civilian life. His father did just that when he retired as a master sergeant toward the end of Domenik’s high school career.
To assist with that transition is the purpose of the Lyons Campus and other veterans programs across the country.
During his visit, Hixon met with veterans and heard their stories, including a Purple Heart and Medal of Valor recipient.
“You want to talk military, and they want to talk football,” Hixon said. “We exchanged bracelets. I have ‘What would Jesus Do?’ bracelets with my number and the Giants on them. They gave me a ‘Support Our Troops’ bracelet and a veteran’s crisis line bracelet.
“It was great to hang out here with the vets. It’s always cool to come back, hang out, talk a little military, talk a little football, and just kind of reminisce.”
Hixon then turned his football helmet in for a hard hat.
Led by Superintendent Al Poole, Hixon toured the construction site of the future Valley Brook Village, where the veterans will one day live.
“We’re going to have a total of 64 units on the project for all the veterans,” Poole said.
“It’s probably one of the greatest things that’s happening right now – this project. I can tell you that from my heart because I’m a veteran myself.”
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15:00 — Pittsburgh begins the quarter third-and-4 on New York’s 23.
12:20 — TOUCHDOWN STEELERS. After three straight Isaac Redman carries, Roethlisberger throws a four-yard touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders. XP is GOOD. PITTSBURGH 7, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 11 plays, 58 yards in 5:54)
10:50 — Pittsburgh is called for passing interference for 41 yards on a pass intended for Hakeem Nicks.
7:06 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Andre Brown moves the pile for a one-yard score. The play is challenged by the Replay Assistant and the play was upheld. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 7, PITTSBURGH 7 (Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards in 5:08)
5:29 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Osi Umenyiora strip-sacks Roethlisberger for a loss of six yards. Michael Boley recovers the fumble and returns it 70 yards for the score. The play was challenged by the Replay Assistant and the call was upheld. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 14, PITTSBURGH 7
1:26 — On third-and-7, Jason Pierre-Paul sacks Roethlisberger for a loss of 12. That’s three on the day from the big three — JPP, Umenyiora and Tuck.
1:02 — Pittsburgh is called for passing interference on a pass intended for Domenik Hixon, moving the ball 46 yards into Steelers territory.
0:36 — Falling short, Lawrence Tynes misses a 51-yard field goal attempt.
0:05 — FIELD GOAL STEELERS. Shaun Suishman makes a 30-yard attempt. NEW YORK 14, PITTSBURGH 10 (Drive: 4 plays, 47 yards in 0:31)
0:00 — GIANTS 14, STEELERS 10
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15:00 — Giants will kick off to begin the second half.
9:21 — TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS. On fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line, Tony Romo rushes around the right end for the score. XP is GOOD. GIANTS 23, COWBOYS 17 (Drive: 11 plays, 86 yards in 5:44)
8:26 — Giants go three-and-out on the ensuing drive, punting the ball back to Dallas with a one-possession lead.
3:50 — TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS. Dallas takes the lead on a one-yard Tony Romo pass to John Phillips. XP is GOOD. COWBOYS 24, GIANTS 23 (Drive: 8 plays, 59 yards in 4:24)
2:50 — Eli Manning finds Domenik Hixon for the first time in the game, converting a big third down on a 18-yard gain.
0:59 — Eli Manning throws an interception intended for Victor Cruz.
0:54 — In his second game back, Chris Canty sacks Tony Romo for a 12-yard loss.
0:00 — COWBOYS 24, GIANTS 23
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
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14:02 — Prince Amukamara INTERCEPTS Alex Smith’s deep pass intended for Walker. Giants take over on their own 33.
*The interception was Amukamara’s first of the season and second of his career. It was Smith’s second interception of 2012.
12:35 — Eli Manning goes deep on third-and-6 and hooks up with Domenik Hixon for a 39-yard gain.
10:08 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Manning finds Victor Cruz in the end zone for a six-yard score. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 7, SAN FRANCISCO 3 (Drive: 7 plays, 67 yards in 3:50)
8:10 — Jason Pierre-Paul stops the 49ers’ ensuing drive with a sack for a loss of nine yards on third down. He has 2.5 on the season.
6:53 – Back from injury, Hakeem Nicks hauls in his second catch of the game for a 16-yard gain.
3:04 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 34-yard attempt. NEW YORK 10, SAN FRANCISCO 3 (8 plays, 51 yards in 4:34)
1:47 — Deep pass intended for Mario Manningham falls incomplete. 49ers forced to punt and Giants take over on their own 21.
0:15 — Giants drive down to the 49ers’ 22, but Lawrence Tynes has his 40-yard field goal attempt blocked.
0:11 — Kaepernick completes a 36-yard pass to Manningham, setting up a field goal attempt before halftime.
0:02 — Akers misses his second field goal of the game, this time from 52 yards (wide left).
0:00 — GIANTS 10, 49ERS 3
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WR Victor Cruz
On Eli’s toughness in the NFC Championship game last year…
“It was inspirational for me, seeing him pick himself up off the ground time and time again and just being strong and going through the game and understanding that it’s going to be a knockdown fight and that we just have to keep pushing and keep going.”
DE Jason Pierre-Paul
On facing the 49ers again….
“You know, they’re motivated to beat us. I know, they’ve got a chip on their shoulders…after all we did beat them in the conference championship game and we’re going to go back there and they’re going to give us their all and we’re going to get ready for it and it’s going to be a fight. [They’re] probably the toughest team we’re going to play this year. It’s going to be a good game.”
Tackle Will Beatty
On being overlooked….
“It happens a lot with us, you see we have injuries, Giants are up and down and it’s like no one really sees it and then we go out there and it’s like we, we know what we got in this locker room and we’re just going out there and playing for each other.”
WR Domenik Hixon
On returning to San Francisco…
“It’s going to be a physical, four quarter game. There’s no doubt about it and we’re coming in with that mindset, that it’s going to be physical for four quarters.”
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