Just another day in Hawaii.
On the last offensive play for the AFC all-stars, Houston’s defensive end — who played some tight end in college — lined up outside, and naturally, the Giants’ own pass rusher was there to cover him. Pierre-Paul won the jump ball thrown by Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in the right side of the end zone and came down with the interception, capping off a 62-35 NFC victory.
“That interception by JPP in the end zone was pretty impressive,” Cruz told NBC after the game. “I know I’m biased, but that was pretty impressive. All these guys played great. It was great all week long hanging out with these guys, and it was an honor to play in this game.”
Along with Pierre-Paul, Cruz, Manning and Chris Snee represented the Giants in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium this year.
After Pierre-Paul sacked Denver’s Peyton Manning to begin the second quarter, Eli Manning took over on the ensuing possession for New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and completed 16 of 23 passes for 191 yards, an interception and two touchdowns, including a nine-yard strike to Cruz to give their side a 17-14 lead. It was all NFC after that.
Cruz finished with 96 yards and a Pro-Bowl record 10 catches, but it was Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph who took home MVP honors after hauling in five receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown.
“The energy level was high,” Cruz said. “The effort level was there. Guys were really putting some hits on people, not to hurt them but just playing solid football. And I think it was indicative of us wanting to keep this game alive and keep this game in Hawaii for years to come and I think we really proved that out here today.”
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In a season that fell short of the playoffs, the Giants still provided some memorable moments from 2012, including Eli Manning’s 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz in Week 7.
Keeping the magic of the Super Bowl run the previous year alive, the late strike to beat the Washington Redskins in MetLife Stadium is nominated for the 2012 Bridgestone Play of the Year.
From a pool of 20 moments, fans can rank the top 10 performances before the winner will be revealed during the “2nd Annual NFL Honors” awards special on Saturday, Feb. 2, the night before Super Bowl XLVII.
Hosted again by Alec Baldwin, the full list of awards presented from the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans will be:
AP Most Valuable Player presented by Papa John’s
AP Coach of the Year
AP Offensive Player of the Year
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year presented by Pepsi Max
Pepsi Max Rookie of the Year
GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year
NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year presented by SAP
Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year
AP Comeback Player of the Year presented by Lenovo
AP Defensive Player of the Year
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year presented by Pepsi Max
FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year
Bridgestone Play of the Year
“Greatness on the Road” Award presented by Courtyard Marriott
Salute To Service Award Presented by USAA
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In his first season in Denver, Peyton Manning has his Broncos coming off a first-round bye entering Saturday’s divisional round against the Baltimore Ravens. It will mark the 11th consecutive season at least one Manning brother has made it to the playoffs.
Meanwhile, in a reversal of last year, Eli will be watching his older brother make a run at his second title. Peyton, who missed the entire 2011 season due to neck surgery, was asked Wednesday if being a spectator, instead of a participant, changed his perspective on the playoffs, while Eli went on to capture Super Bowl XLVI.
“You’d rather be playing in them, certainly, so I don’t think it necessarily changed anything,” Peyton told Broncos reporters. “It was fun, obviously, watching Eli and pulling for him. I’ve done that for going on 10 years, going back to [when] he was in college, I guess 14 years now. Certainly, we are grateful for the opportunity to be in the tournament…and it’s a great opportunity. It doesn’t guarantee anything—playing at home, a bye week, whatever it is, it just guarantees you an opportunity.”
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Here is a sampling of Giants records set and milestones reached in 2012:
» TOM COUGHLIN (83) surpassed BILL PARCELLS (77) for the second-most regular season wins in Giants history among head coaches, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE OWEN (153).
» QB ELI MANNING (211) became the Giants’ all-time leader in touchdown passes (PHIL SIMMS, 199). Manning threw 26 TD passes in 2012, his fourth season with at least 25. He is the only Giants QB to reach 25 touchdown passes in at least three seasons.
» WR VICTOR CRUZ collected 86 receptions for 1,092 yards with 10 touchdowns. Cruz is the first player in club annals to post at least 80 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and 10 TD catches in a season.
» Rookie RB-KR DAVID WILSON set a single-game franchise record with 327 all purpose yards in Week 14. Wilson became the first player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game.
» S STEVIE BROWN amassed an NFL-best 307 interception-return yards, a Giants franchise record. His eight interceptions tied for the second-most in the league.
» Cruz caught a game-winning 77-yard touchdown pass from Manning in Week 7, the longest game-winning touchdown in the final two minutes of a game in franchise history.
» Gained 604 yards of total offense in Week 2, the second-most in team history (609, 12/3/1950).
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Tags: Bill Parcells, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Phil Simms, Steve Owen, Stevie Brown, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz
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While they didn’t control their playoff hopes in Week 17, Eli Manning and the Giants took care of their own business on Sunday, defeating the Eagles 42-7. Manning threw a career-high five touchdowns – the fifth time in Giants history that a quarterback threw for at least that many — and earned himself a nomination for the final regular-season FedEx Air Player of the Week Award.
» New York Giants QB Eli Manning completed 13 of 21 passes for 208 yards and five touchdowns in the Giants’ 42-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. VOTE NOW
» Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning completed 23 of 29 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs 38-3.
» Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder completed 16 of 28 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings’ 37-34 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
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With the Giants’ 42-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s time to vote for the Subway “Extra Effort” Player of the Game.
Here is a look at the nominees and their performances:
13/21, 208 YDS, career-high 5 TDs (fifth time in Giants history a quarterback threw for at least five touchdowns in a game)
DE Justin Tuck
2 TCKLS, 1.0 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QB Hits
RB Ahmad Bradshaw
16 ATT, 107 YDS, 1 TD, 1 REC, 41 YDS (eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards for second time of career)
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This week’s game will be the 156th regular season meeting between the two teams, with the Giants leading the series, 80-73-2. In their last meeting, the Eagles defeated the Giants, 19-17, in Week 4 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Kickoff: 1 PM ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
Weather: Temperatures steady or falling to near 27F. Winds NW at 25 to 30 mph.
New York clinches a playoff spot with: 1) NYG win + DAL loss or tie + CHI loss + MIN loss
WR 13 Ramses Barden
CB 28 Jayron Hosley
S 39 Tyler Sash
RB 41 Ryan Torain
DE 71 Adewale Ojomo
TE 81 Adrien Robinson
DT 99 Chris Canty
Lineup changes: Rocky Bernard will replace Canty at RDT
WR 19 Greg Salas
RB 32 Chris Polk
G 63 Danny Watkins
T 78 Matt Kopa
TE 86 Evan Moore
DT 91 Fletcher Cox
LB 95 Mychal Kendricks
Lineup changes: Derek Landri will replace Cox at RDT; Akeem Jordan will replace Kendricks at WILL
15:00 — Game Captains: Chris Snee and Chase Blackburn along with season captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Zak DeOssie. Giants win the coin toss and elect to receive. The Eagles defend the east goal.
14:58 — Alex Henery attempts an onside kick and the Eagles successfully recover at their own 47.
12:56 — Stevie Brown grabs his eight interception of the season, returning it 48 yards down to the Eagles’ 26.
12:02 — David Wilson strings together runs of 10 and 13 to begin the game.
10: 36 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Eli Manning over the middle to Rueben Randle in the end zone for three yards. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 7, PHILADELPHIA 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 26 yards in 2:01)
*That was Randle’s second touchdown of his rookie campaign.
7:21 — After Wilson took the first four carries of the game, Bradshaw came in on third-and-1 and rushed for 17 yards.
6:34 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Manning to Randle down the left sideline for 38 yards. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 14, PHILADELPHIA 0 (Drive: 5 plays, 74 yards in 2:43)
5:57 — Justin Tuck sacks Michael Vick for a loss of four yards.
4:42 — Giants force the Eagles to punt for the third time on three drives.
3:05 — Manning finds Bradshaw out of the backfield for a 41-yard completion.
1:29 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Manning to Wilson for 15 yards. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 21, PHILADELPHIA 0 (Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards in 3:10)
0:00 — GIANTS 21, EAGLES 0
14:48 — Vick converts a fourth-and-10 with a 15-yard pass to Avant.
12:06 — TOUCHDOWN EAGLES. Converting another fourth down, Vick finds Maclin in the end zone for seven yards. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 21, PHILADELPHIA 7 (Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards in 4:12)
6:26 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Ahmad Bradshaw rushes in for a one-yard score. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 28, PHILADELPHIA 7 (Drive: 10 plays, 73 yards in 5:40)
5:11 — Previously 0-for-5 on third-down conversions, Vick converts the first to Avant for 13 yards on third-and-10.
1:55 — Henery misses a 28-yard attempt, wide left. Giants get the ball back on their own 20.
0:10 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Set up by a 30-yard catch from Domenik Hixon, Manning finds Victor Cruz in the end zone for a 24-yard score. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 35, PHILADELPHIA 7 (Drive: 2 plays, 54 yards in 0:13.)
HALFTIME: GIANTS 35, EAGLES 7
10:43 — Osi Umenyiora chases down Michael Vick, forcing the Eagles to punt. New York takes over on its own 20.
7:16 — Eli Manning is sacked for the first time of the game by Phillip Hunt for a loss of 11, forcing the Giants to punt. Philadelphia takes over on its own 15.
5:25 — Chase Blackburn tackles Bryce Brown behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 2, setting up a third-and-4.
3:03 — Corey Webster breaks up a deep pass in the end zone intended for Maclin.
2:07 — Vick scrambles for six yards but falls short on third-and-20, forcing Philly to punt. The Giants take over on their own 12.
0:00 — GIANTS 35, EAGLES 7
13:36 — On third-and-10, Philadelphia is called for a 21-yard passing interference penalty intended for Domenik Hixon, keeping the drive alive.
12:40 — With an 11-yard run, Ahmad Bradshaw surpasses 1,000 rushing yards for the second time in his career (2010). He needs six more to get to 100 for the game.
7:56 — And there it is. Bradshaw eclipses 100 yards with an 13-yard run.
*Paid attendance announced at 80,657
6:58 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Henry Hynoski catches a one-yard pass from Manning in the end zone for his first career touchdown. NEW YORK 42, PHILADELPHIA 7 (Drive: 14 plays, 88 yards in 9:24)
4:00 — David Carr relieves Eli Manning.
FINAL: GIANTS 42, EAGLES 7
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QB Eli Manning: 260 yards shy of 4,000 passing yards in the 2012 regular season.
WR Victor Cruz: Two touchdown receptions away from 20 career receiving touchdowns.
WR Hakeem Nicks: 274 yards shy of 4,000 career receiving yards; three touchdown receptions away from 30 career receiving touchdowns.
TE Martellus Bennett: 11 receptions shy of 150 career receptions; 43 receiving yards shy of 1,500 career receiving yards.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw: Three rushing touchdowns away from surpassing Ron Johnson (33) on the Giants all-time rushing touchdowns list and tying Frank Gifford for seventh on the Giants’ all-time list.
DE Osi Umenyiora: 5.0 sacks away from 80.0 career sacks.
DE Justin Tuck: 1.5 sacks away from 50.0 career sacks; Two forced fumbles away from 20 career forced fumbles.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul: 2.5 sacks away from 30.0 career sacks.
DT Rocky Bernard: Two tackles away from 400 career tackles.
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The Giants and Baltimore Ravens meet for the fourth time in the regular season, with the Ravens leading the series, 2-1. In their only postseason meeting, the Ravens defeated the Giants, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa, Florida. In their last meeting, the Giants defeated the Ravens in Giants Stadium, 30-10, in Week 11 of the 2008 regular season.
Kickoff: 4:25 PM ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD.
Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
Weather: Clear with temperatures steady near 46F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
BAL Lineup Changes: 32 Ihedigbo for 31 Pollard
15:00 — Game Captains: WR Victor Cruz and S Antrel Rolle. Giants win the coin toss and elect to receive.
13:49 — Ahmad Bradshaw loses two yards on a direct snap and the Giants go three-and-out on their opening possession.
11:29 — Ray Rice touches the ball on each of Baltimore’s first four plays.
8:45 — The replay assistant reverses the Giants’ fumble recovery (Jacoby Jones).
7:42 — TOUCHDOWN RAVENS. Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith for six yards. XP is GOOD. BALTIMORE 7, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 14 plays, 73 yards in 5:25)
*The Ravens converted four third downs on the scoring drive.
6:02 — After forcing the Giants to punt, a 43-yard pass to Torrey Smith sets up the Ravens on the New York 1.
4:24 — TOUCHDOWN RAVENS. Flacco keeps it for a one-yard score. XP is GOOD. BALTIMORE 14, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 47 yards in 2:10)
4:19 — On the first play of the ensuing drive, Rueben Randle picks up the Giants’ first first-down and more with a 43-yard catch.
1:34 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. David Wilson scores his fourth rushing touchdown of the season on a 14-yard sprint. XP is GOOD. BALTIMORE 14, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 5 plays, 77 yards in 2:54)
0:00 — RAVENS 14, GIANTS 0
14:19 – Eli Manning is sacked for the first time of the day by Haloti Ngata for a 15-yard loss, setting up a second-and-25.
12:57 – The Giants are unable to convert on third down and punt back to the Ravens, who take over on their own 12.
7:36 – Jacoby Jones’ nine-yard touchdown is reversed and ruled incomplete.
6:09 — FIELD GOAL RAVENS. Justin Tucker makes a 23-yard attempt. BALTIMORE 17, NEW YORK 7 (Drive: 12 plays, 83 yards in 6:05)
4:14 – Domenik Hixon has a long gain negated by an offensive passing interference penalty called on himself.
1:10 — TOUCHDOWN RAVENS. Ray Rice takes a short pass 27 yards to the end zone. XP is GOOD. BALTIMORE 24, NEW YORK 7 (Drive: 7 plays, 76 yards in 2:11)
HALFTIME: RAVENS 24, NEW YORK 7
15:00 — The Giants kickoff to begin the second half.
14:23 — New York forces a quick three-and-out on the Ravens’ opening possession.
7:39 — Joe Flacco converts a third-and-19 with a 36-yard pass to Dennis Pitta. The Ravens are 8 of 11 on third-down conversions.
*Flacco has completed passes of 25 yards or more to four receivers.
5:18 — FIELD GOAL RAVENS. Tucker makes a 21-yard attempt. BALTIMORE 27, NEW YORK 7 (Drive: 16 plays, 82 yards in 7:57)
0:00 — RAVENS 24, GI
15:00 – Baltimore begins with the ball on the New York 31 to start the final quarter.
11:12 — FIELD GOAL RAVENS. Tucker makes a 30-yard attempt. BALTIMORE 30, NEW YORK 7 (Drive: 13 plays, 62 yards in 6:57)
9:34 – Bernard Pierce breaks free for a 78-yard run, the Ravens’ longest of the season.
7:30 — FIELD GOAL RAVENS. Tucker makes 29-yard attempt. BALTIMORE 33, NEW YORK 7 (Drive: 6 plays, 70 yards in 2:56)
3:24 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Eli Manning finds Domenik Hixon in the end one for a 13-yard score. XP is GOOD. BALTIMORE 33, NEW YORK 14 (Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards in 4:07)
3:18 – Ray Rice gains eight yards, becoming the second Ravens’ player to eclipse 100 yards on the ground in the game.
FINAL: RAVENS 33, GIANTS 14
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On comparing this team to last year’s…
“I think you have to prepare for this year and understand what our circumstances are and who are players are, we have different teammates and different guys and it’s a new season and we just got our confidence will come from the players that we have in this locker room. Our character, our inspiration, our coaches getting us a great game plan and the fact that we can go out there and play at a high level.”
On finishing the season strong…
“This is a playoff game for us, we have to win or otherwise we out. The guys know it, I know it, and I’m going to give it my best shot.”
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