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Here’s a look at what the Giants beat reporters are saying about the as the team as it prepares for the Cowboys:
- Sports Illustrated reports: Giants revival the latest twist in the always unpredictable NFC East
- WFAN reports: Rolle: “If JPP said there will be blood, then there will be blood“
- USA Today reports: The NFC East is maddeningly compelling
- The Record reports: Giants report card
- The New York Times reports: Eli’s championship M.O.
- Bleacher Report reports: Fourth straight wins gives New York reason to believe
- The New York Daily News reports: No day off for G-men as they prep for Cowboys
- The Wall Street Journal reports: Giants’ ’12′ vexes foes
- Newsday reports: Giants look to continue to roll against a banged-up Cowboys defense
- Metro News reports: Giants preparing for ‘dogfight’ in crucial meeting with Cowboys
- NFL.com reports: Packers were unable to run against eight-man front
- NJ.com reports: Prince Amukamara blossoming into all-around player
“Anytime you’re playing a division team, there’s huge implications. The later it gets in the season when the playoff picture is starting to play out, things become more meaningful. It’s definitely a game you knew, especially the last few weeks with them still having the division lead, as of last night it was a big game for us. It’s a game you want to go out and play well in. It’s a game you try and go out and win.” -LB Jon Beason
TWEET OF THE DAY
SMALL changes can make a BIG difference.—
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AROUND THE DIVISION
COWBOYS: Jerry Jones gives updates on play-calling, status of Sean Lee
EAGLES: McCoy surpasses Duce Staley
REDSKINS: Mike Shanahan Week 12 press conference
Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Jon Beason, NFC East, Prince Amukamara
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The Giants and Atlanta Falcons meet for the 21st time in the regular season, with the series split, 10-10. In their last meeting, the Giants defeated the Falcons in their only postseason meeting, 24-2, in a 2011 NFC Wild card Game in MetLife Stadium. In their last regular season meeting, the Giants defeated the Falcons, 34-31 (OT), in Week 11 of the 2009 season.
20 CB Prince Amukamara
21 S Kenny Phillips
39 S Tyler Sash
44 RB Ahmad Bradshaw
71 DE Adewale Ojomo
81 TE Adrien Robinson
96 DT Marvin Austin
NYG Lineup Changes: 28 Jayron Hosley will start for 20 Prince Amukamara at RCB; 22 David Wilson will start for 44 Ahmad Bradshaw at RB
4 QB Dominique Davis
17 WR Tim Toone
25 S William Moore
68 G Phillipkeith Manley
69 G Harland Gunn
86 TE Chase Coffman
90 DE Lawrence Sidbury
ATL Lineup changes: 24 Hope will start for 25 Moore at S
15:00 — Game Day Captains: C David Baas and DE Osi Umenyiora along with season captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Zak DeOssie. Giants win the toss and elect to receive.
*Rueben Randle back with David Wilson on kick return.
14:56 — Making his first NFL start, Wilson takes a handoff on the first play of the game for three yards.
14:16 — Asante Samuel intercepts Manning’s first pass of the game. Atlanta takes over on the Giants’ 16.
12:12 — TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Atlanta capitalizes on the turnover and short field with a one-yard touchdown run by Michael Turner. XP is GOOD. ATLANTA 7, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 16 yards in 1:51)
10:59 — Wilson converts a third-and-2 with a 25-yard run.
7:29 — Lawrence Tynes misses a 30-yard field goal attempt. Wide left.
1:43 — TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Tony Gonzalez 12-yard catch from Matt Ryan. XP is GOOD. ATLANTA 14, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards in 5:42)
0:54 — Manning is sacked on third-and-7 and Giants are forced to punt. Atlanta takes over on its own 25 after a 58-yard punt from Steve Weatherford.
0:00 — FALCONS 14, GIANTS 0
Tags: Adewale Ojomo, Adrien Robinson, Ahmad Bradshaw, David Baas, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Jayron Hosley, Justin Tuck, Kenny Phillips, Lawrence Tynes, Marvin Austin, Osi Umenyiora, Prince Amukamara, Steve Weatherford, Tyler Sash, Zak DeOssie
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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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Every week, we’re asking a handful of Giants players what’s playing in their headphones. This is what they had to say before they take on the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday on the road:
CB Prince Amukamara
Hillsong United – ‘Aftermath’
RB Andre Brown
Drake – ‘Forever’
DE Adrian Tracy
KB – ‘Zone Out’
Giants Music Playlist vs. Redskins
Giants Music Playlist vs. 49ers
Tags: Adrian Tracy, Andre Brown, Keith Rivers, Prince Amukamara
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14:02 — Prince Amukamara INTERCEPTS Alex Smith’s deep pass intended for Walker. Giants take over on their own 33.
*The interception was Amukamara’s first of the season and second of his career. It was Smith’s second interception of 2012.
12:35 — Eli Manning goes deep on third-and-6 and hooks up with Domenik Hixon for a 39-yard gain.
10:08 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Manning finds Victor Cruz in the end zone for a six-yard score. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 7, SAN FRANCISCO 3 (Drive: 7 plays, 67 yards in 3:50)
8:10 — Jason Pierre-Paul stops the 49ers’ ensuing drive with a sack for a loss of nine yards on third down. He has 2.5 on the season.
6:53 – Back from injury, Hakeem Nicks hauls in his second catch of the game for a 16-yard gain.
3:04 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 34-yard attempt. NEW YORK 10, SAN FRANCISCO 3 (8 plays, 51 yards in 4:34)
1:47 — Deep pass intended for Mario Manningham falls incomplete. 49ers forced to punt and Giants take over on their own 21.
0:15 — Giants drive down to the 49ers’ 22, but Lawrence Tynes has his 40-yard field goal attempt blocked.
0:11 — Kaepernick completes a 36-yard pass to Manningham, setting up a field goal attempt before halftime.
0:02 — Akers misses his second field goal of the game, this time from 52 yards (wide left).
0:00 — GIANTS 10, 49ERS 3
Tags: Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Jason Pierre-Paul, Prince Amukamara, Victor Cruz
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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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Tuesday was a players’ day off, but it was also a time to remember the 11th anniversary of 9/11.
Eli Manning took the day to help out with the BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald annual Charity Day in New York, which raised approximately $12 million this year to help families of 9/11 as well as provide aid to victims of terrorism, natural disaster and emergencies.
“That’s why today is such a special day,” Manning said on WFAN’s Boomer & Carton Morning Show, the broadcast of which originated from yesterday’s event. “So many different charities are affected and helped out. Obviously on the anniversary of 9/11, a terrible event, and how they’ve turned something positive with this day is really special.
“I was in college [when it happened]. I woke up to a radio and they were talking about it and I turned on the TV. The one plane had already crashed and I saw as the second one came in. You can’t imagine it ever happening. You kind of felt like you were watching a movie, like it wasn’t real. You’re like no way is this really happening. I still remember the day. Obviously I wasn’t in New York at the time, I was still in college, but it affected everybody and obviously it was an attack on our country. It was a terrible day, but how they’ve turned this into a charity, taking some positive out of it, is special. A lot of the people affected on that day are being helped today, so that’s a great cause.”
BACK TO FOOTBALL
Meanwhile, Giants players made 14 appearances around the tri-state community — including West Point, Riverside Firehouse, and the New Rochelle Fire Department – to celebrate “Back to Football” and thank community leaders for their service.
Tags: Andre Brown, David Douglas, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Henry Hynoski, Jim Cordle, Kevin Boothe, Prince Amukamara
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Giants.com takes you around the locker room as the defending Super Bowl champs wrap up the preseason and prepare for the regular-season opener against the Cowboys.
Now that it’s over, DE Justin Tuck was asked about the mood coming off this preseason.
“It’s been a fun preseason; it’s been a different preseason. I’m excited to see who we’re going to have on this football team because those guys made our coaching staff, and Jerry Reese and his staff’s decisions pretty difficult. Heading into the regular season, I’m excited about it, I’m ready to get going, and we start off with the Dallas Cowboys and that’s going to be very exciting.”
Corneback Jayron Hosley updated his injury status (toe) and talked about his chances of playing against Dallas.
“I’m taking it day-by-day. Right now I’m feeling pretty confident that I’ll be ready, and the trainers have been doing a great job with me. The trainers have been doing a great job of getting me ready, getting me prepared to get back on the field as soon as possible. I’m feeling pretty confident about playing against Dallas.”
On and off practice squads his whole career, RB Andre Brown put together a solid performance in the final preseason game on Wednesday with 14 carries for 55 yards and two catches for 22. He’s been through this routine before as the roster will be finalized to 53 on Friday.
“A bad expert. I feel more comfortable though. I feel that other than the one fumble that I had, I feel as though I put a solid game together. I’m sure I’m capable of playing in the league. I know I’m going to be here or if it’s not here, I’m going to be somewhere and I know that I still believe that it’s going to be my year.”
CB Prince Amukara updated his ankle injury.
“Yeah, I’m out of the walking boot. I’ve been rehabbing, walking better, and it feels a lot better than it did last week. It’s only been six days, so we’re still taking it day-by-day.”
Meanwhile, DE Adewale Ojomo has relished the competitive environment on the defensive line.
“It’s been a great environment. It’s a process. It doesn’t just happen overnight. People don’t see what goes into it. Listening, adjusting and Osi and those guys and Coach Robert Nunn, so it’s just a lot of work. I wasn’t just going to come here because my senior year in college, I had one and a half sacks. Coming in here learning from those guys made a big improvement.”
Also trying to make the roster, WR David Douglas feels like he belongs in the NFL after an impressive training camp and preseason.
“I think so. I just took it day by day from the first day I got out here and that’s really all you can do coming in as a free agent and a rookie trying to make a team. I felt like I came out and I gave it my all every day and that’s really all you can do.”
Tags: Adewale Ojomo, Jayron Hosley, Justin Tuck, Prince Amukamara
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Giants.com takes you around the locker room as the defending Super Bowl champs approach the season opener against Dallas on Sept. 5. But first, the third preseason game vs. Chicago.
LB Mathias Kiwanuka spoke about Keith Rivers’ ability to step into a new defense this year:
“This is not an easy system to pick up but he came in… He dedicated himself. Now what we do out there in preseason, it’s usually very vanilla. Him going through practices and picking up stuff and being moved from one side to the other and being able to just go out there and just his general attitude… add that to his athletic ability; he’s a pretty good linebacker.”
Coming off a victory over the Jets, CB Prince Amukamara preps for his next game:
“I thought my physical play was great. I thought it was pretty aggressive. I didn’t see a lot of action, but I’ll probably see a lot of action this week. There are a couple of things that I can improve on that my coach pointed out to me. I’ve been focusing on that at practice.”
In two weeks, CB Corey Webster will begin his eighth season in the NFL. And who better to kick it off against than the Cowboys?
“It’s nothing you have to get up for. It’s a big rivalry game, Dallas against the Giants. We want to kick the season off the right way, so I think everyone will be up for that challenge. I think the New York Giants will be up for it, I know the Dallas Cowboys will be up for it, and I think it’ll be a good game.”
As he battles a toe injury, CB Jayron Hosley, who had a 77-yard interception return for a touchdown last week, assessed where he is within the system:
“Definitely some improvement from last week to the Jets game. Just knowing where I’m supposed to be. I’m lining up my assignments and techniques got better overall. With making that kind of play, I think that kind of made things a little better. I think it was a pretty good… Not too many plays but I made it count when I got the chance.”
Tags: Corey Webster, Jayron Hosley, Keith Rivers, Mathias Kiwanuka, Prince Amukamara
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