1. David Wilson's 327 all-purpose yards
Tags: Giants-Saints, New York Giants, NFL
It was the most points the Giants scored in a regular season game since Dec 20. 1986, when they pinned 55 on the Packers to close out the regular season en route to a Super Bowl victory.
RB David Wilson, the team's first round selection in this year's NFL Draft who the Giants had been dry-docking all season, broke out in a big way with 327 all-purpose yards. He has 227 of them on kickoff returns and another hundred rushing. He scored three times.
14:20: GIANTS: Victor Cruz 10 pass from Eli (Tynes kick)....Giants 42, Saints 27...Drive: 5 plays, 25 yards in 2:31
- 13:04: GIANTS: David Wilson 6 yard run (Tynes kick)....Giants 28, Saints 13...Drive: 4 plays, 20 yards in 1:40
- 8:19: GIANTS: Hakeem Nicks 25 pass from Eli (Tynes kick)....Giants 35, Saints 13....Drive: 6 plays, 62 yards in 3:09
- 7:21: SAINTS: Sproles 13 run (Hartley kick).....Giants 35, Saints 20....Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards in 0:52
- 1:51: SAINTS: Sproles 9 yard pass from Brees.....Giants 35, Saints 27....Drive: 6 plays, 68 yards in 3:09
Saints received kickoff to open the half. On 1st and 10 from the 22, Brees threw high over the middle for TE Jimmy Graham. The ball hit off Graham's hands and into the arms of Giants' safety Stevie Brown, who returned it 21 yards to the NO 20 yard line.
Tags: Giants-Saints, New York Giants, NFL
- 9:47: SAINTS: Hartley 32 yard FG ....Giants 14, Saints 10....Drive: 14 plays, 81 yards in 5:44
- 1:57: SAINTS: Hartley 25 yard FG ....Giants 14, Saints 13.....Drive:?8 plays, 67 yards in 4:06
- 0:20: GIANTS: Hixon 5 pass from Eli....Giants 21, Saints 13.....Drive: 9 plays, 69 yards in 1:37
The Saints opened the quarter with a creative drive that kept the Giant defense off balance. With the defense guarding against the big play, Drew Brees picked away at the openings the Giants gave him. ?The Giants scored a moral victory by holding the Saints to three points after a 14-play, 81 yard drive.
Against the Saints -- the NFL's 30th-ranked defense entering today's action -- the Giants answered those questions .. at least for now .. with a 52-point outburst.
David Wilson starred in the role of hero Sunday afternoon, as a special teams ace and in his largest role at tailback so far this year.
TE Travis Beckum (knee), S Tyler Sash (hamstring), S Kenny Phillips (knee), TE Adrien Robinson, DT Marvin Austin, DE Adewale Ojomo and RB Ryan Torain.
WR Hakeem Nicks is active, as is LB Jacquian Williams. The Giants are only dressing three safeties today: Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown and Will Hill.
What's at stake for New Orleans.....They lost their first four games this year after the league slammed them with sanctions as a result of the Bountygate scandal. With no GM, head coach or assistant head coach, the team wallowed through the first month. They went on to win five of their next six games before dropping games to San Francisco and Atlanta. They cannot win their division, but their wild card hopes are still alive as of today, albeit slim.
What's at stake for the Giants.....Last week's loss to Washington hurt this team's chances greatly, putting tons of pressure on them to win today. They fell into some bad habits against the Redskins: costly penalties, uninventive play calling, lousy field position and poor execution and tackling. They need to clean those areas up if they are going to make a run. WR Hakeem Nicks is not 100%, the offensive line is in flux again and S Kenny Phillips may not play. They hold a one-game lead in the East over Dallas and Washington. They basically need to sweep their remaining games to ensure a title.
In those three games, New Orleans defeated the Giants by scores of 30-7, 48-27 and 49-24. In each f those contests, the Giants found themselves flatfooted and out of place on defense while the offense sputtered in its attempt to keep up with Brees.
This time around, the Saints (5-7) are not the team they have been the past few seasons. Bountygate saw to that. Without head coach Sean Payton on the sidelines to shift gears for the offense, they have had some issues in both the play calling and time management.
Kickoff: 4:25pm Eastern
Site: MetLife Stadium
Now, Ivory appears to have injured his hamstring and will not be in the mix when the Saints play the Giants tomorrow afternoon.
From CBSSports.com...After a resurgent stretch, the Saints find themselves in desperation mode as they take on a Giants team looking to find their rhythm before the playoffs begin.
From Tom Coughlin's conference call with Saints media pool...Is the green zone the 30-yard line??Green zone is what you call the red. The 30 (yard line) is the fringe.?
Tags: Giants-Saints, New Media, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Giants News, SNY, SNY. Video
by Jon Wagner
It happened so fast and so frequently, that the New Orleans Saints? offense gave new meaning to the term ?bayou? ? as in blew ?by you,? or the whiplashed feeling that members of the New York Giants? defense had after watching a myriad of Saints weapons dash past them on the way to the end zone at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday night.
?We weren?t able to cover them," Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin said after the game. "They put themselves in position with simple little throws. They beat us in the flat a couple of times. And (they beat us) down the sideline. They have good personnel and they distribute it...They?re good. They?re talented. They do a good job of moving the ball around. The quarterback does a good job of getting the ball out of his hands. We gave up far too many points, obviously."
Coughlin had as rough a night as any of his players. He tried to assume some of the blame for his team's 25-point loss in the Crescent City, but truth be told, his players were beaten again by?a better?team...
Last night they were hammered by the Saints, 49-24, in a game that featured many of the Giants' all-too-familiar shortcomings:
- They had trouble running the ball when it counted.
- They dropped passes.
- Their pass rush went deeper into hiding and the defense gave up big plays all over the place.
- They were out-hustled, out-hit, out-coached and out-executed on national television - again.
- Pierre Thomas went in untouched from twelve yards out for another easy score. This feels a lot like New Orleans' shellacking of the winless Colts. What does that say about this Giants team?
- Where would this team be without Victor Cruz? This time, he caught a four yard touchdown pass to bring his total up to nine receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns. He is now 43 yards away from 1,000 on the season.
Tags: Giants Gameday, New York Giants, saints
- Another drive in which the defense looked like the junior varsity. Drew Brees must be wearing a red jersey, because the Giants refuse to tackle him. He now has a rushing touchdown to add to his 2011 resume.
- Da'Rel Scott finally got a carry, but he fumbled the football and the Saints recovered. His forearm appeared to be down before the ball came lose, but the ruling did not go in the Giants' favor.
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New Orleans, who only punted once in the first half, saw their opening 11-play drive end fruitlessly when a fake-FG try was thwarted by the Giants on the 11-yard-line. Two subsequent drives ended in TD passes by Brees (one to WR Lance Moore and the other to TE Jimmy Graham). ?The Saints finished the half by taking possession of the ball on their own 12 with 1:09 remaining and driving 88 yards for another Brees-to-Moore TD strike. Six plays in just 34 seconds.
The Saints passed all over the Giants, and rushed for 80 yards on 13 carries to boot.
- Eli Manning led a great drive into the Saints' red-zone that resulted in an interception. Manning hit Victor Cruz and Ramses Barden on key passes, put under-threw Jake Ballard in the end zone. Will Herring picked it off for a touchback.
- This time, the Giants could barely slow Brees down. Lance Moore caught a four yard touchdown after the Giants, as expected, struggled to control Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles.
Tags: Giants Gameday, New York Giants, saints
The Giants (6-4) travel to the Big Easy to play the 7-3 New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. New York has lost two straight and is attempting to avoid another second-half swoon under head coach Tom Coughlin. The Saints are coming off a week 11 bye following an impressive 26-23 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons on November 13.
Site: SuperDome, New Orleans
The Saints (7-3) are 7 1/2 point favorites. The over/under is 51.
The Giants lead the series, 14-11. The two teams have never met in the playoffs. NYG Head Coach Tom Coughlin is 2-3 against the Saints in his career (0-2 with the Giants). NO Head Coach Sean Payton is 2-0 against his former team. Payton was a Giants' assistant coach from 1999-2002 and served as OC under Jim Fassel.
The Saints and Giants have met 25 times, with New York holding a 14-11 advantage. The Saints have won the two contests played since Payton became head coach, including a 48-27 win at the Superdome on October 18, 2009.
Monday will be only the third time in the last ten contests between the two clubs that the game will be held at the Superdome. New York won three straight over the Saints from 1997-2001, the longest win streak for either team in the series, a streak which the Saints will be looking to match.
Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune in New Orleans seems to have done his homework on the Saints' next opponent - the New York Giants. His scouting report hits nearly all the hot points....
"Although New York is tied for the lead in the NFC East at 6-4 (no longer), the Giants are somewhat restless, given consecutive defeats against the surprisingly stout 49ers and the puzzling Eagles.
"The New York football Giants strutted to New Orleans in October 2009 undefeated and ready to be crowned the best team in football. Instead, they were embarrassed by a New Orleans Saints team that, events culminating in Super Bowl XLIV would prove, actually was the best team in football.
Giants quarterback and New Orleans native Eli Manning insisted Wednesday that 48-27 humiliation isn't at the forefront of his thinking this week as he prepares to return to his hometown for a Monday night showdown with the Saints. But he hasn't forgotten it, either..."
Eli Going Back Home Where Brees is New Favorite SonTwo teams in the thick of the NFC playoff race will meet this coming Monday night. The Giants (6-4) are currently tied with Dallas for first place in the NFC East while the New Orleans Saints enter Week 12 with a 7-3 record and a one-game lead on Atlanta in the NFC South.
Eli Manning returns to his hometown and the site where his father, Archie, played quarterback for the Saints (1971-82). Manning leads the NFL with a 120.5 passer rating in the fourth quarter this season, throwing for 1,081 yards and 10 touchdowns.
?Obviously, we have to go win,? says Manning on the importance of this game. ?That is always going to be the case since we have a tough road ahead. We have a good team coming up this week and we just have to find ways to play more consistent football throughout the game.?
[BEGIN ANGRY RANT]
The stage was set for yet another Matt Ryan comeback drive, but clueless coach Mike Smith decided to punt the ball away and hope that his defense could stop Drew Brees from picking up ten yards on three plays, and then hope his offense could drive all the way down the field in under a minute with no time outs remaining. He thought there was a better chance of this happening than of Matt Ryan completing a six yard pass.
Tags: Falcons, giants, mike smith, New York Giants, saints, wimpy coaching
What pleased me yesterday..........
about the Giants' play - nothing - but FOX did relieve us of having to listen to the caustic wit of Joe Buck (who is doing the ALCS).? Thom Brenneman, who is primarily a baseball play-by-play man, did a great job bringing Giants fans in from the ledge by calling an even game with no wisecracks.? Thanks, Thom.? Troy Aikman was his laid-back self, but I'm not sure he didn't revel internally while watching this massacre.
Tags: Drew Brees, Giants News, Giants-Saints
The Saints' #1 offense is getting lots of attention this week an rightfully so.? Sean Payton's crew has taken NFL by storm, winning their first four contests while averging over 36 points per game.
What's getting lost is the fact that the Giants' offense (30 points ppg) has been nearly as productive.? In fact, if they hadn't botched so many red zone opportunities, they'd be the league's best.
The Nov 1st game at Philadelphia has been moved by the NFL from a 4:15pm scheduled start to a 1pm start.? The move was made to accommodate any potential conflict with a possible World Series game that is scheduled to be played at the home field of the NL champions.
The Phillies will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS? beginning tomorrow night.? Should the Phillies win that series (perish the thought), they would host the AL champions in Game 4 of the World Series that night.
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It's being reported this week that former Giant and current Saint TE Jeremy Shockey has "a bitter taste in his mouth" about his Giants' experience.
In the estimation of this Giants' scribe Jeremy Shockey should have no ax to grind with the New York Giants.