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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants were huge spenders in free agency last March, doling out more than $200 million worth of contracts to defensive players alone. They have money to spend again this offseason, though not nearly as much.

How active will they be? That will be determined by what cuts they make (Victor Cruz, perhaps) and which of their own free agents they choose to re-sign (like Jason Pierre-Paul and/or Johnathan Hankins). They probably will have in the neighborhood of $35 million in cap room for both their own free agents and ones from other teams.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Super Bowl is over and the offseason has begun, meaning the Giants can start reshaping their roster in the hopes they can make a run at Super Bowl LII. And even though they went 11-5 and returned to the playoffs last season, there's a lot of work to be done.

So here are some of the biggest questions the Giants must answer this offseason. We'll check back in each week to see how the Giants are doing, whether any of the questions have been answered, and whether any have changed:

1.) How are they going to fix their offensive line?

Considering how their poor offense dragged them down this season, this is the Giants' most important question. They have a franchise quarterback in Eli Manning and one of the biggest weapons in the game in Odell Beckham, Jr.. If Manning could get better protection and a few holes could be open in the running game, maybe the offense could live up to the expectations.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye
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Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald speak to the media after being named co-winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award Saturday. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald speak to the media after being named co-winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award Saturday. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY: Eli Manning's value to the Giants has always gone beyond just football. It's also been about his leadership, his professionalism, and all his charity work behind the scenes.

On Saturday night, Manning was finally honored for all his good off-field work when he was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. He actually shared the award with Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, became the first Giants player in the 47-year history of the award to win it. 

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New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (88) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper)
New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (88) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper)

Patriots TE Martellus Bennett, a pending free agent and former Giant, might be willing to consider a return to New York this offseason.

"Haha. I don't know," said Bennett when asked if he would contemplate signing with the Giants. "But I always loved it there. (General manager) Jerry Reese and all those guys are great, the Mara and Tisch families are one of the best owners in the world. I liked it up there."

New York took a chance on Bennett in 2012, giving the tight end his first opportunity to start after he was the backup to Jason Witten in Dallas for four years. Bennett caught 55 passes for 626 yards and five touchdowns that season, providing the Giants with some rare offensive production from the tight end position. Due to salary cap issues, the Giants were unable to re-sign Bennett the following offseason, and the Houston-native joined the Bears.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jerell Adams, Victor Cruz, Will Tye
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) meet on the field after the game Gillette Stadium. (David Butler II)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) meet on the field after the game Gillette Stadium. (David Butler II)

With Tom Brady going for his record fifth Super Bowl win on Sunday, Falcons QB Matt Ryan knows it will be largely up to him to prevent Brady and Co. from hoisting the Lombardi trophy.

And on Super Bowl media night Monday, Ryan revealed that he has been receiving advice from the only quarterback that has accomplished the feat of beating Brady and Bill Belichik in the Super Bowl: Giants QB Eli Manning

"I received text messages from Eli, and obviously I've gotten to know Eli throughout the years, and he's a great guy. … I think his advice was, 'You guys know yourselves, and you know what you do,' " Ryan said. "And at the end of the day, that's probably some of the best advice you can get is to trust what we do and trust our process and who we are and how we do things. And I think we'll be ready to go."

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New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Rebuilding the New York Giants' defense cost them a ton of money last offseason, and keeping it from falling apart again might cost a little more.

But it's the price they have to pay if they want to win another championship in the Eli Manning era. And that's why between now and the start of free agency in March, the Giants have to do their best to re-sign Johnathan Hankins and Jason Pierre-Paul.

Tags: Brian Winters, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jay Bromley, Johnathan Hankins, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning leaves the field after the game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning leaves the field after the game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is a finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for the second straight year.

Manning joins Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen as the other two finalists. The winner will be announced Saturday, Feb. 4.

"Larry, Eli and Greg are not only top-tier athletes, but also men of great character, integrity and generosity of spirit," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press release. "Their passion for community and helping others is having a positive impact on countless individuals and communities, and it's something we should all celebrate."

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(Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Even after an 11-5 season there are so many questions about the Giants and their offseason plans that I had to split them into several SNY Twitter mailbags. Part I ran on WednesdayPart II ran on Thursday.

Here, as promised, is Part III … with a IVth still to come:

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Even though the Giants are coming off their most successful regular season since 2008 and their first playoff berth since 2011, their season-ending, 38-13 loss in Green Bay in the wild-card round left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. It also left the Giants heading into the offseason with plenty of difficult questions.

You asked them, so I'll answer as many as I can in two installments of the first offseason edition of my SNY Giants Twitter mailbag. Here is Part II:

Is it time for the Giants to draft their next franchise quarterback? -- @kennyg825

In a word, no. I actually wrote about this here last week, and my opinion remains unchanged. I believe the Giants should keep their eyes open for an opportunity to find their next franchise quarterback, but they shouldn't move on it this early unless the opportunity is too good to pass up. Yes, if the next Aaron Rodgers fell to them at 23 they should pounce. But as of right now, I don't see the next Aaron Rodgers in this draft. Some scouts aren't sure there's a franchise quarterback at all...

Tags: Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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On the latest Giants Goal Line, SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano looks back at Big Blue's disappointing loss to the Green Bay Packers, and what went right for a season that was a pleasant surprise for Ben McAdoo's squad. Later, Newsday's Bob Glauber calls in to discuss Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, and a host of pressing issues heading into the offseason.

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(Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants could have somewhere near $40 million in salary cap space to play with this offseason if the cap rises all the way to $168 million, as some in the NFL project. They might even end up with more, depending on what contracts they restructure and which players they decide to cut.

And while that may not be enough to turn them into big spenders in free agency the way they were a year ago, it certainly is enough for them to re-sign some of their own unrestricted free agents. They have 17 UFAs to deal with, and several other free agents who are restricted. And a few of them could demand and command big money from someone -- particularly the two free agents on the Giants' defensive line.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Johnathan Hankins, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Larry Donnell, Mark Herzlich, Marshall Newhouse, Nikita Whitlock, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Trevin Wade, Will Beatty, Will Tye, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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Up in the heir 00:02:22
Daily News Live debates the future of Giants quarterback Eli Manning and New York's quest for a replacement if they draft a quarterback.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY

The clock is winding down on Eli Manning's career, though no one knows how quickly. It's probably safe to assume that Manning doesn't have more than three seasons left as the starting quarterback of the New York Giants. Maybe.

But even if that's true, that still doesn't mean the Giants have to start looking for his replacement. At least not right now.

Tags: Denver Broncos, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning walks off Lambeau Field following Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning walks off Lambeau Field following Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Giants GM Jerry Reese's confidence in QB Eli Manning did not waver following Sunday's season-ending 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers or while seeing the offense struggle mightily over the course of the season.

Despite the fact Manning threw multiple touchdown passes in a game just once over the last five (including Sunday) and the Giants failed to score more than 30 points in a game all season, Reese said he was confident in his quarterback.

"Last night he was in a good rhythm and was throwing the ball well, and there were some drops that came into play and it kind of set the tone for things that happened last night," Reese said. "But overall, I thought that Eli played well."

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Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan tackles New York Giants tight end Will Tye in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)
Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan tackles New York Giants tight end Will Tye in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Of all the things that could've gone wrong for the New York Giants this season, the last thing anyone expected to malfunction was the offense. They had brought back all their key pieces from a top-10 offense, including their play-caller, their quarterback and one of the best receivers in football.

Yet the offense was a disaster, almost right from the start.

The Giants will likely spend the next few weeks and months trying to figure out how it all disintegrated so quickly and why an offense that was ranked in the top 10 for both of Ben McAdoo's two years as offensive coordinator plummeted to 26th in his first year as head coach. The Giants scored almost a touchdown less per game in 2016 than they did one year earlier and gained about 40 yards fewer per game

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Green Bay Packers, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants react 00:02:00
Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli Manning discuss the Giants' disappointing loss at Lambeau Field that eliminated them from the playoffs.

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. allegedly punched a hole in a Lambeau Field wall following Sunday's season-ending 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the wild-card game, according to multiple reports.

Outside of a Lambeau Field media room, where Beckham answered each question at his postgame press conference, reporters heard a huge bang while Eli Manning spoke. Grounds crew members said Beckham was responsible for punching a hole in the wall after hearing the same noise, according to ESPN.

Upon seeing Beckham standing in front of the wall next to the hole after hearing the noise, a Lambeau Field grounds crew member went out to try to calm Beckham down, to which he responded by allegedly cursing at the worker, according to the New York Post.

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Vacchiano and Coakley on loss 00:03:22
Ralph Vacchiano and Jeane Coakley discuss the Giants' disappointing defeat to the Packers in the NFC Wild-Card round.

QB Eli Manning was 23 of 44 for 299 yards with one touchdown, one interception, and one lost fumble during the Giants' season-ending 38-13 loss the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday.

"You got to keep working, and hopefully, you get more opportunities," Manning told reporters after the game. "I plan on being back here next year."

His touchdown pass was a 41-yard strike to Tavarres King in the third quarter that drew the Giants within 14-13.

Manning's performance was better than his stat line, with Odell Beckham, Jr. and Sterling Shepard each dropping a pass in the end zone in the first quarter. Beckham also had several other drops.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Quarterback Eli Manning was reportedly among three New York Giants players who were subjected to drug tests following Sunday's season-ending 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Manning, defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins and safety Andrew Adams each reported for testing by submitting a urine sample to NFL drug testers once the game ended, according to NJ.com's Dan Duggan.

In his first playoff game in five years, Manning completed 23 of 44 passes, throwing for 299 yards, one touchdown, one interception and one fumble in the game. Hankins recorded three total tackles and a sack, while Adams.did not record a tackle.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. cannot catch a pass against Green Bay Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. cannot catch a pass against Green Bay Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- In the beginning, the game couldn't have been any better for the New York Giants. Their defense was absolutely dominating the Green Bay Packers. The offense was even moving the ball.

In the end, what beat the Giants was the same thing that beat them all season long: themselves.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants lose 00:00:51
Justin Pugh, Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard react to the Giants' lopsided defeat to the Green Bay Packers.

The New York Giants were outscored 24-0 over the final 18 minutes and were eliminated from the playoffs with a 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Sunday's wild-card game at Lambeau Field.

Eli Manning threw for 299 yards with one touchdown, one interception and one fumble, while the Packers held Odell Beckham Jr. to four catches for 28 yards on 11 targets.

Aaron Rodgers threw three of his four touchdown passes to Randall Cobb, including a 42-yard Hail Mary right before halftime that turned a one-point Packers lead into a 14-6 game.

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Packers 00:02:43
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his 3 keys to a Giants' victory on Sunday vs. the Green Bay Packers.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

THE GAME: The Giants (11-5) at the Green Bay Packers (10-6) in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc., on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 4:40 p.m.

THE WEATHER: Brrrrr. … I mean, really, really Brrrrr. … Of course, it won't be quite as painfully cold as it was during Ice Bowl III -- otherwise known as the 2007 NFC championship game when the kickoff temperature was minus-1 and the windchills were at minus-23 -- this will still be painfully cold. At the moment the forecast calls for a kickoff temperature in the single digits, and every time I look at it the number gets lower and lower. Right now, it looks like it could be between 6 and 9. The good news, I guess, is that the winds should be light so it's doubtful the windchills will make it feel much less than zero. … So, um … Yay?

WHAT IT MEANS: The winner, of course, advances to the divisional playoff round next weekend, either at top-seeded Dallas or second-seeded Atlanta...

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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Stats and Facts: Packers 00:01:02
SNY.tv takes a statistical look at the Giants' first-round playoff opponent, the Green Bay Packers.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

A look at some of the interesting and key statistics ahead of the wild-card showdown on Sunday in Green Bay between the Giants (11-5) and the Packers (10-6):

  • The Packers were once considered invincible at Lambeau Field. They had never lost a postseason game there (13-0) until the Atlanta Falcons stunned them in the 2002 wild-card game. Since the streak ended, though, the Packers are 4-5 in playoff games at home.
  • The Giants, having beaten the Packers in the playoffs at Lambeau Field in 2007 and 2011, are the only visiting team in history to ever beat the Packers in consecutive playoff games in Green Bay...
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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The lingering image of the 2007 NFC championship is the one of Tom Coughlin's bright red face. The temperature at kickoff was minus-1 and the windchills were minus-23, making it one of the coldest games in NFL history. Those were frostbite conditions and no doubt Coughlin's face took a big hit.

What I remember most about the cold, though, was my breath -- the uncomfortable feeling like I was inhaling ice chips every time I tried to breathe in. I spent maybe 15 minutes outside doing a TV spot for SNY before the game and not only was it impossible to breathe regularly, my face was red and my fingers were numb for easily a half hour after I finally went inside.

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(Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - As the Giants' offense struggled through this season and the defense carried the day, there has always been the hope that magically, somehow, the old, dynamic Giants offense would emerge. That hope is built on the idea that there are two Eli Mannings.

It's as if the Giants are counting on the fact that now that "Regular Season Eli" is finished, "Playoff Eli" will take over the rest of the way.

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Miami Vice 00:03:33
Daily News Live debates whether the Giants wide receivers' decision to fly to Miami on their off day was a good one.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For just a moment on Tuesday it sounded like Eli Manning was serious, like he really was bothered by the sight of his receivers, shirtless, on a party boat in Miami during their off day, six days before the start of the playoffs.

But that's not Manning's style. Dry humor is more his thing.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo is staying on an even keel as his team prepares to open the playoffs against the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon.

McAdoo will be facing Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who he worked for as an assistant in Green Bay from 2006 to 2013, but refused to acknowledge any feelings he might have regarding it.

"I try to leave feelings out of it. It's football," McAdoo told reporters. "I appreciate you bringing that up but it doesn't have anything to do with the ball game so we won't worry about it."

Giants QB Eli Manning, whose Giants defeated McAdoo's Packers in the playoffs in 2008 and 2012, says becoming the head coach didn't change McAdoo's demeanor.

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GEICO SportsNite: G-Men Deja Vu? 00:03:12
Marc Malusis and Chris Lopresti debate the Giants chances to make a deep run in the NFL Playoffs with a top ranked defense.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The New York Giants' road to Super Bowl LI begins in Green Bay, the site of two of the greatest triumphs of Eli Manning's career.

Their trip to Lambeau Field became official hours after the Giants finished up their 11-5 season with an impressive 19-10 win in Washington on Sunday afternoon. When the Packers (10-6) defeated the Detroit Lions 31-24 Sunday night, they clinched the NFC North title and the No. 4 seed in the NFC. That set up a date with the fifth-seeded Giants in the wild-card round Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Rashad Jennings, Seattle Seahawks, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants face Packers in wild card 00:03:34
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein talk about the Giants? chances against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field in their wild-card matchup.

The New York Giants will face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in the NFC wild-card round on Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET in their first playoff appearance since winning Super Bowl XLVI.

Despite their 11-5 record being tied for second best in the NFC, the Giants are the No. 5 seed in the playoffs after they finished second in the NFC East to the 13-3 Dallas Cowboys. 

The Packers, who have won six in a row, finished 10-6 and are the No. 4 seed following their 31-24 win over the Lions on Sunday at Ford Field.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Odell Beckham Jr., Seattle Seahawks
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants win 00:01:34
Eli Manning and Co. talk after the game about the team's 19-10 victory over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.

Eli Manning led the Giants to a late scoring drive and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had two interceptions as New York eliminated the Washington Redskins from playoff contention with a 19-10 win Sunday at FedEx Field.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Washington Redskins
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Redskins-Giants 00:02:32
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano believes the Giants must stop Kirk Cousins and the Redskins' passing game in order to win on Sunday.

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THE GAME: The Giants (10-5) at the Washington Redskins (8-6-1) at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 4:25 p.m.

THE WEATHER: Temperatures could be near 50 during the day down near D.C., though likely in the upper 40s by kickoff and slowly falling throughout the game. No rain or wind, though.

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Tom Coughlin's decision to go for it in the 2007 regular-season finale is a big part of his legend. Faced with a meaningless game against a Patriots team trying to complete the NFL's first 16-0 season, the Giants coach decided to risk it all to see if his team could prevent history. 

They couldn't, but Coughlin and the Giants earned the respect of everyone around football. And more importantly, the confidence they gained in defeat was the springboard to their own historic championship run.

Tags: Eli Manning, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants clinch 00:01:23
Quarterback Eli Manning and Linebacker Jonathan Casillas call in to describe how they felt clinching a playoff berth.

With New York's first playoff berth since 2011 already clinched, Jordan Raanan of ESPN believes Ben McAdoo will choose to rest some of his starters in the Giants' Week 17 matchup against the Washington Redskins.

When asked about his feelings towards sitting the final game of the regular season to avoid a possible injury, Giants QB Eli Manning made it clear that if it were up to him, Sunday's game against Washington would be treated like any other game.

"We want to finish the regular season strong and feel like we have a good thing going into the playoffs..." Manning told reporters on Monday. "My take is to play. Go in there and play well... That's the mind-set until I'm told differently."

While Manning wants to be on the field on January 1, he knows the decision will come down to his head coach.

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)

John Fennelly, SNY.TV

The New York Giants knew who they wanted to replace Tom Coughlin after they fired him last January. Even though they interviewed a slew of candidates as required by the league, their plan all along was to promote offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo to have him steer the ship toward the future. 

What happened next wasn't exactly what they expected.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, John Fennelly
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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

PHILADELPHIA -- Odell Beckham Jr. has spent all season battling the officials, so he certainly wasn't surprised by what he saw on Thursday. Once again, there were a series of inexplicable penalty calls and non-calls, and the Giants were pretty sure it all went against them.

"We know what it is over here," Beckham said after the Giants' 24-19 loss to the Eagles. "We know what it's always going to be. We're not looking for any calls. We've just got to play through it. That's the bottom line."

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Philadelphia Eagles, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning passes as he is pressured by Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox in the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning passes as he is pressured by Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox in the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

PHILADELPHIA -- There were several common threads between the New York Giants' last two Super Bowl runs, but one of the most important ones was this: Eli Manning, in 2007 and 2011, played brilliantly when it mattered the most.

And that is absolutely not happening now.

There are reasons why, and it's not all Manning's fault, but that doesn't really matter as the Giants head (they hope) for their first playoff berth in five seasons. Manning, as the Giants' franchise quarterback, needs to find a way to rise above his team's problems and carry them on his shoulders, and he hasn't figured out how to do that with this team yet.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Philadelphia Eagles, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Eagles 00:02:40
SNY's NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano identifies three keys to a Giants victory on Thursday in Philadelphia.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

THE GAME: The Giants (10-4) at the Philadelphia Eagles (5-9) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 8:25 p.m.

THE WEATHER: Clear and cold with temperatures dropping from the upper 30s to the mid-30s as the game goes on, with winds hovering around 10-15 mph.

WHAT IT MEANS: Win and in. That's the Giants' easiest path to their first playoff berth since 2011. They're probably in anyway, but they'd rather take care of business themselves. A win also keeps their slim NFC East hopes alive, if somehow the Detroit Lions can win in Dallas on Monday night. Also, keep this in mind: Since their Opening Day win in Dallas, the Giants' have won just one non-neutral-site road game -- an ugly win in Cleveland. And they played pretty bad football in road losses at Minnesota, Green Bay and Pittsburgh. They're almost certainly going on the road for the playoffs, so they could use a big road win or two down the stretch to give themselves confidence that they can win away from home.

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Dallas Cowboys during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Dallas Cowboys during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Latest Update (Dec. 20)

The NFL has fined the Giants $150,000 and head coach Ben McAdoo $50,000 for the illegal use of walkie talkies during New York's 10-7 win over the Cowboys in Week 14.

The NFL has also moved the Giants fourth round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft to the back of the fourth round, after all of the compensatory picks. However the pick cannot be moved more than 12 selection spots from where the Giants finished in the draft order for that round.

The NFL's policy states "coaches are not permitted to hold a radio during a game because they will not be cut off when the Cutoff Switch Operator engages the cutoff."

The Giants released a statement following the league's announcement of the punishments, stating: "It was a clear violation of the rules, and we accept full responsibility and the penalty."

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(Julio Cortez/AP)

John Fennelly, SNY.TV

As last season drew to an end, the Giants were facing another football-less January. They finished 6-10 for the second straight time and missed the playoffs for the fourth consectutive season.

The defense, decimated by injuries, was the league's worst and not befitting of wearing the Giants' vaunted blue.
Ownership had head coach Tom Coughlin fall on his sword rather than fire him and decided to give GM Jerry Reese one final chance to get his roster right -- starting with the defense.

Reese responded by getting aggressive in free agency, re-signing DE Jason Pierre-Paul and then the top DT, DE and CB available in Damon HarrisonOlivier Vernon, and Janoris Jenkins respectively. He also inked veteran LBs Keenan Robinson and Kelvin Sheppard. In the draft, he landed Ohio State CB Eli Apple in the first round and took safety Damian Thompson of Boise State in Round Three.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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(Matt Bush)

The Giants have placed RB Shane Vereen and QB Ryan Nassib on season-ending injured reserved, the team announced Tuesday.

Both players will have season-ending surgery this week, head coach Ben McAdoo said.

DL/LB Ishaq Williams and RB George Winn have been promoted to the active roster.

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(Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants have placed RB Shane Vereen and QB Ryan Nassib on season-ending injured reserved, the team announced Tuesday.

DL/LB Ishaq Williams and RB George Winn have been promoted to the active roster.

Vereen returned Sunday against the Lions after missing time with a concussion but re-injured the triceps that kept him out for nine games earlier this season.

Nassib was inactive during Sunday.'s game. With him out, Josh Johnson becomes Eli Manning's backup.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen

GEICO SportsNite: Giants win 00:02:04
Ralph Vacchiano chats with Victor Cruz on the field after the Giants' victory against the Lions.

Ralph Vacchiano

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants' defense has been so good, especially over the last few weeks, it looks capable of carrying them all the way to the Super Bowl. So imagine how unstoppable the Giants would be if their offense was even adequate instead of just bad.

That's the irony of this team: After the offense carried it the last few seasons, the script has been completely flipped. The offense has been so bad that it had reason to celebrate on Sunday when it gained 300 total yards in the Giants' 17-6 win over the Detroit Lions -- it was the first time it hit that low total in almost a month.

Tags: Detroit Lions, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Lions-Giants 00:02:30
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano believes that the Giants need a strong running game to beat the Lions on Sunday.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

THE GAME: The Detroit Lions (9-4) at the Giants (9-4) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. ET

THE WEATHER: It will be rainy and windy, but at least it will be warm. The temperatures are expected to be in the mid-to-upper 50s, but it's still going to feel gross anyway.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Giants could actually clinch a playoff berth with a win, as long as the Redskins, Vikings and Packers all lose too. Even if that doesn't happen, a 10th win should virtually guarantee the Giants an NFC wild-card berth. Also if the Bucs beat the Dallas Cowboys and the Giants win, the Giants will be just one game back in the NFC East race with two games to go. It's a longshot, but anything is possible.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants offense 00:02:02
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the latest from the Giants facility as the team's offensive struggles have continued of late.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There are reasonable explanations and excuses swirling all around Eli Manning for his poor performances lately. If he wanted to use them, no one would disagree. He's been battered behind his struggling offensive line. His receivers have hurt him with ill-timed drops. It's all been crystal clear.

In the end, though, none of that matters, and nobody knows that better than the Giants' 35-year-old franchise quarterback. The offense is a mess and it's dragging down what might just be a champsionship-caliber defense.

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Loud Mouths: Boom or Bust 00:02:29
Sal Licata and Jon Hein play Boom or Bust, wondering if Janoris Jenkins is becoming the next Darrelle Revis.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

There is no way anyone can underestimate the Giants anymore.

Maybe they did still have a lot to prove when they rode six straight wins against (mostly) inferior opponents to an 8-3 record. But on Sunday night they beat a legitimately good team in the now-11-2 Dallas Cowboys. No team had been hotter. No team is more well-constructed. And the Giants have now beaten them twice.

What does that mean? It means that even if you think the Giants are still flawed (which they are), they have to be considered one of the best teams in their conference (which they are). It also means that, if they play up to their capabilities they can probably beat anyone in the NFL. The Giants were essentially no-shows on offense on Sunday night except for one glorious moment of Odell Beckham being Odell Beckham, and they were still good enough to take the Cowboys down.

Tags: Brett Jones, Devon Kennard, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Marshall Newhouse, Odell Beckham Jr., Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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Loud Mouths: Giants in playoffs 00:04:45
Sal Licata and Jon Hein ask the question: Are this year's Giants good enough to win a playoff game?

Eli Manning's yards passing are down in his past few games.

Manning has thrown for fewer than 200 yards in each of his past three starts. He has completed just 56 of 94 passes. In that span, Manning has thrown six touchdowns and three interceptions.

Is it a slump? Perhaps a downslide for a 35-year-old veteran?

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(Robert Deutsch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants aren't just a one-dimensional offense, they are a one-trick offense. It's as if their entire game plan is to muddle along and keep the game close until Odell Beckham finds a way to explode.

Of course, when he does the explosion is a thing of beauty -- as he proved yet again in the Giants' 10-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Ben McAdoo 00:01:09
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo speaks about the team's offensive inconsistency after its 10-7 win over Dallas.

Giants QB Eli Manning had an uneven performance during Sunday night's 10-7 win over the Cowboys.

Manning went 17 of 28 for 193 yards with one touchdown and one interception while getting sacked three times. He also lost a fumble in the first half.

His interception -- a pass intended for Victor Cruz -- came deep in Cowboys territory with the Giants holding a 10-7 lead with 9:47 remaining in the game.

"Obviously we've got to fix the turnovers," Manning said after the game. "The ball slipping out of my hand, I had the fumble and the sack, the interception; the guy jumped the curl, so we've got to clean up those plays. We can't afford to turn the ball over, especially some of those when we're down that prevented us from scoring some points."

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball during the second half of an NFL football game as New York Giants' Janoris Jenkins (20) and Keenan Robinson (57) defend Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball during the second half of an NFL football game as New York Giants' Janoris Jenkins (20) and Keenan Robinson (57) defend Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Pierre-Paul was going to find a way to impact this game, even if he couldn't get on the field to do it. So he did it with a video he made for his team to watch on Saturday night, and again with a fiery speech in their huddle after pre-game warmups.

The message was simplly that, "Everybody needs to step up," said linebacker Devon Kennard, "and if we really wanted it we could go get this win."

Tags: Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys corner back Brandon Carr during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys corner back Brandon Carr during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

With a no-huddle offense and no-fooling-around defense, the New York Giants snapped the Cowboys' 11-game winning streak with a 10-7 victory Sunday night, preventing Dallas from clinching the NFC East.

Dallas (11-2) hadn't lost since the season opener against the Giants (9-4), who solidified their position in the NFC playoff chase as the top-wild card team. New York still hopes to catch Dallas in the division, and it can thank a stingy, aggressive defense for still having that opportunity.

Missing star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants couldn't stop rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott from rushing for 107 yards. But New York's pressure stymied the other Cowboys rookie standout, quarterback Dak Prescott, blanked receiver Dez Bryant until 2:13 remained - he fumbled away the ball on that play - and held Dallas to one conversion in 15 third-down attempts.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Cowboys-Giants 00:03:38
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano thinks the Giants must pressure QB Dak Prescott and keep a strong passing attack to defeat the Cowboys.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

THE GAME: The Dallas Cowboys (11-1) vs. the Giants (8-4) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8:25 p.m. ET

THE WEATHER: Welcome to winter! The temperature at kickoff should be just above freezing, but with even light Meadowlands winds it'll feel colder. Much colder. Oh, and good news! Snow is in the forecast. Right now it's not supposed to start until after midnight, so it won't be a factor unless there's overtime. But hey, you never know.

WHAT IT MEANS: First, and perhaps foremost, the Giants don't want to see the Dallas Cowboys clinch the NFC East -- and possibly a first-round bye, or even the No. 1 seed in the NFC -- against them in their home stadium. No, even with a win the Giants aren't going to win the division, but they do have plenty of pride. They also are in a tighter-than-you-think wild-card chase so they need to win to stay ahead of Washington and Tampa.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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