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SUNDAY MORNING HEADLINES
- ESPN reports: What to watch for: Giants vs. Seahawks
- ESPN reports: Twitter mailbag: Gilbride thoughts
- NFL.com reports: Viewing tips for Week 15
- The Star-Ledger reports: Giants links
- The Star-Ledger reports: Stevie Brown continues comeback push with host of injured Giants at his back
- The Star-Ledger reports: Three matchups to watch for as the Giants face the Seahawks
- NJ.com reports: Giants vs. Seahawks bold predictions
- NJ.com reports: NFL Week 15
- SNY reports: Week 15 viewing guide
- The New York Post reports: Giants, Coughlin focus on ‘responsibility’
- The New York Post reports: Beatty, Giants playing for jobs, not playoffs
- The Record reports: Giants hope to avoid Marshawn Lynch’s highlight reel
- The New York Daily News reports: Inside the playbook: Giants at Seahawks
- Newsday reports: Giants don’t mind if Seahawks check out MetLife Stadium in case they return for Super Bowl
- WFAN reports: Dottino: Three key matchups for Giants-Seahawks, plus a prediction
- Pro Football Talk reports: Seahawks punt team closes in on history
- Bleacher Report reports: Five Giants to watch vs. Seattle
“I think everything he (Antrel Rolle) thinks of and does is in the best interest of our team and as I like to see, when he was elected captain, he’s shown true ownership of this team.” -Coach Tom Coughlin
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AROUND THE DIVISION
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Each year, the Giants are proud to participate in the National Education Association’s “Read Across America” program by visiting numerous schools in the greater Metropolitan area. Continuing the tradition this offseason, players like Kevin Boothe and Stevie Brown put down their playbooks for a day and traded them in for Dr. Seuss stories to read to students at local schools.
Boothe, who was a three-time All-Ivy League offensive lineman at Cornell and knows the value of school at a young age, read to students at Huber Street Elementary School in Secaucus, N.J.
“Reading is very important,” Boothe said. “And in order to achieve your goals in life, it all begins here in school and with reading. To see their energy and their passion, it’s great. I enjoy coming to schools every year, and it’s been a blast.”
“When you see someone like Kevin Boothe come out and say that he would love to be here to read, these kids, their eyes open up and say, ‘Wow, this is a New York Giant that loves to read,’” said Linda Wilhelm, principal of Huber Street. “So to have him come out here to foster the love of reading is really important to all of us.”
Meanwhile, Brown, a product of the University of Michigan, pulled up a seat in front of hundreds of third and fourth graders gathered in the Lyndhurst High School gymnasium.
“It’s always good to give back to the community because they come to support us,” Brown said. “So it’s the least we can do – come back to and give back to them. I still read now for fun, so it’s good if they start young…You get to see the excitement they have and how much joy they have just seeing us come.”
Tags: Kevin Boothe, Stevie Brown
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The set of Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” received a special demonstration Wednesday morning from Giants fullback Henry Hynoski, who showed off the touchdown dance he unveiled in the regular-season finale against Philadelphia.
It’s called the Hy-noceros, and all it takes is a horn, three kicks, and a roar.
“It’s pretty simple, but it worked out,” Hynoski said on the morning show.
Hynoski is one of five Giants taking over guest anchoring duties this week on the station. Defensive tackle Chris Canty and punter Steve Weatheford began the week, and tight end Martellus Bennett and safety Stevie Brown will help host on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
“We would much rather be playing football right now, believe me,” Weatherford said about watching the postseason. “I went through [winning the Super Bowl] one year ago. It’s so fresh in my mind…It wasn’t until right now that I really appreciated how special that really was.”
Tags: Chris Canty, Henry Hynoski, Martellus Bennett, Steve Weatherford, Stevie Brown
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Wilson garnered three votes of the national panel of 50 media members, while Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones earned first-team honors at the position with 37.5.
Wilson, who was the only Giant to pick up All-Pro accolades this season, finished with 1,533 return yards, including 227 against the New Orleans Saints in Week 14 when he also broke a 97-yard return touchdown. In that game, Wilson became the only player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in a single contest.
Two other Giants received All-Pro votes. Guard Chris Snee picked up two while safety Stevie Brown had six votes.
AP ALL-PRO FIRST TEAM
QB: Peyton Manning, Broncos.
RB: Adrian Peterson, Vikings; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks.
FB: Vonta Leach, Ravens.
TE: Tony Gonzalez, Falcons.
WR: Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears.
OT: Duane Brown, Texans; Ryan Clady, Broncos.
G: Jahri Evans, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers.
C: Max Unger, Seahawks.
DE: J.J. Watt, Texans; Cameron Wake, Dolphins.
DT: Geno Atkins, Bengals; Vince Wilfork, Patriots.
OLB: Von Miller, Broncos; Aldon Smith, 49ers.
ILB: Patrick Willis, 49ers; NaVorro Bowman, 49ers.
CB: Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Charles Tillman, Bears.
S: Earl Thomas, Seahawks; Dashon Goldson, 49ers.
P: Andy Lee, 49ers.
K: Blair Walsh, Vikings.
KR: Jacoby Jones, Ravens.
AP ALL-PRO SECOND TEAM
QB: Aaron Rodgers, Packers.
RB: Alfred Morris, Redskins; Jamaal Charles, Chiefs.
FB: Jerome Felton, Vikings.
TE: Jason Witten, Cowboys.
WR: A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans.
OT: Joe Thomas, Browns; Joe Staley, 49ers.
G: Marshal Yanda, Ravens; Logan Mankins, Patriots.
C: Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers.
DE: Justin Smith, 49ers; Julius Peppers, Bears.
DT: Justin Smith, 49ers; Ndamukong Suh, Lions; Haloti Ngata, Ravens.
OLB: Chad Greenway, Vikings; Ahmad Brooks, 49ers; Clay Matthews, Packers; DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys.
ILB: Daryl Washington, Cardinals; London Fletcher, Redskins.
CB: Champ Bailey, Broncos; Tim Jennings, Bears.
S: Eric Weddle, Chargers; Jairus Byrd, Bills.
P: Thomas Morstead, Saints.
K: Phil Dawson, Browns.
KR: David Wilson, Giants.
PUNT, PASS & KICK
Competing in the Punt, Pass & Kick National Finals in Atlanta this past weekend, Giants’ representatives Joshua O’Neill of Nutley, N.J., finished second (10-11 boys) and Rebecca Golderman of Albany, N.Y., took third (14-15 girls). For a list of the final results, CLICK HERE. Congratulations to Joshua and Rebecca.
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» Q&A with WR Domenik Hixon
» WATCH Giants Insider: FB Henry Hynoski
Tags: Chris Snee, David Wilson, Stevie Brown
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Here is a sampling of Giants records set and milestones reached in 2012:
» TOM COUGHLIN (83) surpassed BILL PARCELLS (77) for the second-most regular season wins in Giants history among head coaches, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE OWEN (153).
» QB ELI MANNING (211) became the Giants’ all-time leader in touchdown passes (PHIL SIMMS, 199). Manning threw 26 TD passes in 2012, his fourth season with at least 25. He is the only Giants QB to reach 25 touchdown passes in at least three seasons.
» WR VICTOR CRUZ collected 86 receptions for 1,092 yards with 10 touchdowns. Cruz is the first player in club annals to post at least 80 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and 10 TD catches in a season.
» Rookie RB-KR DAVID WILSON set a single-game franchise record with 327 all purpose yards in Week 14. Wilson became the first player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game.
» S STEVIE BROWN amassed an NFL-best 307 interception-return yards, a Giants franchise record. His eight interceptions tied for the second-most in the league.
» Cruz caught a game-winning 77-yard touchdown pass from Manning in Week 7, the longest game-winning touchdown in the final two minutes of a game in franchise history.
» Gained 604 yards of total offense in Week 2, the second-most in team history (609, 12/3/1950).
For records and milestones set around the NFL, CLICK HERE.
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» Giants add 13 to reserve/future list
» GM Reese thinks Strahan could help JPP
» WATCH: Papa’s Perspective: End of season
Tags: Bill Parcells, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Phil Simms, Steve Owen, Stevie Brown, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz
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This week’s game will be the 156th regular season meeting between the two teams, with the Giants leading the series, 80-73-2. In their last meeting, the Eagles defeated the Giants, 19-17, in Week 4 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Kickoff: 1 PM ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
Weather: Temperatures steady or falling to near 27F. Winds NW at 25 to 30 mph.
New York clinches a playoff spot with: 1) NYG win + DAL loss or tie + CHI loss + MIN loss
WR 13 Ramses Barden
CB 28 Jayron Hosley
S 39 Tyler Sash
RB 41 Ryan Torain
DE 71 Adewale Ojomo
TE 81 Adrien Robinson
DT 99 Chris Canty
Lineup changes: Rocky Bernard will replace Canty at RDT
WR 19 Greg Salas
RB 32 Chris Polk
G 63 Danny Watkins
T 78 Matt Kopa
TE 86 Evan Moore
DT 91 Fletcher Cox
LB 95 Mychal Kendricks
Lineup changes: Derek Landri will replace Cox at RDT; Akeem Jordan will replace Kendricks at WILL
15:00 — Game Captains: Chris Snee and Chase Blackburn along with season captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Zak DeOssie. Giants win the coin toss and elect to receive. The Eagles defend the east goal.
14:58 — Alex Henery attempts an onside kick and the Eagles successfully recover at their own 47.
12:56 — Stevie Brown grabs his eight interception of the season, returning it 48 yards down to the Eagles’ 26.
12:02 — David Wilson strings together runs of 10 and 13 to begin the game.
10: 36 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Eli Manning over the middle to Rueben Randle in the end zone for three yards. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 7, PHILADELPHIA 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 26 yards in 2:01)
*That was Randle’s second touchdown of his rookie campaign.
7:21 — After Wilson took the first four carries of the game, Bradshaw came in on third-and-1 and rushed for 17 yards.
6:34 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Manning to Randle down the left sideline for 38 yards. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 14, PHILADELPHIA 0 (Drive: 5 plays, 74 yards in 2:43)
5:57 — Justin Tuck sacks Michael Vick for a loss of four yards.
4:42 — Giants force the Eagles to punt for the third time on three drives.
3:05 — Manning finds Bradshaw out of the backfield for a 41-yard completion.
1:29 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Manning to Wilson for 15 yards. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 21, PHILADELPHIA 0 (Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards in 3:10)
0:00 — GIANTS 21, EAGLES 0
14:48 — Vick converts a fourth-and-10 with a 15-yard pass to Avant.
12:06 — TOUCHDOWN EAGLES. Converting another fourth down, Vick finds Maclin in the end zone for seven yards. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 21, PHILADELPHIA 7 (Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards in 4:12)
6:26 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Ahmad Bradshaw rushes in for a one-yard score. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 28, PHILADELPHIA 7 (Drive: 10 plays, 73 yards in 5:40)
5:11 — Previously 0-for-5 on third-down conversions, Vick converts the first to Avant for 13 yards on third-and-10.
1:55 — Henery misses a 28-yard attempt, wide left. Giants get the ball back on their own 20.
0:10 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Set up by a 30-yard catch from Domenik Hixon, Manning finds Victor Cruz in the end zone for a 24-yard score. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 35, PHILADELPHIA 7 (Drive: 2 plays, 54 yards in 0:13.)
HALFTIME: GIANTS 35, EAGLES 7
10:43 — Osi Umenyiora chases down Michael Vick, forcing the Eagles to punt. New York takes over on its own 20.
7:16 — Eli Manning is sacked for the first time of the game by Phillip Hunt for a loss of 11, forcing the Giants to punt. Philadelphia takes over on its own 15.
5:25 — Chase Blackburn tackles Bryce Brown behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 2, setting up a third-and-4.
3:03 — Corey Webster breaks up a deep pass in the end zone intended for Maclin.
2:07 — Vick scrambles for six yards but falls short on third-and-20, forcing Philly to punt. The Giants take over on their own 12.
0:00 — GIANTS 35, EAGLES 7
13:36 — On third-and-10, Philadelphia is called for a 21-yard passing interference penalty intended for Domenik Hixon, keeping the drive alive.
12:40 — With an 11-yard run, Ahmad Bradshaw surpasses 1,000 rushing yards for the second time in his career (2010). He needs six more to get to 100 for the game.
7:56 — And there it is. Bradshaw eclipses 100 yards with an 13-yard run.
*Paid attendance announced at 80,657
6:58 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Henry Hynoski catches a one-yard pass from Manning in the end zone for his first career touchdown. NEW YORK 42, PHILADELPHIA 7 (Drive: 14 plays, 88 yards in 9:24)
4:00 — David Carr relieves Eli Manning.
FINAL: GIANTS 42, EAGLES 7
Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Chase Blackburn, Chris Snee, Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, Rueben Randle, Stevie Brown
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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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14:27 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Eli Manning hits Victor Cruz for a 10-yard score. XP is good. NEW YORK 42, NEW ORLEANS 27 (Drive: 5 plays, 25 yards in 2:31)
13:32 — Giants unsuccessfully challenge the completion of a 44-yard pass by the Saints.
12:07 — Stevie Brown intercepts his seventh pass of the season, returning it 70 yards down to the Saints’ 22.
*Stevie Brown sets single-season interception return yards with 259 yards, breaking the previous record of 251 shared by Dick Lynch (1963) and Emlen Tunnell (1948)
10:19 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 39-yard attempt. NEW YORK 45, NEW ORLEANS 27 (Drive: 4 plays, 2 yards in 1:31)
5:20 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. David Wilson breaks free for a 52-yard touchdown. XP is good. NEW YORK 52, NEW ORLEANS 27 (Drive: 1 play 52 yards in 0:10)
FINAL: GIANTS 52, SAINTS 27
Tags: David Wilson, Dick Lynch, Eli Manning, Emlen Tunnell, Lawrence Tynes, Stevie Brown, Victor Cruz
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14:56 — Stevie Brown grabs his sixth interception on a tipped pass intended for Jimmy Graham (covered by Antrel Rolle). Brown returns it 21 yards down to the Saints’ 20.
13:18 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. David Wilson powers in for a 6-yard score. XP is good. NEW YORK 28, NEW ORLEANS 13 (Drive: 4 plays, 20 yards in 1:40)
*Mark Herzlich makes a big tackle on the ensuing return, pinning the Saints back at their own 12. Giants force a quick three-and-out.
11:22 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Hakeem Nicks grabs his third touchdown of the season on a 25-yard pass from Eli manning. XP is good. NEW YORK 35, NEW ORLEANS 13 (Drive: 6 plays, 62 yards in 3:09)
8:07 — Saints march into Giants territory after a 62-yard pass from Drew Brees to Joe Morgan, their longest play of the day.
7:28 — TOUCHDOWN SAINTS. Sproles rushes 13 yards for the score. XP is good. NEW YORK 35, NEW ORLEANS 20 (Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards in 0:52)
6:36 — Victor Cruz hits the 100-yard mark (111) after a 34-yard catch from manning.
5:10 — Manning’s pass intended for Martellus Bennett is intercepted by Isa Abdul-Quddus. Saints take over on their own 32.
1:51 — TOUCHDOWN SAINTS. Darren Sproles takes a short pass from Brees nine yards into the end zone. XP is good. NEW YORK 35, NEW ORLEANS 27 (6 plays, 68 yards in 3:09)
*Jerrel Jernigan returns the ensuing kickoff 60 yards down to the Saints’ 25.
*Paid attendance announced at 81,437
0:00 — GIANTS 35, SAINTS 27
Tags: Antrel Rolle, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Jerrel Jernigan, Mark Herzlich, Martellus Bennett, Stevie Brown, 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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