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GIANTS PROUDLY DISPLAY THEIR SUPER BOWL LOGOS AFTER JETS COVER THEM UP (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_proudly_display_super_b.html)

"Lawrence Tynes came into MetLife Stadium and saw the black curtains the Jets (http://www.nj.com/jets/) had put up to cover the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/)’ Super Bowl logos painted outside
their locker room. So he ripped one down. Jets defensive lineman Marcus Dixon
walked by and put it back up.


After <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/ny_giants_silence_ny_jets_29-1.html">the
Giants’ 29-14 victory</a> today, Tynes decided he had to “bring the muscle” with
him to get them all down. </p>


He, offensive lineman David Diehl and long snapper Zak DeOssie tore them all
down, with Diehl exclaiming, “This is Giants Stadium!”</p>


It’s MetLife Stadium, not JetLife Stadium or Giants Stadium. But at that
point, no one was arguing.</p>


“Why cover them up? This is our locker room,” Tynes said. “I’m not going to
sit here and say this is our stadium, but for the next year it is.”</p>


That’s when punter Steve Weatherford, a former Jet, chimed in with a “Yes,
sir!”</p>




Having their Super Bowl logos covered up was the last straw for the
Giants.</p>


“This game was about respect,” Diehl said. “It was a lot more than just us,
this team and this year. It’s about our organization, our history, our
tradition.</p>


“Walking in here today we knew we were the away team, but to have all our
logos blocked, all the trophies this organization’s won and everything we stand
for. We all saw it as a sign of disrespect.”</p>


Giants president and CEO John Mara said the Jets “do that all the time. We
don’t cover theirs.”</p>


Yeah, well, this wasn’t the first time the Jets antagonized their
co-tenants.</p>


“We’ve heard all the talking, they’re our big brother, this is their stadium
and all those things,” Diehl said.</p>


“We never let that waver our strategy and the way we played this game and,
most importantly, we used that for motivation going into this one.</p>


“It’s not about what you say, it’s not about what you tell the media. It’s
about going out there, executing, winning this game and doing it on the football
field. I think we did that.”</p>


Coming into the game, for the first time in Giants history,
the team had allowed five straight opponents to convert 50 percent or more of
their third downs. That came to a screeching halt today, as the Giants converted
only 4 of their 21 third downs, a 19-percent rate.</p>


Instead of trying to give “complex” looks that had confused the Giants more
than their opponents, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell kept it simple and told
his guys to make plays.</p>


“Don’t give up on us,” CB Aaron Ross said. “We have great personnel. Coach
put together a great game plan and we never stopped believing in each other. We
know what we can do and showed it today.”</p>


Mara senses how the confidence of his teams and fans needed
a boost, especially since the Giants seemed to be in another tailspin in the
second half of their season. He believes this victory provided it.</p>


“It reinvigorates this franchise and our players and gives them something to
play for,” he said. “And it’s good for our fans. Our fans needed this game.”</p>


The Giants-Cowboys matchup next Sunday at MetLife Stadium,
which will determine the NFC East title, was moved from 1 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. </p>


The teams’ Dec. 11 game resulted in the fifth-highest overnight rating in
Sunday Night Football history."</p>GIANTS VS. JETS: PLAXICO BURRESS BOTTLED UP BY FORMER TEAMMATES (http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_vs_jets_plaxico_burress_1.html)

Excerpt: "<span class="adv-photo-large"><span class="photo-data"><span class="byline"></span></span></span><a href="http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2011/12/jets_plaxico_burress_hopes_to.html">Plaxico
Burress said last week</a> he hoped to catch one, two, and maybe three or four
touchdowns against his former team. <div class="entry-content">


But the only time the Jets (http://www.nj.com/jets/) receiver
found the end zone in today’s <a href="http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2011/12/ny_jets_fall_to_giants_29-14_t.html">29-14
loss</a> to the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/), the 23-yard
touchdown catch was called back because of his offensive pass interference
penalty.</p>


“They have been making that call more than ever this season it seems like,”
Burress said. “He made the call, I thought it was a bad call. The guy from the
back made it, the back judge, not the referee in front of it, so that’s how that
goes.”</p>


Burress had a relatively quiet day, catching just three passes for 34 yards —
all in the first half. Burress said his former Giants teammates made sure he
didn’t beat them.</p>“They know me, I think they know what kind of player I am,” Burress said. “I
think they were wary of me going down the field and making plays and they
weren’t going to let it happen. We had a couple times in the second quarter
where I caught the ball out of bounds or caught in some single coverages, but
for the most part, they were just really playing a lot of double on the outside.
They really weren’t going to let me get into a groove.”


Burress, who played four seasons for the Giants before being sent to prison
for nearly two years for shooting himself, was made the Jets’ lone game-day
captain — a familiar motivational tactic by coach Rex Ryan. Burress called it an
“honor” and a “privilege,” though the loss ultimately brought disappointment to
the day.</p>


“I just wanted to win the game, it didn’t matter who we were playing,”
Burress said. “We needed to get this to get to the playoffs.” Read more...
</p></div><span style="display: inline;" class="mt-enclosure mt-enclosure-photo"><span class="adv-video"><span class="video-data"><span class="title"><a href="http://videos.nj.com/star-ledger/2011/12/video_jets_head_coach_rex_ryan_3.html" target="_blank">Video: Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan after game Press Conference after
29-14 loss to Giants</a></span>

GIANTS' DEFENSE HOLDS OFF JETS IN KEY FOURTH QUARTER, CAPPOMG A STRONG AFTERNOON (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_defense_holds_off_jets.html)

Excerpt: "</span></span></span>The pendulum had swung dramatically in the Jets (http://www.nj.com/jets/)’ favor in a matter of minutes. Down
20-14 with 2:24 on the clock, the Jets somehow had the ball with a chance to win
the game.


In a season checkered with anemic defensive play, the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/) needed the defense, predicated on
the recently inconsistent pass rush, to come through.</p>


And with their season hanging in the balance, the defensive front came
through.</p>


First, defensive end Justin Tuck applied the pressure, bullying Wayne Hunter
into Mark Sanchez, and forcing the quarterback to hold the ball longer than he
wanted. He tried to scramble, but defensive tackle Chris Canty got to him in the
end zone and the referees ruled forward progress had stopped there. A sack and
safety. Just like that, the game was all but over. </p>


It was the exclamation point on a game in which a resurrected Tuck and the
rest of the defensive line wreaked havoc on Sanchez all day long — and on a week
in which Tuck battled through a painful toe injury at practice.</p>


“He played his way and he practiced like that last week,” coach Tom Coughlin
said of Tuck, who has battled through various injuries all season. </p>


“He didn’t miss a snap and he went hard. He decided not to be concerned with
the little nicks that he had that were very bothersome to him. He decided to go
the other way with them and basically ignore them and that is how he played.”
</p>Tuck’s play throughout <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/ny_giants_silence_ny_jets_29-1.html">the
29-14 win</a> — he also registered a 6-yard sack of his own early in the third
quarter and applied the initial pressure that led to a Dave Tollefson 4-yard
sack on third down with slightly more than five minutes remaining — energized
the recently feeble pass rush.


Tuck’s revival was complimented by Jason Pierre-Paul’s two sacks, which have
become routine of late. In all, the Giants sacked Sanchez five times, along with
issuing a number of other hits the third-year quarterback took.</p>


“That’s huge because that’s where we start out in terms of building this
defense: getting pressure on the quarterback,” linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka
said." Read more...</p>

JETS KNOW ALL ABOUT GIANTS' VICTOR CRUZ AFTER LOSS (http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2011/12/jets_know_all_about_giants_vic.html)</p>

Excerpt: "In the end, Antonio Cromartie said there was nothing to all the talk.
Supremacy in the New Jersey/New York area means nothing right now. </p>


“I really couldn’t give a damn about that,” he said. “It’s about trying to
get our team to the playoffs, and do the things that we need to do.” </p>


But through the week, the ill will between the Jets (http://www.nj.com/jets/)' secondary and the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/)' receiving corps festered. Pride was
placed in the balance. Victor Cruz said teams weren’t <a href="http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2011/12/jets_darrelle_revis_brushes_of.html">afraid
of Darrelle Revis anymore.</a> Revis said he’d never heard of the Giants
receiver — who finished with 164 yards and a touchdown on three catches today —
outside of the preseason. Cromartie begged the Giants to throw deep and said
nothing good happens to opposing wide outs that say negative things about the
Jets secondary. </p>


After <a href="http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2011/12/ny_jets_fall_to_giants_29-14_t.html">a
29-14 loss</a>, though, clarity was provided when Eli Manning hit Cruz with 2:12
left in the first half and the receiver darted straight through two tackles. The
Jets Cover-2 defense was designed to have Kyle Wilson in man coverage. Cromartie
came over to help. They both watched <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_vs_jets_victor_cruzs_99.html">Cruz
sprint the 99 yards for the score</a>, swinging the momentum and sinking what
had been a solid game against a top-tier quarterback. </p>


Safety Brodney Pool said the coverage was rolled away from Cruz’s side. </p>


“Well, when (Eli Manning) threw it into double coverage, it was pretty
demoralizing,” Rex Ryan said. “They had 80 yards up until that point, if that.
We had it in control.” Read more...</p>GIANTS VS. JETS: VICTOR CRUZ'S 99 YARD TD GIVES GIANTS MOMENTUM (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_vs_jets_victor_cruzs_99.html)

"Victor Cruz didn’t know he was going to record the longest play in Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/) history until he hurdled over a two
Jets defensive backs at the 12-yard line and saw acres of green — in the form of
grass and not Jets (http://www.nj.com/jets/) players — in front of
him.


Eighty-seven yards later, he was performing his signature salsa dance to the
chants of “Cruuuuuuz” and the game — and perhaps the entire Giants season — had
undergone a complete 180.</p>


For the entire first half, the Giants had struggled to move the ball, both on
the ground and in the air. But the play, which gave them a 10-7 led just before
halftime, also gave them a sense of life going into the second half on the way
to <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/ny_giants_silence_ny_jets_29-1.html">a
29-14 win.</a> </p>


“I think it changed it a lot,” Cruz said of the play’s effect on the game’s
momentum. “We weren’t moving the ball very well early on in the game and we
needed a big play to come up to change the momentum of the game. I was just
happy I could do that for my team.”</p>


This week, Jets shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis claimed he didn’t know who
Cruz was. Perhaps he and the rest of the Jets do now.
</p>“Backed up like that, you never think a play is going to happen like that
where somebody takes it the distance 99 yards, we just have to be better,” Revis
said. “There were some missed tackles, we just have to get the guy on the
ground. We failed to do that and he went storming down the sidelines for 99
yards.”


It was the kind of game-changing play Cruz has been manufacturing all season
for a Giants offense that has relied on long gains to move the ball. Since
emerging as a go-to target for Eli Manning in Week 3 when he caught three passes
for 110 yards and three touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagle’s vaunted
secondary, Cruz has established himself as one of the league’s top big-play
threats this season. With Steve Smith signing with the Eagles in the offseason
and Mario Manningham battling through injuries all season, Cruz’s emergence
after spending last season on the practice squad has been vital to the Giants
offense. </p>


“We had some issues obviously with our receiving corps and I thought he was
the one guy that could give us that kind of play and he certainly did give us
that kind of play,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “He almost earlier did the same
kind of thing so we all got a tremendous lift when he went coast to coast.”</p>


Today, Cruz added <a href="http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2011/12/jets_know_all_about_giants_vic.html">three
receptions and 164 yards</a>, giving him 1,358 this season to break Amani
Toomer’s Giants single-season record of 1,343 yards set in 2002.</p>


“It’s crazy,” Cruz said of breaking the mark. “Just coming where I’m from and
coming through what I went through, it’s just been surreal for me. I’m just
happy my teammates have been behind me and my coaches believed in me.”</p>MARK SANCHEZ HAS A LONG, BUSY DAY IN LOSS TO GIANTS (http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2011/12/mark_sanchez_has_a_rough_busy.html)

Excerpt: "It took LaDainian Tomlinson a few reminders to fully comprehend the final
statistics — 19 touches between himself and Shonn Greene. Fifty-nine attempts
from Jets (http://www.nj.com/jets/) quarterback Mark Sanchez, 15
more passes than he’s ever thrown in an NFL game before.


“That’s a lot of throwing the football,” Tomlinson said. “But we didn’t
execute obviously throwing it, so that’s why we probably ended up losing the
game.”</p>


He admitted that questioning the play calls was a fruitless exercise. </p>


“You start saying, ‘Well, we need to run the ball’ or whatever it may be,”
Tomlinson said, “and you get affected by throwing the ball.” </p>


But on the sore end of <a href="http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2011/12/ny_jets_fall_to_giants_29-14_t.html">a
29-14 loss</a> to the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/) in front of
79,088 today, it was still difficult to swallow. </p>


“I was a little surprised; these last few weeks we’ve really picked it up
running the football and did well at it,” Tomlinson said. “I was a bit surprised
that we didn’t run it a little bit more.”</p>


Instead, the game fell on the shoulders of Sanchez, who finished with 258
yards, a touchdown, two interceptions and a costly fumble on the goal line that
he shared the blame for with center Nick Mangold." Read more... </p>D'ALESSANDRO: JETS' REX RYAN MAY HAVE CAUSED TROUBLE AGAINST GIANTS WITH BIG TALK (http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2011/12/dalessandro_jets_rex_ryan_may.html)

Excerpt: "He left the field with scars that won’t even be noticed in his mirror this
morning, and he probably won’t notice the pitchforks that will track his every
step into the postseason. But the rest of us ended our day asking one thing
about Rex Ryan today: What will he learn from this interesting experience?


He is a terrific football coach, but to fully understand him, you probably
have to play for him. Yet there’s a problem with that: Even the guys in his
locker room don’t seem to recognize how much damage his mouth can cause — and
we’re not referencing how much his twaddle motivates the opposition, but how it
gives his own group a false sense of achievement.</p>


The first effects are plain. You could see from the moment the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/)’ defense decided to turn Mark
Sanchez into a tackling dummy today that Ryan clearly miscalculated how his week
of loud talk would help the opponent’s intensity jump a few pawls on the
ratchet.</p>


Darrelle Revis quantified it for us: “It raised it up a million notches, it
really did,” he said.</p>


And how’d that work out for Ryan’s guys, exactly? </p>


For about one quarter, just fine. Then the Giants defense woke up and
essentially stuffed every syllable down the Jets (http://www.nj.com/jets/) coach’s throat in the form of <a href="http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2011/12/ny_jets_fall_to_giants_29-14_t.html">a
29-14 pummeling</a> that nobody had a right to expect. </p>


So in the aftermath of this humiliation, you wondered: What lessons will he
take from this?" Read more...
</p>POLITI: GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN BEATS JETS' REX RYAN BUT DOESN'T NEED TO SAY SO (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/politi_giants_tom_coughlin_out.html)

"This was a victory for the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/)’
way of doing business, and the man who embodies that better than anyone limped
off the field today with a throbbing left leg and a head held high.


Tom Coughlin loves to quote military leaders, and in his finest moment this
season, he even looked like a general returning from the battlefield. A nasty
collision left him hobbled, but after watching his team shut up its loudmouth
neighbors with <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/ny_giants_silence_ny_jets_29-1.html">a
29-14 victory,</a> he couldn’t stop smiling.</p>


“Never better!” he practically yelled when asked how he was feeling. “Thanks
for asking!” </p>


That was as close as Coughlin would come to gloating late this afternoon, but
if anyone deserved to pound his chest, it was him. His team was the best in this
corner of the NFL world, by a mile, in the one game it mattered. His team was
hungrier, better prepared and more focused in a season-on-the-brink matchup with
the Jets (http://www.nj.com/jets/). </p>


Rex Ryan did the talking. Coughlin did the winning. Did he have any message
for the rival coach — the Patrick Ewing of football coaches when it comes to
undelivered guarantees — who did everything but set his résumé on fire in the
days leading up to this one?</p>


“We won the game,” Coughlin said. “That’s the statement.”</p>


There will be more statements in days and weeks to come, and that likely
includes one from the Giants announcing a contract extension for their head
coach. Owner John Mara wasn’t going there today, because he said it would “just
lead to more speculation.” But the look on his face said everything.</p>


The Jets had classlessly covered up the Giants three Super Bowl murals with
black curtains, but Mara was beaming like they had just won a fourth. They get
to host the Cowboys with a division title on the line next week, and maybe
Mara’s mood will change if the Giants get their doors blown off.</p>


That’s not likely — and Coughlin, for what he’s done to hold this team
together, deserves to come back. He’s taken an undermanned, injury-riddled team
to within a victory of the postseason, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that he
ripped the tent off the circus act that shares MetLife Stadium.
</p>“What do you think? It does,” Mara said when asked if this victory means more
to him. “Given everything that was at stake, given all the noise coming out of
Florham Park, yes it does.”


Plenty of that noise, it should be noted, came from East Rutherford, too,
including in the aftermath of this game. Brandon Jacobs couldn’t stop himself
from running up to Ryan and yelling “time to shut up, fat boy” — the coach had
to be pulled away from the running back — an unnecessary gesture even if, well,
he’s right. </p>


None of the noise came from Coughlin. It was Ryan who couldn’t help himself,
behaving like a chef expecting a four-star review before the salad was served.
“Certainly we were the better team in (my) first two years,” Ryan said. “We made
the playoffs, went to the championship game. To say a team’s better than you
that never went to the playoffs is ridiculous.”</p>


Just one problem, Rex: Coughlin never said that. He never said anything close
to that. In that way, this was more than a victory for the Giants. It was a
victory for the old-school way of conducting yourself as a head coach. It was
victory for class. </p>


Ryan was supposed to be the master motivator, the one who bragged about his
ice-cream socials with the offense each week. Coughlin was supposed to be the
guy his players tuned out, the clock-watching dinosaur pushing these gym-teacher
concepts like “accountability” and “teamwork.” </p>


Nothing the Jets said was tacked onto some bulletin board, but that doesn’t
mean Coughlin didn’t motivate. Justin Tuck gushed about the way Coughlin pulled
him aside during the week, asking him if everything was okay in his private life
and then made a simple request.</p>


“He asked me to give him what I had,” Tuck said, and of course, the defensive
lineman gave everything in his finest game of the season. The Giants defensive
front was all over quarterback Mark Sanchez, who’ll be an easy target as the
Jets pick up the pieces here.</p>


But no one should forget this: Sanchez dropped back to throw 59 times. That’s
on the coaching staff. Maybe it’ll lead to Ryan firing offensive coordinator
Brian Schottenheimer, but some of the blame has to come back to the man in
charge, too.</p>


Ryan spent another offseason making promises he couldn’t keep, talking about
the Super Bowl he was going to win. Imagine how Coughlin felt when he showed up
at his stadium today and saw the mural for the one he did win covered up with a
curtain.</p>


Of course, that’s the beauty of Coughlin. We’ll have to imagine. “I won’t
mention what I thought,” he said, handling himself in victory the way he did
before kickoff. With his head held high. With class."
</p>JETS FALL TO GIANTS 29 - 14 (http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2011/12/ny_jets_fall_to_giants_29-14_t.html)

"One by one,the Jets’ season goals have been erased, painfully unfulfilled.



Win the AFC East. Secure a home playoff game. Be one of the league’s most
dynamic offenses, and the No. 1 defense.</p>


Today, the Jets (http://www.nj.com/jets/) also lost the battle
for area bragging rights, now unable to claim the “big brother” status coach Rex
Ryan has trumpeted. And with their 29-14 loss to the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/) came perhaps the biggest blow of the
season: The Jets’ playoff aspirations are on life support.</p>


To earn a postseason berth, the Jets must not only win next week at the Miami
Dolphins — but the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans and either the
Oakland Raiders or Denver Broncos must lose, according to the NFL Network. In
short, barring a near miracle, the Jets may miss the postseason for the first
time in Ryan’s three-year tenure.</p>


“You can’t keep playing Russian roulette,” linebacker Bart Scott said. “When
you keep playing that way and not taking care of business, that’s what you have
to deal with. And then we have nobody to blame but ourselves.”</p>


This crosstown rivalry game was intense. Giants players triumphantly swung
back the black curtains blocking their logos in the shared MetLife Stadium, and
<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/ny_giants_silence_ny_jets_29-1.html">Ryan
and Giants running back Brandon Jacobs</a> had a heated postgame exchange, in
which Jacobs yelled, “Time to shut up, fat boy!”</p>


It only adds insult to injury that the Giants may have delivered the knockout
blow to the Jets’ playoffs push. The Bengals (9-6) are now in position for the
second AFC wild-card spot, while the Broncos, Raiders and Titans are even with
the Jets at 8-7.</p>


After a week of talking big, Ryan took the responsibility for the loss, the
second straight game in which the Jets did not look like a playoff-caliber
team.</p>


The Jets had all the momentum early, scoring first on a 5-yard touchdown pass
from quarterback Mark Sanchez to tight end Josh Baker. They forced the Giants to
punt on each of their three possessions in the first quarter.</p>


But with one play — a 99-yard touchdown catch by Victor Cruz — the tide
seemed to turn toward the “visiting” Giants. With just more than two minutes
until halftime, the Giants had a third-and-10 from their own 1-yard line. Two
missed tackles by cornerbacks Kyle Wilson and Antonio Cromartie, and Cruz’s
sideline hurdle of safety Eric Smith, turned a perhaps 11-yard gain into the
biggest play of the day.</p>


“What can you do, man?” linebacker Calvin Pace said. “Third-and-10, one
tackle, get off the field. We can’t get it done. They got the momentum.”</p>


The Jets had a chance to respond before halftime, but a promising drive
instead ended with a missed 44-yard field goal attempt. The second half was a
different game, one in which Sanchez was sacked four times, regularly had his
passes batted by defenders and turned the ball over three times. </p>


Oddly, the Jets didn’t play their own game. They were having success running
the ball — averaging more than 4 yards per carry — but yet Sanchez threw a
career-high 59 passes. Ryan’s explanation was that the Jets were in catch-up
mode, but they only trailed by more than one possession for 10 minutes of game
time, almost exclusively in the fourth quarter.</p>


“If you look back, who knows what could have happened if we kept running?”
said Sanchez, who completed 30 of those passes for 258 yards. “But that’s not
fair, that’s not fair to (offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer). I thought
he called a great game.”</p>


Ryan conceded, “You’re not going to beat anybody — we’re not — when you throw
it that many times, that’s for sure.”</p>


Still, the Jets had chances late. They trailed by 20-7 early in the fourth
quarter, but a bizarre series of plays with two overturned Sanchez fumbles, and
a David Harris interception off a deflected pass, led to Sanchez’s 1-yard
touchdown run. With 7:17 to play, they trailed by just six points.</p>


But the Jets went three-and-out on their next possession. They got the ball
back on their 8-yard line with 2:24 to play, and instead of the fourth-quarter
comeback that seemed to come so easily in previous charmed seasons, Sanchez was
sacked in the end zone for a safety.</p>


“We had five different ways to win the game near the end,” said Scott, who
did not put the blame entirely on the offense, “and we figured out a way to lose
it.”</p>


Afterward, there was a different attitude in the Jets locker room. Nose
tackle Sione Pouha said they “don’t really feel like much.” Sixteen games in the
season, receiver Santonio Holmes rued that the inconsistent offense has have no
choice but to “roll with the punches.” Scott said the Jets, who once controlled
their own destiny, didn’t deserve to anymore.</p>


“If we ever want a chance to right our wrongs,” Pace said, “maybe one day
we’ll look ourselves in the mirror and say, ‘We’ve got to stop beating
us.’?”</p>GIANTS SILENCE JETS, 29 - 14, SETTING UP NFC EAST SHOWDOWN WITH COWBOYS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/ny_giants_silence_ny_jets_29-1.html)

Excerpt: "It was a fitting end to a week of chirping between the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/) and Jets (http://www.nj.com/jets/). The two resident yappers on each side —
Brandon Jacobs and Rex Ryan — nearly coming to blows at what’s usually handshake
and hug time.


“Time to shut up, fat boy!” Jacobs yelled.</p>


At that point, Jacobs claims Ryan tried to come after him “the way his old
man went after (Kevin) Gilbride.” To which, in this season of yuletide cheer, he
sent the merriest of holiday greetings.</p>


“You’re talking to the wrong Giant,” Jacobs said he yelled, “because I will
kick your (butt)!” </p>


We knew it would end this way, with the winning team getting the final say
after days, weeks, months and years of trash talk. After an oft-sloppy but
always entertaining 29-14 victory today, it was the Giants breaking from the
“talk is cheap” part of Tom Coughlin’s mantra after delivering on the “play the
game” portion to set up a showdown with the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East
title next Sunday.</p>


Chris Canty’s sack of Mark Sanchez in the end zone for a safety with 2:13 to
play was pretty much the difference and set off celebrations that included
Justin Tuck doing Fireman Ed’s “J-E-T-S” chant with a drop kick at the end.</p>


Time to shut up indeed.</p>


Still, even in victory, a hobbled Coughlin declined to get into the
back-and-forth jawing. But he did notice how it sparked his team.</p>


Players who admitted they did nothing after getting “punched in the mouth” by
the Eagles a few weeks ago, and had lost five of their last six, finally showed
some fight.</p>


“It was shocking,” Coughlin said of the way his team came out in practice
last week. “I looked up and said, ‘Is that the same guys?’ They had great
purpose and the way they practiced is the way they played.”</p>


Hard. Fast. Aggressive." Read more...</p>GIANTS, COWBOYS WILL VIE FOR NFC EAST TITLE NEXT WEEK (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/ny_giants_cowboys_will_vie_for.html)

"When the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/) and Dallas Cowboys
meet next week, the winner will take the NFC East title. The loser will miss the
playoffs.


Those are the stakes that were set today after the Giants beat the Jets (http://www.nj.com/jets/), 29-14, and the Cowboys lost to the
Philadelphia Eagles, 20-7.</p>


Michael Vick threw two touchdown passes to lead the Eagles over Dallas in a
game that became somewhat meaningless midway through the first quarter — when
the Giants' win over the Jets eliminated Philly from the playoffs.</p>


But while the Cowboys still had wild-card hopes to play for, they clearly
were more concerned about getting ready for the "win and you're in" route to the
playoffs. Quarterback Tony Romo left after injuring his throwing hand on the
first series and oft-injured running back Felix Jones hit the bench for good
after the second series. They came within 7 seconds of getting shut out.</p>


Vick threw a touchdown pass on the opening series and again just before
halftime. Alex Henery kicked field goals of 43 and 51 yards for the Eagles' only
points in the second half.</p>


Philadelphia (7-8) won its third straight, giving the preseason "Dream Team"
the chance to avoid a losing record by beating the Redskins at home in its
finale next weekend. The Eagles also swept the season series against the Cowboys
for the first time since 2006, having clobbered Dallas 34-7 in October.</p>


The Cowboys (8-7) lost for the third time in four games, and are guaranteed
another losing record after Thanksgiving. If they end up missing the playoffs,
that flop at the finish will loom large all offseason. Of course, if they win
the division, it'll only be a footnote. The upcoming week will be filled with
all sorts of similar high-stakes ramifications that will be riding on the finale
for both Dallas and the Giants.</p>


Dallas announced late tonight that next week's game has been moved to prime
time."</p>GIANTS SHOW JETS THEY ARE STILL UNRIVALED WITH 29-14 VICTORY ON CHRISTMAS EVE (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_show_jets_theyre_still.html)

"After a week's worth of trash talking and hype between the two teams that
share one stadium, the final minutes of the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/)' 29-14 victory over the Jets (http://www.nj.com/jets/) were played in front of a sparsely
filled MetLife Stadium. It was mostly just Giants fans who still remained, a
smatter of blue surrounding the field.


They even chanted "Giants Stadium" to rub it in.</p>


The Jets fans? They were long gone, perhaps like their team's playoff
chances.</p>


The Giants (8-7) quickly turned a tight game into a laugher in a 14-second
span late in the fourth quarter. Leading 20-14, Chris Canty sacked Mark Sanchez
for a safety with 2:24 remaining and then 14 seconds later, following a failed
onside kick, Ahmad Bradshaw scored from 19-yards out on the first play of the
drive to ice the game.</p>


The result meant that the Giants would still have something to play for next
week as their matchup with the Dallas Cowboys will for the NFC East title. </p>


The Jets (8-7) are in worse shape. Due to their second straight loss, even a
win next week in Miami may not be enough to get them into the playoffs. The
Cincinnati Bengals won today to move them to 9-6 and take a one-game lead in the
drive for the final wildcard spot. They are stuck with three other teams at 8-7
and a game out of the playoffs heading into the final weekend of the season.</p>


The Giants took the lead in the second quarter on another big play from
Victor Cruz, this one going 99 yards as he split two defenders to race down the
sideline for the go-ahead score. While it was in peril, the Giants never
relinquished the lead.</p>


When Ahmad Bradshaw bulled over Jets safety Brodney Pool on the way to a
14-yard touchdown run to give the Giants a 17-7 lead, it looked like he left the
Jets' chances run over as well. </p>


But after extending the lead to 13, Mark Sanchez scored from one-yard out to
cut the lead to 20-14. That would be as close as they got."</p>YOU GRADE 'EM, GIANTS VS. JETS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/you_grade_em_giants_vs_jets.html)
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GOVERNOR CHRISTIE PICKS JETS OVER GIANTS BY A TOUCHDOWN (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/gov_christie_picks_jets_over_g.html)

Excerpt: "Back when the Jets (http://www.nj.com/jets) and Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants) were making a push for the Super
Bowl, Gov. Chris Christie <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2010/05/new_meadowlands_stadium_awarde.html">proudly
stood alongside both teams</a>. This summer, he worked with both teams and the
league to <a href="http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/08/gov_christie_asks_nfl_commissi.html">postpone
the preseason matchup </a>as Hurricane Irene bore down on the area.</p>


In short, he's had a very good working relationship with both the Jets and
Giants.</p>


But when it comes to Saturday's game that actually means something for both
teams, Christie isn't pulling for both. He's taking a side.</p>


And in case anyone was wondering, he literally spelled out his
allegiance.</p>


“J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets," Christie said in an interview with SiriusXM's
Mad Dog Radio. "Absolutely. Rex (Ryan) and the boys win by seven." Read more...</p></div><font size="4"><u>NY DAILY NEWS</u></font>

GIANTS' RUNNING BACK BRANDON JACOBS AND JETS' HEAD COACH REX RYAN HAVE PROFANE POST GAME EXCHANGE THAT IS LOW POINT IN RIVALRY (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-running-back-brandon-jacobs-ny-jets-coach-rex-ryan-profane-postgame-exchange-point-rivalry-article-1.996651)

"Brandon Jacobs (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Brandon+Jacobs) had a
lot of bitterness built up after a week of Rex Ryan (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Rex+Ryan) disrespecting the
Giants, and when Big Blue took back control of New York after loaning it to the
Jets for two years, he didn’t attempt to hide his rage and engaged in some
vicious name-calling.


The Giants had enough of Ryan’s incessant trash talking last week and were
incensed when the Jets, as is their custom for all home games, put a curtain up
to hide the Giants’ four Super Bowl logos and three Vince Lombardi Trophies
painted on the wall outside their locker room. The Jets players pass that wall
on their way to their locker room from the parking lot and management doesn’t
feel they should have to see it.</p>


Shortly after the Giants’ 29-14 victory — they will win the NFC East if they
beat the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on New Year’s night — Jacobs and Ryan came
face-to-face around the 50-yard line and about 10 yards from the Jets
sideline.</p>


Their mouths were only inches apart and their left shoulders were
touching.</p>


“We had a private conversation,” Ryan said. “That’s all I’ll leave it as. He
doesn’t like me. I respect him, but I couldn’t care less about him.”</p>


Jacobs provided quite a bit more detail about the confrontation.</p>


“He told me, ‘Shut the f--- up, wait until we win the Super Bowl,’ ” Jacobs
said. “I told him I would punch him in the face. I told him that out of all
these Giants on this football team, you’re talking to the wrong one.”</p>


At some point, Jacobs reportedly said to Ryan, “Time to shut up, fat
boy.”</p>


Ryan, who was fined $75,000 earlier this season for cursing out a fan at
halftime of a Jets home game against the Patriots, needs to learn to walk away
from these situations. He’s in a position of authority and arguing with a player
on another team is something that could catch the league’s attention.</p>


This brought the Jets-Giants rivalry to a new low.</p>


It was not clear how this all got started, but we know how it ended. Jacobs
was fuming. He told ESPN on the field after his chat with Ryan that Ryan was a
“disrespectful *******” and a “big-mouthed and big-bellied coach.”</p>


When Jacobs came into the interview room next to the Giants’ locker room
about 30 minutes after the game, it didn’t take much to get him started.
</p>When he was asked what message he would send to Ryan, he said, “He needs to
shut up. He’s a great coach, I take nothing away from him. He comes from a great
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The Giants obviously felt put off by Ryan saying the Jets were the big
brother and the better team. The last two years, the Jets have been the better
team. They went to two AFC title games. But the Giants have been to four Super
Bowls, winning three of them, since the Jets’ only appearance nearly 43 years
ago. They won their last title only four years ago.</p>


Jacobs claimed, “We didn’t really pay attention” to what Ryan had to say last
week. “We knew that’s what we were going to get as soon as he had the
opportunity to run his big, fat mouth. We knew that. That was a home game out
there for us. We had more fans than they had.”</p>


The Giants took control of the game on a 99-yard touchdown from <a title="Eli Manning" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eli+Manning">Eli
Manning</a> to Victor Cruz (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Victor+Cruz), the
longest offensive play in Giants history. They were trailing 7-3 late in the
second quarter when they had a third-and-10 from their own 1. Manning dropped
eight yards deep in the end zone, looked to his left and then found Cruz to his
right in between Kyle Wilson (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Kyle+Wilson+%28Football%29)
and Antonio Cromartie (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Antonio+Cromartie)
at the 11.</p>


Cruz broke Wilson’s tackle, sidestepped Cromartie and headed down the right
sideline. <a title="Eric Smith (Defensive Back)" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eric+Smith+%28Defensive+Back%29">Eric
Smith</a> dived at him at the 50 and couldn’t bring him down. Cruz cruised the
rest of the way and then fired a fastball at the wall behind the end zone where
the Jets hang their logos.</p>


“That was a little anger I had inside of me,” he said.</p>


Cruz felt Darrelle Revis (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Darrelle+Revis)
disrespected him when he made it seem he didn't know who he was after Cruz made
some statements about Revis last week that Cruz felt were misinterpreted as
derogatory.</p>


Manning said his wife told him Friday about the story of the Jets using the
picture of them pummeling him in the preseason game last year on their defensive
playbook binder last week. “I didn't think anything of it,” Manning said. “I
didn’t worry about it. I didn’t feel disrespected.”</p>


The Giants made it clear the Giants Way won out over the Jets Way. “It feels
good to be a BIG brother,” Justin Tuck (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Justin+Tuck)
tweeted.</p>


And Jacobs piled on. “I knew they were going to fold no matter what, to be
honest with you, the way they’ve been playing,” he said. “And who am I to talk
about the way they’ve been playing? We haven’t played great.”</p>


As David Diehl (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/David+Diehl), Lawrence Tynes (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Lawrence+Tynes) and
<a title="Zak DeOssie" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Zak+DeOssie">Zak
DeOssie</a> pulled back the curtain to show the Super Bowl and Giants logos
after the game, Diehl shouted, “This is Giants Stadium!”</p>


Ryan admitted after the game the Giants are the better team this year.</p>


“I don’t care what he said,” Chris Snee (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Chris+Snee) said.</p>


For now, New York is a Big Blue town once again."</p>JETS' COACH REX RYAN DOESN'T OWN NEW YORK, OR ANYTHING ELSE, AS HE GOT OWNED BY THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/jets-coach-rex-ryan-york-owned-giants-article-1.996658)

Excerpt: "The
Jets didn’t own Saturday at MetLife Stadium. They didn’t own the place, they
didn’t own the Giants, didn’t own anything. They got owned.
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They won
coach’s challenges Saturday, a couple of them. They got a great whistle on a
fourth down pass that Mark Sanchez (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mark+Sanchez) tried to
throw over the George Washington Bridge, and they only kept going on their first
touchdown drive of the day because the Giants got called for 12 men on the field
on another fourth-down play.

The rest of the time across one of the
longest afternoons in the whole history of pro football in Jersey, Sanchez kept
getting knocked down or throwing it to the Giants or fumbling it into the end
zone.

Didn’t own. Got owned.

In the end, when Sanchez had the
chance to take his team down the field and make it all right, he got dropped in
the end zone for a safety. Now it was 22-14 for the Giants. The Jets tried an
onsides punt after that, and the Giants recovered it, and then Ahmad Bradshaw (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ahmad+Bradshaw) ran
it in from there and it was 28-14 for the Giants.

They can win their
division now with a win next Sunday, at home against the Dallas
Cowboys." Read more...
</div>
</div>GIANTS EARN BRAGGING RIGHTS OVER JETS, 29-14 ON CHRISTMAS EVE, BRANDON JACOBS, REX RYAN TRADE CURSE WORDS (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ahmad-bradshaw-scores-second-half-tds-victor-cruz-catches-99-yard-score-ny-giants-top-ny-jets-29-14-article-1.996480)

"The
last straw came when the Giants arrived at the stadium on Saturday and saw all
their Super Bowl logos on the wall outside their locker room covered with black
curtains. After a week of listening to the Jets talk, that was the final
insult.
<div>
Boy did it feel good to the Giants to tear those curtains
down.

That’s the first thing they did after coming off the field with
their honor restored and playoff hopes saved thanks to an emotional, 29-14 win
over their intra-city rivals in the Meadowlands. David Diehl (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/David+Diehl), Lawrence Tynes (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Lawrence+Tynes) and
<a title="Zak DeOssie" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Zak+DeOssie">Zak
DeOssie</a> did the honors as soon as the game was over, but the entire Giants
organization shared their joy.

<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/giants-a-big-blue-christmas-29-14-win-jets-gallery-1.996560">PHOTOS:
GIANTS MAKE IT A BIG BLUE CHRISTMAS</a>

“We all saw that as a
sign of disrespect,” Diehl said. “They’ve worked extremely hard to cover up our
logos and the Super Bowl trophies right outside our locker room. I think all of
us said, ‘Hey, fine. Let them do what they want to do. But after this game,
we’re going to show that this is a team with a lot of pride.’ ”

They
showed plenty of that on Saturday with a stellar performance that included five
sacks and three turnovers by their revitalized defense and the first 99-yard
play in franchise history on a touchdown pass from Eli Manning (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eli+Manning) to <a title="Victor Cruz" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Victor+Cruz">Victor
Cruz</a>. It was a relentless effort worthy of their “big brother” status that
the Jets had so loudly been after.

“Given all the noise that was coming
out of Florham Park, it’s a satisfying win,” said the Giants’ usually reserved
co-owner, John Mara (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/John+Mara). “It kind of
reinvigorates this franchise and the players.”

This was about far more
important things than “bragging rights” for the Giants, of course. The win
literally saved their season. Had they lost they could have been eliminated from
contention. Instead, they’ll wake up on Christmas morning knowing they can start
preparing for a winner-take-all showdown for the NFC East title with the Dallas
Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on New Year’s Day.

But don’t underestimate how
much those “bragging rights” meant to this franchise and its players, especially
after listening to constant trash-talking from Rex Ryan (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Rex+Ryan) and his players
that really began three years ago when Ryan got the Jets job. Nobody seemed to
take it more personally than Brandon Jacobs (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Brandon+Jacobs), who
got into an argument with Ryan on the field after the game.

Jacobs called
Ryan a “loudmouth ***” and Jacobs said Ryan told him to “shut the f--- up.”
Jacobs said he called him “fat boy” and when Ryan tried to talk back to him,
Jacobs said, “I told him I’d punch him in the head.”

Those warm holiday
wishes aside, that’s exactly what the Giants (8-7) did to the Jets (8-7) with
arguably their finest defensive performance of the year. Jets quarterback <a title="Mark Sanchez" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mark+Sanchez">Mark
Sanchez</a> tried in vain to pick apart the Giants’ vulnerable defense by
throwing the ball 59 times. But he completed only 30, was held to 258 yards and
threw two interceptions. He was also sacked five times.

“Last week we
practiced with more energy, more enthusiasm and greater speed (on defense) than
we had in a long time, and it shocked me,” Tom Coughlin (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tom+Coughlin) said. “I
said, ‘Is that the same guys?’ The way they practiced is the way they played.
They were exceptional. Regardless of the circumstance, they kept turning the
Jets offense back.”

They needed it, too, because Manning struggled to
find open receivers against the Jets’ secondary. He completed only nine of 27
passes for 225 yards.

But he came through with two huge completions that
turned the game. Late in the first half, on a thirdand10 from his own 1, he hit
Cruz with a 12-yard pass that the second-year sensation turned into a 99-yard
touchdown. Then late in the third quarter, he hit Cruz (three catches, 164
yards) with a 36-yarder that set up an Ahmad Bradshaw (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ahmad+Bradshaw)
14-yard touchdown run that gave the Giants a 17-7 lead.

The Giants had a
chance to ease their way to a victory from there, but they turned the game into
a nail-biter after Sanchez fumbled a snap on the Giants’ 1-yard line with 8:53
remaining and Giants linebacker Jacquian Williams (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jacquian+Williams)
recovered in the end zone. But Manning was picked off by Jets <a title="David Harris (Football)" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/David+Harris+%28Football%29">linebacker
David Harris</a> on the next play, and the Jets converted that into a 1-yard
touchdown run by Sanchez that got them within 20-14.

But the Giants’
defense wasn’t finished, and defensive tackle Chris Canty (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Chris+Canty) sacked
Sanchez in the end zone for a safety with 2:13 remaining. One Jets failed onside
kick later and Bradshaw was running for a 19-yard touchdown that sent Jets fans
scurrying for the exits.

For the Giants, though, the “bragging” had only
just begun.

“Those guys in green like to do a lot of talking,” Canty
said. “But at the end of the day the New York Football Giants talk with our
football pads in between those white lines.”

“We did a little talking
ourselves. We’re not innocent,” added defensive end Justin Tuck (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Justin+Tuck). “But we
came out and backed it up.”

Yes they did, and now they still have a
chance to back up all their playoff guarantees with one more big regular-season
game. But that’s for later. First, they needed to reassert what Diehl yelled
when he tore down the curtains, that “This is Giants Stadium!”

And just
as importantly to them, they sent a pointed message to the Jets that Jacobs put
so eloquently: “It’s time for them to shut the f--- up.”

REX HAS NOTHING TO BOAST ABOUT (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/ny-jets-christmas-eve-loss-ny-giants-braggart-rex-ryan-stay-silent-brandon-jacobs-article-1.996678)

Excerpt: "You
knew <a title="Rex Ryan" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Rex+Ryan">Rex
Ryan</a> wouldn’t leave MetLife Stadium quietly, even after the Jet game plan
blew up in his face like an exploding cigar. So Ryan had a profane, verbal joust
with Brandon Jacobs (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Brandon+Jacobs) right
there on the field — “I couldn’t care less about him,” Ryan said later — and
then the Jets coach was in the interview room, alternating between humble and
combative.
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One minute, Ryan was saying the Giants were “definitely the
better team this year.” The next moment, feisty, he was saying, “I’ll go play
’em again. I’m more than happy to play ’em right now.”

Here’s the thing,
though: After what we saw on Saturday afternoon, the mouth must close shut now,
at least until next fall and maybe longer. Ryan is not king of New York this
Christmas. He is not even ruler of the second wild-card spot in the
AFC.

When the Jets lost a slopfest to the Giants Saturday, 29-14, they
dropped a lot more than a football game and control of their own playoff
destiny. They lost bragging rights around here, and we all know how much Ryan
loves to brag. Like it or not, little brother stays little brother, maybe for
another four years.

“He needs to shut up,” Jacobs said. And you know
what? Ryan deserves that lecture, this comeuppance. Not so much for the arrogant
riffs, which are welcome comic relief in their own way, but for that offensive
game plan. Before a home crowd, and against a very flawed opponent, the coach
and his staff failed to arrive at a functional offense yet again. He was
outcoached by Tom Coughlin (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tom+Coughlin), the same
way Ryan had been outcoached twice this season by Bill Belichick (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Bill+Belichick) and
last week by Andy Reid (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Andy+Reid).

The
Jets gave up on the run way too early. They put the ball all day in the hands
and arm of Mark Sanchez (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mark+Sanchez), who
looked utterly unprepared for such responsibilities. All those soul-searching
Thursday ice cream socials with his key players, the ones that Ryan described
this past week, have not created a serviceable passing attack.

Sanchez
went back to pass 64 times on Saturday. Five of those times, he was sacked. He
threw 30 completions, two interceptions. He fumbled away the ball
once.

“We’re really not built to play that way,” Ryan said. Yet they did.
They played right to the Giants’ strength in the first half, too, long before
the score got out of hand. It was all a great mystery, as if the radio signals
in Sanchez’s helmet were being issued by someone on the Giants’
sideline.

For some reason, Ryan and <a title="Brian Schottenheimer" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Brian+Schottenheimer">Brian
Schottenheimer</a> opted for a torrent of forced, unsuccessful slant passes into
coverage. Sanchez threw and threw and threw. Many of those passes were deflected
by the Giants’ defensive line or nearly intercepted by the Giants’
secondary.

Even some of the Jets seemed puzzled by it all. “We’re not in
the business of play-calling,” <a title="LaDainian Tomlinson" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/LaDainian+Tomlinson">LaDainian
Tomlinson</a> said, diplomatically." Read more...
</div>
GIANTS' WR VICTOR CRUZ MAKES SURE DARRELLE REVIS KNOWS WHO HE IS NOW WITH 99 YARD TD PLAY (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-wide-receiver-victor-cruz-jets-darrelle-revis-99-yard-touchdown-longest-big-blue-history-article-1.996662)

Excerpt: "It wasn't supposed to be a touchdown. It was supposed to be a short hook that
(maybe) netted a first down and helped the Giants escape from their own 1-yard
line.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">


But Victor Cruz (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Victor+Cruz) often does
more than people expect. Darrelle Revis (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Darrelle+Revis) may
have insisted he didn’t know Cruz before Saturday’s 29-14 Giants win. But Cruz
is sure the Jets’ cornerback knows him now.</p>


“I think he has a clue,” the Giants’ receiver said.</p>


Cruz made sure of that with about 2:45 to play in the second quarter. With
his Giants struggling to move the ball, Cruz grabbed Eli Manning (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eli+Manning)’s safe
third-down pass at the 11-yard line, juked past Jets defensive backs Antonio Cromartie (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Antonio+Cromartie)
and Kyle Wilson (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Kyle+Wilson+%28Football%29)
and flew down the right sideline.</p>


“I turned upfield and I saw a little bit of green grass,” he said. “After (he
beat Cromartie and Wilson) I was pretty free so I was just going up the sideline
hoping nobody caught me.”</p>


And when it was all over, Cruz had a 99-yard TD reception, a momentum-changer
in the Giants’ win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium, and another milestone play
for football’s most surprising receiver.</p>


Cruz’s TD was the first 99-yard play from scrimmage in Giants history. That
wasn’t the only history he made. His 164 receiving yards (on three catches)
brought his season total to 1,358, breaking Amani Toomer (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Amani+Toomer)’s team
record (1,343). His sixth 100-yard game of the season is also a Giants
record.</p>


Cruz was told about the first milestone when he reached the sideline, and he
almost didn’t believe it.</p>


“It’s always been a childhood dream to come in and make a football team, let
alone break a record,” said the second-year pro from Paterson, who was undrafted
out of the University of Massachusetts. “It’s just a surreal moment for me. It
was just amazing, man.” Read more...</p>

GIANTS' DE JUSTIN TUCK BLOCKS OUT ACHES AND PAINS AND TURNS IN BIG PERFORMANCE IN GIANTS' WIN OVER JETS (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-defensive-justin-tuck-blocks-aches-pains-turns-big-performance-big-blue-win-ny-jets-article-1.996672)</p>

Excerpt: "There is a nagging toe injury, and the memories of the early-season neck
injury are still fresh. There was a groin injury a month or so ago, and a few
weeks ago, there was an ankle injury.</p><div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">


But for Justin Tuck (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Justin+Tuck), none of
those physical issues mattered Saturday against the Jets. The Giants’ defensive
captain had a conversation with Tom Coughlin (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tom+Coughlin) earlier
in the week, and he left it with a new mental approach. That showed in the 29-14
win at MetLife Stadium Saturday.</p>


“I just made up my mind that Im not going to be healthy this year; its not
going to happen, Tuck said. But your mind can make your body do a lot of things
that normally wouldnt happen when youre mentally right.</p>


Tuck made four tackles and registered his first sack in three weeks. Even
more importantly he regularly hovered around Mark Sanchez (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mark+Sanchez),
harassing the Jets quarterback into poor throw after poor throw.</p>


Tucks play set the tone for a defensive line that finally lived up to its
reputation. The Giants sacked Sanchez five times, hit him six times and piled up
seven tackles for a loss. So dominant was the pass-rushing group that wideout <a title="Victor Cruz" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Victor+Cruz">Victor
Cruz</a> said the players got to the QB better than they have all year.</p>


“He didn't miss a snap, and he went hard, Coughlin said of Tuck. He prepared
himself to play and he changed his outlook and demeanor. He got very positive.
He decided not to be concerned with the little nicks that he had that were very
bothersome to him. He decided to go the other way with them and basically ignore
them, and that is ow he played.</p>


Tuck credited the new approach to his coach. Last Sunday, safety Antrel Rolle (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Antrel+Rolle) ripped
into unnamed teammates for not practicing with nicks and bruises, and a few days
after that, Coughlin met with Tuck. The coach and player talked of legacies and
the future, and the conversation made Tuck reconsider the toe, the neck, the
ankle, the groin." Read more...</p>

JETS KEEP THROWING, KEEP FAILING IN LOSS TO GIANTS (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/ny-jets-throwing-failing-christmas-eve-loss-ny-giants-article-1.996670)</p>

Excerpt: "<a title="Rex Ryan" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Rex+Ryan">Rex
Ryan</a> said it wasn’t the game plan.</p>

Really.</p><div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">


Then why did the Jets do it? Why did they play into the Giants’ hands with a
pass-happy approach when they were still very much in Saturday’s game — indeed,
when they were physically beating them?</p>


There were many other factors in the Giants’ 29-14 victory Saturday, but it
started when the Jets ceded control of the line of scrimmage by not trying to
run the football.</p>


By the end of the day, the

G-Men Surg.
12-25-2011, 11:08 PM
Busy bee even on holidays , Thanks RF !

RoanokeFan
12-25-2011, 11:10 PM
Busy bee even on holidays , Thanks RF !

There was so much news today I thought I'd have to cry UNCLE lol

GameTime
12-25-2011, 11:54 PM
thanks Ro....
just now getting a chance to read the news...

Hope you had a good Christmas.....

RoanokeFan
12-26-2011, 08:11 AM
thanks Ro....
just now getting a chance to read the news...

Hope you had a good Christmas.....

An uneventful holiday is great for me. So on Saturday, it was especially great that all of the eventfulness had to do with beating the jets. I hope you and your family had a great holiday as well.