15:00 — The 49ers begin the fourth quarter with the ball on their 45.
Jacquian Williams sacks Alex Smith for a loss of one, forcing the 49ers to punt.
9:49 — Mathias Kiwanuka sacks Smith for a loss of 14.
*The Giants record five sacks on the day.
8:22 — Ahmad Brashaw hits 100 yards rushing with an 11-yard gain. He has 108 yards on 24 carries.
5:40 — David Wilson gets some touches and breaks a 20-yarder.
1:56 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 32-yard attempt. GIANTS 26, 49ERS 3 (Drive: 13 plays, 72 yards in 7:10)
FINAL: Giants 26, 49ers 3
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Jacquian Williams made the play that led to the turnover, that led to the field goal, that led to the Super Bowl.
The second-year linebacker says “big whoop.”
Asked what he remembers about forcing Kyle Williams’ fumble on a punt return that gave the ball back to the Giants on San Francisco’s 24-yard line in overtime, this was his response:
“That it happened last year,” he said today as his Giants prepare to face the 49ers for the first time since the NFC Championship. “I have put that away. It’s a new year, a new opportunity. They have a lot of the same players, but it’s a new team – for both of us. So it gives us a chance to go out and do something new.”
With some prying, he opened up. But not much.
“It was something that turned the game around,” he continued. “It was a big opportunity. Special teams stepped up. It was time special teams stepped up. It was a big play.”
He did agree, though, with his teammates that it was one of the most physically demanding games they have ever played. And he would do it all again if it meant making it to Indianapolis.
“It was a physical game,” he said. “But just to come out and help my team get to the Super Bowl, that [pain] didn’t exist.”
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Every Friday, we’re asking some Giants players what’s playing in their headphones. This is what they had to say this week before they take on the Browns at home:
G Chris Snee
David Diehl’s Gameday Mix
“Gamedays I listen to Diehl’s music because it’s blasting so loud. It’s Guns N’ Roses, it’s everything. I don’t think he realizes the headphones don’t work because I can hear every word.”
LB Jacquian Williams
R. Kelly – ‘The World’s Greatest’
“It keeps me calm, I like that, to be prepared, to be calm.”
S Will Hill
Lil Wayne – ‘No Worries’
“Well, right now, I don’t have any worries. It’s in the name.”
S Tyler Sash
Mykko Montana feat. K. Champ – ‘Do It’
“My brother shared it with me, and it’s just something that I like to work out to and gets me hyped.”
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He had just chased down Michael Vick in the open field and tackled him from behind. Not many players, let alone rookies drafted in the sixth round, are supposed to be able to do that.
It even left Vick surprised. So much so that the quarterback acknowledged it as he picked himself up off the turf during the opening drive of last year’s Week 3 meeting between the Giants and Eagles.
“That first play when I chased him out, I didn’t realize he was going to get upfield that fast but I got him,” Williams recalled after the Giants’ 29-16 victory in Philadelphia. “He shook my hand and told me ‘good job.’ So I’m pretty sure he knows I’m kind of fast, too.”
It was the first of Williams’ 10 solo tackles in the game and helped frustrate the quarterback as the Giants’ snapped a six-game skid to their NFC East rivals.
At the time, Williams was playing in his third professional game and flashing the speed that the scouting department saw in him coming out of college. He also showed his competitiveness, which is another reason why the Giants took a chance on the raw linebacker out of South Florida. Or as Marc Ross, Director of College Scouting, refers to players like him – “undercover.”
This week, the second-year linebacker with 11 tackles thus far this season is no longer unknown. He could have a similar role this Sunday night as the Giants defense takes on Vick for the first time since last September (Vick was sidelined for their second meeting of 2011 in Week 11).
But there’s no one thing – or person – that defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has up his sleeve.
Meanwhile, Vick has been sacked nine times this season, and Fewell was asked whether it was due to his protection or if he was holding onto the ball too long.
“I don’t know their progressions as far as their reads,” Fewell said on Thursday. “I know sometimes, Michael, when he has the ball, it seems like he gets rid of it pretty quick to me. Sometimes when the read isn’t there, he pulls it down and runs, and he’ll take a hit. I don’t think there’s one cause of it, people have just been able to get to him and hit him this year.”
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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: Bear Pascoe, Domenik Hixon, Hakeem Nicks, Jacquian Williams, Keith Rivers, Steve Weatherford
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