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  • Sat., Nov. 01, 2014 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM EDT Access Blue

    “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., Nov. 02, 2014 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM EST 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.

  • Mon., Nov. 03, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the Giants only web radio show and is the perfect way to start your morning if you’re a Giants fan. Every weekday at 9:30AM, our hosts talk for sixty minutes about the latest Giants news and take your calls about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by special guests, break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Mon., Nov. 03, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the fans way to talk to the insiders at the Giants. The sixty minute live daily show is hosted by a rotating panel of experts and insiders talking the latest Giants news and information. Our hosts take your calls and twitter questions about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by analysts Shaun O’Hara and Roman Oben to break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Tue., Nov. 04, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the Giants only web radio show and is the perfect way to start your morning if you’re a Giants fan. Every weekday at 9:30AM, our hosts talk for sixty minutes about the latest Giants news and take your calls about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by special guests, break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Tue., Nov. 04, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the fans way to talk to the insiders at the Giants. The sixty minute live daily show is hosted by a rotating panel of experts and insiders talking the latest Giants news and information. Our hosts take your calls and twitter questions about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by analysts Shaun O’Hara and Roman Oben to break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Tue., Nov. 04, 2014 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST Live Giants Rewind

    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.

  • Wed., Nov. 05, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the Giants only web radio show and is the perfect way to start your morning if you’re a Giants fan. Every weekday at 9:30AM, our hosts talk for sixty minutes about the latest Giants news and take your calls about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by special guests, break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Wed., Nov. 05, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the fans way to talk to the insiders at the Giants. The sixty minute live daily show is hosted by a rotating panel of experts and insiders talking the latest Giants news and information. Our hosts take your calls and twitter questions about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by analysts Shaun O’Hara and Roman Oben to break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Thu., Nov. 06, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the Giants only web radio show and is the perfect way to start your morning if you’re a Giants fan. Every weekday at 9:30AM, our hosts talk for sixty minutes about the latest Giants news and take your calls about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by special guests, break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Thu., Nov. 06, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the fans way to talk to the insiders at the Giants. The sixty minute live daily show is hosted by a rotating panel of experts and insiders talking the latest Giants news and information. Our hosts take your calls and twitter questions about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by analysts Shaun O’Hara and Roman Oben to break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Fri., Nov. 07, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the Giants only web radio show and is the perfect way to start your morning if you’re a Giants fan. Every weekday at 9:30AM, our hosts talk for sixty minutes about the latest Giants news and take your calls about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by special guests, break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Fri., Nov. 07, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the fans way to talk to the insiders at the Giants. The sixty minute live daily show is hosted by a rotating panel of experts and insiders talking the latest Giants news and information. Our hosts take your calls and twitter questions about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by analysts Shaun O’Hara and Roman Oben to break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Sat., Nov. 08, 2014 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM EST Access Blue

    “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.

Daily Blitz (11/18): What they’re saying: Giants vs. Packers

Posted by Joe Kania on November 18, 2013 – 1:34 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 fourth straight win

» JPP secures win after predicting pick-six

» Postgame notes and stats

» Rueben Randle sparks team with punt return and TD

Read more…

 

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: GIANTS VS. PACKERS

“Good to win. I thought we did some things well tonight. There’s obviously more to be done. Special teams had a better night, no doubt. Rueben had the nice punt return, which helped right off the bat. Felt we should have scored when we were down there in the first half and came away with no points, felt we should have scored there. In the second half, the battle went back and forth. We got a little bit of rushing yardage, not a lot. We did a great job against them as well, which we have done all year against the run, against a very good back, and a very good offensive line as well. We were plus-two in turnovers. I was pleased with that. I think we had three penalties, I was pleased with that as well. So, we are very, very happy to win at home against a very good team.” -Coach Tom Coughlin

“Going into this game we have a young quarterback, established offensive line, big time running back who’s a load, a hard tackle you have to swarm. We were able to stop the run and sure enough, kid comes out and makes huge plays in the passing game. We wanted to put the pressure on him, but he was able to make plays, but we stayed the course and we got some turnovers late and that was able to affect the outcome of the game.” -LB Jon Beason

“I think it was a good job by everybody on the offense, just knowing their assignments.  I think we ran the ball well and they did a good job to stop the run so we did a good job of throwing short passes.  Getting Brandon Myers into it, getting our backs into it on some screens, getting them out of the backfield. Linebackers are dropping deep trying to take away the receivers.  I think that’s what you have to do for an offense to be successful.  Everybody has to know their assignments and be in the right places.   If you want to take away throws down the field, then you’re going to have to throw underneath a few times to open things up down the field for big plays later on.” -QB Eli Manning

“I knew that it was a touchdown.  As soon as I caught it, I knew it was a touchdown.  I’m not a receiver or anything, but I knew it was a touchdown. ” -DE Jason Pierre-Paul

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EAGLES: Redskins-Eagles highlights

REDSKINS: Notes, milestones during Week 11

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Daily Blitz (9/29): Social: Giants Gameday

Posted by Giants.com on September 29, 2013 – 10:12 am

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

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NOW ON GIANTS.COM

» Pregame photos: Inside the locker room

» Giants vs. Chiefs preview report

» Experts make their picks for Giants vs. Chiefs

» Who’s playing, who’s not

» Keys to victory against the Chiefs

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SOCIAL: GIANTS GAMEDAY

 

QUOTABLES

“They’re not going to be able to be successful unless they come out of their shell and play and don’t worry about it. Let me worry about the errors. Let me worry about what to say. You go play the game. I’ll take it on my shoulders. That’s been the way we’ve approached it.” -Coach Tom Coughlin

 

AROUND THE DIVISION

COWBOYS: Cowboys vs. Chargers preview

EAGLES: Eagles vs. Broncos preview

REDSKINS: Redskins vs. Raiders preview

 

REPORTER QUICK-HITS

The Star-Ledger reports: Giants links

ESPN NY reports: Week 4 predictions

The New York Daily News reports: Playbook: Giants vs. Chiefs


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JPP ranked No. 55 in best players of 2013

Posted by Dan Salomone on May 29, 2013 – 10:34 am

For the third year, current NFL players have voted to offer their ranking of the 100 best players in the league heading into 2013, and two Giants made the latest installment, which was unveiled on NFL Network this week. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul came in at No. 55, down from No. 24 in 2012, while wide receiver Victor Cruz was ranked No. 58 after previously being voted No. 39.

“I think of Jason, I think of freakish athletic ability,” former Cowboys guard Derrick Dockery said on NFL Network. “I think of explosiveness. If you don’t bring it every play, you will get embarrassed.”

Tampa Bay offensive tackle Donald Penn also lauded Pierre-Paul, who had eight tackles and a sack against his Buccaneers in their 2012 meeting.

“He’s a specimen,” Penn said. “He’s one of those beasts. His arms are so long I think if he stands straight up, he could scratch his knee without bending down, and that causes a lot of problems for a tackle. As a tackle, you’ve got to get your hands on him first, and Pierre-Paul is hard to get your hands on first because his arms are so long.”

Five members of the Giants earned a nod in 2012: WR Hakeem Nicks (90), DE Justin Tuck (62), Cruz (39), QB Eli Manning (31), and Pierre-Paul (24).

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Giants trio makes CBS’ Top 100

Posted by Dan Salomone on May 17, 2013 – 9:00 am

Believe it or not, we’re less than three months away from the Giants’ first preseason game. And with the new season sneaking up, CBS Sports this week took a look at where everyone stacks up across the NFL, ranking the top 100 players.

Senior columnist Pete Prisco, composer of the annual list, included three Giants in the NFL Top 100 – Jason Pierre-Paul, Eli Manning, and Victor Cruz. Unlike some outlets that base their rankings on production from the previous season, Prisco looked at where they rank heading into 2013, and here’s what he had to say:

elirank21. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants:He didn’t have the kind of year the Giants hoped he’d have. He looked heavy and wasn’t as explosive. But he remains as talented a pass rusher as there is in the game.”

28. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants:He didn’t have the season the Giants expected, but there were a lot of reasons why. He’s still one of the best.”

72. Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants:He had 86 catches and 10 touchdowns, but he wasn’t as good as he was in 2011. He seemed to struggle with all the extra attention at times.”

Three quarterbacks made the top five, including Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, who came in at No. 1 for the second consecutive year. And while we’re on the subject of rankings, the crew at CBS Sports also counted down the best front offices in the NFL. The Giants came in fourth in that department behind the Ravens, Patriots, and Packers.

“I’m putting a premium on winning a Super Bowl recently, which this team has done twice,” Jason La Canfora wrote. “And they’ve done it despite a regime change with Jerry Reese expertly taking over for Ernie Accorsi, which I think gets overlooked and underappreciated. The strong hand of ownership, supporting coach Tom Coughlin through rough patches, has been vital as well.”

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Three Giants make PFF’s ‘Top 101′

Posted by Dan Salomone on May 7, 2013 – 9:00 am

Every year, the people over at Pro Football Focus get together to rank the top 101 players from the previous season. Their countdown is over, and three Giants have made the list: DE Jason Pierre-Paul (No. 46), LT Will Beatty (No. 85), and QB Eli Manning (No. 90).

Here is a look at what PFF had to say about the Top 101 of 2012, and keep in mind players were graded solely on 2012 with all positions weighted equally.

jpp46. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants (Last year: 17th)

The danger was always there with how people viewed “JPP”. As good as his 2011 season was the emphasis placed on his sack numbers were always going to come back to bite him. And while it’s true he didn’t have quite the same impact as he did when the Giants won it all, it shouldn’t take away from a tremendously complete season he put forward. Excellent against the run, there’s no shame in the 55 QB disruptions he managed.

Best Performance: Week 14 versus New Orleans, +6.0 WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Key Stat: His 30 defensive stops in the run game were the third-most of any 4-3 defensive end.

85. Will Beatty, LT, New York Giants (Last year: Unranked)

Injury meant Beatty didn’t start the season as the Giants’ left tackle. Whether injuries handed him his starting job back, or it was the Giants’ plan all along, the former second-round pick didn’t take much time showing everyone what he was capable of. A fine pass protector, Beatty is one of those left tackles who can actually generate some movement in the run game as well.

Best Performance: Week 3 at Carolina, +5.4 WATCH HGHLIGHTS
Key Stat: Allowed just three sacks and zero quarterback hits all season long.

90. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (Last year: 8th)

While Eli was unable to replicate his marvelous 2011, let’s not pretend he didn’t play extremely well for most of the season. While some performances disappointed (notably against Pittsburgh and Atlanta) Manning was able to almost carry his struggling Giants into the playoffs with his usual array of clutch throws.

Best Performance: Week 2 versus Tampa Bay, +6.3 WATCH HGHLIGHTS
Key Stat: Completion percentage under pressure dropped to 47.9% in 2012, after it was 55.6% a year earlier.

While the 49ers led all teams with 13 selections, the top player ranked was DE J.J. Watt (Texans), followed by RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings), DT Geno Atkins (Bengals), LB Von Miller (Broncos), and CB Richard Sherman (Seahawks).

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How many Giants will make NFL’s Top 100?

Posted by Dan Salomone on April 22, 2013 – 12:00 pm

The debate doesn’t stop at the NFL Draft. That’s where it begins.

Shortly after the 254th selection of the NFL Draft is announced Saturday night, NFL Network will debut its first installment of Top 100 Players of 2013. For the third straight year, current players have voted to determine the list, which will be unveiled in increments of 10 beginning Saturday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET and ending with the top player crowned in late June.

Five members of the Giants earned a nod in 2012: WR Hakeem Nicks (90), DE Justin Tuck (62), WR Victor Cruz (39), QB Eli Manning (31), and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (24).

Here’s a complete look at 2012’s ranking:

100. RB Chris Johnson, Titans
99. C Ryan Kalil, Panthers
98. RB Willis McGahee, Broncos
97. OT Donald Penn, Buccaneers
96. LB D’Qwell Jackson, Browns
95. QB Tim Tebow, Jets
94. RB Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks
93. CB Cortland Finnegan, Rams
92. FB John Kuhn, Packers
91. QB Tony Romo, Cowboys

90. WR Hakeem Nicks, Giants
89. DE Dwight Freeney, Colts
88. RB Michael Turner, Falcons
87. LB London Fletcher, Redskins
86. RB Darren Sproles, Saints
85. LB NaVorro Bowman, 49ers
84. DE Chris Long, Rams
83. RB Fred Jackson, Bills
82. OT Joe Thomas, Browns
81. DT Vince Wilfork, Patriots

80. WR Jordy Nelson, Packers
79. Nnamdi Asomugha, Eagles
78. LB Derrick Johnson, Chiefs
77. WR A.J. Green, Bengals
76. OL Carl Nicks, Buccaneers
75. TE Jason Witten, Cowboys
74. QB Joe Flacco, Ravens
73. CB Johnathan Joseph Texans
72. LB Lance Briggs, Bears
71. WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles

70. QB Michael Vick, Eagles
69. CB Carolos Rogers, 49ers
68. DE Elvis Dumervil, Broncos
67. OT Joe Staley, 49ers
66. S Earl Thomas, Seahawks
65. WR Roddy White, Falcons
64. G Logan Mankins, Patriots
63. LB LaMarr Woodley, Steelers
62. DE Justin Tuck, Giants
61. QB Philip Rivers, Chargers

60. RB Darren McFadden, Raiders
59. OT Jake Long, Dolphins
58. LB Jonathan Vilma, Saints
57. DE Trent Cole, Eagles
56. WR Greg Jennings, Packers
55. CB Patrick Peterson, Cardinals
54. LB Brian Cushing, Texans
53. TE Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
52. LB Von Miller, Broncos
51. LB Brian Urlacher, Bears

50. QB Peyton Manning, Broncos
49. C Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers
48. WR Devin Hester, Bears
47. WR Mike Wallace, Steelers
46. CB Champ Bailey, Broncos
45. FB Vonta Leach, Ravens
44. DE Jason Babin, Eagles
43. TE Vernon Davis, 49ers
42. OT Jason Peters, Eagles
41. QB Matthew Stafford, Lions

40. QB Cam Newton, Panthers
39. WR Victor Cruz, Giants
38. DT Ndamukong Suh, Lions
37. RB Steven Jackson, Rams
36. CB Charles Woodson, Packers
35. WR Steve Smith, Panthers
34. LB Tamba Hali, Chiefs
33. RB Matt Forte, Bears
32. G Jahri Evans, Saints
31. QB Eli Manning, Giants

30. QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
29. LB James Harrison, Steelers
28. RB Frank Gore, 49ers
27. LB Clay Matthews, Packers
26. DE Julius Peppers, Bears
25. RB Arian Foster, Texans
24. DE Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants
23. WR Wes Welker, Patriots
22. RB Ray Rice, Ravens
21. TE Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

20. LB Ray Lewis, Ravens
19. S Troy Polamalu, Steelers
18. RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles
17. DE Justin Smith, 49ers
16. S Ed Reed, Ravens
15. WR Andre Johnson, Texans
14. TE Jimmy Graham, Saints
13. DE Jared Allen, Vikings
12. RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
11. LB Terrell Suggs, Ravens

10. LB Patrick Willis, 49ers
9. DT Haloti Ngata, Ravens
8. RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings
7. WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
6. LB DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys
5. CB Darrelle Revis, Jets
4. QB Tom Brady, Patriots
3. WR Calvin Johnson, Lions
2. QB Drew Brees, Saints
1. QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers

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Jason Pierre-Paul named to All-Under-25 Team

Posted by Dan Salomone on February 13, 2013 – 9:00 am

AP803399272796In the season of improving one’s roster, decision-makers across the NFL are searching for the next impact player to build a team around for the years to come. But if you are fortunate enough, you have already found him.

The Giants, according to NFL analyst Elliot Harrison, are one of those teams.

Setting out to find the best 25 players under 25 years of age — 11 offense, 11 defense, a kicker, a punter and one extra defender accounting for 4-3 and 3-4 alignments — Harrison named Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to his “All-Under-25 Team.”

“Pro football is a young man’s game — no doubt about that,” Harrison wrote. “Nonetheless, it is generally understood that the prime of a player’s career is when he is still in his athletic peak, yet the game has slowed down enough for him, in a figurative sense, that he knows what he’s doing without thinking about it.”

Pierre-Paul, who turned 24 on Jan. 1, fit the bill, having recorded 27.5 sacks and 132 total tackles in his first three seasons.

“Yes, he had a dip in production in 2012, but that’s because teams simply would not let him match 2011,” Harrison continued. “Pierre-Paul still had 6.5 sacks and 21.5 knockdowns/hurries, and even had a pick-six.”

SEE WHO ELSE MADE THE ALL-UNDER-25-TEAM HERE

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Giants help NFC claim Pro Bowl victory

Posted by Dan Salomone on January 28, 2013 – 9:44 am

Victor Cruz, J.J. WattWhen Eli Manning wasn’t throwing touchdowns to Victor Cruz during Sunday’s Pro Bowl, Jason Pierre-Paul was intercepting passes intended for J.J. Watt. Yes, you read that correctly.

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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The next Jason Pierre-Paul?

Posted by Dan Salomone on January 22, 2013 – 9:00 am

Jason Pierre-PaulNext on the college football showcase circuit is the Senior Bowl, which will be held this Saturday at 4 p.m. ET in Mobile, Ala., and televised on NFL Network. Like the East-West Shrine Game that wrapped up this past weekend, scouts and coaches from across the NFL will tune into the all-star game to evaluate the talent and find any hidden gems.

The early talk around the NFL hopefuls has included BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, who is drawing comparisons to Giants Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

“The former walk-on track star has been the buzz of the NFL scouting community with his exceptional athleticism, movement skills and motor,” NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks wrote about Ansah.

“Scouts rave about his raw talent and rush skills despite a limited football background. In fact, the comparisons to Jason Pierre-Paul have been flying off the tongues of evaluators since Ansah started wreaking havoc on opponents in the fall. If he seizes this opportunity to showcase his talents against elite competition, Ansah can transition from urban legend to certain first-round pick.” Read more »


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Daily Blitz: Week 17 Milestone Tracker

Posted by Dan Salomone on December 28, 2012 – 9:00 am

milestonesQB 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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