GAME 15: N.Y. GIANTS AT VIKINGS
7:30 p.m. Sunday • TCF Bank Stadium • TV: Ch. 11 • Radio: 100.3-FM, 1130-AM
About the Giants (6-8)
• New York rallied from a 28-point deficit to tie Carolina 35-35 with 1:46 left Sunday. However, the Panthers’ game-winning field goal as time expired spoiled the Giants’ chance to hand Carolina its first loss of the season.
• Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been the center of attention this week after being suspended for Sunday’s game for his on-field confrontation with Carolina cornerback Josh Norman.
• Six of the Giants’ losses this season have come after they were leading or tied in the final two minutes, and they’ve lost four of their past five games by a margin of only 13 points. The Giants were 5-4 after beating Tampa Bay in Week 9 but then lost 27-26 to New England on a game-ending field goal and have lost two more on late kicks.
• New York must win out and have Washington lose twice in order for the Giants to make the playoffs as NFC East champion.
PLAYER SPEAK: QB Eli Manning
• Manning has a career-high 32 touchdown passes in his 12th season, putting him within reach of the single-season franchise record of 36 set by Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle in 1963. Manning’s 10 interceptions match a career low, and he’s on pace to finish with a new career-best passer rating.
• Manning on watching the Beckham controversy unfold: “I saw, early on, him getting kind of body-slammed and no flags being called and I went up to him and said, ‘Hey are you all right?’ and he was like, ‘I’m fine.’ I was just making sure he wasn’t distracted and he wasn’t flustered, and he seemed good. He had a smile and was ready to play. It never became a distraction to me or to the offense as we were playing the game.”
COACH SPEAK: Tom Coughlin
• Coughlin is in his 21st year as a head coach in the NFL and is one of only 13 coaches to win multiple Super Bowls.
• On supporting Beckham: “We’ve all, from the standpoint of the team, recognized the fact that Odell was wrong in his actions and so therefore we would never defend those kinds of actions. But we do support him completely as a young man for his values and his character and his work ethic and the fact he’s one of ours, he’s a brother. ”
• On losing close games: “What we have to do is obviously learn how to finish and learn how to stop someone at that juncture, at that point of the game if it ends up that it has to be a defensive stop. … You want the game to end with the ball in your hands.”