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<font size="5">THE DAY THAT WOULD LIVE IN INFAMY</font>

</font><font size="4"><u>NEWARK STAR LEDGER</u></font>

GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN SAYS DAVID BAAS' INJURY "MUCH MORE SERIOUS" THAN A HEADACHE (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_tom_coughlin_says_david.html)

Excerpt: "Giants starting center David Baas appeared on Wednesday injury's report with
what was listed as a neck injury and intense headaches. And in his daily press
conference Tom Coughlin said the issue is "much more serious than a headache,"
though it is unclear what exactly.

"There's a lot more to it than that," Coughlin said. "He spent most of the
last couple days doing tests and a lot of that is to try to eliminate things, as

Coughlin said Baas, who was a <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_center_david_baas_inact.html">last-minute
scratch in Sunday's loss to the Packers</a>, will undergo more tests today and
his status is uncertain. Coughlin is reluctant to provide specific information
on Baas until he gets more definitive information. Asked if the neck issue is
related to the headaches, he indicated that's probably the case but wouldn't

Baas' situation is another blow to a Giants offensive line that has lost two
players -- starting left tackle Will Beatty and backup Stacy Andrews -- to
injuries for the remainder of the season over the last few weeks. </p>

On Sunday, however, the makeshift offensive line -- with Kevin Boothe at
center, Mitch Petrus at left guard and David Diehl at left tackle -- performed
admirably. For the first time since Nov. 6 the team rushed for at least 100
yards and the offense reeled off 35 points."

ANTREL ROLLE HAS " NO DOUBT" GIANTS WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/antrel_rolle_has_no_doubt_gian.html)

Excerpt: "Safety Antrel Rolle said in his weekly interview on WFAN today there’s “no
doubt” the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/) will make the
playoffs. He also said the same thing last year ... when the Giants missed the

That being said, Rolle saw on Sunday how the Giants are capable of hanging
with an undefeated team.</p>

“If we go out there and we play with the intensity and emotion and passion we
had this last Sunday, man,” he said, “those teams (left on the schedule) are in
trouble.” Read more...</p>

GIANTS' STACY ANDREWS THANKFUL BLOOD CLOTS WERE NOT WORSE, DID NOT SPREAD (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_t_stacy_andrews_thankfu.html)</p>

Excerpt: "Stacy Andrews started to feel "a little funny, a little short of breath"
during practice last Thursday. He felt pain in his ribs and had trouble
sleeping. Still, he thought he had merely damaged some cartilage after
practicing hard, so he didn’t tell anyone.</p>

Friday, the aches were still there. After practice, he spit up blood in the
shower. Again, he thought little of the symptoms and told no one.</p>

Finally, in the middle of a team meeting on Saturday night, the pain became
intolerable. He told the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/)’
trainers, who took him to the hospital where it was determined he was suffering
from deep vein thrombosis (i.e. blood clots) in his lungs.</p>

The backup tackle would miss the game against the Green Bay Packers, a
matchup in which he would’ve played left tackle after center David Baas was
pulled from the lineup. Even worse, Andrews’ season was over.</p>

At that point, he felt the worst internal pain of the past few days –
emotional heartache.</p>

"When they told me that, I wanted to shed a few tears right there and then,
but I kind of held it back until they left," Andrews said by phone today. "I was
like, ‘Wow.’ Even when I was in there with (assistant trainer) Leigh (Weiss) and
the nurse, I said, ‘Why don’t I just take a pain shot and play the game

"I was joking, but I really wanted to play in the game."</p>

The 30-year-old Andrews, a member of the Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals
and Philadelphia Eagles before signing with the Giants this summer, realizes the
top priority is his health and this situation could have been a lot worse.
Doctors told him it was a good thing they found the clots in both lungs when
they did because they could’ve traveled to his heart or brain.</p>

While on his way to the hospital, Andrews was worried about fulfilling an
obligation to meet and greet a few friends of his agent, Rich Moran. Now, he
realizes the severity of the situation."

GIANTS' LOSS TO PACKERS EARNED HIGHEST NFL REGULAR SEASON TV RATING SINCE 2007 (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_loss_to_packers_earned.html)</p>

Excerpt: "The <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_play_well_but_a_moral_v.html">undefeated
Green Bay Packers’ last-second win over the Giants</a> helped draw the highest
television rating for a regular-season NFL game since 2007. </p>

The national broadcast window on Fox on Sunday earned a 17.6 rating and 30
share. The network said Tuesday that was the best since an 18.4/32 mainly for
Steelers-Patriots four years ago."
</p>GIANTS' JUSTIN TUCK STRUGGLING TO UNDERSTAND TEAM'S INCONSISTENT URGENCY (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_justin_tuck_struggling.html)

Excerpt: "Justin Tuck didn’t sleep much on Sunday night. He was too busy thinking.

About <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_play_well_but_a_moral_v.html">the
loss to the Packers</a>. About the Giants’ upcoming four games, two of which are
against the team they trail by one game – the division leading Cowboys. And
about the way the Giants’ intensity level can be so high one week and so very
low the next.</p>

“What kept me up was I know the Saints are a great football team but nobody
would say the Saints are better than the Packers,” Tuck said on Monday night
after signing autographs with three of his teammates at Garden State Plaza in
Paramus as part of a holiday toy drive. “So how did we come out one week and
play like we did and then come out this week and play like we did? And two weeks
ago play like we did against Philly and go out to San Francisco and have an
opportunity to beat them out there?</p>

“I mean, it doesn’t make any sense to me. Do I need to go see a shrink?”</p>

The best treatment for Tuck and the Giants is to come out on Sunday in Texas
and play as well as they did in the last-second loss to the Packers, not like
the did the previous week when they were hammered in New Orleans. A victory
against the Cowboys would tie both teams at 7-6 overall and 2-2 in the division.
(The third tiebreaker is common games. The Cowboys are 7-4 to the Giants’ 6-4
right now.)</p>

One would think this weekend’s game and the implications surrounding it would
be enough for the Giants to get motivated. But the past four games – all losses
– were certainly big ones as well. The Giants didn’t play with enough passion in
two of them.</p>

“Physically, I think we prepare better than anybody in the country. Mentally,
sometimes we have those lapses,” Tuck said. “Why? I don’t know. I’m as guilty as
the next guy. It’s just something we’ve got to continue to work on.</p>

“Coach (Tom) Coughlin says all the time just be more mentally tough.”</p>

It was suggested to Tuck, as the players are wont to say, the other guys get
paid, too, meaning they’re motivated as well. To which he replied, “But I don’t
think the Saints get paid double than we get, do they?”</p>

Very true.</p>

“You just don’t have that spark some nights,” he said. “If you never played
the game, I don’t expect you to realize what I’m saying but some nights you’ve
got to trick yourself, you have to mind trick yourself. It’s tough sometimes,
but that’s what you’ve got to do because it’s hard when your body’s beat up.</p>

“I know a lot of people don’t understand that. They say you’re getting paid a
million dollars to play a game.”
</p><font size="4"><u>NY DAILY NEWS</u></font><font size="4"><u>
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BAAS BEING TESTED; SEASON IN DOUBT (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2011/12/baas-still-being-tested-season-in-doubt)

Excerpt: "</font></font>Center David Baas said the “migraine-type” headaches he’s been suffering for
the last few days stem from a neck injury he’s been dealing with all season. And
he made it sound like there’s at least a possibility his condition could land
him on injured reserve.

“I really want to play football, but my health
is very important to me,” Baas said in brief remarks to the media in the locker
room on Wednesday afternoon. “They’re going to make the best

Baas was vague about his condition and said that doctors are
still testing him and evaluating the results. He’s been suffering headaches
since Sunday, when he was a late scratch a few hours before the Giants’ 38-35
loss to the Packers. Concern about his situation was ratcheted up earlier
Wednesday when Tom Coughlin said it was “<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2011/12/baas-ailment-more-serious-than-a-headache">much
more serious than a headache, obviously</a>.”

“I’m doing pretty good,”
Baas said. “All I really have to say is I’ve had neck issues. I’ve been dealing
with it pretty much all season. These issues have stemmed into migraine
symptoms. Now we’re getting a lot of tests done and evaluations. I’m going to
let the medical staff handle all that and make the right decision.

“The neck issue definitely has been new. I’ve been pushing
through it all season and trying to deal with it. We’ve been doing certain
things to deal with it. The migraine-type headaches are new. It’s just something
that’s kind of unexpected. I’ve just go to deal with it and we have to do what’s
right for this team. The medical staff will make that decision.”

if there was a chance his season could be over, Baas said “I ‘m not thinking
about that at all. All I’m thinking about is this week and I’m going to do
whatever they want me to do in terms of getting stuff tested out and looked at
and be here for meetings and do whatever I can for getting treatment and go from
<p class="rtecenter">

The injury report</p>

Officially now, LB Michael Boley (hamstring), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), RB
Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), S Kenny Phillips (knee), DE Osi Umenyiora
(ankle/knee), DE Dave Tollefson (knee), LB Mark Herzlich (ankle) and LB Spencer
Paysinger (hamstring) did not practice. Neither, obviously, did Baas.</p>

CB Prince Amukamara (back) and WR Mario Manningham (knee) were limited." Read more...
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GIANTS' AHMAD BRADSHAW GETS BIG BLUE GOING; VICTOR CRUZ COULD PASS AMANI TOOMER'S TEAM RECORD FOR RECEIVING YARDS (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-ahmad-bradshaw-big-blue-victor-cruz-pass-amani-toomer-team-record-receiving-yards-article-1.987875)

"</font></font>On the first play of the game, Ahmad Bradshaw (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ahmad+Bradshaw)
caught a pass out of the backfield and was immediately surrounded by three Green
Bay Packers. He pushed through, spun out of a tackle, and lunged for a
seven-yard gain.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

It was the third play of the game - Eli Manning (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eli+Manning)’s 67-yard
touchdown pass to Travis Beckum (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Travis+Beckum) - that
got most of the credit for sparking the Giants’ offense against Green Bay. But
ask the Giants and they’ll tell you it was Bradshaw’s first touch that really
sparked their effort in a hard-fought, 38-35 loss Sunday.</p>

“Ahmad sends the message, he really does,” Tom Coughlin (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tom+Coughlin) said.
“He’s not going down. You see what he did on that opening pass play where he
caught the ball, was knocked around - boom, boom, boom, boom. It looked like a
three-yard gain, and all of a sudden it’s a seven-yard gain.</p>

“He brings with him a serious, serious attitude about playing the game and
being physical and not accepting things that don’t go well.”</p>

That attitude was missing from a run game that Coughlin admitted had become
“pathetic” at times in Bradshaw’s four-game absence due to a broken foot. The
Giants averaged 76.5 yards per game without Bradshaw, not a big drop from the
85.6 they were averaging with him. But what they really missed was his ability
to tire defenders out and make people miss.</p>

That’s why his line against the Packers - 11 carries for 38 yards, two
catches for nine yards - wasn’t what was so significant. More important was the
impact he had on others. With Brandon Jacobs (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Brandon+Jacobs)’ role
reduced, he became the “change of pace” back who steamrolled his way to 7.4
yards per carry (eight rushes, 59 yards). He gained 25 yards on his first two
carries, which didn’t come until the Giants’ fourth series, with the defenders
already on their heels.</p>

“We had that mix with Ahmad and Brandon that throws the defense off a little
bit,” said Manning. “You have a shifty guy, then Brandon is running downhill and
powerful. It’s a good mix to have. It helps out both of them.”</p>

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Hakeem+Nicks) said that
Bradshaw’s presence forced the Packers to move their safeties to the line more,
which opened things up for the passing game - something that wasn’t happening as
frequently when Jacobs was in the game. With Bradshaw back, he said, “We feel
like everything’s just clicking.”</p>In other words, the Giants’ offense felt complete.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

Add in Bradshaw’s fiery, competitive attitude and, despite what was
statistically his worst game of the year, the player safety Antrel Rolle (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Antrel+Rolle) calls
“The Bulldog” showed why the Giants signed him to a four-year, $18 million

“I feel like we definitely had a spark with him being back, just with the
intensity that he brings to the offensive huddle and the sidelines,” Nicks said.
“It was definitely good to have him back.”

If Eli Manning had to guess who would break <a title="Amani Toomer" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Amani+Toomer">Amani
Toomer</a>’s single-season club record for receiving yards (1,343 in 2002), <a title="Victor Cruz" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Victor+Cruz">Victor
Cruz</a> would “probably not” have been his first choice.

But Cruz may
end up shattering the record by the end of the season.

After his third
straight 100-yard receiving game on Sunday (seven catches, 119 yards), Cruz has
62 catches for 1,076 yards, putting the second-year sensation on pace for an
83-catch, 1,434-yard season.

He needs 268 yards to break the record - 67
per game.

“He’s worked hard and overcome a lot of things,” Manning

“He’s a joy to work with at practice and a joy to have on the field
with you because he is a natural playmaker and he does work hard at his

Less than a week
before the Giants’ loss to the Packers, Chase Blackburn (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Chase+Blackburn) was
home changing diapers on his newborn son, Bentley.

Then he got the call
to return to the team he played for from 2005-2010. And not only did he rush
back, but he saw extensive action as the middle linebacker, had a big
interception to set up a touchdown and added five tackles and broke up two

Given the Giants’ struggles at linebacker this season, and the
fact that they’ve been forced to play four rookies extensively, his stellar play
raises this question: What took so long for the Giants to bring him
</p></div></div>PLAYOFFS WILL HAVE BLUE HUE: ANTREL ROLLE (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/put-bank-ny-giants-safety-antrel-rolle-big-blue-playoffs-a-doubt-article-1.987601)

Excerpt: "Antrel Rolle (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Antrel+Rolle) was so
fired up about the Giants' performance Sunday, that right after the game he
promised "once we get into the playoffs there's not going to be anything that
can stop us."<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

And the Giants will get into the playoffs. That, he said, is guaranteed.</p>

"You ask will we make the playoffs? Without a doubt," Rolle said on Tuesday
during his weekly, paid spot on WFAN. "Without a doubt. We will be in that
postseason."
</div><font size="4"><u>NY POST</u></font>

POST POWER RANKINGS: GIANTS, JETS WISH FOR GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/backpage/post_power_rankings_JcKo9awLxanExjgsubv6FP)

"The Jets and Giants hoped their Christmas Eve matchup would be about playoff
positioning. Instead they are hoping it’s about playoff survival. <div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

The teams have put themselves in position where any loss would seriously
damage their postseason hopes. None more so than this week when the Jets play
the lowly Chiefs in what seemingly is the easiest game remaining on their
schedule, and the Giants go against the Cowboys in a game that will go a long
way in deciding who will win the NFC East. </p>

1. Packers (12-0) (Previous Rank: 1) – Green Bay’s pass
defense is dreadful, but Aaron Rodgers makes every opponent look just as bad.

2. Saints (9-3) (2) – Jimmy Graham has emerged as one of the
best tight ends in the league. </p>

3. 49ers (10-2) (3) – Alex Smith has proven that if you sell
out against the run, he’s a halfway-decent quarterback. I think that’s a
compliment. </p>

4. Patriots (9-3) (4) – Most of it came in garbage time, but
you should never be happy when your defense allows Dan Orlovsky to throw for 353
yards. </p>

5. Ravens (9-3) (5) – It’s a good thing rookie Torrey Smith
stepped up because Lee Evans (three catches in five games) has been a complete
non-factor in Baltimore. </p>

6. Steelers (9-3) (6) – Pittsburgh must have a deal with the
NFL that they will play on Thursday night, but only if it’s against a terrible
team. They play the 4-8 Browns on Thursday and here’s who they have played the
past five years: 2010 – Panthers (2-14), 2009 – Browns (5-11), 2008 – Bengals
(4-11-1), 2007 – Rams (3-13) and 2006 – Browns (4-12). Their only loss came to
Cleveland in 2009. </p>

7. Texans (9-3) (7) – Who would have bet Houston’s
quarterback depth chart would have looked like this: Tyler Yates, Jake Delhomme,
Jeff Garcia in Week 14. </p>

8. Cowboys (7-5) (8) – Laurent Robinson (seven touchdowns)
has been a savior for Tony Romo with Miles Austin reinjuring his hamstring. But
Austin is expected back for the showdown with the Giants on Sunday night.</p>

9. Broncos (7-5) (18) – Further proof that God is on Tim
Tebow’s side: Christian Ponder throwing an interception that set up Denver’s
winning score against Minnesota. </p>

10. Jets (7-5) (14) – Winning late in games, late in the
year has become a staple for Rex Ryan’s teams. </p>

11. Titans (7-5) (17) – After costing them earlier in the
season, Chris Johnson’s emergence is keeping Tennessee in the playoff race. </p>

12. Lions (7-5) (9) – With trips to Oakland and Green Bay
left on the schedule, Detroit faces a must-win against the Vikings without
Ndamukong Suh. </p>

13. Falcons (7-5) (10) – If they miss the playoffs they will
look back at the loss in Houston to a third-string quarterback with disgust.

14. Giants (6-6) (15) – The “New York Moral Victories”
seemed pretty pleased after losing a tight one to the unbeaten Packers. </p>

15. Bengals (7-5) (11) – Have struggled against top-level
competition with their best win coming at Tennessee. </p>

16. Bears (7-5) (12) – What’s next, their star receiver gets
hurt? Oh wait, they don’t have one. </p>

17. Raiders (7-5) (13) – Carson Palmer trade means Oakland
can’t lose division to Tim Tebow, at least not without looking really foolish.

18. Seahawks (5-7) (22) – Safety Earl Thomas is one of the
better young players in the game that you never hear about. </p>

19. Chargers (5-7) (19) – If anyone can have a six-game
losing streak and still make the playoffs, it’s San Diego. </p>

20. Dolphins (4-8) (23) – Could Miami’s resurgence actually
save Tony Sparano’s job?</p>

21. Eagles (4-8) (20) – What was worse: DeSean Jackson
dogging it in the loss to the Seahawks or Andy Reid’s attempt to blame the NFL
Network for portraying it badly?</p>

22. Panthers (4-8) (25) – At 32-years-old, Steve Smith is
second to Wes Welker in receiving yards.</p>

23. Cardinals (5-7) (26) – One team that could gain momentum
for next year by finishing the season strong, especially for Kevin Kolb. </p>

24. Chiefs (5-7) (27) – Kyle Orton injured his thumb on his
first play in a Kansas City uniform. Maybe they should have avoided a
slow-developing flea-flicker. </p>

25. Buccaneers (4-8) (16) – Josh Freeman has taken a step
back this year, but is still a huge improvement over Josh Johnson. </p>

26. Bills (5-7) (21) – C.J. Spiller was impressive in his
first start since Fred Jackson went down for the season, but Buffalo still lost
its fifth straight. </p>

27. Redskins (4-8) (24) – Never thought a Mike Shanahan team
would be 31st in the league in rushing offense. </p>

28. Vikings (2-10) (28) – Why does Minnesota seem inclined
to rush back Adrian Peterson for meaningless games? </p>

29. Rams (2-10) (29) – It would have been a surprise had
they not been shut out (26-0) by San Francisco. </p>

30. Browns (4-8) (30) – So, it wasn’t all Eric Mangini’s
fault. </p>

31. Jaguars (3-9) (31) — Even a stingy defense has suffered
too many injuries to remain competitive. </p>

32. Colts (0-12) (32) — I doubt Archie Manning would
publicly say Peyton and Andrew Luck “wouldn’t be great together,” unless his
injured son also feels that way."</p>


PLAYOFFS SURE THING FOR GIANTS' ROLLE (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/playoffs_sure_thing_for_rolle_PT0MNdCcFN8LZoIq3hJI KK)

Excerpt: "Did Antrel Rolle (/t/Antrel_Rolle)yesterday
guarantee a victory this Sunday night against the Cowboys?<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

Of course he didn’t, but he stated in no uncertain terms the Giants, 6-6 and
riding a four-game losing streak, will make the playoffs. For that to become
reality, the Giants almost definitely have to beat the Cowboys this weekend, so
in some way Rolle’s post-season pledge can be seen as a promise that the Cowboys
are going down.</p>

“You ask will we make the playoffs?’’ Rolle said yesterday on his weekly WFAN
radio spot. “Without a doubt. We will be in that postseason. And we all know
once you get in that post season, that record is 0-0, let’s go to
</p>Even though they haven’t won in exactly a month, the Giants have full control
of their playoff fate. <div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

“I like being able to dictate the outcome of how our season’s going to end or
how it’s going to continue to go into the postseason,’’ Rolle said. “We have
total control, we are fully aware of that. If we go out there and we play with
the intensity and emotion and passion we had this last Sunday, man, those teams
are in trouble.’’
</p>COUGHLIN DESERVES ANOTHER YEAR (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/one_more_tom_XlXWlMTRvQ3US8ZNw51lmN)

Excerpt: "The Giants finished 10-6 last year but did not make the playoffs, becoming
the first team since 1991 to win 10 games in the NFC and not qualify for the
post-season. Co-owner John Mara, standing in the visitors’ locker room at FedEx (/t/FedEx)Field after the Giants beat the
Redskins but lost the chance to play the following week, stated what already
seemed obvious: Tom Coughlin would return.</div><div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

“I believe in the guy. I believe in stability,’’ Mara said at the time. “You
can’t build anything if you’re constantly making changes and firing

The Giants this year are 6-6, can finish 9-7 and not only make it into the
playoffs but actually win the NFC East and claim the home-game playoff prize
awarded to division champions. Win 10, kept out one year, win nine, get in the
</p>What would be the fallout if the Giants, starting Sunday night at Cowboys
Stadium, do what is required of them? What if they win the division, then lose a
home playoff game to a wild-card team with a better record? Is this viewed as a
team on the rise, in decline or in neutral?<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

It can all be very subjective and at times going with a feel and your gut is
the way to go. There is no reason to believe Mara and general manager Jerry
Reese spend time walking the halls wondering if they have the right man running
the football show. The office walls don’t need to be transparent to see what
Coughlin is, what he does and how he operates. He’s an old man (65) in a younger
man’s job. He has grandchildren older than most of his players’ kids. He can’t
go on forever, but regardless of what transpires in the season’s final month, he
should not be going anywhere after this season except right back to work.</p>

The Giants were almost unanimously picked to finish second or third in the
NFC East, to have a record of 9-7 or 8-8 at best, to miss out on the playoffs
for a third straight year. They did not exactly re-load in the off-season. They
have been subjected to a numbing and relentless string of injuries. They have
overcome what looked to be glaring losses at receiver and tight end because
Victor Cruz has been a revelation and<a class="topiclink" href="/t/Jake_Ballard">
Jake Ballard </a>has developed (thank you, once again, tight ends coach Mike
Pope) into a mainstay. Their first- second- and third-round draft picks, for a
variety of reasons (mostly medical), have thus far given them nothing. They have
struggled, not unexpectedly, at linebacker and as a byproduct, in the defensive
backfield, which is the most suspect and vulnerable segment of this team.</p>

There is no trace of indecision or wavering from up top. Coughlin is a rock.
Of course he is accountable and previous late-season slides and the current
four-game losing streak is no way to conduct a playoff push. The dramatic
close-call with the Packers should breathe life into everyone, but like it or
not, the Cowboys stack up fairly closely with the Giants and beating them in
their own place is an even-money deal.
</p>There is reason to make a regime change when a franchise’s most valued asset
is not producing as needed or expected. Eli Manning is having his finest season,
playing at a heightened level and anyone wanting to usher Coughlin (and, by
extension, Kevin Gilbride) out the door must consider this: What’s best for Eli?
He is thriving under this tutorship and Mara is too smart to remove his star
quarterback’s two greatest advocates unless everything is falling apart around
him. Those who might be clamoring for Bill Cowher? Compare what Coughlin does
with quarterbacks compared with Cowher’s track record. It’s not even
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This weekend is going to be intense, dramatic (the 2011 Giants know no other
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If the ball rolls right and the Giants win, does Coughlin return? If it rolls
left and they lose, has Coughlin lost the team and goes? The record and the
results tell much but not everything. Change is inevitable but, in this case,
not yet. Coughlin should stay because he’s still the best man for the job,
playoffs or not."
</p>AFTER FURTHER REVIEW: GIANTS CAN'T DEPEND ON SUPER DEFENSE THIS TIME (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/backpage/after_further_review_giants_can_Azq8wdVaHxtaTN01xe hu6M)

Excerpt: "The comparisons were too easy to avoid. <div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

Just like in 2007 against the Patriots, the Giants on Sunday went up against
an undefeated Packers team at home and lost 38-35. It’s impossible to say
whether or not the Giants can make a run like they did four seasons ago based on
the confidence gained from going toe-to-toe with the best team in football. <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/backpage/after_further_review_Q6oCepi672sVHmAol0U17I">I
thought their win this season in New England would be the impetus for such a
run</a>, but that was a month ago and the Giants haven't won since. </p>

But one thing I do know is that these Giants cannot win the same way the
Super Bowl champs did. They cannot harass Tony Romo, Brett Favre and Tom Brady
in consecutive weeks the way they did in the playoffs in 2007-08. The injuries
that started in the preseason and have continued into the regular season turned
a decent defense into a vulnerable one. The Giants were pleased with the way
they played against Aaron Rodgers, yet the Packers quarterback threw for 369
yards and four touchdowns, and faced no resistance on the final drive that set
up the game-winning field goal. </p>

“I think we got him rattled throughout this game and I’m sure he would say
the same thing,” Giants safety Antrel Rolle said.</p>

The performance came a week after the Giants’ 29th-ranked pass defense gave
up 363 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-24 loss to Drew Brees and the Saints.
If the Giants make it to the playoffs, the road to the Super Bowl likely will go
through New Orleans and almost certainly through Green Bay. For the Giants to
get there and be a dangerous team, it all rides on Eli Manning’s right arm. </p>

Even in that despicable defeat in New Orleans, Manning was the lone bright
spot, throwing for 406 yards and two touchdowns. Manning made clutch plays in
that 2007 playoff run that made him Super Bowl MVP, but now the Giants will need
clutch plays and consistency. Manning has joined the elite quarterback company
he said he was part of in the preseason. He has helped make Victor Cruz a
dangerous receiver and Jake Ballard a competent tight end. The Giants’
most-dangerous playmaker is Hakeem Nicks and he appears to be healthy enough to
fill that role for now.</p>

Before the Giants can worry about rematches against the Saints and Packers,
they first have to reel off four straight wins, starting in Dallas on Sunday
night, to win the NFC East. The Giants claim to now possess the confidence to do
that, but they need Manning to carry them there. </p>


Though it would take four straight wins for the Giants to win the NFC East,
the same cannot be said about the wild-card spot.</p>

The rest of the contenders have fallen apart in recent weeks with the 7-5
Bears losing two straight games and depending on their backup quarterback and
running back the rest of the way. The Lions are 2-5 since a 5-0 start. The
Falcons had a chance to take a stranglehold on the No. 5 seed, but lost to the
Texans and third-string quarterback Tyler Yates. </p>

All three are a game up on the Giants, but are sputtering to the finish line." Read more...
COWBOYS EXPECT WR AUSTIN BACK TO FACE GIANTS (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/cowboys_expect_wr_austin_back_for_M54PGfOpTo3S5u2E zrRh1K)

"The Cowboys anticipate having WR Miles Austin back on the field Sunday night
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Austin has missed the past four games with a right hamstring strain, but
owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Austin will be a “full go” this week, according to the Dallas Morning News. (http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/12/cowboys-owner-jerry-jones-expe-1.html)</p>

Austin missed two games earlier this season because of a similar injury.
Austin’s replacement, Laurent Robinson, hurt his shoulder in Sunday’s loss to
the Cardinals but won’t miss the game against the Giants." </p>GIANTS' SAFETY PHILLIPS GETS TESTS ON INJURED KNEE (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/feeling_the_sprain_kvLIlaJqbl5csFBxhMk8OL)
Excerpt: "Kenny Phillips yesterday was sent for tests on his left knee, to which he
suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament during Sunday’s 38-35 loss to the
Packers. The Giants are hoping that is the full extent of the injury and that
Phillips, their starting strong safety, can salvage a game or two this

The injury is to the same knee on which Phillips had microfracture surgery
during the 2009 season, causing him to miss the final 14 games.</p>

“It’s definitely going to affect us, he’s a huge asset to our defense and he
plays a major role on our defense,’’ said Antrel Rolle, the starting free
</p>The replacement for Phillips figures to be Tyler Sash, a rookie from Iowa who
is a special-teams fixture. Sash has played sparingly on defense in his first

“If he has to step in I feel very confident,’’ Rolle said. “We’ll definitely
get with him and make sure he understands all the ins and outs of the defense.
He’s a player, he’s very relentless, he plays hard, he plays fast. He plays with
a lot of fire and that’s exactly what we need back there.’’</p>

* Coach Tom Coughlin was eager to praise the play of
Kevin Boothe, who with barely an hour’s notice prior to kickoff
against the Packers moved in to start at center in place of David
Baas, and rookie Mitch Petrus, who made his first NFL
start at left guard. </p>

Baas is being evaluated for headaches.</p>

Eli Manning was also grateful Petrus held up in his first
real NFL action.</p>

“Obviously that’s a big adjustment, the night before and that day he’s coming
into the stadium and he probably might not even dress and all of a sudden you’re
starting at left guard,’’ Manning said. “Good luck. He played well, had good
poise, there’s always some things you can fix up but he competed and was
physical and that’s what you like to see.’’ Read more...</p></div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD
</font></u><font size="4"><font size="3">
A LOOK AHEAD TO THE COWBOYS (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/135151718_A_look_ahead_at_Cowboys.html)

"</font></font>Giants (6-6) at Cowboys (7-5) <div id="storybody">

At Cowboys</p>


Sunday, 8:20 p.m.</p>

TV: Ch. 4; Radio: WFAN-AM 660</p>

Early line: Cowboys by 3</p>

Despite four straight losses, the Giants have a chance to turn around their
season and reclaim first place. They are a confident bunch given their latest
second-half struggles, with Antrel Rolle repeating Tuesday they will make the
playoffs and he looks forward to seeing the Packers again. But the Cowboys are
just as desperate after giving away what appeared to be a victory last weekend
in Arizona. They boast the best pass rusher in the NFL in DeMarcus Ware (15.0
sacks) and Garfield (/garfield) native Miles Austin is set to return
from a hamstring injury that cost him the past four games. He again will be
paired with WR Dez Bryant (46 catches, 706 yards, 7 TDs) in the league’s seventh
best offense (385.6 yards per game) and passing game (270.8). But Jason Witten
(61 catches, 760 yards) is the biggest threat given the Giants’ struggles
covering tight ends.</p>

</p><h5>On the hot seat </h5>

(Well, besides Tom Coughlin) Offensive line: The front five played maybe its
best game of the season despite losing LT Will Beatty and backup Stacy Andrews
for the rest of the season and C David Baas (headaches) for at least Sunday’s
game all within a matter of days. The line opened holes so the Giants could rush
for 100 yards for the first time since their Nov. 6 victory over the Patriots —
not surprisingly, their last win — and Eli Manning was sacked just once. But
they face a bigger threat in the Cowboys, who are tied for second in sacks

</p><h5>Game plan </h5>
<div id="storybody">

The Giants’ pass rush will need to step up to slow QB Tony Romo, who they
knocked out of their game last October when Michael Boley left him with a broken
collarbone. The secondary — likely without S Kenny Phillips (sprained MCL) —
must respond after getting torched by Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. The
revitalized running game needs to again help Manning, who continues to have a
Pro Bowl-caliber season, and the line must protect him."</p>

— Jeff Roberts</p></div></div><u><font size="4">NY TIMES</font></u>
FORECASTING PLAYOFF CHANCES FOR GIANTS AND JETS (http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/07/forecasting-playoff-chances-for-giants-and-jets/?ref=football)

"According to the playoff race simulations at NFL-Forecast.com (http://files.nfl-forecast.com/), the Giants have
a 36.3 chance of making the playoffs, and the Jets a 29.6 percent chance.<div id="entry-90017" class="post-90017 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-uncategorized tag-giants tag-jets entry "><div class="entry-content">

(No, Antrel, <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/07/antrel-rolle-still-has-no-doubt-giants-will-make-the-playoffs/">your
odds are not 100 percent</a>.)</p>

The Giants’ chances rest almost solely — 34.9 percent — on overtaking Dallas
and winning the N.F.C. East. Dallas is given a 68.5 percent chance of making the
playoffs and a 63.9 percent chance of winning the division. Those numbers will
change significantly if the Giants win at Dallas on Sunday night.</p>

If the Jets qualify for the playoffs, they will almost surely receive the
sixth and final seed in the A.F.C. They are given only a 1.2 percent chance of
finishing higher. The Jets’ chances are thought to be better than those of the
Titans (22.3 percent) but lower than those of the Bengals (33.2), the Raiders
(50.6) and the Broncos (60.5).</p>

How much are these numbers worth? On Dec. 10, 2009, the Fifth Down had this
headline: “Giants Given 67.7 Percent Chance to Make Playoffs, and the Jets 8.2

The Giants had just beaten the Cowboys and were 7-5; they then lost three of
their last four and missed the playoffs. The Jets were considered carrion but
won three out four, got a lot of help (<a href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2009/12/colts-qb-curtis-painter-has-rough-debut-in-loss-to-jets/1">Curtis
Painter = honorary Jet</a>) and rode the momentum to the A.F.C. title game. This
year, the added dimension is that the Jets could knock out the Giants, and vice
versa, on Dec. 24.</p>

If you’re a Jets fans, would it be more painful to be knocked out by the
Giants or by the Dolphins? If you’re a Giants fan, would it be more painful to
be bumped out by the Jets or the Cowboys?</p>

Extra point What does Joe Namath have to do with any of
this? Well, he was once <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1989-01-12/sports/sp-376_1_joe-namath">pretty
good at predicting things.</a> On Sunday, the Fifth Down <a href="http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/is-it-bad-strategy-for-fans-to-boo/">wondered
whether booing was poor strategy by fans.</a> Namath says booing is fine. Just
don’t do it before the game."</p></div></div><u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>
GIANTS SIGN TONY UGOH, 11 ON INJURY REPORT, AND MORE FROM AFTERNOON TEA WITH TOM COUGHLIN (http://www.giants101.com/2011/12/07/new-york-giants-sign-tony-ugoh-11-on-injury-report-and-more-from-afternoon-tea-with-tome-coughlin/)

"It's a very exciting time, New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants head coach Tom Coughlin says.

With four games remaining, a divisional rival up ahead and first place in the
NFC East on the line, "exciting time" does really seem to sum it up.</p>

Chipper as always, Coughlin hit the podium today to answer the onslaught of
media questions regarding everything Big Blue. And as he always does, Coughlin
managed a few zingers, and a few chuckles, especially when asked what it would
be like to play for Dallas Cowboys owner <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jerry Jones" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jerry-jones/" rel="tag nofollow">Jerry

"I'm very, very thankful for the owners I have," Coughlin said, referring to
the Mara and Tisch families.</p></blockquote>

Funny, but not so funny at the same time was his reply to the laundry list of
injury questions.</p>

"My medical degree is right around the corner," Coughlin

Speaking of injuries, 11 Giants appeared on the pre-practice injury report.
Of those players, it seemed like <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mario Manningham" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mario-manningham/" rel="tag nofollow">Mario
Manningham</a>, Osi Umenyiora, Dave Tollefson, David Baas are unlikely to
practice today. Brandon Jacobs and <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Kenny Phillips" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/kenny-phillips/" rel="tag nofollow">Kenny
Phillips</a> are expected to be very limited, with Mannigham "hopefully" doing
some work tomorrow. Umenyiora, on the other hand, seems unlikely this week.</p>

The news was also bad for center David Baas, who apparently has a more
concerning issue than just some headaches.</p>

"It's much more serious than just a headache," Coughlin said, who added more
tests were being done today.</p></blockquote>

The coach also revealed that rookie cornerback <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Prince Amukamara" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/prince-amukamara/" rel="tag nofollow">Prince
Amukamara</a> has been dealing with lingering back problems since he returned to
the football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
field after missing considerable time with a broken foot.</p>

Amidst all the bad news, Coughlin did take time to praise both Chase
Blackburn and Victor Cruz, saying Blackburn "came in and it's like he never
left," while claiming Cruz has improved faster than any free agent signing he's
ever seen in his history of coaching. Very powerful and encouraging words for
both players.</p>

Finally, the Giants made several roster moves today, placing offensive
lineman <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Stacy Andrews" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/stacy-andrews/" rel="tag nofollow">Stacy
Andrews</a> (blood clots) on Injured Reserve and signing former 2007
second-round pick (Colts) Tony Ugoh (http://www.giants101.com/tag/tony-ugoh/)
to take his place. Additionally, only a day after they re-signed him to the
practice squad, the team terminated the contract of quarterback Ryan Perrilloux
and re-signed offensive lineman Selvish Capers to the practice squad.</p>

In former-Giant news, the Houston Texans worked out punter Matt Dodge, while
the Philadelphia Eagles worked out linebacker Kenny Ingram."</p>


POOR ELI MANNING: NFL REGULAR SEASON WEEK 13 (http://www.giants101.com/2011/12/07/poor-eli-manning-nfl-regular-season-week-13/)

Excerpt: "Poor <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Eli Manning" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/eli-manning/" rel="tag nofollow">Eli
Manning</a>” is a compilation of quotes by both the media and fans about New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants quarterback and Super Bowl XLII MVP <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Eli Manning" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/eli-manning/" rel="tag nofollow">Eli

Despite his success, negativity and doubt have followed Peyton’s younger
brother since the moment he was traded from the San Diego Chargers to the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants on draft day of 2004. Regardless of what he does or how well he performs
– even in a league that lives and dies by the motto, “What have you done for me
lately?” – he is questioned and criticized.</p>

In Sunday's near miss against the Green Bay Packers (http://www.giants101.com/2011/12/05/green-bay-packers-38-new-york-giants-35-nfl-week-13-game-analysis/), <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Eli Manning" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/eli-manning/" rel="tag nofollow">Eli
Manning</a> shook off a rough start and nearly out-gunned Aaron Rodgers. He
completed 23 of his 40 passes (scattered drops) for 347 yards and three
touchdowns. He did throw a pick six, which was the initial base of much early
criticism. However, after leading Big Blue down the field in the final minutes
of the game for a touchdown and a game-tying two-point conversion, the critics
were silenced…briefly.</p>

Rodgers promptly responded, eating up the newly signed Will Blackmon, and
Green Bay ultimately walked away with a 38-35 victory.</p>

Again, no win means somehow, some way <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Eli Manning" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/eli-manning/" rel="tag nofollow">Eli
Manning</a> was at fault. Alas, his critics were again loud and boisterous,
happy as ever that his team failed to secure him another victory." Read more...
</p><a href="http://www.giants101.com/2011/12/07/like-deja-vu-antrel-rolle-says-no-doubt-new-york-giants-make-the-playoffs/">LIKE DEJA VU, ROLLE SAYS "NO DOUBT" GIANTS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS
Excerpt: "Last around this very same time, New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants safety <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Antrel Rolle" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/antrel-rolle/" rel="tag nofollow">Antrel
Rolle</a> made a proclamation that Big Blue would, indeed, make the NFC
playoffs. As we well know by now,
they did not.

That has not stopped Rolle from channeling his 2010 self, however. During his
weekly WFAN spot, Rolle once again said there's "no doubt (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/antrel_rolle_has_no_doubt_gian.html)" the Giants will make the playoffs.

“If we go out there and we play with the intensity and emotion and passion we
had this last Sunday, man,” he said, “those teams (left on the schedule) are in

To play Devil's Advocate for a moment, if they play with the same "intensity"
and "passion" that they did in week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles, those
teams are in for some smooth sailing."
</p>SHAWN ANDREWS THANKS NY GIANTS FOR SAVING BROTHER STACY'S LIFE (http://www.giants101.com/2011/12/06/shawn-andrews-thanks-new-york-giants-for-saving-brother-stacys-life/)

"As we shockingly reported on Sunday morning, New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants offensive lineman <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Stacy Andrews" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/stacy-andrews/" rel="tag nofollow">Stacy
Andrews</a> was hospitalized with pulmonary embolisms in both lungs (http://www.giants101.com/2011/12/04/new-york-giants-stacy-andrews-hospitalized-with-pulmonary-embolisms-in-both-lungs/). The news
seems to have come out of thin air, and any non-Doctor can tell you how serious
a situation that truly is.

Head coach Tom Coughlin revealed yesterday that Andrews is, as you would
expect, out for the year. The good news however, was that his Brother and former
Giant, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Shawn Andrews" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/shawn-andrews/" rel="tag nofollow">Shawn
Andrews</a>, told Giants 101 his Brother was "making progress" and proceeded to
thank the fans for their support of his family.</p>

Today, Shawn once again took to Twitter (https://twitter.com/#%21/IMShawnAndrews/status/144106502901338112), thanking the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants organization for saving his Brother's

"I want to thank the trainer(s) from the Giants organization involved in
getting my Brother to the hospital on Saturday and basically saving his life,"
Andrews tweeted. " speaks volumes about the organization. glad to have
been a part of it for the brief time I was. [It had a] huge impact on my life as

Andrews continued…</p>

"I'm sure the way my Brother described the symptoms he had on Saturday, some
teams would have said 'let's put some ice on it.' Not the Giants," he added.
"Dear, New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants. Thank you for virtually saving my Brother's life!"</p></blockquote>

As we've stated before and we will state again, the Andrews Brothers are
tremendous players and tremendous men. Shawn has become a favorite of ours here
at Giants 101, and still chats with us despite no longer being part of the team.
Moreover, life is far more important than football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/), so we send our continued support and prayers
out to the Andrews family."</p>
[i]<u><font size="4">BIG BLUE VIEW
NY GIANTS NEWS AND NOTES; FOURTH QUARTER EDITION (http://www.bigblueview.com/2011/12/7/2617607/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-fourth-quarter-edition)

Excerpt: "Good morning fellow Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) fans. It's
not the fourth quarter of a game, but rather it's the fourth quarter of the
season, and it's all right in front of our team as we sit here on hump day of
the first Dallas week. My birthday is tomorrow, and usually the Giants are
facing the Eagles this week or around this week of the season, but this time the
NFL schedule makers did something different that worked out nicely--put Dallas
and Big Blue, the two NFC East front runners, against each other two of the last
four games. <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d824cd047/article/tuck-giants-cant-seem-to-shake-mental-lapses-this-season">That
also gives the Giants a shot to win the division outright,</a> something
they could have done last year but squandered. So just like many of us barely
squeaked into our fantasy playoffs or still have a shot playing in Week 14,
<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/eli-manning-ny-giants-brace-division-showdown-dallas-cowboys-article-1.987356">the
Giants still have a shot at playing in Week 18</a>. And we couldn't ask for
more as we sit here today. So bring on the 'Boys.

I'm sure by now you've all seen the <a href="http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/7320704/photo-indicates-refs-missed-call-new-york-giants-loss">still
photo of Jake Ballard's knee being in bounds</a> on Tom Coughlin's first
challenge Sunday. And I think we all agree some of the officiating was horribly
one-sided and slanted to the visiting team. But it's a horrible feeling knowing
that this play was reviewed with top technology and not reversed. Something's
afoot at the Circle K, dude (bonus points to whoever gets that). </p>

Just how much of a <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-ahmad-bradshaw-big-blue-victor-cruz-pass-amani-toomer-team-record-receiving-yards-article-1.987875">spark
does Ahmad Bradshaw provide</a>? Ralph Vacchiano explores that in<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-ahmad-bradshaw-big-blue-victor-cruz-pass-amani-toomer-team-record-receiving-yards-article-1.987875">
Wednesday's [i]Daily News,</a> and also talks about Victor Cruz (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109584/victor-cruz)
passing Amani Toomer's (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2258/amani-toomer)
Big Blue record for receiving yards."
</p><u><font size="4">INSIDE FOOTBALL</font></u>


<font size="4"><u>GIANTS GAB</u></font>

<div><font size="3">http://www.giantsgab.com/</font> (http://www.giantsgab.com/)
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<font size="4"><font size="3">http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56</font> (http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56)


</u><font size="3">http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/stories</font> (http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/stories)<u>

<a href="http:///">http://nygreporter.com/

<font size="4"><u>NFL.COM</u></font>


<font size="3"><font size="4"><u>YAHOOSPORTS</u></font></font>

<font size="3">http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl</font> (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl)

<font size="4"><u>FOX SPORTS</u></font>

<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056">http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056
<u><font size="4">NBCSPORTS</font></u>


<font size="4"><u>CBSSPORTS</u></font>


<u><font size="4">SI.COM</font></u>


<u><font size="4">ESPN.COM</font></u>


<u><font size="4">FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS</font></u>

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</font></font><font size="4"><font size="3"><a href="http://www.profootballweekly.com/team/giants/">http://www.profootballweekly.com/team/giants/

</u><a href="http://www.profootballfocus.com/"><font size="3">http://www.profootballfocus.com/
</u><font size="3">
</font></font><font size="4"><font size="3">FORMER NFL PLAYERS SAY THEY DIDN'T KNOW TORADOL HID CONCUSSIONS</font></font> (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/former_nfl_players_say_they_di.html)

ANDY REID: IT "TAKES TIME" TO WIN WITH YOUNG TEAM (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/07/andy-reid-it-takes-time-to-win-with-young-team/related/)
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COWBOYS' GARRETT CONTINUES FATEFUL MOVES (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Dallas-cowboys-jason-garrett-continues-fateful-moves-Schein-9-120611)


12-07-2011, 12:16 PM
thanks Roanoke!

12-07-2011, 09:26 PM
Thanks RF!

12-08-2011, 07:05 AM
Thanks Roa !!