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lingering issues still plaguing his knee, Brandon Jacobs was placed on injured
reserve. Jacobs has been fighting swelling issues all season, especially after
a breakout 106-yard performance against the Bears in Week 6.
For nine seasons, Justin Tuck has been a fixture along the Giants' defensive line. He's been a key voice in the locker room, and a major contributor on the field. He was all these things before he erupted for six sacks in the last two games. And if the Giants are wise, they'll let him be these things again next season.
After Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks leave MetLife Stadium on Sunday, the Giants will have faced nine of the NFL's top 10 rushers in this week's official statistics. The exception is San Francisco's Frank Gore, who is at No. 7. And next week, they are scheduled to face Detroit's Reggie Bush, who is currently 11th in the league in rushing yardage.
Antrel Rolle, in his weekly spot on WFAN radio Tuesday, said the team came out "extremely, extremely flat" and had "no fire, no intensity, no emotion whatsoever" against the Chargers. It could happen again. The Seahawks come to town with a high-powered offense led by quarterback Russell Wilson.
playoffs were a pipe dream by early October, but the New York Giants somehow
kept their mathematical hopes for the postseason alive until Sunday. Now that
they are gone, the question becomes what the final three games on the Giants'
schedule are about.
NFC East News
ESPN - Philip Rivers tosses 3 TDs as Chargers drop Giants.
ESPN - Rapid Reaction: Chargers 37, Giants 14.
ESPN - Blowout loss snaps Giants back to reality.
ESPN - Chargers fans greet Manning with jeers.
ESPN - Nicks has rare big game in Giants' loss.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Chargers 37, Giants 14,
NYPost - Giants' slim playoff hopes extinguished in ugly loss.
NYPost - Rivers the Mann: Super sharp Chargers' QB outplays awful Eli.
NYPost - Giants secondary beaten badly for big plays.
NYDailyNews - Chargers eliminate NY Giants from playoffs.
NYDailyNews - Eli Manning may be having worst season of his career.
NYDailyNews - Hakeem Nicks thinks he's in end zone on Hail Mary attempt.
StarLedger - Giants eliminated from playoff race with 37-14 loss to the Chargers.
StarLedger - Tom Coughlin can't explain Giants' offside penalties.
StarLedger - Giants vs. Chargers: Instant analysis and quick hits.
StarLedger - Five biggest issues facing the Giants moving forward.
NYTimes - In Mistake-Filled Year, Giants Are Eliminated From Playoff Race in Fitting Fashion.
TheRecord - Giants fall to Chargers, 37-14, eliminated from playoffs.
Newsday - Giants lose, eliminated from playoff contention.
UTSanDiego - Chargers fans passionate about Eli.
UTSanDiego - Instant analysis: Rivers over Eli.
(5-7) vs Chargers (5-7)
Report - It was April 24, 2004, as the Giants' new head coach, Tom Coughlin,
was preparing for his first draft. The 2003 Giants had finished with a 4-12 record,
but sadly, so did three other teams. They were Oakland, San Diego and Arizona,
and in cases like that the NFL awards all ties in an inverse order of the winning
percentages of the teams they played. So it was decided that San Diego had compiled
its 4-12 record against the worst-rated opponents, that Oakland was second, Arizona
third and the Giants fourth.
For Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, not only did they wind up with their respective teams on that April day in 2004 but nearly 10 full years later, they're still playing for them.
The Giants have won five of their past six games and are eager to build on that, but let's face it, their momentum was pulverized with their last-second loss to the Cowboys, and it isn't coming back.
Brandon Myers has caught touchdowns in consecutive games and seems to have earned a larger role in the passing game. The fifth-year player caught five passes for 61 yards last week against Washington, his highest totals since Week 2.
Dec 7 Terrell Thomas can celebrate solid season but wonders if he'll be back. He has purchased a whopping 67 tickets for friends and family to watch him Sunday in San Diego, and admits the opportunity to finally play an NFL game in his home state, after six sometimes frustrating years, has been "a long time coming." But there will be more than a homecoming on Terrell Thomas' mind when his Giants take on the Chargers, because no matter how hard he tries, he sometimes thinks past Sunday.
While Andre Brown has performed exceptionally well in the four games he has played for the Giants since returning from a broken left fibula, the fifth-year running back expects to see even more improvement. "I still feel like I'm just scratching the surface of what my potential can be, and that comes with more playing time, more experience, more games," he said.
Defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka can't recall the last time he played every single snap of a game as he did Sunday; college, perhaps. And with Jason Pierre-Paul likely to miss his second straight game, Kiwanuka could see another marathon outing - and another chance to fill Big Blue's pass-rushing void.
First round draft choicefree Justin Pugh has started every game at right tackle. If he starts each of the final four, beginning Sunday in San Diego, he will become a) the first Giants rookie to start an entire 16-game season since defensive tackle Barry Cofield in 1995; b) the first offensive lineman to do it since David Diehl 10 years ago; and c) the first Giants' first round draft choice to do so since Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor in 1981.
Dec 6 Victor Cruz thinks this is the week for the Giants' passing game. Been a tough year. Very few big plays, lots of sacks allowed. Cruz hasn't caught a touchdown pass since September. Hakeem Nicks hasn't caught one all year. But this Sunday in San Diego, Cruz says, this is the game.
Although the Giants have won five of their last six games, the offense is taking its time getting untracked. The Giants did not score a first-quarter point in either of their last two games and have just one offensive touchdown in the opening quarter of the last six games. They will try to change that when they face the Chargers Sunday in San Diego.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been seen numerous times this year on the field and sideline visibly upset with teammates (mostly his young receivers). He admitted he needs to improve his body language. Eli Manning has refrained from pointing fingers or public tirades. He's once again shown an incredible amount of restraint despite already being sacked a career-high 31 times with four games remaining in the season.
After an eight-game stretch during which they barely connected, Giants tight end Brandon Myers finally seems to be back on the same page as quarterback Eli Manning. Myers has caught a touchdown in the past two games, and his 100 combined receiving yards over the past two games are his most in back-to-back games since September.
Dec 5 Eli Manning-Philip Rivers trade: 10 years later, Ernie Accorsi knows he made the right call. What if Accorsi had bent to San Diego general manager A.J. Smith's demands and included Osi Umenyiora in the deal? What if he didn't want to part with the picks and he took Ben Roethlisberger, as his draft board suggested?
Eli Manning won't say why he didn't want to play for Chargers: 'I forgot, I think' 'I just can't remember. It's been 10 years. It slipped my mind,' Manning said before the Giants were set to visit San Diego on Sunday, almost a decade after the Chargers' No. 1 pick in the 2004 Draft was traded to New York.
Philip Rivers never heard from Giants when they drafted him in 2004. Philip Rivers was a member of the Giants, for 15 minutes at least. It was an awkward 15 minutes for sure. The Giants selected Rivers fourth overall in the 2004 NFL Draft out of N.C. State. He was swiftly traded to the Chargers for Eli Manning and some draft picks.
As much as Justin Tuck would relish completing his career with a team he helped lead to two Super Bowl triumphs, he knows that only time will tell whether that feeling is reciprocal. His four-sack performance in Sunday night's 24-17 victory over the Washington Redskins was compelling, adding to a legacy of strong performances in big games through his nine years with the only professional team he has played for. His future is too uncertain for the glare of the spotlight to shine elsewhere as he completes a five-year contract worth $30 million.
Hurting Brandon Jacobs needs knee surgery, still rather be with Giants than undefeated team. When asked to play, Jacobs has enjoyed success this season. He has 58 carries for 238 yards (4.1 ypc) and four touchdowns. In his opinion, it could be even better. "I wish like hell my knee was 100 percent. I just wish it was 85 percent. I'd take 80," Jacobs said. "It would be different. It would be nasty."
Jon Beason considered the question for a handful of seconds and then, decisively and with an impact - just like the way he plays - predicted his future with the Giants. "I think they'll keep me,'' Beason told The Post on Wednesday. Seeing what Beason has done in his short time with the Giants, why in the world would they not keep him?
Will Beatty knows the numbers now. His 10 sacks surrendered this season are more than the last four combined. He has given up three in a game twice, the last time on Sunday against the Redskins in Washington. He also knows this is not the reason the Giants signed him to a five-year, $38-million contract extension in the offseason. He told our Dave Hutchinson after the Redskins game that he knows he's not living up to the expectations.
Five players who would (and are starting to) benefit from increased action this month. DaMontre Moore, Adrien Robinson, Jerrel Jernigan, Jayron Hosley, James Brewer. Big Blue on a 5-1 run after their horrific 0-6 start, and clinging to the slimmest of playoff hopes must start getting increased snaps to several youngsters. This would enable GM Jerry Reese to evaluate how much the kids can contribute in 2014 and perhaps alter his free agency attack plan.
Dec 4 Justin Tuck 'definitely' not considering retirement any time soon, will hold off on any contract talks until offseason. Defensive end Justin Tuck is having a resurgent season, quite possibly his best since his Pro Bowl campaign in 2010.
After they fell behind 14-0 and came back to beat the moribund Redskins 24-17, Justin Tuck said, "I'm pretty proud of the way we fought the last six games." Pride always is a good thing, but playoff contention is even better, and the Giants can't break into the "In the Hunt" column in even the most inclusive graphics.
They were consigned to the background by the officiating controversy, Justin Tuck's four sacks and an inspiring comeback, but quarterbacks Eli Manning and Robert Griffin III threw the ball impressively Sunday night when the Giants defeated the Washington Redskins, 24-17.
Middle linebacker Jon Beason has received much of the credit for the Giants' defensive turnaround. But Beason wasn't the only change to the Giants' starting lineup that coincides with the defensive resurgence. Safety Will Hill stripped Pierre Garcon in the final minutes to clinch the Giants' fourth victory in five games. It was the biggest play of Hill's young career.
Safety Antrel Rolle was among the many Giants who got in their shots against Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in Sunday night's 24-17 victory at FedEx Field. But that didn't stop Rolle from expressing concern for RG3's health. Despite several warnings and a devastating knee injury, the second-year quarterback continues to take big hits.
Dec 3 The
Redskins were, understandably, confused following last night's officiating
mishap toward the end of the game. In a statement released by vice president of
officiating Dean Blandino, their explanation was simple: The refs needed to stop
the play regardless of whether or not Washington had any time outs.
The Giants haven't been providing quarterback Eli Manning with the pass-protection he needs to be successful. The Giants will have a lot of areas to address once their season is over, a lot of problems to correct. But the biggest and most important remains their ability to protect quarterback Eli Manning.
Jason Pierre-Paul is dealing with a serious shoulder injury that kept him off the field for the majority of the Week 12 game against the Cowboys and the entirety of the Week 13 game against the Redskins. That pattern indicates that there's at least a chance that Pierre-Paul could be shut down for the final four games of the Giants' season, even though Giants coach Tom Coughlin sounds as though the team is resisting that.Dec 2 Giants win over the Redskins, 24-17 | Photos | Photos | Videos
ESPN - Eli Manning, Justin Tuck lead Giants over Redskins.
ESPN - Rapid Reaction: Giants 24, Redskins 17.
ESPN - Confusion On Redskins' Final Drive.
ESPN - Tuck rules right on time vs. Redskins.
ESPN - Upon Further Review: Giants Week 13.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Giants 24, Redskins 17,
Giants.com - Justin Tuck sacks Redskins season.
CBSSports - First-down controversy mars end of Giants-Redskins game.
NYPost - Giants rally to top Redskins.
NYPost - Giants show survival skills in gritty win.
NYPost - Tuck has sacks appeal in win.
NYPost - Officials flub end of Giants-Redskins game.
NYPost - Hakeem 'felt real good,' but still TD-less.
NYPost - Manning finds rare success vs. Redskins.
NYDailyNews - Justin Tuck rules in Giants 24-17 win over Redskins.
NYDailyNews - Too Little Too Late? Don't Tell Giants.
StarLedger - Giants shut down Redskins after fast start for 24-17 victory.
StarLedger - Giants vs. Redskins instant analysis and quick hits.
StarLedger - Redskins lost their cool, Giants could see it coming.
StarLedger - Making sense of the crazy finish to the Giants' victory over Redskins.
NYTimes - Giants Hope Late Comeback Isn't Too Late.
USAToday - Giants overcome slow start to topple Redskins.
TheRecord - Giants keep slim hopes alive, beat Redskins, 24-17.
Newsday - Eli Manning, Justin Tuck lift Giants over Redskins.
Newsday - Giants show they've got some pride.
Newsday - Eli Manning, receivers producing big plays again.
WashingtonPost - Washington lets an early lead and late chances slip away in 24-17 loss.
(4-7) vs Redskins (3-8)
Dec 1 Between each offensive series, Kevin Gilbride takes a moment to crouch down on the bench to start scribbling again. He marks the down and distance for each play and the looks the opposing defense is showing. Gilbride notes what has worked so far and what he wants to scrap.
At times like this, it comes down to many things, some tangible, others hidden away. And for the Giants and what motivation they may or may not have, it comes down to this: "It's definitely important, just for our own belief," Victor Cruz said. Who knows what the Giants believe about themselves right about now.
There's not much to get excited for in East Rutherford these days, not with the Giants sitting on a 4-7 record. The playoffs are the longest of longshots now. But for at least one night, for one game, motivation won't be an issue. No matter who sits out and what the record is, you don't take it easy against the NFC East rival Redskins.
The current Giants have an aging, expensive roster that was kept together for what they hoped would be one more Super Bowl run. Now that it's over, it's time to rebuild. And while Giants co-owner John Mara told the Daily News that the rebuilding likely won't be "anything drastic" the reality is it still could be extensive.
Kevin Boothe is as comfortable at left guard as he is at center, which is where the Giants' veteran offensive lineman will start in tonight's prime-time game against the Redskins at FedEx Field. "Really the only difference between the two positions," Boothe said, "I have to block with one arm instead of two when the ball is snapped."
Veteran fullback John Conner has quietly helped spark the Giants running game in recent weeks. He was especially effective last week against the Cowboys as the Giants rushed for a season-high 202 yards. Conner, a former Jet, was signed in September off the street to replace starting fullback Henry Hynoski, who was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
Nov 30 Hakeem Nicks said he was told by Tom Coughlin that he wasn't playing early last Sunday. Some of his teammates were, admittedly, surprised that the former first-round pick was not in the lineup. Nicks also thought he would go. He says he felt healthy enough to play. "I felt like I was, but obviously I understand where (Tom Coughlin) was coming from," Nicks said. "I didn't show him enough that week in practice."
Through 11 games, the Giants are 27th in the NFL when it comes to scoring a touchdown inside the red zone. On Sunday against Dallas, one of the more notable gaffes took place when the Giants went for a throwback pass to Brandon Myers on a first-and-goal from the Dallas 9. Or, on the following drive, when the Giants ran the ball on third-and-goal from the 10.
news that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and cornerbacks Trumaine McBride
and Corey Webster are out for Sunday's game against the Redskins means the Giants
will have to do some interesting juggling of their defensive lineup.
Nov 29 The perfect-ending dream of everyone who plays or coaches in sports is to go out on top. Almost none do. But figure on Tom Coughlin giving it at least one more go in 2014. His players not only expect that to be the case; they practically beg for it.
As the franchise braces for yet another (four of the past five years) winter without a postseason, one of the brightest lights to shine through the darkness has been Justin Pugh, and it looks as if the Giants got it right with their first-round draft pick from Syracuse, a player who figures to be a pillar on the offensive line for years to come.
Kevin Boothe has no problem adapting to ever-changing offensive line. Boothe, who was claimed off waivers by the Giants in 2007, had been a career backup at that point. He realized the more positions he could play, the more valuable he was. Since joining the Giants, he has played every position on the offensive line except left tackle.
The Giants' offensive line has been ravaged by injuries this season. Right guard Chris Snee, center David Baas and backup center Jim Cordle are out for the season. Eli Manning's already been sacked 28 times, tied for second most in his career. He hasn't gone a single game this season without being tackled for a loss.
The Giants, who travel to Washington this weekend to play the Redskins on Sunday night, aren't taking them lightly. At 4-7, the Giants can't take anyone lightly. Plus, no matter what they see on their 2013 game film, the memories of how tough Griffin, Alfred Morris and the Redskins were to stop last year are still too fresh.
Nov 28 Say what you will about Hakeem Nicks. Speculate how badly he wants to play this season, how injured he really was when he sat out last week, or how much he's focusing on his next contract with, most likely, his next team. The fact is, the Giants are a better team when he is on the field. That was apparent in the loss to the Cowboys.
Hair one day, gone tomorrow. Missing along with the Giants' four-game winning streak is quarterback Eli Manning's beard. He had sported a beard during each of the Giants' four wins this season. But by the time Manning met with the media on Wednesday, his facial hair consisted of mere stubble. "Just looked at it and thought it was time," he said.
When the Giants took defensive end Damontre Moore with their third pick in this year's NFL draft, General Manager Jerry Reese defined Moore's worth in three words: "He is sacks." But 11 games into the season, despite the back and shoulder problems that have limited Jason Pierre-Paul's playing time, Moore has barely stepped on the field for anything other than special teams.
When Trumaine McBride was forced out against the Cowboys, the Giants moved safety Antrel Rolle into the nickel corner role he has filled before, but not this season. Rolle was picked on by Tony Romo on the fateful final drive. Rolle took responsibility for the coverage lapses, but said he hasn't practiced at nickel corner for five weeks, making his press coverage technique rusty.
The Giants have enjoyed durability and consistency at tackle this season, where Will Beatty (left side) and first-round draft choice Justin Pugh have started every game. Inside, it's been a different story. Kevin Boothe, David Baas and Jim Cordle started games at center.
It seems the Giants and Cowboys can't stop talking about each other. Victor Cruz was held to two catches for 27 yards by cornerback Orlando Scandrick on Sunday, and he wasn't happy about it. Cruz Scandrick "He always holds on every play," Cruz told reporters in New York.
Nicks worked hard not to become a sideshow, avoiding all contract conversation
in the offseason and paying little attention to trade speculation at the deadline.
But here we are a day before Thanksgiving, and the Hakeem Nicks sideshow is all
The ridiculous way the Giants can make the playoffs. This is for the eternal optimists only, or those looking for a good laugh. Sure, the Giants' playoff outlook is bleak, significantly bleaker than it was last week before suffering a crushing loss to the rival Dallas Cowboys. Here's how the Giants can still make the playoffs.
The Giants may have barely a flicker of life left in their longer-than-longshot playoff hopes, but Antrel Rolle said on WFAN that that will not keep them from playing hard over these final five games. "We're the fighting Giants," Rolle said. "We will continue to fight." Rolle added that he is "overly confident" that these Giants will play hard, despite the circumstances.
The Giants have five games remaining in a 2013 season, which will very likely produce their first losing record since 2004 when Tom Coughlin arrived and force-fed a rookie quarterback, Eli Manning, onto the field to take his lumps. There's often nothing riveting in games devoid of any realistic playoff implications, but that doesn't mean there's a lack of significance.
Jim Cordle, the Giants' starting center in seven of the last eight games, was today placed on season-ending injured reserve with an injury to his patella tendon. Cordle joins fellow offensive linemen Chris Snee and David Baas on injured reserve. His place on the roster was taken by Stephen Goodin, who has spent the entire season on the Giants' practice squad.
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