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Monday
Nov262012

Manning, Giants Trounce Packers

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The New York Giants were on a two-game losing streak and in need of a win. They had an appropriate response on Sunday night.

Eli Manning threw three touchdowns as New York trounced the Green Bay Packers 38-10 at MetLife Stadium.

Manning delivered his first strong performance in a month, and passed Phill Simms on the Giants' all-time career TD list with his 200th career touchdown pass.  "I never thought my arm was tired, never felt like it," Manning said. "After a week off, you come back to practice, it felt good, alive, balls coming out with a little pop on it."

The Giants (7-4) held the Green Bay offense to only one long touchdown while forcing two turnovers, including a sack-fumble of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. 

New York also ran well against Green Bay (7-4), racking up 147 rushing yards. They did lose running back Andre Brown to a broken leg.

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Sunday
Oct212012

Manning Gets Best of Griffin III, Giants Top Redskins 27-23

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- It was salsa time again at MetLife Stadium.  Down 23-20, with 1:13 left to play, Giants quarterback Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz with a 77-yard touchdown pass to give the Giants a 27-23 win over the Redskins on Sunday.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had just led his team down the field to take the lead the possession just 19 seconds before Manning connected with Cruz. 

"Great rout by Victor (Cruz), great decision, had good protection and was able to put it up there," said Manning on the big play.  "That was a huge play."

The Giants improved to 5-2 with the win and have now won three straight games.  Washington could have been tied if they were able to pull out the win but sit at 3-4 in the division.

"Tough one, anytime you score with a couple minutes left in the game, feel like you've got momentum going," said Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.  "They made some big plays, big credit to them making big plays when they had to."

Manning was 26 of 40 for 337 yards and a touchdown for New York.  Griffin III was 20 of 28 for 258 yards and two touchdowns.

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Sunday
Sep162012

Eli Manning Struggles Early, Giants Top Buccaneers, 41-34

Elsa/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The defending Super Bowl champs avoided a 0-2 start to the 2012 season after Eli Manning led his team back in the last 3:59 to give them a 41-34 victory over the Buccaneers (1-1) on Sunday.

Manning passed for 295 yards in the second half, tying for most in NFL history and 3 yards short of Phil Simms' Giants record.  The Giants (1-1) trailed at the half by 11 but Manning connected with Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, and Martellus Bennett within a four-minute span to seal the deal.

"We kept playing and even when we had the very huge plays that disappointed us, we kept playing," said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin on his team's resiliency on Sunday.  "That says a lot about us."

Manning threw three first-half interceptions but redeemed himself in the second, finishing with 510 yards total and credited his young talented wide receivers.

"Victor (Cruz) and Hakeem (Nicks), both of them stepped up," said Manning after the game.  "Made some big time catches, some third down conversions. I thought both of those guys really played outstanding."

Cruz finished with 11 catches for 179 yards, both career highs, while Nicks had 10 catches for 199 yards. 

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Friday
Jul272012

World Champion New York Giants Focused Heading Into Training Camp

Elsa/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- The World Champion New York Giants opened up their training camp on Friday in Albany. Even after a remarkable postseason run which resulted in the teams’ second championship in the past five seasons, Super Bowl MVP Quarterback Eli Manning wants to see improvement in the regular season. 

"We've got to improve," Manning said.  "We were 9-7 in the regular season and that's not good enough.  We have to have urgency and consistency throughout the season."  The Giants have lost a few key pieces from last year's team; including wide receiver Mario Manningham, running back Brandon Jacobs, and right tackle Kareem McKenzie. 

Defensive end Justin Tuck knows that while a Super Bowl win is a major accomplishment, the team cannot get caught up in the buzz of last season.

"The biggest thing is that we need to get our work in and realize that last year was last year, and that's what our focus needs to be," Tuck said. 

Young Wide Receiver Victor Cruz is out to prove that his magical 2011 season was not a fluke.  With Manningham gone and Hakeem Nicks limited in training camp, Cruz has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. 

"There's a lot more personally for me to accomplish and there's a lot more for us to accomplish as a team," Cruz said.  "Our teammates do a great job of keeping everybody humble." 

The Giants play their first preseason game on Friday, August 10th against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Kick-off is slated for 7:30pm E.T. 

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Friday
Feb102012

New York Giants' Victor Cruz Wants a Raise

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(New Rochelle, N.Y.) -- Fresh off helping the New York Giants win Super Bowl XLVI, wide receiver Victor Cruz, who just completed his first NFL season, is already thinking about the future.

Cruz burst onto the scene this season, catching 82 passes for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns. Despite his production this season, Cruz is set to earn only $490,000 this upcoming season and he wants a raise.

"Honestly, with what I did this year, statistically and the records and everything like that, obviously I feel like just looking at the top players in the league and looking at what I did this year, I feel like naturally there should be an increase in pay," Cruz said.

Cruz' 1,536 receiving yards were third in the NFL this past season.

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