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SERIES HISTORY

The final quarter of the season begins with another visit from Arizona Cardinals (6-6), who will meet the New York Giants (5-7) at MetLife Stadium for the second year in a row.

Despite losing the past three meetings, the Giants still hold a commanding 80-45-2 lead in the all-time series. The Giants' most recent victory over Arizona came in the 2011 championship season when Hakeem Nicks caught a 29-yard pass from Eli Manning for the go-ahead touchdown with 2:39 left in the game. The Giants trailed by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter but came away with a 31-27 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium, where they won the Super Bowl four years prior. From 1970-2002, the Giants and Cardinals were both members of the NFC East.

LAST TIME OUT

With Colt McCoy starting in place of the injured Daniel Jones, the Giants defeated the Seahawks 17-12 for their fourth straight victory and their first in Seattle since 2010. At 5-7, they are tied with the Washington Football Team atop the NFC East standings but hold the tiebreaker after sweeping their season series.

Arizona, meanwhile, fell to .500 with a 38-28 loss at home to the Los Angeles Rams. The Cardinals have lost their past three games and four of five since their 5-2 start to the season.

INJURY REPORT

The New York Giants listed quarterback Daniel Jones as questionable for Sunday.

The second-year pro continues to deal with a hamstring injury, which he suffered in Week 12 before it kept him out of last week's victory in Seattle. Veteran backup Colt McCoy stepped in both times as the team's winning streak grew to four games. Jones was limited in practice early in the week but was a full participant on Friday.

Below is a look at the final injury report for Giants vs. Cardinals:

New York Giants

  • Questionable: QB Daniel Jones (hamstring), LB Blake Martinez (back), DB Darnay Holmes (knee), OT Matt Peart (ankle)
  • Out: DB Madre Harper (knee)

Arizona Cardinals

  • Questionable: OL Kevin Beachum (back), LB DeVondre Campbell (ankle), RB Kenyan Drake (hip), K Zane Gonzalez (back), WR DeAndre Hopkins (neck/back), LB Isaiah Simmons (neck/back)
  • Out: CB Jonathan Joseph (neck), S Jalen Thompson (ankle)

HEISMAN POSE

If Jones plays, Sunday will be a matchup of the first two quarterbacks selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. Kyler Murray was the No. 1 overall pick after winning the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma; Jones was picked sixth overall by the Giants.

Jones averages 6.82 yards per rush, the highest average among quarterbacks since 2019 (minimum 100 attempts). Murray is third (6.20), and Baltimore's Lamar Jackson is second (6.42). They have also posted impressive numbers with their arms:

DEFENDING DEANDRE

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins had eight catches for 52 yards and touchdown last week. He is the only player with at least 85 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past four seasons. However, he has been dealing with neck and back issues this week.

WAYNE TRAIN

The Giants have exceeded 100 rushing yards in seven consecutive games, their longest streak since they hit the century mark in nine consecutive games in 2010. Wayne Gallman has 229 rushing yards in his last two games. He had 286 in all the last two seasons combined.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK & MAN OF THE YEAR

Leonard Williams led the rush with 2.5 sacks vs. Seattle. That increased his season total to a career-high 8.5. His previous best was 7.0 sacks as a second-year pro with the Jets in 2016. For his performance, he was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Williams is the second Giant to win a Player of the Week award this season; kicker Graham Gano won special teams honors in Week 9. Williams is the first Giants defensive lineman to be named Player of the Week since Jason Pierre-Paul in 2016.

Meanwhile, defensive co-captain Dalvin Tomlinson was named the Giants' nominee for the 2020 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Presented by Nationwide, the Man of the Year Award is named for former Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who died in 1999. The award recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field as well as excellence on the field.

Each of the 32 teams has a Man of the Year who is eligible to win the league award. Last year, defensive end Calais Campbell, then with Jacksonville, received the award. In 2016, Giants quarterback Eli Manning was named a co-winner – with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald - of the Man of the Year Award. Manning is the only Giants player to receive the award in its 50-year history. The Giants' nominee last year was tackle Nate Solder. All 2020 nominees will wear a Man of the Year helmet decal beginning Week 14 and continuing through the end of the season in recognition of their accomplishments on and off the field.

THE GREEN DOT

If Blake Martinez (back) cannot suit up on Sunday, safety Logan Ryan would assume the "green dot" on his helmet. That means he would be designated to receive the coach-to-player communication and thus relay the plays in the huddle. Martinez usually quarterbacks the defense, but he said there is no one he would rather have doing it than Ryan if can't play. Ryan currently leads all NFC free safeties in Pro Bowl voting by fans.

GIANTS REMEMBER RAY PERKINS

Ray Perkins, whose tenure as head coach marked the beginning of a Giants revival after a bleak period in franchise history, passed away in Tuscaloosa, Ala. this week, three days after his 79th birthday.

Perkins coached the Giants from 1979-82 and compiled a 23-34 regular-season record. In 1981, he led the team to its first postseason berth since 1963. That Giants team upset defending NFC champion Philadelphia in the NFC Wild Card Game before losing in the divisional round to a San Francisco 49ers team that went on to win Super Bowl XVI.

The Giants were 74-134-4 in the 15 seasons before Perkins, then the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers, was brought in to lead a franchise overhaul. Perkins instilled discipline, worked with general manager George Young to upgrade the roster and brought two of the most successful coaches in NFL history to the Giants.

"Ray was George Young's first hire as general manager in 1979," said John Mara, the Giants' president and chief executive officer. "I remember George saying, 'He will make it very uncomfortable for our players to lose.' Ray did a good job for us and got us into the playoffs in 1981 for the first time in many years. During the 1982 season, which was shortened due to a players strike, he announced he was leaving at the end of the year to go to Alabama, which he described as his dream job. He left behind a team that had Lawrence Taylor, Phil Simms and Harry Carson, among others and this was the nucleus of the group that would go on to great success in the 1980's and win two Super Bowls. I always wondered whether he later regretted that decision. But he certainly left our team in much better shape than he found it in, including having Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick on his staff."

Perkins coached the Giants from 1979-82. In 1981, he led the team to its first postseason berth since 1963. That Giants team upset defending NFC champion Philadelphia in the NFC Wild Card Game before losing in the divisional round to a San Francisco 49ers team that went on to win Super Bowl XVI.

MY CAUSE, MY CLEATS

This week, the Giants are celebrating "My Cause My Cleats" as players will wear customized cleats reflecting their commitment to charitable causes.

The charitable organizations players selected represent a variety of different causes that they are personally connected to, including: medical research, social justice, ending domestic violence, and supporting our neighbors in need during their most difficult times.

This week, the Giants are celebrating "My Cause My Cleats" as players will wear customized cleats reflecting their commitment to charitable causes.

The charitable organizations players selected represent a variety of different causes that they are personally connected to, including: medical research, social justice, ending domestic violence, and supporting our neighbors in need during their most difficult times.

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