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NEWARK STAR LEDGER

Giants Director Of College Scouting Marc Ross to Interview for Jets' and Panthers' GM Jobs

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/giants_director_of_college_sco_1.html

Excerpt: "Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross will interview for the Jets and Panthers general manager openings, a person with knowledge of the teams' interest in Ross confirmed. That person requested anonymity because the teams have not announced their GM candidates.

Both teams asked for and were granted permission to speak with Ross about their openings. The Jets let Mike Tannenbaum go this morning (http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2012/12/mike_tannenbaum_fired_as_jets.html), and the Panthers fired Marty Hurney in October, replacing him with interim GM Brandon Beane.? Read more...

Giants' Hakeem Nicks Does Not Regret Playing Through Injury

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

Excerpt: "When Hakeem Nicks limped off the field after taking a hit late in the Giants' Week 2 win over the Buccaneers, he and the team's only concern was his surgically-repaired right foot. Nicks felt something wrong with his left knee, but the focus was on the foot, which he fractured in late May, and he missed just one play.

It wasn't until 10 days later when Nicks and the team realized the knee injury was worse than initially thought. That was when Nicks woke up with a swollen knee the day after returning to practice. He was then ruled doubtful for the Giants' Week 4 game against the Eagles and the Nicks' season took an unexpected turn.

"When the knee happened, it was just like, 'Wow, another little setback,'" Nicks said. "But it's football. You can't control what's going to happen on any play and it happened to be me."

Nicks was first given a timetable for recovery ranging from two to eight weeks and missed just the next three games. But the pain persisted when he returned and all season. He bounced in and out of practice, and on and off the injury report, never able to get back to 100 percent.

"I was never quite myself, but I was getting better each week," Nicks said. "I could tell that running-wise, but I had to change up my whole running style on the fly with the right foot and the left knee and I feel like I handled it pretty well. I just tried to give my best effort at all times." Read more...

Giants' Justin Tuck Says He Has "Six, Seven Years" Left In The Tank

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

Excerpt: "Justin Tuck admitted to considering retirement during the 2011 season as he battled through personal turmoil and a series of injuries before he and his teammates turned it on down the stretch.

But he isn't thinking about it now, not even after his worst statistical season since 2006.
"Ask me that question in six, seven years," the 29-year-old Tuck said. "That’s just to let you know how much I think I still have in the tank."
This season, Tuck recorded just four sacks, including one against the Eagles in Sunday's season finale, and has only nine over the last two regular seasons. But unlike last season, he didn't attribute the dropoff to injuries -- he didn't face a significant injury until the end of the season when a shoulder ailment forced him to miss the Giants' Week 16 loss to the Ravens.

"I’m never the type of guy that lacks confidence in myself," Tuck, the team's defensive captain said. "I’ll be the first to tell you that my performance this year was nowhere near what I envisioned for myself after coming into training camp. And for whatever reason that was it didn’t happen for me this year. You still go out there and try your best to help this football team win games, but I am disappointed in my play this year." Read more...



Jerry Reese Says Contract Extension For Victor Cruz Didn't Work Out In-Season, But Still Possible

http://www.nj.com/giants/team/1356983522-54-668/jerry-reese-says-contract-extension.html

"Victor Cruz, the Giants' leading receiver two years in a row, was open about ongoing contract talks with the team during the season for an extension. That didn't get done. Today, GM Jerry Reese said Cruz's future is "part of the evaluation process" they'll do now that the season has ended.

"We obviously talked a little bit during the season about an extension with him, but it obviously didn’t work out, so we’ll see what happens during this offseason," Reese said. Reese added that "everything is on the table." Cruz is looking for a multi-year deal, but he will be a restricted free agent, so a tender could also be an option."

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Giants Face Tough Decisions In The Offseason

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

Excerpt: "A look at what the most pressing action items for the Giants in the offseason:

FIGURE OUT WHERE THE PASS RUSH WENT

The Giants finished with 33 sacks this season, in the bottom half of the league and a noticeable dropoff from last year’s tally of 48. The fact that they weren’t able to regularly pressure the opposing quarterback was a source of great frustration to the defensive ends who have so long been the trademark of the defense. Osi Umenyiora (6 sacks) may not be back, and Justin Tuck (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/frustrated_justin_tuck_cant_ex.html) (4) and Jason Pierre-Paul (6) both had noticeable declines in production this year.

ASSESS THE OFFENSIVE LINE

The Giants have made difficult cuts along their offensive line the past few years, first Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert, and then Kareem McKenzie. This year’s unit only gave up 20 sacks but at times was far from dominant. C David Baas and RG Chris Snee played through injuries, LT Will Beatty is a free agent and David Diehl and his $4.1 million 2013 salary could be on the chopping block.

RE-SIGN VICTOR CRUZ

Cruz and the Giants negotiated all season on a new contract for the team’s leading receiver in 2011 and 2012. Nothing has been worked out just yet, but Cruz wants to stay with the team for a “long time.” The young star will be a restricted free agent, so a tag is possible, but based on the contract talks and the fact that Cruz has said a “structure” is in place, it appears they’re trying to work out a multi-year arrangement." Read more...

Giants' Eli Manning Sets New Career High With 5 TD Passes

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

Excerpt: "Eli Manning ended the season of the “tired arm” speculation with a strong finale: five touchdown passes for the first time in his career.

The Giants quarterback found Rueben Randle twice and David Wilson, Victor Cruz and Henry Hynoski one time each. The Giants scored one more time, on the ground, in a decisive 42-7 win against the Eagles (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/giants_miss_postseason_despite.html#incart_river) on Sunday.

But with the Giants missing the postseason, this new mark was no consolation to Manning.

“No, you always want to play well,” Manning said. “There’s no enjoyment in not going to the playoffs, but we knew we had a chance, we knew we had a shot, and in this game of football, a lot of times that’s all you want.

Manning completed 13 of 21 passes for 208 yards with the five touchdowns and no interceptions yesterday.

The Giants scored on all four of their trips to the red zone.

“We obviously played really well today, so it’s good to know we can still play at a high level,” Manning said.

Manning had thrown for four touchdowns in one game seven times in his career." Read more...


Giants Miss Postseason Despite 42 - 7 Win Against Eagles

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


Excerpt: "This is how it ended for the defending Super Bowl champions: They beat a division rival by five touchdowns, and had to wait for the results of a game more than 600 miles away.

In truth, the critical blows to the 2012 Giants season were suffered earlier: In Philadelphia, after an offensive pass interference penalty and a field goal that fell short.

The one-point loss in Washington. The inexplicable failures in Atlanta and Baltimore.
But it wasn’t final until Sunday, when the Giants retreated to their locker room as 42-7 victors against the Eagles, and a few minutes later learned there would be no postseason for them this year.
“Nobody was really pinning our hopes on Detroit beating Chicago,” admitted defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

The Bears’ win at Detroit was what officially eliminated the Giants from postseason contention -- but it was just the first of the multi-part scenario that had to fall into place for this 9-7 team to sneak into the playoffs again.

Many of the Giants’ fans stayed in their seats at MetLife Stadium on a frigid and windy day, watching the end of that game on the jumbotrons, and hoping. The Giants shared that hope as well, until word quietly spread through their locker room.

Defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka found out while walking to the shower. Running back David Wilson was told by a reporter. And right guard Chris Snee, after trying to pull up the score on his cell phone to no avail, was informed by a team equipment manager.

“(He) said, ‘Don’t worry about your laundry, because you’re not going to need it anymore’ ” Snee said.

Perhaps it was fitting, that this Giants team which could never seem to control the product it put on the field each week, entered the final day of the regular season not controlling whether or not they would reach the playoffs.

Some players, like Snee and fiery running back Ahmad Bradshaw, seemed devastated to miss the postseason less than a year after their Super Bowl XLVI championship. But others seemed like they had long-accepted this conclusion to their season." Read more...

Giants Missing Playoffs A Product Of Complacency

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


Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin said he would spend the next few days, as he sorted through the wreckage of another lost season that ended Sunday, asking his Giants players one question:

“What in the world happened?”

But for the answer, all he had to do was open his eyes. All he needed to do was see the lack of anger or tears in a postgame locker room, where the players long ago seemed resigned that the 2012 season would end like this.

All he had to do was listen to defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who – just minutes after learning the Giants were officially eliminated by a Chicago victory in Detroit – was asked how he was feeling.<

“I’m happy, man.”

Uh,… happy?

“We got a win,” Umenyiora explained, referring to the 42-7 victory over the dead-team-walking Eagles (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/giants_playoffs_blowout_eagles.html). “We haven’t played well and we finally came together and we played the way we’re supposed to as a team. It was an outstanding victory for the Giants.”

So there it is. The definition of “outstanding victory for the Giants” has gone from stunning the mighty Patriots for a second time in the Super Bowl to beating an Eagles team ready to fire everyone but the janitors.

Coughlin can treat his fact-finding mission like a "Law & Order" detective, but sometimes, the answer is the obvious one, and it is here: The Giants lost to complacency. It is a battle that all championship teams face the following year, and one only a precious few win." Read more...

Giants Now Head Into An Offseason Of Uncertainty

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/giants_11.html

Excerpt: "John Mara was walking out of the disappointed Giants locker room, when he made a detour to running back Ahmad Bradshaw in the corner of the room.

The Giants owner shook the shirtless Bradshaw's hand, patted him on the back and leaned in to offer a few encouraging words.

"He just said, 'Great game' and that was about it," Bradshaw said.

It was, singularly, a great game for the Giants Sunday. They crushed the Eagles, an NFC East rival, 42-7, to end the regular season on a high note. It was particularly memorable for Bradshaw, whose 107 yards propelled him over the 1,000-yard plateau for just the second time in his six-year career, a more impressive feat considering the neck, foot and knee ailments that plagued him throughout the season.

But unlike last year, this 9-7 Giants team isn't being rewarded with a playoff berth, and the organization now enters an offseason of uncertainty for a core group of players that helped win two Super Bowls in five seasons. And it includes their starting running back.

"We know this could be the last ride for a lot of guys to be Giants and we just wanted to have fun with those guys," said Bradshaw, who has two years and $7.75 million remaining on his contract. "And it could be me at the same token, so I just wanted to come out and put it all on the field." Read more...

Giants' David Wilson And Rueben Randle Share The Spotlight

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

Excerpt: "David Wilson and Rueben Randle became close friends through it all; through the Giants offseason program, training camp and 17-week regular season that comprised their rookie campaigns and culminated with an odd mix of triumph and disappointment Sunday.

They fortified a bond as they traversed through the peaks and valleys of being rookies with great expectations on the defending Super Bowl champion in the nation's largest market. Wilson and Randle, playing for a head coach notoriously reluctant for playing rookies, were benched and criticized and provided flashes of brilliance in the span of four months.

So it was only fitting that on the final day of the regular season they demonstrated why the Giants front office decided to use their first two picks on offensive players for the first time since 2004 when a couple guys named Eli Manning and Chris Snee joined the team.
On Sunday, both started and combined to score the Giants' first three touchdowns in their 42-7 rout of the listless Eagles.

"We hangout a lot with each other off the field, so that's my main dog," said the running back Wilson, who had 15 carries for 75 yards. "For both of us to have big plays on our opening drive and him score a touchdown and him score another touchdown then I scored a touchdown, it was kind of tight."

Their impact was immediate. On the Giants' first play from scrimmage, Eli Manning handed the ball off to Wilson, starting for Ahmad Bradshaw, for a 10-yard gain. Wilson followed it with a 13-yard run. And two plays later, Manning's play-action fake to Wilson lured enough Eagles defenders to leave Randle open in the end zone for a three-yard touchdown. The score gave the Giants a lead for the first time in three weeks.

On the Giants' next drive, Manning connected with Randle again, this time from 38 yards out to make it 14-0. Manning's pass was underthrown, but Randle, covered by former All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, was able to adjust to the pass and make the play.

Randle finished with four receptions for 58 yards and became the first rookie Giant since Bobby Johnson in 1984 to catch two touchdowns in a single game.

"I was feeling pretty good with the game plan and understood what I had to do on the plays and just happy to be on the same page with Eli," said Randle, who started over the hindered Hakeem Nicks. "We understood what we wanted to do and what we wanted to accomplish." Read more...

Henry Hynoski Turns In TD Celebration Of The Year

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

Excerpt: "In a touchdown celebration that has already gone viral, Giants fullback Henry Hynoski -- the man endearingly referred to as "Hynocerous" -- made a relatively nondescript scoring play late in the Giants' 42-7 blowout of the Eagles exceptionally memorable." Read more...

Giants vs. Eagles: You Grade Em

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

SITE LINK (http://www.nj.com/giants/)

NY DAILY NEWS

Fewell's Contract Quietly Extended Through 2013 Season

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/12/fewells-contract-quietly-extended-through-2013

Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin made it clear on Monday that Perry Fewell will remain the Giants’ defensive coordinator, and it turns out they won’t even have to re-sign him. Fewell was quietly given contract extension last winter, according to two league sources, as a reward for helping the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI.

This is the second contract extension for the 50-year-old Fewell, who was first given an extension in the winter of 2011 after he interviewed for several head coaching vacancies following his successful first season with the Giants. That extension would’ve taken him through the end of the 2012 season. The one he signed after the Giants won the Super Bowl last February will take him through 2013.
It's believed all the other assistants on the Giants staff were giving contract extensions after the Super Bowl, too." Read more...
Despite Subpar 2012, Tuck Still In Giants' Plans

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/12/giants-see-tread-left-on-justin-tucks-tires

Excerpt: "Justin Tuck admitted this hasn’t been his finest season, and he got no argument on that from GM Jerry Reese. But that doesn’t mean his eight-year career with the Giants is over.

Both men expect Tuck will be back again and maybe better than ever next year.

“Listen, I’ll be very frank and honest in saying this,” Tuck said. “I plan on being here for a long time. That’s pretty much all I have to say about it.”

“He’s not getting any younger, but I think he’s got a lot of tread left on his tires,” Reese added. “And we expect him to come back be the Justin Tuck we know.”

That should end any speculation about the Giants possibly cutting the 29-year-old Tuck anytime soon due to his age, dip in production and the $4.5 million he’s owed next season in the final year of his current contract. Tuck, who had once hoped to have a long-term extension in place by now, had only four sacks this season after getting just five the year before.

But he believes he’s got another 6-7 NFL seasons left in him, and he “absolutely” feels he’ll return to his previous level of play." Read more...





Out With the Old, In With The New

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/12/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/12/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new)

Excerpt: "The Giants' championship run is officially over.

That became official on Sunday, not when the Giants beat the Philadelphia Eagles 42-7 (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/giant-win-blue-misses-playoffs-article-1.1229897), but when the Bears beat the Lions in Detroit. That officially eliminated the Giants (9-7) from playoff contention this year.For full coverage of Sunday's game, make sure you check the Daily News Giants page (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants).

And check back there and here all day as the Giants hold their traditional season-ending "Baggie Day" -- where they arrive to meet with coaches and pack up their belongings (in "baggies") before heading off into the offseason.And while you're waiting from that, here's some good news. The Giants' 2013 schedule doesn't look so hard. It includes 10 games against teams that didn't make the playoffs in 2012 and five games against teams that won four games or fewer. It also includes a road slate that only has one playoff team on it -- the NFC East champion Washington Redskins." Read more...

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Rookies Offer Hope For 2013

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/rookies-offer-reason-hope-2013-article-1.1230104


Excerpt: "The only Dream Team on the field for the Giants’ win over the Eagles Sunday was the rookie duo of Rueben Randle and David Wilson.

Randle, a 6-2 wideout out of LSU, and Wilson, an electric back from Virginia Tech, combined to catch all three of Eli Manning’s first-quarter touchdown passes, giving the Giant offense a glimmer of hope for the future despite the team’s late-season swoon that cost it a playoff spot.

“That was the first time we started the same game together, and we hang out a lot with each other off the field,” said Wilson, who had his breakout, three-touchdown game in Week 14 against the Saints and Sunday had a 15-yard TD grab. “So for both of us to have big plays on the first few drives, it was kind of exciting.”

Hobbled receiver Hakeem Nicks hardly played, but the Giants didn’t miss him. Randle doubled his touchdown total for the season, catching a 3-yard score on the first drive and then out-leaping Eagles corner Nnamdi Asomugha for an impressive 38-yard grab on Big Blue’s second drive." Read more...

Eli's Five TDs Wasted

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/bondy-eli-5-td-wasted-article-1.1230107

There was a moment late in the fourth quarter when Eli Manninglooked up at the scoreboard and saw that the Lions had scored another touchdown in Detroit, closing to within two points of the Bears. There was still life in his season. He smiled excitedly and chatted with teammates along the sideline, and you could tell then just how much this business still means to the quarterback, how badly he wished to avoid the sort of Monday he now faces.

There’s a lot of kid still left in the 31-year-old athlete. Manning jogged off the field with considerable hope in his heart, stepping lively. Soon enough, though, the players watching the Bears game on the TV in the trainer’s room told him it was over, done. One of the most brilliant performances in Manning’s career would go to complete waste, because there had been too many games this season that weren’t nearly as wonderful.

He threw a career-high five touchdown passes for a 134.5 quarterback rating during this 42-7 victory over the Eagles. After all that, he wouldn’t have the opportunity to defend his Super Bowl MVP trophy in the postseason.

“There’s no enjoyment,” Manning said about his own shining stats. “We’re not going to the playoffs. It hurts. Going 9-7 last year was good enough. We knew it wasn’t going to be this time.”

Up, down, up, down, up. Manning’s performances behind center this season were every bit as inconsistent as the Giants’ pass rush and everything else about this team. He entered the final game of the year with a lowly 83.6 quarterback rating, 17th in the league. That is not where he belongs, and he knows it. That was evident enough on Sunday, as he threw those perfect, in-stride touchdown passes to Rueben Randle twice, to David Wilson, to Victor Cruz and then finally to Henry Hynoski – who danced the Hynoceros to celebrate his first score ever.

“I’m honored to be part of it, to go down with one of the greatest quarterbacks in the game,” Hynoski declared.

Is Manning one of the greatest? On days like these, and on some of the largest occasions of his career, he has risen to the moment. At the same time, he is not quite able to match the year-in, year-out consistency of Tom Brady, of Aaron Rodgers, of Peyton.

In this way, Manning is the prototypical Giant, a streaky genius. His coach, Tom Coughlin, remains utterly mystified by the Giants’ failings the previous two weeks against the Falcons and Ravens. Coughlin said he would go around and ask each player what had happened, maybe figure something out.

He needn’t bother asking Manning, who has no specific answers.

“We just didn’t play well,” Manning said of those two brutal defeats. “It was not a lack of hunger or focus. We lost some tough games to good teams. We just got outplayed. You hate to say that, ’cause it can mess with your confidence.” Read more...

Coughlin Needs To Figure Out Why G-Men Failed

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/myers-coughlin-figure-g-men-failed-article-1.1230093


Excerpt: "Chris Snee heard from one of the equipment guys. Mathias Kiwanuka was told on his way to the shower. Eli Manning was informed in the locker room. Justin Tuck received official word at his news conference.The news: Chicago 26, Detroit 24.

The repercussions: The Giants are done.

The defense of their Super Bowl title fizzled out. And it wasn’t even January.

They couldn’t cry about getting no help from the lowly Lions, who finished the season with eight straight losses. They didn’t even have to sweat out the Packers-Vikings and Cowboys-Redskins games later in the day.


This was all on the Giants. They destroyed their chance at another ring.

“This season is over,” Kiwanuka said. “There is nothing we can do about it.”

The Giants surrendered control of the NFC East when they were blown out in Atlanta two weeks ago and then lost control of a wild-card spot when they were blown out in Baltimore last week. They needed help and lots of it and didn’t get it.

They got exactly what was coming to them: no playoffs even after their dominating 42-7 victory over the Eagles, whose bags were packed for the offseason sometime in October. If Philly was trying to win one as a goodbye present for Andy Reid, then it had a strange way of showing it.

The Eagles had nothing at stake and didn’t put up a fight. The Giants had everything at stake the previous two weeks and didn’t put up a fight, either. In fact, there wasn’t even much passion in the locker room after the game. Of course, the Giants wanted to get into the playoffs, but nobody was angry. It was clear they knew their season ended last week.

“The way we played in Atlanta and Baltimore, we don’t deserve to be in the playoffs,” Snee said. “And we are not. We blew it.” Read more...

Giants Rout Eagles, Miss Playoffs

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/giant-win-blue-misses-playoffs-article-1.1229897


Excerpt: "The Giants salvaged their pride, honor and dignity. The playoffs, though, will have to wait another year.

The defending Super Bowl champions were unable to squeeze through the back door of the postseason, despite a rousing end to their regular season on Sunday afternoon. They gave their best performance in weeks, hammering the Philadelphia Eagles at the Meadowlands, 42-7.

But as they were doing that, the Chicago Bears were beating the Detroit Lions 26-24 a result that ensured the Giants (9-7) would be watching the playoffs from home.

It was always a longshot for the Giants to make the playoffs anyway, since their self-inflicted predicament left their hopes hinging on the outcome of three other games. But at least, for a change, they played like champs and not chumps and gave themselves something to feel good about after losing their last two games by a combined score of 67-14.

And to think, their finale began in near-disastrous fashion. Andy Reid, in what likely will be his last game as the Eagles coach, opened the game with an onside kick and the Eagles (4-12) recovered. But the momentum from that gamble only lasted five plays, until Giants safety Stevie Brown picked off Eagles quarterback Michael Vick for his eighth interception of the season.

From there, the Giants were off and running. Eli Manning (13-for-21, 208 yards) threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter for the first time in his career — two to rookie receiver Rueben Randle and one to rookie running back David Wilson for an early 21-0 lead." Read more...


Sandy Hook Elementary School Students, Parents, And Faculty Honored By Giants During re-Game Ceremony

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/giants-pay-tribute-sandy-hook-school-students-faculty-parents-game-article-1.1229837


Excerpt: "Nearly 400 students, parents and faculty members from Sandy Hook Elementary School were the centerpiece of a powerful pre-game ceremony before the Giants took the field at MetLife Stadium Sunday.

The honorary guests formed two lines to welcome Big Blue and visiting Philadelphia Eagles players, then joined hands and lined the perimeter of the field in a moment of silence to honor the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn. school massacre." Read more...


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THE NEW YORK POST

Sandy Hook Elementary School Students Greet Giants

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/keeping_the_faith_1xfNO7ieHTI8FIIgUGINoN

Excerpt: "The Giants did not make the playoffs, they did dispose of the Eagles 42-7 but what they participated in before Sunday’s game had them feeling, in the words of Antrel Rolle, “bittersweet.’’

There were 200 students from Sandy Hook Elementary School and another 200 adults from Newtown, Conn., on hand for a Circle of Faith ceremony to in some way help in the healing process after the nightmarish shooting attack that devastated their community. The Newtown residents were on the field to greet the Giants and Eagles and held hands with players during a moment of silence.

“Just seeing those kids puts things in perspective,’’ Rolle said. “Life is extremely short and you have to live it to the fullest and unfortunately a lot of those kids weren’t able to even enjoy their Christmas for this year.

“It’s a heartbreaking feeling, at the same time we just tried to go out there and give those kids something to look forward to, even if it was for 3 1/2 hours, something to raise their spirits, something to take their mind away from the hurt and the tragic memories they’ve experienced over this past month. Just go out there and be the Giants, be the Giants, they love the Giants, that’s why they’re here, so we came out and gave those kids something to play for.’’*

Safety Stevie Brown completed his first season with the Giants with his team-leading eighth interception, returning it 48 yards on Michael Vick’s second pass of the day.Brown does not have a contract for 2013.

“I hope I showed they want to bring me back next year because I definitely want to come back,’’ Brown said.Brown’s eight interceptions were the most by a Giant since Willie Williams had 10 in 1968." Read more...

Giants' Blitz

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/giants_blitz_xfJoB6VlZNrPJi39IrEDpK

"HERO

Eli Manning threw five touchdown passes, the third-highest single-game total in team history and most since Phil Simms on Sept. 7, 1980. After poor outings in consecutive losses, Manning bounced back and was in control from start to finish against a disorganized Eagles defense.

ZERO

The temptation would be to go with Philadelphia’s wretched defense, epitomized by overpaid and oft-burned cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. But the day’s real goat was the Lions, who had the Bears reeling but couldn’t close out the deal in a 26-24 loss that eliminated Big Blue from the playoff contention.

UNSUNG HERO

Ahmad Bradshaw fought his way through an injury-plagued season to crack 1,000 yards, finishing the season with 1,015 yards, and prove his toughness yet again. He had 107 yards on 16 bruising carries, including plunging in for a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter and carrying a flock of Eagles down to the goal line on a 13-yard run in the fourth.

KEY STAT

134.5 That was Eli Manning’s quarterback rating, a season-high and function of five of his 13 completions going for touchdowns."

Giants' Report Card

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/giants_report_card_JrBM735e157jmXXyd8Q6sK

"OFFENSE

Where the heck has this been? Five TD passes from Eli Manning (two to rookie Rueben Randle, one apiece for Victor Cruz, Henry Hynoski and David Wilson), big rushing days for Ahmad Bradshaw (107 yards on 16 carries) and Wilson (75 yards on 15 carries), 32 first downs and 42 points. Almost too easy.

A+

DEFENSE

Where the heck has this been? Michael Vick picked off once by larcenous Stevie Brown, no pass plays of more than 36 yards, some heavy hits in the secondary. Justin Tuck dusted himself off for a sack and Osi Umenyiora was active in what likely was his last game in blue. A

SPECIAL TEAMS

Lawrence Tynes had three touchbacks on kickoffs and Steve Weatherford averaged 47 net yards to close out a very strong season punting. Coverage was fine; David Wilson had one return for 29 yards.

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COACHING

There’s no doubt Tom Coughlin got the attention of his players, got them to focus on the game and not their lousy playoff chances. Nearly everything Kevin Gilbride called worked against the terrible Eagles defense. Good ending to rough stretch run for Perry Fewell. A"

Osi, Others May End Up Elsewhere

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/osi_others_may_end_up_elsewhere_p56h54fI5MT51WP2Nf nSZL

Excerpt: "With their season coming to an abrupt end after a 42-7 win over the Eagles Sunday, the Giants know their core could get broken up.

Osi Umenyiora is among a host of free agents who might not return, and he sounds like a man resigned to playing elsewhere in 2013.“I’m just happy. If it is [my last game], then I’m just happy to have been in this situation and to have played for this organization, played for this team and to have accomplished the things that we’ve accomplished here as a team,’’ Umenyiora said. “You never know what’s going to happen, but if indeed it is, then it is what it is and I’m going to go out smiling. It was a great victory.

’’Umenyiora signed a two-year contract extension before the start of the season, with an easily voidable second season at just $1 million. With the defensive end posting just six sacks, the Giants are expected to make him a free agent. Umenyiora did not seemed overly worked up or emotional at the prospect of departing." Read more...

Eli's Five TD Binge Comes Too Late

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/eli_td_binge_comes_too_late_HoI0Xi7AqLIJOX8lhe3yFO


Excerpt: "Less than an hour after torching the rival Eagles for a career-high five touchdowns in a 42-7 win, Giants quarterback Eli Manning was standing in front of a throng of reporters trying to answer the same question coach Tom Coughlin would pose later: What went wrong this year?

His answer was simple, if not easy to swallow.

“We just didn’t play well. I don’t think it’s a lack of hunger or focus, it’s just that we got outperformed,’’ said Manning, whose Giants were eliminated from playoff contention by other results yesterday after previous devastating losses to the Falcons and Ravens. “We got beaten and we got outplayed, and sometimes that happens.

“You hate for it to happen, and sometimes you don’t want to say it because it can mess up your confidence and [make you] think you’re not any good and you don’t want to accept that at the time. But that’s just what happened. We got outplayed in Atlanta and in Baltimore and didn’t give ourselves a chance to win either game.’’

After struggling mightily in those defeats — 27-of-53 for 311 yards, one TD and two interceptions combined in leading Big Blue to just 14 points total — Manning bounced back yesterday." Read more...

After Maddening Seasno, Giants Give Up Title With Whimper

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/after_maddening_season_whimper_errors_B3FA6NDMFHFm EPSf8hUNiJ

Excerpt: "They walked off the field at MetLife Stadium still alive as defending Super Bowl champions, then word spread like wildfire inside their locker room that the Bears had beaten the Lions and soon the 2012 Giants would be walking out of MetDeath Stadium into the December chill as former Super Bowl champions with no one to blame but themselves.

Wait Till Next Year never hurt so bad.Pride, honor and dignity can get you an inspirational 42-7 victory over Michael Vick and Andy Reid and the Beagles with the children from Sandy Hook Elementary watching. Can get you five touchdown passes from Eli Manning. Can get you two touchdown catches from Rueben Randle. Can get you 107 rushing yards from Ahmad Bradshaw and 185 total on the ground. Can get you one last reminder of the way they were and what could have and should have been.

But if they arrive too late, you don’t deserve to be back in the playoffs. You deserve to be nowhere in sight when somebody else is hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.“It’s like frosting on poop,” Mark Herzlich said. “It’s a good feeling, but it’s going to feel pretty bad in a week when we watch the playoffs.”You can’t talk about building a bridge to Super Bowl XLVII if you play like a champion only when you feel like playing like a champion. Only after you fumble destiny away with your repeat dreams on the line." Read more...


Giants Rout Eagles, But Miss Playoffs As Bears Beat Lions

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/giants_rout_eagles_but_miss_playoffs_Rw9fp7tyYBu1M RFDvR6Y8H

Excerpt: "Pride. Honor. Dignity.

Elimination.

Tom Coughlin wanted to see the attributes that forged a Super Bowl title last year come to the surface, even for only one last time, knowing he and his players controlled almost nothing about the miniscule chances they all had to slip into the playoffs. Coughlin saw what he desired in Sunday's 42-7 rout of the moribund Eagles and afterward the Giants reacted strangely and appropriately as a lopsided victory could not undo all the ills that brought 2012 to an unceremonious end.

“The first thing is you never rely on anyone else in this business,’’ Coughlin said. “You have to take care of your own business. And we certainly had our chances.’’The Giants needed to win and have three other games go their way, not an inviting scenario after losing in weeks 15 and 16 by a combined 67-14. They held up their end and for a while were teased as the Lions came back on the Bears but a few minutes after the Giants walked off the field at MetLife Stadium the stinging finality of Bears 26, Lions 24 meant the Giants were eliminated.

“There’s no shoulda, coulda, wouldas or what might have been,’’ Antrel Rolle said. “Our season ends today. Earlier in the week I said if we had pride and we cared about our profession, we cared about being Giants it would show on Sunday and I think it definitely showed up today.

’’How different one season is from the next, as the 2011 Giants won the NFC East at 9-7 and never stopped amazing their fans and the league until they hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in Indianapolis. This 9-7 record doesn’t get the Giants anything other than remorse and confusion.

“There is no enjoyment in not going to the playoffs,’’ Eli Manning said. “Obviously I know we’re not playing football next week and it’s slowly kicking in.

’’Coughlin said he is anxious to ask his players “What in the world was the last two weeks all about?’’ As the head coach he doesn’t have any answers. Rolle says he has some ideas he wants to run by Coughlin. Others are admittedly clueless.

“If he asks me I will tell him I don’t know,’’ guard Chris Snee said.

As for the game, it was no contest, as the Eagles (4-12) clearly were unwilling and unable to give Andy Reid a respectful going-away-present after 14 years of largely successful football. The Birds mailed in this one, standing aside as Manning for the first time in his career threw five touchdown passes in a game, three in the first quarter – two to rookie Rueben Randle – for a greatest-of-ease 21-0 lead." Read more...

Who Should The Giants Brings Back in 2013?

http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/vote_FmdqgABrhm6YnB6ev8ivyM


Excerpt: "The Giants finished the season 9-7, but missed the playoffs after going 3-5 in the latter half of the season.Big Blue is just a year removed from winning the Super Bowl, but there's a possibility changes could be made. Here, we let you play the role of owners John Mara and Steve Tisch. Who should the Giants keep?

Who should they punt? Let us know below." Read more...

Giants Chance Missed For Another Crown

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/no_guarantees_FxPxBW94XXFZNbi22QyLlK

Excerpt: "The end came in the worst place possible: inside the locker room, as they were ripping tape off their ankles, as they were stacking their pads and tossing their socks and jerseys into haphazard piles, as someone else was commandeering their destiny 610 miles away.

All around MetLife Stadium, small crowds were gathering around television screens tuned to the Bears-Lions game at Ford Field, and they were watching Jay Cutler take a snap on third down, saw him look at blanketed receivers ... and then cut loose a collective sigh when they saw what Cutler saw: yards and yards of open space. First down in Michigan. Next year in New Jersey.

The Bears were going to win. The Giants — who had just completed a 42-7 annihilation of the Eagles — were going to lose, despite the insistence of those preening numbers. They were going home. No more football. Winter slams the door early.“Last year,” Eli Manning said, “we got away with it.”He meant fiddling around with the season, eking out nine wins. Nine-and-seven a year ago was the catapult to glory. This season it is a pink slip.“Football is funny that way,” Justin Tuck said." Read more...


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Giants' Notes: Cruz No One-Hit Wonder

http://www.northjersey.com/sports/185250312_Giants_notes__Cruz_no_one-hit_wonder.html

Cruz no one-hit wonder
Excerpt: "Victor Cruz finished his third season with the Giants with 86 catches for 1,098 yards, 10 touchdowns and a trip to the Pro Bowl.

He was the first wide receiver in team history to record at least 80 receptions, 1,000 yards and nine scores in a season last year, and now he has done it twice.

"I feel good about my season. I’m happy I got to get those one-year wonder questions out of my system," Cruz said. "Nobody can say that about me now. Obviously I wanted this season to end differently, but I’m proud of the way I played this year."

The Paterson (http://www.northjersey.com/paterson) native is a restricted free agent next season, but he has said all along he hopes to sign a long-term contract and remain with the Giants. Negotiations have continued throughout the season and Cruz said earlier this week, "Hopefully we get things squared away soon."

"I want to be here. I want to stay here," Cruz said. "This is my home. This is where I go to play football. So hopefully we can get things squared away and I can be here for a long time." Read more...



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Giants' Impending Free Agents: Early Look At Who's Likely To Go and Who's Likely To Stay

http://www.giants101.com/2012/12/31/new-york-giants-impending-free-agents-early-look-at-who-is-likely-to-stay-and-who-is-likely-to-go/

Excerpt: "As we mentioned in our New York Giants 2012 eulogy (http://www.giants101.com/2012/12/31/new-york-giants-final-monday-morning-hangover-a-quick-eulogy-and-eventful-offseason-ahead/) after the very bitter and teensy-bit-sweet 42-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles (http://www.giants101.com/2012/12/30/new-york-giants-dismantle-philadelphia-eagles-42-7-but-are-eliminated-from-playoffs/), one of the biggest challenges facing Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin (http://www.giants101.com/tag/tom-coughlin/) are the expiring contracts of familiar faces.

There'll be a lot more to say about the guys under high-salary contracts who might be asked to renegotiate or given the axe altogether, but let's start here and take a look at the Giants facing unrestricted free agency. To be sure, there are some key names on this list.

Osi Umenyiora (http://www.giants101.com/tag/osi-umenyiora/)

Umenyiora is all but gone and has said himself it is highly unlikely he returns to the team. All signs point to his long-contentious but productive career with the Giants coming to an end.

It's not out of the question that Umenyiora sees a much weaker than anticipated market for his services. He says he wants to be a starter, but if reality ends up forcing him to accept a pass-rush specialist role it's possible he decides to stay in Blue to do it.

At the end of the day, Osi likely departs and goes down in history as another cog in the Giants legacy of fierce pass rushers.

Kenny Phillips (http://www.giants101.com/tag/kenny-phillips/)

Kenny has long been one of this writer's favorite Giants, so it's hard for me to think about 21 in another uniform. His talent as an above average starting-caliber NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) safety shouldn't be in doubt, but the chronic knee issues become paramount.

It really comes down to whether another team wants to make a big-money investment given Phillips' medical sheet. The Giants would presumably have the edge in deciding whether or not to compete with offers made to Phillips since they should know the player better than anyone, but personally we'd love to see the two parties work out a deal.

The Giants do have an expensive safety on the roster in Antrel Rolle and some good young talent in Will Hill and Stevie Brown (who is also a free agent), so it will be interesting to see how this one plays out." Read more...




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Giants' 2013 Schedule Set

http://www.giants101.com/2012/12/31/new-york-giants-2013-opponents-set-including-marquee-matchup-with-denver-broncos/

Excerpt: "Since the NFL sets schedules years in advance, it's relatively easy to determine who will play who based on the final standings of any given year. Although weeks, days and times are still open for discussion by those at the NFL, once the final game of the regular season is played, opponents are locked in stone. Accordingly, as the Washington Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East on Sunday night, the New York Giants (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/)' 2013 home and away opponents were determined.

2013 Home Games:
Washington Redskins (10-6), Dallas Cowboys (8-8), Philadelphia Eagles (4-12), Green Bay Packers (11-5), Minnesota Vikings (10-6), Denver Broncos (http://www.giants101.com/tag/denver-broncos/)(13-3), Oakland (http://www.giants101.com/tag/oakland/) Raiders (4-12) and Seattle (http://www.giants101.com/tag/seattle/) Seahawks (11-5).

2013 Away Games:

Washington Redskins (10-6), Dallas Cowboys (8-8), Philadelphia Eagles (4-12), Chicago Bears (10-6), Detroit (http://www.giants101.com/tag/detroit/) Lions (4-12), Kansas City Chiefs (2-14), San Diego Chargers (7-9) and Carolina (http://www.giants101.com/tag/carolina/) Panthers (7-9)." Read more...


Giants Dismantle Eagles 42 - 7, But Miss Playoffs

http://www.giants101.com/2012/12/30/new-york-giants-dismantle-philadelphia-eagles-42-7-but-are-eliminated-from-playoffs/

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he wanted his team to come out this week and play with "pride, honor and dignity (http://www.giants101.com/2012/12/26/new-york-giants-need-to-play-with-pride-more-from-an-afternoon-tea-with-tom-coughlin/)"; to potentially end their season "with a game they can be proud of." A game, mind you, that would be played in front of nearly 400 survivors, students, parents and teachers from Sandy Hook (http://www.giants101.com/2012/12/30/new-york-giants-will-host-sandy-hook-students-families-and-teachers-on-sunday/) that were bussed in from Newtown, CT. early on Sunday morning.

They did exactly that, coming out and potentially ending the Andy Reid-era in Philadelphia by dominating the Eagles 42-7. Unfortunately, the victory was bittersweet as the Detroit Lions were unable to upset the Chicago Bears, falling 26-24, thus officially eliminated the Giants from the playoffs and ending their 2012 season.

There will be a lot of questions that have to be answered this offseason, a lot of players that we'll be saying goodbye to and many other new faces to welcome. But that is all for another day.

Positives:


Ahmad Bradshaw – Say what you will about Bradshaw, but he is as tough as they come. He left everything he had on the field this afternoon, played through pain, and quietly eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards on the season. If it turns out this was his final game as a Giant, he went out as he came in: running hard, giving it his all and playing through incredible amounts of pain.
Chase Blackburn (http://www.giants101.com/tag/chase-blackburn/) – Blackburn's best career game previously came against the Eagles earlier this year, but he may have topped it this afternoon. He played well against the run, was solid in protection and was a sure-tackler. He even managed to pressure Michael Vick a time or two.
Henry Hynoski – Forget that the bruising blocker opened up huge holes all day, the Hynocerous scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard pass from Eli Manning (http://www.giants101.com/tag/eli-manning/) … and celebrated with the best TD dance in the history of mankind.
Eli Manning (http://www.giants101.com/tag/eli-manning/) – Manning came out strong from the get-go and his five touchdown passes were the most by any Giants quarterback since Phil Simms did it in 1980.
Rueben Randle – The rookie wide receiver not only scored two touchdowns this afternoon, but he showed great hands, leaping ability and field awareness. We saw the future today, and the future looks bright.
David Wilson (http://www.giants101.com/tag/david-wilson/) – See, again: the future. This kid is not only speedy, but tough as nails. He is a superstar in the making.
Stevie Brown – With his eight interception on the season and subsequent return, Brown tallied a total of 307 interception return yards on the season, passing Deion Sanders for fourth all-time in a single-season.
Kenny Phillips (http://www.giants101.com/tag/kenny-phillips/) – When a healthy KP is on the field, the entire defense is different. He truly is extremely talented -perhaps the most talented player in the Giants secondary- but just can't stay healthy.
Will Hill (http://www.giants101.com/tag/will-hill/) – Man oh man can this kid hit. He's going to be around a while.
Osi Umenyiora (http://www.giants101.com/tag/osi-umenyiora/) – Save for one play when LeSean McCoy beat him to the outside, Umenyiora had a very good game. Sadly, it may have been his last in a Giants uniform. Knowing that to be the case, he blew kisses and shared his possible goodbye's with Giants fans after the game. He has truly been a great Giant.
Jerrel Jernigan – His block on DeMeco Ryans in the 4th quarter is worthy of more than just a tip of the cap. Powerful." Read more...








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Giants 42, Eagles 7: Complete Post-Game Coverage, Analysis

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O'Connor: Blame Eli, Above All, For 2012 Failure

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/8794164/eli-manning-blame-new-york-giants-failure-2012


Excerpt: "In his heart of hearts, Eli Manning (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5526/eli-manning) knows this was a winning season in record only.

He knows he had a chance to do something no New York Giants (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants)quarterback had ever done, a squandered chance that might haunt him for the balance of his career and beyond.

Out of the playoffs and out of luck, stripped of his shot at being the first Giant to lead his team to back-to-back championships, Manning knows why his 9-7 feels more like 7-9. He's playing against NFL history now, trying to join the ultra-exclusive club of Joe Montana (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/6445/joe-montana), Terry Bradshaw, Troy Aikman (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/53/troy-aikman), and Tom Brady (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/2330/tom-brady) as the only men to win at least three Super Bowl rings.

And if he never gets there, if he ends up stuck on two forever, 2012 will be one that keeps him awake at night. No, the career-high five touchdown passes he just threw in a 42-7 rout of the Philadelphia Eagles (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/phi/philadelphia-eagles) won't comfort him in the dead of night.

"It hurts," Manning said.As it should."There's no enjoyment," he said, "in not going to the playoffs. ... Each year you want to make the playoffs to give yourself the opportunity to win a championship. 9-7 last year was good enough. It wasn't good enough this year, and we knew it wasn't going to be.

"The Giants had no good excuse to miss the postseason tournament, an unforgiving truth they will take to their graves. They had the requisite leadership and talent at the positions of head coach, quarterback, and pass-rusher, and though they suffered their share of injuries, so did everyone else and then some.Hakeem Nicks (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12586/hakeem-nicks) wasn't Hakeem Nicks, but the Giants still had enough playmakers to win the NFC East, or to at least secure a wild card. That's the shame of this playoff-free season, Manning's third in four years. It didn't have to go down like this. The Giants should've never ended up hoping and praying for the 4-11 Lions to beat the Bears, a desperate bailout plan if there ever was one." Read more...

Giants Welcome 400 Fans From Newtown, Ct.

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/8793390/new-york-giants-philadelphia-eagles-welcome-400-newtown-shooting-tragedy

"They carried signs expressing gratitude and love. They exchanged high-fives with players and ringed the field during the national anthem.

About 400 residents of Newtown, Conn., attended the New York Giants (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants)-Philadelphia Eagles (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/phi/philadelphia-eagles)game Sunday. Among them were a few families who lost children in the massacre this month, the Giants said. One was the family of Jack Pinto, the 6-year-old boy buried in a No. 80 jersey of Giants receiver Victor Cruz (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13553/victor-cruz).

"We certainly wanted to honor and respect them," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "We wanted to try to do our part to help them in the healing process. I hope they left with some inspiration today."

The families arrived in nine chartered buses. There were some 200 students from the school system to which Sandy Hook Elementary School belongs.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell greeted the Newtown group in a stadium tunnel. The residents formed a gantlet to welcome players from both teams before the game. Then they held hands during the anthem."It was awesome," Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/4514/osi-umenyiora) said after the Giants' 42-7 victory.

"Imagine what they went through on that horrific day. For them to come out here and support us as they did, it was an unbelievable feeling. We had a great effort out there for them."

Coughlin and Eagles coach Andy Reid slowly walked the gantlet and said hello to as many people as they could.The game was played just more than two weeks after the attack that shattered Newtown and reverberated across the country -- 20 children and six adults slain in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.The team did not allow access to the guests, saying they just wanted to attend the game and enjoy themselves.

The Newtown visitors held at least a dozen hand-made signs in the stadium. One green-and-white sign read, "Sandy Hook: We Choose Love."

Giants fullback Henry Hynoski (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14608/henry-hynoski) said he could not have had a better 24th birthday than sharing it with the families from Newtown.

"It was emotional, running out and giving them high-fives and seeing the joy on their faces," Hynoski said. "We played for them. After all they've been through, they were out to see us. It gave us a lot of extra drive to get the win for them."


Bradshaw Reaches Milestone In Win

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/21391/bradshaw-reaches-milestone-in-win

Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw didn't start on Sunday, but he reached a major milestone nonetheless.

The sixth-year running back reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second time in his career, helping the Giants to a 42-7 rout of the Eagles.

Bradshaw had 16 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown, and also had a 41-yard gain on a reception. He finished the season with 1,015 rushing yards." Read more...

Diehl Not Worried About His Future

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/21372/diehl-not-worried-about-his-future
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Excerpt: "After failing to make the playoffs a season after winning it all, the Giants likely will make some changes in the offseason and that could involve some old familiar faces who have won several games for Big Blue in the past.

"I am not worried about that," Diehl said after the Giants' 42-7 win over Philadelphia. "It is out of my realm, out of my control."

Diehl saw the Giants release former offensive line fixtures like Shaun O'Hara (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/2410/shaun-o'hara) and Rich Seubert (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/2885/rich-seubert) prior to the 2011 season. So he knows change is always around the corner. This season, Diehl started the first two games at right tackle but then injured his MCL.

One of the most durable offensive lineman in the game, Diehl missed three straight games before playing against San Francisco as an extra offensive lineman. Sean Locklear (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5609/sean-locklear) took over at right tackle and started six straight games there before Diehl took over at right tackle against Pittsburgh.

Diehl then suffered a burner in Week 12 against Green Bay and Locklear returned to the starting lineup against Washington the following week. But Locklear suffered a season-ending knee injury during that loss and Diehl remained in the starting lineup after that.

After helping the Giants win a Super Bowl last season, Diehl experienced a frustrating 2012 due to injuries.

"Yeah, obviously you never want to get injured or hurt and miss games," Diehl said. "It is something I will never get used to. And never will get used to. So I fight myself back from injury and come back and help contribute to team wins, that is all you are here for."

But Diehl, 32, also knows the business of football. And considering that he is due $4.1 million in base salary next season, Diehl might have to restructure his contract or he could potentially be a cap casualty. Also, GM Jerry Reese (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8165/jerry-reese) and the coaching staff have often talked about grooming backup tackle James Brewer (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14098/james-brewer) to start." Read more...


Rookies Randle, Wilson Star In Finale

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/21382/rookies-wilson-randle-star-in-finale


Excerpt: "The Giants still fell short of the playoffs. But Wilson and Randle looked like future stars.

"Well, that’s important," said coach Tom Coughlin, when asked about the young players' performances. "But again, I’m not going to start talking about what you are referring to in terms of individual players. That will all be taken care of in due time."

Wilson and Randle had been kept under wraps, for the most part, over the first 16 weeks of the season. Wilson, the Giants' first-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech, was leading the league in kickoff return yards entering Week 17. But as a running back, he had just 56 carries for 283 yards.

Randle, the team's second-round selection out of LSU, had just 15 catches for 240 yards.

But Coughlin finally unleashed the two talented rookies against the Eagles. With Bradshaw playing through knee and foot problems, and Nicks practically incapacitated by a knee injury -- he was held without a catch last week for the first time in his career -- the Giants gave the two youngsters a chance to step up.

And that's exactly what they did.

On the Giants' very first possession, following a Stevie Brown (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13321/stevie-brown) interception, Wilson carried the ball three straight times for 23 yards. On the fourth play, quarterback Eli Manning (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5526/eli-manning) found Randle over the middle for a three-yard touchdown. " Read more...

(http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants)The Giants put their 2012 draft class on the cover of the program for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Eagles.

The top two picks were the bright spots, but it was a very disappointing Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Rookies (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants)David Wilson (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14887/david-wilson) and Rueben Randle (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14911/rueben-randle) both started, in place of injury-plagued veteransAhmad Bradshaw (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/10693/ahmad-bradshaw) and Hakeem Nicks (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12586/hakeem-nicks). And they combined for three touchdowns in the first quarter alone, in the Giants' 42-7 win over the Eagles.

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MISCELLANEOUS

NFL Black Monday: Five Coaches, Three GMs Fired, More firings Expected http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/201...e_coaches.html (http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2012/12/nfl_black_monday_five_coaches.html)

Excerpt: "It's "Black Monday'' in the NFL.

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum (http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2012/12/mike_tannenbaum_fired_as_jets.html#incart_flyout_s ports) wasn't the only NFL executive to get fired today. In all, six coaches and four GMs have been fired today, the day after the end of the 2012 season.

So far, Andy Reid (http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2012/12/andy_reid_fired_as_coach_of_th.html#incart_river)o f the Eagles, Romeo Crennel (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8795543/kansas-city-chiefs-dump-coach-romeo-crennel-keep-gm-scott-pioli-now) of the Kansas City Chiefs, Chan Gailey of the Buffalo Bills and Pat Shurmur of the Cleveland Browns have been fired. Browns GM Tom Heckert (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8795601/pat-shurmur-gm-tom-heckert-fired-cleveland-browns) and Jacksonville GM Gene Smith (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8795520/gene-smith-jacksonville-jaguars-fired) have been fired, and even Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, whose team finished 10-6 this season, has been fired (http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/8795815/chicago-bears-fire-lovie-smith-missing-playoffs-report).

The San Diego Chargers, as expected, let go of both head coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith (http://www.chargers.com/news/article-1/Smith-Turner-Will-Not-Return-in-13/b68adc3e-71e6-4a12-9882-1dcd989af733), after the Chargers went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive year, and the Arizona Cardinals have reportedly likewise fired coach Ken Whisenhunt and GM Rod Graves (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000120412/article/cardinals-fire-gm-rod-graves-coach-ken-whisenhunt)." Read more...

Giants' Insider: Reid Finished With Eagles

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/giants-insider-reid-finished-eagles-article-1.1230109

Old Giant
12-31-2012, 08:02 AM
Thanks RF-atleast you got to see a win.
I am reminded today of the saddest words in the English language, "What if".

RoanokeFan
12-31-2012, 08:54 AM
Thanks RF-atleast you got to see a win.
I am reminded today of the saddest words in the English language, "What if".

I was a great game to watch for a lot of reasons. First, for me, was the Giants organizational commitment to the Newtown community. It was a really moving tribute, if that's the right word, to people who have suffered losses that never befall families.

Second, Eli's are is NOT TIRED.

We have a convincing win to build off of taking us into next season, and I am excited at the prospects of having Wilson and Randle in the starting lineup.

Some personnel decisions have to be made and that process starts today as the team (John Mara, Jerry Reese, and Tom Couglin) evaluate every player and coach and they will make some hard decisions.

GameTime
12-31-2012, 09:38 AM
Thank you Sir for todays news and all the news of the past. Thanks for your efforts.
Happy and Healthy Hew Year to you and your family......

RoanokeFan
12-31-2012, 09:42 AM
Thank you Sir for todays news and all the news of the past. Thanks for your efforts.
Happy and Healthy Hew Year to you and your family......

The same to you, my friend, we missed not finding you in the parking lot, but we will reconnect next season. HAPPY NEW YEAR

GameTime
12-31-2012, 09:44 AM
The same to you, my friend, we missed not finding you in the parking lot, but we will reconnect next season. HAPPY NEW YEAR
I was home....warm and comfy on my couch. But that woul dhave been a great game to be at.
Def see you next year at a game or two.......

RoanokeFan
12-31-2012, 09:45 AM
I was home....warm and comfy on my couch. But that woul dhave been a great game to be at.
Def see you next year at a game or two.......

The crowd was GREAT But the wind made the cold WAY COLD

Old Giant
12-31-2012, 09:45 AM
It should be a very interesting, but long off-season.

Thanks for keeping us "out-of-towners" informed all season. Now I have to hear every local commercial start with "Hail to the Redskins". That is my private hell.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

RoanokeFan
12-31-2012, 09:49 AM
It should be a very interesting, but long off-season.

Thanks for keeping us "out-of-towners" informed all season. Now I have to hear every local commercial start with "Hail to the Redskins". That is my private hell.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

That will be short lived, the Seahawks will take care of them early

ashleymarie
12-31-2012, 01:21 PM
Tks, Ro. Great game yesterday.

BeatYale
12-31-2012, 01:32 PM
Thanks bro.

RoanokeFan
12-31-2012, 02:21 PM
Tks, Ro. Great game yesterday.

It really was.

RoanokeFan
12-31-2012, 02:21 PM
Thanks bro.

You're welcome

jomo
12-31-2012, 03:57 PM
I'm not sure but I was on the second level behind the Eagles bench and I think I heard you cheering LOUDLY yesterday.
Happy New Year my friend!
Go Blue!!

BigBlue1971
12-31-2012, 05:00 PM
thanks Roanoke!

RoanokeFan
12-31-2012, 05:31 PM
I'm not sure but I was on the second level behind the Eagles bench and I think I heard you cheering LOUDLY yesterday.
Happy New Year my friend!
Go Blue!!


That was me right below you in Section 133 :rolleyes:

jomo
12-31-2012, 07:12 PM
That was me right below you in Section 133 :rolleyes:Bam!!
I knew it, I could feel your presence!!

RoanokeFan
12-31-2012, 07:25 PM
Bam!!
I knew it, I could feel your presence!!

Even though we didn't make the playoffs, that was a pretty good game for me. Great Red Zone efficiency for the first time in I can't remember

RoanokeFan
12-31-2012, 07:26 PM
thanks Roanoke!

You are very welcome

jomo
12-31-2012, 07:33 PM
Even though we didn't make the playoffs, that was a pretty good game for me. Great Red Zone efficiency for the first time in I can't rememberI arrived in the parking lot with appropriate expectations. I set up the tailgate with my 25 year old son. It was brutally cold at the start but before long things warmed up, maybe it was the Stella?! In short order, I had a good freind stop by with his 3 sons, then my niece with about a dozen 20 something friends from Summit. We were grilling sausages, kielbasa, roast pork and some burgers with all the fixins. It was hard to keep everything on the table with the wind blowning so hard. My son had about a dozen friends check in and before we knew it there were 25 or 30 people enjoying the atmosphere. The game itself was really enjoyable (ignoring the obvious). We got a good mix of old timers showing their stuff and the kids (Randle and Wilson) tantalizing us. We don't usually run "coast to coast" in victory. Maybe that had as much to do with the Eagles as it did with us but I have to tell you this: it is much better entering the off season with a win and a winning record than the alternative. Small consolation, yes but I'll take it.

RoanokeFan
12-31-2012, 08:58 PM
I arrived in the parking lot with appropriate expectations. I set up the tailgate with my 25 year old son. It was brutally cold at the start but before long things warmed up, maybe it was the Stella?! In short order, I had a good freind stop by with his 3 sons, then my niece with about a dozen 20 something friends from Summit. We were grilling sausages, kielbasa, roast pork and some burgers with all the fixins. It was hard to keep everything on the table with the wind blowning so hard. My son had about a dozen friends check in and before we knew it there were 25 or 30 people enjoying the atmosphere. The game itself was really enjoyable (ignoring the obvious). We got a good mix of old timers showing their stuff and the kids (Randle and Wilson) tantalizing us. We don't usually run "coast to coast" in victory. Maybe that had as much to do with the Eagles as it did with us but I have to tell you this: it is much better entering the off season with a win and a winning record than the alternative. Small consolation, yes but I'll take it.

I was there with my 27 year old son (the BABY) and we hosted a friend and his son from England. MAN was it ever cold, due more to the wind than the actual temperature. I think the win will help set the right mental "can do" attitude they are going to have to have next season. There are enough really good games to look back on to assure themselves they can get it done if everybody does his part.

G-Men Surg.
01-01-2013, 02:49 AM
HAPPY NEW YEAR RF !
Thanks !

frantlj
01-01-2013, 03:21 AM
HAPPY NEW YEAR RF !
Thanks !

As another "out of towner", I have always appreciated the exhaustive and informative listing of Giants news every week, Roanoke. Even though we are alldisappointed not to be in the playoffs, I'm hoping the returning team members will be HUNGRY next season knowing how close they came and this should fuel their intensity and hopefully create some positive consistency.

The future IS bright for Giants fans. I'm liking next season's schedule already!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

G-Men Surg.
01-01-2013, 03:42 AM
As another "out of towner", I have always appreciated the exhaustive and informative listing of Giants news every week, Roanoke. Even though we are alldisappointed not to be in the playoffs, I'm hoping the returning team members will be HUNGRY next season knowing how close they came and this should fuel their intensity and hopefully create some positive consistency.

The future IS bright for Giants fans. I'm liking next season's schedule already!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!
I get it and that been said it hurts a lot when the players, coaches, FO and fans acknowledge the talent Big Blue has on the team and miss the playoffs and a chance to do something special, time passes by and you have to make the most of your opportunities. This is what hurts the most !

RoanokeFan
01-01-2013, 06:49 AM
HAPPY NEW YEAR RF !
Thanks !

You are very welcome, Happy New Year

RoanokeFan
01-01-2013, 06:50 AM
As another "out of towner", I have always appreciated the exhaustive and informative listing of Giants news every week, Roanoke. Even though we are alldisappointed not to be in the playoffs, I'm hoping the returning team members will be HUNGRY next season knowing how close they came and this should fuel their intensity and hopefully create some positive consistency.

The future IS bright for Giants fans. I'm liking next season's schedule already!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

Being well informed makes us better fans. We aren't that far away from cotending, and we now have to look forward to who gets released, re-signed, drfted and acquired as the new season starts today.