QB Eli Manning
On looking forward to Cleveland…
“Each game you learn from it, we did some good things, there’s things we need to clean up and we’re looking forward to having a home game and a One O’ Clock start and facing a good team. Their defense has done well, a lot of turnovers, a lot of sacks. They’ve played every game close so we got to make sure we have a great week at practice and go out there and play great football.”
WR Victor Cruz
On potentially overlooking an 0-4 team…
“No, I don’t think so, not for us. We understand that this is a must win for us. We got to come in, ready to play, prepared, and we got to have all our weapons handy and go in there and play a good game and win.”
WR Domenik Hixon
On the effect of injuries on the wide receiving corps…
“I think it’s a group effort, like I said Eli coaches up everybody. Coaches, they coach up everybody and we kind of have a thing where at any point in time you can be called on and you want to be ready and take advantage of the opportunity.”
Center David Baas
On botched snaps in Week 4…
“There are no excuses. Get better…and it’s getting better. That’s my job, I got to be able to snap it.”
Tags: David Baas, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Victor Cruz
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15:00 — Giants begin the fourth quarter on the Eagles’ 10.
*Manning throws an interception in the end zone.
9:29 — FIELD GOAL EAGLES. Henery makes 35-yard attempt (Drive: 11 plays, 74 yards in 5:24). EAGLES 16, GIANTS 10
8:42 — Ramses Barden catches a 31-yard pass over the from Eli Manning to the Eagles’ 49.
8:01 — Domenik Hixon follows up with a 41-yard catch-and-run
6:49 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Eli Manning 6-yard pass to Bear Pascoe in the end zone. XP is GOOD (Drive: 5 plays, 83 yards in 2:40). GIANTS 17, EAGLES 16
2:00 — Eagles have the ball on the Giants’ 4 on second down.
1:53 — Osi Umenyiora sacks Michael Vick for a loss of 6 yards, setting up fourth down.
1:52 — FIELD GOAL EAGLES. Henery makes 26-yard attempt (Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards in 4:56). EAGLES 19, GIANTS 17
*Giants begin drive on own 35.
0:15 — Lawrence Tynes misses 54-yard field goal attempt.
FINAL: EAGLES 19, GIANTS 17
Tags: Bear Pascoe, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Ramses Barden
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14:28 — S Will Hill brings the pressure on Vick and forces an incomplete pass on third-and-11. Eagles punt.
13:34 — Bradshaw takes a catch-and-run for 20 yards, the longest play of the day by the Giants so far.
3:14 — Osi Umenyiora tackles RB LeSean McCoy for a loss of 1 yard, his third tackle of the night.
1:53 — TOUCHDOWN EAGLES. Michael Vick 19-yard pass to DeSean Jackson (drive: 11 plays, 1 penalty, 70 yards in 4:17). EAGLES 7, GIANTS 0
1:07 — Manning responds on the ensuing drive with three straight passes to Domenik Hixon (32, 7 and 10 yards) to take the ball into Eagles territory.
0:08 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 25-yard attempt (drive: 10 plays, 81 yards in 1:42). EAGLES 7, GIANTS 3
0:00 — EAGLES 7, GIANTS 3
Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Domenik Hixon, Lawrence Tynes, Osi Umenyiora, Will Hill
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While the core of the kicking game stayed in place (long snapper, kicker, punter, and holder), coordinator Tom Quinn spent the preseason working and re-working his coverage and return outfits. In Week 1, he led off with rookie David Wilson on kickoff return and Domenik Hixon on punts.
The latter was a move in favor of having a veteran handling Dallas’ southpaw punter Chris Jones, especially on a primetime stage for the first game of the season.
“Experience, left-footed punter played an issue in that,” Quinn explained yesterday about choosing Hixon, the last Giant to return a kick (2007) or a punt (2009) for a touchdown. “Because the ball does spin a little bit differently for those guys. Those were the two factors.”
However, the Giants face a traditional righty this week with Tampa’s Michael Koenen, and that could mean time for Rueben Randle or Jayron Hosley, whom Quinn pointed out.
“We’ve got three guys we feel good with right now,” Quinn said. “How much they’re being used on offense and defense all plays into it.”
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Tags: Domenik Hixon, Jayron Hosley, Rueben Randle, Tom Quinn
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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.
Tags: Andre Brown, David Douglas, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Henry Hynoski, Jim Cordle, Kevin Boothe, Prince Amukamara
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0:00 — COWBOYS 17, GIANTS 10
0:45 — FIELD GOAL COWBOYS. Giants hold Cowboys to 33-yard field goal. COWBOYS 17, GIANTS 10 (drive: 8 plays, 65 yards in 4:31)
1:33 — Linval Joseph sacks Romo for a loss of 9 yards. The Giants have 2 sacks in the game, both from defensive tackles.
5:19 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. A play after Hixon’s catch, Ahmad Bradshaw rushes to the left for a 10-yard touchdown. XP is good. COWBOYS 14, GIANTS 4 (drive: 9 plays, 89 yards in 5:13)
6:09 — And Hixon does it again, making the highlight reel once again with a 39-yard leaping grab deep in Cowboys territory.
10:19 — Hixon gets on the board with a 12-yard catch.
10:32 — TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS. Romo to Ogletree for a 40-yard score. XP is good. COWBOYS 14, GIANTS 3 (drive: 9 plays, 80 yards in 4:36)
15:00 — Giants will kickoff to begin the second half.
Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Domenik Hixon, Linval Joseph
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0:00 — GIANTS 0, COWBOYS 0 (key stat: Manning begins the season 7/9 for 72 yards)
2:53 — With the ball on the Giants’ 37, Cowboys go for it on 4th-and-1. Giants stuff RB Lawrence Vickers for no gain and take over on downs. Giants are building the bridge when it comes to fourth down defense after the Falcons failed on three attempts in their playoff game nearly eight months ago to the day.
3:22 — Keith Rivers flushes Romo out of the pocket, rushing the pass. Corey Webster almost grabs an interception, but pass falls incomplete, setting up third down.
10:20 — TE Martellus Bennett gets his first catch against his former team — a 9-yard gain after Victor Cruz’s 26-yard reception from Eli Manning.
11:31 — The first carry of Wilson’s career is a 3-yard gain to the right side.
12:21 — And there you have it: the return game is revealed for the time being. Domenik Hixon back to return first punt.
13:58 — Giants go three-and-out on first offensive series of 2012.
15:00 – GAME DAY CAPTAINS: Chris Snee and Osi Umenyiora along with team captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Zak DeOssie. Giants win toss, elect to receive. Cowboys will defend west goal. *David Wilson back to return for first kickoff.
This week’s game will be the 100th regular season meeting between the two teams, with the Cowboys leading the series, 56-41-2. In the last meeting, the Giants defeated the Cowboys, 31-14, on Jan. 1 in Week 17 of the 2011 regular season to win the NFC East title and return to the postseason for the first time since 2008.
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ
Weather: Scattered clouds. Warm. 80 °F, Wind: WNW 9mph
» 75 Sean Locklear will start at LT in place of 65 Will Beatty
» 55 Keith Rivers will start at LB in place of 59 Michael Boley
» 37 Michael Coe will start at CB in place of 20 Prince Amukamara
» 92 Josh Brent will start at NT in place of 90 Jay Ratliff
Tags: Chris Snee, Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Osi Umenyiora, Martellus Bennett, Keith Rivers, Rocky Bernard, Domenik Hixon, Sean Locklear, David Wilson, Corey Webster, Michael Coe
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0:00 — GIANTS 0, PATRIOTS 0 (key stat: Eli Manning has played three series so far)
6:13 — Steve Weatherford boots a 59-year punt that rolls out of bounds, pinning the Patriots back at their own 10. It was his longest of the preseason. Good play especially on a #WeatherfordWednesday.
9:30 — Returning from a foot injury, Hakeem Nicks grabs his first reception of the preseason on the first ball thrown to him, a six-yard pickup over the middle.
10:53 — Antrel Rolle makes a nice open field tackle, wrapping up FB Eric Kattani until reinforcements arrived.
13:48 — Jacquian Williams, making his first appearance of the preseason, nearly intercepts a pass on the left sideline, which would have been a sure pick-six. Nonetheless, the ball falls incomplete, and the Giants force Patriots to punt. *Jerrel Jernigan getting his turn tonight fielding punts.
15:00 — Game Day Captains: WR Domenik Hixon, TE Bear Pascoe, LB Keith Rivers. Patriots win the toss and elect to receive. Giants will defend the west goal.
Kickoff: 7:00 pm ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ
TV: NFL Network
Weather: Partly Cloudy. 79 °F, Wind: WNW 8 mph
» Sean Locklear will start at LT in place of Will Beatty
» Mitch Petrus will start at RG in place of Chris Snee
» David Wilson will start at RB in place of Ahmad Bradshaw
» Craig Marshall will start at LDE in place of Justin Tuck
» Matt Broha will start at RDE in place of Jason Pierre-Paul
» Jacquian Williams will start at LB in place of Mathias Kiwanuka
» Keith Rivers will start at LB in place of Michael Boley
» Michael Coe will start at CB in place of Prince Amukamara
Tags: Hakeem Nicks, Steve Weatherford, Keith Rivers, Domenik Hixon, Bear Pascoe, Jacquian Williams
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OK, so maybe Domenik Hixon’s 4-yard catch on Saturday night wasn’t as spectacular as his acrobatic touchdown almost a year ago. But for it being the first one since tearing his ACL, it’s just as sweet to him.
“It felt great,” said Hixon, who caught his only pass early in the second quarter. “I just feel blessed and I’m having a lot of fun. You’re also playing against a team that you see in your area, a quality team. The energy was up tonight.”
Hixon suffered his second consecutive season-ending knee injury last September on a 22-yard touchdown reception for the highlight reels against the Rams. He missed the preseason opener last week with a tight hamstring, making the Jets game his first one back.
Also encouraged by his continued fresh start was linebacker Keith Rivers, who has started both preseason games in place of injured Michael Boley. Rivers, who missed all of 2011 due to injury, brought it against the Jets, tying Mathias Kiwanuka with a game-high five total tackles.
He was especially impressive against the run, once chasing down Jets running back Shonn Greene behind the line of scrimmage for a loss in the second quarter. He was also part of the Jets’ failed fourth down conversion when he and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard stonewalled running back John Conner for no gain.
“We just went back to the drawing board after week one and just executed the plays the way we know how to play them,” Rivers said. “The second game, guys got a better feel for the game and guys were just working hard. Guys on the back end held the coverage and guys up front, we gave them enough to get to them.”
Tags: Keith Rivers, Domenik Hixon
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