The NFL Draft is just one week away and the anticipation is greater than ever with the two additional weeks tacked on this year. BBB lead writer John Fennelly fields questions from readers regarding what the Giants will do with the 12th overall selection in the first round next Thursday.

James B: With all these teams looking for a QB in this year's draft, should the Giants think about trading Eli if a team in the top 6 want him?  I know there are obstacles, but if he can bring in multiple picks especially one of the picks from 1-6, It would benefit the team plus losing Eli's contract would help as well. Depending on the pick you could end up with (Jake) Matthews or (Khalil) Mack or even (Sammy)Watkins plus still have the 12th pick. Which if you go Watkins you may still get (Taylor) Lewan or (Eric) Ebron with the 12th and then draft OL (Jawaun) James and one of the QBs in the second.

Trading Eli is not on the table right now. First off, the Giants have no intention of trading him. Many teams would love to have him, but his contract makes him virtually untradable. He has cap hits of $20.4 and $19.75 million over the next two seasons. Second, he's just had ankle surgery and is coming off his worst season. Third, none of the QBs in this draft are slam-dunk franchise QBs, so the Giants would be going from a 2X Super Bowl MVP to a rookie project at QB.

Tim: What are the Giants' biggest needS besides offensive line and a big receiver?

Some will say LB, others will point to TE, DT, DE and now, with Will Hill's status uncertain, safety. So, they've got some upgrading to do all across the board. This draft - like all others - will be dedicated to doing that. I see them sticking to their board and bringing in football players that will a) make their roster and b) make that roster better.

Matt: Who do you think the Giants will take with the 12th overall selection? I say LB CJ Mosley. He is good in coverage and finishes tackles. Plus him and Jaquain Williams and Spencer Paysinger will make a great coverage linebacker set while you have Jon Beason and Jameel McClain stopping the run.

The Giants will be looking for a player that can come right in and start, and there will be plenty of them at 12. Mosley may do that on some teams, but not here. Some have him in the top 15, but the reality is he's probably a bit overrated and a reach at 12. You have to keep in mind the Giants don't employ their 4-3 base defense against pass-heavy teams, so burning a first round pick on a player that will only play around half the snaps doesn't seem prudent.

Eli: Do you think the Giants would Take AJ McCarron if he available in the later rounds of the draft? it sounds like Ryan Nassib isn't what they planned or isn't coming about.

I don't see it, because McCarron looks like he could go in the third or fourth round, plus the Giants are not looking to take a QB that high in this draft, at least at this time. I like him more than some of the others because of his intelligence and winning track record. He could be a steal, but the Giants have to sort out what they already have in house first before bringing in another body.

Michael: Are the Giants interested in the RB from Boston College Andre Williams?

He's a possibility simply because of the fact he's from BC, where Tom coached and John Mara went to school. There's a pretty large group of backs for them to take in the middle rounds, and he is certainly one of them, but he's not seen as well-rounded and dynamic as some of the others.

Tom: Three receivers not getting enough attention from the Giants are Martavis Bryant Rd-2, Donete Moncrief Rd-2 and Jared Abbrederis Rd-3.   Bryant has got instant acceleration and will remind you a little of Plaxico Burress. Moncrief is a younger Nicks and Abbrederis knows how to find the holes in the defense. Do the Giants know they are on the planet?

FYI, no one knows what the Giants are thinking about any potential draftee. These players may not be getting enough attention because most pundits aren't really mocking past the first round or two. They are all legitimate pro material. Moncrief is the best of the three and could go in the first round. He's been mocked to various teams, just not the Giants. That doesn't mean they don't have interest. The other two will find themselves probably getting a call on Saturday in Rounds 4-7.

Brandon: In my opinion Aaron Donald is the Giants best option in the first round, what do you think?

He is a great option, in my opinion, and could be there when the Giants select. Donald is a full-service DT. He can win the battle in the trenches and also rush the passer up the middle, which is what the Giants are looking for. He would be an excellent choice at 12....but....only if all three of the big tackles and Mike Evans are gone.

Jack: If Taylor Lewan, Eric Ebron, and Mike Evans all on the board when the Giants pick, who will they take?

I don't think all three will be available at 12. Lewan's legal issues seem to be clearing up and he's now ahead of Jake Matthews in a lot of mocks. Evans will probably not get past Detroit at 10. They want a compliment for Megatron, and who is better than Evans? Ebron could be there at 12, and he will be hard to pass up, I'll admit. A great receiver but he comes with some concerns. He's young (21) and has a tendency to pop off at the mouth according to some. He also is not seen as a complete TE. His blocking would have to improve in order for the Giants to truly use him as a weapon at TE. If all three were there, I'd take Lewan. The objective this offseason is the fix the offense and the Giants still need a franchise LT.

Angelo: If Evans, Donald, Ebron and all 3 tackles are gone, would Marquise Lee be a bad choice?

Lee is an interesting player. He had a very productive college career, but has shown some durability issues and teams (other than Detroit) don't believe he's a top ten pick. He would not be the best choice for the Giants at 12 and is too much of a risk to satisfy John Mara's directive to Reese to get players that are more game-ready as rookies. Lee is still going to go in the first round, just not to the Giants.

Tags: 2014 New York Giants, 2014 NFL Draft, New York Giants Draft

Jennings joins GIECO SportsNite 00:05:01
Giants running back Rashad Jennings joins GEICO SportsNite for his take on Sunday's epic playoff game between the Packers and the Cowboys.

Giants running back Rashad Jennings joins GEICO SportsNite for his take on Sunday's epic playoff game between the Packers and the Cowboys.


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(Benny Sieu)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Here's a look at the two NFC divisional-round playoff games this weekend:

Seattle Seahawks (11-5-1) at the Atlanta Falcons (11-5)

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly punched a hole in a Lambeau Field wall following Sunday's season-ending 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the wild-card game. (Ralph Vacchiano/SNY)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly punched a hole in a Lambeau Field wall following Sunday's season-ending 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the wild-card game. (Ralph Vacchiano/SNY)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has sent supplies to the city of Green Bay to fix the hole in a wall reportedly caused when Odell Beckham Jr. punched it after the Giants' loss to the Packers last Sunday, according to NJ.com,

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Jan 8, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) is hit by New York Giants defensive back Leon Hall (25) in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 8, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) is hit by New York Giants defensive back Leon Hall (25) in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)

Giants safety Leon Hall will not be fined for his hit on Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson during last's week first-round playoff game, according to multiple reports. 

During the second quarter, Hall led with his head and hit Nelson in the ribs on an attempted catch near the sideline. Hall was not penalized for the hit. 

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Maryland Terrapins linebacker Cole Farrand in action against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Byrd Stadium. (Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE)
Maryland Terrapins linebacker Cole Farrand in action against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Byrd Stadium. (Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE)

A former professional football player has saved a man from a New Jersey house fire.

The Record newspaper reports former New York Giants practice squad player Cole Farrand helped an elderly man escape a burning house Monday.

Farrand's mother alerted him there was a fire in their Green Pond Lake neighborhood in Rockaway around 1 a.m. Farrand rushed to the scene and found the fire. One of the residents, Jean Moore, had escaped. Her husband, Jim Moore, was trapped on the roof.

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Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been friends with punter Brad Wing since they were teammates at LSU. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been friends with punter Brad Wing since they were teammates at LSU. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Odell Beckham Jr. completely understands he needs to mature, according to Giants punter Brad Wing, one of Beckham's closest friends in football since the two were teammates at LSU.

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(Trevor Ruszkowski)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants added a little depth to their thin safety corps by signing veteran Rahim Moore on Thursday.

Moore, 26, was one of four free agents the Giants signed, just four days after their season ended with a 38-13 wild-card playoff game loss in Green Bay. They also added linebacker Curtis Grant, running back Daryl Virgies and guard Martin Wallace.

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On the latest Giants Goal Line, SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano looks back at Big Blue's disappointing loss to the Green Bay Packers, and what went right for a season that was a pleasant surprise for Ben McAdoo's squad. Later, Newsday's Bob Glauber calls in to discuss Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, and a host of pressing issues heading into the offseason.

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(Kelley L Cox)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants signed 10 players to reserve/future contracts on Tuesday and added two more on Wednesday, ensuring all 12 will stay with the team at least until the offseason program begins in April.

Among the most notable names were cornerback Donte Deayon and receiver Darius Powe, who spent the entire season on the practice squad after impressive training camps as undrafted free agents last summer, and cornerback Michael Hunter, who played two games for the Giants during the regular season.

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OBJ's future with Giants 00:01:58
Daily News Live attempts to find the right time for the Giants to offer Odell Beckham Jr. a contract extension.

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(Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

Tags: Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Johnathan Hankins, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Larry Donnell, Mark Herzlich, Marshall Newhouse, Nikita Whitlock, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Trevin Wade, Will Beatty, Will Tye, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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OBJ's future with Giants 00:01:58
Daily News Live attempts to find the right time for the Giants to offer Odell Beckham Jr. a contract extension.

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said he believes teammate Odell Beckham Jr. needs to control his emotions more in order to reach his full potential as a star, he said on WFAN, according to the New York Post.

"I think he's on track to reach his full potential,'' Cruz said. "But I think having those outbursts are going to hinder him in some regard, whether it's continued negative press or whatever the case may be. He has to find a way to just control himself and not do those things in such an angry regard after games like that.''

Cruz, who joined Beckham on the wide receivers' trip to Miami following the Giants' regular-season finale, defended the trip as a day off before they returned to practice that Tuesday in preparation for the wild-card game against the Green Bay Packers.

"This isn't something that was a mystery to me or something I was shocked at," Cruz said. "I understood where we were going and what we were doing. It was all on our day off in good fun. So there is nothing with that. I think it gets really over-hyped, for whatever reason.''

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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall invited the Giants' wide receivers down to his house in Miami during Tuesday's episode of "Inside the NFL."

"I want to say thank you," Marshall said. "Thank you to the New York Giants wide receivers for taking all of the attention off of myself and my fellow Jets. I have a place in Miami...You guys are awesome. Thank you."

 

 

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Jennings on Giants loss 00:01:06
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings talks about the team's painful loss to the Packers, and a positive future for Big Blue.

Despite not totaling 100 rushing yards in a game this season, New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings believes he still has room to grow.

"I'm confident in my talent," Jennings said Tuesday, according to the New York Post. "There's no doubt. I've got a lot of football left in me. Trust me. I've got an even bigger chip on my shoulder to prove people wrong, and I'm looking forward to it."

Jennings, 31, totaled 593 rushing yards on 181 carries with three touchdowns in the regular season. He added 201 receiving yards on 35 catches with one touchdown.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks Dallas Cowboys defensive end Benson Mayowa (93) in the game at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks Dallas Cowboys defensive end Benson Mayowa (93) in the game at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)

On the night the Giants drafted Ereck Flowers, the organization glowed about his potential. Jerry Reese called him "a big, tough guy with a little bit of a nasty streak." Tom Coughlin hailed him as "a battleship, an aircraft carrier." They had found their left tackle of the future. Reese even said "It's all upside with him.

"A franchise left tackle is a rare commodity," Marc Ross, the Giants scouting director said that night. "There are not many of those guys around the league and we think this guy has the ability, the upside, the potential, the toughness, the smarts and the competitiveness to be a franchise left tackle for us."

Two years later, is it possible the Giants were wrong?

They might be considering that possibility after a second straight season of struggles for the ninth overall pick of the 2015 draft. They're not exactly giving up on the still-only-22-year-old, especially since at 6-6, 329, Flowers does have rare strength and size. But Reese left the door open on Monday that maybe left tackle isn't his best - or his permanent - spot

Tags: Ereck Flowers, Ralph Vacchiano
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Up in the heir 00:02:22
Daily News Live debates the future of Giants quarterback Eli Manning and New York's quest for a replacement if they draft a quarterback.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY

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

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

Tags: Denver Broncos, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants on OBJ 00:02:09
Eli Manning, Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese discuss Odell Beckham's struggles and how the team can move on from the early exit in the playoffs.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning walks off Lambeau Field following Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning walks off Lambeau Field following Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY

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

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

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

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Green Bay Packers, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Jeff Hanisch)

Packers LB Datone Jones suggested after the Giants' season-ending loss to the Packers on Sunday that the playoff stage was too big for Odell Beckham Jr.

"Maybe the stage is too big for him," Jones told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "You can't drop passes in the end zone. You get no re-do's in this league. You work all year for this stage and you kind of have to be perfect. Odell Beckham dropped a few big passes for his team."

Beckham, who had four receptions for 28 yards on 11 targets against the Packers, dropped a would-be touchdown in the end zone in the first quarter and had several other drops -- including one on third down that would've given the Giants a first down.

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Odell Beckham Jr.
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Giants react to playoff loss 00:04:41
Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese comment on Odell Beckham Jr's locker room antics, how much Eli Manning has left in him.

Jason Pierre-Paul talks future 00:02:19
Jason Pierre-Paul discusses his future, free agency and the desire to remain with the New York Giants.

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul wants to return to the Giants but isn't open to signing another one-year deal, he told reporters Monday.

"I've done proved it," Pierre-Paul said. "There's not a guy like me doing it with seven and a half fingers."

Pierre-Paul added that while he'd "love" to return to the Giants, it will be a "business decision."

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Coughlin returns to Jaguars 00:00:56
Former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has taken a job in the Jacksonville Jaguars front office as the Executive VP of Football Operations.

Former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin will be hired as the Executive VP of Football Operations for the Jaguars, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Interim head coach Doug Marrone will become their full-time head coach, according to Schefter.

Coughlin interviewed with the Jaguars late last month for their head coaching position.

Coughlin, who was also reportedly drawing interest from the Bills for their vacant head coaching job, stepped down from the Giants last January.

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(Jeff Hanisch)

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who left Sunday's season-ending loss during the first defensive series due to a bruised thigh and only returned on special teams, was disappointed to not finish the season with his teammates.

"It was very disappointing," Rodgers-Cromartie said, according to Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post. "Any time your season ends like that when you can't go out there and fight with your guys, man, it makes the loss that much worse."

The Giants, who led 6-0 late in the first half, were burned for 38 points, with much of the damage coming through the air.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Green Bay Packers, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Trevin Wade
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(Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants GM Jerry Reese discussed a variety of topics while speaking with reporters Monday.

The highlights...

  • Odell Beckham, Jr. needs to "think about what he does," look in the mirror and take responsibility for his actions. "He's a smart guy but sometimes he doesn't do smart things."
  • The team is doing its own investigation into the allegations that Beckham punched a hole in the Lambeau Field wall after Sunday's loss.
Tags: Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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(Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said the team will have "a bad taste in their mouths for a while" afte their season-ending loss to the Packers on Sunday.

McAdoo also weighed in on a host of other topics, saying...

  • 11 wins is tough to get, but the Giants have built a strong foundation.
  • The Giants "obviously fell short from an offensive perspective" against the Packers.
  • On WR Odell Beckham, Jr. punching a hole in a wall at Lambeau Field after the game, McAdoo said "we and I take full responsibility for that. That's not the way we want to act after ballgames."
  • He wants WR Victor Cruz and DE Jason Pierre-Paul back next season.

 

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz

GEICO SportsNite: Giants react 00:02:00
Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli Manning discuss the Giants' disappointing loss at Lambeau Field that eliminated them from the playoffs.

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

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

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

Tags: Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Odell Beckham Jr.
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Vacchiano and Coakley on loss 00:03:22
Ralph Vacchiano and Jeane Coakley discuss the Giants' disappointing defeat to the Packers in the NFC Wild-Card round.

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

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

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

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

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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(Jeff Hanisch)

Head coach Ben McAdoo made a number of dubious offensive play-calls during the Giants' season-ending 38-13 loss in Green Bay on Sunday.

Among them was his decision to run the ball three straight times with just over two minutes to go in the first quarter and the Giants, who were leading 3-0 at the time, on the Packers' 11 yard line facing a 1st and 15.

McAdoo called for three Rashad Jennings rushes up the middle as the Giants went three and out.

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. walks off the field following Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau FIeld. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. walks off the field following Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau FIeld. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Odell Beckham Jr. wants desperately to be considered the biggest of big-time performers. He insists on being in the spotlight. He craves everyone's attention.

That's why it was so shocking -- disappointing, really -- that on the biggest stage of his life, Beckham came up so small.

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Jonathan Casillas, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Bill Streicher)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

GREEN BAY, Wisc. - Victor Cruz insisted he never once thought that he might have been playing his last game as a Giant on Sunday, even though he surely knows there's a good chance that he was.

But with his future up in the air now that the Giants' season is over, Cruz made it clear he wants to return to the only team he's ever known.

"Absolutely," Cruz said after the Giants' 38-13 wild-card loss to the Packers. "This is family. This is home. I don't know anywhere else. I don't want to know anywhere else."

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

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

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

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants lose 00:00:51
Justin Pugh, Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard react to the Giants' lopsided defeat to the Green Bay Packers.

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

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

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

Tags: Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers
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Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Giants defensive back Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie left Sunday's NFC wild-card playoff game against the Packers with a bruised thigh and is questionable to return.

 

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Jan 1, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) pumps his fist after the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Packers won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Jan 1, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) pumps his fist after the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Packers won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

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.

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A group of Giants led by wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Sterling Shepard and Roger Lewis briefly took the Lambeau Field without shirts before Sunday's playoff game against the Packers.

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

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

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson tries to catch a pass between New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins and safety Andrew Adams in the second quarter that fell incomplete at Lambeau Field. (Benny Sieu/USA Today Sports Images)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson tries to catch a pass between New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins and safety Andrew Adams in the second quarter that fell incomplete at Lambeau Field. (Benny Sieu/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants defensive back Janoris Jenkins posted a pre-game Instagram message for Packers receiver Jordy Nelson heading into Sunday's NFC wild-card playoff game.

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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)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

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?

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Stats and Facts: Packers 00:01:02
SNY.tv takes a statistical look at the Giants' first-round playoff opponent, the Green Bay Packers.

The Giants open the playoffs against the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday at 4:40 p.m.


On the first playoff edition of Giants Goal Line, SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano chats with former Giants center Shaun O'Hara about his memories of the 2008 playoff game in Green Bay and his thoughts on this year's matchup against the Packers. Later, Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette calls in to give a scouting report on Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the NFC North champion Packers.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams is tackled by New York Giants free safety Landon Collins and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the last play of the game at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports Images)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams is tackled by New York Giants free safety Landon Collins and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the last play of the game at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports Images)

Should the Giants defeat the Packers in Sunday's wild-card playoff game in Green Bay, they will get an opportunity to beat the NFC East champion Cowboys for the third time this season. The winner of Sunday's Giants-Packers game plays Dallas next Sunday (Jan. 15) at 4:40 p.m.

 

 

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Oct 9, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) and Green Bay Packers cornerback Quinten Rollins (24) battle for a pass during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 23-16. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 9, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) and Green Bay Packers cornerback Quinten Rollins (24) battle for a pass during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 23-16. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin -- This will likely be the coldest game most of the Giants have ever played. It'll be the kind of weather that makes players wish for the game to be over. It can leave coaches red-faced for something other than screaming at the refs.

It's dangerous. It's uncomfortable. It can even be disruptive.

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(Mark Hoffman)

John Fennelly, SNY.TV:

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo and Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who face off Sunday in Green Bay, have a long history together. 

McAdoo worked under McCarthy in Titletown for eight years and also in two previous stops -- San Francisco and New Orleans.

Over that period, McAdoo learned what it takes to be a head coach in this league, learning first at the side of McCarthy and then Tom Coughlin in 2014 and 2015 as the Giants' offensive coordinator. McCarthy has left more of an impression on McAdoo than Coughlin, which is not a bad thing...

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(Jeff Hanisch)

The Packers led the league by reeling in 40 touchdown receptions during the regular season and were seventh in yards with 4,199.

Meanwhile, the Giants were tied for second in the league with 17 interceptions.

That brings us to our matchup to watch...

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Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. recently went undercover with Lyft...

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Stats and Facts: Packers 00:01:02
SNY.tv takes a statistical look at the Giants' first-round playoff opponent, the Green Bay Packers.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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