14:16 — TOUCHDOWN STEELERS. Roethlisberger to Wallace for a 51-yard score. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 20, PITTSBURGH 17 (Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards in 2:27)
13:18 — Eli Manning is sacked for just the seventh time this season.
12:56 — Punter Steve Weatherford saves a touchdown by tackling Emmanuel Sanders at New York’s 12 after a 63-yard return.
10:44 — Pittsburgh runs a fake field goal, but Michael Coe is there to tackle Suisham for a loss of one yard. Giants take over on downs on their own four-yard line.
4:08 — TOUCHDOWN STEELERS. Redman carries for a one-yard touchdown. XP is GOOD. PITTSBURGH 24, NEW YORK 20 (Drive: 9 plays, 51 yards in 4:53)
3:55 — After a holding call on the ensuing kickoff, the Giants begin at their own 12.
3:45 — Manning is sacked for a loss of nine yards and fumbles the ball. Kevin Boothe recovers and the Giants are forced to punt.
0:00 — STEELERS 24, GIANTS 20
Tags: Eli Manning, Kevin Boothe, Michael Coe, Steve Weatherford
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Somewhere along the way in preparing for San Francisco, Adrian Tracy’s name came up among Tom Coughlin and his staff. So they wrote the defensive-end-turned-linebacker-turned-whatever-you-need into the script on Sunday.
The payoff was high as the Giants 2010 sixth round draft pick turned his dozen snaps into four tackles, including his first career sack. Hampered by injuries throughout his young career (which included spending all of 2010 on injured reserve), Tracy has played in every game this season and made the most of his opportunity against the 49ers.
“They asked Adrian to step up this week and play a different role than what he had over the last couple weeks,” Michael Boley said Monday on a conference call with Giants beat reporters. “And he stepped up and played pretty well. Hat off to him.”
Tracy saw the bulk of his action as an outside linebacker, and got his feet wet early with a tackle on running back Frank Gore for no gain. He finished the game as strong as he started and sacked backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a loss of six yards on the 49ers’ last offensive snap of the game. Eli Manning and company took over in the victory formation and preserved the win.
Tracy was one of a handful of players asked to do more than usual in San Francisco.
“Guys played hard,” Coughlin said on a conference call. “Lots of people got to contribute and play. Adrian Tracy made a contribution in there, did a very nice job. We got to play a bunch of guys on special teams and they rose up and did a nice job of that. Michael Coe came back and was healthy and made a couple tackles on special teams, and Justin Tryon had three tackles on special teams. Lots of people played and contributed and we tried to be able to do some things with their personnel combinations. And we used lots of people on the field and they played well. So I was pleased to see that happen.”
Tags: Adrian Tracy, Justin Tryon, Michael Coe, Tom Coughlin
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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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0:00 — COWBOYS 7, GIANTS 3 (key stat: both teams have a combined 53 yards rushing)
1:01 — Wilson returns his second kickoff for 32 yards.
1:07 — TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS. Romo to Ogletree for a 10-yard score. XP is good. COWBOYS 7, GIANTS 3 (drive: 7 plays, 73 yards in 2:33)
3:42 — P Steve Weatherford helping the battle of field position with a 54-yard punt down the sideline with no return.
6:06 — CB Michael Coe, playing in place of Prince Amukamara, makes a nice ankle tackle of WR Kevin Ogletree, forcing a Cowboys punt. Giants so far holding Dallas to 1-5 on third- down conversions.
8:33 — Rivers all over the place, racks up his sixth tackle.
9:14 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. If you bet Lawrence Tynes would score the first points of the 2012 NFL season, you would be a winner. Tynes makes 22-yard FG. GIANTS 3, COWBOYS 0 (drive: 4 plays, -3 yards in 1:21).
10:46 — Michael Boley intercepts Romo, returning it 51 yards.
12:41 — LB Keith Rivers making the most out of his starting role, dragging DeMarco Murray down for a loss of 1 yard.
14:30 — Cruz gains back 11 yards after Manning was sacked for a loss of 15. Cruz has four catches for 46 yards in the early going.
15:00 — Giants will begin the second quarter with the ball on the Dallas 41.
Tags: Eli Manning, Keith Rivers, Lawrence Tynes, Michael Coe, Victor Cruz
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0:00 — GIANTS 0, COWBOYS 0 (key stat: Manning begins the season 7/9 for 72 yards)
2:53 — With the ball on the Giants’ 37, Cowboys go for it on 4th-and-1. Giants stuff RB Lawrence Vickers for no gain and take over on downs. Giants are building the bridge when it comes to fourth down defense after the Falcons failed on three attempts in their playoff game nearly eight months ago to the day.
3:22 — Keith Rivers flushes Romo out of the pocket, rushing the pass. Corey Webster almost grabs an interception, but pass falls incomplete, setting up third down.
10:20 — TE Martellus Bennett gets his first catch against his former team — a 9-yard gain after Victor Cruz’s 26-yard reception from Eli Manning.
11:31 — The first carry of Wilson’s career is a 3-yard gain to the right side.
12:21 — And there you have it: the return game is revealed for the time being. Domenik Hixon back to return first punt.
13:58 — Giants go three-and-out on first offensive series of 2012.
15:00 — GAME DAY CAPTAINS: Chris Snee and Osi Umenyiora along with team captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Zak DeOssie. Giants win toss, elect to receive. Cowboys will defend west goal. *David Wilson back to return for first kickoff.
This week’s game will be the 100th regular season meeting between the two teams, with the Cowboys leading the series, 56-41-2. In the last meeting, the Giants defeated the Cowboys, 31-14, on Jan. 1 in Week 17 of the 2011 regular season to win the NFC East title and return to the postseason for the first time since 2008.
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ
Weather: Scattered clouds. Warm. 80 °F, Wind: WNW 9mph
» 75 Sean Locklear will start at LT in place of 65 Will Beatty
» 55 Keith Rivers will start at LB in place of 59 Michael Boley
» 37 Michael Coe will start at CB in place of 20 Prince Amukamara
» 92 Josh Brent will start at NT in place of 90 Jay Ratliff
Tags: Chris Snee, Corey Webster, David Wilson, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Keith Rivers, Martellus Bennett, Michael Coe, Osi Umenyiora, Rocky Bernard, Sean Locklear, Victor Cruz
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Well, maybe not the most, but the 28-year-old cornerback isn’t the average player in line to make his first start in the NFL. Rather, Coe enters his sixth season in the league – third with the Giants in Perry Fewell’s system – as the likely starting second corner, given Prince Amukamara’s ankle injury and Terrell Thomas being placed on injured reserve.
But reps as a starter make your reputation in the NFL, and that’s what he doesn’t have yet. In addition to playing opposite veteran Corey Webster, that’s also why Coe won’t be surprised if Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is gunning for his side come Wednesday night.
“I’m sure that anybody that we face will try to look more at my side because Corey has the reputation he’s built up,” Coe said. “They’re always going to go after somebody new whether it be whoever is out there in the secondary. I think that gets you more ready because you know the ball is coming your way any play. So you’re always going to be ready for that.”
Originally a fifth-round draft choice by the Indianapolis Colts in 2007, Coe was waived/injured after two seasons and was picked up by the Giants in 2009, making his first (and brief) stint with the team on the practice squad. Two months later, he was signed by the Jaguars and waived the following season. The Giants claimed him shortly after in late September of 2010 and signed him to the active roster that November, where he has remained since then.
In total, he has played in 27 games, including a career-high 10 last year before a shoulder injury ended his season. At the time, Coe, primarily known for his special teams, was slowly carving out a role on defense. Coe had played extensively in the two previous games in Weeks 9 and 10 – and had a pair of tackles in each game — leading up to the second Philadelphia game at home where he suffered the injury making a tackle.
“I was a little frustrated,” Coe said about last year’s injury. “I was starting to play a lot more defensive-wise and played a lot in the game or two before that. So I was really excited about slowly working myself in there, and then to get hurt the way I did was really frustrating. Mentally, you’ve just got to stay into it the best you can. I still got the film and still watched everything to stay on top of it.”
That led Coe to the 2012 season, when at the start he was getting reps with the first team.
Somewhere in between a placeholder and competing with Amukamara for the starting job, Coe took advantage of the work he was receiving at the time.
It’s now paying off.
“Anytime I’m out there with the one’s or two’s, you always learn from the guys that go in front of you or behind you and see what kinds of mistakes you get because everybody is going to get the same type of plays,” Coe said. “So you kind of got to put yourself in that position mentally and just get ready to go out there. When I was out there every time with the ones, I took it as that and tried to put myself in the best position to be with the starters.”
Tags: Michael Coe
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Giants.com takes you around the locker room as the defending Super Bowl champs wrap up the Bears game and prepare for the final preseason game of 2012.
With his performance on Friday night, RB David Wilson was asked if he heard the buzz around New York fans.
“When you have a game on national TV and you play well or you play bad, I mean you’re on national TV so everybody gets the chance to see you and give their opinion.”
DE Adewale Ojomo is honored to be the current Giants sack leader of the preseason, but isn’t surprised the work is paying off.
“No, haven’t really been surprised. I just believe in myself, believe in the coaching that I’m getting from coach Robert Nunn, what I’m getting from these guys, that’s it. I wouldn’t be surprised if I went out and had a couple more sacks this game. It’s not surprising to me.”
CB Michael Coe, who eventually replaced injured Prince Amukamara against the Bears, talked about his increased role.
“Well I think the coaches prepare everybody to be a starter. We have a slogan, “always work like a champion.” Coach Pete (Giunta) always tells all the DBs to always prepare like a starter. You can’t be shocked to be out there. You always have to prepare like that. Coach Coughlin and all the staff prepare us well for that every week. I think all the guys out here, regardless of where you are on the depth chart, we prepare like a starter.”
Tags: Adewale Ojomo, David Wilson, Michael Coe
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