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Travel Memories: Week 12 in Cincinnati


The Giants will attempt to pick up their third consecutive win when they travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals in Week 12 at Paul Brown Stadium. This will be the first time the two franchises meet in the regular season since Week 10 of the 2016 season. In that game, Eli Manning threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score to Sterling Shepard with under a minute to play, to lead the Giants to a 21-20 victory at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants and Bengals do not have an extensive history against each other. The two clubs have met just 10 times since 1972. Interestingly enough, the home team has emerged with the victory in all 10 of the games in this series.

The first four meetings between the Giants and Bengals took place in Cincinnati, with the Bengals winning each one. However, there were some highlights to come out of these early outings. In the Week 12 game between the two teams back in 1972, the first game between the two teams, Giants running back Ron Johnson carried the ball 19 times for an impressive 119 yards, good for an average of 6.3 yards per carry. The Bengals would go on to win, 13-10.

Of all the trips to Cincinnati, there is one in particular that stands out in Giants history. In Week 6 of the 1985 season, the Giants flew to Cincy to take on the Bengals at Riverfront Stadium. It was in this game that Phil Simms set the franchise record with 513 passing yards. Simms finished the game 40 for 62 for the 513 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Mark Bavaro reeled in 12 catches for 176 yards, while Lionel Manuel registered eight receptions for 111 yards, but the Bengals won the game, 35-30.

Several years later in 1991, Simms would get a rematch with Bengals QB Boomer Esiason in Cincinnati. Simms put together a strong performance in this game, throwing for 296 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions, but it wasn't enough to secure the victory as Cincy won, 27-24. Mark Ingram caught seven passes for 116 yards and a score in this outing, while Stephen Baker finished with just two receptions, both of which went for touchdowns.

The Giants last played in Cincinnati during the regular season back in 2012. The Giants had a solid outing on the ground in this game, as Andre Brown carried the ball just seven times for 65 yards (9.3 avg.) and Ahmad Bradshaw recorded 10 rush attempts for 57 yards (5.7 avg.). The Bengals came out on top of this one, 31-13.

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