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FRIDAY MORNING HEADLINES
- ESPN reports: Cruz’s season is over
- ESPN reports: Countdown Daily Prediction: NYG-DET
- NFL.com reports: Giants vs. Lions preview
- NFL.com reports: Viewing tips for Week 16
- The Star-Ledger reports: Giants links
- NJ.com reports: Giants vs. Lions: Our experts’ picks
- NJ.com reports: Rueben Randle capable of being a starting WR for Giants? Let’s find out
- The New York Post reports: Gilbride: Giants’ weak showing is on all of us
- The New York Post reports: Tuck: Lots of teams will be looking to swipe Linval Joseph
- The New York Post reports: Gilbride offended by the injury ‘excuse’
- The New York Daily News reports: Giant disaster doesn’t erase a Super decade
- SNY reports: Gilbride says Manning not sole reason for offensive struggles
- SNY reports: Wounded Giants plan to go down fighting
- The Record reports: Giants notes: Kevin Gilbride under fire
- Metro News reports: Giants move on with Victor Cruz done for season
- The New York Times reports: NFL roundup
- Newsday reports: Week 16 gridiron guide
- Bleacher Report reports: Three warning signs that pointed to this season’s struggles
- Pro Football Talk reports: Return of Terrell Thomas a bright spot in Giants’ lost season
“I think there’s a responsibility to our team to play your best, be your best. There always is. That’s what we’re in this business for, to do the very best we can and not listen to what people tell you about why you’re playing and the questions that you get asked in this situation. It’s our responsibility to play as well as we can, the competitiveness of it, the pride that goes with it, what kind of statement do you make as a man in terms of you living up to your responsibilities and the example you set for others. There’s an awful lot to play for.” -Coach Tom Coughlin
AROUND THE DIVISION
TWEET OF THE DAY
Tags: Andre Brown, Kevin Gilbride, Linval Joseph, Rueben Randle, Victor Cruz
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The Giants and New Orleans Saints meet for the 27th time in the regular season, with the Giants holding a 14-12 lead in the series. The two teams have never met in the postseason. In their last meeting, the Saints defeated the Giants, 49-24, in New Orleans on Monday Night Football in Week 12 of the 2011 regular season.
Kickoff: 4:25 PM ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
Weather: Light rain until 4pm. 44°F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
24 CB Corey White
29 RB Chris Ivory
58 LB Scott Shanle
71 T Charles Brown
75 DT Tyrunn Walker
81 TE Michael Higgins
90 DE Turk McBride
Lineup changes: None
15:00 — Game Day Captains: Victor Cruz and Antrel Rolle along with season captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck and Zak DeOssie. Giants win the coin toss and elect to receive. Saints defend the west goal.
*David Wilson returns the opening kickoff 58 yards down to the Saints’ 44 (Jerrel Jernigan was also back to receive)
13:30 — Giants fail to capitalize and go three-and-out.
12:46 — Will Hill and Stevie Brown force Marques Colston to fumble. Giants recover on Saints’ 45.
9:38 — TOUCHDOWN SAINTS. Elbert Mack intercepts Manning and returns it 73 yards to the end zone. XP is good. NEW ORLEANS 7, NEW YORK 0
9:25 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Wilson returns the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and does a backflip for the exclamation point. XP is good. NEW YORK 7, NEW ORLEANS 7
*That was the Giants first kickoff return for a touchdown since Domenik Hixon did it Dec. 29, 2007.
6:57 — Antrel Rolle strips the ball from Jed Collins and Linval Joseph recovers. That’s two forced fumbles so far by Giants safeties.
4:28 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Manning finds Martellus Bennett in the end zone for a six-yard score. XP is good. NEW YORK 14, NEW ORLEANS 7 (Drive: 4 plays, 35 yards in 2:24)
*That’s Bennett’s fifth of the season and second straight game with a touchdown.
2:04 — Hixon back to return the first punt of the game, not the usual Rueben Randle.
0:00 — GIANTS 14, SAINTS 7
Tags: Adewale Ojomo, Adrien Robinson, Antrel Rolle, David Wilson, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Jerrel Jernigan, Justin Tuck, Kenny Phillips, Linval Joseph, Martellus Bennett, Marvin Austin, Rueben Randle, Ryan Torain, Stevie Brown, Travis Beckum, Tyler Sash, Victor Cruz, Will Hill, Zak DeOssie
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15:00 — The Giants begin the final quarter with the ball on Washington’s 9.
13:01 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Ahmad Bradshaw rushes for a one-yard score. The Replay Assistant challenged the runner broke the plane ruling, and the play was Upheld. GIANTS 20, REDSKINS 13 (Drive: 7 plays, 35 yards in 3:47)
11:57 — Jason Pierre-Paul energizes the home crowd by sacking Robert Griffin III for a loss of 12 yards.
10:12 — The Redskins go for it on fourth-and-2 at the Giants’ 49 and Robert Griffin completes a pass to Leonard Hankerson for nine yards, picking up the first down.
8:57 — Osi Umenyiora joins Tuck and Pierre-Paul and notches his own sack of Griffin for a loss of six yards.
7:18 — Pierre-Paul sacks Griffin again and forces a fumble. Linval Joseph recovers and the Giants take over on their on 29.
7:10 — On the next play, Eli Manning throws an interception intended for Hakeem Nicks.
5:28 — FIELD GOAL REDSKINS. Forbath makes a 45-yard attempt. GIANTS 20, REDSKINS 16
1:38 — TOUCHDOWN REDSKINS. Robert Griffin III completes a 30-yard pass to Santana Moss in end zone. XP is GOOD. REDSKINS 23, GIANTS 20 (Drive: 7 plays, 77 yards in 1:27)
FINAL: GIANTS 27, REDSKINS 23
Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Jason Pierre-Paul, Linval Joseph, Osi Umenyiora
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15:00 — The Giants kickoff to begin the second half.
13:44 — Converting four of six third downs in the first half, Washington is forced to punt on their opening drive of the third quarter.
8:04 — Michael Boley recovers Alfred Morris’ fumble and the Giants take over on their own 41. Linval Joseph is credited with the forced fumble.
5:15 — Eli Manning’s pass intended for Martellus Bennett is INTERCEPTED. Redskins take over on their own 16.
1:42 — Back-to-back-to-back turnovers for the Redskins and Giants as Stevie Brown intercepts Robert Griffin, returning it 41 yards to Washington’s 35.
0:00 — GIANTS 13, REDSKINS 13
*Paid attendance announced at 81,352
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
Tags: Linval Joseph, Michael Boley, Stevie Brown
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David Wilson returns the ball 66 yards down the 49ers’ 32.
11:53 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Ahmad Bradshaw dives in for a one-yard score. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 17, SAN FRANCISCO 3 (Drive: 7 plays, 32 yards in 3:12)
*Bradshaw has taken all 16 rushing attempts for the Giants, totaling 46 yards so far.
10:17 — Antrel Rolle grabs the Giants’ second interception of the game. Giants take over on their
9:55 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes 30-yard attempt. NEW YORK 20, SAN FRANCISCO 3 (Drive: 4 plays, 0 yards in 0:16)
8:58 — Linval Joseph credited with the Giants’ second sack of the game for a loss of seven.
7:56 — Rolle comes up with another interception of Alex Smith. Giants take over at San Francisco’s 15.
6:13 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes 22-yard attempt. NEW YORK 23, SAN FRANCISCO 3 (Drive: 4 plays, 1 yards in 1:33)
4:32 — Pace is picking up. After a 55-yard completion to Randy Moss, Smith is sacked by Jason Pierre-Paul.
3:01 — 49ers fail to convert on fourth-and-15 and Giants take over on their own 27.
0:00 — GIANTS 23, 49ers 3
Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Antrel Rolle, David Wilson, Jason Pierre-Paul, Linval Joseph, Osi Umenyiora
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0:00 — GIANTS 6, BUCCANEERS 3 (key stat: Tampa 0-2 on third down conversions)
0:56 — LB Chase Blackburn sacks QB Josh Freeman for a loss of 7 yards, the first of the game.
2:58 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Tynes 24-yard FG attempt is GOOD. GIANTS 6, BUCCANEERS 3 (drive: 12 plays, 63 yards in 5:48).
*Giants fail to capitalize on a first-and-goal at the 2.
5:50 — Ahmad Bradshaw sparks the crowd with a 12-yard run after Cruz’s 20-yard catch-and-spin-and-run (broke four tackles).
7:21 — Rookie RB David Wilson gets his first carry since his fumble in Week 1 — a 4-yard counter.
8:53 — FIELD GOAL BUCS. Tampa Bay responds with a 45-yard FG. GIANTS 3, BUCCANEERS 3 (drive: 7 plays, 60 yards in 4:01)
*Tynes is 2/2 on the season after going a perfect 8/8 in the preseason.
12:48 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes’ 37-yard FG try is GOOD. GIANTS 3, BUCCANEERS 0 (drive: 6 plays, 51 yards in 2:17)
14:22 — WR Hakeem Nicks looking healthy as ever with a 40-yard leaping catch from Manning on the second play of the game.
15:00 — Game Day Captains: DT Linval Joseph and WR Victor Cruz in addition to season captains QB Eli Manning, DE Justin Tuck, and LS Zak DeOssie Tampa Bay wins the toss, elects to defer. Giants will defend the west goal.
This week’s game will be the 18th regular season meeting between the two teams, with the Giants leading the series, 11-6. In the last meeting, the Giants defeated the Buccaneers, 24-0, in Week 3 of the 2009 season in Tampa.
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
TV: FOX - This week’s game will be broadcast nationally with Joe Buck calling the action, Troy Aikman serving as the analyst and Pam Oliver handling sideline duties. (click here for full TV & Radio listings)
Weather: Sunny. Mild. 64 °F, Wind: 6.89 mph/NW
» CB Jayron Hosley (start in place of Prince Amukamara)
» RT Demar Dotson (Jeremy Trueblood)
Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Chase Blackburn, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Jayron Hosley, Justin Tuck, Lawrence Tynes, Linval Joseph, Prince Amukamara, Victor Cruz, Zak DeOssie
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DE Justin Tuck
Thoughts on facing former Giants’ Defensive Coordinator Bill Sheridan…
“He knows our strengths and weaknesses, he knows situation football as far as what we like. I think in the same route, we know what he likes. We remember his calls, we remember what he likes to do on third and long, what he likes to do on third-and-short or first-and-ten, whatever. To certain situations, formations, so I think it works both ways. We’ll just see. At the end of the day, it comes down to who plays their keys the best and plays the best football.”
Safety Antrel Rolle
Thoughts on Coach Coughlin’s message during the time off…
“I think he pretty much stays consistent in his approach and the message he tries to deliver us, just to always get better and strive to get better each and every week. That’s pretty much our motto, to go out there and be ‘all in’ and all focus, be as attentive as you can, and go out there and put the best ball on the field that we can, come Sunday.”
DT Linval Joseph
Thoughts on leading DEs Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Osi Umenyiora in sacks…
“I mean it’s different for them, normally they have all the sacks, that’s going to push them harder…”
Tags: Antrel Rolle, Justin Tuck, Linval Joseph
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0:00 — COWBOYS 17, GIANTS 10
0:45 — FIELD GOAL COWBOYS. Giants hold Cowboys to 33-yard field goal. COWBOYS 17, GIANTS 10 (drive: 8 plays, 65 yards in 4:31)
1:33 — Linval Joseph sacks Romo for a loss of 9 yards. The Giants have 2 sacks in the game, both from defensive tackles.
5:19 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. A play after Hixon’s catch, Ahmad Bradshaw rushes to the left for a 10-yard touchdown. XP is good. COWBOYS 14, GIANTS 4 (drive: 9 plays, 89 yards in 5:13)
6:09 — And Hixon does it again, making the highlight reel once again with a 39-yard leaping grab deep in Cowboys territory.
10:19 — Hixon gets on the board with a 12-yard catch.
10:32 — TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS. Romo to Ogletree for a 40-yard score. XP is good. COWBOYS 14, GIANTS 3 (drive: 9 plays, 80 yards in 4:36)
15:00 — Giants will kickoff to begin the second half.
Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Domenik Hixon, Linval Joseph
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“They got a lot of stuff going on. We’re trying to figure out what kind of looks we’re going to get. I think, for the most part, it is getting into the game and kind of feeling your way through the first couple of series with them. The got a new offensive line coach in Callahan, who was with the Jets so we can kind of look at some of the things the Jets did to us last year and things of that nature. Some of the guys we know very well and some of the guys we don’t know at all so I think for the most part it’s going to come down to just playing our keys during the game, make sure you play everything straight up and trying to get a feel early for them in the football game.”
DT Marvin Austin on how he can help the team
“I’m just part of the team, man. If there’s anything I see that can help the guys out there, I’m as much engrossed into the game as much as anybody else.”
DT Linval Joseph on facing a division rival
“I mean you play them twice a year, it is a little tougher but at the same time it’s a war because they know us, you know them and now it’s like you defend each other, you fight against each other, you know what’s going to happen so the best man will come on top.”
Safety Kenny Phillips on playing first game of the NFL Season
“We play each other twice a year, every year. You do know some of our tendencies, we know some of theirs. At the same time, you got to go out there and play…when the stage is set like this, Wednesday night game, defending Super Bowl champs, it’s an easy game to get up for. So I think, you’re going to see their best, you’re going to see our best and it’s going to be a great game.”
Tags: Justin Tuck, Kenny Phillips, Linval Joseph, Marvin Austin
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