14:50 — Steelers take over on the Giants’ 35 after a 68-yard kick return by Chris Rainey.
13:36 — Justin Tuck notches his second sack of the game, this time for a loss of four yards on third down. Pittsburgh is forced to punt and the Giants take over on their own seven.
11:10 — Martellus Bennett’s second catch of the game — a 33-yard gain — moves the Giants into Pittsburgh territory.
8:30 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 50-yard attempt. NEW YORK 17, PITTSBURGH 10 (Drive: 9 plays, 61 yards in 4:37)
7:23 — Corey Webster intercepts Roethlisberger’s pass intended for Wallace. Giants take over on Pittsburgh’s 33.
1:36 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes 23-yard attempt. NEW YORK 20, PITTSBURGH 10 (Drive: 9 plays, 28 yards in 5:37)
*Paid attendance announced at 80,991
0:00 — GIANTS 20, STEELERS 10
Tags: Corey Webster, Justin Tuck, Lawrence Tynes, Martellus Bennett
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This week’s game is the 76th meeting between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants. The Giants lead the series, 44-28-3. The two teams have never met in the postseason. In their last meeting, the Giants defeated the Steelers, 21-14, in Week 8 of the 2008 season.
Kickoff: 4:25 PM ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Weather: Partly cloudy. 49°F. Wind: W 14mph, gusting to 24 mph
» 66 Diehl for 75 Locklear at RT
» 58 Herzlich for 93 Blackburn at MLB
» 27 Brown for 21 Phillips at SS
» 25 Allen for 43 Polamalu at SS
» 76 Adams for 77 Gilbert at RT
» 33 Redman for 34 Mendenhall at RB
15:00 — Game Day Captains are CB Corey Webster and G Chris Snee along with season captains QB Eli Manning, DE Justin Tuck, and LS Zak DeOssie. Giants win coin toss and elect to receive. Steelers will defend the west goal.
*After a 35-yard return by David Wilson, the Giants start the drive on their own 30-yard line.
14:53 — Giants once again take a deep shot on the first play of the game, but the pass from Manning to Hakeem Nicks falls incomplete.
13:10 — Justin Tryon downs Steve Weatherford’s at Pittsburgh’s two-yard line where the Steelers begin their first drive of the game.
10:29 — Jayron Hosley makes a great diving play and strips the ball from the speedy Chris Rainey, but the ball bounces out of bounds. Pittsburgh punts two plays later and the Giants take over on their own 36.
4:48 — On third-and-3, Antrel Rolle bats down Roethlisberger’s pass at the line of scrimmage. Giants get the ball back at their own 16.
3:58 — Manning completes a 26-yard pass to Victor Cruz, the longest play so far in the game.
3:14 — On the next play, Manning throws an interception intended for Cruz. Pittsburgh takes over at its own 42.
0:00 — GIANTS 0, STEELERS 0
Tags: Antrel Rolle, Chris Snee, Corey Webster, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Jayron Hosley, Justin Tryon, Justin Tuck, Steve Weatherford, Victor Cruz, Zak DeOssie
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This week’s game is the 101st regular season meeting between the two teams, with the Cowboys leading the series, 57-41-2. The two teams have met once in the postseason, when the Giants defeated the Cowboys, 21-17, in the 2007 NFC Divisional Playoff Game. In their last meeting, the Cowboys defeated the Giants, 24-17, in Week 1 in MetLife Stadium.
Kickoff: 4:25 PM ET
Location: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Weather: Sunny. 59°F. Wind: From N 14mph, gusting to 19 mph
» Felix Jones for DeMarco Murray at RB
» Ryan Cook for Phil Costa at C
15:00 — Game Day Captains: Osi Umenyiora and Chris Snee along with season captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Zak DeOssie. Giants win the coin toss and will receive.
13:38 — Manning completes a deep ball to rookie wide receiver Rueben Randle for a 56-yard gain. Randle entered Sunday’s contest with seven catches for 86 yards.
11:58 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 41-yard attempt on the opening drive. GIANTS 3, COWBOYS 0 (Drive: 7 plays, 57 yards in 3:07)
9:23 — S Stevie Brown jumps a pass intended for Dez Bryant and intercepts Tony Romo, returning it 37 yards down to the Dallas 27-yard line. Brown now leads the team with four interceptions.
7:17 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 37-yard attempt. GIANTS 6, COWBOYS 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards in 2:00)
5:57 — Two possessions and two interceptions for the Cowboys. Corey Webster grabs his second of the year and returns it 38 yards down to the Dallas 31.
3:46 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Set up by a pass to Martellus Bennett and two Ahmad Bradshaw runs taking it down to the one-yard line, Andre Brown takes it in for the score around the left end. XP is GOOD. GIANTS 13, COWBOYS 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 31 yards in 2:01)
2:17 — David Wilson’s number is called for the second time of the game, but the rookie loses a yard on the carry.
0:51 — The Giants are forced to punt after a three-and-out, but Dez Bryant muffs the return and Michael Coe recovers the fumble in Dallas territory.
Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, Chris Snee, Corey Webster, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, Lawrence Tynes, Osi Umenyiora, Rueben Randle, Stevie Brown, Zak DeOssie
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15:00 — The Giants begin the second quarter with the ball on Washington’s 21.
14:52 — Ahmad Bradshaw picks up the first down with a 10-yard run-and-catch that was nearly stopped at the line of scrimmage.
12:46 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Back from a concussion that held him out of last week’s game, Andre Brown powers in for a one-yard touchdown set up by Hakeem Nicks’ seven-yard catch that gave the Giants a first-and-goal at the one-yard line. XP is GOOD. GIANTS 7, REDSKINS 3 (Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards in 4:32)
12:00 — Linval Joseph suffers a knee sprain. His return is probable.
8:52 — TOUCHDOWN REDSKINS. Santana Moss catches a short pass from Griffin III and takes it 26 yards into the end zone. XP is GOOD. REDSKINS 10, GIANTS 7 (Drive 8 plays, 80 yards in 3:56)
*The Redskins are 4 of 5 on third-down conversions (The Giants are 3 of 4 themselves).
6:10 — Eli Manning scrambles for five yards, sliding for a first down deep in Washington territory.
3:57 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 27-yard attempt after Manning misses an open Victor Cruz in the end zone on third down. GIANTS 10, REDSKINS 10 (Drive: 10 plays, 63 yards in 4:52)
3:53 — Griffin III runs for 28 yards and is eventually pushed out of bounds by Stevie Brown. Alfred Morris follows up with a 30-yard gain of his own.
2:00 — Justin Tuck notches his first sack of the season for a nine-yard loss on third down.
1:54 — FIELD GOAL REDSKINS. Forbath makes a 43-yard attempt. REDSKINS 13, GIANTS 10 (Drive: 6 plays, 55 yards in 2:04)
*Taking over at the 20, Eli Manning runs the two-minute drill and marches the d Giants down the field on 6 of 9 passing.
0:07 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Tynes makes a 39-yard field goal. GIANTS 13, REDSKINS 13 (Drive: 10 plays, 59 yards in 1:47)
0:00 — GIANTS 13, REDSKINS 13
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Safety Antrel Rolle:
On containing the Redskins’ offensive weapons…
“You know they’re a great football team. They beat us twice last year and they’ll be a better football team this year, so we definitely have our work cut out for those guys. They bring a lot of things to the offensive board…”
WR Victor Cruz:
On being motivated after two losses last year…
“It’s a new year and it’s a new team and you should be motivated to play any division foe so I think that in itself should be motivation for us”
DE Jason Pierre-Paul:
On preventing big plays…
“We’re going to make the play calls that try and stop everything they’re doing and you know, it’s going to be a hard game, like I said last week, it’s going to be a hard game. Each game that we play is hard so we’re just going to go out there and play our best football.”
Tags: Antrel Rolle, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Victor Cruz
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In this week’s edition, Giants.com takes a look at the longest-tenured players to have ever worn the Giants uniform in terms of games played for the organization.
1) DE Michael Strahan — 216 games played (1993-07)
2) TE Howard Cross — 207 (1989-01)
3) DE George Martin — 201 (1975-88)
4) WR Amani Toomer — 190 (1996-08)
5t) LB Lawrence Taylor — 184 (1981-93)
5t) RB/WR Joe Morrison — 184 (1959-72)
7) C Greg Larson — 179 (1961-73)
8t) DT Keith Hamilton — 173 (1992-03)
8t) LB Harry Carson — 173 (1976-88)
10) C Mel Hein — 170 (1931-45)
*Active Giants: OT David Diehl (143), G Chris Snee (128), QB Eli Manning (127), DE Osi Umenyiora (119), CB Corey Webster (107), LB Chase Blackburn (104), DE Justin Tuck (102)
Tags: Chase Blackburn, Chris Snee, Corey Webster, David Diehl, Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora
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A common saying in football circles is if you have two quarterbacks, you have none.
That’s not the case in San Francisco.
Let there be no confusion: Alex Smith is and will be the go-to man under center. Just last week he led the 49ers offense to a franchise-record 621 yards against the Buffalo Bills, improving his passer rating to 108.7. But along the road to their 4-1 start, there has been a growing package for backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick. This is becoming known as the “Wild Kap.”
The 49ers have schemed their 2011 second-round draft pick out of Nevada-Reno into the offense this season, primarily coming in the form of the triple option. From there, Kaepernick has rushed nine times in the past two games, finding the end zone in both. This package was not in place the last time the Giants faced them and is part of an overall effort to improve the offense from a year ago.
“I think they’ve added some – ‘trick’ is not the right word – some scheming problems to complement what they did last year,” Justin Tuck said. “They have some things in there that look exactly one way and it’s a complete opposite from what that play was supposed to look like. So I think their coaching staff did a great job of putting in a scheme that can confuse defenses at times, but the biggest thing is just playing more physical. That’s what they respect. That’s what they know. The teams that have had success with them have done that.”
Although he did not play in the second and third games of the season (which included their only loss to Minnesota in Week 3), Kaepernick has rushed 10 times for 106 yards in 2012 and has completed one of two passes for seven yards.
It’s just another wrinkle for the Giants to study when preparing for the No. 1 rushing offense in the NFL, which averages 195.8 yards per game and has outscored its last two opponents, 79-3.
“He just adds a different aspect, kind of like when we played Carolina,” Michael Boley said in reference to Cam Newton, whom the Giants held to six yards on six rushing attempts in a Week 3 victory. “He turns into a running back, and it gives them that read zone option. It gives them the ability to do that. And they had some success with that the last couple weeks.”
Tags: Justin Tuck, Michael Boley
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DE Justin Tuck
On 2008 loss to the Browns…
“We definitely didn’t forget about it, that’s a good lesson for us to learn, I think a lot of people look at that record and see an 0-4 team and that this is going to be a cake walk and that couldn’t be farther than the truth, five or six plays and they could be 4-0.”
DE Jason Pierre-Paul
On how he’s feeling on the field…
“I feel like I’m kind of stressed a little bit, I made an oath to myself to go out there and have fun. I’m going to go out there and have fun like last year, just running around like a little kid.”
RB Ahmad Bradshaw
On getting the ground game going…
“I mean that’s just the key, we want to go in early and start fast. If we can do that, I think we’ll be succesful. We work hard, we finish on this team. If we can just get it to the end we’ll be fine.”
Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck
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“I think Vick is the guy that you think of as a mobile quarterback, he can be a game changer when it comes to being on his feet. Obviously everyone knows how strong his arms are, but when you talk about a mobile quarterback, he is the guy that pops in your head first…”
“Cam and Carolina were basically running a college offense, draws and the lead ups and all the stuff like that. Vick is a pro-style offense, he’s just a mobile quarterback…he can pass, pocket pass also. He’s more effective, or he’s more dangerous when he leaves the pocket.”
RB Ahmad Bradshaw talks about returning after missing Week 2:
“Just getting ready you know, it’s a big game for me, I’m ready to get back in the game. It’s a division opponent and I think it’s a big contest for our team.”
Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora
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Another road game in primetime has The Bulldog gearing up.
Ahmad Bradshaw, who missed last week’s game in Carolina due to a neck injury, said he’ll be ready for Sunday night’s game in Philadelphia.
“You can guarantee it,” the running back told Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Tuesday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. “You can guarantee I’ll be there. I’m a fighter and I’ll be out there fighting with my team.”
After the Giants’ 36-7 win in Carolina, Bradshaw hopes to keep the momentum going as the team looks for its third win in a row.
“We’re going to go in with confidence,” Bradshaw said. “We’re going to go in ready to win. We know the Eagles can play at any time. They can be a great team; they can be one of the best teams out there at any time. And our plan is to go in with a great game plan and attack. We’re the away team. We play good away. We’re not worried about that. We’re ready to go.”
Bradshaw also said he doesn’t expect anything different in terms of his usual workload along with Andre Brown, who rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns in his place last week. Coupled with wide receiver Ramses Barden’s breakout performance with Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon sidelined, Bradshaw had faith in the team’s depth to get the victory.
It also never hurts to have No. 10 back there.
“It starts with Eli Manning,” Bradshaw said. “He gets us going. He gets the offense going, and when the ball is in his hands, I don’t think anybody on this team has any worries. With us guys, everybody takes a loss, everybody gets hurt, a teammate gets hurt on every team. We just have on this team a lot of guys who are willing to step in and play their role. Just like Andre against the Panthers, he had a great game, he stepped in and he stepped up for us. We’ve seen a lot in Andre in that game, and I’m glad he had that game. It gave him a lot of confidence.”
» Cruz-in’ back to career-making spot [Paul Schwartz, New York Post]
Lincoln Financial Field is the home of the Eagles but it was where Cruz was born, in an NFL sense.
» Tuck’s R.U.S.H. charity turns five [Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPNNewYork.com]
Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Justin Tuck, Victor Cruz
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