NFL Week 13
The Giants (4-7) travel down to the nation's capital to face the Redskins (3-8) in a battle between two of the more disappointing teams of 2013. The winner moves into third place. The loser drops into last.
Kickoff: 8:30pm Eastern
Their offense leads the league in rushing yards per attempt (4.9) and are second in the NFL third down conversions (70).
They rank second in the NFL in rushing yards per game (150.2) and also rank...
Kickoff: 8:30pm Eastern
Site: FedEx Field
1st Quarter: Two big plays - the 67-yard touchdown pass?to Travis Beckum and 42-yard pass to Victor Cruz that set up a field goal to put the Giants ahead 10-7 -plus some strong running by Ahmad Bradshaw,?had me confident that Big Blue would hang in there with the defending champs. That's exactly what they did.
2nd Quarter: Obviously Eli Manning's interception that Clay Matthews returned for a touchdown was one of the biggest plays of the game. But Chase Blackburn's interception set up the Brandon Jacobs touchdown and a missed Packers' field goal following a Manning fumble sent the teams into halftime with Green Bay?leading 21-17.
Forget the two-minute drill. Even less than one minute was too much time to leave the great Aaron Rodgers, who threw four touchdown passes and led a game-winning drive in the final minute to lift the Green Bay Packers (12-0) to a thrilling 38-35 victory and hand the struggling New York Giants (6-6) their fourth straight defeat at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
New York got off to a fast start and fought valiantly the rest of the way, but for two teams moving in opposite directions, the defending Super Bowl champion Packers were too much to overcome.
The Giants (6-6) went blow-for-blow with the league's best team - the Green Bay Packers (12-0) - and lost on a FG as time expired, 38-35.
Outside of a victory, you couldn't have asked for anything more. This was a great game. Giant fans have nothing to be disappointed about tonight. Their team showed they were not about to quit on the fans, on Tom Coughlin or each other.
DE Osi Umenyiora, LB Mark Herzlich, OL Stacy Andrews, DT Jimmy Kennedy, WR Mario Manningham, RB Da'Rel Scott, C David Baas
RB Ahmad Bradshaw and LB Michael Boley are both active today. Baas was a late scratch due to headaches.
The game will be broadcast on FOX, with their symbiotic duo of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman delivering the call. This could end up being either a sickening broadcast or an interesting one should the Giants stick it to the Packers. Either way, expect this to be a droolfest for Aikman because Aaron Rodgers is in the house. My suggestion: watch the game on mute and listen to the Bob Papa call on WFAN.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw, LB Michael Boley and WR Mario Manningham will all be game time decisions. Bradshaw and Boley have a much better shot at playing than Mario since they practiced this week.
You can safely say that WR Victor Cruz is having a breakout year. With five games left, Cruz is only 43 yards short of 1,000 receiving yards. Jeff Roberts of the Bergen Record reports:
The Paterson native is just 43 receiving yards from 1,000 for the season. And he is on pace to break the Giants record of 1,343 yards, set by Amani Toomer in 2002.
?We?re entering December with 11 wins and we?re right where we want to be,? says Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers (11-0) and San Francisco 49ers (9-2) can clinch their divisions this weekend. But there is still plenty of football left to be played.
Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw each scored twice on the ground and Bradshaw cracked the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the first time in his career.
Washington turned the ball over six times - four fumbles and two interceptions.
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- This is a must-win for the Giants. At 7-4, New York still has to play Washington twice, the Eagles, and?Minnesota and Green Bay on the road. The Giants trail the Eagles by a half game in the NFC East and there are six other teams with seven or more wins in the NFC.
- The Redskins are 5-6 and that about sums up who they are as a team: mediocre. They do have talent.?Washington has beaten?Philadelphia, Green Bay, Chicago, and Tennessee, but they've lost to Detroit, Minnesota, and St. Louis. Hard to figure out which team will show up week to week.
Redskins (5-6, 3rd in NFC East) at Giants (7-4. 2nd in NFC East)
Kickoff: 1:00pm ET
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GFB: This is Mike Shanahan's first season with the club - what were your expectations going into the season where has the team exceeded and fallen short thus far?
RT: The primary expectation was for Shanahan and new general manager Bruce Allen to turn the Redskins into some semblance of a real professional football organization. That primarily meant getting owner Dan Snyder out of football operations, both in terms of input into personnel decisions and when it came to Snyder taking complaints by star players to the coaching staff. So far, so good in that regard. Snyder is rarely in his office at Redskins Park and when he is players don?t come knocking on his door to air their grievances.