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Gameday Live 11: Giants vs. Jaguars

Jacobs was born on July 6, 1982 in

Jacobs was born on July 6, 1982 in Houma, Louisiana. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Good afternoon Giants enthusiasts! Welcome to Week 12 in the NFL!

I'm Chris Mascaro and I'm here at New Meadowlands Stadium to bring you all of today's live action, as the Giants (6-4, 3-2 home) take on Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jacksonville Jaguars (6-4, 2-2 road).

The Giants enter today's matchup one game behind the Eagles for first place in the NFC East, while the surprising Jags are tied with the Colts for the top spot in the AFC South. If the postseason started today, the Giants wouldn't be in the tournament.

Though these teams have the same record, they come into today's game with polar opposite mindsets. The Giants could really use a victory after two straight ugly losses, while the "lucky" Jags have won three straight, utilizing plays such as this.

"Luck plays a lot into it," Giants corner Terrell Thomas said earlier this week. "Great teams get lucky along the way. Look at the Saints last year. They had a great run, they're a great team, but they got lucky along the way."

The Giants know a thing or two about luck, especially in the postseason. But whether it's luck or skill, the Giants better be on their toes against Tom Coughlin's former team today. 

Coughlin led Jacksonville to a 72-64 record from 1995-2002, including four playoff appearances and the 1996 AFC Championship game. He remains the winningest coach in franchise history.

Current Jags coach Jack Del Rio took over the team in 2003 after Coughlin was fired. Del Rio was in danger of losing his job after finishing last season 7-9, the team's second straight losing year. But his Jags have seen a resurgence in 2010.

Last week, they turned the ball over six times but still managed to rally back from a seven-point deficit to beat Cleveland, 24-20. Said Jones-Drew, who setup his game-winning touchdown with a 75-yard gain on a screen: "I don't feel like we stole the game. We earned it."

As for the Giants, they'll take a win any way they can get it after two straight ugly performances. Coughlin is refusing to take the losing streak sitting down, and his first move was to bench fumble-prone Ahmad Bradshaw and replace him in the starting lineup with Brandon Jacobs (pictured above).

Bradshaw enters today's game as the fifth-leading rusher in the NFL with 867 yards (Jones-Drew is fourth with 878), while Jacobs has three straight games without a touchdown and his longest run over the past two weeks is six yards. Coughlin not only doesn't care about the stats, he's shocked the move is getting so much press. 

"Why it would be a total surprise to anybody is beyond me," the coach said earlier this week.

Jacobs' season-high in carries this season is 12. But Bradshaw has lost five fumbles through the first 10 games, including one against the Eagles last Sunday night, prompting Coughlin to make the move.

Holding onto the football is a key to the Giants' success, or lack thereof, this afternoon. Here are three more movie-themed keys to today's game, and if you don't like them, there's always this stuff.

1. Can Eli get on the same page with "The Other Guys"? With his top two receivers out — Steve Smith has a torn pectoral muscle and Hakeem Nicks is out with compartment syndrome in his lower right leg — QB Eli Manning will be forced to work with a receiving corps that hasn't seen much action this season except for Mario Manningham

Speaking of movies, the Giants signed free agent receiver Michael Clayton (here are his actual stats) earlier this week. He and Eli are familiar with each other, having roomed together in Florida while training for the 2004 draft. But Clayton hasn't seen NFL action in about 10 months — he had been with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL — so it remains to be seen what he can offer the Giants today.

For notekeeping purposes, Derek Hagan will start opposite Manningham against the Jags secondary that ranks 28th in the league in pass defense (264.6 yards per game).

We'll see how quickly Coughlin inserts Bradshaw back into the lineup if the offense starts sputtering. 

*Clayton was a non-factor. He didn't have any catches, and seemed out of sync with Manning on routes intended for him. Boss stepped up huge, obviously, with the game-winning touchdown catch. Manningham caught a big touchdown pass, Hagan lost a fumble, but played O.K., and Bradshaw was a big help out of the backfield. 

2. Will Beatty gets a staring role in "The Blind Side, II". The 2009 second-round pick out of UConn will start in place of the injured David Diehl (hamstring). Shawn Andrews had been starting, but he required a hospital stint this week to deal with soreness in a back that he's had two surgeries on. Beatty has only four starts, so we'll keep an eye out for how well he protects Manning today.

Said offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride: "It's your chance, it's your opportunity, you've been clamoring for it and you wanted an opportunity. We've wanted to give it, and now here it is."

Luckily for Beatty, the Jags' best pass rushers are actually their defensive tackles, Terrence Knighton and first-round pick Tyson Alualu. Jacksonville is tied for 17th in the league with 20 sacks. Eli, like brother Peyton, is one of the least sacked QBs in the NFL, having been taken down just 12 times this year.

*The best thing Beatty could have hoped for happened — nobody noticed him. The Jaguars didn't sack Manning and the Giants rushed for some big games off left tackle.

3. Is the Jags' offense "Unstoppable"? Hardly. Jones-Drew is a very talented back, but the Giants only allow 3.7 yards per carry (seventh best in the league). As long as they contain Garrard, who is a sneaky-fast runner, and hold the receivers (who are mainly possession guys) in check, the Giants should be fine today. Antrel Rolle and the defense are up for the task.

*The Giants struggled containing Garrard, as he rushed for 41 yards and a touchdown on six carries. Jones-Drew also had his fourth straight 100-yard game, and the Jags were 10-for-16 (62 percent) on third downs. But when the Giants needed a stop in the fourth quarter, they got it. On the Jaguars' last three plays, Garrard was hit every time.

Today's inactives are: Smith, Nicks, KR Will Blackmon, LB Phillip Dillard, C Shaun O'Hara, T David Diehl, OL Shawn Andrews, and newly acquired WR Devin Thomas. With Blackmon out, Darius Reynaud (who missed the last three games with a hamstring injury) reclaims the punt return duties, while Danny Ware will handle kick returns.

For the Jags, LT Eugene Monroe is out, so former Giant Guy Whimper will start in his place. Also, wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker (418 yards, four TDs) returns to the lineup after missing last week's game with an ankle injury.

Here is the weather report from East Rutherford, where it's cold (low 40s) but sunny. There's not a cloud in the sky.

Finally, here are a few notes on today's game:

-The Jaguars, who finished last season 7-9, were 2-6 on the road. Before this season, their last win over an NFC East opponent was a 26-10 decision over the Giants in Week 11 of the 2006 season. They are 1-1 against the NFC East thus far in 2010 — they lost to Philly 28-3 in Week 3 and beat Dallas 35-17 on Halloween.

-The Giants enter the day sixth in the NFC in points scored with 253 (behind, in order, Philly, New Orleans, Atlanta, Dallas and Detroit ... Green Bay is one point behind at 252). The Lions obviously have an extra game on them, having played on Thanksgiving. The Giants allowed 220, which is eighth best in the conference (behind Chicago, Green Bay, Atlanta, New Orleans, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and San Francisco).

-The Jags have scored 220 points this season (12th in the AFC, ahead of only Miami, Cleveland, Denver and Buffalo) and allowed 270 (also 12th best in the conference).

-The Jaguars are actually worse than the Giants in turnover margin at -11 (24 giveaways, 13 takeaways). They are second-to-last in the league in the category, ahead of only Minnesota, which is led by a certain turnover-prone QB. The Giants, who have turned the ball over a league-worst 30 times, are -8, tied with the Cardinals for fifth worst in the league. Coughlin is trying anything to fix his team's fumbling problem.

-Jags QB David Garrard has completed 67.8 percent of his 214 passes this season (third best in the league), but for only 1,694 yards. The 32-year old, a nine-year veteran out of East Carolina, is averaging 7.9 yards per attempt (fifth best in the league), but Jacksonville doesn't put the ball in the air all that much. The East Orange, N.J., native has thrown 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, and his 98.5 passer rating is sixth best in the NFL.

-The Jaguars haven't won four straight games since Weeks 2-6 of the 2007 season.

-Also, a guy in the stands has a "Happy Tucksgiving" sign. Is this relevant to the game? No, but I thought you all should know. 

-One more thing not relevant to the game. Two guys were standing in the very top row of the stadium looking outside. Maybe they don't like football? Who knows.

Okay, that's all for now. But we've got plenty more to talk about today, so keep it locked here throughout the afternoon!

I'll be back after each quarter with updates.

We're about 15 minutes from football on CBS!

*The Giants have won the toss and will receive to start the game.

 

End of the 1st Quarter: Jaguars 7, Giants 3

Giants' first scoring drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:54 ... it was the first time all season the Giants have scored on their first drive of the game.

Scoring play: Lawrence Tynes 22-yard FG ... he is 13-of-16 on field goals this season.

Key play: Hagan's non-fumble (more below) and Manningham's 17-yard reception from Manning on second-and-8 from their own 48. 

Jags' first scoring drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:11

Scoring play: Rashad Jennings 5-yard TD run (Josh Scobee kick) ... it was Jennings' first TD of the season and second of his career.

Key play: Jones-Drew 4-yard run on third-and-1 from his own 34.

Players who impressed for the Giants:

-Manning hit Hagan on a 15-yard curl to the right side on the first play from scrimmage. It was a nice play-fake to Jacobs and a crisp route by Hagan. So far, so good for these receivers. 

-Jacobs hit the holes hard on the first drive, amassing 35 yards, including a 12-yarder up the gut.

-On his first play of the game, Bradshaw caught a bubble screen for 10 yards on second-and-8 from the Jacksonville 23-yard line. However, he was stuffed on his first carry for a loss of two yards on third-and-2 from the 3, forcing the Giants to attempt a field goal.

-Barry Cofield sniffed out a screen to Jones-Drew and chased him down after only a three-yard gain. 

-Ware had a nice return on the Jags' second kickoff, going 35 yards to his own 39.

Players who struggled:

-Hagan caught a pass over the middle and on first-and-10 from the Jacksonville 11-yard line, but fumbled it and Don Carey recovered for the Jags. The play was challenged by Coughlin, and was ruled an incomplete pass. The referee actually had his microphone go off while watching the play and could be overheard saying "there's just not enough to overturn it," but apparently he changed his mind.

-Jones-Drew had a big hole to run through to convert a third-and-1 from his own 34. It was a toss left and no Giant was in sight until Rolle pinched down and made the hit after a 4-yard gain. Later on the drive, Jones-Drew gashed the defense for runs of 12 and 23 yards. Jennings also had a 19-yarder the play before his touchdown.

-Manning badly underthrew Manningham on a deep pass on the second play of the Giants' second drive.

-Kevin Boothe, my classmate at Cornell, was flagged for a false start to bring up a third-and-9, which the Giants couldn't convert.

-Terrell Thomas was bulled over by Jones-Drew on a 15-yard run from his own 20.

-Garrard and Jones-Drew ran an option left, something I didn't even see covering four high school games this weekend, and the QB kept it for an eight-yard gain. He slid properly (read: not Eli style) at the end of the run.

What to watch for in the second quarter: Can the Giants stop the Jacksonville running game? They've accumulated 90 yards on the ground already, and have rushed for seven first downs.

 

End of the 2nd Quarter: Jaguars 17, Giants 6

Jags' second scoring drive: 15 plays, 85 yards, 8:57

Scoring play: Scobee 22-yard FG ... he is 16-of-18 on field goals this season.

Key play: Sims-Walker 12-yard pass from Garrard on third-and-4 from the Giants' 48.

Giants' second scoring drive: 7 plays, 74 yards, 3:37

Scoring play: Tynes 29-yard FG ... his second of the day and 14th in 17 attempts this season.

Key play: Boss' holding penalty (more below); Bradshaw 27-yard run on second-and-7 from his own 28.

Jags' third scoring drive: 13 plays, 71 yards, 5:15 ... it was their third scoring drive of 11 or more plays.

Scoring play: Garrard 5-yard run (Scobee kick) ... it was his third rushing TD of the season.

Key play: Hill 15-yard reception from Garrard on third-and-7 from their own 46; Garrard 6-yard run on third-and-5 from the Giants' 21.

Players who impressed for the Giants:

-Rolle made a nice tackle on a screen to Mike Thomas that went for no gain.

-Curiously, after a false start brought up a third-and-goal from the 12, the Jags opted for a draw up the middle. The Giants didn't defense it great (it went for eight yards), but they held Jones-Drew out of the end zone and the Jags had to settle for a field goal.

-Bradshaw bounced his third carry outside to the left and went for 27 yards before being pushed out of bounds at the Jacksonville 45-yard line.

-Tight end Travis Beckum was left wide open on the right side and Manning found him for an easy gain of 29 yards on first down from the Jags' 45.

-Jonathan Goff made a nice stop on Jennings to hold him to a one-yard gain.

-Kenny Phillips swiped the ball out of Sims-Walker's hands just in time to knock it down in the end zone.

Players who struggled:

-Osi Umenyiora nearly had a sack, but Garrard just got the ball out in time to complete a 16-yard pass to the left side to tight end Marcedes Lewis. Then, on Garrard's TD run, Osi dove at the QB's legs, but he high-stepped out of it, cut back, and ran into the end zone.

-Kevin Boss' holding penalty negated Manningham's 16-yard touchdown reception to the front right corner of the end zone. It brought up a second-and-13 from the 19-yard line and the Giants eventually had to settle for a field goal.

-Corey Webster let Jason Hill to catch a pass right in front of him for a 15-yard gain on third-and-7 from the Jacksonville 46.

-The second time Jacksonville ran the option, Garrard pitched it and Dave Tollefson missed a tackle, allowing Jennings to pick up 13 yards.

-Garrard scrambled right, then came back left and ran six yards to convert a third-and-5 from the Giants' 21 late in the half. 

What to watch for in the second half: Can the Giants convert any of their long drives into touchdowns or will they have to settle for field goals? 

Also, the Giants heard some boo birds after the Garrard TD.

 

Here are some halftime stats for your viewing pleasure...

Giants

Manning: 8-for-12 for 101 yards

Jacobs: 5 carries, 35 yards

Bradshaw: 4 carries, 35 yards; 4 catches, 34 yards

Hagan: 2 catches, 21 yards

Beckum: 1 catch, 29 yards

Manningham: 1 catch, 17 yards

Tynes: 2-for-2 on FGs

Deon Grant: five tackles

Jaguars

Garrard: 11-for-16 for 91 yards; 3 carries, 19 yards, TD

Jones-Drew: 10 carries, 73 yards; 2 catches, 5 yards

Jennings: 7 carries, 53 yards, TD

Thomas: 3 catches, 24 yards

Lewis: 2 catches, 25 yards

Sims-Walker: 2 catches, 20 yards

Hill: 1 catch, 15 yards

Greg Jones: 1 catch, 2 yards

Courtney Greene: 9 tackles, pass deflection

Scobee: 1-for-1 on FGs; 2-for-2 on XPs

  

End of the 3rd Quarter: Jaguars 17, Giants 9

Giants' third scoring drive: 10 plays, 24 yards, 4:27

Scoring play: Tynes 28-yard FG ... his third of the day and 15th in 18 attempts this season.

Key play: Ware 7-yard catch from Manning on third-and-4 from the Jacksonville 28. Also, Bradshaw's 4-yard run on third-and-2 from the Jacksonville 13 ... he got the first down with an excellent second effort.

Players who impressed for the Giants:

-On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Thomas intercepted a Garrard pass that knocked off Sims-Walker's hands. Garrard's pass was behind Sims-Walker. Good momentum shift for the Giants to start the half.

-Justin Tuck hit Garrard as he threw to force an incompletion on a second-down pass.

-Garrard spun out of Cofield's potential sack, but rookie Jason Pierre-Paul cleaned up the mess for a loss of 14 yards. Pierre-Paul actually knocked the ball loose, but it bounced right back to Garrard. It was the rookie's first-career sack.

-Boss made a nice diving catch with a defender draped over him for a gain of 17 yards. Jacobs rumbled for 17 yards on the next play (his longest carry of the afternoon). 

Players who struggled:

-The Giants moved only 24 yards in 10 plays after the Thomas interception. They had all the momentum and still couldn't put the ball in the end zone.

-The Giants were penalized five yards for Thomas' illegal contact penalty. On the very next play, Thomas couldn't intercept a deep ball from Garrard down the left side of the field. Two plays later, Tuck dropped another would-be pick after the ball hit him in the chest.

-Manning could only scramble for a yard on third-and-5 from his own 9.

-Matt Dodge's second punt was a very low line drive, but luckily for him, he got a good bounce and it was downed on the Jacksonville 37 after it netted 53 yards.

-Tyron Brackenridge went low to tackle Reynaud on a punt, but Reynaud had already called for a fair catch. It should have been a penalty, but the refs didn't throw a flag.

What to watch for in the fourth half: Which one of these teams will improve to 7-4 and which will fall to 6-5? Also, will the Giants score a touchdown today? They have scored at least one in every game this season. 

 

That's the end of game, as the Giants defeat the Jaguars, 24-20, for their first win since Nov. 7.

Giants: 7-4 (4-2 home)
Jaguars: 6-5 (2-3 road)

Scores by quarter for the Giants: 3, 3, 3, 15
Scores by quarter for the Jaguars: 7, 10, 0, 3

Giants' fourth scoring drive: 5 plays, 88 yards, 1:57

Scoring play: Manningham 26-yard pass from Manning (Bradshaw run for the conversion) ... it was Manningham's fifth TD catch of the season and Eli's 22nd TD pass. On the two-point play, Bradshaw was hit at the goal line by Greene, but he rolled over the safety into the end zone.

Key play: Boss 17-yard pass from Manning on the first play of the drive and Jacobs' 17-yard run on the next play (both plays happened in the third quarter). Also, Boss caught a 25-yard pass from Manning deep down the left side on the first play of the fourth quarter. That was an extremely efficient drive for the Giants.

Jags' fourth scoring drive: 10 plays, 42 yards, 5:16

Scoring play: Scobee 42-yard FG ... his second of the day and 17th in 19 attempts this season.

Key play: Jones-Drew 10-yard run around left end on third-and-2 from the Giants' 47. Also, Garrard rushed for 22 yards on the drive on four scrambles. On the third-down play that brought up the field-goal attempt, Garrard was hit as he threw and Thomas nearly got an interception, but he couldn't chase it down fast enough.

*On the ensuing Giants' drive, tight end Bear Pascoe was flagged for offensive pass interference, but the Jaguars declined it to bring up a third-and-8 from the Giants' 26. It was a risky call, but it worked out, as Manning's third-down pass was incomplete.

*On the following Jacksonville drive, Kassim Osgood's offensive pass interference penalty negated Mike Thomas' 23-yard gain on a bubble screen. Chris Canty batted down a Garrard pass on the next play, then Osi and Pierre-Paul hit Garrard to force an incompletion, and the Jags had to punt.

*When the Giants got the ball back, Manningham made a fingertip catch for 18 yards on a play in which Eli was rocked as he threw. The Giants rushed up to the line and Jacobs bolted up the gut for another 18 to take it down to the Jacksonville 32. After an incomplete pass and a run for no gain by Bradshaw, Boss scored the go-ahead touchdown. Here's the summary of the drive...

Giants' fifth scoring drive: 6 plays, 69 yards, 2:40

Scoring play: Boss 32-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) ... it was Boss' third TD catch of the season and Manning's 23rd TD pass. Boss caught the ball on a short out pattern to the left side, but he slipped Greene's tackle at the 25-yard line and sprinted into the end zone untouched the rest of the way. 

-Jacksonville got two first downs on the ensuing drive, one on Thomas' 13-yard catch from Garrard on third-and-5 from the Giants' 47. Two incompletions brought up a third-and-10 from the 34. Garrard's pass was incomplete, but Aaron Ross was flagged for holding, giving the Jags a first down on the 29.

On first down, Rolle and Tuck sacked Garrard for a loss of 11 yards. On second down, Pierre-Paul forced a fumble, but Garrard recovered for no gain. And on third down, Thomas strip-sacked Garrard with a very hard hit, and Rolle recovered to give the Giants the ball on the Jags' 44 to ice the game. 

Here are your three stars for today's game:

1. Boss: 3 catches for 74 yards, including the game-winning touchdown on a 32-yard pass from Eli.

2. Manning: 14-for-24 for 226 yards and two TDs; 3 carries, -1 yards.

3. Jones-Drew: 21 carries for 113 yards and four catches for nine yards. He has rushed for 100+ yards in four straight games, the first time he's done that in his career. 

Also, the Giants defense had four second-half sacks of Garrard, including two on the final drive.

*The Jaguars had a 35:27-24:33 advantage in time of possession, but the Giants a 361-328 advantage in total yards.

Here are today's final stats...

Giants

Jacobs: 14 carries, 87 yards

Bradshaw: 9 carries, 49 yards; 4 catches, 34 yards

Manningham: 3 catches, 61 yards

Hagan: 2 catches, 21 yards

Beckum: 1 catch, 29 yards

Ware: 1 catch, 7 yards

Tynes: 3-for-3 on FGs; 1-for-1 on XPs

Grant: eight tackles

Pierre-Paul: two sacks, two forced fumbles

Rolle: 7 tackles, 1/2 sack

Thomas: sack, forced fumble, INT, six tackles

Tuck: 5 tackles, 1/2 sack

 

Jaguars

Garrard: 20-for-35 for 162 yards, INT; 6 carries, 41 yards, TD, lost fumble

Jennings: 7 carries, 53 yards, TD

Sims-Walker: 4 catches, 48 yards

Thomas: 6 catches, 46 yards

Lewis: 3 catches, 36 yards

Hill: 1 catch, 15 yards

Osgood: 1 catch, 6 yards

Jones: 1 catch, 2 yards

Greene: 11 tackles, pass deflection

Scobee: 2-for-2 on FGs, 2-for-2 on XPs

 

*The attendance at New Meadowlands Stadium today was 78,533.

Okay, that's all for today's game. Please check back above for updates on my pregame keys to the game. Thanks to all for coming out!

As always, it was my honor and pleasure to bring everyone all of today's live game action.

See ya'll back here in next Sunday, as the Giants play host to the Washington Redskins in their first of two meetings this season at 1 p.m. Have a great Sunday evening everyone! 

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