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NEWARK STAR LEDGER

Giants' RB David Wilson emerges From The Shadows As Ahmad Bradshaw Injured

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/wilson_runs_out_of_the_shadows.html

Excerpt: "David Wilson’s breakout performance Sunday afternoon couldn’t have come at a better time — for a couple reasons.

The most pertinent is fellow running back Ahmad Bradshaw’s continued health problems (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/giants_ahmad_bradshaw_undergoi.html). Already battling through a foot injury he suffered in Week 6 that has limited him to one practice per week, Bradshaw injured his left knee against the Saints and saw his role reduced as a result.

In a conference call with reporters Monday, head coach Tom Coughlin said Bradshaw was undergoing examinations, including an MRI, and didn’t want to speculate on the severity of the injury.

“I don’t know,” Coughlin said when asked if Bradshaw will have to miss time. “Any time you’re talking about a knee and you’re going through a series of tests, you have to wait and see what the results are. I wouldn’t speculate on anything right now.”

Bradshaw returned to the game after the injury but didn’t assume his usual rushing load. Bradshaw played 38 snaps, carrying the ball 11 times for 33 yards. Wilson played 21 snaps with 13 carries for 100 yards and two rushing touchdowns." Read more...

Giants' Defensive Unit, Battling Inconsistency, Knows It Can Play Better

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/giants_defensive_unit_while_in.html

Excerpt: "The Giants have a defense that did not let a prolific Saints offense, the best in the NFL in the red zone, enter the end zone more than twice Sunday evening. They have a defense that took the ball away four times.The Giants also have a defense that gave up five plays of 20 yards or more in that same game, including passes of 62 and 44 yards.So which is it? Perhaps the identity of the 2012 Giants defense is akin to a phrase uttered in the postgame locker room, used to describe their game plan in the 52-27 win against New Orleans: Bend but don’t break.

“Hopefully,” coach Tom Coughlin said, “we’re better than that.”

The Giants players hope so, too.

But they’ve been scratching their heads all season to eliminate the kind of breakdowns that give big plays to the opponent. The best way to compensate is to deliver big plays of their own, and clamp down when their opponents are in scoring range.

Consider: As of Monday afternoon, the Giants had the league’s 25th-ranked defense based on their 376.2 yards allowed per game. But they ranked second in the league in takeaways, with 34, and ninth in the league in scoring defense, allowing an average of 20.8 points per game.

The defending champions are looking for more, though.

Defensive tackle Chris Canty considered Sunday’s win against the Saints a “good” showing by the defense. The unit played situational football, holding the Saints to field goals on two of four trips to the red zone, and it came up with two interceptions and two forced fumbles. But it wasn’t great.

“It wasn’t a signature defensive performance,” Canty said. “There were a lot of miscues and things that we have to get cleaned up and corrected, namely the big plays both in the run game and the pass game. We’ve got to find a way to get those issues fixed.” Read more...

Giants-Ravens Week 16 Game Moved From 1:00 PM To 4:25 PM

http://www.nj.com/giants/team/135516...hup-moved.html (http://www.nj.com/giants/team/1355163765-245-942/giants-ravens-week-16-matchup-moved.html)


Saints' Joe Vitt On Loss To Giants: "That Was An Embarrassment"

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...was_an_em.html (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/saints_joe_vitt_that_was_an_em.html)

Excerpt: "he Saints made it very interesting in the third quarter, cutting a 35-13 Giants lead to 35-27 in six minutes, but the Giants recovered and put it away with 17 unanswered points in a 52-27 rout (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/giants_beat_saints_52-27_to_st.html).

The win keeps the Giants' cushion in the NFC East at one game after each of the other teams in the division won yesterday – yes, even the Eagles. We now take a look at what a few members of the Saints had to say postgame Sunday night.

Interim Head Coach Joe Vitt

"That was an embarrassment today…Here's the key, we can't have four turnovers in a game, especially on the road against a good football team. We can't allow them to have the returns that they had and score touchdowns on returns and have a chance to win on the road against a good football team."

On punter Thomas Morstead's shorter kickoffs than usual…

"Well, we’re outdoors. There’s a little bit of a breeze down there. It was raining. I don’t think you expect him to go that far. It’s no excuse. Our coverage teams have done an outstanding job all year long. It’s a shame what happened today with our coverage teams, but they miss it. That’s what they’re paid to do. That’s what we’re paid to do is cover kicks and cover punts and get the job done. We didn’t get that done today." Read more...

Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw Undergoes Tests On Left Knee

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2..._undergoi.html (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/giants_ahmad_bradshaw_undergoi.html)

Excerpt: "Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is undergoing tests on his left knee today, after injuring it in the first half of yesterday's 52-27 win against the Saints. Coach Tom Coughlin didn't want to speculate on the nature of the injury yet or its severity.

Last night, Coughlin said Bradshaw would just be sore the day after and could have played out the game, but today he backed off when asked if it was indeed something minor.

"Any time you are talking about a knee, and he’s going through a series of tests, you're better off to wait and see what the results are," Coughlin said. "I wouldn’t speculate on anything right now."

Bradshaw is having an MRI and "all the tests," Coughlin said.

Bradshaw was able to return to the game after the injury but didn't carry his usual rushing load. Bradshaw played 38 snaps, carrying the ball 11 times for 33 yards. Rookie David Wilson played 21 snaps with 13 carries for 100 yards." Read more...

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THE NY DAILY NEWS

Giants' Defense Still Peaking

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/giants-defense-peaking-article-1.1217402

Excerpt: "Nobody took the Giants seriously as Super Bowl contenders last season until their defense made its statement in the first round of the playoffs. The Giants’ beatdown of the Atlanta Falcons in a 24-2 victory showed that they had the muscle to level anyone in the league.


That’s something the defense doesn’t think it has shown yet this year.

“I’d say that’s a ‘no’ still,” said defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. “We haven’t played our great football yet.”

“I definitely agree with that statement,” defensive tackle Chris Canty said Monday, one day after the Giants’ 52-27 win over the New Orleans Saints. “It wasn’t a signature defensive performance. There were a lot of miscues and things that we have to get cleaned up and corrected.”

So even though the defense let its inner “dog” out on Sunday, getting four turnovers and two big red-zone stops against the high-powered Saints, the Giants (8-5) knew it was far from a championship performance. They gave up a ridiculous 487 yards, including 142 on the ground to one of the worst rushing teams in football.

When the playoffs start, that likely won’t be good enough.

“Hopefully we’re better than that,” Tom Coughlin said Monday. “We certainly gave up a lot of yards (Sunday). We’re constantly trying to improve that area.” Read more...

Myers: Big Blue's Super Swagger Is Back

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/myers-big-blue-finds-swagger-run-repeat-article-1.1217413


Excerpt: "Line ’em up and the Giants are ready to knock ’em down — again.

There’s not a team above the Giants in the NFC or right below them in the NFC East that they haven’t defeated in the last 12 months. During that time, they’ve beaten the Cowboys three times, the Packers and 49ers twice and the Redskins and Falcons once. They get another shot at the top-seeded Falcons on Sunday in Atlanta as the serious season of jockeying for playoff position has officially begun.

This is the eighth time in the 88-year history of the Giants that they are attempting to win back-to-back championships.

The Giants are trying to fill in the one major hole on their resume: no repeats. They did come close twice, losing in the NFL Championship Game in Detroit in 1935 and in Milwaukee against the Packers in 1939. In the Super Bowl era, the Giants have not even won a playoff game in the season after their first three titles.

Now, as the defending champions once again, they are trying to get positioned to make history and be holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy on the night of Feb. 3 in Eli Manning’s hometown of New Orleans.

They first have to make it to January, of course, but as long as they are still playing when the calendar flips, there is not a serious contender in the NFC the Giants should fear because they have proven they can beat them all, except the Seahawks, whom they haven’t played. Seattle is a year away from being a really serious Super Bowl contender.

The Giants have their swagger back, which certainly contributed to Antrel Rolle’s proclamation following the victory over the Saints: “We will be the last team standing.” Read more...

This Could be Wilson's Time To Shine

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/fo...icle-1.1217101 (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/wilson-time-shine-article-1.1217101)

Excerpt: "David Wilson's emergence couldn't have come at a better time for the Giants, because they might need him to carry a bigger than expected load down the stretch.

How much bigger depends on Ahmad Bradshaw (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ahmad+Bradshaw)'s left knee, which was injured in the first half of the Giants' 52-27 win over the New Orleans Saints (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/wilson-sets-tone-giants-blow-saints-article-1.1216606) on Sunday. Bradshaw returned to the game, but Wilson took over the feature back in the offense. And on Monday, Bradshaw was undergoing an MRI and other tests to determine if there was any significant damage.

"Anytime you're talking about a knee and you're going through a series of tests, you're better off to wait and see what the results are," Coughlin said on Monday. "I wouldn't speculate on anything right now."

Bradshaw played 38 of the Giants' 69 offensive snaps on Sunday and rushed 11 times for 33 yards. After the game, Coughlin said he expected Bradshaw would be "sore". He also said Bradshaw could have continued playing, if necessary. On Monday, though, Coughlin backed off when asked if that statement indicated the injury was minor.

If Bradshaw can't go, the Giants will turn to Wilson if necessary after his breakthrough performance on Sunday. He was in for 21 plays and rushed 13 times for 100 yards. Coughlin also praised him for his pass blocking, saying he picked up a key safety blitz.

"The timing is great for David to come to the front," Coughlin said. "And he'll hopefully provide us with that spark we need right now to go along with the rest of our players to give us an added playmaker that people are going to have to — flat out have to — defend." Read more...

SITE LINK (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants)

THE NEW YORK POST

Tom, Eli Spearhead Push For For A Ring For Franchise's Thumb

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/tom_eli_spearhead_push_for_ring_Too9PoLlQ7KEu5n4lq JXGI

Excerpt: "The Drive for Five is in overdrive now around the Giants, an insatiable hunger and unquenchable thirst for an historic repeat and One for the Thumb, a prestigious fifth Super Bowl ring.

If there is any team capable of becoming the first to successfully defend its crown since the Patriots in the 2004 season, it is this one.

They have to make the playoffs first, of course, and there are no guarantees they will be able to hold destiny in their hands when the RG3 Redskins, whose phenom rookie quarterback (mild knee ligament sprain) will limp on water if he can’t walk on it, suddenly have the look of destiny’s darlings, and the Cowboys, stricken with grief over the DUI tragedy that cost practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown his life, displayed character in the face of adversity and refuse to go away.

I’m aware of the treacherous three-game schedule that confronts the Giants, as well as their well-documented history of second-half collapses under Tom Coughlin on occasions other than Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.

But I’m shoving my chips to the middle of the table — this team is going to the playoffs.

And don’t be surprised if this team is hoisting the Lombardi Trophy again.

WHY THE GIANTS CAN

THE QUARTERBACK: Eli Manning has remembered how to throw touchdown passes. He has thrown seven in the past two games, evidence his arm is no longer tired. If big brother Peyton gets the Broncos to the Super Bowl in their hometown of New Orleans, he’d like to join the party. If Mr. Clutch gets hot, he can carry the franchise.

THE COACH: If there is a Patton or Churchill quote that Coughlin hasn’t used, he’ll find it. Living proof that 66 is the new 65. Still driven after all these years. Will not let his team rest. Everyone snickered when Wellington Mara likened him to Lombardi. There’s only one Lombardi. But Coughlin is the only Giants head coach with a chance to win a third Super Bowl. If there is a reason why complacency has not reared its ugly head, it’s him." Read more...

Unsatisfied Giants' "D" Looking To Mount Signature Effort

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/unsatisfied_big_blue_looks_to_mount_P4HAJr59UmyZTF sNd6M9MI

Excerpt: "Mathias Kiwanuka says he and his teammates on the Giants defense “know how intense we played’’ in a 52-27 rout of the Saints. And he is fine with his side of the ball not getting any headlines.

“You put up 52, you got to tip your hat to our offense,’’ Kiwanuka said. “We’ll take the back seat to them. They put up a significant number of points.’’A Giants defense taking a back seat is not the way the franchise has operated for, oh, about 87 years, and that is not the plan for the stretch run of this season.

But it may be the reality.One week before the scoring spree fueled by rookie David Wilson and Eli Manning’s four scoring passes, the offense was able to produce only one touchdown in a penalty-filled 17-16 loss to the Redskins. It is not as if the Manning attack has been a point-producing machine, but it is a more consistent unit than the defense, which, despite intercepting Drew Brees twice and forcing four turnovers, did not put in a “signature defensive performance’’ in the eyes of defensive tackle Chris Canty.

What is the definition of a signature defensive performance?

“It’s simple,’’ Canty said. “It’s stop the run, rush the passer and create turnovers. You have to do all of those things and we haven’t put all three of those things together yet in a performance this season so far, so that’s what we have to do.’’Canty might be a harsh marker, as the defensive efforts in victories over playoff-bound teams such as the 49ers (26-3) and the Packers (38-10) more than made the grade. Tom Coughlin didn’t agree with Canty, saying, “I don’t know what he’s referring to.’’ Coughlin cited games against the Panthers, 49ers and Packers as top defensive outings.

“I like what I hear if you’re telling me that the defensive players don’t think they’ve accomplished what they set out to and that they think their best games are in front of them,’’ Coughlin said. “I would encourage that.’’ Read more...

Bradshaw Gets MRI, WIlson Gets MVP

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/bradshaw_gets_mri_wilson_gets_mvp_7SxAVQ82SkRqsmrD WSJNMM

Excerpt: "If the Giants do not get good news regarding the health of Ahmad Bradshaw’s left knee — and perhaps even if they do — it appears as if rookie David Wilson has earned himself increased playing time after his breakthrough performance against the Saints.

Tom Coughlin yesterday said Wilson’s eruption (two rushing touchdowns and record-breaking kickoff return production) “didn’t surprise me at all.’’ It is important to note Coughlin praised Wilson for a subtlety — “He did a nice job picking up a weak side safety blitz’’ — showing the trust the coaching staff is gaining in the first-round pick.

Everyone around the Giants knows how tough Bradshaw is, but there is concern about his health. He underwent an MRI exam and a battery of other tests yesterday to check out the new knee problem. Coughlin said until the results of the tests are in, “I wouldn’t speculate on anything.’’

Bradshaw coming out of games banged up is not uncommon, but usually Bradshaw’s feet absorb most of the punishment. Bradshaw hurt his knee in the first half Sunday, but was able to get back on the field and get six rushing attempts in the second half. Bradshaw ended up playing 38 snaps and was not very effective, gaining 33 yards on 13 carries.

“Any time you’re talking about a knee and going through several tests, better off to wait and see what the results are,’’ Coughlin said.

Wilson was a popular guy after his breakout showing, in which he returned four kickoffs for a total of 227 yards, including a 97-yard TD, and tallied a franchise-record 327 all-purpose yards. He said he got about 120 text and voice messages." Read more...

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THE BERGEN RECORD

Tara Sullivan: Giants Are Most Comfortable With Their Backs To The Wall

http://www.northjersey.com/sports/Tara_Sullivan_Giants_are_most_comfortable_with_the ir_backs_against_the_waill.html

Excerpt: "Maybe they were being truthful when they claimed no pregame knowledge of the football dramatics that preceded them.

Maybe the groups of Giants players taking the field for their late afternoon game against the Saints truly were unaware of what the Cowboys and Redskins had done only moments before, scoring dramatic come-from-behind victories.

Maybe the Giants really meant it when they swore they are done with scoreboard-watching now, focused instead on finding their own level of consistency across this season’s last stand, rendering the outcomes of Sunday’s early games useless to them anyway.

Maybe they really didn’t know what was going on with the Redskins, who emerged from a heart-swallowing injury to quarterback Robert Griffin III to upend the Ravens in overtime, or with the Cowboys, who capped a heartbreaking weekend that included the death of one teammate and arrest of another with a last-second win over the Bengals. The two games completely changed the complexion of the Giants’ late-afternoon challenge — gone in an instant was the potential for a two-game division lead with three games to go; in its place the potential for a three-way tie with three games to play.

Maybe the Giants really didn’t know how much the ante had been raised, but the rest of the football world surely did.

And what that world saw in response was another classic entry in the Giants’ signature playbook of backs-against-the-wall football, where the stakes have to be the highest for this team to play its best. Sunday, it was the vision of those two pesky division rivals closing in from behind that brought out the fight in this inconsistent team, and it was a resounding 52-27 pummeling of the Saints that kept the Giants atop their precarious NFC East perch.

“I would hope we play best all the time but it’s not the case,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “We have traditionally done a decent job in certain years when we had no margin for error and our backs were to the wall. If that’s the case, let’s keep our backs to the wall.”

With three to go, a one-game lead and a brutal schedule, these Giants can be certain they aren’t getting breathing room anytime soon. They are back where they are most comfortable, fending off doubters and fighting off complacency as they search for the late-season surge that marked last year’s memorable run to a championship. They are back where they have been before, heeding the warning words of an angry teammate to get nastier, building momentum toward a desired postseason run.

“Honestly this is our playoffs, these are playoff-type games,” veteran defensive end Justin Tuck said. “The teams we’re going to play, the atmosphere we’re going to play in, this is what it’s about. December football, leading into the playoffs, that’s where we’ve kind of made hay the last couple years. And we need to continue to do that.” Read more...

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NEW YORK TIMES


SITE LINK (http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html)

WALL STREET JOURNAL


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GIANTS.COM

The First Look: Giants vs. Falcons

http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/The-First-Look-Giants-vs-Falcons/d03b7c19-aaff-4a61-ba8b-697afe6e9d87

Opponent:
Atlanta Falcons

Record:
11-2 (6-0 Home)

Streak:
Lost 1

Common opponents:
Carolina (W, 30-28), @ Washington (W, 24-17), @ Philadelphia (W, 30-17), @ New Orleans (L, 31-27), @ Tampa Bay (W, 24, 23), New Orleans (W, 23-13), @ Carolina (L, 30-20)

Last meeting:
The Giants defeated the Falcons, 24-2, in a 2011 NFC Wildcard Game in MetLife Stadium. In their last regular season meeting, the Giants defeated the Falcons, 34-31 (OT), in Week 11 of the 2009 season.

PTS/G:
25.9 (8th in NFL)

Opp. PTS/G:
19.9 (5th)

Passing:
289.2 (4th)

Opp. Passing:
234.9 (16th)

Rushing:
86.9 (28th)

Opp. Rushing:
127.0 (23rd)

Giants-Saints Connections:
LB Michael Boley was selected in the fifth round of the 2005 draft by the Falcons, where he played four seasons before signing with the Giants in 2009; Atlanta Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan held the same position with the Giants for four seasons (1993-96); Atlanta Secondary Coach Tim Lewis spent three seasons as the Defensive Coordinator for the Giants (2004-06); K Matt Bryant began his NFL career as a free agent signed by the Giants in 2002, where he played until he was released prior to the 2004 season.

Head Coach:
Mike Smith, 54-26 Overall (5th year)

Back at headquarters in Flowery Branch, Ga.:
“The message is real simple,” Smith said Monday after the Falcons’ loss to Carolina. “We didn’t play our best. We didn’t play up to our capabilities and up to our standards. We’ve got to get back in here and to the office to get the corrections and come out here on Wednesday and prepare for the New York Giants. They’re playing very good football right now. The last two weeks they’ve played outstanding football and it’s going to be a big challenge. They’re right in the middle of the playoff hunt.

“There is one spot that’s been basically determined in the NFC and there are five that are yet to be determined. I think over the next three weeks there are going to be a lot of things that are going to take place in terms of who’s going to be seeded where and who’s going to get in the tournament. That’s what makes the final quarter so interesting.”


Inside RB David Wilson's Kick Return

http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Inside-RB-David-Wilsons-kick-return/82f7cce7-d00f-42e8-95ac-7d199d4676bf


David Wilson treated Giants fans to several rare and distinctive statistical milestones on Sunday. They included his team-record 327 total yards, becoming the first Giants player in 64 years to score via rushing and kickoff return touchdowns in the same game and joining three others as the only players in NFL history with two rushing touchdowns and a kickoff return for a score in a game.

Almost lost amid the accomplishments was the kickoff return itself.

It was just the 20th regular-season kickoff return touchdown in the 88-season history of the Giants. They also have two postseason scores on kickoff returns. Wilson’s 97-yard runback – the Giants’ first touchdown in a 52-27 thrashing of the New Orleans Saints – broke the team’s streak of 76 consecutive regular-season games without a kickoff return touchdown. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that was the second-longest drought in the NFL, behind St. Louis (119 games) and Jacksonville (84). The Giants had not scored on a kickoff return since Domenik Hixon brought one back 74 yards vs. New England on Dec. 29, 2007.

Seventeen different players have scored on regular-season kickoff returns for the Giants, beginning with Jack Hagerty vs. the Buffalo Bisons on Nov. 5, 1929. Clarence Childs, Rocky Thompson and Willie Ponder all did it twice (plus Ron Dixon, who returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the 2000 postseason).

Wilson’s 97-yard return was the longest by a Giant in the regular season since Childs’ 100-yard runback on Dec. 6, 1964. Both of Dixon’s postseason kickoff returns touchdowns were 97 yards. Childs shares the Giants’ record for longest runback with Hall of Famer Emlen Tunnell, who had a 100-return against the New York Yankees on Nov. 4, 1951.

The Giants’ shortest kickoff return touchdown was a 38-yarder by Jason Sehorn, who picked off an onside kick by Tom Coughlin’s Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 23, 2000.

Sehorn’s score came in the regular-season finale. The Giants earned a first-round postseason bye and when they returned to action, Dixon scored against Philadelphia – the only time in their history the Giants returned kickoffs for touchdowns in consecutive games. Dixon also accounted for the Giants’ only points in Super Bowl XXXV against Baltimore, giving the team three kickoff return scores in four games.

Derrick Ward (92 yards at Washington on Dec. 5, 2004) and Ponder (91 yards vs. Pittsburgh on December 18) ran back kickoffs for touchdowns within a three-game span.

The Giants’ longest drought without a touchdown on a kickoff return stretched more than 20 years, from Sept. 17, 1972 (Thompson 92 yards at Detroit) to Nov. 22, 1992 (David Meggett 92 yards vs. Philadelphia).

Five of the 20 regular-season returns have been against the Redskins.

The Giants’ record when they score a touchdown on a kickoff return is 11-9 in the regular season and 1-1 in the postseason.

*On Nov. 14, 1948, Jack Scott scored on a nine-yard run and a 99-yard kickoff return. He was the last Giant with a rushing touchdown and kickoff return touchdown in the same game until Wilson did it on Sunday. But Scott went one better. He also caught a 19-yard touchdown pass in a 52-37 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Scott is the only player in Giants history with rushing, receiving and kickoff return touchdowns in the same game.

*On Sunday, New Orleans’ Elbert Mack opened the scoring with a 73-yard interception return, followed 13 seconds later by Wilson’s 97-yard kickoff return. It was the first time two return touchdowns were scored no more than 13 seconds apart in a Giants game since Sept. 18, 1983, when Dallas’ Dexter Clinkscale intercepted a Scott Brunner pass and returned it 68 yards for a score and, on the ensuing kickoff, Bill Campfield fumbled and the ball was recovered by Michael Downs, who returned it 10 yards for a score.

*The Giants scored seven touchdowns against New Orleans, the first time they’ve done that since Dec. 20, 1986 in a 55-24 rout of Green Bay – the last time they had scored at least 50 points.

*They scored six offensive touchdowns for the first time since Dec. 22, 2002 in a 44-27 victory in Indianapolis.

*The Giants scored 14 points in the first and third quarters and 17 in the fourth against the Saints. It was the first time they scored at least 14 points in each of three quarters of a game since they clobbered the Packers in the 1986 regular-season finale.

*The Giants scored 31 points in the second half, their highest total in the last two quarters since Sept. 11, 2005, when they scored 35 vs. Arizona.

*Sunday’s game was the 10th in their history in which the Giants scored at least 50 points.

*Wilson rushed for 100 yards Sunday to become the sixth Giants back in Tom Coughlin’s nine years as head coach to hit the century mark, joining Tiki Barber, Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown. Under Coughlin, the Giants are 40-11 when at least one back rushes for at 100 yards.

*Wilson’s 52-yard touchdown was the Giants’ longest run from scrimmage since Jacobs’ 73-yarder against Minnesota in Detroit on Dec. 13, 2010.

*The Giants did not allow a sack Sunday and are 4-1 this season when li Manning is not sacked. The only loss was at Philadelphia on September 30. The Giants are 22-8 in regular-season games when Manning is not sacked.

*Hakeem Nicks had four receptions Sunday, increasing to 247 the number of Manning passes he has caught. That is the highest total of any of the 46 different receivers that have caught at least one Manning pass. Plaxico Burress had been the leader with 244 receptions of Manning passes.

Nicks will soon take over the receiving yardage leader on Manning passes; he trails Burress, 3,681-3,602.

Burress had 33 touchdown receptions on Manning passes. Nicks is second with 26.

*Nicks’ touchdown vs. New Orleans was the 27th of his career (including one from in 2009). That left him in a five-way tie for 11th place on the Giants’ career list, with Chris Calloway, Earnest Gray, Ike Hilliard and Jeremy Shockey.

* Stevie Brown had two interceptions on Sunday, his second two-pick game of the season. The last Giant with a pair of two-interception games in a season was Percy Ellsworth in 1998.

* Victor Cruz caught eight passes for 121 yards and a touchdown vs. New Orleans. It was his 12th career 100-yard game, tying him with Kyle Rote and Gray for fourth place on the Giants’ career list. Del Shofner is third with 13. Amani Toomer holds the team record with 22 100-yard games.

*The Giants are first in the NFC and second in the NFL with a plus-16 turnover differential. New England leads the league at plus-24.

*Lawrence Tynes continues to lead the league in points (137) and field goals (33).

*The Giants today exchanged guards on their practice squad, signing Levy Ad**** of Oklahoma State and terminating the contract of Paul Fenaroli, who was signed last week. Ad****, 6-5 and 326 pounds, was signed as a rookie free agent by the Dallas Cowboys on May 4. He played in two preseason games and was waived on August 27.


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Upon Further Review: Week 14 Win

http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Upon-Further-Review-Week-14-win/b16e8133-cb6e-4f5f-8486-c4ce857177ef


"David Wilson’s phone was buzzing for hours last night.

“I still haven’t gotten to all the text messages,” he said today. “I got the same amount of texts and calls I did on draft day. A lot of people were happy for me and I appreciate their support. I got about 120 texts and voice messages; I heard from people I forgot that I even have their number. And a couple of unknown numbers. But most of them said something in the text to let me know who they were.”

Everybody knows who Wilson is now. He rewrote portions of both the Giants and the NFL record book with his electrifying performance yesterday in a 52-27 rout of the New Orleans Saints.

Wilson set a franchise record with 327 all-purpose yards. He returned four kickoffs for 227 yards, including a 97-yard touchdown, and rushed for 100 yards and two scores, the second a 52-yarder. He became the first player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game.

The NFL today added another gold star to Wilson’s performance when it announced that he became the fourth player in league history with two rushing touchdowns and a kickoff return touchdown in the same game. The others were Washington’s Andy Farkas in 1939, Philadelphia’s Steve Van Buren in 1945 and Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew in 2006.

“It was a lot of fun yesterday out there,” Wilson said. “Everything was going right and we won the game, a game we definitely needed to win. Everyone was fired up and ready to go. Everybody says we play better with our backs against the wall, and up to this point, I definitely agree.”

The stat Wilson seemed most impressed with was his 56.8-yards kickoff return average, the highest total ever by a Giant with at least three returns in a game. The previous record of 51.8 yards was set by Joe Scott on four returns vs. the Rams on Nov. 14, 1948. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, in that game Scott was the last Giant before Wilson to have a kickoff return touchdown and a rushing touchdown in the same game.

“I was just out there playing the game,” Wilson said. “I knew I was having a good game and making big plays. Then I started hearing about all these records. I was definitely unaware of that. I heard I broke a record from 1948 – I know the Super Bowl wasn’t even being played then. I doubt they had facemasks. For a record to be that old and be one of the guys to come along and pick it up, that’s amazing.”

Wilson has been the Giants’ primary kickoff returner all season. But he had only 28 rushing attempts in the first 11 games. Against New Orleans, he had 13 and averaged 7.7 yards a carry. His 52-yard touchdown was the Giants’ longest run from scrimmage this season.

“He’s been growing and building toward this opportunity,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “If you watched last night and looked real close, he did a nice job picking up a weak side safety blitz. So he did prove again that he understood the particular protection we were in and how he was to react with his responsibility and did it well and so he’s gained some valuable experience in the time that he has played and, of course, he gained valuable experience last night as well.

“The timing is great for David to come to the front and he’ll hopefully provide us with that spark we need right now to go along with the rest of our players to give us an added playmaker that people are going to have to flat-out defend.”

*The Giants are 8-5 and remain one game ahead of Dallas and Washington in the NFC East race. They play their next two games at Atlanta and Baltimore, which are a combined 11-1 at home and 20-6 overall. But if the Giants win their three remaining games, nobody can catch them.

“It’s a much better feeling to know that if we take care of all the business we don’t have to look over our shoulders or worry,” defensive tackle Chris Canty said. “We’ll be where we wanted to be when we started this season, where we set out to be. So we just have to take it one game at a time understanding that we have a three-game season left and the only game that we can do something about it is this coming Sunday in Atlanta.”

*Although it was not as spectacular as the kickoff return game, Coughlin was pleased with Domenik Hixon’s two punt returns for 19 yards.

“We had a 9.5 yard average on our punt returns with Domenik Hixon and that was a plus and that helped,” Coughlin said.

So will Hixon keep that job down the stretch?

“We have to have more than one person ready for that job, but we did like what Domenik did last night,” Coughlin said. “He’s been in that role before. He’s played very well for us in that role. He gave us a 9.5 average last night, so I’m inclined to think that we would continue, but you have to have more than one person ready.”

Rookie Rueben Randle has been the punt returner for most of the season. He averaged 7.2 yards on 15 returns.

*Coughlin said running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who sat out part of the game yesterday with a sore knee, was getting “all the tests” to determine the extent of the injury.

“He’s being examined even as we speak and we’ll know more about that when these medical examinations are completed,” Coughlin said. “Anytime you are talking about a knee and you are going through a series of tests, you’re better off to wait and see what the results are. I wouldn’t speculate on anything right now.”

Hakeem Nicks, who has battled a knee injury for most of the season, caught four passes for 67 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown. So Coughlin was asked if Nicks is feeling “all right.”

“I don’t know what ‘all right’ means,” Coughlin said. “He’s sore. He’s still… the issues with the knee and so on and so forth. So he’s going to continue in the same capacity that he’s been in. I wish that he would have an opportunity to play no longer having any issues, but that’s not going to be the case this year. So I think he’s continuously monitored throughout the course of the season pretty much on a weekly basis. So there’s nothing unusual about that and hopefully… I thought he had some plays in the game last night that showed real quickness very similar to what we’re used to. Now it’s not there all the time and so he does have these issues that are going to be with him throughout the course of the year.”

*Victor Cruz had his shoulder examined after the game. “I think he’ll be fine,” Coughlin said.

*Cornerback Prince Amukamara strained his hamstring. “We’re going to have to see where he’s at,” Coughlin said. “He’s been treated and he will continue to be treated and we’ll just have to see the severity of it as we go along this week.”

*The starting time for the Giants’ game in Baltimore on December 23 has been moved to 4:25 p.m. under the NFL’s flex scheduling.

The Giants-Ravens game has been scheduled to start at 1 p.m. But the NFL today changed the kickoff times of three games to be played that Sunday.

The Jets-Chargers game in MetLife Stadium, which was to have been the prime time game on NBC, was moved to a 1 p.m. (eastern) start. The San Francisco 49ers game at Seattle, which was to have been a late-afternoon contest, will now be the night game, with an 8:30 p.m. kickoff.

The Giants, who defeated New Orleans yesterday, 52-27, will return to action Sunday in Atlanta at 1 p.m."

Tom Coughln Conference Call - 12/10/2012

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Coach Tom Coughlin: When you look at the tape, you do definitely see the incredible field position created basically by our special teams, but also by virtue of the turnovers. After kickoff return, we took the ball over at the average of the 48-yard line, which was outstanding. When you compare the games where you don’t have that kind of field position, I don’t know that I’ve ever benefitted from that as much as we had last night. So kickoff return was blocked well, the speed, the energy, the maneuverability… All those things were there. I thought kickoff coverage did a good job. We mixed in a few directional kicks and mortar kicks and we did a nice job with that as well. We had a 9.5-yard average on our punt returns with Domenik Hixon and that was a plus and that helped and we did a good job of pinning them back and we did have to punt it and fortunately we didn’t have to punt it very much. Our defense… We gave up some run yardage and we certainly gave up the big ball down the middle of the field, but we did the things we had to do basically when we had to them.

A big objective of ours was to try to win the time of possession to do a good job with first downs, which we didn’t always do. But to do a good job with first downs to try to put us in better position for third down, to be able to keep the outstanding high scoring offense of the New Orleans Saints on the sideline while we had the ball and we did that to a certain extent. We came out about even in time of possession. They got a little bit more than we did, but we had 45 percent on third down, which meant we kept the ball along those lines and because of the David WIlson runs towards the end we did get our rushing game back close to where we thought it would be. Quite frankly it was somewhat disappointing until that point. We thought we would do a better job initially right away with rushing the ball, but we went plus-two in the turnover column, which puts us now at plus-16, which is very good, and we needed that. We were four for five, 80 percent, touchdowns in the green zone. Three for three in the tight green and, of course, our defense held them to two for four. They were 50 percent in the red zone and they had been at 70 percent prior to our game.

We did have some penalties. We had six penalties officially, seven actually, and basically the offensive team is a team that’s being penalized right now and some of it is very, very difficult for me to understand, to be honest with you, but they had 10 penalties and we had six penalties. We did have two interceptions, which gave them one score and actually prevented us again from mounting a drive and doing something with the ball at a key time in the game. So that takes a little something away, but we did have the four turnovers to create the plus-two. Stevie Brown came up with some great plays. We got the ball knocked out a couple of times. Antrel got a ball out. We got a ball out in the middle of the field on a pass play and that really gave us a spark and Stevie Brown’s second interception came at a great time and so we obviously went into this game with the idea that we had to amend some of the errors that we had made the week before and didn’t come away with a win and so it was very important for us to play well, to have all three teams support one another. As I said last night we wanted to play with great passion and purpose and we thought that would be our way of showing gratitude to the fans and hopefully we accomplished that.

Q: How much do you like the idea that you control your own destiny? Does that put the pressure on the other teams or does it put pressure on your team?

A: You don’t look over your shoulder at the scoreboard because you have to take care of your own business. The thing about it is that we determine our own fate. Destiny is a matter of choice for us and we do know the odds. We do know what’s at stake. We do know that both Washington and Dallas won yesterday, so nothing has changed in terms of the division standings and we do know that we are preparing to play a very, very good Atlanta team and a team that’s only lost twice the entire season and really has done an outstanding job of adding to a good football team with some new parts and people playing very good football. So we do understand all of that and I think it just sharpens your focus and keeps your concentration at an extremely high level and hopefully we can build from the win. We certainly do have things that need to be addressed and cleaned up and done better. We’ve got to go ahead and analyze the Atlanta team and notice how we match up and see what our personnel situations are and what theirs are, where are strengths and weaknesses with both teams and so that will be what we’ll do over the next couple of days. But knowing the circumstances, making it very plain and obvious for our team exactly what the situation is, that’s definitely a part of our approach and at this point in time, the facts are the facts and if you are going to accomplish what you set out to, you’ve got to take care of your own business.

Q: Would you describe the defense’s mentality as a bend and don’t break type of mentality?

A: Well, hopefully we’re better than that. We certainly gave up a lot of yards last night, but in reality we gave up 20 points and the week before we gave up 16 points and so we’ve done a pretty good job of tightening up in the red zone and we’ve given up some yardage but then we found ways to kind of level that off, whether it be through the turnovers or stops. So we’re constantly trying to improve that area or we’re constantly trying to maneuver our personnel around to match up. Jacquian Williams came into the game last night having not played for quite some time and was able to play pretty well and we were pleased that he was able to go in there and do a very good job with regard to how he matched up against their people.

Q: Did David Wilson surprise you with how ready he was to take on a bigger role?

A: No. Didn’t surprise me at all. He’s been growing and building towards this opportunity. If you watched last night and looked real close, he did a nice job picking up a weak side safety blitz. So he did prove again that he understood the particular protection we were in and how he was to react with his responsibility and did it well and so he’s gained some valuable experience in the time that he has played and of course he gained valuable experience last night as well.

Q: What did you like from Hixon in the punt return game? Will you have Hixon there moving forward?

A: Well, we have to have more than one person ready for that job, but we did like what Domenik did last night. He’s been in that role before. He’s played very well for us in that role. He gave us a 9.5 average last night, so I’m inclined to think that we would continue, but you have to have more than one person ready.

Q: Was there a reason why Rueben Randle’s role was reduced on kickoff return and offense last night?

A: No. We had prepared Jernigan to play back there as the off returner and JJ obviously did an outstanding job with his own return, so that worked out pretty well.

Q: Do you agree with Chris Canty’s statement that the defense doesn’t have a signature performance yet this year?

A: I don’t know what he’s referring to in terms of.. We’ve certainly been tested. We’ve had our back to the wall. We’ve had to come through in certain circumstances in order to have a chance to win. I think San Francisco certainly is a good defensive football game. I think Carolina was a good defensive football game, so I think we’ve had some good games. I think Green Bay you’d have to say with that offensive team that 10 points was a pretty good defensive performance and so I think we’ve had some good performances and I like what I hear if you’re telling me that the defensive players don’t think they’ve accomplished what they set out to and that they think their best games are in front of them. I would encourage that.

Q: How much does it say to you that you’re able to win eight games for seven years in a row and have been able to maintain that level of consistency in what is an up and down league?

A: The only thing I can tell you with regard to that is each year, as an organization, we establish a goal and that goal is to win the Super Bowl and we do everything in our power to put the personnel people and Jerry Reese and his staff do everything that they possibly can to bring the talent to our organization and put people in positions that they can make plays. The coaches have the same goals in mind in terms of developing these players and putting them in the best possible positions for them to perform to the best of their abilities, so we carry through with these goals. We’ve been able to do this with some degree of consistency. I don’t think to the extent that we would like to be. So for me to comment now, it’s kind of like the questions that were asked about ‘back to the wall.’ Well, you know what? Lets see what’s going to happen here. We’ve got three games to go before we decide what type of consistency we have and how we respond to the kinds of situations that we put ourselves in, first and foremost, seemingly on a yearly basis. It’s an exciting time for us all and we’re looking forward to this stretch run albeit against some very, very good football teams.

Q: How is Bradshaw feeling today and would the knee be anything that could keep him out of a game?

A: Well, he’s being examined even as we speak and we’ll know more about that when these medical examinations are completed.

Q: Is there the feeling that it wasn’t a serious thing after the game?

A: No. I don’t know what to… Anytime you are talking about a knee and you are going through a series of tests and you’re better off to wait and see what the results are. I wouldn’t speculate on anything right now.

Q: Is he having an MRI?

A: Yeah. All the tests. All those types of things.

Q: It must be convenient to have a guy as fresh as David Wilson be a contributor to the offense.

A: Yes. I agree. The timing is great for David to come to the front and he’ll hopefully provide us with that spark we need right now to go along with the rest of our players to give us an added playmaker that people are going to have to flat-out defend.

Q: Is Hakeem feeling all right?

A: I don’t know what ‘all right’ means. He’s sore. He’s still… the issues with the knee and so on and so forth. So he’s going to continue in the same capacity that he’s been in. I wish that he would have an opportunity to play after no longer having any issues, but that’s not going to be the case this year. So I think he’s continuously monitored throughout the course of the season pretty much on a weekly basis. So there’s nothing unusual about that and hopefully… I thought he had some plays in the game last night that showed real quickness very similar to what we’re used to. Now it’s not there all the time and so he does have these issues that are going to be with him throughout the course of the year.

Q: You said it looked like Hakeem wore down a little bit towards the end of the game. Is that a result of those issues he’s working through?

A: If you’re asking me if the accumulation of the first three quarters had an effect on how he felt late in the game, I would say yes and I would think there’s nothing really unusual about that.

Q: How is Vicitor Cruz's shoulder?

A: I think he’ll be fine.

Q: Prince’s hamstring?

A: He did strain the hamstring and we’re going to have to see where he’s at. He’s been treated and he will continue to be treated and we’ll just have to see the severity of it as we go along this week.
GIANTS 101

Giants Happy To Be In Control Of Their Own Destiny

http://www.giants101.com/2012/12/11/new-york-giants-happy-to-be-in-control-of-their-own-destiny/

Excerpt: "The New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants find themselves with an opportunity many teams wish they had…the chance to control their own playoff fate. Unlike previous years, the Giants don't have to rely on other teams to lose, though it certainly wouldn't hurt, to advance to the postseason.

For the Giants it's simple: win the next three games and the division is theirs for a second straight season, along with a ticket for a chance to repeat as champions. After a week in which every team in the NFC East (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc-east/)won, the G-Men maintain a one-game lead at 8-5, over the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, who share a 7-6 record.

As the players would tell you, controlling your own destiny is an envious position to be in. No watching other teams, just win and you're in. Of course, there are other scenarios where the Giants could make the playoffs via the wildcard, but for the team, there is only one scenario…just win out.
"It's a much better feeling this way," defensive tackle Chris Canty (http://www.giants101.com/tag/chris-canty/)said. "We don't have to look over our shoulders and worry about anyone else. We have a three-game season left and if we win those three games, then we can control things."

"We'll take it one game at a time, but I like being in this position much better." Read more...



Giants' Coach Tom Coughlin: Ahmad Bradshaw Adds Knee Injury To Foot Problems

http://www.giants101.com/2012/12/10/new-york-giants-coach-tom-coughlin-ahmad-bradshaw-adds-knee-injury-to-foot-problems/

Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw (http://www.giants101.com/tag/ahmad-bradshaw/)'s struggles with chronic injuries to both of his feet are well documented, but after the picking up 33 yards on 11 carries in the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants 52-27 victory over the New Orleans (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-orleans/) Saints the running back is dealing with an injury to his knee.Tom Coughlin (http://www.giants101.com/tag/tom-coughlin/) said Bradshaw will undergo a standard battery of tests after injuring his left knee during yesterday's contest. Jenny Vrentas of NJ.com has the story (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/giants_ahmad_bradshaw_undergoi.html):

"Any time you are talking about a knee, and he’s going through a series of tests, you're better off to wait and see what the results are," Coughlin said. "I wouldn’t speculate on anything right now."


Bradshaw did return to the game on modified duty after the injury, so we doubt it's that serious (wait, what was that Coach said about speculation?)…although it doesn't take that serious of an injury to cost a player a few weeks." Read more...



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Giants vs. Saints: "Kudos And Wet Willies" Review

http://www.bigblueview.com/giants-vs-saints-2012/2012/12/10/3750612/giants-vs-saints-kudos-wet-willies-david-wilson-stevie-brown-eli-manning-ramses-barden

Excerpt: "The New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) are a maddeningly inconsistent team. Even within Sunday's seemingly lopsided 52-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-orleans-saints) there was some good, some great, some bad and some really, really ugly. The Giants pretty much ran the gamut. They showed both what they are capable of when they play well, and why they have lost five games and are still in a position where they might not make the playoffs at all.

Here is your 'Kudos & Wet Willies' review.

Kudos to ...

David 'Flip' Wilson: In fact, 'Flip' gets double not-so-secret 'Kudos.' He gets one for his work on kickoff returns -- 227 yards including a 97-yard return for a touchdown as the Giants set a franchise single-game record with 287 kickoff return yards. He gets another for his 13-carry, 100-yard performance. My guess is you guys are oohing and aahing over the 52-yard scoring run at the end of the game. That was nice, but I was more impressed by Wilson's 6-yard scoring run. That was an off-tackle play, a power run where he bulldozed his way into the end zone.

Wilson became the first player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game. His 327 yards of total offense broke Domenik Hixon's (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2934/domenik-hixon) record of 303, which he set at New Orleans on Nov. 18, 2009.

Antrel Rolle (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1769/antrel-rolle): Some of you aren't going to like this statement, but Rolle might now be the most important player on this defense. With apologies to Justin Tuck (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2260/justin-tuck) -- the defensive captain -- it is Rolle who generally speaks the truth and gets to the heart of what is going on. He has now done that two years in a row. He backed up his calls for the Giants to play harder Sunday with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a tipped pass that turned into a Stevie Brown (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109254/stevie-brown)interception.

Stevie Brown: With Kenny Phillips (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34496/kenny-phillips) again sidelined, Brown was spectacular. He had two interceptions, a forced fumble and two passes defensed. Art Stapleton of The Record tweeted during the game (https://twitter.com/art_stapleton/status/277926287073484800) that Brown is "the best CF in NY." I'm not arguing. The play he made on his second interception early in the fourth qaurter was a thing of beauty. With Jimmy Graham (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108518/jimmy-graham) running down the seam and appearing to be open inside the 10-yard line Brown, in the end zone, broke on the ball and beat Graham to the spot. That, combined with the 70-yard return, was a game-changing play. It led to a Lawrence Tynes (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2407/lawrence-tynes)' field goal that made the score 45-27 with 10:23 remaining.

Eli Manning (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning): Threw two interceptions, but largely had things going. He finished 22-of-35 for 259 yards and four touchdowns -- something that might have barely been noticed in a game that looked a lot like Arena Football.

Victor Cruz (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109584/victor-cruz) and Hakeem Nicks (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71294/hakeem-nicks) -- I have to put them together, partially because they deserve it and partially because this is getting looooooong. Cruz had eight catches for 121 yards and a touchdown, and now has back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Nicks had four catches for 67 yards and a score, and looked more like himself than he has since early in the season.

Jacquian Williams (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131487/jacquian-williams) and Will Hill (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130858/will-hill) -- Willians returned to action just in time with Phillips sidelined. He and Hill did an outstanding job covering Saints' tight end Jimmy Graham. Williams also matched up with Saints' running backDarren Sproles (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3032/darren-sproles) on occasion. Both players ended up with five tackles. Williams had two passes defensed and Hill one.

Here's an observation. As much as the Giants love Phillips, with Brown playing so well and Williams and Hill showing this kind of ability you have to believe the Giants might be very hesitant to give Phillips -- a free agent after this year -- big money.

Offensive line: Manning was never sacked and the Giants averaged 5.0 yards per rushing play.

Jason Pierre-Paul (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108442/jason-pierre-paul): Even though he never sacked Drew Brees (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1998/drew-brees) I thought JPP was disruptive at time during the game. He finished with six tackles.

The Giants' organization: For saying yes to my credential request for the first time. My seat at the table, meaning the MetLife Stadium press box, is something that has been years in the making. It's a big step forward for the credibility of Big Blue View, and I hope the Giants understand how much I appreciate it." Read more...



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A Night Of Redemption For David Wilson, Jim Cordle

http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/5665

Excerpt: "Running back David Wilson and offensive lineman Jim Cordle couldn’t be any more different.

One is a smallish scat back runner who’s lighting-quick while the other is a big bulky lineman who would have his troubles in a footrace.

One is a first round draft pick while the other was an undrafted free agent who made a stop on the Giants’ practice squad before finally being promoted to the 53-man roster.

In addition, one has a Super Bowl ring while the other has yet to experience an NFL playoff game.

However, the one thing both men have in common is that at one point this season, their actions cost their team a game. This week, both men found redemption on the same field, against the same team.

Wilson, you might remember, had a critical fumble against the Cowboys back in Week 1. That fumble landed him in the coaches’ doghouse, where he remained for several weeks, his chances limited only to special teams.

He finally appeared to be ready to emerge from the doghouse when André Brown was lost to a broken leg. However, the Giants instead signed veteran running backs, Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin as Wilson continued to wait for his chance.

The rookie, whose biggest knock was his grasp of the pass blocking assignments, found himself working after practice with second-year fullback Henry Hynoski, who quizzed his young running back mate daily on the various assignments involved in the pass block. While Wilson made progress in that area, the coaches still seemed not to fully trust him to handle anything more than running the ball as a change-up to starter Ahmad Bradshaw or as a decoy.

However, he kept on plugging away.

“He did a phenomenal job,” Hynoski said of his pupil. “He had a lot of confidence and I think things are starting to slow down for him now and it was good to have that sense of confidence with him in there. David had to wait his turn. I know it was frustrating for him but now I think he has really shown what he’s capable of.”

Wilson’s performance, which included 13 carries for 100 yards and two rushing touchdowns plus four kickoff returns for 227 yards including a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, finished with 327 all-purpose yards, a new franchise record for a single game, topping the old mark of 303 was set by Domenik Hixon at New Orleans on Oct. 18, 2009." Read more...


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Giants Aim To Put Heat On Ryan, Falcons

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/20472/giants-aim-to-put-heat-on-ryan-falcons

Excerpt: "Antrel Rolle pleaded with the New York Giants (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants) to bring a "dog" mentality and nastier disposition to the field. The veteran safety got what he wished for in Sunday's blowout victory over the New Orleans Saints (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/no/new-orleans-saints).

"Oh yeah, I saw a lot of dog," Rolle said with a smile. "No pit bulls. I didn't see any pit bulls today. We are saving that for the long haul."

Perhaps that will come out when the Giants' defense really starts playing the way it knows it can. On Sunday, when they face the Falcons in Atlanta, the Giants will be reminded of just how dominant they can be.

It was against the Falcons that the Giants started their playoff march to the Super Bowl by suffocating Atlanta 24-2 in a wild-card game at MetLife Stadium last January.

The Giants smothered Matt Ryan (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/11237/matt-ryan), sacking him twice and holding him to 199 yards passing and no touchdowns.Michael Turner (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5679/michael-turner) rushed for just 41 yards as Atlanta managed only 64 yards total on the ground.

This season, the Giants' defense has had some shining moments, dominating Carolina and San Francisco on the road and holding Aaron Rodgers (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8439/aaron-rodgers)and the Packers to 10 points at home.

But the defense has also given up big passing plays with breakdowns. Sacks have been hard to come by at times and some teams have gained chunks of rushing yards against Perry Fewell's defense. In five of their last seven games, the Giants have allowed 116 yards rushing or more to their opponent.

While the defense forced four turnovers against the Saints and finally conquered Drew Brees (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/2580/drew-brees), the Giants still allowed New Orleans to gain 487 yards of total offense.

"We did the things we had to do basically when we had to do them," Tom Coughlin said of his defense." Read more...


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A Look Back: Coughlin Review

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/20445/a-look-back-coughlin-review

Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin was in a good mood Monday, and it's easy to see why after his team crushed the Saints, 52-27 on Sunday.

Here are some things Coughlin liked and didn't like after reviewing the game tape. And for an update on injuries, click here (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/8733224/ahmad-bradshaw-new-york-giants-mri-tests-knee).

On special teams: Coughlin loved what he saw from David Wilson (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14887/david-wilson) and the field position Wilson gave him.

"You do definitely see the incredible field position created basically by our special teams, but also by virtue of the turnovers," Coughlin said. "After kickoff return, we took the ball over at the average of the 48-yard line, which was outstanding. I don't know that I've ever benefited from that as much as we had last night. So kickoff return was blocked well, the speed, the energy, the maneuverability ... all those things were there."

On Hixon at PR: Coughlin liked what his coverage teams did on special teams. And he liked Domenik Hixon (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/9716/domenik-hixon) at punt returner. Hixon replaced Rueben Randle (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14911/rueben-randle)and it appears it will stay that way.

"We have to have more than one person ready for that job, but we did like what Domenik did last night," Coughlin said. "He's been in that role before. He's played very well for us in that role. He gave us a 9.5 average last night, so I'm inclined to think that we would continue, but you have to have more than one person ready." Read more...

Coughlin: Nicks' Pain WOn't Get Much Better

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/20435/coughlin-nicks-pain-wont-get-much-better

Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin said wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12586/hakeem-nicks) will have to play through pain and will not be 100 percent for the remainder of the season.

Nicks underwent X-rays after Sunday's victory (http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/20357/nicks-x-ray-negative) and he said everything came out clean. He declined to say what he had an X-ray on, but Nicks has been battling a knee issue and pain in his surgically repaired foot all season long.

"He is going to continue with the same capacity that he has been in," Coughlin said. "I wish he would have an opportunity to play after no longer having any issues, but that is not going to be the case this year." Read more...



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NFC East Spin Cycle: Clean Sweep As Race Thickens

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Excerpt: "The NFC East remains a three-way race, and a compelling one, with all four teams winning Sunday. The Eagles’ victory in Tampa might not have been more than a feel-good game in a lost season, but the emotional Cowboys, the inspired Redskins and determined Giants all moved forward with victories that meant different things Sunday.

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What we learned: The Giants are at least in the discussion for best team in the NFC. With the Falcons losing to Carolina and the 49ers winning in mild fashion (in some respects) over the Dolphins, the Giants’ 52-27 victory over the Saints — a team that had clobbered them three consecutive times — put the rest of the conference on notice. This is typically the time of year when the Giants find their mojo, as they did last season (a bit later) to win their second title in five years. Can the Giants do it again? The secondary once more was a mess, but they dominated the Saints otherwise.

What’s in store next: It’s two straight on the road against teams with 20 combined victories (Atlanta, Baltimore), although both lost on the road Sunday. First up: The Falcons in Atlanta. The team that lost to the Giants in the playoff opener last season has been atop the NFC standings from Jump Street, but there suddenly are questions about just how good they are. Throw in the fact that the Falcons have won only one game at home this season by more than one score (a 23-13 victory over the Saints in Week 13), and you figure the Giants have an excellent chance to win. With the Redskins and Cowboys both winning in Week 14, Tom Coughlin’s prediction that the Giants must finish the season with four victories is looking more and more sage by the day.

What the heck? David Wilson became the first NFL player in history with at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game, scoring three touchdowns (two rushing, one returning) in the blowout. So why hasn’t Coughlin found a more prominent place for the first-round pick? First, the excuse was fumbling; then, Wilson’s lack of pass-blocking prowess became the issue that kept him glued to the bench. Either way, with Ahmad Bradshaw’s spate of injuries and Andre Brown on I.R. until at least the start of the playoffs, Wilson will be a huge figure down the stretch. Much like Bradshaw, who broke out late in his rookie season, Wilson has a chance to be a hero in December and January.


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MISCELLANEOUS

Jets - Chargers Bumped From Prime Time To 1:00 PM; Giants Up To 4:00 PM

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/nbc_nixes_gang_tilt_giants_up_to_buxlJo5gRxRQajZsO CFOQN


Politi: Roger Goodell Right To Explore Safer Alternatives To Kickoffs, Despite Excitement Of Big Returns

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/politi_kickoffs_are_exciting_b.html


Slumping Ravens Fire Offensive Coordinator Cameron

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/slumping-ravens-fire-offensive-coordinator-184206748--nfl.html


Shanahan: RG III Has "Mild" LCL Sprain, Could Play On Sunday

http://www.csnwashington.com/football-washington-redskins/talk/shanahan-rg3-has-mild-strain-lcl


Niners Suspend Griping Brandon Jacobs For Rest Of Season

http://www.floridatoday.com/usatoday/article/1759659?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Sports|s


Cowboys' Dez Bryant Headed To IR?

http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2012/12/...cowboys-finger (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2012/12/10/3752132/dez-bryant-injury-cowboys-finger)

bbdynasty
12-11-2012, 07:54 AM
thanks RF!

RoanokeFan
12-11-2012, 08:48 AM
thanks RF!

You're welcome

BigBlue1971
12-11-2012, 09:38 AM
thanks much Roanoke!

hoping the injured players are fast healers. if not someone else has a chance to step up!

Go Giants!

RoanokeFan
12-11-2012, 09:50 AM
thanks much Roanoke! hoping the injured players are fast healers. if not someone else has a chance to step up! Go Giants! It is crunch time

GameTime
12-11-2012, 03:24 PM
Prince's hamstring sucks.............

thanks Ro

ashleymarie
12-11-2012, 04:42 PM
I am trying not to be over confident for the next 3 games, but I have a smile on my face. Thanks Ro.

I'll take 5
12-11-2012, 07:03 PM
Thanks for the links Roanoke

RoanokeFan
12-11-2012, 07:05 PM
Prince's hamstring sucks.............

thanks Ro

Any injury at this point in time is really untimely.

RoanokeFan
12-11-2012, 07:06 PM
Thanks for the links Roanoke

You're welcome

Captain Chaos
12-11-2012, 10:05 PM
Thanks Roanoke!

Buddy333
12-11-2012, 10:42 PM
Prince's hamstring sucks.............thanks RoThis is a huge concern. Hope is ok. Playing in the dome may help him this week.

G-Men Surg.
12-12-2012, 02:43 AM
Thanks RF !

RoanokeFan
12-12-2012, 07:21 AM
This is a huge concern. Hope is ok. Playing in the dome may help him this week.

We should hear something today

RoanokeFan
12-12-2012, 07:21 AM
Thanks RF !

You're wewlcome