Hakeem Nicks (88) of the New York Giants tries to gain control of the ball against Dimitri Patterson (23) of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21 2010 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

NFC Playoff Picture: Giants Don't Have An Invitation

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Giants Lose Hakeem Nicks For Three Weeks

The injuries just keep piling up for the New York Giants. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will reportedly miss three weeks with Compartment Syndrome in his right leg.

Nicks leads the Giants with 62 catches, nine for touchdowns. The Giants are already without Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith and Pro Bowl linemen David Diehl and Shaun O’Hara on offense.

The Giants also have wide receivers Ramses Barden, Domenik Hixon and Victor Cruz on injured reserve. The starters will now be Mario Manningham and Derek Hagan. Hagan was just re-signed a week ago.

The Giants are also missing one of their top defensive players, Mathias Kiwanuka, who is out for the season with a neck injury.

The 6-4 Giants are now in second place in the NFC East following Sunday’s 27-17 loss to Philadelphia, their second straight loss. They would not make the playoffs in the NFC if the season ended today.

The Giants host the 6-4 Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

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NFC Playoff Picture: Giants On The Outside Looking In

Two weeks ago the New York Giants had won five straight games, boasted a 6-2 record and many were saying the Giants were the best team in the NFC. Now, the Giants are 6-4, have lost two straight games and would not even make the playoffs if the season ended today.

Such is the way of the week-to-week National Football League.


NFC East Standings

W L T PF PA
Philadelphia 7 3 0 284 226
New York Giants 6 4 0 253 220
Washington 5 5 0 202 245
Dallas 3 7 0 229 271

(updated 11.22.2010 at 4:51 AM EST)


The Giants are now second in the NFC East behind the 7-3 Philadelphia Eagles with six games to play. To make the road tougher the Giants have several teams in front of them if they end up fighting for a wild-card berth.

In the NFC South, Atlanta is 6-2, Tampa Bay is 7-3 and New Orleans is 7-3. In the NFC North, Chicago and Green Bay are both 7-3. In the NFC West, Seattle is a division-leading 5-5. That puts three teams in better position than the Giants right now to earn the conference's two wild-card berths.

So, the Giants now have their backs to the wall. They have to stop giving games away and get down to business.



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Eagles 27, Giants 17: Generous Giants Beat Themselves

Just call them the Generous Giants. The New York Giants came out on the short end of a 27-17 score against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night, a loss that saw them fall behind the 7-3 Eagles in the NFC East.

The Eagles did not beat the Giants. The Giants beat the Giants. Five turnovers and two more fumbles they could have lost except for the hustle of center Rich Seubert. An exasperated Giants coach Tom Coughlin said after the game "the careless disregard for the ball…which no on seems to be able to do anything about ... cost us the football game."

This is getting to be an old, tired story for the Giants. They are now -8 on the season in takeaways/giveaways. Only four teams in the league are worse. The biggest difference between the Giants and the first-place Eagles right now? Philadelphia is a league-best +15 in takeaways/giveaways.

Sunday night Eli Manning threw three more interceptions, and now has the ridiculously high total of 16 for the season. He has also fumbled the ball seven times, losing five. Contrast that to Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who has yet to throw an interception (albeit in fewer games) and lost his first fumble of the season Sunday night.

Giants' running back Ahmad Bradshaw fumbled for the sixth time Sunday night and nearly a seventh (a fumble that was reversed by replay).

In three of the Giants' four losses this season turnovers and penalties have caused their demise, not the opposition.

  • In a 29-10 loss to Tennessee, three turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble) and 11 penalties led to the loss.
  • A week ago, in a 33-20 loss to Dallas, the Giants had three turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble) and committed eight penalties. Two of those penalties took touchdowns off the board.
  • Sunday, it was five turnovers.

As the Giants wake up today, they are outside of the NFC playoffs looking in. If they can't start taking better care of the football it will stay that way.


NFC East Standings

W L T PF PA
Philadelphia 7 3 0 284 226
New York Giants 6 4 0 253 220
Washington 5 5 0 202 245
Dallas 3 7 0 229 271

(updated 11.22.2010 at 4:51 AM EST)


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Eagles 27, Giants 17: Giants Fall Out Of NFC Playoffs

LeSean McCoy’s 50-yard run touchdown run around left end on fourth-and-one with 4:34 left to play provided the winning margin as the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants, 27-17, Sunday night.

The Eagles are now 7-3 and lead the NFC East. The 6-4 Giants would be out of the playoffs if the season ended today.

Eli Manning was intercepted three times and lost a fumble with 3:13 remaining when running for a first down on fourth-and-six. Manning had gained 16 yards before falling to the turf and losing the ball. The Giants fumbled the ball four times, losing two, and nearly lost a third when Ahmad Bradshaw fumbled in the fourth quarter only to have the call reversed on replay.

The Giants defense played well much of the game. After a record-setting 413-yard, six touchdown (four passing, two rushing) performance a week ago against Washington, the Giants held Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick to 258 yards passing and 34 rushing.

The Giants trailed, 16-3, midway through the third quarter, but fought back to take the lead in the fourth quarter. First, they drove 68 yards in 11 plays, a two-yard Manning to Travis Beckum pass making it 16-10.

A fumble by Vick on a Justin Tuck sack set the Giants up at the Philadelphia 27, and Manning threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Derek Hagan two plays later to to give the Giants a 17-16 lead with 13:41 to play.

The Giants, however, could not hang on. They have now also lost their grip on both the NFC East and the playoffs.

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Giants At Eagles: Facts & Figures

Courtesy of the NFL PR Dept.

NEW YORK GIANTS (6-3) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (6-3)

SERIES

 

GIANTS

EAGLES

SERIES LEADER

79-69-2

 

STREAKS

 

Past 3

COACHES VS. OPP.

Coughlin: 8-8

Reid: 13-12

LAST WEEK

L 33-20 vs. Cowboys

W 59-28 at Redskins

LAST GAME

12/13/09: Eagles 45 at Giants 38.  Philadelphia QB Donovan McNabb throws 2 TD passes, including 60-yard score to WR DeSean Jackson

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/1/09: Eagles 40, Giants 17.  McNabb throws for 3 TDs, including 54-yarder to WR Jackson, his 6th 50-yd TD in 7 games to tie NFL record.

BROADCAST

NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Andrea Kremer (Field reporter).  Westwood One Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Sean Landeta (Field reporter).  SIRIUS:  127 (WW1), 125 (NYG), 126 (Phi.).  XM: 104 (WW1), 102 (NYG), 103 (Phi.). 

STATS

PASSING

Manning: 211-319-2,448 (2C)-19 (T1L)-13-92.1 (3C)

Vick: 96-153-1,350-11-0-115.1 (1L)

RUSHING

Bradshaw: 171-838 (T3L)-4.8-5 (T2C)

McCoy: 132-615-4.7-5 (T2C)

RECEIVING

Nicks: 56 (2C)-735 (2C)-13.1-9 (T1L)

McCoy (RB): 46-352-7.7-1

OFFENSE

409.8 (1C)

400.2 (3L)

TAKE/GIVE

-5

+12 (1L)

DEFENSE

270.2 (1L)

325.0

SACKS

Umenyiora: 9 (2L)

T. Cole: 7

INTs

Grant, Thomas: 3

Samuel: 5 (T2L)

PUNTING

Dodge (R): 45.9

Rocca: 45.4

KICKING

Tynes: 58 (25/25 PAT; 11/14 FG)

Akers: 77 (1C) (29/29 PAT; 16/20 FG)

NOTES

GIANTS:  In last game vs. Phi., QB ELI MANNING completed 27 of 38 (71.1 pct.) for 391 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 130.5 rating…RB AHMAD BRADSHAW aims for 3rd in row vs. Phi. with rush TD.  Ranks 3rd in NFC in scrimmage yards (1,040).  RB BRANDON JACOBS has 5 rush TDs in past 6.  Had rush TD in last game vs. Phi…WR HAKEEM NICKS ties for NFL lead with career-high 9 rec. TDs.  Has 27 catches for 366 yards (122 per game) & 5 TDs in past 3 on road.  Aims for 4th road game in row with 100+ yards & TD.  WR MARIO MANNINGHAM tied career-high with 10 catches for 91 yards & TD last week.  TE KEVIN BOSS aims for 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 70+ yards & TD…DE OSI UMENYIORA aims for 6th in row vs. Phi. with sack (incl. playoffs) & has 10 sacks in past 5, incl. career-best 6 (9/30/07).  Has 8 sacks & 6 FFs in past 6…EAGLES:  Had team-record 592 total yards last week…QB MICHAEL VICK last week became 1st player in NFL history with 300+ pass yards (333), 50+ rush yards (80), 4 pass TDs & 2 rush TDs in game.  Has not thrown INT in 180 att…RB LE SEAN MC COY rushed for 82 yards (7.5 avg.) & TD in last home game vs. NYG.  Leads NFL RBs with 46 receptions.  RB JEROME HARRISON rushed for 109 yards & TD last week…In last meeting, WR-PR DE SEAN JACKSON had 6 rec. for 178 yards (29.7 avg.) & TD (60 yards) & also had 72-yard PR-TD.  Has scored 22 TDs (16 rec., 3 rush, 3 PR) in career & averages 45.7 yards per TD (1,006 yards).  TE BRENT CELEK aims for 4th in row vs. NYG with TD catch (incl. playoffs).  WR JEREMY MACLIN had 23-yard TD catch in last home meeting…Team has sack in 28 games in row, longest current NFL streak.  DE TRENT COLE has 4 sacks is past 4.  CB DIMITRI PATTERSON had 2 INTs last week, incl. 40-yard INT-TD.  CB ASANTE SAMUEL has INT in 2 of past 3 vs. NYG (incl. playoffs). 

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Giants At Eagles: Shawn Andrews Hopes To Play

New York Giants left tackle Shawn Andrews sat out his third straight practice Friday with soreness in his twice-surgically repaired back. Andrews, though, sounds like a man desperate to get on the field Sunday.

"I’m working and being prayerful. This is a big one right here," Andrews said. "This is a special weekend."

Big for a lot of reasons. The Giants and Eagles will be playing for first place in the NFC East, of course. For Andrews, though, the game is more personal. The 28-year-old spent five seasons in Philly, twice being named All Pro, before the back injury and personal issues brought his time there to a close.

In Philadelphia, the mention of Andrews’ name makes fans’ blood boil. Andrews, however, tried to downplay any ill feelings.

"There has never been any bad blood there. It’s just good to get back and face my old team. I think that would be the case with anybody, whether they leave on good terms or bad terms," he said. "I wouldn’t say I left on bad terms, it’s just my time was up there and you have to move onto the next one.

"I think everywhere there are good people and bad people. I don’t harp on the bad. I used to let the bad and negative things get to me, but I’m in such a different place in my life right now and I’ve had my share of humble pies, figuratively and literally. They were tasty, too, but some of them were bad. I’m just trying to stay on track and just let the past be the past. I’ve been through so much in the past couple of years. I’m just fortunate, so fortunate to be here and be able to contribute to the Giants."

Not having practiced all week, Giants coach Tom Coughlin is not sure how he will use Andrews Sunday even if he is cleared to play by team doctors.

"If the decision is that he can play, we’ll have to decide then if we do want to have him available or do we want to put him right on the field," Coughlin said. "If in fact he has made a little bit of progress tomorrow, that will be encouraging and we’ll think perhaps he can make it and then we’ll start to balance off our inactives based on that."

If Andrews can’t go, second-year tackle Will Beatty will start. Beatty saw his first action last week since breaking his foot in Week 1.

INJURY REPORT

Giants

Out -- T David Diehl (hip, hamstring), RB Madison Hedgecock (hamstring), C Shaun O'Hara (foot), WR Steve Smith (pectoral)

Questionable -- G Shawn Andrews (back)

Probable -- TE Kevin Boss (back), WR Darius Reynaud (hamstring), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee), CB Corey Webster (toe), LB Gerris Wilkinson (hand)

Eagles

Questionable -- T King Dunlap (knee), DE Juqua Parker (hip)

Probable -- S Nate Allen (neck), DT Brodrick Bunkley (elbow), CB Jorrick Calvin (hand), G Nick Cole (knee), CB Ellis Hobbs (hip), RB LeSean McCoy (shoulder), LB Ernie Sims (ankle)

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Giants At Eagles: Three Keys For New York

The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles meet Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Here are three keys for the Giants to a game that will feature two potentially explosive offenses.

1. Don’t turn the ball over

Coaches preach this every week, and yet turnovers decide the outcome of games in the NFL each and every week. The Giants, despite their 6-3 record, have been careless in this regard and are -5 in turnovers for the year. Giants coach Tom Coughlin bluntly said “I don’t want to turn the ball over any more. I’m tired of that stuff,” during a press conference earlier this week. The Giants can go up-and-down the field with the high-flying Eagles, as long as they don’t shoot themselves in the foot along the way.

2. Prevent the big play

This means keeping explosive wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin in front of the safeties. It means keeping eyes on Michael Vick so that defenders at least know when he decided to run. It means not giving up big gains against the run. It means the kickoff and punt coverage teams, which have been erratic, need to be effective.

3. Win at the line of scrimmage

The Giants need to get pressure on Vick, and they will need to do it most of the time with four rushers. That means the defensive line must be better than it was last Sunday against Dalla. Offensively, the beaten-up offensive line must find a way to open holes in the running game, something it failed to do at key times last week. Also, eliminate the penalties that were so costly against Dallas.

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Giants At Eagles: When The Giants Have The Ball

The Giants are hoping last week’s debacle at home versus Dallas was just an aberration. They have already gained respect around the league for their strong start and need Manning (2,448 yards, 19 TD. 13 INT) to be on point against the Eagles. He threw for 373 yards — the second-highest total of the season — last week, but also recorded his fifth multi-interception game of 2010. Manning also completed 33 passes for the second-best total of his career and now has 13 lifetime 300-yard games, with the Giants going 7-6 over that span. In the last meeting with the Eagles, Manning passed for 391 yards and three scores with no turnovers for a 130.5 rating. Despite having injuries up front, New York did not allow a sack for the second consecutive week last Sunday. Diehl missed the first game in his eight-year career and had started 120 consecutive regular-season games, while O’Hara was out for the second week in a row and fifth time in 2010. Former Eagle Shawn Andrews will play at left tackle if his troublesome back allows, with Kevin Boothe at left guard and Rich Seubert at center. Wide receiver Mario Manningham (35 receptions, 4 TD) picked up the slack in Smith’s absence and had 10 catches for 91 yards and a score last Sunday. Fellow wideout Hakeem Nicks (56 receptions, 735 yards) is tied for the NFL lead with nine touchdown receptions.

“Unquestionably you wish you had your full complement of players and unquestionably not only do you wish you had your full complement of players, you wish they were out there for the full complement of practices. It’s not the ideal situation, but hopefully they’ll be ready to go and you just do the best you can under the circumstances,” said Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. " It’s not the ideal, it’s not the way you’d draw it up."

Philadelphia probably thought it was going to be in a serious fight on Monday after it was announced that former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb signed a contract extension with the Redskins prior to the game. Instead, the Eagles intercepted McNabb three times, while tackle Trevor Laws (9 tackles, 3 sacks) and end Juqua Parker (15 tackles, 5 sacks) each had a sack. Cornerback Dimitri Patterson, making his second straight start for an injured Ellis Hobbs, picked off a pass and returned it 40 yards for a score. Patterson (22 tackles, 3 INT) is tied for second on the team in interceptions, while Hobbs (16 tackles, 1 INT) is questionable for Sunday with an injured hip. Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel (21 tackles, 5 INT) leads the team in picks and has an interception in two of the past three games against the G-Men. Rookie safety Nate Allen (34 tackles, 1 sack, 3 INT) did not play Monday because of a neck issue and is also listed as questionable for this week. The same goes for linebacker Ernie Sims (35 tackles, 2 sacks), who is nursing a balky ankle. Sack leader Trent Cole (43 tackles, 7 sacks) will be anxious to bring the heat on Manning.

(Sports Network contributed to this report)

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Giants At Eagles: When Philadelphia Has The Ball

Michael Vick (1,350 passing yards, 11 TD) helped the Eagles record a team-record 592 yards of offense in Washington. Philadelphia also set a franchise record for points in a half (45) and held the biggest lead of any NFL road team after the first quarter (28 points). Vick, who hasn’t thrown an interception in 180 passing attempts, will face a tough challenge in New York’s defense, but ability to run and keep plays alive could also be the downfall of the Giants on Sunday. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (28 receptions, 602 yards, 5 TD) scored on 88-yard touchdown pass 12 seconds into Monday’s game as he burned past Redskins safety LaRon Landry, who supposedly was jawing with Jackson before the game. He settled for just two catches for 98 yards, while slot receiver Jason Avant (31 receptions, 1 TD) and all-purpose running back LeSean McCoy (615 rushing yards, 5 TD) both finished with five grabs. McCoy, who had 51 rushing yards and a touchdown Monday and is battling both rib and shoulder problems, will be an X-factor for Philadelphia’s offense. He leads NFL running backs with 46 catches. Reid will most likely try to get McCoy involved early to keep pressure off of Vick.

Perry Fewell’s defense has to take Vick and the Philadelphia offense out of the game right away. Vick has been sacked 15 times this season, so he can be stopped. The Giants registered only one sack last week, as end Osi Umenyiora (26 tackles, 9 sacks) ran his team-high total to nine this season. He is shooting for a sack in his sixth straight meeting with the Eagles. Fellow end Justin Tuck (44 tackles, 4 sacks) is tied for second on the team in sacks. Dallas’ 324 passing yards last week were the most allowed by the Giants since the Vikings had 358 in the 2009 season finale, with safety Deon Grant (33 tackles, sack, 3 INT) garnering the lone interception for the defense. The Giants’ defense is still rated first in the NFL in allowing 270.2 yards a game, and is 6-0 this season when holding opposing ground attacks to under 100 yards. Dallas had 103 yards rushing, dropping New York to 0-3 when that happens. Cornerbacks Terrell Thomas (49 tackles, 3 INT) and Corey Webster (28 tackles, 2 INT) were embarrassed by Dallas’ receivers last week.

Fewell knows what he is up against.

“They’re clicking on all cylinders, we have to play our best football, you can’t go out and have a mental lapse, you’ve got to play until the whistle is blown. That old adage, you’ve got to play 60 minutes of football with these guys is very true because they play full speed and they play 60 minutes of football and they play fast,” Fewell said. “I think they’re ranked number one offensively and I think we’re ranked number one defensively and I like what we bring to the table versus what they bring to the table. I think we have to come ready to play solid, fundamental football and if we do that, I like our chances.”

(Sports Network contributed to this report)

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Giants At Eagles: Fantasy Football Focus

(Sports Network) – The Giants have been a treasure chest of fantasy options this season, starting with their stingy defense and solid special teams. Even though New York is on the road in this one, it always seems to play Philadelphia tough. Eli Manning and Ahmad Bradshaw are definite shoo-ins to start, but picking from Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and tight end Kevin Boss is tough. Manningham seems to have the hot hand right now.

Michael Vick had a fantasy performance for the ages on Monday. Expect him to come back down to earth, but obviously keep him in the starting lineup. It would be foolish not to insert DeSeanJackson, Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy as starters on Sunday. Using the Eagles’ defense is a bit of a risk, but roll the dice anyway.

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Giants Players Expect Andrews To Play

Left tackle Shawn Andrews has not practiced this week due a sore back, but his New York Giants teammates expect the former Philadelphia Eagle to play Sunday against his old team.

"Shawn will be all right,’’ center Rich Seubert said. "You know Shawn wants to play in this game. I’m pretty sure he’s pumped up and he’s going to do whatever he has to to be out there on Sunday. He’ll be out there playing.’’

Right tackle Kareem McKenzie also is expecting Andrews on Sunday night in Philadelphia.

“I don’t see why he wouldn’t be able to,’’ McKenzie said. "There have been many times throughout my 10 years in the NFL where I’ve seen players not practice and play.’’

As far as Andrews getting a chance to face his former team, McKenzie said, "That’s what makes the question all the more farcical, to me. That would seem the obvious answer to me, going against his old team, I don’t think he would miss that opportunity for anything.’’

The Giants need Andrews to play. They are already missing starting center Shaun O’Hara and the man Andrews replaced at left tackle, David Diehl. Backup center Adam Koets was recently placed on IR.

If Andrews is unable to play the Giants would have to start Will Beatty at left tackle. Beatty, a second-round pick a year ago, saw his first action since Week 1 last week against Dallas. Beatty had been out with a broken foot, and the lack of activity showed as he committed several costly penalties.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Andrews was "day-to-day," but sounded hopeful when he addressed the player’s situation for the first time after practice today.

"He has been stiff and sore before but never to the point where he didn’t feel like – he actually came out and tried to work yesterday," Coughlin said. "He felt he could work. As long as he was in a two-point stance, he felt he could. But then the smarter move prevailed and we didn’t push it any. He was a little bit better this morning. And hopefully he will be a little bit better tomorrow."

Below is the full Thursday injury report.

Thursday (11/18)

Out

Pos. Player Injury

None


Did Not Participate in Practice

Pos. Player Injury

T Shawn Andrews Back

TE Kevin Boss Back

T David Diehl Hip/Hamstring

C Shaun O’Hara Foot

WR Steve Smith Pectoral

CB Corey Webster Toe

Limited Participation in Practice

Pos. Player Injury

FB Madison Hedgecock Hamstring

DE Osi Umenyiora Knee


Full Participation in Practice

Pos. Player Injury

WR Darius Reynaud Hamstring

LB Gerris Wilkinson Hand

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