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RoanokeFan
01-28-2013, 08:36 AM
http://www.giants101.com/2013/01/28/new-york-giants-victor-cruz-shine-in-2013-nfl-pro-bowl-as-nfc-dominates-afc/

Excerpt: "A year ago, the Pro Bowl further perpetuated the notion that it was nothing more than a poorly constructed All-Star showcase in which fans could expect minimum effort from the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/)'s premier players. Although the television ratings remained impressive, commissioner Roger Goodell (http://www.giants101.com/tag/roger-goodell/) seriously considered eliminating the Pro Bowl due to the pathetic product that the 2012 game produced. However, this year, the increased effort actually made for a relatively entertaining contest.

The NFC (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc/) demolished the AFC 62-35 in a game that was chock full of big plays from star players. New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)Giants quarterback Eli Manning led the NFC (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc/) in passing with 191 yards through the air, along with a touchdown. Manning's touchdown pass was to none other than Victor Cruz, who did his signature salsa routine in the end zone after scoring. Manning also threw a pick-six in the second quarter as well.

After the game, Cruz, who set a Pro Bowl record with 10 receptions, said that each team gave a sincere effort out on the field.


"We understood exactly what (Goodell) wanted, guys were making plays all over the field," Cruz said. "There was a little bit more high intensity than in years past and we were excited to play."


Perhaps the most comical moment in the game came at the end of the fourth quarter, as Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (http://www.giants101.com/tag/jason-pierre-paul/) lined up as a cornerback opposite of Houston Texans (http://www.giants101.com/tag/houston-texans/) defensive end J.J. Watt, who was split out wide as a receiver. Indianapolis (http://www.giants101.com/tag/indianapolis/) Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (http://www.giants101.com/tag/andrew-luck/) threw a jump ball into the back corner of the end zone, and Pierre-Paul came down with an interception that effectively ended the game." Read more...

RoanokeFan
01-28-2013, 08:41 AM
http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/22189/cruz-and-giants-star-in-pro-bowl

Excerpt: "Victor Cruz’s first Pro Bowl appearance was one to remember.

The wide receiver had 10 receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown came off a pass from teammate Eli Manning (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5526/eli-manning), and Cruz celebrated with his trademark salsa dance.

Manning completed five passes for 43 yards to Cruz alone on the drive that resulted in their touchdown hookup that put the NFC up 17-14 in the second quarter. The NFC went on to rout the AFC, 62-35.

Cruz said the NFC, coached by Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy’s coaching staff, called some plays that the Giants like to use on the drive that led to his touchdown.

And Manning looked often for his security blanket.

"Yeah, no doubt," Manning said about targeting Cruz in an interview on the sideline during the game on NBC. "So anytime you need a completion, go to the guy you know [who] you’ve thrown 100 balls to the last two seasons. I got into a groove."

All four Giants in the Pro Bowl contributed to the win. Manning completed 16 of 23 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed a 52-yard bomb and a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14054/kyle-rudolph), who was the game's MVP with five receptions for 122 yards and one touchdown. Manning did have one mistake as he threw a pick-six to Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8430/derrick-johnson) early in the second quarter. " Read more...

TheAnalyst
01-28-2013, 09:07 AM
It wouldnt be Eli if he didn't squeeze in a pick 6 somewhere.. lol.

Toadofsteel
01-28-2013, 09:08 AM
At least this year the players actually looked liked they gave a crap. Yeah you can't construct an offense in a week, but the individual effort was there. You got to see some shenanigans that you couldn't otherwise see in the regular season (JJ Watt lined up as a WR lol), but was still otherwise taken seriously. It also allowed for some truly heartfelt moments (Saturday getting to cross team lines to snap it to Peyton one last time, Eli motioning Rudolph to just go deep for the TD)...

Flip Empty
01-28-2013, 09:09 AM
I'd watch if they promised they'd muck around more, like with that Watt v JPP thing. Fantasy match-ups, things you'd otherwise never see.

Toadofsteel
01-28-2013, 09:11 AM
I'd watch if they promised they'd muck around more, like with that Watt v JPP thing. Fantasy match-ups, things you'd never otherwise see.

As long as they still take the game seriously with regards to making all the hits, blocks, and tackles with some sense of intensity, i'm down...

SweetZombieJesus
01-28-2013, 09:11 AM
At least this year the players actually looked liked they gave a crap.

Uhhh come on this consumate professionalism.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RJC_lgAuDAg

Toadofsteel
01-28-2013, 09:15 AM
Yeah, one guy out of 22 cared on that play.... look at how both lines just stand up, while the receivers and dbs just mill around.

Also that was Pro Bowl 2011... that was what I was saying we improved from.

Martyr
01-28-2013, 09:16 AM
It wouldnt be Eli if he didn't squeeze in a pick 6 somewhere.. lol.

Lol I said the something when I saw it happen

SweetZombieJesus
01-28-2013, 09:32 AM
Yeah, one guy out of 22 cared on that play.... look at how both lines just stand up, while the receivers and dbs just mill around.

Also that was Pro Bowl 2011... that was what I was saying we improved from.

No I know, sarcasm fail... I'll edit my post

Toadofsteel
01-28-2013, 09:32 AM
Red font works nicely...

bigblue58
01-28-2013, 09:45 AM
http://www.giants101.com/2013/01/28/new-york-giants-victor-cruz-shine-in-2013-nfl-pro-bowl-as-nfc-dominates-afc/

Excerpt: "A year ago, the Pro Bowl further perpetuated the notion that it was nothing more than a poorly constructed All-Star showcase in which fans could expect minimum effort from the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/)'s premier players. Although the television ratings remained impressive, commissioner Roger Goodell (http://www.giants101.com/tag/roger-goodell/) seriously considered eliminating the Pro Bowl due to the pathetic product that the 2012 game produced. However, this year, the increased effort actually made for a relatively entertaining contest.

The NFC (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc/) demolished the AFC 62-35 in a game that was chock full of big plays from star players. New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)Giants quarterback Eli Manning led the NFC (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc/) in passing with 191 yards through the air, along with a touchdown. Manning's touchdown pass was to none other than Victor Cruz, who did his signature salsa routine in the end zone after scoring. Manning also threw a pick-six in the second quarter as well.

After the game, Cruz, who set a Pro Bowl record with 10 receptions, said that each team gave a sincere effort out on the field.


"We understood exactly what (Goodell) wanted, guys were making plays all over the field," Cruz said. "There was a little bit more high intensity than in years past and we were excited to play."


Perhaps the most comical moment in the game came at the end of the fourth quarter, as Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (http://www.giants101.com/tag/jason-pierre-paul/) lined up as a cornerback opposite of Houston Texans (http://www.giants101.com/tag/houston-texans/) defensive end J.J. Watt, who was split out wide as a receiver. Indianapolis (http://www.giants101.com/tag/indianapolis/) Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (http://www.giants101.com/tag/andrew-luck/) threw a jump ball into the back corner of the end zone, and Pierre-Paul came down with an interception that effectively ended the game." Read more...



JJ Watt lining up at WR and Jeff Saturday snapping the ball to both his and the opposing QB DURING THE GAME.....not to mention the final score pretty much speaks for itself as to how seriously Pro Bowl players and coaches takes this game !
This game has been and always will be a joke and as a Giants fan, I don't exactly relish the fact that our franchise QB and best receiver participated in it needlessly risking injury and putting a fork in this team for good!
This game needs to be shelved permanently. These guys are rich, they can vacation in Hawaii anytime they want, without risking their careers.

TheAnalyst
01-28-2013, 10:47 AM
Greatest probowl play ever.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPiZjUf9TcQ

miked1958
01-28-2013, 11:13 AM
That 1:08 second drive at the end of the frrst half was vintage ELI. I think they got ball back around 28so he went 72yards with i think only 1 of the 2time outs they had cause eli was able to spike it with 6seconds left. and got the TD as time expired. He showed some really nice touch on his passes and Cruz looked great. JPP played a nice game as did Snee.

GameTime
01-28-2013, 11:21 AM
the most I have ever watched of a PB game was last years. About 5 minutes....
what a waste

miked1958
01-28-2013, 11:22 AM
However kind of agree that prob our 3 best players dont need to be playing a meaningless game with a chance to damage their futures with the Giants. Especially since it seemed they were going full out on both sides of ball all game

miked1958
01-28-2013, 11:25 AM
another funny part of the the game was WELL into it a penalty was finally call for PI in endzone which put ball on one yard line. When Ed Hochuli gave the call for what the foul was he started with "Yes There are Penalties in the PRO BOWL".... LOL

miked1958
01-28-2013, 11:29 AM
Yeah, one guy out of 22 cared on that play.... look at how both lines just stand up, while the receivers and dbs just mill around.

Also that was Pro Bowl 2011... that was what I was saying we improved from.yea 2010 season played in 2011..correct. and yes it was pathetic how both the offense and D lines just stood up and when ball was snapped they just stood there and kind of looked at each other with maybe a hand on the other guys shoulder.. and then the DBs and WRs just horrible.

BigBlue1971
01-28-2013, 11:29 AM
i think in this game albeit an "all star" game the performance by Cruz just makes it easier for the Giants to sign him now!

Eli and Cruz are a match made for each other!

nycsportzfan
01-28-2013, 12:09 PM
How could Cruz know they tried harder then yrs past if this was his 1st probowl?

Rudyy
01-28-2013, 12:11 PM
How could Cruz know they tried harder then yrs past if this was his 1st probowl?It was obvious they were not trying last year. That was a terrible pro bowl.

RoanokeFan
01-28-2013, 12:23 PM
i think in this game albeit an "all star" game the performance by Cruz just makes it easier for the Giants to sign him now!

Eli and Cruz are a match made for each other!


I don't know about easier, but it's another "record." It's funny how we and most media heads see the Pro Bowl as little more than a beauty contest and, yet, players are often referred to as "Pro Bowler" So and So or "Multiple Pro Bowler" as though it was more meaningful than we see it. It does tend to make Cruz's resume more weighty for contract purposes.

RoanokeFan
01-28-2013, 12:24 PM
How could Cruz know they tried harder then yrs past if this was his 1st probowl?

Don't we all know they didn't try at all last year? Isn't that why they were/are thinking about not having the game?

BigBlue1971
01-28-2013, 12:30 PM
I don't know about easier, but it's another "record." It's funny how we and most media heads see the Pro Bowl as little more than a beauty contest and, yet, players are often referred to as "Pro Bowler" So and So or "Multiple Pro Bowler" as though it was more meaningful than we see it. It does tend to make Cruz's resume more weighty for contract purposes.

yea i think it does add to his legend!

hes gonna only get better and who better to help him other than Eli?

RoanokeFan
01-28-2013, 01:09 PM
http://www.giants101.com/2013/01/28/new-york-giants-victor-cruz-sets-pro-bowl-record-with-10-receptions/

Excerpt: "The New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants would much rather being playing in New Orleans this coming Sunday, but that just wasn't in the cards for them this season. Instead, four of their players were sent to Hawaii to represent Big Blue in the 2012-2013 NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Pro Bowl. And well-represented they were.

Quarterback Eli Manning rebounded well after throwing a pick-six in his first series, offensive lineman Chris Snee (http://www.giants101.com/tag/chris-snee/) played relatively well against a mildly aggressive defense, and defensive end Jason

Pierre-Paul not only recorded a sack of Peyton Manning, but hauled in the game-sealing interception. Still, it was the performance of wide receiver Victor Cruz (http://www.giants101.com/tag/victor-cruz/) that really stood out.

Appearing in his first Pro Bowl, Cruz wanted to make an impression. Right out of the gate he did exactly that, hauling in a pass from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (http://www.giants101.com/tag/drew-brees/). He followed that with a five-catch series shortly after Manning came in, which was capped off with a touchdown … and subsequent salsa.


"I gave [the hula] a little bit of thought," Cruz said. "But my first Pro Bowl, I felt like I got to keep it classic."


His day then ended after hauling in his 10th reception, courtesy of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson, which was a single-game Pro Bowl record. The previous record of nine receptions was held by Randy Moss (Minnesota (http://www.giants101.com/tag/minnesota/) Vikings, 2000)." Read more...

giantsforce
01-28-2013, 01:52 PM
http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/22189/cruz-and-giants-star-in-pro-bowl

Excerpt: "Victor Cruz’s first Pro Bowl appearance was one to remember.

The wide receiver had 10 receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown came off a pass from teammate Eli Manning (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5526/eli-manning), and Cruz celebrated with his trademark salsa dance.

Manning completed five passes for 43 yards to Cruz alone on the drive that resulted in their touchdown hookup that put the NFC up 17-14 in the second quarter. The NFC went on to rout the AFC, 62-35.

Cruz said the NFC, coached by Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy’s coaching staff, called some plays that the Giants like to use on the drive that led to his touchdown.

And Manning looked often for his security blanket.

"Yeah, no doubt," Manning said about targeting Cruz in an interview on the sideline during the game on NBC. "So anytime you need a completion, go to the guy you know [who] you’ve thrown 100 balls to the last two seasons. I got into a groove."

All four Giants in the Pro Bowl contributed to the win. Manning completed 16 of 23 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed a 52-yard bomb and a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14054/kyle-rudolph), who was the game's MVP with five receptions for 122 yards and one touchdown. Manning did have one mistake as he threw a pick-six to Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8430/derrick-johnson) early in the second quarter. " Read more...Cruz said the NFC, coached by Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy’s coaching staff, called some plays that the Giants like to use on the drive that led to his touchdown. What? wait a minute! Do you want to tell me that they did not call draws up the middle? They actually had innovative play calling? Well, sorry Cruz, but you are stuck with the old relic Coughlin and the famous I-am-the best-OC-and-I-have- only-3-plays-in-my-playbook Killdrive.

Sundown
01-28-2013, 01:52 PM
I like how Eli didn't look at witten for completions haha

RoanokeFan
01-28-2013, 03:58 PM
I thought it was interesting Cruz caught a record 10 passes from three QBs. I wonder if he played more snaps than normal (whatever normal is)?

BigBlueAllDay
01-28-2013, 06:09 PM
I thought it was interesting Cruz caught a record 10 passes from three QBs. I wonder if he played more snaps than normal (whatever normal is)?

He was a starting WR for the NFC and played all the quarters. I'd probably say like 90% of the snaps. I think all the NFC WRs except Julio Jones, who practically sidelined the whole game, caught TD passes. Cruz nearly broke Cromartie's ankle again on one of his catches.

Antwuan
01-28-2013, 11:22 PM
Good Performances By The New York Giants In The Pro Bowl.