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.

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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. There's probably a little more pressure on the Packers, though. Despite the fact they've been in the postseason eight straight seasons, they've only advanced past the divisional round twice in that time. The expectations are high for them since they've won six straight games, too. No one's job or legacy is in trouble, but there is a general feeling that the Packers should have been better in the playoffs under Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers. Since their Super Bowl championship in the 2010 season, they're only 3-5 in the postseason. Also, a loss in this game would be their third straight home loss in the playoffs to the Giants -- something that was once unthinkable

PLAYER TO WATCH: Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr. He wanted the big stage and now he's got it, and boy do the Giants need him to perform. For most of the season, the Eli Manning-to-Beckham combo has been the entire Giants offense. It certainly has been responsible for most of the biggest plays. Obviously the Packers know that and you can bet they will do what everyone has been doing with Beckham -- play him like they're an umbrella, giving him a cushion underneath, putting a safety on his side, and shading a linebacker or another corner towards him so when he catches the ball he's surrounded. The Giants' passing offense is based on quick, short passes and the hope that their play-makers can turn the short pass into a big gain. So it'll be up to Beckham to find the open spaces, make tacklers miss, and force the Packers to devote even more attention to him. In theory it should be relatively easy for him to do against a banged-up Packers secondary. If he's contained, it's hard to see the Giants moving the ball or scoring enough to stay in this game.

BY THE NUMBERS: 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. … In the last seven games, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has thrown 18 touchdown passes and no interceptions. He also completed 69.7 percent of his passes in that stretch (168 for 241) for 2,018 yards. That's a passer rating of 120.0. … The Packers were fourth in the NFL, averaging 27.0 points per game this season. During their season-ending six-game winning streak they bumped that average to 30.8. During the last four games, they averaged 34.2. Those last four games, by the way, included two games against Top 5 defenses. They scored 38 against fifth-ranked Seattle and 38 against third-ranked Minnesota. … Eli Manning is 0-2 in two regular-season games in Green Bay (2010, 2016), completing just 35 of 68 passes (51.4 percent) for 500 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions (a passer rating of 65.8). In two playoff games there, though, he's 2-0, completing 42 of 73 passes (57.5 percent) for 581 yards, three touchdowns and one interception (a passer rating of 91.2). … The Giants were the fourth-worst rushing team in the NFL this season, averaging just 88.2 yards per game on the ground. How deceiving is that number, though? Through the first eight games of the season, the Giants averaged just 68.25 yards per game on the ground. Through the last eight games their rushing averaged jumped to 108.25.



MATCHUP TO WATCH: Packers WRs Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Randall Cobb against Giants CBs Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Eli Apple. This matchup is everything in this game. They are one of the most dangerous receiving trios in the NFL and they are facing perhaps the best trio of corners in the NFL. Strength against strength. Normally the Packers' advantage is that it's hard to contain all three of them, but the Giants might actually have the corners to do it. Presumably Jenkins will be on Nelson, and presumably he's healthy enough to stick with him. But since all three of those receivers are capable of having huge games, there's plenty of pressure on DRC and Apple, too. It's even worse for them because of QB Aaron Rodgers, who is among the best in the league at escaping pass-rushes and throwing on the run. If he can get outside the pass rush and extend the play and force the Giants corners to have to hold their coverage longer than usual, this matchup could be a huge problem. And chances are the Packers receivers are going to have some numbers and their share of big plays. The real challenge for the NYPD (the "New York Pass Defense") is to minimize the damage and keep the score low enough so the Giants' weak offense can have a chance to win the game.

X FACTOR: Packers TE Jared Cook. Rodgers said the biggest factor in the Packers' win streak has been the presence of Cook, who had been injured for much of the first half of the season. He gives Rodgers a big target in the middle of the field who is capable of making big plays up the seam. That's huge, considering defenses rightly have to focus much of their attention on the Packers' three dangerous receivers. If the Giants have safety Landon Collins focus primarily on Cook, it could mean single coverage for the other receivers. If Collins spends his time helping out on the receivers, it could open up holes for Cook. And as everyone knows, the Giants have had trouble all season long covering tight ends, so he could be a big threat for the Packers on Sunday.

THE PICK:  I know all about the reasons to pick the Giants: The championship-caliber defense, Eli Manning's history of postseason success, their history of playoff wins in Green Bay, the special feeling this team seems to have. They're all valid. The truth is, this defense is good enough to carry the Giants a long way. And as I've said all season, if Manning and the offense ever clicks, look out, because the Giants could become unstoppable. But I'm not counting on that to happen after 16 games of watching the offense flounder -- especially not in these brutal conditions on the road. The Giants have simply not been a good road team all year long. They played well in their opener in Dallas and in their finale in Washington, but not in any other road game in between. And yes, as much as I hated Ben McAdoo's decision to play most of his starters the whole game in finale, that was an impressive win against the Redskins. But the offense still only scored 10 points, so it's not like they built any momentum there.

Even against a banged-up Packers secondary, I don't see things magically changing now. That puts the pressure where it's been all year -- on the Giants' defense. And this game, to me, is just a matchup nightmare. The Packers are a pass-heavy team. The Giants are much better at stopping the run. And the Packers have so many good receivers they can stretch the Giants' secondary to its limits. And then there's tight end Jared Cook, who could be a huge factor (see above) considering the Giants have been terrible at covering all year. And I haven't even gotten to the worst part: Rodgers is red-hot and he is the worst kind of quarterback for the Giants to face -- a mobile QB who is terrific at throwing outside the pocket. Remember how much trouble the Giants had with Carson Wentz in Week 16 in Philadelphia? It was because of Wentz's ability to escape the pass rush and make a play -- and he's nowhere near the quarterback Rodgers is. So to sum this up in simple terms, I can see how the Packers can score enough points even on this Giants defense. And while I still think the Giants' offense has the potential to keep up, the way they've played this season suggests they won't. Never discount the magic of 'Playoff Eli', and respect the Giants' successful history in Lambeau in the winter. But this feels different than it did in 2007 and 2011. These Giants don't seem to be as good as those teams, and this time the task seems to be far too large. . … Packers 27, Giants 20.

MY RECORD: 9-7.

MY RECORD WHEN PICKING THE GIANTS TO WIN: 6-2

MY RECORD WHEN PICKING THE GIANTS TO LOSE: 3-5

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano

GEICO SportsNite: Giants' week 00:01:44
Following their second win of the season, the Giants look ahead to their divisional matchup with the Redskins on Thanksgiving evening.

Following their second win of the season, the Giants look ahead to their divisional matchup with the Redskins on Thanksgiving evening.


GEICO SportsNite: Pugh on health 00:04:22
Giants lineman Justin Pugh joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss his health and how the team feels after defeating the Chiefs in overtime.

Giants lineman Justin Pugh joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss his health and how the team feels after defeating the Chiefs in overtime.


Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King (12) makes a 4th quarter reception on the ground as Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters (22) defends at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King (12) makes a 4th quarter reception on the ground as Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters (22) defends at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants WR Odell Beckham is sidelined for the season with an ankle injury, but he is still making an impact on his teammates. 

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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) pre game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) pre game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants coach Ben McAdoo said QB Eli Manning was "fired up" and "emotional" when he made a pre-game speech ahead of the team's 12-9 overtime win against the Chiefs on Sunday.

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Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)
Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jerry Reese spent his Saturday night in Los Angeles searching for the Giants' quarterback of the future. And it likely won't be the last time the Giants GM watches some 2018 quarterback prospects up close.

But whether he likes USC's Sam Darnold or UCLA's Josh Rosen best, or whether the Giants are even in position to draft either one of them in April, the odds still remain strong that Eli Manning will be the opening day starter next season. That's barring injury, of course.

It's also not a complete guarantee, given the Giants' suddenly dire circumstances and uncertain future.

Tags: Davis Webb, Eli Manning, Geno Smith, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard sat out of practice again on Tuesday as he was "not feeling well," per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Shepard was sidelined against the Chiefs on Sunday with migraines, and it appears that he still has them. Trainers will continue "looking at all possibilities" as to why the sophomore receiver is getting them. 

The good news at practice was DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison and DE Olivier Vernon were both at practice, but were limited in what they could do. They were previously out on Monday after both suffering injuries in the win on Sunday. Vernon was said to have a shoulder injury on Sunday, but he was listed with an ankle issue which has bothered him the past few weeks. Harrison is nursing an ankle injury. 

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, D.J. Fluker, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard
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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) scores a 1st half TD at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) scores a 1st half TD at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants shocked the Chiefs on Sunday as they came away with an OT win, 12-9, at MetLife Stadium. They have a short week as they face the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

Justin Pugh, D.J. Fluker expected to miss game against Redskins >> Read More

The Giants practice on Tuesday as they have a short turnaround with a Thanksgiving game.

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

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DNL: Giants defense responds 00:03:38
Did a team meeting before facing the Chiefs help the Giants take a step in the right direction? The Daily News Live crew debates.

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe Giants have a very short week, but their injury list remains very long.

Five starters, and one of the replacements for the injured starters, were on the list of Giants who did not practice on Monday as the Giants began their abbreviated preparation for their Thanksgiving night game against the Redskins (4-6) in Washington. That includes two starting offensive linemen who may not play, meaning the Giants could have to reshuffle a line that is already in a constant state of flux.

Justin Pugh was already expected to miss the next few weeks, according to multiple team sources. And now, according to NJ.com, G D.J. Fluker is expected to miss the game on Thursday night, too. That probably means G Jon Halapio would be in line for his first career start, though the Giants also could turn to veteran G John Greco whom they just signed last week.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, D.J. Fluker, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveEli Manning is better known for leading by example, for his quiet under pressure, and his calm in every storm.

Every once in a while, though, he raises his voice when he feels it's necessary. That's what he did on Sunday. And his teammates responded to what they heard.

"Pregame, he gave a fiery speech that got everybody riled up," running back Orleans Darkwa said on a conference call on Monday, one day after the Giants' 12-9 upset of the Kansas City Chiefs. "To have a guy like that who's been through so much, that's got those two Super Bowl rings, we follow him. We follow his footsteps in everything. So to have him come up there, it shows the weight that he carries on the team."...

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

The Giants came away with an upset, overtime win over the Chiefs, 12-9, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. Here are the top plays from the game: 

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 (Jonathan Dyer)
(Jonathan Dyer)

In lieu of the Giants facing off against the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day, former Giants great Lawrence Taylor and former Redskins QB Joe Theismann poked fun at their infamous play in an NBC promo.

Saturday marked 32 years since Taylor's sack on Theismann broke his leg, and ended his playing career. In the video promoting the Thankgiving Day game on NBC, the two are seen sitting at a dinner table where they have an awkward conversation. 

"It's been a while since we've been together Joe," Taylor said. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants defense climbed out of their rut from the past two weeks on Sunday, and they credit the players-only meeting during the week as the reason why.

Allowing 82 combined points over two weeks is atrocious, and yet the Giants defense allowed it to happen against the Rams and 49ers. It was rock bottom after letting up over 400 yards to the 49ers, and the defense addressed what is going wrong in a players-only meeting during the week. 

Defensive captain LB Jonathan Casillas was the man who called the meeting as he believed it was the right time to hash everything out. 

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins
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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins (20) runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins (20) runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants shocked the Chiefs on Sunday as they came away with an OT win, 12-9, at MetLife Stadium.

Need to Know

Giants upset the 6-3 chiefs at home >> Recap Here

The Giants have the day off after their game Sunday.

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

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New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis catches an overtime long pass despite interference from Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines to lead to a field goal and a win for the Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis catches an overtime long pass despite interference from Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines to lead to a field goal and a win for the Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis made an acrobatic catch despite being interfered with in overtime to help set up Aldrick Rosas' game-winning field goal in Sunday's 12-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium.

On fourth-and-5 from the Chiefs 36-yard line, Eli Manning fended off a blitz by throwing a deep pass to Lewis down the left sideline. Lewis, whose arm was being held by Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines, slid and reached back for the ball, catching it at the 2-yard line.

Two plays later, Rosas' 23-yard field goal sealed the victory for the Giants.

"It feels great, but one thing nobody can take away from is my big-play mentality and my ability to go make a play," Lewis said, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller. "That's what I have to do all the time. It's a huge blessing. I just want to make plays to help the team win."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Kansas City Chiefs, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo before the start of overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo before the start of overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Maybe there's no way for Ben McAdoo to save his head coaching job at this point. Or maybe there's just a sliver of hope that he can convince his bosses to give him one more season.

If there is, he took the first tiny steps toward salvation with his best coaching week of the year.

Sure, the bar was pretty low heading in, but even the most strident McAdoo critics have to give him credit for this. Coming off the worst back-to-back performances by the Giants in recent memory, including a loss to a winless team in which some of his players were accused of outright quitting, McAdoo found some buttons to push, both midweek and in-game on Sunday.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Kansas City Chiefs, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- There was no quit in Janoris Jenkins this time.

The Giants cornerback, who was severely criticized for his perceived lack of effort last Sunday in San Francisco, responded with one of his finest games of the season in New York's 12-9 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs. He had a huge interception with 2:07 remaining in regulation to set up the Giants' go-ahead field goal. He nearly added another 30 seconds later, but it was nullified on a questionable offensive pass interference call instead.

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New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas celebrates a field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs with New York Giants punter Brad Wing during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas celebrates a field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs with New York Giants punter Brad Wing during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was screaming in the post-game locker room, celebrating his players for a "Great team win." Then he called Eli Manning to the center of the room to gather his teammates around him. Even his excitement bubbled over.

"Enjoy it," Manning yelled in a video the Giants posted after their 12-9 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs. "Feel good about it. We deserve this win. We deserve to feel this good."

Yes they do, after enduring a season of misery, controversy and questions about their heart. And after two weeks of questionable efforts, they "flipped the script" to quote one of McAdoo's favorite clichés. They fought and scratched and clawed their way to a win no one expected them to have.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Kansas City Chiefs, Olivier Vernon, Roger Lewis, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants win 00:01:54
Ben McAdoo praises the defensive effort after the Giants pulled out the victory in overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Giants defense bounced back and Roger Lewis made a sliding catch in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal to help New York beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday by a score of 12-9. >> Box score

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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard and CB Eli Apple are among seven players who will miss Sunday's game against the Chiefs, the team announced.

OL Justin Pugh, LB BJ Goodson, QB Davis Webb, LB Kelvin Sheppard, and OT John Grego are also inactive for the Giants. 

Shepard, who has suffered from migraines, was already not likely to play. The Giants were originally going to see how Shepard was during his pre-game routine, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

THE GAME

The Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) vs. the Giants (1-8) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It could be worse. The forecast calls for a game-time temperature right up around 50, though it'll feel colder thanks to partly cloudy skies and a brisk, 20 miles-per-hour wind.

Tags: Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Kansas City Chiefs, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When the Giants owners held their fire on Ben McAdoo this week and announced they would re-evaluate everything at the end of the season, New Year's Day became a key day on the team calendar. That's the day after the end of the regular season -- and the day McAdoo would be fired.

Maybe.

Even though it feels inevitable, and is being reported as virtually a done deal, the truth is John Mara and Steve Tisch have not definitively made up their mind on the future of McAdoo and the franchise yet. Most team sources believe McAdoo will be fired, but they simultaneously warn that there is a lot of time left for that to change...

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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November 12, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive back Adrian Colbert (38) tackles New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King (12) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
November 12, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive back Adrian Colbert (38) tackles New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King (12) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Since being re-signed by the Giants in week six, following season-ending injuries to Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, Tavarres King has gotten more of an opportunity than ever before in his nomadic four year NFL career.

King, 27, has seven catches this season in four games played for the team and is desperate to take advantage of an opportunity that injuries have provided him...

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It doesn't sound like the Giants are getting ready for Davis Webb to make his debut any time soon.

The rookie quarterback has spent the entire season holding the clip board as the third-string quarterback, and all indications are that will continue to be his role. Giants quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti Jr. said on Friday that Webb is still in the "same routine" he's had for every week this season -- mostly working on the scout team and splitting those reps with backup quarterback Geno Smith.

If the Giants were planning to play Webb, even in mop-up action late in a game down the stretch, they'd likely change his practice routine and begin to get him extra practice reps. But Cignetti indicated -- and several players have confirmed this week -- that hasn't happened yet.

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GEICO SportsNite: JPP on pride 00:01:51
Ralph Vacchiano talks to Jason Pierre-Paul about the Giants being accountable for their rough season and playing for team pride.

 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe most important football game for New York will not take place at the Meadowlands on Sunday. It will take place 2,800 miles away at the Los Angeles Coliseum, where the future of one or both of the New York teams may be on display Saturday night.

And yes, both the Giants and Jets will both have scouts in the press box watching UCLA take on USC - along with 18 other NFL teams. Their eyes will be fixed on Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen and Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold - the odds-on favorites to be the first and second picks of the 2018 draft.

The Jets, of course, are desperate to find their franchise quarterback. And the Giants are searching for the heir to their 36-year-old quarterback Eli Manning. Right now, the Giants seem to be in the best position to grab the quarterback they desire. But a few more losses over the final six games, and perhaps a trade up, and the Jets could be in position, too.

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There are four home games remaining for the Giants -- including three in December -- and not many reasons for Giants fans to show up. But Ben McAdoo issued a plea to come on out to MetLife Stadium on Sunday anyway.

And he promised that anyone who pays to watch the 1-8 Giants take on the 6-3 Chiefs won't be disappointed that they did.

"We want your support," the embattled coach said on Friday, when asked what he'd say to fans who weren't sure they wanted to attend. "Come out, watch a great show. We plan on playing great football on Sunday and getting a win."

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East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Chad Wheeler (63) (Brad Penner)
East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Chad Wheeler (63) (Brad Penner)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Injuries and ineffectiveness have turned the Giants' struggling offensive line into a carousel of personnel this season. And now a rookie might be getting his first ride.

Chad Wheeler, an undrafted rookie out of USC, might be the starting right tackle when the Giants take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. With Justin Pugh out with a back injury and Bobby Hart having been ineffective most of the season, the Giants seem ready to turn to the 6-7, 312-pound Wheeler.

And he certainly sounds ready if they do...

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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants ruled offensive lineman Justin Pugh and linebacker B.J. Goodson out for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to back and ankle injuries, respectively.

New York also listed defensive tackle Damon Harrison (ankle) and linebacker Devon Kennard (quad) questionable, while linebacker Kelvin Sheppard is doubtful to play due to a groin injury.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh
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Beckham Jr. back with Giants 00:05:35
Pat Leonard reports from Giants practice where Odell Beckham Jr. returned to the team and Eli Apple was excused from practice.

A lot of the talk surrounding the Giants in recent weeks has been more about off-field conduct and team meetings, but Eli Manning isn't too concerned. He says the meetings are business as usual in the NFL.

After being on the losing end of the 49ers first win of the season, the 1-8 Giants now have the joint second-fewest wins in the league, bettering only the winless Browns, sparking team meetings.

"I thought the meeting was great and right to the point, knowing that we got to play better football," said Manning. When asked if it was the meeting was a necessity at this stage of the season, Manning said: "I think all meetings have to be had, so that's just part of football..."

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GEICO SportsNite: Jenkins 00:05:04
The Football Night in New York crew break down Janoris Jenkins' comments on his effort and discuss if the team should release him or not.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Players like to say that the film doesn't lie. But to Janoris Jenkins, the truth about his film from Sunday is open to interpretation.

Because while almost anyone who watched his performance in the Giants' 31-21 loss in San Francisco questioned his effort, and some even suggested he quit, Jenkins saw something completely different.

"I played to the best of my ability," the Giants cornerback said on Thursday. "It wasn't like lack of effort. I just think it was lack of technique."

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New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison hitting practice dummy during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison hitting practice dummy during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants DT Damon Harrison (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle), G D.J. Fluker (knee), LB Devon Kennard (quad), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), and DT Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle) were also limited participants.

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), and LB Kelvin Sheppard (groin) all missed practice for a second-straight day.

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New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon tries to tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon tries to tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Not only did Ben McAdoo have a team meeting on Wednesday, but the Giants' defense held a players-only meeting to figure out their own problems. 

The defense has looked like a shell of itself from last season as it has consistently dropped the ball the past few weeks. They have allowed a total 82 points in the last two weeks, and after allowing over 400 yards per game this season, they are ranked 31st in total defense. 

Similar to McAdoo's meeting, effort was a main area discussed in the meeting. Every player was allowed to speak, and things were spirited in the discussions. 

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Sep 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) runs out of the pocket to avoid New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Sep 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) runs out of the pocket to avoid New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Giants lost to the 49ers on Sunday, 31-21, to fall to 1-8 on the season. Here's what's going on today...

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The Giants practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Facility on Thursday

Ben McAdoo held a team meeting on Wednesday >> WATCH

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Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo reacts during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo reacts during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There is plenty of doubt swirling around Ben McAdoo right now - doubt about his team, about his abilities as a head coach, about whether he'll still be a head coach after this season.

But McAdoo had a simple answer when he was asked on Wednesday if any self-doubt has started to creep in.

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Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants practice where head coach Ben McAdoo discussed the team meeting he had with his players on Wednesday.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ben McAdoo held what he called a "brutally honest" team meeting on Wednesday. He showed film clips of both the offense and defense to everyone, including a few when specific players seemed to lack the "desire" - to use his word - to finish plays.

The players swear they got the message. They said it was eye-opening to see so many bad plays on film. They said McAdoo's accompanying words were direct and harsh, and they took them to heart.

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Pat Leonard joins Daily News Live to discuss Ben McAdoo's decision to hold a team meeting and watch film from the Giants' losses.

Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), DT Damon Harrison (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), LB Kelvin Sheppard (groin) all missed Giants practice on Wednesday.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle), G D.J. Fluker (knee), LB Devon Kennard (quad), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), and DT Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle) were all limited participants.

Pugh will be out for the team's matchup against the Chiefs this Sunday, per NFLN's Ian Rapoport.

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, right, talks to team owner John Mara during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, right, talks to team owner John Mara during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It has been more than 41 years now since the Giants fired Bill Arnsparger seven games (and seven losses) into the 1976 season. It was the last time Giants ownership changed coaches midseason. And on Monday, co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch made it clear they have no plans to do it again now.

When they did, with their statement of "support" for the embattled Ben McAdoo, they essentially ignored the mob with the fire and pitchforks gathering outside the gates of MetLife Stadium. They put aside their own anger at what they called this "extremely disappointing season" and the "inexcusable and frustrating" performance the last two weeks. And Mara suppressed what we know from his past statements is his own inner urge to fire everyone in the middle of disasters like this.

They also put off what seems to be inevitable -- the firing of McAdoo and the reset of a franchise that has clearly lost its way.

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 (Jonathan Dyer)
(Jonathan Dyer)

Yesterday, I came across the thought that Odell Beckham, Jr. is the reason this Giants team has gone from good to god awful. It might have been the funniest thing I've read in a long time. 

Are we really going to blame the Miami boat trip from last season as the reason this Giants team has fallen into the biggest hole in recent history? And we're going to blame a man who broke his ankle in Week 5 -- who has zero impact on the outcome of games from that point forward -- as the reason players haven't been giving maximum effort on the field? 

It's laughable. 

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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Giants G Justin Pugh will be out with a back injury for the team's matchup against the Chiefs, per NFLN's Ian Rapoport. 

Pugh sustained the injury against the 49ers on Sunday as he exited the game and didn't return. It looks to be a week-to-week injury, and could sideline the veteran guard for a few weeks. 

It will be a huge loss to the Giants as Pugh served as a versatile asset that could play anywhere on the line. He becomes the second starter next to C Weston Richburg to miss time this season. 

The Giants signed G John Greco on Monday to fill Pugh's void.  

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants lost to the 49ers on Sunday, 31-21, to fall to 1-8 on the season. Here's what's going on today...

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The Giants return to practice after recovering from their West Coast trip. 

Kickers Andrew Franks and Jason Myers worked out for the team on Tuesday >> Read more

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Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Jason Myers (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Jason Myers (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants worked out kickers Jason Myers and Andrew Franks on Tuesday, according to Sirius XM's Adam Caplan.

Myers, whom the Jacksonville Jaguars released earlier this season, was 11-for-15 in six games this season. He made all five attempts between 40 and 49 yards in his third professional season, but has missed all three attempts from beyond 50 this season. He has converted on 15 of 17 extra points.

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New York Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson tackles Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Taylor in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson tackles Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Taylor in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Giants placed linebacker Keenan Robinson on injured reserve on Tuesday and signed linebacker Akeem Ayers and offensive guard John Greco, the team announced.

Robinson, 28, recorded 32 combined tackles and two passes defensed in six games this season before he suffered a season-ending quad injury in New York's game against the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 5.

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The Football Night in New York panel discusses John Mara's decision to keep Ben McAdoo as the head coach for the rest of the 2017 season.

Giants ownership has stuck up for head coach Ben McAdoo all season, and it continued with their official statement reiterating they will not make any in-season changes with their staff. 

So, now that McAdoo knows he will be the coach for the last seven games of the season, his focus is entirely on getting the Giants out of their rut in any way he can. During his weekly conference call with reporters, McAdoo says only time will tell if Giants ownership having his back will help get his team some wins. 

"I don't know. Only time will tell," McAdoo said. "We'll have to see how everybody responds, but again, my focus is as it always is. It's on the week of preparation and trying to put a good plan together and help these coaches and players in any way I can putting a good product on the field and finding a way to get better."

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 (Stan Szeto)
(Stan Szeto)

The Giants have announced they promoted WR Kalif Raymond to the 53-man roster.

Raymond, who signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2016, was on the Jets' roster to start the season. However, the Jets waived him at the end of Septemeber. The Giants would pick him up on their practice squad where he has been since. 

The Holy Cross product has only seen return time in regular season play as he notched 38 yards on five attempts with the Jets. 

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(Sergio Estrada)

The Giants lost to the 49ers on Sunday, 31-21, to fall to 1-8 on the season. Here's what's going on today...

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The Giants give the 49ers their first win of the season in 31-21 loss on the road >> Recap here

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveWith a storm of chaos and losses swirling around their franchise, the Giants owners made it clear on Monday that Ben McAdoo is still their head coach and almost certainly will be for the rest of this miserable season.

But their statement of "support" of the embattled McAdoo clearly only lasts until Jan. 1, 2018.

That's the day after the end of what Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch admitted in a statement has been "an extremely disappointing" season so far. Their Giants are 1-8, coming off back-to-back "inexcusable and frustrating" losses, including the disaster in San Francisco on Sunday where the previously winless 49ers beat them 31-21.

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(Mark J. Rebilas)

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Ben McAdoo was high on the list of endangered head coaches even before the debacle in San Francisco on Sunday. It seems a lock that he will be fired at the end of the season now.

Chances are Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch know it, too. And chances are they've already begun thinking at least a little bit about who they'll hire to replace him. In fact, Mara has said in the past that he's always eyeing potential head coaching candidates, just in case. So he probably already has a list...

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