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
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The Giants and Cincinnati Bengals will meet for the ninth time, with the Bengals holding a 5-3 lead in the series. The two teams have never met in the postseason. In their last meeting, the Giants defeated the Bengals, 26-23 (OT), in Week 3 of the 2008 season.
Kickoff: 1 PM ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Weather: Partly cloudy. 66°F. Wind from SSW 16 mph.
New York Lineup Changes
Cincinnati Lineup Changes
» 19 Tate for 85 Binns at WR
» 66 Robinson for 62 Finn at C
» 91 Geathers for 96 Dunlap at LDE
» 33 Crocker for 22 Clements at SS
» 26 Mays for 20 Nelson at FS
15:00 — Game Day Captains are Domenik Hixon and Chase Blackburn in addition to season captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck and Zak DeOssie. Giants win the coin toss and defer.
12:43 — TOUCHDOWN BENGALS. QB Andy Dalton hooks up with WR A.J. Green for a 56-yard score. XP is GOOD. CINCINNATI 7, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 5 plays, 79 yards in 2:26)
11:49 — Giants go three-and-out on their opening drive.
11:34 — After a player out of bounds penalty, Steve Weatherford is forced to punt again and Adam Jones returns is 68 yards. This is the second straight game the Giant shave given up a return of 60 yards or more.
10:53 — TOUCHDOWN BENGALS. Andrew Hawkins hauls in an 11-yard score from Dalton. XP is GOOD. CINCINNATI 14, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 3 plays, 11 yards in 0:18)
9:14 — Eli Manning is sacked for just the ninth time this season and the Giants are forced to punt.
8:45 — On the return, Chase Blackburn and Will Hill combine on a hit to force Brandon Tate to fumble. Hill recovers at Cincinnati’s 27.
5:38 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 23-yard attempt. CINCINNATI 14, NEW YORK 3 (Drive: 6 plays, 22 yards in 3:00)
0:00 — BENGALS 14, GIANTS 3
Tags: Chase Blackburn, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, Lawrence Tynes, Steve Weatherford, Will Hill, Zak DeOssie
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Every week, we’re asking a handful of Giants players what’s playing in their headphones before a game. This is what they had to say before taking on the Cincinnati Bengals:
TE Adrien Robinson
Big Sean – ‘Mula ft. French Montana’
S Will Hill
DJ Drama – ‘My Moment ft. 2 Chainz, Meek Mill & Jeremih’
S Antrel Rolle
Trick Daddy – ‘Forget tha Otha Side’
Tags: Adrien Robinson, Antrel Rolle, Victor Cruz, Will Hill
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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 they take on the Browns at home:
G Chris Snee
David Diehl’s Gameday Mix
“Gamedays I listen to Diehl’s music because it’s blasting so loud. It’s Guns N’ Roses, it’s everything. I don’t think he realizes the headphones don’t work because I can hear every word.”
LB Jacquian Williams
R. Kelly – ‘The World’s Greatest’
“It keeps me calm, I like that, to be prepared, to be calm.”
S Will Hill
Lil Wayne – ‘No Worries’
“Well, right now, I don’t have any worries. It’s in the name.”
S Tyler Sash
Mykko Montana feat. K. Champ – ‘Do It’
“My brother shared it with me, and it’s just something that I like to work out to and gets me hyped.”
Tags: Chris Snee, David Diehl, Jacquian Williams, Tyler Sash, Will Beatty, Will Hill
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14:28 — S Will Hill brings the pressure on Vick and forces an incomplete pass on third-and-11. Eagles punt.
13:34 — Bradshaw takes a catch-and-run for 20 yards, the longest play of the day by the Giants so far.
3:14 — Osi Umenyiora tackles RB LeSean McCoy for a loss of 1 yard, his third tackle of the night.
1:53 — TOUCHDOWN EAGLES. Michael Vick 19-yard pass to DeSean Jackson (drive: 11 plays, 1 penalty, 70 yards in 4:17). EAGLES 7, GIANTS 0
1:07 — Manning responds on the ensuing drive with three straight passes to Domenik Hixon (32, 7 and 10 yards) to take the ball into Eagles territory.
0:08 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 25-yard attempt (drive: 10 plays, 81 yards in 1:42). EAGLES 7, GIANTS 3
0:00 — EAGLES 7, GIANTS 3
Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Domenik Hixon, Lawrence Tynes, Osi Umenyiora, Will Hill
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The state goes on the pinkie. The Super Bowl is showcased on the ring finger. The national championship slips over the middle, while the subsequent conference title holds down the index.
Defensive end Justin Trattou became Lord of the Rings last season, hitting the trifecta and joining the club of high school, college, and professional champions.
The former Don Bosco star could have one more New Jersey championship to bookend the bling. But rival-turned-teammate (and teammate once again) Will Hill and St. Peter’s Prep left his thumb open and ring-less.
It evened out, however, when Trattou won the state title as a senior in 2006 over the Marauders, who beat them the year before. Shortly after, they began the healing process when they both committed to Florida.
But the safety still has a bone to pick.
“We have a little grudge between us,” a smiling Hill said before Friday’s practice. “Because I went to St. Peter’s, he went to Don Bosco. But the Florida aspect brings us together.”
Winning a national championship as teammates with the Gators in 2008 also helps.
“That trumps it,” Hill said. “In high school, he beat me once, I beat him. We got rings, but then we ultimately got a ring together at Florida. So that becomes a little brotherly bond there.”
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