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    “Giants Access Blue,” hosted by Bob Papa is a backstage, behind the scenes all access pass to the lifestyle of the Giants players, coaches and organization. Fans get in-depth, up-close and offbeat interviews away from the field and the locker room with the Giants. The program gives Giants fans insight into their favorite players’ interests in pop culture, music, and entertainment.

  • Sun., Oct. 26, 2014 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM EDT Giants Chronicles

    Host Bob Papa talks to the biggest stars and legends in Giants history and looks back at the franchise’s greatest moments and rivalries. Episodes feature current players and legends in an up close and candid storytelling setting. Players and legends like Eli Manning, Mark Bavaro and Lawrence Taylor discuss their Big Blue careers, greatest moments and Super Bowl titles.

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    The Giants most recent game broken down and condensed into 30 minutes with Bob Papa and Carl Banks premieres every Tuesday night. Exclusive camera angles and player interviews tell the “inside story” of the game. Bob and Carl break down the key plays that changed the game and decided the outcome.

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Daily Blitz (11/15): Giants Week 11 fantasy rankings

Posted by Joe Kania on November 15, 2013 – 11:36 am

The Daily Blitz brings you the latest news surrounding your New York Giants from team headquarters in East Rutherford, N.J.

NOW ON GIANTS.COM

» Experts make picks for Giants vs. Packers

» Unfamiliar roster faces Giants on Sunday

» Increased role for rookie Damontre Moore?

» Andre Brown aims for repeat performance

Read more..

 

GIANTS WEEK 11 FANTASY RANKINGS

Andre BrownAndre Brown made a believer of the fantasy experts in his season debut against the Raiders on Sunday.

Brown picked up 115 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 30 carries and jumped 20 spots in the fantasy rankings, from No. 30 to No. 10. He scored 17.9 fantasy points, the most of any Giants running back this season, and finished as the league’s No. 5 running back.

“He’s going to be a top 20 running back for me because I don’t see another running back in that backfield getting that many carries,” ESPN’s Eric Karabell said.  “He’s 39 rushing yards away from the team lead and he’s played in one game. Think about that for a minute. Going forward they’ve got Green Bay coming up, I’m going to rank him ahead of Ray Rice and ahead of Trent Richardson. These guys are doing nothing, Andre Brown is a good player. If I knew he was going to get that many touches I would have ranked him higher. Yes — he is a top 20 running back this week and for the rest of the season.”

WEEK 10 FANTASY RESULTS

Brown is the only Giant ranked in the top 10 but the team’s defense is not far behind. The unit earned an average ranking of No. 12, one spot down from last week, but was ranked as high as No. 5 by Karabell and ESPN.

Jason Pierre-Paul“I’d say the Giants are a good streaming defense,” Karaball said. “But they’ve also gotten a lot of luck with the quarterbacks they’ve played. Scott Tolzien will be starting his first NFL game on Sunday and I have to believe he will be good for at least two interceptions and maybe a fumble or two.”

The team’s defense finished No. 3 in the league with 15 points scored in Week 10.

But several Giants are moving in the opposite direction. Quarterback Eli Manning fell five sports, from No. 14 to No. 19, and was ranked as low as No. 23 by ESPN. Wide receiver Victor Cruz also fell, from No. 12 to No. 15. Cruz had been ranked as high as No. 6 in Weeks 5 and 6 but remains out of the top 10 for the second week in a row.

CBS Sports’ three-man panel apparently had mixed emotions about Josh Brown. He was ranked as the league’s No. 2 kicker by one member but received a No. 23 ranking by another. Brown earned an average ranking of No. 18.

Here’s a look at this week’s fantasy rankings. This week’s ranking is listed in parentheses. +/- indicates the difference between this week’s rankings and last week’s.

 

QB Eli Manning

Average ranking: 19th

Sources: ESPN -6 (23rd), CBSSports -6 (19th), Yahoo! Sports -7 (19th), Fox Sports -4 (16th)

» Week 10: 14th

» Week 9: BYE

» Week 8: 14th

» Week 7: 12th

» Week 6: N/A

» Week 5: 13th

» Week 4: 19th

» Week 3: 12th

» Week 2: 10th

» Week 1: 14th

 

RB Andre Brown

Average ranking: 10th

Sources: ESPN +18 (12th), CBSSports +15 (12th), Yahoo! Sports +19 (10th), Fox Sports +19 (16th)

» Week 10: 30th

 

RB Peyton Hillis

Average ranking: 50th

Sources: ESPN -14 (T-54th), CBSSports -17 (47th), Yahoo! Sports -12 (51st), Fox Sports -16 (48th)

» Week 10: 35th

» Week 9: BYE

» Week 8: 29th

 

RB Brandon Jacobs

Average ranking: N/R

Sources: ESPN (N/R), CBSSports (N/R), Yahoo! Sports (N/R), Fox Sports (N/R)

» Week 10: 46th

» Week 9: BYE

» Week 8: 43rd

» Week 7: 19th

 

WR Victor Cruz

Average ranking: 15th

Sources: ESPN -2 (12th), CBSSports -9 (22nd), Yahoo! Sports +1 (12th), Fox Sports -5 (14th)

» Week 10: 12th

» Week 9: BYE

» Week 8: 8th

» Week 7: 6th

» Week 6: N/A

» Week 5: 6th

» Week 4: 11th

» Week 3: 10th

» Week 2: 11th

» Week 1: 12th

 

WR Hakeem Nicks

Average ranking: 30th

Sources: ESPN -7 (28th), CBSSports, -14 (34th), Yahoo! Sports -8 (32nd), Fox Sports -4 (26th)

» Week 10: 22nd

» Week 9: BYE

» Week 8: 23rd

» Week 7: 20th

» Week 6: N/A

» Week 5: 22nd

» Week 4: 27th

» Week 3: 19th

» Week 2: 18th

» Week 1: 19th

 

WR Rueben Randle

Average ranking: 36th

Sources: ESPN +3 (36th), CBSSports +2 (36th), Yahoo! Sports -3 (33rd), Fox Sports +4 (39th)

» Week 10: 36th

» Week 9: BYE

» Week 8: 24th

» Week 7: 30th

» Week 6: N/A

» Week 5: 51st

» Week 4: 51st

» Week 3: 49th

» Week 2: 43rd

» Week 1: 47th

 

TE Brandon Myers

Average ranking: 26th

Sources: ESPN -15 (30th), CBSSports -3 (T-25th), Yahoo! Sports -5 (29th), Fox Sports, -2 (20th)

» Week 10: 20th

» Week 9: BYE

» Week 8: 20th

» Week 7: 15th

» Week 6: N/A

» Week 5: 15th

» Week 4: 14th

» Week 3: 14th

» Week 2: 12th

» Week 1: 14th

 

K Josh Brown

Average ranking: 18th

Sources: ESPN -2 (18th), CBSSports -4 (12th), Yahoo! Sports -4 (22nd), Fox Sports -2 (T-21st))

» Week 10: 15th

» Week 9: BYE

» Week 8: 21st

» Week 7: 22nd

» Week 6: N/A

» Week 5: 18th

» Week 4: 18th

» Week 3: 13th

» Week 2: 15th

» Week 1: 15th

 

Defense/ special teams

Average ranking: 12th

Sources: ESPN +9 (5th), CBSSports -12 (19th), Yahoo! Sports -1 (9th), Fox Sports +2 (14th)

» Week 10: 11th

» Week 9: BYE

» Week 8: 20th

» Week 7: 22nd

» Week 6: N/A

» Week 5: 23rd

» Week 4: 25th

» Week 3: 25th

» Week 2: 24th

» Week 1: 14th

 

QUOTABLES

“As long as we’re winning, I don’t care (how many carries I have). I’m playing right now. I’m playing good ball. We’re playing good ball. As long as we’re doing that… I’ll let them manage that and what have you, but I’m just going to go out there and play ball.” -RB Andre Brown

 

TWEET OF THE DAY

 

AROUND THE DIVISION

COWBOYS: Two sticky situations facing Dallas during bye week

EAGLES: Friday morning headlines

REDSKINS: Darrel Young plays Santa’s elf

 

REPORTER QUICK-HITS

The Star-Ledger reports: Giants links

ESPN reports: Daily countdown prediction

The New York Daily News reports: Jacobs, Brown could be powerful 1-2 punch


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Daily Blitz (11/14): Throwback Thursday: Brett Favre’s last pass as a Packer

Posted by Joe Kania on November 14, 2013 – 1:21 pm

The Daily Blitz brings you the latest news surrounding your New York Giants from team headquarters in East Rutherford, N.J.

NOW ON GIANTS.COM

» Jason Pierre-Paul updates injury status

» Offense works around a lack of big plays

» Keith Rivers looks to make consistent impact

» Coaching Confidential: Prep for Packers

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: BRETT FAVRE’S LAST PASS AS A PACKER

Brett FavreOver 16 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, soon-to-be Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre passed for 61,655 yards, 442 touchdowns and guided the team to a world championship in Super Bowl XXXI. Favre holds NFL career records in passing yards (71,838), touchdown passes (508) and pass completions (6,300).

But he also holds the NFL record for most interceptions thrown in a career. And on a frosty night at Lambeau Field in Green Bay in the 2007 NFC Championship game, that’s how Favre’s tenure as a Packer would end.

Tied, 20-20 in overtime, the Giants’ Corey Webster intercepted Favre to set up a 47-yard, game-winning field goal and send the Giants to their fourth Super Bowl in team history.

VIDEO: COREY WEBSTER PICKS OFF BRETT FAVRE

“”I just didn’t throw it outside enough,” Favre said to the Milwaukee Sentinel. “If I throw it out where I would have liked to. . . . It was a shake route. Donald (Driver) ran it more like an out, which was fine. It just didn’t get out far enough. It’s too bad.”

The interception set the Giants up on the Green Bay 38-yard line. Three plays later, Lawrence Tynes connected on his third field goal of the game to put the Giants up, 23-20, and hand Green Bay it’s third home playoff defeat in team history.

Donald Driver, Corey Webster“Everything happens for a reason,” Webster said to the New York Daily News. “It was good to go out there and play against one of the greatest ever. A great receiving corps, too. It was great to make that play. I feel good.”

Webster had been beaten by Driver for a 90-yard touchdown earlier in the game but was determined to bounce back.

“As a DB, we have to have a short-term memory but I wanted to come back and make a play so bad,” Webster said to the New York Daily News. “I just wanted to make a play and the coaches said you will get an opportunity.”

Webster continued, “I got 100 messages on my phone, so everybody will keep reminding me. But I’ve still got to go to work. Our job is not over yet.”

Two weeks later in Super Bowl XLI, the Giants stunned the previously unbeaten New England Patriots, 17-14.

 

QUOTABLES

“I think we understand exactly what we need to do and we’re just focused on conquering each and every week. Focusing on the little things that we have to do during practice and really just getting a leg up on our opponent and just having consistent days. Just being consistent, doing the things that we need to do in order to win. I think we’re doing that so far.”-WR Victor Cruz

 

TWEET OF THE DAY

 

AROUND THE DIVISION

COWBOYS: The Cowboys Legends Show

EAGLES: Michael Vick ‘really proud‘ of Nick Foles

REDSKINS: Redskins vs. Eagles series history

 

REPORTER QUICK-HITS

The Star-Ledger reports: Giants links

NJ.com reports: Green bay Packers scouting report

ESPN reports: Can Giants keep rolling?


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Daily Blitz (10/28): What they’re saying: Giants vs. Eagles

Posted by Joe Kania on October 28, 2013 – 12:43 pm

The Daily Blitz brings you the latest news surrounding your New York Giants from team headquarters in East Rutherford, N.J.

NOW ON GIANTS.COM

» Experts analyze Giants after win in Philly

» Instant Analysis: Giants 15, Eagles 7

» Postgame notes: Eli Manning sets NYG passing yards mark 

» Defense shines again in 15-7 win over Eagles

» Peyton Hillis leads ground game in win

Read more…

 

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: GIANTS VS. EAGLES

“Good to win in our division. It’s not always pretty but nevertheless our defense played superbly. And I thought in the second half we benefited from great field position, which forced two or three three-and-outs, which prevented them from being able to drive the ball the way they wanted to. The three turnoverswere big. I don’t know what to say about the snap from center. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him [LS Zak DeOssie] do that, not even on the practice field. And the timing was terrible. But nevertheless the first down there at the end with [TE Brandon] Myers was big. We put ourselves in position to make acouple plays at the end. They had no more time outs and of course [SS] Will Hill came through with that play. The first half I thought we really had an awful lot of things going for us; time of possession, I’m not sure exactly what it was but I know it was quite a bit in our favor. But in the first half, regardless of the style, the way that they operated and how fast they play, I thought we did a good job of hanging on to the ball, driving into plus territory. We did settle for field goals which we’re going to have to look at that. Two of those were touchdowns and this didn’t have to finish quite as tight as it did. Nevertheless, we won and we’re excited about winning. That’s two games in a row we’ve won. We’ve played great defense, we really haven’t given up a score, defensively, and there is a lot to be said for the way we are playing right now on defense.” -Coach Tom Coughlin

“One thing I understand about being a New York Giant is you have to be even keel through the great days and the not-so-great ones and I think that’s where this football team has been. When we were 0-6, and if you went in the locker room, you couldn’t tell that we were 0-6. This team has always stuck together and always been positive. Right now we understand that we are kind of on a little win streak here but we must be humble and understand that we have a long way to go.  So we can’t worry about what Dallas does or what any team does. We just have to continue to put the blinders on and take one opponent at a time.” -DE Justin Tuck

“I think we did a lot of good things, had a lot of great drives. Moving the ball in the first half and moving the ball right up the field a number of times. We were close on a number of plays that could have been touchdowns, a few plays out of the end zone on some fade balls and different things. We have to get better at that, we have to start converting those into touchdowns and not settling for three points and keeping teams in the game, which we could have built a big lead early, and ran away with this thing—and then towards the end a few big third down conversions. There were some good things. Obviously we’re not making the mistakes that we were making earlier in the season. We’re not turning the ball over, but we still have to find a way to finish the games a little better.” -QB Eli Manning

 

TWEET OF THE DAY

 

AROUND THE DIVISION

COWBOYS: Cowboys vs. Lions highlights

EAGLES: Chip Kelly press conference

REDSKINS: Redskins vs. Broncos highlights

 

REPORTER QUICK-HITS

The Star-Ledger reports: Giants links

ESPN reports: Can the Giants win the NFC East?

The New York Post reports: Giants show unity despite ugly record


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Daily Blitz (10/22): What they’re saying: Giants vs. Vikings

Posted by Joe Kania on October 22, 2013 – 1:30 pm

The Daily Blitz brings you the latest news surrounding your New York Giants from team headquarters in East Rutherford, N.J.

NOW ON GIANTS.COM

» Instant Analysis: Giants top Vikings, 23-7

» Postgame statistics and notes

» Peyton Hillis makes impact in NYG debut

» Defense pitches shutout, stops Vikes rush attack

» Morning Debate: Who gets the game ball?

Read more…

 

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: GIANTS VS. VIKINGS

“We came into the game; obviously we had to stop the run. We did a good job of that. I think they had 30 yards rushing. We had 32 attempts, not a lot of yards, but we were able to continue to try and run the ball, which I think helps balance it out much better for us. We had the one turnover on the punt, which was just fundamentals. The ball was in the inside arm and the ball came out over there. We got one back, which was nice. It was a point blank type of a play. Peyton Hillis did an outstanding job of coming on right off of the workout, into a uniform, and right on the field. He did a good job. Michael Cox did his role and his part as well. We didn’t have the turnovers, we got a couple, we got the ball down inside, we’d like to score touchdowns there when we kicked field goals, but we were trying to get to a point where we were at least up two touchdowns. So, obviously it’s nice to win and hopefully it’ll give us some excitement, some enthusiasm, about coming to work this week, a short week preparing to play  in the division this weekend.” -Coach Tom Coughlin

“This is a resilient bunch, I’ve been saying that all year long. We fight, scratch and we’re going to do everything we can to kind of be in that game right at the very end and try to be in the position to win this thing. We just pulled through, fought through every play, every time. Even when things weren’t going our way a couple of times throughout the game, we just kept fighting.” -WR Victor Cruz

“I thought we got off to a good start on the opening drive with 17 plays and we ran out 10 minutes. I hated that we had to settle for a field goal because we just missed Hakeem there for a touchdown. It would have been a good way to start the game, but I thought we at least ran the clock and wore out their defense a little bit and did those things, but I thought we ran the ball well. It was efficient. We didn’t have limited yards and we were getting some positive yards. We got in some third-and-(manageable) situations and we were able to convert those. There were some good plays and some really good things, and most importantly, no turnovers on the offensive side. Defense played outstanding and continued to do their job, and we made enough plays to win the game.” -QB Eli Manning

“I think I’m going to be a little sore tomorrow, but it was great to get out there and run that football and play in front of the New York crowd like that, it was spectacular.” -RB Peyton Hillis

Read more…

 

TWEET OF THE DAY

 

AROUND THE DIVISION

COWBOYS: Cowboys sign Marvin Austin

EAGLES: Michael Vick will reportedly start vs. Giants

REDSKINS: Tuesday morning clips

 

REPORTER QUICK-HITS

The Star-Ledger reports: Giants links

ESPN NY reports: Drive of the game

WFAN reports: Gradual improvement finally pays off for Giants


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Daily Blitz (10/18): Flashback: Fran Tarkenton quits Vikings, joins Giants

Posted by Joe Kania on October 18, 2013 – 12:07 pm

The Daily Blitz brings you the latest news surrounding your New York Giants from team headquarters in East Rutherford, N.J.

NOW ON GIANTS.COM

» Flashback Friday: Madden covers

» Fact of Fiction: Stopping the Vikings

» Latest Giants injury report (10/17)

» Insider: Breaking down the Vikings

» Coach Coughlin stands by Eli Manning

» Peyton Hillis ready to make an impact

Read more…

 

FLASHBACK: FRAN TARKENTON QUITS VIKINGS, JOINS GIANTS

In 1966, after disagreements with head coach Norm Van Brocklin over his unconventional playing style, Fran Tarkenton, the Vikings’ all-time leader in touchdown passes and passing yards, quit the Minnesota Vikings and became a New York Giant.

Tarkenton was known as “Scramblin’ Fran”, “The Mad Scrambler”, and “Frantic Fran” for his revolutionary scrambling abilities. And that didn’t go over well with Van Brocklin, who disagreed with the idea of a mobile quarterback.

After two Pro Bowl selections in six seasons with the Vikings, Tarkenton made up his mind. He would no longer play for the Minnesota Vikings. He wrotea letter to Van Brocklin, which appeared in Sports Illustrated on July 31, 1967.

Fran Tarkenton

The letter reads:

Dear Norm,

After much thought, I have come to the definite conclusion that under no circumstances can I return to play football with the Minnesota Vikings next season. Because of the events of the past few months and my feelings toward a number of things, it is impossible for me to return to the Vikings with a clear and open mind. As you know, I have tried to subdue these feelings and erase them from my mind, but it has been impossible. Feeling as I do, I am sure that this decision is the best for the Vikings, you and myself. Norm, I sincerely appreciate your help and guidance during the early years of my pro career and I certainly wish for you, and the Vikings, every success. I hope you and the organization understand that nothing can be done which would change my decision. Because of all that the organization has done for me, I am writing this letter in the event that it might be helpful to the Vikings to know of my feelings at this time.

Sincerely,
Francis A. Tarkenton

So, following the worst season in Giants history in 1966, the team picked Tarkenton with hopes that he could provide a much-needed spark. He was dealt for two first-round and two second-round draft picks.

It took just one year for Tarkenton’s impact to be felt. Following a one-win season, he guided the Giants to a .500 record.

“That team in New York the first year I was there, we finished 7-7,” Tarkenton said. “That was my finest accomplish in any of my 18 years in professional football. It was a rag-tag team that played together, played hard and had heart. (Coach) Allie (Sherman) did a great job with that team…It was the best year that any team I’ve played on had ever had. We spread the field, we put men in motion, we had somebody in the backfield. And the reason we had to do this was we didn’t have a big offensive line. We had to use the short passing game to be our running game. The West Coast offense, as we know it today, was absolutely started in New York.”

Tarkenton played five season for the Giants, from 1967-1971, and earned Pro Bowl honors in four of those seasons (1967-1970). But the Giants went 33-36 and in 1972, he was traded back to Minnesota, where he would play until retiring in 1978.

At the time of his retirement, Tarkenton held NFL career records for touchdown passes, passing yards, completions, pass attempts, rushing yards by a quarterback and wins by a starting quarterback. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1986.

 

QUOTABLES

“It’s not a bye week.  It was an opportunity for us to be able to have some downtime, for players to recover, if you will.  Hopefully that’s going to be a plus for us.  We worked Monday and now we’re here, this is officially a Wednesday for us, so hopefully as I said, we’ve got a few more guys out there and what we’re looking for is the progress thing, from one day to the next with no setbacks.” -Coach Tom Coughlin

 

TWEET OF THE DAY

 

AROUND THE DIVISION

COWBOYS: Murray and Ware give injury updates

EAGLES: Vick rules himself out

REDSKINS: Redskins-Bears: Four keys to the game

 

REPORTER QUICK-HITS

The Star-Ledger reports: Giants links

ESPN NY reports: Tuck believes in Giants’ sack attack

Rant Sports reports: Giants vs. Vikings: Five bold predictions


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Daily Blitz (10/12): Social: Giants players on college gameday

Posted by Giants.com on October 12, 2013 – 9:38 pm

The Daily Blitz brings you the latest news surrounding your New York Giants from team headquarters in East Rutherford, N.J.

NOW ON GIANTS.COM

» Flashback: Giants players in college

» David Wilson dealing with injury

» Eisen’s Mailbag: Andre Brown’s status

» Upon Further Review: Staying together

» Brandon Myers on final play

Read more…

 

SOCIAL: GIANTS PLAYERS ON COLLEGE GAMEDAY

 

QUOTABLES

“You just keep working and you try to get better and that’s all we can do. That’s all we can control is this next game and try to get a win. We don’t know what’s going to happen with the rest of the NFC East. We’ve still got to play five more games between the NFC East, but obviously we’ve got Minnesota next Monday night and it should be an opportunity for us to go out and get better. I thought we made some improvements this week offensively with running the ball and pass protection and making some plays. We’ve just got to eliminate the mistakes.” -QB Eli Manning

 

AROUND THE DIVISION

COWBOYS: Jason Garrett previews Redskins

EAGLES: NFL doesn’t have any plans to postpone Eagles-Buccaneers over MRSA scare

REDSKINS: Defense up for challenge in Dallas

 

REPORTER QUICK-HITS

The Star-Ledger reports: Giants links

ESPN NY reports: Mailbag: Pondering the 2014 Giants

ESPN reports: David Wilson to see neck specialist


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Daily Blitz (10/9): Giants vs. Bears: The first meeting

Posted by Giants.com on October 9, 2013 – 11:10 am

The Daily Blitz brings you the latest news surrounding your New York Giants from team headquarters in East Rutherford, N.J.

NOW ON GIANTS.COM

» Brandon Jacobs set for increased role

» Run defense preforming well vs. star RBs

» Jon Beason ready to contribute

» Giants re-sign Da’Rel Scott

» Injury report (10/8): Wilson ruled out

Read more…

 

GIANTS VS. BEARS: THE FIRST MEETING

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.27.52 AMThe New York Giants first met the Chicago Bears at the Polo Grounds in New York on Dec. 6, 1925. It was Tim Mara’s first season as the Giants owner and New York’s first season in the National Football League.

But, with a 10-3 record, the Giants fell to Chicago, 19-7. 68,000 paid fans and 8,000 gate crashers were in attendance.

“After seeing the crowd that formed,” The New York Giants Historical Wiki wrote,” Mara decided that under the right circumstances, professional football could be a big success.”

Chicago’s All-Pro quarterback, the 5-foot-6, 150-pound Joey Sternaman, rushed for two touchdowns in the first quarter to put Chicago up, 12-0. Phil White responded for New York with a touchdown run in the second  to cut Chicago’s lead to 12-7 at halftime.

But in the fourth, Chicago put the game away as the legendary Red Grange returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown to put Chicago up, 19-7.

Grange, who appeared on the cover of the game’s program, is enshrined in Pro Football Hall of Fame as well as the College Football Hall of Fame . A star at the University of Illinois, Grange played a pivotal role in legitimizing professional football in the 1920’s.

He was a member of the Bears from 1925-1934.

New York had a legend of its own on its 1925 team, though he didn’t play in the Giants’ Week 12 game against the Bears.

At the start of the 1925 season, Mara signed 37-year old veteran Jim Thorpe. Thorpe was the biggest name in football at the time of his signing and is widely considered to be the best athlete to ever live.

He won two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics in the pentathlon and decathlon and also played professional baseball for the New York Baseball Giants, among others.

Thorpe played for the first three games of the season for New York before the team released him.

Since 1925, the Giants and the Bears have met 56 times. Chicago leads the series, 32-22-2.

 

QUOTABLES

“You’ve just got to go out there and, honestly, you’ve got to try to do your job. You’ve got to try to make good decisions and have a great plan and execute that plan. There are some plays, whether the defense does something unexpected or a play doesn’t develop how you want to, and you’ve got to make good decisions and play smart and do whatever you’ve got to do to ensure you have the ball that next play.” -QB Eli Manning


TWEET OF THE DAY

 

AROUND THE DIVISION

COWBOYS: Upon Further Review: Week 5

EAGLES: Wednesday morning headlines

REDSKINS: NFL to meet with Oneida Indian Nation to discus team’s name

 

REPORTER QUICK-HITS

The Star-Ledger reports: Giants links

ESPN NY reports: Big Blue Report

NorthJersey.com reports: Giants turn to Brandon Jacobs 


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Daily Blitz (10/7): What they’re saying: Giants vs. Eagles

Posted by Giants.com on October 7, 2013 – 10:27 am

The Daily Blitz brings you the latest news surrounding your New York Giants from team headquarters in East Rutherford, N.J.

NOW ON GIANTS.COM

» Giants disappointed following loss to Eagles

» Instant Analysis: Eagles 36, Giants 21

» Spencer Paysinger talks changes in game plan

» Will Hill plays key role in return

» Postgame notes and statistics

Read more…

 

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: GIANTS VS. EAGLES

“Twenty-two to twenty-one and it’s a good football game. We just started the third quarter and there’s no reason to believe that we can’t continue that kind of play. Then the turnovers started to come.  That gave them the short field and easy scores.  It was very demoralizing for the sideline.  The guys did a good job of trying to stay up, but we created a situation for ourselves.  I thought it was kind of the same in the first half where offensively I didn’t think they stopped us. I thought we stopped ourselves.  We did some good things. The defense did some good things.  The punter did some good things. The field position part of it.  The young corner, McBride, went into the ball game as a starter and really did some good things. He gave up a play when we thought we might’ve had an interception.  It all comes down to the interceptions.  Two of them were just… almost unbelievable.” -Coach Tom Coughlin

“We are a strong bunch in this room and in this locker room. We have a strong group of core guys and a strong group of leaders that aren’t going to let that happen. So, we just have to keep plugging away each and every week. Scratch, bite, claw for that first win and then take it from there. But we have to get it as soon as possible.” -WR Victor Cruz

“The third quarter and even the start to the game, we had some good drives and I thought we had a good plan of what they were doing. We just left some plays out there – some deep plays down the field and some third down conversions. Then, obviously through the third quarter we had some good drives and take the lead, but then the fourth quarter we just didn’t play well. We obviously had three turnovers and that pretty much triggered them to win the game.” -QB Eli Manning

“What are you going to do? Sulk? Cry about it? You have to go out there and play. You have to go out there and find a way to work your way out of this hole. I know you heard me say that a couple of weeks in a row but that’s the facts. There are only two ways to finish this season. And that’s figuring some kind of way to right the ship and getting some positive momentum going here or you can sulk and feel sorry for yourself and have the worst season ever in Giants history.” -DE Justin Tuck

Read more…

 

TWEET OF THE DAY

 

AROUND THE DIVISION

COWBOYS: Cowboys vs. Broncos highlights

EAGLES: Vick still starting QB

REDSKINS: Redskins’ attorney responds to Obama

 

REPORTER QUICK-HITS

The Star-Ledger reports: Giants links

ESPN NY reports: Drive of the game: First interception

The New York Daily News reports: David Wilson leaves as a precaution


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Daily Blitz (10/3): Throwback Thursday: ‘The Replacements’

Posted by Giants.com on October 3, 2013 – 1:28 pm

The Daily Blitz brings you the latest news surrounding your New York Giants from team headquarters in East Rutherford, N.J.

NOW ON GIANTS.COM

» Victor Cruz putting up big numbers for Giants

» Corey Webster aims to return vs. Eagles

» Damontre Moore ready for increased role

» Safety Will Hill set to return to team

» Roster moves may open up room for RB Cox

Read more…

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘THE REPLACEMENTS’

football strike; stadium;  team;demonstration ; placards; pickets; picketingIn the third week of the 1987 season, the NFL players went on strike with hopes of gaining the right to a fair free agency process. Instead of cancelling some of the season’s games, like the NFL had during the players’ strike in 1982, it opted to take a different route — replacement players.

“The owners, determined not to be bullied by the players’ union (as they arguably had been in 1982, when another players’ strike forced the cancellation of five weeks’ worth of NFL games), resolved that this time, the games would go on as scheduled—with or without the players,” Shmoop.com wrote. “What followed was one of the strangest months in pro football history, as NFL teams fielded lineups of amateur athletes unconvincingly masquerading as NFL players while the real players—many of them millionaires—walked picket lines, unconvincingly masquerading as blue-collar working stiffs.”

And it couldn’t have happened at a worse time for New York.

The team had just won its first-ever Super Bowl, defeating the Denver Broncos, 39-20, in Super Bowl XXI in Pasadena, California at the end of the 1986 season. It boasted the league’s MVP in linebacker Lawrence Taylor, who is one of two defensive players to ever win a league MVP award, and had quarterback Phil Simms, the Super Bowl MVP. And it had a Hall of Fame coach in Bill Parcells.

But, with its starters, the team dropped its first two games. On Sept. 22, the players strike became official and the NFL cancelled the third week of the season for the replacement players to become acclimated with their teams.

On Oct. 5, when Bill Walsh and the San Francisco 49ers came to town, it was Jim Crocicchia, a two-time Ivy League champion at the University of Pennsylvania, lining up under center.

“The situation seems to call for a tough quarterback, and Crocicchia has credentials,” Frank Litsky wrote. “He said his nose and his right little finger had been broken while boxing. Amateur boxing? ‘No,’ he said. College boxing? ‘No,’ he said, ‘bar boxing. I took a couple of hits, but I can take care of myself. But don’t make me out to be a fighter. My mother will kill me.'”

Crocicchia completed six of his 15 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown but the Giants lost, 41-21. The replacement players went 0-3 in their three weeks. For the Giants, that meant an 0-5 start.

And for Crocicchia, that meant the end of his NFL career. He was replaced in Week 5 by his backup, Mike Busch, who was then replaced by Simms’ backup, Jeff Rutledge, after he crossed the picket line in Week 5.

He played one season for the New York Knights of the Arena Football League in 1988 before retiring.

On Oct. 15, after 24 days of being on strike, Taylor, Simms and the rest of the Giants’ starters returned to the field. The team finished with a 6-9 record.

After losing to Kansas City this past weekend, New York holds a 0-4 record for the first time since the 1987 strike season.

 

QUOTABLES

“I’m hoping that our fans are as boisterous and supportive as they’ve ever been, maybe even more. I just hope everyone rallies around our team right now. The players need it, we all need it, we all need to feel that great support and the 12th man, playing at home in the division, there’s certainly every reason in the world to be excited about that. A 1 o’clock game, I’m hoping that they help us, that the fans help us win.” -Coach Tom Coughlin

 

TWEET OF THE DAY

 

AROUND THE DIVISION

COWBOYS: No Miles Austin at Wednesday’s practice

EAGLES: Press conference: LeSean McCoy

REDSKINS: Are there any trades in Redskins’ future?

 

REPORTER QUICK-HITS

The Star-Ledger reports: Giants links

ESPN NY reports: Hankins’ time?

The New York Daily News reports: Win over Eagles is all Giants need to get back in race


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Daily Blitz (10/1): Giants Week 4 fantasy results

Posted by Giants.com on October 1, 2013 – 11:34 am

The Daily Blitz brings you the latest news surrounding your New York Giants from team headquarters in East Rutherford, N.J.

NOW ON GIANTS.COM

» Experts look for answers for early struggles

» Veterans look to lead Giants to first win

» More hurry-up in plans for offense?

» Monday’s extended mailbag: Chiefs recap

» Giants vs. Chiefs timeline

Read more…

 

GIANTS WEEK 4 FANTASY RESULTS

Victor Cruz finished as the league’s No. 3 fantasy wide receiver after scoring 22.4 points against Kansas City on Sunday.

He picked up his fourth touchdown of the season in the second quarter, catching a 69-yard pass from Eli Manning, and leads all NFL receivers with nine touchdowns of 60 yards or longer since 2011.

MORE STATISTICAL NUGGETS FROM SUNDAY’S GAME

David Wilson scored a season-high 6.3 points and finished as the league’s No. 32 running back while the team’s defense scored six, also a season high.

WEEK 4 FANTASY RANKINGS

Here’s a look at how the Giants fared in Week 4. Fantasy points are listed following the player’s name:

 

QB Eli Manning, 7.88 points

Among quarterbacks: No. 26 (+5)

» Week 3: 4.16 pointsEli Manning

» Week 2: 10.48 points

» Week 1: 28.8 points

 

RB Da’Rel Scott, 2.6 points

Among running backs: No. 49 (+35)

» Week 3: 2.2 points

» Week 2: 9.2 points

» Week 1: 7.6 points

 

RB David Wilson, 6.3 points 

Among running backs: No. 32 (+44)

» Week 3: 3.9 points

» Week 2: 1.7 points

» Week 1: -2.1 points

 

WR Victor Cruz, 22.4 points

Victor CruzAmong wide receivers: No. 3 (+101)

» Week 3: 2.5 points

» Week 2: 11.8 points

» Week 1: 29.8 points

 

WR Hakeem Nicks, 3.3 points

Among wide receivers: No. 61 (+70)

» Week 3: 0 points

» Week 2: 8.30 points

» Week 1: 11.4 points

 

WR Rueben Randle, .7 points

Among wide receivers: No. 113 (-26)

» Week 3: 4 points

» Week 2: 1.4 points

» Week 1: 10.1 points

 

TE Brandon Myers, 0 points

Among tight ends: T-48 (-24)

Josh Brown» Week 3: 3.3 points

» Week 2: 7.4 points

» Week 1: 12.6

 

K Josh Brown, 1 point

Among kickers: T-30 (+2)

» Week 3: 0 points

» Week 2: 11 points

» Week 1: 7 points

 

Defense: 6 points

League ranking: No. 21 (+8)

» Week 3: 1 point

» Week 2: -2 points

» Week 1: 4 points

*Point totals via NFL.com

 

QUOTABLES

“It’s early. Only four games have been played, but you’ve got to look at things as a positive and find things to kind of keep the team from going in the tank or getting frustrated. We know we’re the only ones that can fix it and we’ve got to turn this thing around, but I think we still have a confident team and guys believe we can play better than what we are.” -QB Eli Manning

 

TWEET OF THE DAY

 

AROUND THE DIVISION

COWBOYS: Jason Garrett press conference

EAGLES: Eagles-Giants preview

REDSKINS: Mike Shanahan press conference

 

REPORTER QUICK-HITS

The Star-Ledger reports: Giants links

ESPN NY reports: Examining Eli

The New York Daily News reports: Rolle says Giants can go 12-0


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