Jan 15, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese answers questions from media during a press conference to introduce Ben McAdoo as new the new head coach at Quest Diagnostics Training Center Auditorium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jan 15, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese answers questions from media during a press conference to introduce Ben McAdoo as new the new head coach at Quest Diagnostics Training Center Auditorium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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On the day the Giants fired Tom Coughlin, co-owner John Mara was asked to defend what seems like an indefensible decision. He admitted that day that his team was short on talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball. So why, he was asked, fire the coach who was forced to coach those players?

Why not fire the general manager who assembled the losing team?

"We've had three losing years in a row. A lot of that is due to some personnel decisions that have been made," Mara said at a press conference right after the 2015 season ended. "But I still believe that Jerry Reese is the right guy to lead us going forward. "Why do I believe that? Jerry put together two Super Bowl-winning teams. I would venture to say if we were to poll all of you in this room two years ago about who the top general managers in the league are, every one of you in here would have him on your list.

"So now two years later, after another bad season, do we want to throw all that out? I still think he's capable of putting a great team together."

One year later, it's clear that Mara was right and his faith in his embattled GM was justified. One year ago, thanks in large part to years of bad drafting, the Giants were coming off their second straight 6-10 season, three years of losing records, and four years of missing the playoffs. Now they are 11-5, back in the playoffs with a chance to beat the Green Bay Packers (10-6) at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon.

And Reese is as responsible for the quick flip as much as anyone. No doubt he got a big assist from Mara and Steve Tisch, who gave him the green light - and the blank check - to go crazy in free agency and dole out more than $200 million in contracts. But it was about more than just spending. It was spending in the right places, and being unafraid to do it even though offseason spending sprees have historically been terrible ways to rebuild NFL teams.

And it was about his unwavering faith in his players, even in the face of often-justified criticism, and his belief that even during their miserable 2015 season the team was more talented than it showed.

 

THE BLANK CHECK

To see how he did it, it of course starts with the money. The Giants had an enormous amount of salary cap room entering free agency - a fact that had a lot to do with Reese drafting too many players who weren't worthy of lucrative contracts when their rookie deals were up. That bad drafting had created an unintended bonanza, though most people around the NFL didn't consider this to be a stellar free-agent crop.

Reese was undeterred. He got into a crazy bidding war with the Jacksonville Jaguars before landing defensive end Olivier Vernon for $85 million over five years ($52.5 million guaranteed). He pounded on defensive tackle Damon Harrison (five years, $46.25 million, $24 million guaranteed) when the Jets opted not to re-sign him. And he surprised everyone by throwing huge money at Janoris Jenkins (five years, $62.5 million, $28.8 million guaranteed), even though many NFL talent evaluators had serious questions about whether he was worthy of a big-money deal.

In a sense, though, Reese had no choice. The Giants had the worst defense in the NFL last season and put up historically bad numbers. So in a spending spree that lasted only a few short hours, he landed the best defensive end, the best defensive tackle and what he believed was the best cornerback on the market.

Then he sat silently as many screamed about how badly he had overpaid.

 

KEEPING THE FAITH

Reese also gave a one-year, $10 million deal to defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who turned down more money from the Arizona Cardinals to take it. This was significant and somewhat personal for JPP. Just eight months earlier he nearly blew off his right hand in a fireworks accident and missed the first half of the 2015 season. While many screamed for the Giants to cut him - and even though there were more than a few members of the Giants hierarchy furious with Pierre-Paul - Reese stood by him stronger than anyone in the franchise.

And according to several sources, Reese was the driving force to bring JPP back.

Reese also had faith in other players on his team that many - including a few on the inside - had begun to doubt. He saw greatness in safety Landon Collins, who struggled as a rookie after Reese had traded up to take him in the second round of the 2015 draft. He was convinced the cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie wasn't showing his age last season and would rebound from an injury-plagued year. And he believed the healthy returns of defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and linebacker Jonathan Casillas would be a boost too.

His faith wasn't nearly as justified on the offensive side, where left tackle Ereck Flowers struggled mightily in his second season after Reese lost out on several free agent tackles because of the Giants' refusal to move Flowers to the right side. And receiver Victor Cruz (39 catches, 586 yards, one touchdown) hasn't looked anything like his old self after taking a huge pay cut to return for one more year.

Still, many around the league - especially friends of Coughlin - were convinced the Giants' cupboard was bare at the end of the 2015 season. Reese, though, saw a team that had blown an NFL record five fourth-quarter leads and declared last January "I don't think we're that far away."

 

THE LITTLE THINGS

Reese also rekindled some of the success he had in 2007, when every move he made seemed to work out great. Despite huge holes at linebacker, he put his faith in the injury-prone Keenan Robinson and Kelvin Sheppard, both of whom were more than adequate this season. He found some key undrafted free agents, like receiver Roger Lewis and safety Andrew Adams, who made contributions, and some battle-tested veterans like running back Bobby Rainey and corner/safety Leon Hall.

And his draft, for the first time maybe since 2007, looked outstanding in its first year. Cornerback Eli Apple wasn't his first choice in the first round, but he's emerged as a promising starter. Receiver Sterling Shepard (65-683-8) would've set rookie records if Odell Beckham hadn't put them out of reach. Safety Darian Thompson (third round) won a starting job before getting injured. And Paul Perkins (fifth round) might be the starting running back on Sunday after several weeks of giving the sagging rushing attack an Ahmad Bradshaw-like boost.

Reese doesn't get all the credit for the turnaround, of course. McAdoo's coaching and the way he handled several crises in his first season deserve praise, as does his decision to stick with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo when many assumed he'd be fired. Spagnuolo did a wonderful job meshing all the new pieces on defense. And the players are convinced that McAdoo's player-friendly schedule and the new approach by new strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman are a big reason why - after being one of the most injured teams in the league for years -- they enter the playoffs as one of the healthiest teams in the league.

But in the end, as coaches often say, it's the players that play - and these are Reese's pieces. He cannonballed into the free agent pool and incredibly came out with three All-Pro players. He plucked some very important role players off the NFL's scrap heap. And he struck gold again in the draft, just as some of his more recent draft picks were beginning to arrive, too.

And it all fit - which might be the most remarkable part of all.

"I don't know who did the scouting or brought this group together like that, but I know Jerry Reese had a big part to do with it," Harrison said. "The group of guys that were here before and the group of guys that they brought in, you just don't see that too often. Different groups that genuinely get along on and off the field. That had a lot to do with [the success]."

That still doesn't overshadow the fact that his personnel decisions were as much to blame as anything else for the three miserable seasons that preceded this one. But as much as he deserves the criticism for that, Reese deserves the praise for this. Just like Mara expected, Reese dug the Giants right out of their deep hole.

And just as Mara believed, Reese turned out to be the right man for the difficult job.


 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Steve Spagnuolo doesn't feel he needs to interject in the drama between S Landon Collins and CB Eli Apple.

Apple made controversial headlines this week after he was caught tweeting on the sideline of Sunday's contest against the Cowboys, which is a violation of the NFL's social media policy. The second-year safety has had a tumultuous season thus far, -- both on and off the field -- and Collins supposedly talked to Apple about it. However, Apple refuted these claims, saying he spoke with other teammates like Brandon Marshall instead. 

Spagnuolo had no comments specifically on the Collins-Apple debate. Instead, he noted how this Giants team is a family. 

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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)

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THE GAME

The Philadelphia Eagles (11-2) at the Giants (2-11) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. ET.

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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) just misses an interception on a ball intended for Cleveland Browns tight end Seth DeValve (87) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) just misses an interception on a ball intended for Cleveland Browns tight end Seth DeValve (87) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants S Landon Collins may have to miss his first career game on Sunday as he continues to battle an ankle injury. 

Collins was listed as doubtful for Sunday's contest against the Eagles. He showed some promise on Thursday being a limited participant at practice. However, he was out for Friday's practice. 

The 23-year-old has played in all 45 career games over three season. He is currently leading the Giants in tackles (102 combined) while have two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and six passes defended this season. 

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Eli Apple and Landon Collins seem to be in the midst of a disagreement in the Giants' locker room as more drama unfolds in New York.

Giants S Landon Collins fired back at CB Eli Apple's claim on Thursday that Collins hasn't tried to help him with the recent turmoil he's been dealing with.

"I guess he don't remember things," Collins told reporters when informed of Apple's claim that he hadn't tried to help him.

Apple had earlier suggested Collins was a liar, responding "no" to a question of whether Collins had spoken to him and tried to help him. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Interim Giants GM Kevin Abrams spoke with reporters during practice on Thursday.

Abrams, who took over after Jerry Reese was fired earlier this month, said that he wants the full-time job and is ready for it.

Giants co-owner John Mara said after firing Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo that Abrams and interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo would both receive interviews for the respective full-time jobs if they were interested.

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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants OL Justin Pugh has been placed on IR and will miss the remainder of the season, but does not need surgery on his injured back.

Instead, Pugh has been prescribed rest and rehab.

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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

The Giants (2-11) take on the NFC East-winning Eagles (11-2) on Sunday. Here's what's going on today...

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John Mara hopes Eli Manning returns in 2018 >> Read More

Giants are considering shutting down Landon Collins >> Read More

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Doug Williams, Marc Malusis and Sal Licata speculate on whether they believe Eli Manning will return to the Giants in 2018.

Despite the turmoil that has engulfed the Giants during their 2-11 season, highlighted by the benching of Eli Manning and ultimately the firing of head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese, co-owner John Mara wants to see his two-time Super Bowl MVP-winning quarterback return in 2018.

Speaking to Newsday on Wednesday, Mara made it clear who he wants under center for the Giants next season.

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Dec 3, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) recovers the fumble ahead of Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) during the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Dec 3, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) recovers the fumble ahead of Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) during the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

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Landon Collins' season isn't over yet. But the end may be coming soon.

The Giants are still considering whether to shut down their star safety for the final three games after he re-injured his ankle on Sunday afternoon, according to interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo. Collins has been playing through a high ankle sprain since Week 5, and it he aggravated it on Sunday in the Giants' loss to the Cowboys.

Spagnuolo had already indicated on Monday that they might put the 23-year-old on injured reserve "to protect Landon from himself."

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Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) makes a pass during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) makes a pass during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

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Davis Webb will remain the Giants' third-string quarterback this week, and he likely won't be activated on Sunday afternoon.

But one week from Sunday - on Christmas Eve - it's possible all that may change.

Giants interim coach Steve Spagnuolo opened the door on Wednesday for the 22-year old Webb to make his first career start on Dec. 24 in Arizona. He made no promises, of course, and it's possible it hasn't even been discussed among the coaching staff and decision-makers yet.

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 (Jeremy Brevard)
(Jeremy Brevard)

he Giants are expected to begin their search for a new general manager in earnest next week, and they will likely begin with an old friend.

But even if Dave Gettleman is the first to be interviewed, he won't be the last.

Though there is strong speculation around the league that the Giants will eventually hire the 66-year-old Gettleman -- who worked for the Giants as a scout, the pro personnel director, and a senior pro personnel analyst from 1998-2012 -- the truth is they intend to cast a wide net in their search, according to a team source...

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 (Kirby Lee)
(Kirby Lee)

The Giants will select UCLA QB Josh Rosen with the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, predicts ESPN's Todd McShay.

The Giants' quarterback situation has been in flux all season, and with the aging Eli Manning under center, they need to be looking to the future. Enter Rosen, who McShay touts as the most NFL-ready quarterback entering the draft in April. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Several Giants players traveled to Madison Square Garden Tuesday night to see the Knicks face the Lakers, including star WR Odell Beckham Jr. 

Accompaning Beckham were RB Paul Perkins, TE Evan Engram, QB Davis Webb, RB Orleans Darkwa, and RB Wayne Gallman. They all posed with Laker great Magic Johnson during the Knicks' 113-109 overtime win as well. 

Webb posted a picture to his Instagram to capture the moment...

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New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) (Winslow Townson/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) (Winslow Townson/AP)

The Giants (2-11) lost to the Cowboys, 30-10, on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants are not rushing to find a GM replacement. 

Eli Apple could be disciplined by Giants, NFL after tweeting on sideline Sunday

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

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 (Orlando Ramirez)
(Orlando Ramirez)

The Giants announced multiple roster moves on Tuesday, including the signings of WR Hunter Sharp and OL Damien Mama

Both players are eligible to make their debut with the Giants' this Sunday against the Eagles.

Sharp comes over from the Broncos' practice squad, where he has spent time throughout the season. He was promoted to the active roster on Oct. 18, but later released and re-signed to the practice squad.

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Giants QB Eli Manning can't help but to feel sorry for Eagles QB Carson Wentz, who is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

Wentz left his game against the Rams on Sunday after a hard hit as he dove into the endzone. An MRI revealed a torn ACL, and despite the Eagles clinching the NFC East with the win in L.A., they lost their starter who was making a great case to be the league MVP this season. 

Wentz's injury shocked everyone throughout the league, including a division rival in Manning. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants insist they are doing everything they can to get Davis Webb ready to play. And the rookie quarterback insists he prepares each week like he's a starter.

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Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants practice where the team is preparing Davis Webb to play although Eli Manning will remain the starter.

The Giants (2-11) lost to the Cowboys, 30-10, on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

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Spagnuolo isn't sure what would be gained to have Davis Webb play >> Read More

Eli Apple could be disciplined by Giants, NFL after tweeting on sideline Sunday

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Landon Collins has struggled this season through a high ankle sprain that has bothered him for most of the year, and he reinjured it on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

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New York Giants quarterbacks Eli Manning (10), Geno Smith (3) and Davis Webb (5) work out during NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants quarterbacks Eli Manning (10), Geno Smith (3) and Davis Webb (5) work out during NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It is sounding more and more like the Giants will finish out this season without ever getting a meaningful look at rookie quarterback Davis Webb.

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(Kyle Terada)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The fall has come fast for Eli Apple, from first-round draft pick loaded with potential, to a suddenly troubled NFL player in the midst of a turbulent year. He's been benched, declared inactive, shunned by some teammates. He's had to deal with his mother's health crisis, and a slew of injuries of his own.

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The Football Night in New York crew breaks down the Giants' continued lack of offense in their 30-10 loss to the Cowboys.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Steve Spagnuolo is a longshot to be the Giants' head coach next season, because it's hard to envision John Mara endorsing anything that resembles the status quo. Maybe a few wins would improve his chances. Maybe.

But that's not going to happen if he continues playing ultra-conservative football. What the Giants need -- what Spagnuolo needs -- is to think big and bold.

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New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb passes the ball during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Stew Milne/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb passes the ball during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Stew Milne/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The damage has already been done to Eli Manning. His feelings were already hurt. His streak was already snapped. The Giants already looked like clowns for the way they handled things.

Now that it's over, they need to take advantage of the miserable situation they created.

They need to take a look at rookie quarterback Davis Webb.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the sidelines during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the sidelines during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Eli Manning took the field to a standing ovation on Sunday, there was hope that his return would provide a boost to the Giants' sagging offense.

It didn't.

What did everyone expect?

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning escapes pressure by Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning escapes pressure by Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Whatever good feelings there were inside the Meadowlands at the start of Sunday's game were completely gone by the end of it. The fans that bothered to stick around were either booing or cheering the Cowboys. For the Giants, it was just another miserable loss.

But they've reached the point in their season where they can win for losing, and on Sunday they did. Their 30-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, plus the San Francisco 49ers' 26-16 win in Houston, helped solidify the Giants' position in the 2018 draft, where right now they'd have the second pick.

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning and interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo discuss the team's limp effort in its 30-10 loss to the Cowboys.

The Giants and Cowboys were neck-and-neck throughout a divisional matchup on Sunday, but Dak Prescott threw a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and Dallas ran away with a 30-10 win at MetLife Stadium. >> Box score

 

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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Scott Galvin)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Scott Galvin)

Former Giants WR Victor Cruz was seen wearing an Eli Manning jersey at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

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Aug 26, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Former NFL head coach Rex Ryan during a NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Aug 26, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Former NFL head coach Rex Ryan during a NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Former Giants K Lawrence Tynes slammed former Jets head coach Rex Ryan after he compared QB Geno Smith's chin to a marshmallow on the set of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown.

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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard and DE Jason Pierre-Paul are active for the team's matchup with the Cowboys on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

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Former Giants executive Dave Gettleman is emerging as the favorite to become the next Giants general manager, especially now that another top choice - former Chiefs GM John Dorsey - has been hired by the Browns.

Gettleman and Dorsey had been the top two names on the list of former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi, who is consulting on the Giants' search, as SNY reported last week. But Dorsey came off the board on Tuesday when the Cleveland Browns fired their executive vice president, Sashi Brown, and quickly tabbed Dorsey as his successor.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

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THE GAME

The Dallas Cowboys (6-6) at the Giants (2-10) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. ET.

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 (Cary Edmondson)
(Cary Edmondson)

Geno Smith's father, Geno Smith Jr., received a death threat in the wake of his son's start against the Raiders last Sunday, per The Post's Hannah Withiam. 

It was another day at work for Smith Jr. when he got the call from his son that he would be making the start against the Raiders. However, soon after, Smith Jr. would receive a death threat from an anonymous caller last Tuesday. 

"I was just at work," Smith Jr. said. "I answered and he was like, 'Geno? Is this Geno?' I was like, 'Yeah.' He was like, 'Your son better not start or we're going to kill you.' I kind of just laughed and then he hung up."

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Steve Spagnuolo describes his first week of practice as interim Giants coach.

Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. will make his return to MetLife Stadium for the team's Week 14 game against the Cowboys on Sunday. 

Beckham has been at the Giants facility all week as he continues to rehab his surgically repaired ankle. He sustained the injury during the Giants' Week 5 contest against the Chargers at MetLife Stadium. 

The biggest storyline of the game this week is the return of Eli Manning to his starting role, and like many, Beckham wants to see his quarterback succeed. There are expected to be many former players in attendance to watch Manning return under center for the Giants. 

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Jason Pierre-Paul suffered another injury to his already mangled right hand, but he insisted he will be ready to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.

He made that declaration on Friday after practicing for the first time this week. He did not give any details about how he suffered the injury, or if was football-related. But he had the middle finger of his right hand tightly wrapped, and mostly kept it in his pocket during his interview.

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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings speaks on radio row at the Super Bowl LI media center at the George R. Brown Convention Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings speaks on radio row at the Super Bowl LI media center at the George R. Brown Convention Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rashad Jennings has told the story before of how he was once a chubby 6-year-old with asthma and some seemingly unlikely NFL dreams. He thought of that kid again on Friday, as his eight-year NFL career officially came to an end.

"It's not every day you can ask a kid that's 6 years old and say, 'What do you want to do when you get older?' and you talk to him at 32 years old and he tells you that's exactly what he's been doing," Jennings said. "And because of that I'm full, I'm complete, I'm humble. I have no regrets. If I could rewind the tape, I would do it the exact same way."

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Steve Spagnuolo discusses the adjustments he's had to make after being named the interim head coach of the New York Giants this month.

Steve Spagnuolo discusses the adjustments he's had to make after being named the interim head coach of the New York Giants this month.


New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants LB Mark Herzlich has been nominated as the Giants' nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, reports Sports Illustrated.

 

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The Daily News Live crew speculates on Odell Beckham Jr. comparing his passion on and off the field to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The Daily News Live crew speculates on Odell Beckham Jr. comparing his passion on and off the field to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.


Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan talks to quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan talks to quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants interim head coach/defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will rely on offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and QB Eli Manning with certain things on the offensive side of the ball, he told reporters on Thursday.

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(Sergio Estrada)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring) returned to practice on Thursday, but was limited. 

The wideout has been battling a hamstring ailment that kept him out in the beginning of the week. 

Also, limited were RB Wayne Gallman (hip), LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison (elbow), and T Chad Wheeler (concussion). 

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(Brad Penner)

Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. continued his comparsion to Patriots QB Tom Brady on Instagram. 

Beckham took to Twitter on Monday to call out a double standard based off the emotion both him and Brady exude during games. Brady was seen yelling at his offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, on Sunday and Beckham pointed out that he wasn't scolded by anyone for it. 

He said on Monday that he is just trying to emulate Brady's passion on the field, and he posted a video to Instagram to show that comparison...

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The Giants face off against the Cowboys in Week 14 on Sunday. Here's what's going on today...

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Ralph Vacchiano gets reactions from the Giants after it was announced that Eli Manning would be starting for the Giants on Sunday.

With the news that Eli Manning has once again been named the Giants' starting quarterback, rookie Davis Webb again finds himself on the outside looking in. 

Just one week after ex-coach Ben McAdoo benched Manning in favor of Geno Smith while simultaneously opening up the possibility of Webb receiving playing time to see what the club had in the rookie from Cal.

After McAdoo's firing on Monday, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo reversed course and reinstated Manning as the Giants' top QB with Smith sliding into the backup role once again.

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May 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Justin Tuck retirement press conference during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
May 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Justin Tuck retirement press conference during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

Former Giant Justin Tuck continues to keep close tabs on his old team.

With the firing of head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese coming on the heels of the Eli Manning debacle, the 34-year-old knows what type of personality he wants to see roaming Big Blue's sideline next season at MetLife Stadium.

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Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants Steve Spagnuolo during warm up before game against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants Steve Spagnuolo during warm up before game against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There was a time when Steve Spagnuolo imagined being the head coach of the Giants, and maybe even hoped for the chance someday. He remembered that on Wednesday, as he conducted his first practice as the interim coach.

He just never wanted that opportunity to happen like this.

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Oct 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to media after the NFL owners meeting at Conrad Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Oct 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to media after the NFL owners meeting at Conrad Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Roger Goodell has signed a contract extension that will extend his role as NFL commissioner through 2024.

According to the Washington Post, Goodell could earn up to $40 million per year, with roughly 90 percent of that total incentive based.

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New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith looks to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith looks to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When Geno Smith survived the firestorm created last week when he replaced Eli Manning as the starting quarterback of the Giants, he never imagined the decision would be reversed one week later.

And he wasn't happy when it was.

"I wasn't," Smith said on Wednesday, one day after he found out that his streak of consecutive games as the Giants starting quarterback would end at one. "Any competitor wouldn't be. To be put in that situation where you get a chance to play and then you're being pulled, but it's not because you played bad so you try to figure out why. But you've got to understand that some things happen in this business, and you've just got to roll with it."

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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) waits for the snap against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) waits for the snap against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas has been placed on season-ending injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Casillas has been dealing with wrist and neck issues, which forced him to miss Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Raiders. Casillas had missed three consecutive games earlier this season with neck soreness.

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