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NEWARK STAR LEDGER

Ravens Shred Giants' Defense Designed To Stop Run

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

Excerpt: "For weeks, the Giants have been plagued by not being able to stop the run. So Sunday, they tried a new game plan.

Their starting defense was a 4-4-3 look, with four linebackers: Chase Blackburn, Jacquian Williams, Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger. Stevie Brown came off the field in this alignment, with just one safety, Antrel Rolle, playing deep.

The only problem? The defense the Giants used to stop the run couldn’t do so in the 33-14 loss. The Ravens amassed 224 yards on the ground, with a pair of 100-yard rushers: Ray Rice (24 carries for 107 yards) and Bernard Pierce (14 carries for 123 yards).

“It was a little surprising,” Blackburn said of using the 4-4-3 lineup, the first time the Giants went to it as their base defense this season. “But you’ve got to adjust. That was to stop the run, and it wasn’t effective like we wanted it to be.”

What was interesting about that personnel deployment, too, was that it took linebacker Michael Boley off the field. Boley’s role has been diminished the past two weeks. It’s unclear if it’s related to the back issue that kept Boley out of practice before the Falcons game. Boley did not address the media after the game.

“We wanted to come up and stop the run,” Herzlich said. “I don’t know if we executed well enough to actually do that, but I think the idea was to get some bigger bodies in there to clog up the run.”

The Giants seemed to have some issues switching personnel in and out, once using a timeout when they had too many men on the field and another time being flagged for the same offense.
“It seemed like they had 13 guys on the field, and then two would run off,” Blackburn said. “So we were in a messed-up personnel, especially early. And then we basically had to stay more vanilla at times because personnel were coming in so late.” Read more...

Giants' Playoff Hopes Take Hit After Uninspired Effort

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

Excerpt: "They played like they didn’t have a championship to defend. And now, they might not.
The Giants’ 33-14 loss to the Ravens may prove to be the critical blow to their 2012 season, and if it’s not, the way the players felt leaving M&T Bank Stadium, maybe it should have been.

"Do we deserve it by the way we played?" defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said of making the playoffs. "Do we? (Shoot), I don’t think so. We went out there and pissed on our legs, there’s really nothing more I can say."

The Giants ran onto the turf here with a direct path to the playoffs: Win two games, and they would be in. But the completion of the bridge they intended to build from Super Bowl XLVI to this year’s playoffs is now seriously threatened.

The Giants have been eliminated from the NFC East race they once firmly controlled. They could still reach the postseason as a wild card if the Vikings lose to the Packers, the Bears lose to the Lions and the Cowboys lose to or tie the Redskins — but that scenario is contingent on the Giants winning their season finale against the Eagles, which, quite frankly, may be their biggest challenge of all.

The Giants denied they lacked hunger this season after earning those pretty rings last year, but they didn’t have any answers for their slide, either. Coach Tom Coughlin said his team has a "very bad formula" right now, after being dominated the past two games by a combined 67-14 margin, a far cry from those signature wins at San Francisco and against Green Bay.

That formula includes surrendering big plays (six of more than 20 yards), yielding tremendous pressure on quarterback Eli Manning (sacked three times and hit at least nine) and running just 45 plays to the Ravens’ 81, a combination of not sustaining drives and not getting Baltimore off the field.

"It’s one thing to lose," Manning said. "Sometimes, you lose at the end of the game, but we didn’t even give ourselves a chance today. We had no momentum, no spark." Read more..

Giants - Eagles Game To Stay at 1:00 P.M.

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

Excerpt: "The Giants' regular season finale against the Eagles next Sunday at MetLife Stadium will remain at 1 p.m. as scheduled, the Eagles announced tonight (https://twitter.com/Eagles/status/283056685554225153).

The game could've been flexed to a later start at 4:25 p.m. on FOX or 8:20 p.m. on NBC, but FOX opted for Green Bay-Minnesota and NBC will broadcast Dallas-Washington with the NFC East title on the line." Read more...

Ravens Joe Flacco Exploits Corey Webster, Giants' Defense

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

Excerpt: "Joe Flacco immediately recognized the mismatch. With the Giants in a 4-4-3 package (four down linemen, four linebackers and just three defensive backs), the Ravens quarterback discerned that there would be plenty of one-on-one coverage on the outside for his wide receivers Sunday.

On one side there was Corey Webster, the veteran of two Super Bowl runs as the Giants’ No. 1 cornerback, covering the speedy Torrey Smith. Opposite him was the rookie Jayron Hosley, making just his fourth start on the outside with Prince Amukamara limited by a hamstring injury.

Flacco had his choice: Attack the veteran or exploit the rookie. He went with the veteran. Over and over and over again. And with good reason.

Isolated in man coverage for much of the game, Webster surrendered more than 100 yards — the vast majority of which came against Smith — and a touchdown.

It commenced on the first drive when Flacco threw Webster’s way four times. He completed two of the passes for 13 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown.

"It’s football," an abrupt Webster said as he quickly left M&T Bank Stadium after the 33-14 Giants loss to the Ravens. "That’s what they call it. It’s football." Read more...

Ravens' Looks Leave Giants' Offense Looking Bad

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/post_32.html

Excerpt: "The pass wasn’t the prettiest. The ball wobbled 43 yards in the air, underthrown to its intended target. But Rueben Randle made the necessary adjustment on Eli Manning’s throw. The Giants' rookie wide receiver came back for the ball and made the leaping catch for 43 yards on the first play of the Giants' third drive against the Ravens Sunday.

Already down 14-0 after two three-and-outs to begin the game, it was the type of play that has sparked the Giants offense in the past — big pass plays leading to quick scores. It appeared to be the case again; four plays later, David Wilson was backflipping after a 14-yard touchdown to cut the Ravens’ lead to a score.

"We thought that was something that would get us going a little bit and right after David Wilson scored and we thought we were going to get the ball rolling," wide receiver Victor Cruz said.

But they didn't. Unlike last season, when Victor Cruz's 99-yard touchdown ignited a Christmas Eve comeback win over the Jets that coach Tom Coughlin credits for turning around the Giants' season on the way to winning another Super Bowl, the Giants couldn't sustain the production." Read more...

D'Alessandro: Giants' Season Has Been A Mirage

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

Excerpt: "Yes, it takes sky-darkening blobs of chutzpah to call yourself a worthy playoff team when you go 2-5 since the start of November, so the Giants — we use that term ironically — decided they weren’t even going to try.

We should thank them for that much, because it’s time for complete candor among us: This team was never very good in the first place — not even when they were 6-2, not even when they were beating their chests after victories against Green Bay and New Orleans and making claims to being the best team in the universe.

The truth is, they’re not the best at anything but fooling us with alarming regularity, as even the most cynical (read: wisest) fan base in the NFL always seemed to think Houdini was buried somewhere under the Timex Center, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary in four of these last five years.

There will be no December resurgence for this team, because Tom Coughlin can do math just like you can do math, and he was wise enough to offer his concession speech in the aftermath of the smashing 33-14 defeat against the Ravens yesterday, when he spent four more quarters wandering the sidelines of M&T Bank Stadium in a plaintive stupor searching for his lost team.

“That’s very remote right now,” the Giants coach said when somebody brought up the playoffs.

“We weren’t able to get it done. We don’t have momentum going.

“We fought so long and so hard, we were sitting where we could determine our own fate, and we let that get away from us.”

Let’s agree on this much: We can stop pretending that these Giants are capable of turning on the charisma with the flip of a switch, and instead acknowledge them for the mental weaklings they often become this time of year.

Because so many times before — in’08, ’09, ’10, and now in 2012 — they had division leads disappear in December, and even that semi-recovery in 2008 was barely worth noting after their home defeat to Philly.

So let’s be frank: This failure, which is their fourth in five years, is not an aberration or lousy luck.

It is a trend.

And bad trends mandate change." Read more...


Giants Lose To Ravens, 33 - 14, And NFC East Title Is Out Of Reach

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/giants_lose_to_ravens_33-14.html

Excerpt: "Win or lose, the Giants could not be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs today. But it sure feels like it, doesn’t it?

The Giants yet again delivered an ugly performance, losing 33-14 to the Ravens as they bled away big pass plays to the opponent, yielded heavy pressure on Eli Manning and couldn’t score or keep the Ravens from scoring.

The Giants cannot win the NFC East. That title will go to the winner of next week’s Cowboys-Redskins game. And while their postseason hopes are not extinguished, they now need help — and a lot of it — giving away control of their own destiny despite somehow holding onto it after last week’s shutout loss at Atlanta.

The Giants will have to beat the Eagles and have the Redskins beat the Cowboys, in addition to a combination of at least two other NFC contenders losing, depending on the outcome of tonight’s 49ers-Seahawks game.

After beating the Saints, 52-27, the Giants have been dominated in back-to-back losses that have nearly completed their second-half swoon. The reigning Super Bowl champions suddenly seem worn down, beat up and entirely incapable of defending their crown.

The Giants fell behind early on a 6-yard touchdown catch by Torrey Smith. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco continued to pick on Corey Webster, who looked far from a No. 1 cornerback, and hit Smith for a 43-yard gain on that matchup on the next drive. Flacco then carried it across from the 1-yard line for a quick 14-0 lead — the second straight week the Giants faced such an early deficit." Read more...

You Grade 'Em: Giants vs. Ravens

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

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NY DAILY NEWS

Super Coal: After Loss, Giants Will Spend Christmas On Brink Of Elimination

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ravens-clinch-afc-north-title-put-giants-season-brink-article-1.1226377


Excerpt: "They knew what was at stake and fully understood that their playoff chances hinged completely on a win over the Ravens.

And now, the Giants don’t know anything at all, except that they will almost certainly not be in the playoffs.

Instead of winning on Sunday, in their most critical game of a season gone mad, they delivered the most inexplicable performance of the year. The Giants stepped onto the field armed with the knowledge that they needed to win their final two games of the season to clinch a playoff berth.

They left with a 34-13 blowout loss to the Ravens that shattered their already-fragile confidence, left their coach nearly speechless and all but eliminated them from a postseason that they don’t even believe they belong in.

“Do we deserve it by the way we played? Do we?” defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said. “I don’t think so, man. We went out there and p---- on our legs. That’s really all I can say.”

The defending Super Bowl champions are now playoff longshots after turning in a second straight listless performance and their fifth setback in seven games, and several players sounded ready to concede the season.

Tailback Ahmad Bradshaw said the Giants are “playing for pride” next Sunday against the Eagles, and JPP added that “we’ve got just one more game to play, and we’re going to play it out.

“Try to get the win,” Pierre-Paul said, “try to get 9-7, it’s better than 8-8.”

They can still make the playoffs; they’ll need a win over the Eagles, a loss or tie by the Cowboys and losses by the Bears and Vikings. But if that unlikely scenario doesn’t work out, the Giants (8-7) will go the way of the 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers, the last team to miss the playoffs the season after winning the Super Bowl. And it would be the third such time in Big Blue’s history. Yet the defending champs are ready for their fate." Read more...

Myers: After Coughing Up Division Lead, Giants No Longer Super Men They Once Were

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/myers-coughing-division-lead-giants-longer-super-men-article-1.1226511


Excerpt: "This was no way for the Giants to defend their Super Bowl championship, going down without a fight the last two weeks. Where was the pride? Where was the sense of urgency? Where was the ability to rise above adversity and impose their will?
Where were the Giants?

Almost 11 months ago, Tom Coughlin stood on the podium in the middle of a wild scene on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium with confetti coming down from the rafters as the Giants celebrated their second championship in five seasons.

There wasn’t a happier man in America.

PHOTOS: GIANT LOSS FOR BIG BLUE IN BALTIMORE (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/giants-playoffs-hopes-bleak-loss-ravens-gallery-1.1226410)

Coughlin was back on a podium Sunday night. But this was in a small room off to the side of the Giants locker room as a bewildered Coughlin — not a good trait for a head coach — admitted he had no answers for the way his team embarrassed itself again, this time 33-14 to the Ravens after last week’s 34-0 loss in Atlanta. There was no confetti.

Even in a league where the past is a bad predictor of the future, it defies logic that after beating the Saints 52-27 two weeks ago, the Giants followed that up by getting outscored 67-14 by the Falcons and Ravens. They are on the verge of missing the playoffs. The loss eliminated them from the NFC East and they barely are alive in the wild-card race. They need to beat the Eagles on Sunday while the Bears and Vikings lose, and the Cowboys lose or tie." Read more...

Giants' Webster Gets Lit Up Like A Christmas Tree

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/giants-insider-webster-lit-christmas-tree-article-1.1226507


Excerpt: "There was a rookie cornerback on one side of the field and a safety forced to play cornerback covering the slot. But that didn’t matter to Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

He went after Corey Webster (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Corey+Webster) instead.

And when he did, he made Webster’s bad season even worse. Even though rookie Jayron Hosley was alone on the other side, Webster was the one on the short end of several big plays, including the game-opening touchdown from receiver Torrey Smith. He was the symbol of the Giants’ defensive failures in their 33-14 loss to the Ravens.

“He would probably be the first one to tell you that he wishes he was better,” Tom Coughlin said.

Webster’s teammates knew he was having a rough day, and several tried to keep his head up. Safety Antrel Rolle said he just kept telling Webster “FIDO – Forget it and drive on.”

“You know, Corey’s always been a great player for us,” Rolle said. “It seemed like they were targeting him. He made some plays, and some plays he wasn’t able to make. You’re going to have games like that. You just have to fight and get better. You have to win that battle.”

Smith caught five passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, and Anquan Boldin finished with seven receptions for 93 yards." Read more...

Eli & Co. In Blue For Christmas

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/eli-blue-christmas-article-1.1226474


Excerpt: "Last season, Eli Manning (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eli+Manning) and Victor Cruz pushed the Giants toward a Super Bowl run with a memorable 99-yard touchdown hookup against the Jets in Week 16.

But in Sunday’s 33-14 loss to the Ravens, the Giants offense simply got pushed around.
The Giants went three-and-out on six of 10 drives and gained just 186 yards all evening — 121 not counting their throwaway 65-yard, fourth-quarter TD drive with the game out of reach.

“It’s one thing to lose, it’s one thing to be in there and something happens at the end of the game,” said Manning, who completed 14 of 28 passes for 150 yards and a meaningless late TD pass to Domenik Hixon. “But to not give yourself a chance, to get down early and gain no momentum, get no spark to get us going, and just consistently not make the plays that are there and not execute to our ability, can be confusing.”

The Ravens’ defensive line had its way with the Giants’ front, and Manning was never comfortable, which he admitted. Baltimore sacked him three times, hit him nine times and also stymied the rushing attack, despite the return of veteran back Ahmad Bradshaw (knee), limiting Big Blue to 67 rushing yards on 14 carries, including a 14-yard David Wilson TD dash.

“They did a good job getting some pressure,” Manning said. “I had to move around, try to buy some time and give the guys a chance to get open downfield, and (the Ravens) had good coverages, good calls and better play than we did.”
Manning’s 43-yard completion to Rueben Randle set up Wilson’s first-quarter score to make it 14-7. But neither of those plays swung the momentum the way Cruz had last season with his electric touchdown catch-and-run.
“Half of it (was) due to the fact that Eli had a lot of pressure in his face this game and couldn’t really get settled in the pocket as much as I guess we would like him to,” said Cruz, who danced no salsas, with just three catches for 21 yards.

“Obviously I’d love to be the guy to make that play again.” Read mopre...

Vacchiano: Another Lame Effort Adds Fewell To The Fire

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/vacchiano-lame-effort-adds-fewell-fire-article-1.1226506


Excerpt: "Asking for answers at this point of the season was probably pointless, because all the beaten players on the Giants’ scorched defense can do now is shake their baffled heads. So many missed tackles. So many blown coverages. So little semblance of a pass rush.

So little energy and passion from a unit that returned nearly everybody from last year’s championship run.

“That’s not us,” said Mathias Kiwanuka, moments after the Giants’ latest defensive horror show, a 33-14, season-killing loss to the Ravens. “We knew coming in that we had the talent to be one of the top-ranked defenses. We didn’t get it done, especially the last couple of weeks. But what’s done is done.”

What’s done now is the Giants, thanks in large part to Perry Fewell’s defense, which was ranked sixth in the NFL one year ago and now has disintegrated before our eyes. What the Ravens did to them – 533 yards of offense, 224 yards on the ground – was hardly an aberration. This defense, in crunch time of the season, has given up 67 points in the last two games.

They entered the game ranked 28th in the NFL, and surely are headed lower. They didn’t sack Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco once, and they have just two sacks in the last four games.

The Giants have won four Super Bowls in their history and each one has been powered by the pass rush and the defense. But these Giants don’t play championship defense anymore.

“Not up to our standards by any means,” said safety Antrel Rolle. “For whatever reason we’re just not going out there and being successful.” Read more...
Ravens Clinch AFC North, Put Giants' Season On Brink


Excerpt: "A season that began with so much promise is now out of the Giants’ control after Sunday’s brutal 33-14 loss to the Ravens. The defending Super Bowl champions gave yet another listless, passionless performance, and lost control of their playoff destiny.

They will now have to beat the Eagles in the season finale and get help to have a chance at defending their title.

It was their fifth loss in their last seven games, their second straight blowout, and their most painful blow of the season.

Suddenly, the champs are playoff longshots.

In addition to needing a win over the Eagles next Sunday, the Giants will need for the Cowboys and a handful of other NFC clubs (including the Bears and Vikings) to lose.

They began Sunday afternoon with a tough but possible goal: They needed to win their final two games of the regular season to make the postseason. Their playoffs had already started, they had said, and they wouldn’t lose control of their destiny.

Yet the Giants sleepwalked to their second straight blowout loss, showing little fight against the Ravens, who’d lost three straight games.

Under constant duress, Eli Manning never got going. He completed just 14 of 28 passes for 150 yards and one TD with the game out of reach.

And the defense that made so many plays during last year’s Super Bowl run continued its late-season implosion, surrendering 533 total yards to an offense that entered the game averaging just 339.6 yards per game." Read more...


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THE NEW YORK POST

Another Big Blue Defensive Disaster

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/another_big_blue_defensive_disaster_v75JTIPRspasMA 39uGyWnK

Excerpt: "The Giants have not earned a playoff bid, in Jason Pierre-Paul’s eyes.

“[Shoot], do we deserve it by the way we played? Do we? [Shoot], I don’t think so,” Pierre-Paul said yesterday, delivering some profanity when asked if he was worried about the team’s playoff chances following its ugly 33-14 loss to the Ravens.“It is what it is. We went out there and we pissed down our legs. There’s really nothing more I can say.”

When Pierre-Paul said “by the way we played,” it was unclear what he was referring to — whether he meant just yesterday’s game, the last two games or the Giants’ entire season. Regardless, the defensive lineman saw his team deliver a horrendous defensive display yesterday.

The Ravens racked up a season-high 533 yards, with Joe Flacco throwing for 309 and Ray Rice and Co. running for 224. The Giants also had no sacks and didn’t force a single turnover.

“There was definitely fire, but they threw water on it. They just pounded the run and we couldn’t stop the run. In order for us to get the pass rush going, we’ve got to stop the run first,” Pierre-Paul said. “If we can’t stop the run, then we don’t have a second option to rush.

”The Giants’ defense was demolished last week against the Falcons in Atlanta too, that time surrendering 34 points to Matt Ryan and Co. Yesterday Flacco led the Ravens on seven scoring drives, punching in three touchdowns and booting four field goals.

“We’re not making any plays on defense,” coach Tom Coughlin said.The Giants also missed a slew of tackles on some big plays — running back Bernard Pierce was hit behind the line by Mark Herzlich but broke the tackle and evaded Spencer Paysinger for a gain of 18. Rice scored a touchdown after Will Hill and Stevie Brown both blew tackles." Read more...

Little Hope Remains For Defending Champions

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/blue_christmas_5Yt9l1Gb88K6PmKmoTBuLK

Excerpt: "It can be a players strike, or it can be a head coaching change, or it can be a star player shooting himself in the leg. Or it can be a team that no longer knows how to play big in the big moments, a team that forgets how to finish a game and a season and can only stand by helplessly as the bridge it was building, the bridge from Super Bowl XLVI to Super Bowl XLVII, is blown up in front of it.

Repeat after me: There will be no repeat again for the New York Football Giants.Tom Coughlin’s Giants have crumbled all around him.And he is clueless as to why, and how.

They have not yet been eliminated, but they left M & T Bank Stadium wearing the unmistakable look of Dead Champs Walking after Ravens 33, Giants 14.And barring divine intervention from the football gods next week, Coughlin will not be the first coach in Giants history to successfully defend a Super Bowl crown.

Which makes this a Bury Christmas at worst, a Blue Christmas at best, in Big Blue New York.The Giants’ playoff hopes can be summed up this way: A Win (over Eagles) and a Prayer (losses by Bears and Vikings and a Cowboys loss or tie).“I take full responsibility for this team,” Coughlin said.

As well he should.He told his shell-shocked players as much as well.

“He took it all on him,” Jason Pierre-Paul said. “But really it’s not him that’s playing the game. He can’t suit up and put pads on. That’s us. It’s really not him to blame.”

But Coughlin sounded as clueless as anyone has ever heard him sound during his nine-year reign.

“What has happened over course of the last couple of weeks is very difficult to explain,” Coughlin said." Read more...

Ravens Torch Jints' Vet Cornerback

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/tangled_web_ThbbCE9ORW1jWxV2Zo6hTL

Excerpt: "There are games individuals want to forget, purge from the memory as quickly as humanly possible with no word spoken about it again by friend or foe.
And then there was the game endured by Giants cornerback Corey Webster at M&T Stadium against the Ravens yesterday. It was even worse.“He would probably be the first one to tell you that he wishes he was better,” coach Tom Coughlin said.Actually, Webster was about as chatty as a mime. Beaten repeatedly for big plays and called for a drive-sustaining pass interference in the Ravens’ 33-14 wipeout victory, the Giants’ longest-tenured, highest paid member of the secondary, had little to say in his defense — or about his defense." Read more...


Eli: It Wasn't Pretty

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/eli_it_wasn_pretty_xCeSLMtdOCGN6Sn3RxBgoI

Eli Manning put it simply. The Giants needed to save their best for last this season.

“We knew we had to play our best football at the end of the season to get into the playoffs,” Manning said. “And we haven’t done that these last few weeks.

”Ya think? The Giants were shut out last week in Atlanta and last night were mauled 33-14 by the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Manning felt uncustomary pressure, being sacked three times as the Giants need combination thinking by Einstein, Confucius and Lombardi to figure a path to the playoffs.

“We haven’t played the style of football that we needed to get into the playoffs, to win the division,” Manning said. “And when you’re not playing your best, teams come out and embarrass you.“It’s disappointing.

”Again, ya think?

Two weeks back against New Orleans, the Giants needed an abacus to keep track of their yardage and points.

“The confidence doesn’t waver from game to game,” Manning said. “You always feel confident going into a game.”Well, that didn’t last long. Yesterday, the same abacus was required to tally their bad, disappointing and frustrating plays.“You could see the score. It wasn’t real pretty out there,” Manning said. “It wasn’t a matter of preparation or anything. It’s just a matter of execution and playing at a high level and everybody doing their part. That didn’t happen today.” Read more...

Fewell's New Look Leads To Disaster

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/fewell_new_look_leads_to_isaster_lefaZVE3k4JlaXUkc m3TgN

Excerpt: "Different is not always better. It wasn’t close to better last night for Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

Searching for a new look after last week’s 34-0 pummeling by the Falcons, Fewell unveiled against the Ravens a four-linebacker setup, with Chase Blackburn, Jacquian Williams, Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger all on the field together.

At times, Keith Rivers also was on the field as one of the four linebackers. Michael Boley was often the odd man out.

Clearly, Fewell wanted to get more speed and athletic ability onto the field, but the move didn’t work, as the Giants did nothing well in a 33-14 loss. They didn’t get much heat on Joe Flacco, they didn’t stop Ray Rice or Bernard Pierce in the running game and they certainly didn’t cover the Ravens’ receivers.

“It was a little surprising, but you’ve got to adjust,’’ Blackburn said of the new scheme. “That was to stop the run, but it wasn’t effective like we wanted it to be.” Read more...

Mike Vaccaro: Giants Unlikely To Make Playoff Return After Blowout Loss To Ravens

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/pieces_on_earth_dIInVIPhx6YaIIzE8bqnCI

Excerpt: "The end doesn’t always come in a spectacular blaze of heartache and anguish. Sometimes it sneaks up on you. Sometimes it bleeds you by the drop and not by the pint, until you’re left puzzled more than pained.
The Giants?They seemed plainly puzzled last night after they’d walked off the turf at M&T Bank Stadium soundly, thoroughly hammered by the Ravens. The final was 33-14, and that makes 67-14 over the last two weeks, and while they officially remain alive for the playoffs, their title defense not yet complete ...Well, they’ve ended plenty of other teams’ seasons the last few years. They know what a dead team walking looks like." Read more...


Nicks Empty Handed

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/nicks_empty_handed_PvpWiSZ0CMZ6OEHyjHv2JJ

Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks was at his locker, where he was told this was the first time in his NFL career he was held without a catch.
“I don’t even want to talk about it,” the Giants wideout said, almost interrupting.It’s hardly an enjoyable topic to speak about, but after playing in 57 games as a pro, including the playoffs, Nicks endured his first personal shutout. He didn’t catch a single pass in the Ravens’ 33-14 rout of the Giants last night, and he was only targeted three times in the game.It was almost a double shutout for the Giants’ two best offensive weapons — Nicks and Victor Cruz. While Nicks had zero catches, Cruz managed just three for 21 yards. There was nothing substantive from one of the NFL’s best wideout tandems against a Ravens defense missing its best corner in Lardarius Webb." Read more...


Giants' Playoff Hopes On Life Support After Blowout Loss To Ravens

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/giants_playoff_hopes_ravens_life_auUc1Vu7YtVZvMfZe r1VyI

Excerpt: "The Giants are not officially eliminated from playoff contention but, based on the way they performed in last night’s limp 33-14 loss to the Ravens and the way they are closing out the season, does it really even matter?

The Giants look like a shot team, a team ready to close up shop and head home, rather than a defending Super Bowl champion gearing for another post-season push. The Ravens came in on a three-game losing streak but they had no trouble getting back on track, clinching the NFC North division by toying with the Giants from start to finish at M&T Bank Stadium.The Giants (8-7) close out their regular season Sunday at home against the Eagles, no longer in control of their playoff destiny, their post-season hopes on fumes. They need to win and then they need help – loads and loads of help. They need the Redskins to beat the Cowboys, the Lions to beat the Bears and the Packers to beat the Vikings. It’s an unlikely scenario and the Giants have no one to blame but themselves for their dire situation.

This is a remarkable fall, considering the Giants were 6-2 at midseason and not long ago owned a three-game lead in the NFC East.

A week after they were drilled in Atlanta 34-0, the Giants spoke of their time-tested ability to play their best when their backs were against the wall. They talked of controlling their destiny – win their final two games assured of no worse than an NFC wild card playoff berth.As it turned it, it was all just talk. Remember when the Giants were Road Warriors?

Well, they lost their fourth straight on the road and they haven’t been close to competitive in the last two. Until a meaningless touchdown late in the game, the Giants were outscored 67-7 in the last two games, the sort of no-show efforts that prompt big changes. There could be plenty of empty seats and lots of frustrated fans for the regular-season finale at MetLife Stadium as the 2012 season ebbs to a premature end.Once again, the Giants took the field after their NFC East brethren were busy engaging in dramatic games. The Redskins held off the Eagles 27-20 and the Cowboys, after forcing overtime with a fourth-quarter comeback, were beaten by the Saints 34-31. The loss by the Cowboys helped keep the playoff door ajar for the Giants, who then proceeded to come up with another lousy road performance when they needed to come up big." Read more...



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Sullivan: Coughlin Can't Explain Giants' Two Week Collapse

http://www.northjersey.com/columnists/Sullivan_Coughlin_cant_explain_Giants_two-week_collapse.html


Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin was always prepared for this football season to be a different sort of coaching challenge, one that would need him to coax a championship team down from its satisfied, exhausted perch and back into the daily grind of a new year. And some days, it seemed the Giants had it all figured out, sitting atop the NFC East as recently as three weeks ago after a 50-point explosion against the Saints.

But true to the nature of this confounding 2012 season, what seemed true one week was upside down the next, putting the Giants on a football roller coaster they never seemed able to steer. A second straight debilitating, humiliating road loss Sunday in Baltimore leaves the Giants with only a miniscule chance of reaching the playoffs; leaving a coach accustomed to having answers all but speechless.

A 33-14 loss to the Ravens dropped an air of certainty over the Giants’ rocky season, but this was not the kind of defining moment these defending Super Bowl champions were hoping for. A glance up and down the final scorecard told the story of just how awful they played in a game that had every ounce of must-win importance attached to it – 533 total yards to 186, 81 offensive plays to 45, 25 first downs to 11.

But as much as the “what just happened” was statistically obvious in the aftermath of Baltimore’s dismantling, the “why” has no such clarity. And that’s what left Coughlin standing at a postgame microphone as defeated, dazed and disappointed as he’s been in nine New York years.

“What has happened over the course of the last couple of weeks is very difficult to explain,” Coughlin said. “We had a resounding win against New Orleans and felt real good about ourselves, and then I have no explanation as to why we’re in the position we’re in. … It’s difficult, very difficult, very, very difficult. There are a lot of proud guys in that locker room that are looking to me for answers. The answers are not easy ones.” Read more...



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Ravens Roll Over Giants to AFC North Title

http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/recap?gameId=321223033

Excerpt: "A celebration four weeks in the making featured laughs and hugs, a surprise appearance by team owner Steve Bisciotti and the distribution of hats announcing theBaltimore Ravens (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/bal/baltimore-ravens)' stature as AFC North champions.
Joe Flacco (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/11252/joe-flacco) threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns, and the Ravens defeated the New York Giants (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants) 33-14 Sunday to end a three-game losing streak to secure their second straight division crown.

"It feels good," wide receiver Torrey Smith (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14032/torrey-smith) said in the upbeat locker room. "I'm just glad we finally got it done."

The Ravens (10-5) led 24-7 at halftime and cruised behind a short-handed defense that harassed quarterback Eli Manning (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5526/eli-manning) and limited New York to 186 yards.Playing its second game with Jim Caldwell as offensive coordinator, Baltimore scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and amassed a season-high 533 yards -- 289 in the first half alone.

"It's about execution, man. It's a simple word, but it's a very tough task to do," said running back Ray Rice (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/11289/ray-rice), who ran for 107 yards and caught six passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. "This was a championship game for us.

"After ending their longest losing streak since 2009, the Ravens are assured a home playoff game on the first weekend of January.

"We know what's at stake. We want the AFC championship and it starts tonight," safety James Ihedigbo (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/10749/james-ihedigbo) said. "We're not looking at regular season. Playoffs started for us and we're going to keep on playing."

The defeat eliminated the defending Super Bowl champion Giants (8-7) from contention in the NFC East and severely damaged their chances of qualifying for the playoffs.New York has lost five of seven and was coming off a 34-0 defeat at Atlanta. In this one, Manning went 14 for 28 for 150 yards and was sacked three times.

"Obviously, we have a bad formula going on right here," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We're having trouble stopping people and our offense doesn't hold the ball at all to give the defense a chance to catch their breath. We've had two games in a row, pretty much the exact same scenario." Read more...

Rapid Reaction: Ravens 33, Giants 14

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/21040/rapid-reaction-ravens-33-giants-14

Excerpt: "Supposedly playing for their playoff lives, the New York Giants (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants) showed very little life for the second straight week as the defending champs were blown out by the Baltimore Ravens, 33-14 (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/recap?gameId=321223033).


What it means: With the Dallas Cowboys losing to the New Orleans Saints, the Giants are somehow still alive for a wild-card spot due to their overall and conference record. But they’ll need help -- and a lot of it -- to get in. The Giants' playoff fate is tied to several teams, including Washington, Dallas, Chicago and Minnesota (check out ESPN's playoff machine (http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/machine)).

First things first, though, New York has to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, and that is no guarantee the way the Giants have been playing. They have been crushed in two straight games and look like a shell of their championship selves.

In fact, they look like they are just going through the motions of playing the season out as they continue to fade down the stretch. There’s plenty of blame to go around.

Defenseless Giants: Playing without Justin Tuck (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8488/justin-tuck) and Kenny Phillips (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/11265/kenny-phillips), the Giants' defense struggled badly. It looked a lot like last week when the Giants offered little resistance. There were missed tackles, big plays given up and little pressure on the quarterback.

Like Matt Ryan (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/11237/matt-ryan) a week ago, Joe Flacco (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/11252/joe-flacco) looked about as comfortable in the pocket as he would have been on his couch at home. Ray Rice (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/11289/ray-rice) burned Michael Boley (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8574/michael-boley) for a touchdown reception while Stevie Brown (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13321/stevie-brown) and Will Hill (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/15621/will-hill) missed tackles to put the Ravens up 24-7 toward the end of the first half.

Truly offensive performance: The Giants offense struggled again for the second straight game. After scoring 52 points against the Saints two weeks ago, the Giants have mustered only 14 points since.

Eli Manning (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5526/eli-manning) was under pressure much of the first half and the Giants couldn’t seem to get anything going. Hakeem Nicks (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12586/hakeem-nicks) and Victor Cruz (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13553/victor-cruz) have been taken out of the mix by defenses and the running game isn’t doing much of anything.

There’s just no spark on offense right now." Read more...

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Ravens Run Over Giants, Clinch AFC North Title

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/50286384/ns/sports-nfl/

Excerpt: "On their fourth try, the Baltimore Ravens finally got the victory they needed to win the AFC North.

Flacco threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns, and the Ravens defeated the New York Giants 33-14 Sunday to capture their second straight division crown. The Ravens (10-5) led 24-7 at halftime andcruised to the finish behind a short-handed defense that harassed quarterback Eli Manning and limited New York (8-7) to 186 yards.

Giants-Ravens statistics (http://scores.nbcsports.msnbc.com/fb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=20121223033&home=33&vis=19&final=true)
PFT: Ravens lock up AFC North crown (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/23/ravens-win-afc-north-with-convincing-win-over-giants/)
CSN Baltimore: Breaking down the Ravens' win (http://www.csnbaltimore.com/blog/ravens-talk/ravens-clinch-afc-north)

Playing its second game with Jim Caldwell as offensive coordinator, Baltimore scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and amassed a season-high 533 yards - including 289 in the first half alone.

The victory ended a three-game skid for the Ravens and assured them of a home playoff game in the first weekend of January.

The defeat eliminated the defending Super Bowl champion Giants (8-7) from contention in the NFC East and severely damaged their chances of qualifying for a playoff berth.

New York has lost five of seven and was coming off a 34-0 defeat at Atlanta. In this one, Manning went 14 for 28 for 150 yards and was sacked three times.

Flacco, meanwhile, rebounded from a stretch in which he committed two turnovers in each of Baltimore's three straight defeats. He completed 25 of 36 passes, ran for a score and did not throw an interception or lose a fumble.

Flacco repeatedly picked on New York cornerback Corey Webster, who simply couldn't contain Torrey Smith or Anquan Boldin. Smith caught five passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, and Boldin finished with seven receptions for 93 yards.

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Report: Tebow Took Himself Out Of Wildcat

http://www.theredzone.org/BlogDescription/tabid/61/EntryId/31629/Report--Tebow-pulled-himself-out-of-Wildcat/Default.aspx

Old Giant
12-24-2012, 08:57 AM
Thanks RF for posting-we all saw it.
I thought the Eagles off season would be interesting, ours maybe more so.

RoanokeFan
12-24-2012, 08:58 AM
Thanks RF for posting-we all saw it.
I thought the Eagles off season would be interesting, ours maybe more so.

We will rebound, but right now it's disheartening.

Old Giant
12-24-2012, 09:47 AM
Not this year sadly, I will hope for a better effort next year with some new faces. It will be a long off-season to wait.

RoanokeFan
12-24-2012, 09:53 AM
Not this year sadly, I will hope for a better effort next year with some new faces. It will be a long off-season to wait.

Not this season is right, but it will happen

ibbill
12-24-2012, 10:41 AM
We will rebound, but right now it's disheartening.

It has been an emotional ride. We will be back tougher division then it has been should be fun.

We did win the super bowl last year. When was the last time a team repeated.

GameTime
12-24-2012, 10:58 AM
We all want the team to win the SB or at least contend every season. That is not reality however. Not making excuses for their lousy play or coaching it just the nature of the beast.
Good luck next year Giants.....

Thanks Ro for all the news.....Merry Christmas!!!

RoanokeFan
12-24-2012, 11:48 AM
We all want the team to win the SB or at least contend every season. That is not reality however. Not making excuses for their lousy play or coaching it just the nature of the beast.
Good luck next year Giants.....

Thanks Ro for all the news.....Merry Christmas!!!

I didn't expect to hear from you until March :)

RoanokeFan
12-24-2012, 11:49 AM
It has been an emotional ride. We will be back tougher division then it has been should be fun.

We did win the super bowl last year. When was the last time a team repeated.

How to handle RG III and that option will be an interesting task

ibbill
12-24-2012, 11:58 AM
How to handle RG III and that option will be an interesting task

That is a heck of a question sure the D for all teams will work out a plan. aka Vick.

In fact he may end up like Vick if he keeps taking the hits that he has this year.

RoanokeFan
12-24-2012, 12:02 PM
That is a heck of a question sure the D for all teams will work out a plan. aka Vick.

In fact he may end up like Vick if he keeps taking the hits that he has this year.

Yes, there is an answer and one team will be successful and then it will just be another offense

ashleymarie
12-24-2012, 12:59 PM
Happy Holidays

RoanokeFan
12-24-2012, 01:01 PM
Happy Holidays

And the same to you and yours. Thanks

GameTime
12-24-2012, 01:35 PM
I didn't expect to hear from you until March :)
Nah.....my bark is worse then my bite....
Giants fan through and through

RoanokeFan
12-24-2012, 01:46 PM
Nah.....my bark is worse then my bite....
Giants fan through and through

That's the spirit :rolleyes: At least you don't have to sit in the cold watching the Eagles' game lol

GameTime
12-24-2012, 01:58 PM
That's the spirit :rolleyes: At least you don't have to sit in the cold watching the Eagles' game lol

I have that going for me......
have fun.....

RoanokeFan
12-24-2012, 02:12 PM
I have that going for me......
have fun.....

We'll do our best. Hosting a guy and his son that we met in London when we played the Dolphins over there.

jomo
12-24-2012, 03:46 PM
Thanks RF for giving us a steady stream of Christmas gifts all season long in these updates!
Wishing you and all those close to you the best of the holidays.
Today I am TRULY BLUE. :(

RoanokeFan
12-24-2012, 04:02 PM
Thanks RF for giving us a steady stream of Christmas gifts all season long in these updates!
Wishing you and all those close to you the best of the holidays.
Today I am TRULY BLUE. :(

We're all BLUE today. My best wished to you and yours for a wonderful holiday season.

G-Men Surg.
12-25-2012, 05:32 AM
Thanks RF !

RoanokeFan
12-25-2012, 07:33 AM
Thanks RF !

You're welcome and Merry Christmas