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NEWARK STAR LEDGER
Giants' David Wilson shines in return game, drops pass on only offensive play
Excerpt: "David Wilson's performance against the Eagles was perhaps a perfect microcosm of his brief NFL career thus far. While he teased the Giants coaches with big-play potential, he also frustrated them with another miscue.
On the one hand, the rookie running back exhibited dynamic explosiveness as the kick returner. He averaged 36.2 yards per return on six kicks and had a long of 53. The result was consistent outstanding field position, though, as Tom Coughlin lamented today, the Giants offense didn't capitalize." Read more...
Giants' Tom Coughlin unsure of status of Hakeem Nicks, expresses concern
Excerpt: "For months, Hakeem Nicks' main health concern was his surgically repaired right foot, which he broke at organized team activities in May. But last week, an injured knee was added to the mix when he ran for the first time in over a week and the knee swelled up.
It forced him out of Sunday's game against the Eagles, the second straight game he's missed, and Tom Coughlin is uncertain of his star wide receiver's status for Sunday against the Browns.
"I won't know until I see what happens, where he's at as we go forward here and analyze him and the doctors get their hands on him again and he communicates with them," Coughlin said.
When asked if Nicks' knee has improved, Coughlin said, "Not that I know of." Read more...
Giants fall to Eagles, 19 - 17 after Lawrence Tynes misses 54 yard field goal
Excerpt: "To the Giants, this defeat felt of the slimmest margins.
This is why coach Tom Coughlin felt “very badly” for his players. They had lost to the Eagles for the eighth time in their past nine contests. They had fallen to 0-2 in the division for the first time under Coughlin.
But this one had, at times, seemed won. It was not until Lawrence Tynes’ second straight 54-yard field goal attempt fell short of the goalposts, with eight seconds remaining, that the Giants’ 19-17 loss registered.
“Just a little bit too long,” Coughlin said softly." Read more...
Third time was no charm for Ramses Barden
Excerpt: "Ramses Barden was just minutes removed from being at the center of the wild ending, but he couldn’t provide many details. The succession of plays, three pass interference penalties in six snaps on the Giants’ final drive, was a whirlwind.
The first two went in his favor — defensive pass interference penalties on Eagles cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha. The third didn’t and it proved costly. Though he didn’t recall much, he left thinking he shouldn’t have been the one penalized.
“I thought it was on him, but what happens, happens,” the wide receiver said. “It’s done. There’s no looking back.”
One week after breaking out against the Panthers with nine receptions for 138 yards, Barden found himself in the spotlight again Sunday night, but for another reason completely." Read more...
Giants' Kenny Phillips injures knee in loss to Philadelphia Eagles
Excerpt: "Giants safety Kenny Phillips left tonight’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter with what the team announced as a knee sprain.
Phillips was injured on the Eagles’ second drive of the night. He held his right knee as trainers attended to him on the field and soon retreated to the locker room with the training staff for X-rays, which were negative.
Stevie Brown filled in for Phillips after his injury. Phillips sat on the bench for the rest of the game with ice on his knee.
"Hopefully we’ll find out that it’s something that he can come back really soon from, but I don’t know that for a fact," coach Tom Coughlin said." Read more...
Politi: Eli Manning's late magic pulls disappearing act as Eagles beat Giants
Excerpt: "Eli Manning kept insisting that he really didn’t want to be in situations like this all the time, but it felt like Bruce Springsteen saying he would rather not do so many encores.
Who believed him?
Manning has rallied the Giants so many times in the fourth quarter, it became his thing. He did it twice in Super Bowls, two of the most memorable moments in the history of the big game. He did it a record seven times last season, an unbelievable stat for a team that won 11 games.
A fourth-quarter deficit. The ball in his hands. This is what separates Manning from other quarterbacks, and he has spoiled the Giants and their fans. But all along, he kept issuing those warnings.
"Something can go wrong," he said again tonight, after something did go wrong — horribly so — for the Giants quarterback in a 19-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles." Read more...
Your grade 'em: Giants vs. Eagles
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
Sprained MCL has Phillips week to week
Excerpt: "The Giants’ banged up secondary got a little thinner on Sunday night when they lost safety Kenny Phillips to a sprained knee that will likely keep him out for a couple of weeks.
Phillips was diagnosed with a sprained right MCL, according to Tom Coughlin, who described the injury as a “week to week thing.” Considering it’s the same injury that has kept right tackle David Diehl out each of the last two games, that figures to be the same for Phillips, too.
Phillips suffered the injury early in the Giants’ 19-17 loss to the Eagles on Sunday night when he attempted to make an open-field tackle on running back LeSean McCoy. As he planted his right foot, he appeared to catch it in the turf, which caused his knee to bend awkwardly." Read more...
NY Giants lose wild one to Philadelphia Eagles as Lawrence Tynes missed two last-second field goals - one blown dead by Andy Reid timeout
Excerpt: "The Giants were already within range of the game-winning field goal when Tom Coughlin had the Giants run what he was sure was a “safe” play. He was sure he envisioned only one possibly bad outcome.
That turned out to be exactly what he got.
PHOTOS: GIANTS LOSE A HEARTBREAKER IN PHILLY
And when receiver Ramses Barden was called for offensive pass interference on an ill-advised throw toward the end zone with 25 seconds remaining, the Giants lost just enough yardage to end up costing them the game. The penalty forced Lawrence Tynes to have to try a game-winning, 54-yard field goal, with 15 seconds remaining." Read more...
NY Giants' Lawrence Tynes can't save Tom Coughlin after gamble for late touchdown in loss to Philadelphia Eagles
Excerpt: "Eli Manning was down two points at his own 35 and had nearly two minutes to work with against the Eagles defense to position the Giants for a game-winning field goal.
Plenty of time, not too many yards.
So, the sight of Manning late Sunday night explaining a crushing 19-17 loss to the Eagles instead of celebrating the 24th fourth-quarter comeback of his career was totally unexpected. Not when he’s been so good when the game is on the line." Read more...
NY Giants' Lawrence Tynes, perfect on field goals before Eagles loss, can't come up big in PhiladelphiaExcerpt: "Lawrence Tynes
hadn’t missed a field goal all season, going a perfect 10-for-10 in his first three games and nailing his first one on Sunday in Philadelphia.
And then, when it was all on the line, Tynes blew one, missing a potential game-winning field goal in the Giants’ 19-17 loss to the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
“It’s definitely not one that you want to miss at the end of the game,” Tynes said after his 54-yard field goal with 10 seconds to play had come up short - twice.
Tynes missed his first attempt wide left. But Eagles coach Andy Reid, in an attempt to ice the kicker, had called a last-second timeout.
That gave Tynes one more shot, but his second try simply came up short. He admitted that he tried a different tactic on the second kick.
“I tried to hit it straighter, which I did,” he said. “I didn’t hit it far enough, hit it in a different spot on the ball.” Read more...
THE NEW YORK POST.
Giants' Kenny Phillips out several weeks with MCL injury
Excerpt: "The Giants dodged a serious injury bullet with safety Kenny Phillips, who has been diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee coming out of the 19-17 loss to the Eagles.Coach Tom Coughlin on Monday said Phillips is “week to week’’ with the injury but of course that is not the case. A sprained MCL takes at least three or four weeks to heal, putting Phillips on the shelf for Sunday’s game against the Browns and very likely several more games after that." Read more...
Barden's late penalty costs Big Blue as Eagles win on Tynes miss
Excerpt: "A brutally tight and typically tense affair was coming down to the wire, with Eli Manning putting the ball into the air at Lincoln Financial Field, his receivers making plays, flags getting thrown in favor of the Giants and the game-winning points a safe distance away from Lawrence Tynes’ reliable right foot.
It was all coming together, late heroics leading to a last-second victory until Manning threw one more pass, one more flag came flying and receiver Ramses Barden was caught as the culprit. That cost the Giants 10 yards and probably cost them the game, as Tynes’ 54-yard field goal attempted with just 15 seconds left dropped just short. And just like that the Giants lost 19-17 last night to the rival Eagles and — stop us if you’ve heard this one before — they are in a sticky situation in the NFC East." Read more...
Manning magic falls short in Philadelphia phlop
Excerpt: "Eli Manning had the game won. He had the Eagles at his mercy. He had his team in field goal position.
And then he went for the jugular, and left the Linc with the blood on his hands.
You live by the sword, you die by the sword, and last night Manning died by the sword.
Out of timeouts with 25 seconds left, from the Philadelphia 26, Manning looked downfield for Ramses Barden because he wanted to move Lawrence Tynes closer to a game-winning field goal try.
Manning wound up moving him 10 yards back because Barden was flagged for pass interference against Nnamdi Asomugha." Read more...
Giants' report card
Phillips hurts knee
Excerpt: "The Giants, already hurting in their defensive backfield, lost the services of starting strong safety Kenny Phillips in the first quarter of last night’s 19-17 loss to the Eagles with an injury to his right knee.
Phillips was able to walk off the field under his own power and was replaced by Stevie Brown. The Giants today welcome back second-year safety Tyler Sash from his four-game suspension, and now they might need him with Phillips ailing.
Phillips was taken to the locker room at Lincoln Financial Field for X-rays, which came back negative. The Giants said Phillips has a sprained knee but the severity of the injury is not yet known. He was able to return to the sideline, an ice wrap on his knee. It’s another blow to a secondary that has been hit hard by injuries." Read more...
Real McCoy burns Giants "ballerina" Osi
Excerpt: "Osi Umenyiora might want to lay off the LeSean McCoy insults.
Suitably motivated by Umenyiora taunting him in the offseason, McCoy labeled the Giants’ defensive end a “ballerina” last week and then proceeded to dance all over the Big Blue defense last night to pave the way for a 19-17 Eagles victory at Lincoln Financial Field.
McCoy romped for 123 yards on 23 carries, with virtually all of that yardage coming in the second half and the bulk of it seemingly compiled against the very side occupied by a lumbering Umenyiora and the equally flailing Justin Tuck." Read more...
Rookie Wilson provides spark with Giant returns
Excerpt: "It has been a rough first couple of weeks for Giants’ running back David Wilson. There was the fumble against Dallas in the season opener and the obvious lack of playing time that, not coincidentally, followed.
But after his performance last night in the Giants’ 19-17 loss to the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, the rookie from Virginia Tech was clearly feeling better about the way things were headed.
Wilson still didn’t get to line up in the backfield or run the ball from scrimmage, but he did return three kickoffs for 53, 48 and 45 yards, giving the Giants excellent field position each time.
“I wanted to go out there and show that I’m a football player,” Wilson said as he exited the hushed Giants locker room and headed for the bus and the long ride back up the Turnpike. “The return team did an excellent job setting it up... and I just used my God-given abilities to take advantage." Read more...
Barden's gaffe spoils night
Excerpt: "Despite having just two catches last night, Ramses Barden’s impact on the Giants’ 19-17 loss to the Eagles was as big as his 6-6 frame. He kept their last drive alive by drawing two defensive pass interference calls, then killed it with a costly offensive pass interference flag that proved too much to overcome.
On second-and-9 from the Eagles 26 with 25 seconds to play, Eli Manning threw down the right sideline for Barden, but the pass floated and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha had perfect positioning inside. Barden tried to jump over Asomugha, committing a penalty that left them in third-and-19 from the 36. After one incompletion, Lawrence Tynes missed the potential game-winning 54-yard field goal." Read more...
Giants' b litz
Osi Umenyiora might want to think twice about continuing his verbal feud with LeSean McCoy, who took out his simmering anger over an offseason insult from the Giants defensive end by blistering the Big Blue defense for 123 yards on 23 carries — with 121 of those yards coming in the second half. The fact most of McCoy’s yards appeared to come from Umenyiora’s side of the field was even more embarrassing." Read more...
THE BERGEN RECORD
Giants fall short against Eaglesm 19 - 17, on missed field goal
Excerpt: "Justin Tuck was disappointed and frustrated, but also confident.The Giants are not accustomed to losing games the way they did in Sunday’s 19-17 defeat to the Eagles when Lawrence Tynes’ potential winning kick from 54 yards out fell a few yards short.
There was a fourth-quarter deficit on the scoreboard, but Eli Manning had the football in his hands and the Giants have managed to turn that circumstance into regular-season victory 21 previous times in his career.
Not this time, however, thanks to that last-ditch field goal that failed to split the uprights.
So when Tuck was questioned by reporters about how his team would approach moving on from its latest setback, the Giants’ defensive end sat up and set the bar inside the interview room at Lincoln Financial Field.
“There’s a lot of football left,” Tuck said. “If we win out in our division, I think that puts us in the playoffs, right?”" Read more...
Eagles 19, Giants 17: Instant replay
Excerpt: "Turning point
Giants WR Ramses Barden, who had drawn two pass interference calls on the Giants’ final drive, was then called for offensive pass interference near the Eagles’ goal line, pushing them back to the Eagles’ 35-yard line and forcing Lawrence Tynes into a 54-yard field-goal attempt with 10 seconds left that fell short." Read more...
Giants suffer more secondary losses; Keppy Phillipe injured
Excerpt: "The Giants wanted to keep Michael Vick from completing too many deep passes and, in that regard, they were not entirely successful.Six of the Eagles quarterback’s 19 completions went for at least 17 yards as the Giants lost, 19-17, Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Giants were also unsuccessful in avoiding further injuries to their secondary.
Safety Kenny Phillips left the game midway through the first quarter with a sprained right knee and though X-rays were negative, coach Tom Coughlin does not know how serious the injury might be.
“Yeah, great concerns,” Coughlin said. “I don’t know what it is about that spot but we’re certainly having a difficult time being able to stay together and stay whole. Give credit to the guys who fought their way through it tonight. I’m sorry Kenny went down. Hopefully we’ll find out that it’s something he can come back from soon. I don’t know that for a fact.” Read more...
NEW YORK TIMES
What Tom Coughlin left unsaid: Manning made a costly blunder
Excerpt: "Here was Tom Coughlin as the dedicated father figure to the quarterback who doubles as his football son, covering for Eli Manning, who has taken him to the peak of twoSuper Bowl mountains and provided him with legitimate Hall of Fame coaching credentials.
Coughlin is not an easy man to be around, much less live with, after any loss and especially after one as exasperating as the 19-17 defeat by the Eagles on Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field. His son-in-law, Chris Snee, may anchor his offensive line, but Manning is the Giant whom Coughlin will forever be tethered to and the one he eternally trusts.
Manning has been there for him since the beginning in 2004, and for the last 134 games as the starter, and more recently as perhaps the N.F.L.’s premier closer." Read more...
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Solid night by Giants' Ramses Barden overshadowed by pass interference
Excverpt: "The New York Giants lost a tough game to a solid Philadelphia Eagles team on the road last night. It was a devastating loss because the Giants are now 0-2 in the division, which could potentially come back to haunt them in the even of a tie-breaking scenario at the end of the season. However it wasn't all bad last night.
Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden continued showcasing his effectiveness throughout the game. Although Barden only caught two balls for 36 yards, he drew two big pass interference calls on the Eagles at the end of the game. He proved to be a viable target through the air for the Giants for the duration of the game. However, Barden night was defined by an offensive pass interference call the knocked Lawrence Tynes out of field goals range, which cost the Giants the game." Read more...
Giants fall to Eagles, 19 - 17, in heartbreaking fashion
Excerpt: "The New York Giants fell to the Philadelphia Eagles 19-17 tonight at Lincoln Financial Field. Despite taking a 17-16 lead in the fourth quarter, the Giants defense was unable to stop Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy from driving down the field and putting the Eagles back up by a point. Eli Manning and Co. got the ball back with no time outs and under two minutes to play.
The Giants benefited from two pass interference calls on Nmamdi Asomugha at the end of the game to put them into field goal range. However, a pass interference call on Ramses Barden pushed Lawrence Tynes to 54 yards out. He missed on a potential game winning attempt, and the Giants lost the game.
Big Blue is now 2-2 on the season, with two divisional losses to the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively. The Giants will head back to MetLife Stadium next Sunday to take on the Cleveland Browns.
As always, we'll take a look at the good, mixed, and the bad from tonight's matchup." Read more...
BIG BLUE VIEW
Reasons to celebrate David Wilson and Domenik Hixon
http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/10/1...xon/in/3200177Excerpt: "The New York Giants suffered a heartbreaking 19-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. There were plays that were too ugly to watch, but there were other moments that can help make all Giants fans feel positive about the upcoming weeks.
The first positive to take from the Week 4 game was David Wilson. Everyone has been waiting for the 2012 first-round draft pick to come out of his shell and give us something to see. Tom Coughlin and Kevin Gilbride spoke endlessly during the preseason about the explosiveness and athleticism Wilson had. Wilson's first few weeks of his rookie year did not go as planned, and everyone has been waiting to see when this kid was going to produce." Read more...
Tom Coughlin: Talkative coach discusses loss to Eagles
Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin does not love speaking to the media. His answers can be short at times, and it's obvious when his patience is wearing thin. The opening statement of his press conference today, though, has to be considered nothing short of amazing. The day after the Giants lost to the Philadelphia Eagles Coughlin opened with 1,243 words worth of remarks.
Yep. That was 1,243 words. I'd love to put a stop watch on that and see exactly how long it took. It has to, however, be some sort of record for Coughlin when it comes to speaking to the media, especially without having been asked a question.
Coughlin said the loss, which dropped the Giants to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the NFC East was "very, very difficult for our team." Read more...
Kenny Phillips: Week to week with MCL injury
Excerpt: "New York Giants' safety Kenny Phillips has a sprained MCL, the teamannounced via Twitter. His status will be "week-to-week."
That is fairly vague news about the safety, injured early in the first quarter Sunday night trying to make a tackle on Philadelphia Eagles' running back LeSean McCoy.
Stevie Brown stepped in for Phillips and played well. Tyler Sash is also scheduled to be reinstated this week following his four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy." Read more...
Kenny Phillips Injury; Giants await information on severity of knee injury
Excerpt: "Kenny Phillips' knee injury is certain to be a primary topic of conversation when New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin meets with the media later on Monday to discuss his thoughts the day after a touch 19-17 loss to thePhiladelphia Eagles.
Phillips, who left early in the game after injuring the knee while being juked by Eagles' running back LeSean McCoy, is having an MRI today." Read more...
Giants vs. Eagles: "Kudos and Wet Willies" review
Excerpt: "It is time to review the New York Giants' 19-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in our traditional 'Kudos & Wet Willies' style. Painful as it might be for many of you to go through this, let's do it.
Kudos to ...
Domenik Hixon: I don't know about you, but I was a little bit surprised that it was Hixon and not Ramses Barden starting opposite Victor Cruz on Sunday night. Hixon, however, was tremendous. He had six catches for 114 yards, the longest a 41-yarder. He ran great routes, competed for the ball, got yardage after the catch and broke up a potential interception in the end zone. After two torn ACLs it is nice to see Hixon playing this well.
Victor Cruz: Did the Eagles really think Brandon Boykin, a rookie slot cornerback, had any chance against Cruz? He didn't. Cruz had nine catches for 109 yards, including a 30-yarder on a critical fourth down, many of those lined up against the overmatched rookie.
David Wilson: Yes, the rookie first-round pick seems like a jittery, unreliable mess right now lined up in the backfield. As a kickoff returner, though? What an incredible weapon! I can't remember the Giants ever having a night like returning kickoffs during the Tom Coughlin era as head coach. Wilson returned six kickoffs for an average of 36 yards per return. He had returns of 36, 48, 45, 53 and 37 yards. For reference, the Giants had one kickoff return of longer than 40 yards all of last season. Wilson already has three, and is averaging 30.2 yards per return.
Chase Blackburn: Ten sackles, a sack, two passes defensed. Anyone still think Mark Herzlich should be the starting middle linebacker? That's a tough case to make today.
Prince Amukamara: Dare I say this after watching Amukamara play only two games, especially two games without two healthy legs? Amukamara, right now, is easily playing the best of any cornerback the Giants have. Amukamara had four tackles, a pass defensed and was in lock down mode most of the night. I will be interested to see the number of times he was targeted and the completions he surrendered, but I can remember only one play being made in front of him Sunday night.
Stevie Brown: Filling in for the injured Kenny Phillips Brown played admirably. He ended up with seven tackles, including an open field one onLeSean McCoy, two tackles for loss and a hit on Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick while blitzing." Read more...
Giants vs. Eagles: 5 key plays
Excerpt: "The New York Giants have lost to the Philadelphia Eagles--again. The Giants are now 1-8 in their last nine games against the Eagles. At least this time the game ended in dramatic fashion. The last time the winner of the Giants-Eagles had a margin of victory of three points or less was in 2007, so the Giants are getting closer at least. It feels like I should make some snarky comment about how the Giants have the most Super Bowl titles in the entire NFL since 1987 and how I have as many Super Bowl victories from my couch as the Eagles have in their franchise history, but that would be lazy, immature analysis. And I'm a mature adult.
As they say the NFL is a game of inches and there are many plays that can alter the outcome of the game. Here are the five play that stick out the most to me." Read more...
NY Giants' news and notes: Eagles 19, Giants 17 - - Monday morning reaction
Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants' fans! A tough to take 19-17 loss to thePhiladelphia Eagles on Sunday night. Here is some of the reaction around the Inter-Google this morning." Read more...
Giants dome up short against Eagles, 19 - 17
Excerpt: "The New York Giants’ fourth-quarter comeback against the Philadelphia Eagles fell two yards short as kicker Lawrence Tynes’ doomed 54-yard field goal attempt helped seal a 19-17 Eagles win.
The game, which started out as a classic defensive battle between the two teams, saw the first points of the night scored by the Eagles on a 19-yard touchdown reception by receiver DeSean Jackson from Quarterback Michal Vick with 1:47 left in the first half.
But then in the second half, things fell apart for the Giants on both sides of the ball. After holding ht Eagles to just 19 yard rushing on 12 carries in the first half, Philadelphia adjusted and was able to finish with a whopping 191 rushing yards on 36 carries, with running back LeSean McCoy leading the way with 123 yards on 23 carries.
The Giants’ run defense, however, wasn’t solely to blame for the loss. The Giants had a litany of mistakes on both sides of the ball which ultimately doomed their attempt to avoid their first 0-2 start against division opponents under head coach Tom Coughlin." Read more...
THE RED ZONE
Injury Report: Phillips and other updates
Excerpt: "The Giants secondary took another hit on Sunday night.
Safety Kenny Phillips left in the game in the first quarter with a sprained right knee. He underwent X-rays which came back negative but did not return.
"He is a big part of our defense," Justin Tuck said. "Obviously, when he goes down, somebody has got to step up but without him being out there, it kind of made us gun shy a little bit because (against) those wide receivers and that big-play offense, he is kind of like the anchor, him and Antrel (Rolle)."
The Giants' secondary has been crushed by injuries all season. " Read more...