EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning has a new option for his improving West Coast offense and the New York Giants are starting to get a new attitude.That left-over feeling of ‘what can go wrong next’ from last season is being replaced with that belief that somehow, someone is going to make a play to win the game.In the 30-20 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons (2-3) on Oct. 5, the Giants (3-2) had plenty of heroes in winning their third straight game.The most noticeable was first-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr., who caught a go-ahead touchdown pass from Manning early in the fourth quarter.Fellow rookie Andre Williams helped ignite the comeback from a 10-point second-half deficit with a 3-yard touchdown run, while Manning led four scoring drives and the defense shut down the Falcons in the second half.“I think it says a lot about our team. I think it says that we’re resilient, we’re going to play all fourth quarters, and we’re not going to wait for things to get too rough for us to pick it up,” said safety Antrel Rolle, whose missed tackle allowed Atlanta to take a 20-10 third-quarter lead on a 74-yard scoring pass from Matt Ryan to Antone Smith.“We hung in there for the first half without playing our best ball, and not even close to it. In the second half, I think we played lights out.”Beckham was the story. He missed all five preseason games and the first four regular-season contests with a hamstring injury.Every week coach Tom Coughlin answered endless questions about when Beckham would either practice or play. His debut finally came and he responded by drawing a pass interference call to set up Williams’ TD and his 15-yard go-ahead TD catch with 10:02 to play. It was Manning’s second touchdown pass of the game.“To be out this long and to have to deal with the adversity I have had, I just I have to thank God for giving me the opportunity to play and for allowing me to score in my first game,” Beckham said.Ryan threw for 316 yards and a touchdown playing behind a banged-up offensive line that held up until the very end. Atlanta dropped its second straight since dominating Tampa Bay 56-14 on Sept. 18.Falcons coach Mike Smith refused to blame the team’s injuries or his players for losing a 10-point lead.“It’s not anybody’s fault but mine,” he said. “It is my responsibility as the head coach, ultimately. And I will, and do, take responsibility for that. It is not about those players.”Fellow receiver Victor Cruz was excited after Beckham’s first game.“He is a guy who can change the complexion of our offense and wide receiving corps, and make us that much better,” Cruz said. “It’s big for us to get him back and going in the right direction.”Atlanta never threatened after Beckham’s score, and Brown iced the game with his second and third field goals.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Global Genes hosted the highly anticipated and globally-recognized 6th Annual RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope Awards and RARE Patient Advocacy Summit on September 14-16.The weekend-long festivities culminated Saturday at the Tribute award program hosted at the City National Grove of Anaheim, where more than 700 patients, celebrities, advocacy leaders, biotech and pharmaceutical executives, healthcare professionals, philanthropists, and scientists came together to support the fight against rare disease. The heartfelt awards, presentations, and performances raised over $1.75 million for rare disease education, awareness, advocacy, and patient scholarships to access programs. Of the total funds raised, more than $75,000 was donated through an on-stage ask at the Saturday evening event in direct support for the Global Genes RARE Patient Impact Grant Program.The weekend celebrations were a star-studded affair with celebrity award presenters and guests in attendance including Jim O’Heir (Parks and Recreation), Madison McLaughlin (Supernatural, Arrow), Jillian Rose Reed (MTV’s Awkward), Shaka Smith (Fit Club Host), Maria Quiban (Good Day L.A. Meteorologist), and star from the 2017 hit film Everything Everything, Danube Hermosillo. Jillian Escoto, co-host of Valentine in the Morning on radio 104.3 MYfm hosted the Tribute program and shared personal stories of her ongoing battle with the rare disease, multiple sclerosis.As the Saturday evening program began, Nicole Boice, Founder and CEO of Global Genes, welcomed guests with the toast, quoting a rare disease pioneer Henri Termeer: “Rare Disease is not easy, but if we stay committed, and see it through, we can change the world for patients and families everywhere. We need to stay the course.” Boice then invited 8-year-old Gavin Stevens (NBC’s Little Big Shots) to the stage to kick-off the event by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Gavin was born with Leber congenital amaurosis, a rare genetic retina condition that has rendered him blind.Champion of Hope award recipient Sparsh Shah (NBC’s Little Big Shots and YouTube sensation) delivered the second performance of the night with his impressive cover of Eminem’s 2010 hit “Not Afraid”, which has over 8 million views on YouTube. Emmy nominated singer-songwriter, Andrew McMahon, performed multiple hits including “Cecilia and the Satellite” and shared his own personal journey with leukemia. Season 12 contestant from NBC’s The Voice, Stephanie Rice, closed out the night with her powerful vocals and heart-felt lyrics.The three standout honors presented during the evening were RARE Champion of Hope – Medical Care and Treatment: Antonie Kline, M.D., Medical Director, CdLS Foundation and Director of Pediatric Genetics, Greater Baltimore Medical Center; RARE Champion of Hope – Advocacy: Sparsh Shah; and RARE Champions of Hope – Advocacy: Kevan Chandler, Ben Duvall, Philip Keller, Tom Troyer, and Luke Thompson of “We Carry Kevan”.At the Tribute, Global Genes announced that next year’s 7th Annual RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope and Patient Advocacy Summit will take place October 4-6, 2018.