November 29, 2011 |
NEW ORLEANS - Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes as the New Orleans Saints torched the collapsing New York Giants, 49-24, on Monday night. Brees completed 24 of 38 attempts for 363 yards, and the Saints raised their record to 8-3 and took over first place in the NFC South. The Giants (6-5) lost their third straight and took a beating on both the scoreboard and on the field. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora went out with a sprained ankle and receiver Hakeem Nicks was rocked by a vicious collision with Saints rookie safety Isa Abdul-Quddus.
June 12, 2013 |
Vonta Leach was released Tuesday by the Baltimore Ravens, who failed to agree on a restructured contract with the all-pro fullback. Leach was an integral part of a running game that helped the Ravens become champions last season and was also a key figure in the locker room. Leach will visit the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday. Bradshaw to Colts. The Indianapolis Colts agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent Ahmad Bradshaw, adding a veteran running back to their crowded backfield.
October 3, 2011 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Eli Manning needed less than a minute to turn a bad afternoon into a sweet victory. Manning, playing at the scene of his 2008 Super Bowl triumph, threw two touchdown passes in a 58-second span late in the game and the New York Giants rallied to stun the Arizona Cardinals, 31-27, on Sunday. The scoring passes of 2 yards to Jake Ballard with 3 minutes, 37 seconds to go and 29 yards to Hakeem Nicks with 2:39 left came after the Cardinals (1-3) seemingly had taken control at 27-17 on Beanie Wells' third rushing touchdown of the game with 5:16 to go. Manning completed 7 of 8 for 126 yards on the decisive drives as the Giants (3-1)
November 7, 2011 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Super Bowl or midseason game, Eli Manning is the master of last-minute comebacks against the New England Patriots. Leading the New York Giants 80 yards in just over a minute, Manning hit Jake Ballard for a 1-yard touchdown with 15 seconds left for a 24-20 win on Sunday, repeating a come-from-behind victory similar to the 2008 title game between the teams. The Giants won that one, 17-14, on Manning's 13-yard scoring pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining.
January 28, 2012
The recession has been good for the NFL, according to commissioner Roger Goodell, who said it has helped build TV audiences for games. Speaking on an episode of CBS's 60 Minutes to be aired Sunday, Goodell said nearly 60 million people tuned in to watch Sunday's conference championships because of the lingering recession and high unemployment. "People want to feel part of a group, feel like they're connected, and right now during these difficult times, they can turn on free television and watch the greatest entertainment that's out there," Goodell said.
February 6, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Mario Manningham is no longer the New York Giants' forgotten receiver. Manningham emerged from the shadow of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz with a catch that will rival David Tyree's Super Bowl helmet grab 4 years ago, helping the Giants knock off the New England Patriots, 21-17, in the NFL championship game last night. Manningham's catch wasn't as improbable as Tyree's grab that led the Giants to a 17-14 win over New England in 2008. It was just as clutch and just as timely, and Tyree was there to see it. Running a go pattern up the left sideline on a first-and-10 from the Giants' 12 and down 17-15, Manningham made a 38-yard, over-the-shoulder catch between two defenders and right in front of Patriots coach Bill Belichick to help set up Ahmad Bradshaw's game-winning, 6-yard run with 57 seconds to go. Belichick didn't hesitate to challenge the catch, also contested by defenders Sterling Moore and Patrick Chung.
January 22, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The Giants boasted a physical, intimidating defense with athletic linebackers and stout linemen capable of stifling the NFL's most productive offenses. San Francisco featured a high-powered passing attack led by an eventual Hall of Fame quarterback in his prime with receivers capable of turning short passes into big gains. When the San Francisco 49ers host the New York Giants in the NFC championship game Sunday for a shot at the Super Bowl, the matchup conjures memories from a previous era of this great rivalry - even if the roles are somewhat reversed.
November 14, 2011 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Statement game, you bet. Just what the San Francisco 49ers wanted to show they're a legitimate contender. Justin Smith batted down Eli Manning's pass in the closing seconds of the New York quarterback's latest comeback try, and San Francisco stopped the Giants on fourth down for a 27-20 victory in Sunday's NFC showdown. With his team trailing, Manning completed a pair of long fourth-down passes and got the Giants to the red zone with 1:53 to go. Unlike last week's rally by New York (6-3)
November 9, 2012 |
CINCINNATI Bengals receiver A.J. Green was on the New York Giants' radar long before opening his mouth. The NFL's co-leader in touchdown receptions, Green created some controversy for Sunday's game in Cincinnati on Thursday in a radio interview with WFAN in New York City, saying there are areas to exploit in the Giants' defense. "I feel like they've got a lot of holes in their defense," Green said. There is some truth to Green's comment. New York has given up 15 pass plays of 30 yards or more and 38 passes of 20 or more.
September 30, 2012 |
Crank up the Ramses Barden bandwagon, Hakeem Nicks is hurt again. Barden came off the bench for the Giants last week and posted nine catches for 138 yards against Carolina, while Nicks sat out with a foot injury. Now, Nicks has swelling in his knee and is doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Eagles. Boy, this sounds familiar. It was at an almost identical point last season when Mario Manning was injured, causing Giants coach Tom Coughlin to call on Victor Cruz against the Eagles in Week 3. Cruz had only three catches, but one was a 74-yard touchdown and another was a 28-yard score.