The Play: Drew Brees pass deep middle intended for Jimmy Graham INTERCEPTED by Stevie Brown at NYG 8. S.Brown pushed ob at NO 22 for 70 yards (Jermon Bushrod).
What Brown saw: “I have Web [cornerback Corey Webster], who’s the Cover 2 corner. He doesn’t have anything in the flat, so he can stay onto the No. 1 receiver a little bit longer. [Linebacker Michael] Boley is my hook dropper underneath No. 2. So as the Cover 2 safety, I’m reading both these [receivers] and I’m looking and see Brees – it just happened so quick. It happened so quick to talk about it. So whenever I’m back here in Cover 2, you want to make sure you have a good amount of depth so you can be able to break either way because there are two receivers that are going to be your threat, threatening your zone.”
Intended for TE Jimmy Graham: “Since he threw it to Graham — with him being like 6-6 or so, a basketball player, he can jump pretty high – the ball is usually thrown up there for him to get him and only him to get it. So I wanted to be able to make sure I came around him to pick off the ball without colliding into him.”
On the 70-yard return: “They say go to the near sideline, but I had to cut it back because there was more green grass. I see [Justin] Tuck pick up the fullback, Prince [Amukamara] pick up the quarterback, and 74 [Bushrod] is the fastest offensive lineman in the game.”
Outcome: Four plays after Brown’s seventh interception of the season, Lawrence Tynes tacked on a 39-yard field goal, extending the lead to 45-27. The Giants eventually won 52-27.
Tags: Corey Webster, Justin Tuck, Michael Boley, Prince Amukamara, Stevie Brown
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15:00 — Pittsburgh begins the quarter third-and-4 on New York’s 23.
12:20 — TOUCHDOWN STEELERS. After three straight Isaac Redman carries, Roethlisberger throws a four-yard touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders. XP is GOOD. PITTSBURGH 7, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 11 plays, 58 yards in 5:54)
10:50 — Pittsburgh is called for passing interference for 41 yards on a pass intended for Hakeem Nicks.
7:06 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Andre Brown moves the pile for a one-yard score. The play is challenged by the Replay Assistant and the play was upheld. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 7, PITTSBURGH 7 (Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards in 5:08)
5:29 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Osi Umenyiora strip-sacks Roethlisberger for a loss of six yards. Michael Boley recovers the fumble and returns it 70 yards for the score. The play was challenged by the Replay Assistant and the call was upheld. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 14, PITTSBURGH 7
1:26 — On third-and-7, Jason Pierre-Paul sacks Roethlisberger for a loss of 12. That’s three on the day from the big three — JPP, Umenyiora and Tuck.
1:02 — Pittsburgh is called for passing interference on a pass intended for Domenik Hixon, moving the ball 46 yards into Steelers territory.
0:36 — Falling short, Lawrence Tynes misses a 51-yard field goal attempt.
0:05 — FIELD GOAL STEELERS. Shaun Suishman makes a 30-yard attempt. NEW YORK 14, PITTSBURGH 10 (Drive: 4 plays, 47 yards in 0:31)
0:00 — GIANTS 14, STEELERS 10
Tags: Andre Brown, Domenik Hixon, Hakeem Nicks, Jason Pierre-Paul, Lawrence Tynes, Michael Boley, Osi Umenyiora
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The Giants got back to work on Wednesday and began preparing to host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 9…
QB Eli Manning
On focusing on the upcoming game…
“It was interesting. Obviously a lot of wind and some water coming through, but we made it through safely, the most important thing. Now the focus is obviously getting ready to play a football game. So it’s good to get everybody back in here and get the team together and understand we’ve got to get ready to play a game.”
LB Mark Herzlich
On possibly taking more snaps during the game…
“I am. As I said earlier, it’s a lot of the same preparation I mean I’m always prepared to go in if need be, but the practice preparation will be a lot different. You know, getting the snaps during practice and getting mentally and physically more prepared to be in the game.”
LB Michael Boley
On spending more time together at the Giants facilities after the storm…
“I think it brings everyone closer together, you see guys come in, checking on each other, seeing if everything is alright, you know ‘How’s your family doing?’. I think stuff like that, brings us closer as a group.”
Tags: Eli Manning, Mark Herzlich, Michael Boley
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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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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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12:17 — After being held to 2 yards on 6 attempts in the first half, LeSean McCoy breaks runs of 34 and 22 yards on consecutive carries.
10:12 — Michael Boley stops McCoy for a loss of 1 yard on third-and-1. McCoy fumbles out of bounds.
9:57 — FIELD GOAL EAGLES. Alex Henery makes 20-yard attempt (drive: 9 plays, 1 penalty, 78 yards in 5:05). EAGLES 10, GIANTS 3
*David Wilson returns ensuing kickoff 45 yards to the Giants 43. The rookie is helping the field position battle with a 34.7-yard average on three returns tonight.
5:28 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Eli Manning 14-yard pass to Victor Cruz (Drive: 8 plays, 57 yards in 4:27). GIANTS 10, EAGLES 10
4:00 — Vick scrambles for 18 yards into Giants territory.
2:12 — FIELD GOAL EAGLES. Henery makes 48-yard attempt (Drive: 8 plays, 50 yards in 3:21). EAGLES 13, GIANTS 10
*Wilson with another long return, this time 53 yards.
0:14 — Giants go for it on fourth-and-inches at the Eagles 40. Manning takes a low snap, but completes a short pass to Cruz, who takes it down to the the 10 for a 30-yard pickup.
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This week’s game will be the 155th regular season meeting between the two teams, with the Giants leading the series, 80-72-2. In the last meeting, the Eagles defeated the Giants, 17-10, in Week 11 of the 2011 season in MetLife Stadium.
Kickoff: 8:20 PM ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.
Weather: Mostly cloudy. 64 °F, Wind: W 7 mph
*Giants begin on their own 39 after a 36-yard kickoff return from David Wilson.
13:12 — Giants punt. Manning pressured and went 1/5 for 11 yards on the opening drive.
*Field position battle early on. Giants and Eagles each have as many punts as completions – two.
6:14 — Fullback Henry Hynoski takes a handoff for a four-yard gain, his second rushing attempt of the season.
2:50 — PLAY UNDER REVIEW: Vick incomplete pass to Jackson. The play was REVERSED. Gain of 11 on the completion.
0:00 — GIANTS 0, EAGLES 0
Tags: Chris Snee, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Henry Hynoski, Michael Boley
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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 their road trip to Philly:
TE Martellus Bennett
(Listens to everything)
“What don’t I have on my iPod should be the question. Before the game, I’m going to listen to Curren$y, a little Fiona Apple, maybe some Ellie Goulding and Erykah Badu.”
LB Mark Herzlich
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
“Basically I like to listen to death metal before the games, so that gets me pretty jacked up before the game. But like when we’re going through warm-ups, I love when Call Maybe comes on. I freaking love Call Me Maybe.”
LB Spencer Paysinger
Childish Gambino – Camp (Album)
“Mine’s not as extravagant as [Herzlich's]. I’m more of a fan of Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean, G.O.O.D Music, like Kanye [West], stuff like that. It’s more lyrical. It makes me slow the game down, think of my assignments and stuff.”
LB Michael Boley
SiriusXM Radio – The Heat
“Nothing really specific, I listen to a lot of different stuff. It just depends on what I’m feeling at the moment…SiriusXM, The Heat, whatever comes on.”
Tags: Mark Herzlich, Martellus Bennett, Michael Boley, Michael Coe, Spencer Paysinger
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FINAL: Giants 36, Panthers 7
6:36 — Stevie Brown intercepts Cam Newton and returns it 44 yards.
9:42 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Andre Brown scores his second touchdown of the night on a one-yard dive into the end zone. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 33, CAROLINA 7 (Drive: 8 plays, 48 yards in 3:50)
13:42 — Boley snags his third interception of the season in as many games.
13:47 — Jason Pierre-Paul teams up with Michael Boley for the Giants’ second sack of the game.
15:00 — Panthers start the fourth quarter with the ball on their own 45.
Tags: Andre Brown, Jason Pierre-Paul, Michael Boley, Stevie Brown
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From week to week, opponent to opponent, players are given a scouting report in a white binder. You can imagine the heftiness as it has to be thick enough to fit each detail Tom Coughlin and his coaching staff have combed over in studying the upcoming team.
The aggregation of intel, however, is somewhat limited when it comes to new regimes.
That’s the case in Tampa Bay, where Greg Schiano is in his first year as an NFL head coach along with a new staff. For that, Coughlin went back to college.
“We watched all the Rutgers film,” Coughlin said about facing Schiano, who coached the Scarlet Knights from 2001-11. “In all three phases. Of course, we watched all the preseason games. They continue to have a good scheme.”
However, the NFL is a whole different ballgame, and an eight-year vet like linebacker Michael Boley has seen the curve balls when playing against a new coach.
“Facing a new head coach kind of keeps you on your toes as far as what you’re going to get,” said Boley, who played for two first-year head coaches himself with the Atlanta Falcons between 2005 and 2008. “Most coaches, from year to year, they kind of have staples as far as things they’re used to – what’s their identity, so to speak. So facing a new coach, early on it’s kind of throwing everybody off because you don’t really know what to expect.”
Meanwhile, the Giants have studied the Bucs’ 2012 preseason (Tampa went 2-2) and their Week 1 victory. So what have the Giants seen so far?
“We saw a very tough, physical team,” Boley said. “They set the tone early, saying, ‘You know what, we’re a new team and we’re going to hit you in your mouth.’ They did a good job of that.”
Tags: Michael Boley, Tom Coughlin
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