Quote: Eli on Beckham’s catch

“It was a very impressive catch. I don’t know if I have quite seen one like it. To truly catch it one-handed where you don’t have to pull it into the body and really just catch it with a couple of fingers.”

-Eli Manning, on Monday, about Odell Beckham Jr.’s amazing catch

Cruz comeback progressing…

Giants Week 12 offensive report card, presented by Long Island University

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Overview: The Giants scored touchdowns on their first three possessions and led the ball game, 21-10, at the half.

QB Eli Manning was hot (14/16 for 191 yards and 2 TDs) and rookie WR Odell Beckham was putting on a show, reeling in all eight of his targets for 125 yards, including a one-handed TD grab for the ages. But in the second half, they came out flat, like they’ve done so many games this season.

Long Island UniversityAfter two three-and-outs, they drove the ball down to the Dallas 18 and were in position to score. Manning had WR Preston Parker in the clear, but threw the pass a tad too high. Parker got a hand on it, deflecting it to Dallas safety Barry Church for an INT. They would only get the ball back three more times, scoring once, but the opportunity to put the game away had already past.

Efficiency-wise, they went 11-16 (69%) on third downs, 0-1 on fourth down and 3-for-4 in the red zone.

Overall Grade: B

QB: Manning had a stellar first half, hitting his targets with precision. He was almost as good in the second. Sans the pass to Parker, and a missed opportunity to a wide open Beckham down the left sideline, he played winning football.  The Giants actually passed the ball more in the second half, but with not the same success. Beckham left the game with a back bruise for a stretch and many of the passes were of the short variety to the backs and the tight ends. Grade: A

RB: Only 2.8 YPC on the ground is usually a losing stat, but in the Giants case that wasn’t the smoking gun in this game. They held the football for 35 minutes and sustained drives through short passes. They had 27 first downs to the Cowboys’ 18 and ran 74 plays to Dallas’ 53. The RBs were held in check on the ground, gaining only 89 yards and one TD. Rashad Jennings caught eight passes for 68 yards and Andre Williams had a 12-yard catch. Good, but not quite good enough. Grade: B To read more of this story, click here

GEICO SportsNite: Giants fall to Cowboys

GEICO SportsNite has reaction from Tom Coughlin after the Giants’ 31-28 loss to the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.

Recap: Cowboys 31 – Giants 28

Result: The Cowboys rallied to beat the Giants, 31-28, at Metlife Stadium on Sunday night.

Need to Know:  Cowboys’ Tony Romo connected with Dez Bryant on a 13-yard touchdown catch with 1:01 left to rally for a win over the Giants.

The Giants squandered a 21-10 halftime lead, and then a 28-24 fourth quarter lead as Adrian Robinson’s 1-yard touchdown catch from Eli Manning gave the Giants the lead with three minutes left.Romo led the charge going 80 yards in seven plays and 1:59.

The Giants had a first down with 25 seconds left overturned by replay officials to seal the game as Rashad Jennings was short on a fourth and 2 pass play. The loss spoiled a spectacular game from Odell Beckham, who had 10 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns, including an incredible one-handed touchdown grab in the second quarter.

Eli Manning passed for 338 yards and three touchdowns, but also had a red zone interception. Romo threw for four touchdowns and 275 yards.  The Giants are now 3-8 and are eliminated from NFC East contention.

The Giants have now lost six straight games.

Links: Recap | Box score

Next up: The Giants are at Jacksonville next Sunday.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

A highly entertaining game that did not have the happy ending Giant fans had hoped for. Their team did everything but win the ball game.

The takeaways for the Giants are bittersweet: they got to witness another terrific performance by WR Odell Beckham, Jr. but the loss officially eliminated them from contention for the NFC East crown.

QB Eli Manning had an excellent night, as did most of the offense, but he came up one big play short to the Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo once again.

After taking a 28-24 lead with 3:00 remaining, they allowed the Cowboys to drive 80 yards in seven plays in just two minutes to score the winning TD – a 13-yard pass from Romo to WR Dez Bryant with 1:01 left on the clock.

Again, the effort was there. The Giants had a 21-10 lead at halftime, but like most of their games this season, they wilted in the second half.

It’s been hard to watch this second six-game losing streak in as many seasons. They played well enough to win, but didn’t. They scored 28 points, which should have been enough. But it wasn’t.

The defense was charged with making a stop at the end of the game and couldn’t. We’ve heard this story all too often. There’s no quick answer to what’s dragging on this team. It seems to be a different thing that dogs them each week.

Beckham’s catches and electric presence has raised the team’s level of play the past few weeks. As good as he’s been, it just hasn’t been enough. This season is not lost. They can still win out to avoid a losing record, but right now, they just need to win a game.


Beckham returns, McClain questionable

Odell Beckham Jr. left the game in the fourth quarter with a back injury, but he missed only a handful of plays and returned to the game later in the fourth quarter.

Jameel McLain has a knee injury, the Giants announced.

His return is also questionable.