A game-by-game look at all 16 Giants games in 2011.
WEEK 1: REDSKINS 28, GIANTS 14 (Sept. 11, 2011)
An injury-depleted Giants secondary was picked apart by journeyman Rex Grossman in an embarrassing loss to start the season. Grossman threw for over 300 yards and added a pair of touchdowns, far outperforming Eli Manning. Manning threw one interception and no touchdowns in the loss. The lone bright spot for Big Blue was the play of wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who finished with seven catches for 122 yards.
Record: 0-1 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 2: GIANTS 28, RAMS 16 (Sept. 19, 2011)
The Giants bounced back after a Week 1 loss and defeated the Rams on Monday Night Football even without its best effort. One of the biggest plays of the game occurred in the second quarter when Michael Boley recovered a Sam Bradford fumble and returned it for a 65 yard touchdown. Eli Manning led the charge going 18-of-29 passes for 200 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Domenik Hixon made a one-handed juggling catch with 21 seconds left in the half to give the Giants a 21-6 lead.
Record: 1-1 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 3: GIANTS 29, EAGLES 16 (Sept. 25, 2011)
After a week of talk about the injury-depleted Giants, this happened: Eli Manning threw four touchdowns and no interceptions; Victor Cruz caught two touchdowns; Michael Vick was knocked out of the game with a broken right hand; the Giants' defense made big stops when it needed to. That should sum everything up.
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WEEK 4: GIANTS 31, CARDINALS 27 (Oct. 2, 2011)
The Giants trailed 27-17 with 5:16 remaining after Beanie Wells scored his third rushing TD of the game. The Giants responded with a seven-play, 80-yard drive that was keyed by a 26-yard reception by Nicks to the 1, setting up a scoring pass to Jake Ballard in the back of the end zone. The Giants' defense forced the Cardinals off with a three-and-out on a drive that took up only 27 seconds, and two plays later, Manning found Nicks in the end zone for the 29-yard TD that made it 31-27.
Record: 3-1 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 5: SEAHAWKS 36, GIANTS 25 (Oct. 9, 2011)
On second-and-goal from the 5, Eli Manning threw to second-year receiver Victor Cruz, who reached out and tried to make a one-handed catch with his left hand, but the ball went off his glove and into the arms of Brandon Browner who returned the interception 94 yards for a touchdown. The play gave the Seahawks a 36-25 lead in a back-and-forth game. The Giants lost for the first time since the regular-season opener.
Record: 3-2 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 6: GIANTS 27, BILLS 24 (Oct. 16, 2011)
Ahmad Bradshaw scored three touchdowns and the Giants' defense rebounded after allowing two big scoring plays early to give the Giants a 27-24 win over the Bills at MetLife Stadium. The Giants drove 76 yards in nine plays, took advantage of two pass interference penalties on Bills cornerback Drayton Florence, and got to within a yard of the end zone before kicking the go-ahead field goal, a 23-yarder by Lawrence Tynes with 1:35 remaining.
Record: 4-2 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 7: BYE
Sunday, Oct. 23
WEEK 8: GIANTS 20, DOLPHINS 17 (Oct. 30, 2011)
The Giants were able to survive what was supposed to be the easiest game remaining on their schedule with a 20-17 win over the Dolphins. Victor Cruz caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning (31-for-45, 349 yards) with 5:58 remaining in the game to give the Giants their first lead and the eventual win. The Giants muddled through the ugliness, nearly lost their starting running back to a foot injury (Ahmad Bradshaw missed the third quarter but returned), and didn't really get a spark from their returning contributors Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs. Still, the winless Dolphins were unable to do much of anything with the treats the Giants were giving them.
Record: 5-2 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 9: GIANTS 24, PATRIOTS 20 (Nov. 6, 2011)
After Tom Brady seemed to win the game with a 14-yard touchdown pass, Eli Manning answered with his fifth fourth-quarter game-winning drive of the season that was highlighted by a 28-yard catch by Jake Ballard on third-and-10, a pass interference call that gave them first-and-goal at the 1, and a 1-yard toss to Ballard for the touchdown that gave the Giants a 24-20 win. The touchdown came with 15 seconds remaining in the game.
Record: 6-2 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 10: 49ERS 27, GIANTS 20 (Nov. 13, 2011)
Eli Manning could not lead the Giants to a sixth straight comeback win as the Giants fell to the 49ers, 27-20. Manning looked as if he were casting his usual spell, converting two fourth-down passes on the Giants' final drive as they attempted to tie the score. But his third try, on fourth-and-2 from the 10, was batted down by Justin Smith with 34 seconds left to essentially end the game. After the 49ers scored 15 points in 61 seconds to take a 27-13 lead with 12:21 remaining, the Giants got within seven on Manning's 32-yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks with 8:37 left. Then they drove 70 yards to the 10 before turning the ball over on downs.
Record: 6-3 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 11: EAGLES 17, GIANTS 10 (Nov. 20, 2011)
The Giants offense struggled most of the game; Brandon Jacobs was ineffective, and Eli Manning was inconsistent. Still, in the fourth quarter, the two teams were tied at 10 apiece. Vince Young and the Philadelphia offense then managed an 18-play drive, ending in a touchdown, to take the lead. Manning fumbled on the Giants ensuing possession, and the Eagles easily ran out the clock to hand Big Blue its second straight loss.
Record: 6-4 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 12: SAINTS 49, GIANTS 24 (Nov. 28, 2011)
Drew Brees picked apart the Giants' defense with the point-and-click efficiency throwing for 363 yards and four touchdowns. Brees went into halftime having put up numbers that most quarterbacks would take in a full game: 17-for-25 for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Eli Manning threw for 406 yards, but the defense didn't have an answer for the Saint's high-powered offense. The Giants scored twice in the fourth quarter on passes to Victor Cruz, but it fell under the "too little, too late category."
Record: 6-5 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 13: PACKERS 38, GIANTS 35 (Dec. 4, 2011)
Mason Crosby hit a 31-yard field goal as time expired to give the undefeated Packers a 38-35 win over the Giants. The field goal capped a 68-yard drive in which Aaron Rodgers completed four passes to set up the winning points after the Giants tied the score with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 58 seconds remaining. The Giants, who have lost four in a row, head to Dallas next Sunday night still trailing the Cowboys by one game in the NFC East after Arizona beat Dallas in overtime.
Record: 6-6 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 14: GIANTS 37, COWBOYS 34 (Dec. 11, 2011)
The Giants have gone from a four-game losing streak to first place in the NFC East, thanks to a thrilling 37-34 comeback win over the Cowboys. In a game featuring eight lead changes, two quick touchdown drives gave the Giants the lead and Jason Pierre-Paul blocked a last-second field-goal attempt to preserve the victory. Brandon Jacobs, who had his best game in years with 101 yards on 19 carries, scored on a 1-yard run to give the Giants the lead. D.J. Ware added a two-point conversion for the second straight week for a 37-34 edge with 46 seconds left.
Record: 7-6 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 15: REDSKINS 23, GIANTS 10 (Dec. 18, 2011)
One week after an emotional win over the Cowboys, turnovers and inconsistent play in the secondary cost the Giants in a home loss against the Redskins. Prince Amukamara and Antrel Rolle each struggled in key situations, and Eli Manning threw three picks and zero touchdowns. Jason Pierre-Paul did have another huge game for the Giants, finishing with 16 tackles, one sack and three quarterback hits, and despite the loss, New York will still win the NFC East if they win out.
Record: 7-7 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 16: GIANTS 29, JETS 14 (Dec. 24, 2011)
Victor Cruz scored on a record-tying 99-yard reception, then later broke Amani Toomer's Giants single-season receiving record, in Big Blue's fifth consecutive regular season win over Gang Green. Eli Manning needed to complete just nine passes in the win, finishing with 225 yards. Ahmad Bradshaw scored a pair of touchdowns in the effort, finishing with 54 yards on 15 carries. The win moved the Giants a step closer to the playoffs; they need a victory against Dallas in Week 17 to win the NFC East.
Record: 8-7 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 17: GIANTS 31, COWBOYS 14 (Jan. 1, 2012)
The NFL's regular-season finale pitted NFC East rivals, the Giants and the Cowboys, against each other with the divisional title and a spot in the playoffs on the line. The Giants sprinted out to a 21-0 lead in the first half -- thanks to another long touchdown reception by Victor Cruz -- but Dallas scored two straight touchdowns after the break to climb back into it. The Giants held off their rivals in the final quarter to set up a date at home against the Falcons the following week.
Record: 9-7 | Game story | Game stats