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Ben McAdoo defends three fade passes that failed

Giants quarterback Eli Manning talks with offensive coordinator

Giants quarterback Eli Manning talks with offensive coordinator Ben Mcadoo during the second quarter of a game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Credit: AP / Paul Sancya

Ben McAdoo has no regrets when it comes to the three fade passes the Giants threw Sunday after picking up a first-and-goal at the 49ers' 4-yard line.

"I'm not going to stand up here and apologize for the play-calling,'' the rookie offensive coordinator said. "I have faith in the perimeter players to go up and make those plays one-on-one. If we go out and we have the same set of plays in the same circumstance, I'll take those matchups any day.''

During a fourth-quarter series that essentially decided a six-point game, the Giants threw incomplete to Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle and Larry Donnell before a pass intended for Preston Parker was intercepted. McAdoo said Eli Manning checked out of run plays to the passes on two of those calls based on the defense.

Randle and Donnell each had a chance to make a catch, with Donnell coming closest with one-on-one coverage on the outside.

"It's a league of matchups,'' McAdoo said. "If we protect a little bit better, we throw a little bit better and we go up and make the plays that we'd been making in the past, then we're singing a little different tune.''

Not only was McAdoo unapologetic, he said he would not change anything the Giants did in those circumstances (other than the execution, obviously).

"I will take those matchups any day of the week,'' he said. "I'll take them last week and I'll take them again this week. I have confidence and faith in those guys that they'll go up and make the play.''

O-line still in flux

The Giants continue to explore options on their offensive line as they look to replace an injured Justin Pugh (quadriceps) at right tackle.

Options include Adam Snyder stepping in at either guard position and James Brewer or Geoff Schwartz in place of Pugh, who has not practiced this week.

Giant steps

DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee) and LB Jacquian Williams (concussion) did not practice Thursday . . . Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) returned to practice.

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