2012 New York Giants season

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2012 New York Giants season
Head coach Tom Coughlin
General manager Jerry Reese
Owner John Mara
Steve Tisch
Home field MetLife Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers

QB Eli Manning DE Jason Pierre-Paul WR Victor Cruz

G Chris Snee
AP All-Pros David Wilson, RB – 2nd Team
Uniform
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Timeline
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The 2012 New York Giants season was the franchise's 88th season in the National Football League, the ninth under head coach Tom Coughlin and the third playing their home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants began the 2012 season as defending Super Bowl Champions for the fourth time in their history, by virtue of their 21–17 victory in Super Bowl XLVI over the New England Patriots. The Giants finished 9–7 for the second straight year, but failed to make the playoffs.

Personnel changes[edit]

On February 10, Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan was hired as the new offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[1] Sullivan was with the Giants since the beginning of Tom Coughlin's tenure as head coach of the Giants, serving as the wide receivers coach from 2004–2009 and as quarterbacks coach from 2010–2011. No replacement has been announced yet.

The Giants offensive staff suffered another loss three days later (February 13) when assistant offensive line coach Jack Bicknell, Jr. was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs to be their offensive line coach.[2] Bicknell was with the Giants the past three seasons.

Roster changes[edit]

Free agents[edit]

Position Player Tag 2012 Team Notes and references
T/G Stacy Andrews UFA TBD
TE Jake Ballard ERFA New England Patriots Released by Giants after failing physical, claimed off waivers by Patriots
DT Rocky Bernard UFA New York Giants Signed a new deal June 11, 2012
MLB Chase Blackburn UFA New York Giants Signed a one-year deal April 13, 2012
CB Will Blackmon UFA TBD
QB David Carr UFA New York Giants Signed a One Year Deal in Mid March
WR Michael Clayton UFA TBD
CB Michael Coe UFA New York Giants Signed an undisclosed deal in March
MLB Jonathan Goff UFA TBD
FS Deon Grant UFA TBD
WR Domenik Hixon UFA New York Giants Signed a new deal with the Giants on March 2[3]
RB Brandon Jacobs UFA San Francisco 49ers Signed a one-year deal on April 6, 2012 for a base of $950,000.
CB Bruce Johnson ERFA TBD
DT Jimmy Kennedy UFA TBD
SS Derrick Martin UFA TBD
T Kareem McKenzie UFA TBD
WR Mario Manningham UFA San Francisco 49ers Signed a two-year deal on March 18, 2012
TE/FB Bear Pascoe RFA New York Giants Signed a one-year contract on April 16, 2012
CB Aaron Ross UFA Jacksonville Jaguars Signed a three-year deal on March 20, 2012
DE Dave Tollefson UFA Oakland Raiders Signed a 2-year deal on April 6, 2012
WR Devin Thomas UFA Chicago Bears Signed a one-year contract on March 28, 2012
CB Terrell Thomas UFA New York Giants Signed a 4-year deal in March, 2012
CB Justin Tryon UFA New York Giants Re-signed in March
T Tony Ugoh UFA none announced retirement on July 30, 2012
P Steve Weatherford UFA New York Giants Signed a Five Year Deal on March 16, 2012
Player re-signed by the Giants

2012 draft class[edit]

Main article: 2012 NFL Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 32 David Wilson Running Back Virginia Tech
2 63 Rueben Randle Wide Receiver LSU
3 94 Jayron Hosley Cornerback Virginia Tech
4 127 Adrien Robinson Tight End Cincinnati
131 Brandon Mosley Offensive Tackle Auburn
6 201 Matt McCants Offensive Tackle UAB
7 239 Markus Kuhn Defensive Tackle NC State

NOTES:

The Giants traded its fifth-round selection (#167 overall) to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for linebacker Keith Rivers.[4]
The Giants were awarded an additional fourth-round pick (#131 overall) as a compensatory selection.[5]

Staff[edit]

2012 New York Giants staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2012 New York Giants final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
52 Active, 13 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Giants' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2012.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 10 7:30 p.m. EDT at Jacksonville Jaguars L 31–32 0–1 EverBank Field WWOR Recap
2 August 18 7:00 p.m. EDT at New York Jets W 26–3 1–1 MetLife Stadium WCBS Recap
3 August 24 8:00 p.m. EDT Chicago Bears L 17–20 1–2 MetLife Stadium CBS Recap
4 August 29 7:30 p.m. EDT New England Patriots W 6–3 2–2 MetLife Stadium NFLN/WNBC Recap

Regular season[edit]

The team's schedule was announced on April 17. The Giants have the toughest schedule in the league, with opponents having a combined record of 140–116 (.547) in 2011.[6]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 5 8:30 p.m. EDT Dallas Cowboys L 17–24 0–1 MetLife Stadium NBC Recap
2 September 16 1:00 p.m. EDT Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 41–34 1–1 MetLife Stadium Fox Recap
3 September 20 8:20 p.m. EDT at Carolina Panthers W 36–7 2–1 Bank of America Stadium NFLN[a] Recap
4 September 30 8:20 p.m. EDT at Philadelphia Eagles L 17–19 2–2 Lincoln Financial Field NBC Recap
5 October 7 1:00 p.m. EDT Cleveland Browns W 41–27 3–2 MetLife Stadium CBS Recap
6 October 14 4:25 p.m. EDT at San Francisco 49ers W 26–3 4–2 Candlestick Park Fox Recap
7 October 21 1:00 p.m. EDT Washington Redskins W 27–23 5–2 MetLife Stadium Fox Recap
8 October 28 4:25 p.m. EDT at Dallas Cowboys W 29–24 6–2 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
9 November 4 4:25 p.m. EST Pittsburgh Steelers L 20–24 6–3 MetLife Stadium CBS Recap
10 November 11 1:00 p.m. EST at Cincinnati Bengals L 13–31 6–4 Paul Brown Stadium Fox Recap
11 Bye
12 November 25 8:20 p.m. EST Green Bay Packers W 38–10 7–4 MetLife Stadium NBC Recap
13 December 3 8:30 p.m. EST at Washington Redskins L 16–17 7–5 FedEx Field ESPN[b] Recap
14 December 9 4:25 p.m. EST New Orleans Saints W 52–27 8–5 MetLife Stadium Fox Recap
15 December 16 1:00 p.m. EST at Atlanta Falcons L 0–34 8–6 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
16 December 23 4:25 p.m. EST[7] at Baltimore Ravens L 14–33 8–7 M&T Bank Stadium Fox Recap
17 December 30 1:00 p.m. EST Philadelphia Eagles W 42–7 9–7 MetLife Stadium Fox Recap
LEGEND
^[a] Simulcast locally on WPIX.
^[b] Simulcast locally on WWOR-TV.
Bold indicates division opponents.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

NFL Kickoff game
Week One: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 7 10 7 24
Giants 0 3 7 7 17

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
Second quarter
  • NYG Lawrence Tynes 22-yard FG (4 plays, 3 yards, 1:20)
  • DAL Ogletree 10-yard pass from Romo (Dan Bailey kick) (7–73, 2:33)
Third quarter
  • DAL Ogletree 40-yard pass from Romo (Bailey kick) (9–80, 4:36)
  • NYG Bradshaw 10-yard run (Tynes kick) (9–89, 5:13)
  • DAL Bailey 33-yard FG (8–65, 4:31)
Fourth quarter
  • DAL Miles Austin 34-yard pass from Romo (Bailey kick) (8–82, 7:06)
  • NYG Martellus Bennett 9-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (12–79, 3:21)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With their Super Bowl XLVI title to defend, the Giants began its 2012 campaign at home in the Annual Kickoff Game against their NFC East foe, the Dallas Cowboys. After a scoreless first quarter, New York struck first in the second quarter with a 22-yard field goal from kicker Lawrence Tynes. The Cowboys would close out the half with quarterback Tony Romo completing a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kevin Ogletree.

Dallas added onto its lead in the third quarter as Romo completed a 40-yard touchdown to Ogletree. New York struck back with running back Ahmad Bradshaw's 10-yard touchdown run, but the Cowboys answered with kicker Dan Bailey making a 33-yard field goal. Dallas came right back in the fourth quarter with Romo completing a 34-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Miles Austin. The Giants tried to rally as Super Bowl XLVI MVP quarterback Eli Manning completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett, but the Cowboys' offense ran out the clock and preserved the win.

With the loss, New York began its season at 0–1 and became the first defending Super Bowl Champion team to lose a regular season opener since the Broncos in 1999.

Week 2: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Two: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 3 21 3 7 34
Giants 6 7 3 25 41

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: September 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 73 °F (23 °C), Mostly Sunny
  • Game attendance: 76,964
  • Referee: Jim Core
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Tynes 37-yard FG (6–51, 2:17)
  • TB Connor Barth 45-yard FG (7–60, 4:01)
  • NYG Tynes 24-yard FG (12–63, 5:48)
Second quarter
  • TB Jackson 29-yard pass from Freeman (Barth kick) (3–28, 0:56)
  • TB Martin 8-yard run (Barth kick) (2–13, 0:47)
  • NYG Nicks 23-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (8–80, 4:25)
  • TB Eric Wright 60-yard interception return (Barth kick)
Third quarter
  • TB Barth 52-yard FG (5–14, 1:46)
  • NYG Tynes 36-yard FG (13–64, 5:40)
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Tynes 24-yard FG (9–30, 2:59)
  • NYG Cruz 80-yard pass from Manning (Brown run) (3–88, 0:53)
  • NYG Bennett 33-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (4–67, 1:44)
  • TB Mike WIlliams 41-yard pass from Freeman (Barth kick) (5–80, 2:01)
  • NYG Brown 2-yard run (Tynes kick) (4–80, 1:27)
Top passers
  • TB – Josh Freeman – 15/28, 243 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 31/51, 510 YDS, 3 TD, 3 INT
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

After a season-opening home loss to the Cowboys, the Giants were looking to win their first game of the season. Although Tampa Bay led the Giants 24–13 at halftime, the Giants rallied in the fourth quarter to score 25 points and win their first game, improving to a 1–1 home record and a 1–1 overall record. A mild controversy erupted on the Giants' final kneel in the closing seconds of the game when Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano ordered his defensive linemen to blitz Giants' quarterback Eli Manning, presumably in the hope that this would lead to a forced fumble and subsequent touchdown to steal the victory. However, this did not happen.

Week 3: at Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Three: New York Giants at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 10 10 6 10 36
Panthers 0 0 7 0 7

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Bennett 14-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (8–80, 3:22)
  • NYG Tynes 47-yard FG (9–51, 4:44)
Second quarter
  • NYG Brown 1-yard run (Tynes kick) (9–72, 4:39)
  • NYG Tynes 49-yard FG (11–57, 5:59)
Third quarter
  • NYG Tynes 30-yard FG (4–7, 2:03)
  • CAR Newton 1-yard run (Justin Medlock kick) (13–80, 6:24)
  • NYG Tynes 36-yard FG (10–63, 5:35)
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Brown 1-yard run (Tynes kick) (8–48, 3:51)
  • NYG Tynes 27-yard FG (7–10, 3:17)
Top passers
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 27/35, 288 YDS, TD
  • CAR – Cam Newton – 16/30, 242 YDS, 3 INT
Top rushers
  • NYG – Andre Brown – 20 CAR, 113 YDS, 2 TD
  • CAR – DeAngelo Williams – 11 CAR, 50 YDS
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • NYG – Antrel Rolle – 7 TKL
  • CAR – Josh Norman – 8 TKL, 3 AST

The Giants' first road game came against a Carolina Panthers team led by second-year quarterback Cam Newton. It was both teams' only Thursday Night Football appearance of the season. The Giants had no trouble with the Panthers, leading 20–0 at halftime and 36–7 at the end of the game. With the win, the Giants improved to 2–1 and reclaimed a share of the NFC East title with the Philadelphia Eagles, who they would play the following week.

Week 4: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Four: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 3 7 7 17
Eagles 0 7 6 6 19

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: September 30
  • Game time: 8:20 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 63 °F (17 °C), Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,144
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Game information
Second quarter
  • PHI Jackson 19-yard pass from Vick (Alex Henery kick) (11–70, 4:17)
  • NYG Tynes 25-yard FG (10–81, 1:42)
Third quarter
  • PHI Henery 20-yard FG (9–78, 5:05)
  • NYG Cruz 14-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (8–57, 4:27)
  • PHI Henery 48-yard FG (8–50, 3:21)
Fourth quarter
  • PHI Henery 35-yard FG (11–74, 5:24)
  • NYG Bear Pascoe 6-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (5–83, 2:40)
  • PHI Henery 26-yard FG (12–75, 4:56)
Top passers
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 24/42, 309 YDS, 2 TD, INT
  • PHI – Michael Vick – 19/30, 241 YDS, TD
Top rushers
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw – 13 CAR, 39 YDS
  • PHI – LeSean McCoy – 23 CAR, 123 YDS
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Giants traveled to Philadelphia for a Sunday Night Football showdown against the Eagles. After a defensive first quarter in which neither offense scored any points, the Eagles took a 7–3 lead into halftime. The Giants came back with two touchdowns in the second half, but ultimately lost by two points after a failed long field goal by Lawrence Tynes in the closing seconds of the game. With the loss, the Giants fell to 2–2, the Eagles claimed sole possession of the NFC East title, and the Giants record against the Eagles worsened to 1–8 in their last nine meetings, dating back to the 2008 NFL Season.

Week 5: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Five: Cleveland Browns at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 14 3 3 7 27
Giants 7 20 7 7 41

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
First quarter
  • CLE Richardson 15-yard run (Phil Dawson kick) (2–22, 0:37)
  • CLE Gordon 62-yard pass from Weeden (Dawson kick) (5–80, 2:11)
  • NYG Cruz 3-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (11–92, 6:41)
Second quarter
  • CLE Dawson 32-yard FG (10–50, 4:43)
  • NYG Tynes 29-yard FG (14–68, 6:53)
  • NYG Bradshaw 4-yard run (Tynes kick) (2–40, 0:54)
  • NYG Cruz 7-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (5–29, 1:27)
  • NYG Tynes 40-yard FG (2–36, 0:17)
Third quarter
  • NYG Cruz 28-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (9–95, 5:13)
  • CLE Dawson 41-yard FG (4–7, 1:39)
Fourth quarter
  • NYG David Wilson 40-yard run (Tynes kick) (6–80, 3:24)
  • CLE Gordon 20-yard pass from Weeden (Dawson kick) (7–76, 1:45)
Top passers
  • CLE – Brandon Weeden – 22/35, 291 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 25/37, 259 YDS, 3 TD, INT
Top rushers
  • CLE – Trent Richardson – 17 CAR, 81 YDS, TD
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw – 30 CAR, 200 YDS, TD
Top receivers
Top tacklers

After a disappointing loss to the Eagles, the Giants returned home for an afternoon game against the Cleveland Browns. Led by rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, the Browns quickly amassed a 14–0 lead early in the first quarter. However, the Giants retook the lead before halftime and did not sacrifice it again. With the win, the Giants improved to 3–2 and began what would ultimately be a four-game winning streak throughout October.

Week 6: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Six: New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 10 13 3 26
49ers 3 0 0 0 3

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: October 14
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EDT/1:25 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), Sunny
  • Game attendance: 69,732
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • NYG Cruz 6-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (7–67, 3:50)
  • NYG Tynes 34-yard FG (8–51, 4:34)
Third quarter
  • NYG Bradshaw 1-yard run (Tynes kick) (7–32, 3:12)
  • NYG Tynes 30-yard FG (4–0, 0:16)
  • NYG Tynes 22-yard FG (4–1, 1:33)
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Tynes 32-yard FG (13–72, 7:10)
Top passers
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 15/28, 193 YDS, TD
  • SF – Alex Smith – 19/30, 200 YDS, 3 INT
Top rushers
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw – 27 CAR, 116 YDS, TD
  • SF – Frank Gore – 8 CAR, 36 YDS
Top receivers
  • NYG – Domenik Hixon – 4 REC, 78 YDS
  • SF – Randy Moss – 2 REC, 75 YDS
Top tacklers

The Giants traveled to San Francisco for a rematch of last season's NFC Championship game, in which the Giants won in overtime to advance to Super Bowl XLVI. The San Francisco 49ers were looking to avenge their playoff loss against the Giants, and had just come off back-to-back landslide victories against the Jets and Bills. However, the Giants defense allowed only one field goal and the Giants ultimately won the game 26–3, sending the 49ers to their first and only home loss of the season.

With the win, the Giants improved to 4–2. Also, with the Eagles' loss to the Lions earlier in the day, the Giants gained sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

Week 7: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Seven: Washington Redskins at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 3 10 0 10 23
Giants 0 13 0 14 27

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: October 21
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), Mostly Sunny
  • Game attendance: 81,352
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • NYG Andre Brown 1-yard run (Tynes kick) (12–80, 4:32)
  • WAS Santana Moss 26-yard pass from Griffin (Forbath kick) (8–80, 3:56)
  • NYG Tynes 27-yard FG (10–63, 4:52)
  • WAS Forbath 43-yard FG (6–55, 2:04)
  • NYG Tynes 39-yard FG (10–59, 1:47)
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Bradshaw 1-yard run (Tynes kick) (7–35, 3:47)
  • WAS Forbath 45-yard FG (4–5, 1:40)
  • WAS Moss 30-yard pass from Griffin (Forbath kick) (7–77, 1:27)
  • NYG Cruz 77-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (2–77, 0:19)
Top passers
  • WAS – Robert Griffin III – 20/28, 258 YDS, 2 TD, INT
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 26/40, 337 YDS, TD, 2 INT
Top rushers
  • WAS – Alfred Morris – 22 CAR, 120 YDS
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw – 12 CAR, 43 YDS, TD
Top receivers
  • WAS – Logan Paulsen – 4 REC, 76 YDS
  • NYG – Victor Cruz – 7 REC, 131 YDS, TD
Top tacklers

The Giants returned home for another divisional battle, this time against the Washington Redskins. Washington had swept the Giants last year, and drafter quarterback Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Redskins took a three-point lead late in the game, but a 77-yard touchdown pass from Manning to Victor Cruz in the last minutes of the game allowed the Giants to claim the victory. With the win, the Giants improved to 5–2 and won their first NFC East game of the season.

Week 8: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Eight: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 13 10 0 6 29
Cowboys 0 10 14 0 24

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: October 28
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EDT/3:25 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 62 °F (17 °C), Sunny
  • Game attendance: 94,067
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Tynes 41-yard FG (7–57, 3:07)
  • NYG Tynes 37-yard FG (4–8, 2:00)
  • NYG Andre Brown 1-yard run (Tynes kick) (4–31, 2:01)
Second quarter
  • NYG Tynes 26-yard FG (4–7, 1:29)
  • NYG Pierre-Paul 28-yard interception return (Tynes kick)
  • DAL Jones 4-yard run (Bailey kick) (8–72, 3:07)
  • DAL Bailey 51-yard FG (6–55, 1:39)
Third quarter
  • DAL Romo 1-yard run (Bailey kick) (11–86, 5:44)
  • DAL John Phillips 1-yard pass from Romo (Bailey kick) (8–59, 4:24)
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Tynes 43-yard FG (8–60, 4:26)
  • NYG Tynes 37-yard FG (6–26, 3:09)
Top passers
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 15/29, 192 YDS, INT
  • DAL – Tony Romo – 36/62, 437 YDS, TD, 4 INT
Top rushers
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw – 22 CAR, 78 YDS
  • DAL – Felix Jones – 13 CAR, 19 YDS, TD
Top receivers
  • NYG – Rueben Randle – 2 REC, 68 YDS
  • DAL – Jason Witten – 18 REC, 167 YDS
Top tacklers
  • NYG – Stevie Brown – 6 TKL; Keith Rivers – 6 TKL
  • DAL – Brandon Carr – 5 TKL

The Giants visited the Dallas Cowboys, where they hoped to avenge their Week 1 home loss. Although the Giants quickly amassed a 23-point lead, the Cowboys responded with 24 unanswered points to take the lead in the 3rd quarter. The Giants ultimately scored a pair of field goals and held on to win 29–24. With the win, the Giants improved to 6–2 and continued to be unwelcome visitors at Cowboys Stadium, where they are now 4–0.

The game, who's viewing area consisted of much of the northeast coast of the United States, was frequently interrupted by updates on the approach of Hurricane Sandy - a storm that was expected to directly impact the northeast United States that night and the following day.

Week 9: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Nine: Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 10 0 14 24
Giants 0 14 6 0 20

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: November 4
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 44 °F (7 °C), Mostly Clear
  • Game attendance: 80,991
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
Second quarter
  • PIT Emmanuel Sanders 4-yard pass from Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham kick) (11–58, 5:54)
  • NYG Andre Brown 1-yard run (Tynes kick) (8–72, 5:08)
  • NYG Boley 70-yard fumble return (Tynes kick)
  • PIT Suisham 30-yard FG (4–47, 0:31)
Third quarter
  • NYG Tynes 50-yard FG (9–61, 4:37)
  • NYG Tynes 23-yard FG (9–28, 5:37)
Fourth quarter
  • PIT Wallace 51-yard pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick) (5–75, 2:27)
  • PIT Redman 1-yard run (Suisham kick) (9–51, 4:53)
Top passers
  • PIT – Ben Roethlisberger – 21/30, 216 YDS, 2 TD, INT
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 10/24, 125 YDS, INT
Top rushers
  • PIT – Isaac Redman – 26 CAR, 147 YDS, TD
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw – 15 CAR, 48 YDS
Top receivers
  • PIT – Mike Wallace – 3 REC, 66 YDS, TD
  • NYG – Victor Cruz – 5 REC, 67 YDS
Top tacklers
  • PIT – Ryan Clark – 6 TKL, 2 AST; Larry Foote – 6 TKL, AST
  • NYG – Michael Boley – 7 TKL, 3 AST; Stevie Brown – 7 TKL, 2 AST

At the time of this game, northern New Jersey (and, indeed, a vast majority of the BosWash area) was recovering from the widespread damage and power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. Played just days after the storm made landfall on the east coast, the blackouts and flooding even affected the visiting Steelers' travel schedule, and the team would be forced to fly into the area on the morning of the contest as opposed to the usual day beforehand.

Both teams traded possessions through the first quarter before Steelers' wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger three minutes into the second period. A Shaun Suisham extra point gave the Steelers a 7–0 lead. The hometown Giants answered, tying up the game with a 1-yard run by Andre Brown. Shortly after, with around five minutes remaining in the half, New York's Osi Umenyiora was able to knock the ball from Roethlisberger's hand as the quarterback was attempting a pass. Giants linebacker Michael Boley took full advantage of the turnover, scooping up the fumble and giving the Giants a 14–7 lead on a 70-yard touchdown return. The Steelers were able to put together a final drive of the half, and a 30-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham narrowed the Giants' lead to four points at the half.

Seven minutes into the third quarter, Giants' kicker Lawrence Tynes extended the home team's lead by three via a 50-yard field goal. With a minute to go in the period, Tynes would successfully convert a 23-yard attempt and give the Giants a ten-point lead with a quarter to play.

A 51-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace would cut into the Giants' lead less than a minute into the fourth. New York would fail to accumulate any further points in the contest and, despite a botched fake field goal attempt by the Steelers, a 1-yard touchdown run by Pittsburgh back Isaac Redman gave the Steelers the lead and, eventually, the win.

With the loss, the Giants fell to 6–3.

Week 10: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Ten: New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 3 3 0 7 13
Bengals 14 3 14 0 31

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: November 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 69 °F (21 °C), Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 56,614
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
Game information
First quarter
  • CIN Green 56-yard pass from Dalton (Mike Nugent kick) (5–79, 2:26)
  • CIN Andrew Hawkins 11-yard pass from Dalton (Nugent kick) (3–11, 0:18)
  • NYG Tynes 23-yard FG (6–22, 3:00)
Second quarter
  • CIN Nugent 28-yard FG (15–60, 7:46)
  • NYG Tynes 31-yard FG (14–69, 4:06)
Third quarter
  • CIN Jermaine Gresham 10-yard pass from Dalton (Nugent kick) (3–12, 0:35)
  • CIN Mohamed Sanu 10-yard pass from Dalton (Nugent kick) (3–16, 1:21)
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Andre Brown 2-yard run (Tynes kick) (13–98, 5:22)
Top passers
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 29/46, 215 YDS, 2 INT
  • CIN – Andy Dalton – 21/30, 199 YDS, 4 TD
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • NYG – Hakeem Nicks – 9 REC, 75 YDS
  • CIN – A. J. Green – 7 REC, 85 YDS, TD
Top tacklers
  • NYG – Prince Amukamara – 7 TKL, 3 AST
  • CIN – Terence Newman – 6 TKL, AST

The Giants travelled to a cloudy Cincinnati to face the Bengals. The Bengals, who were in the midst of a losing streak, came out strong and handily defeated the Giants 31–13. With the loss, the Giants fell to 6–4 and entered their bye week.

Week 11: Bye Week[edit]

Week 12: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Twelve: Green Bay Packers at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 3 0 0 10
Giants 17 14 7 0 38

at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 8:20 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 34 °F (1 °C), Mostly Clear
  • Game attendance: 80,365
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Andre Brown 2-yard run (Tynes kick) (6–74, 2:22)
  • GB Nelson 61-yard pass from Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) (4–77, 1:54)
  • NYG Randle 16-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (8–55, 4:37)
  • NYG Tynes 43-yard FG (4–8, 2:03)
Second quarter
  • NYG Cruz 9-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (8–61, 3:58)
  • GB Crosby 28-yard FG (10–62, 6:00)
  • NYG Bradshaw 13-yard run (Tynes kick) (2–23, 0:19)
Third quarter
  • NYG Nicks 13-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (6–53, 2:27)
Top passers
  • GB – Aaron Rodgers – 14/25, 219 YDS, TD, INT
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 16/30, 249 YDS, 3 TD
Top rushers
  • GB – James Starks – 8 CAR, 35 YDS
  • NYG – Andre Brown – 13 CAR, 64 YDS, TD
Top receivers
  • GB – Jordy Nelson – 2 REC, 71 YDS, TD
  • NYG – Hakeem Nicks – 5 REC, 77 YDS, TD
Top tacklers

The Giants hosted the Packers on Sunday Night Football, as quarterbacks Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers faced each other for the fourth time in three seasons. Although the Packers were expected to avenge their playoff loss from last season, the Giants took a 31–10 lead into halftime and ultimately won the game 38–10, snapping a two-game losing streak and improving to a 7–4 record.

Week 13: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Thirteen: New York Giants at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 3 10 3 0 16
Redskins 7 3 0 7 17

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Tynes 39-yard FG (11–69, 6:32)
  • WAS Josh Morgan 13-yard fumble recovery (Forbath kick) (4–80, 2:06)
Second quarter
  • NYG Bennett 4-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (13–85, 7:23)
  • WAS Forbath 33-yard FG (6–51, 1:51)
  • NYG Tynes 40-yard FG (6–54, 0:41)
Third quarter
  • NYG Tynes 35-yard FG (8–75, 3:36)
Fourth quarter
  • WAS Garçon 8-yard pass from Griffin (Forbath kick) (12–86, 6:38)
Top passers
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 20/33, 280 YDS, TD
  • WAS – Robert Griffin III – 13/21, 163 YDS, TD
Top rushers
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw – 24 CAR, 103 YDS
  • WAS – Alfred Morris – 22 CAR, 124 YDS
Top receivers
  • NYG – Victor Cruz – 5 REC, 104 YDS
  • WAS – Pierre Garçon – 8 REC, 106 YDS, TD
Top tacklers

Coming off a huge victory over the Packers, the Giants traveled to Washington for their only Monday Night Football appearance of the season. Although the Giants led at halftime, the Redskins scored a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to take a one-point lead. The Giants' offense failed to score any points and the Redskins held on to win 17–16. With the loss, the Giants fell to 7–5 and 2–3 within the NFC East. Coincidentally, the Giants lost to the Redskins last December after a statement victory on Sunday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys.

Week 14: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Fourteen: New Orleans Saints at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 6 14 0 27
Giants 14 7 14 17 52

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 42 °F (6 °C), Rain
  • Game attendance: 81,437
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
Game information
First quarter
  • NO Elbert Mack 73-yard interception return (Garrett Hartley kick)
  • NYG Wilson 97-yard kickoff return (Tynes kick) (0–0, 0:13)
  • NYG Bennett 6-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (4–35, 2:24)
Second quarter
  • NO Hartley 32-yard FG (14–81, 5:44)
  • NO Hartley 25-yard FG (8–67, 4:06)
  • NYG Domenik Hixon 5-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (9–69, 1:37)
Third quarter
  • NYG Wilson 6-yard run (Tynes kick) (4–20, 1:40)
  • NYG Nicks 25-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (6–62, 3:09)
  • NO Darren Sproles 13-yard run (Hartley kick) (3–75, 0:52)
  • NO Sproles 9-yard pass from Brees (Hartley kick) (6–68, 3:09)
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Cruz 10-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (5–25, 2:31)
  • NYG Tynes 39-yard FG (4–2, 1:31)
  • NYG Wilson 52-yard run (Tynes kick) (1–52, 0:10)
Top passers
  • NO – Drew Brees – 26/43, 354 YDS, TD, 2 INT
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 22/35, 259 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT
Top rushers
  • NO – Mark Ingram, Jr. – 13 CAR, 68 YDS
  • NYG – David Wilson – 13 CAR, 100 YDS, 2 TD
Top receivers
  • NO – Joe Morgan – 2 REC, 106 YDS
  • NYG – Victor Cruz – 8 REC, 121 YDS, TD
Top tacklers

The Giants returned home to face Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, in a game that would turn out to be a breakout game for rookie David Wilson. The first-round draft pick (32nd overall) rushed for a touchdown on a kickoff return and ran for two more scores in a huge win over the Saints. The Giants won 52–27, handing the Saints their eighth loss of the season. With the win, the Giants improved to 8–5 and secured their eighth consecutive non-losing season.

Week 15: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Fifteen: New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 0 0 0 0
Falcons 14 3 10 7 34

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,741
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
Game information
First quarter
  • ATL Turner 1-yard run (Matt Bryant kick) (4–16, 1:51)
  • ATL Tony Gonzalez 12-yard pass from Ryan (Bryant kick) (10–80, 5:42)
Second quarter
  • ATL Bryant 38-yard FG (4–8, 1:46)
Third quarter
  • ATL Julio Jones 40-yard pass from Ryan (Bryant kick) (8–80, 3:29)
  • ATL Bryant 19-yard FG (12–73, 6:43)
Fourth quarter
  • ATL Jones 3-yard pass from Ryan (Bryant kick) (13–69, 9:14)
Top passers
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 13/25, 161 YDS, 2 INT
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 23/28, 270 YDS, 3 TD
Top rushers
  • NYG – David Wilson – 12 CAR, 55 YDS
  • ATL – Michael Turner – 16 CAR, 52 YDS, TD
Top receivers
  • NYG – Domenik Hixon – 5 REC, 80 YDS
  • ATL – Harry Douglas – 3 REC, 83 YDS
Top tacklers

The Giants traveled to Atlanta to visit the Falcons in their third and final rematch of last season's playoffs. The game took place only two days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, just an hour's drive from the Giants' practice facility. The Giants honored the victims by wearing "SHES" decals on their helmets, and wide receiver Victor Cruz played in honor of six-year-old Jack Pinto, one of the victims.

The Giants ultimately lost 34–0 and fell to 8–6 overall. However, the loss did not eliminate them from either playoff contention or the NFC East title.

Week 16: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Sixteen: New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 0 0 7 14
Ravens 14 10 3 6 33

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST[7]
  • Game weather: 51 °F (11 °C), Sunny
  • Game attendance: 71,470
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
Game information
First quarter
  • BAL Torrey Smith 6-yard pass from Flacco (Justin Tucker kick) (14–73, 5:25)
  • BAL Flacco 1-yard run (Tucker kick) (4–47, 2:10)
  • NYG Wilson 14-yard run (Tynes kick) (5–77, 2:54)
Second quarter
  • BAL Tucker 23-yard FG (12–83, 6:05)
  • BAL Ray Rice 27-yard pass from Flacco (Tucker kick) (7–76, 2:11)
Third quarter
  • BAL Tucker 21-yard FG (16–82, 7:57)
Fourth quarter
  • BAL Tucker 30-yard FG (13–62, 6:57)
  • BAL Tucker 29-yard FG (6–70, 2:56)
  • NYG Hixon 13-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (11–80, 4:07)
Top passers
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 14/28, 150 YDS, TD
  • BAL – Joe Flacco – 25/36, 309 YDS, 2 TD
Top rushers
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw – 9 CAR, 39 YDS
  • BAL – Bernard Pierce – 14 CAR, 123 YDS
Top receivers
  • NYG – Rueben Randle – REC, 43 YDS
  • BAL – Anquan Boldin – 7 REC, 93 YDS
Top tacklers

The Giants visited Baltimore, where they were defeated by the Ravens 33–14. With the loss, the Giants fell to 8–7 and were eliminated from contention for the NFC East title. The Giants can still obtain a wild-card berth with a victory against the Eagles and Week 17 victories by the Packers, Lions and Redskins.

Week 17: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Seventeen: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 7 0 0 7
Giants 21 14 0 7 42

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 32 °F (0 °C), Windy
  • Game attendance: 80,657
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Randle 3-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (4–26, 2:01)
  • NYG Randle 38-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (5–74, 2:43)
  • NYG Wilson 15-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (6–75, 3:10)
Second quarter
  • PHI Jeremy Maclin 7-yard pass from Vick (Henery kick) (11–80, 4:12)
  • NYG Bradshaw 1-yard run (Tynes kick) (10–73, 5:40)
  • NYG Cruz 24-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (2–54, 0:13)
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Henry Hynoski 1-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) (14–88, 9:24)
Top passers
  • PHI – Michael Vick – 19/35, 197 YDS, TD, INT
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 13/21, 208 YDS, 5 TD
Top rushers
  • PHI – LeSean McCoy – 10 CAR, 45 YDS
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw – 16 CAR, 107 YDS, TD
Top receivers
  • PHI – LeSean McCoy – 5 REC, 61 YDS
  • NYG – Rueben Randle – 4 REC, 58 YDS, 2 TD
Top tacklers
  • PHI – Colt Anderson – 9 TKL, AST
  • NYG – Chase Blackburn – 6 TKL, AST; Stevie Brown – 6 TKL

Despite the win, The Giants were eliminated from playoff contention due to the Bears 26–24 victory over the Lions. Also this marks the first time since 2006 that the Giants started this season 6–2 and finished 2–6 ending with a record of 8–8, although the Giants made the playoffs that year in 2006 as a Wild Card Contender, but only this time around they started off 6–2, wind up finishing 3–5 but fail to make the playoffs this season finishing 9–7, and thereby became the eighth consecutive team to be dethroned from their World Championship. However, they took their current trend against their longtime rivals to 2–8 in the last 10 games between the teams.

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Washington Redskins(4) 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 436 388 W7
New York Giants 9 7 0 .563 3–3 8–4 429 344 W1
Dallas Cowboys 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 376 400 L2
Philadelphia Eagles 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 280 444 L3

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Eli Manning 3590 Yards
Passing Touchdowns Eli Manning 20TDs
Rushing Yards Ahmad Bradshaw 869 Yards
Rushing Touchdowns Andre Brown 8 TDs
Receiving Yards Victor Cruz 1004 Yards
Receiving Touchdowns Victor Cruz 9 TDs
Points Lawrence Tynes 137 Points
Kickoff Return Yards David Wilson 1321Yards
Punt Return Yards Rueben Randle 18 Yards
Tackles Michael Boley 74 Tackles
Sacks Jason Pierre-Paul 6.5 Sacks
Interceptions Stevie Brown 7 INTs

stats values are correct through Week 15. '

League rankings[edit]

  • Total Offense (YPG): 371.2 (10th)
  • Passing (YPG): 256 (9th)
  • Rushing (YPG): 114.8 (15th)
  • Total Defense (YPG): 366.9 (22nd)
  • Passing (YPG): 245 (22nd)
  • Rushing (YPG): 121.8 (21st)

Stats correct through week 14.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garafolo, Mike (February 10, 2012). "Giants' Mike Sullivan, one of Eli Manning's mentors, hired as Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offensive coordinator". nj.com. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Garafolo, Mike (February 13, 2012). "Giants assistant Jack Bicknell Jr. to be hired as Chiefs offensive line coach". nj.com. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Eisen, Michael (March 2, 2012). "WR Hixon signs new contract". giants.com. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Keith Rivers traded from Bengals to Giants for fifth-round pick". espn.com. April 11, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ "2012 NFL Draft Order". profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. March 27, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
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