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GIANTS AND PATRIOTS DON'T PRACTICE, BUT RELEASE INJURY REPORTS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_and_patriots_dont_pract.html)

"The Giants and Patriots enjoyed a rare Wednesday off today, but the teams
still released projected injury reports for those interested.


In the case of the Giants, if they were to have practiced today WR Hakeem
Nicks (shoulder), S Tyler Sash (concussion) and Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) would have
been held out. DE Osi Umenyiora would have been limited. </p>


Nicks was driven onto his right shoulder on a tackle against the 49ers, but
was back on the field a few plays later. Sash didn't return after suffering his
concussion Sunday, but Tom Coughlin told reporters on Monday that he was feeling
better on the flight back to Newark after the game. Bradshaw has only practiced
once a week since returning from a fractured foot injury in the first week of
December.</p>


Umenyiora has been limited in practice since returning at the end of the
regular season. </p>


For the Patriots, only one player -- and a prominent one -- would've been
held out if they were to have practiced today: TE Rob Gronkowski. The
second-year tight end, who has 20 touchdowns this season including the
postseason, suffered an ankle injury against Baltimore on Sunday and his status
for the Super Bowl is up in the air. </p>


A whopping 12 Patriots would have been limited today.</p>


They are:</p>


WR Wes Welker (knee)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
S Patrick Chung
(knee)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
G Logan Mankins (knee)
LB Brandon Spikes
(knee)
T Marcus Cannon (ankle)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
S James
Ihedigbo (shoulder)
DL Kyle Love (ankle)
T Sebastian Vollmer
(back/foot)
LB Tracy White (abdomen)</p>


Both teams will practice tomorrow."</p>

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GIANTS-PATRIOTS HOT TOPIC: HOW TO STOP ROB GRONKOWSKI (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants-patriots_super_bowl_hot.html)

"The Giants have had trouble defending opposing teams' tight ends this season,
including last week against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. Vernon Davis
had three catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns against the Giants, despite
their best efforts to jam him at the line of scrimmage. Now, Big Blue faces <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_vs_49ers_vernon_davis_r.html">arguably
the best tight end in football, Rob Gronkowski.</a><div class="entry-content">


Gronkowski caught 90 passes for a tight-end-record 1,327 yards and 17
touchdowns in the regular season, and he hasn't slowed down in the playoffs. In
the Pats' two wins, he has a combined 15 catches for 232 yards and three
TDs.</p>


NJ.com users have had countless discussions about defending tight ends this
season, and containing Gronkowski -- and even the Pats' other tight end, Aaron
Hernandez -- will be a big defensive focal point. In the <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/11/giants_eli_manning_overcome_pa.html">Giants'
Week 9 win over the Patriots</a>, Gronkowski had eight catches for 101 yards and
a touchdown. Hernandez also caught a touchdown, one of his four receptions for
35 yards.</p>POLITI: GIANTS' PUNTER, STEVE WEATHERFORD, DOESN'T KEEP CALM EVEN I N MOST IMPORTANT MOMENTS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/politi_giants_punter_steve_wea.html)
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"So how did the holder approach his kicker before the field goal that sent the
Giants to the Super Bowl?


Did he keep his distance, like a catcher does when his pitcher is throwing a
no-hitter? Did he offer a few pointers and then back away, like a caddie does
when his golfer is lining up the winning putt?</p>


Not exactly. Steve Weatherford walked up to Lawrence Tynes at the biggest
moment of this season and pointed to the spot on the muddy Candlestick Park
field where he was about to place the football. </p>


“LAWRENCE,” he yelled, “THIS IS A $&amp;#@!* SUPER BOWL SPOT RIGHT
HERE!!”</p>


He then ran to the sidelines and told head coach Tom Coughlin the same thing.
Then he returned to Tynes and, in a voice that suggests he misread the label on
those five-hour energy drinks and thought he had to gulp five an hour, announced
his intentions.</p>


“LET’S $&amp;#@!* MAKE THIS KICK,” he yelled. “WE’RE GOING TO THE SUPER
BOWL!!!”</p>


That’s Weatherford, the hyperkinetic, muscle-bound, tattoo-covered punter for
the Giants. On the field-goal team, he is the yin to Tynes’ yang, an odd couple
that works for the Giants.</p>


Weatherford likes stylish clothes. Tynes looks like he walked out of a Eddie
Bauer catalog. Weatherford couldn’t sit still in school. Tynes, always studious,
wants to be a NFL general manager some day.</p>


As Weatherford explains it: “A lot of kickers and punters hurt themselves
because they think too much. Well, I don’t think at all, so …”</p>


You would think, when one kick could fulfill or dash the dreams of 53
teammates and a few million fans, that the last person Tynes would want looking
up from one knee would be this one-man mosh pit of a punter. </p>


But something about the crazy guy actually calms him down. Tynes still can’t
believe the Giants had a chance to sign Weatherford this offseason and that Jets
special-teams coach Mike Westhoff told the world he was “disappointed in some of
the poor performances” from his punter in 2011.</p>


Tynes, the future GM, was not impressed.</p>


“That was the worst statement of the year, by any coach in the league, this
year,” he said. “How could you say that? He just broke an NFL record for your
team (for 42 downed punts inside the 20-yard line) and you threw him under the
bus?”</p>


He’s glad Weatherford’s here. Weatherford hasn’t just solved the Giants’
punting issues — he drilled a 50-yarder with two minutes left in the fourth
quarter that was one of the important, if not overlooked, plays in Sunday’s win
— but he’s become a reliable teammate for Tynes, too. </p>


The holder and kicker might be the most co-dependent jobs on a football team,
acting like moving parts on the same person. If one fails, both fail.</p>


Weatherford and Tynes were walking off the field before the game in San
Francisco when Billy Cundiff, the Pro Bowl kicker for the Ravens, was lining up
a 32-yard kick that would have sent their AFC Championship Game against the
Patriots into overtime. They stopped and watched, curious, like the rest of the
world, to see Cundiff jerk it left. </p>


“Listen, I know to play this position, anything can happen,” Tynes said when
asked about his counterpart in the kicking fraternity. “You try to focus the
positives out of it. But sure, your heart goes out to guys.” </p>


Then he referenced the most famous field-goal miss in NFL history, the one
that delivered the Giants their second Super Bowl championship. </p>


“Scott Norwood, nobody realizes, it was 47 yards on grass and he had never
kicked one on grass that far in his career,” Tynes said. “That’s a long kick.
When you play this position, we’re the only guys who know what it feels
like.”</p>


But that’s the thing: Tynes doesn’t know what it feels like, at least not in
a game of that magnitude. He is 2-for-2 in overtime in NFC Championship games,
something that sets him alone in league history.</p>


Cundiff missed from 32 yards. Tynes, after a delay-of-game penalty, had a
31-yard attempt. The snap from Zak DeOssie was low, but Weatherford — his black
wedding band visible to 58 million people — quickly moved it into position.
Tynes made it look easy, when anyone who follows football knows it is anything
but.</p>


What happened next made Weatherford a self-described You Tube sensation. He
took off running toward the CBS cameras, and you didn’t have to be a very good
lip reader to see what he was yelling. </p>


Weatherford called his mother in the locker room moments later, and before
she even offered her congratulations, she asked her son what, exactly, he had
said with the world watching.</p>

“That we’re going to Super Bowl F-f-f-f-forty-six!” he lied.</p>


He’ll be there in Indianapolis, just 40 minutes from his hometown of Terra
Haute, Ind. If the game comes down to a final kick, he won’t have to deal with
any tricky conditions inside the domed Lucas Oil Stadium.</p>


The only thing the holder and the kicker will have to deal with is the noise.
But then again, after a season listening to Weatherford, at least Tynes thrives
in the company of loud voices."</p>GIANTS - PATRIOTS: SUPER BOWL FROM A TO Z (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_-_patriots_super_bowl_f.html)

Excerpt: "Well, the Giants are back in the Super Bowl for the fifth time in franchise
history, completing an improbable turnaround from just a month ago, when the
team was 7-7 and appeared headed for another tumultuous offseason. There is
still more than a week to go before kickoff for the big game, so it’s a good
time for a Big Blue breakdown. Here’s everything you need to know about the
Giants from A (Amukamara) to Z (Zeke Mowatt)


A is for Ann Mara, the matriarch of the Giants
family. And <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/after_giants_victory_ann_mara.html">you’d
better not pick against her team, because Wellington Mara’s widow will let you
have it</a>. (Just ask Terry Bradshaw.)</p>


B is for Bill Belichick, the head coach of the
Patriots and mastermind extraordinaire of the NFL. The former defensive
coordinator for Bill Parcells’ Giants dynasty is the owner of five Super Bowl
rings.</p>


C is for Common Opponents, of which the Giants and
Pats had six this year, thanks to the NFL’s matchup calendar. Both teams played
the Jets, Dolphins, Bills, Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins. New England went 8-1,
the Giants 6-3 against those teams.</p>


D is for Deerfield Beach, Fla., hometown of
defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants’ breakout star this season. The
former South Florida Bull had 16½ sacks in the regular season and a half-sack in
the playoffs.</p>


E is for Ewing’s sarcoma, the rare form of bone
cancer Giants rookie linebacker Mark Herzlich was diagnosed with in May of 2009,
before his senior year at Boston College. Four months later, he was
cancer-free.</p>


F is for Florham Park, currently the NFL capital of
crow eating, as Jets head coach Rex Ryan will have to watch the two teams he
loves to chide play for a title.</p>

G is for Gronkowski, someone the Giants will be paying
close attention to. Rob Gronkowski redefined the tight end position, becoming
one of QB Tom Brady’s favorite targets. He caught 90 balls for 1,327 yards and
17 TDs this season.</p>


H is for Hot Seat. You know, that thing Tom
Coughlin was supposed to be on about a month ago. </p>


I is for Indianapolis, site of Super Bowl XLVI and
backyard of Peyton Manning, who will have to watch his younger bro go up against
his longtime nemesis on his home field. Ouch.</p>


J is for Jerry Reese, general manager of the Giants
and the man most responsible for constructing this team. Consider that 11
starters or backups on the two-deep roster have less than three years’
experience.</p>


K is for Kraft, specifically Robert Kraft. The
Patriots owner has watched this season with a heavy heart after losing his wife,
Myra, to cancer this past summer.</p>L is for Lawrence Tynes, who had to beat out Josh
Huston in training camp in 2007 for the kicker’s job. He has now kicked the
Giants into two Super Bowls — both coming in overtime.



M is for Manning, as in Eli Manning, who is one
victory away from cementing his place on the Giants’ Mount Rushmore with a
second Super Bowl title.</p>


N is for New England Patriots, who face the Giants
in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII. Lots of Patriots are still smarting from having
the only blemish of an 18-1 season come in the title game.</p>


O is for Offensive Line, a unit that will be a
primary focus in the big game. In the three postseason games, the Giants have
allowed eight sacks and 24 hits on Eli Manning.</p>


P is for Pat Hanlon, Senior VP of Communications
for the Giants, whose Twitter feed (@giantspathanlon (https://twitter.com/#%21/giantspathanlon)) is a
must-follow. He’s not afraid to mix it up via social media ... just ask Rex Ryan
and the Jets.</p>


Q is for QBs drafted No. 1 overall with multiple Super
Bowl titles. It’s a select club with only four members: Terry Bradshaw, Jim
Plunkett, John Elway and Troy Aikman. Eli Manning has a chance to make it
five.</p>


R is for Red Zone Scoring. New England is just
about automatic inside the 20, averaging three scores a game this season — best
in the league. The Giants were eighth, with 1.9 scores per game.</p>

S is for Sacks, which you’ll hear a lot about because
it’s how the Giants beat Brady four years ago. The Giants were tied for third in
that category this season with 48.
</p>


T is for Tyree, as in Montclair native David
Tyree. And no, we still have no idea how he made that catch in the desert in
Super Bowl XLII.</p>


U is for Underdogs, and it’s a position the Giants
are familiar with in Super Bowls. Big Blue has been the underdog four times
(1990, 2000, 2007, 2011). Twice it didn’t matter because they won.</p>


V is for Victor Cruz, the pride of Paterson who has
exploded on the scene this season. Amazing to think that the former Paterson
Catholic standout went undrafted back in 2010. So far this year? He has 99
receptions for 1,780 yards and nine TDs. </p>


W is for Winged Foot. Yes, the famed golf club is a
Mara family haven. According to the GHIN handicap register, the best golfer of
the clan is VP of Community Relations Frank Mara, who plays to a 1.2.</p>


X is for X-Rays, a dreaded word around East
Rutherford this season. The Giants have 10 players on injured reserve. </p>


Y is for Youth, something the Giants have a bit of
this year. Among the players on the 53-man roster, only 11 are older than 30.
(Lawrence Tynes, 33, is oldest.) New England has 13 over 30, with 35-year-old RB
Kevin Faulk the oldest.</p>

Z is for Zak DeOssie, Giants long snapper and son of
former Giant Steve DeOssie, who won a title in Super Bowl XXV. Steve finished
his career in New England and now occasionally is a local TV analyst for
Patriots games."
</p>

GIANTS SEE UPSIDE IN REMATCHES (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_see_upside_in_rematches.html)</p>

"There’s a running theme to <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/">the
Giants</a>’ postseason lately, and it’s worked out to their advantage. It goes a
little something like this:</p>


The last time we played (team), we didn’t have (player) and (player) and a
fully healthy (player), yet we played them pretty well. So we feel good about
playing (team) again with (players) in the lineup.</p>


Such was the mantra leading up to the victories over the Packers and 49ers,
both of whom had beaten a banged-up group of Giants in closely contested
regular-season games. </p>


Now, heading into Super Bowl XLVI in 11 days, they feel the same way about
how they played the Patriots in Week 9 without Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw,
David Baas and Henry Hynoski.</p>


And, oh yeah, they actually won that game on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Eli
Manning to Jake Ballard with 15 seconds to play.</p>


“The biggest thing for us is it’s been a confidence boost knowing how we
played against teams when we weren’t at full strength,” defensive end Justin
Tuck said yesterday. “But we’re probably as healthy as we’ve been all year, so
we feel very confident we can play with anybody.</p>


“I know the Patriots won 10 straight and are back in the Super Bowl again and
that’s a very good football team. They’re kind of like us, they know how to win
in these playoffs. But our confidence level is high and we feel good about where
we are as a team.” </p>


The Giants’ meeting with the Patriots will be the 13th Super Bowl played
between teams that met in the regular season. The regular-season winners in the
previous 12 such matchups are 5-7 in the rematch and the teams that won the
first meeting on the road (as the Giants did) are only 2-4.</p>


That’s the bad news for the Giants. The good news is postseason rematches
have been very good for them under Tom Coughlin.</p>


In the first seven playoff games against teams they faced in the regular
season under Coughlin, they’re 5-2, including three straight victories four
seasons ago and two this year.</p>


The two losses were against the Eagles, whom they face twice a season every
year. The five victories were against opponents they don’t see as regularly,
including Super Bowl XLII, which they slowed down masterfully after losing a
track meet against the Pats in Week 17.</p>


So perhaps this coaching staff and core of players do a good job of getting
themselves ready for a rematch against somewhat unfamiliar opponents.</p>


“Obviously both (teams) have that same opportunity,” Manning said. “We’ll
look hard at the first game, but knowing Coach (Bill) Belichick and their staff
they’ll have a new game plan, they’ll have some new wrinkles in there.”</p>


That’s all well and good, but the question is whether the Giants under
Coughlin have taken advantage of that opportunity more than their opponents.</p>


From a game-plan standpoint, it’s looked that way, as they controlled much of
the games against the Cowboys, Packers and Patriots in ’08 and the Packers and
49ers this year. In those five games, they’ve scored on their opening drive
three times and have led for 116:26 while trailing for only 88:07. The only game
in which they trailed for an extended period of time was Super Bowl XLII, but
the fact they stayed within 4 points of the Pats for two scoreless quarters was
a huge advantage for them.</p>


Part of such game planning is relying on what worked in the first meeting;
the other half is figuring out in advance how the opponents will attempt to fix
such issues.</p>


“I think you have to. You have to anticipate what they might do,” Manning
said. “That’s the good thing about having six practice days to get ready (for
the Super Bowl). You can practice a whole lot of different looks and be prepared
for anything.”</p>


The other quarterback in this matchup will certainly be prepared.</p>


Tuck said every time the Giants face Tom Brady they have to “go back to the
drawing board,” and that by the end of the first quarter Brady has a sense for
what the defense is trying to do to him. Tuck recommended the Giants come up
with “a few game plans” and throw something new at Brady each quarter.</p>


With a dash of something old in there, for sure.</p>


“We’ve done a good job of seeing how teams have hurt us in the first games or
seeing how we had success and kind of duplicating that,” Tuck said. “Obviously
we hope next week we can do the same. But it’s going to be a totally different
game than what it was when we played up there. Both teams are playing
better.</p>


“I think it’s going to be one of those epic Super Bowls and it might come
down to the team that has the ball last.”</p>


<big>TWICE IS A CHALLENGE </big></p>


In 12 previous Super Bowls that have were rematches from the regular
season, the teams winning the first matchup are 5-7. Plus, the teams who beat
the opponent on the road in the regular season are 2-4 in the Super Bowl. A
possibly good omen for the Giants is they’re 3-0 against teams they had already
played in their Super Bowl years. The complete list of Super rematches:</p>


SUPER BOWL, WINNING TEAM, SCORE, LOSING TEAM, REG. SEASON
WINNER
XII: Cowboys, 27-10, Broncos, @Cowboys
14-6
XV: Raiders, 27-10, Eagles, @Eagles 10-7
XVI:
49ers, 26-21, Bengals, 49ers 21-3
XVIII: Raiders, 38-9, Redskins,
@Redskins 37-35
XX: Bears, 46-10, Patriots, @Bears
20-7
XXI: GIANTS, 39-20, Broncos, @Giants 19-16
XXV:
GIANTS, 20-19, Bills, Bills 17-13
XXVIII: Cowboys, 30-13, Bills,
Bills 13-10
XXIX: 49ers, 49-26, Chargers, 49ers
38-15
XXXIV: Rams, 23-16, Titans, @Titans 24-21
XXXVI:
Patriots, 20-17, Rams, Rams 24-17
XLII: GIANTS, 17-14, Patriots,
Patriots 38-35
— Mike Garafolo"</p>

PATRIOTS' COACH BILL BELICHICK FULL OF PRAISE FOR COUGHLIN AND GIANTS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/patriots_coach_bill_belichick.html)
</p>

"Bill Belichick, like his quarterback and team owner, had little interest in
revisiting Super Bowl XLII — specifically, the moment when David Tyree made his
spectacular catch to spur the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/)’
comeback over the Patriots.</p>


“I think we’ve talked about all that a long time ago,” the Patriots coach
said on a media conference call Tuesday. “Had a lot of comments on the record
after the game and everything else. Go back and look at all of the things that
happened then, or some other year.”</p>


But with less than two weeks until the teams meet again in Super Bowl XLVI,
Belichick spoke more fondly of other ties with the Giants: the 12 years he spent
there as an assistant coach, his friendship with coach Tom Coughlin and the
familiarity and respect between the two franchises.</p>


Belichick pointed out that this will be the third time the two teams face
each other this season, including the preseason matchup.</p>


“This is a team that we have some background with relative to most of the
other NFC teams we’ve played through the years. We know how good they are,”
Belichick said, praising the Giants’ coaches, ownership and front office.</p>


He added: “They’ve performed well under pressure in critical games. They’ve
played some of their best football when they’ve had to and when it’s counted the
most. That’s what you’ve got to do this time of year. ... We know this is the
best team we’ve played. It’s going to take our best game. The way it should
be.”</p>


Belichick won two Super Bowls with the Giants during his run with the team
from 1979 to 1990, serving as special teams coach, a defensive assistant and
eventually defensive coordinator. Coughlin was the Giants’ receivers coach from
1988-90, and Belichick said of all the fellow coaches he has worked with, their
relationship was “as good as any.”</p>


“I have a lot of respect for Tom,” Belichick said. “He’s definitely stood the
test of time in a couple organizations. ... He’s tough, he’s very disciplined,
got a lot of experience, an intense coach, and I think that’s reflected in the
way his teams play.”</p>


Belichick said he and Coughlin share a mutual respect, speaking about common
problems and sharing things with each other — particularly since their teams are
in different conferences.</p>


While Belichick will be looking to dash the Giants’ title hopes in
Indianapolis, he will always hold respect and fondness for the organization.</p>


“Those were 12 great years of my life,” he said. “I loved every one of them
with the Giants. The people I worked with, where I lived, our community. Two of
my kids were born there. So, there’s a lot of fond memories
there.”

Gronkowski’s status: Belichick said only “we’ll
see how it goes” with TE Rob Gronkowski’s ankle injury when he returns to
practice tomorrow. Gronkowski, who was injured during the AFC Championship Game
but returned, wore a walking boot Monday. The Boston Herald reported that he has
some ligament damage and may not be 100 percent for the Super Bowl.</p>


Pollard’s poke: After falling to New England in the AFC
Championship Game, Ravens S Bernard Pollard said he hopes the Giants “put a
thrashing on” the Patriots. Pollard, in an interview with KILT radio station in
Houston, also said he does not believe New England’s “dinking and dunking”
offense will be able to beat the Giants defense.</p>


Eye on Ihedigbo: Belichick praised safety James Ihedigbo,
the ex-Jet who signed with the Patriots in free agency this year, as smart,
diligent and a leader."</p>GIANTS MADE SURE KYLE WILLIAMS WAS RATTLED IN NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, TARGETED OR NOT (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_made_sure_kyle_williams.html)

"It was obvious from the outset that 49ers wide receiver and returner Kyle
Williams, for one reason or another, was rattled Sunday in the NFC Championship
Game.


There was the mishandled pitch from running back Kendall Hunter on a wide
receiver end-around in the first quarter that he was able to recover. Then there
was the awkward diving catch of a punt that could’ve been disastrous. And, of
course, there were the major gaffes that ultimately cost the 49ers a trip to the
Super Bowl: the muffed punt that glanced off his knee and his fumble on a punt
return. </p>


The turnovers led to the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/)’
final 10 points and have solicited unwanted negative attention, including death
threats on Twitter.</p>


Maybe it was the rainy and windy conditions at Candlestick Park. Perhaps it
was his discomfort as a returner, called on to replace starter Ted Ginn Jr., who
was out due to a knee injury.</p>


Or maybe it was something else entirely. After their win, a couple of Giants
said they had a strategy to get Williams out of his game: Hit him hard enough to
literally get him out of the game. </p>


“He’s had a lot of concussions. We were just like, ‘We gotta put a hit on
that guy,’?” said Devin Thomas, who recovered both Williams’ muffed punt and
fumble. “(Tyler) Sash did a great job hitting him early and he looked kind of
dazed when he got up. I feel like that made a difference and he coughed it
up.”</p>


“We knew he had four concussions, so that was our biggest thing, was to take
him outta the game,“ said Jacquian Williams, who forced the fumble in overtime.
</p>


Tuesday, defensive end Justin Tuck and linebacker Michael Boley both said
Williams’ concussion history was not discussed during the week and denied the
team targeted him because of it.</p>


“It’s not like we wasn’t trying to hit him,” Tuck said. “We was definitely
trying to get a lot of hats on him because he might not have been as comfortable
back there as a Ted Ginn, who’s been back there all year. As far as trying to
knock him out of a football game, no.”</p>


At a time when the public perception of the brutal sport has shifted —
leading to the NFL penalizing players for helmet-to-helmet hits in an effort to
limit such injuries, and overhauling its concussion test protocol for when they
do occur — the postgame comments are certainly not what the league wanted to
hear.</p>


But the NFL didn’t see anything wrong on Sunday to warrant any
discipline.</p>


“Players are held accountable for their actions on the field,” NFL spokesman
Greg Aiello told The Star-Ledger in an e-mail. “There were no illegal hits to
the head or neck area against Kyle Williams on Sunday. There was no conduct by
the Giants of any kind that would suggest an effort to injure Kyle Williams in
any way.”</p>


And knowing how serious such injuries can be, the Giants — or at least Boley
and Tuck — maintained that they weren’t going after Williams with the intent to
concuss him. </p>


“In our meeting we didn’t talk about it,” Boley said. “Concussions is a big
deal. That’s something that you don’t teach, we don’t talk about it. Obviously,
we don’t want to hurt anybody. We’re a fraternity of brothers all across the
league, so we don’t want to see anybody get hurt.”</p>GIANTS' ELI MANNING, IN RESPONSE TO QUESTION ABOUT BEING "ELITE", FIRES BACK AT MEDIA FOR "MAKING UP STORIES." (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_eli_manning_in_response.html)

"Eli Manning showed up today for the first time since 2007.


Well, what I mean is the Giants' quarterback broke from his formula of giving
vanilla answers to finally take a shot back at us in the media who <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/08/giants_eli_manning_considers_h.html">took
his saying he was elite like Tom Brady </a>this summer and blowing it up into a
huge story.</p>


Just like he did four seasons ago when he <a href="http://blog.nj.com/ledgergiants/2007/08/eli_to_tiki_youre_one_to_talk.html">fired
back at Tiki Barber for saying his attempts at leadership were “comical,”</a>
Manning stunned reporters with his jab today when asked if he regretted the
comment.</p>


“No I don’t have any regrets. I thought I gave an honest answer,” Manning
said. “I didn’t regret it at the time or think anything of it at the time.
Obviously, it’s been made into a big deal but I can’t always control that. I’m
worried about getting ready to play, play this game, go out there play my best
football and get the team to play our best football.</p>


“That’s my job. My job is to play the game. It’s your job to talk and make up
stories.”</p>


Boom!</p>


To be fair, many of us were dragged into this storyline against our will. And
again, to be fair to Manning, he was backed into a corner with the original
question.</p>


But again, to be fair to a great quote from a guy who sprinkles them
sparingly: Boom!</p>


* * * *</p>


One other great moment from his presser was when he was asked about <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/after_giants_victory_ann_mara.html">Ann
Mara’s giving Terry Bradshaw the business</a> because he never picks the
Giants.</p>


“I heard about it and kind if saw it on the news and read about it a little
bit. You had to laugh,” Manning said. “Mrs. Mara, you see her and you think,
‘Sweet Mrs. Mara,’ but she obviously is very passionate about Giants football
and passionate about this team, is involved and knows the players.</p>


“I like her attitude. I like the way she spoke her mind about something she
cared deeply about.”</p>


* * * *</p>


Hang in there for more football-oriented stuff. Coming at you in droves
today."</p>PATRIOTS' BILL BELICHICK POINTS OUT GREAT FAMILIARITY, TIES WITH GIANTS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/bill_belichick_points_out_grea.html)

"Bill Belichick, <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/patriots_owner_robert_kraft_ha.html">like
his quarterback and team owner</a>, had little interest in revisiting Super Bowl
XLII -- specifically his memories of the moment when <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/david_tyree_sees_giants_as.html">David
Tyree made his spectacular catch to spur the Giants' comeback</a> over the
Patriots.<div class="entry-content">


"I think we’ve talked about all that a long time ago," the Patriots coach
said on a media conference call today. "Had a lot of comments on the record
after the game and everything else. Go back and look at all of the things that
happened then, or some other year."</p>


But Belichick spoke more fondly of other ties with the Giants: the 12 years
he spent there as an assistant coach, his "good friendship" with coach Tom
Coughlin and the familiarity and respect between the two franchises.</p>


Belichick pointed out that this will be the third time the two teams face
each other this season, including the preseason matchup. </p>


"This is a team that we have some background with relative to most of the
other NFC teams we've played through the years. We know how good they are,"
Belichick said, praising their coaches, ownership and front office.</p>


He added: "They’ve performed well under pressure in critical games. They’ve
played some of their best football when they’ve had to and when it's counted the
most. That’s what you’ve got to do this time of year. ... We know this is the
best team we’ve played. It’s going to take our best game. The way it should
be."</p>


Belichick won two Super Bowls with the Giants during his run with the team
from 1979-1990, serving as special teams coach, a defensive assistant and
eventually defensive coordinator. Coughlin was the Giants' receivers coach from
1988-90, and Belichick said of all the fellow coaches he has worked with, their
relationship was "as good as any."</p>


"I have a lot of respect for Tom," Belichick said. "He’s definitely stood the
test of time in a couple organizations. ... He's tough, he's very disciplined,
got a lot of experience, an intense coach, and I think that’s reflected in the
way his teams play."</p>


Belichick said he and Coughlin share a mutual respect, speaking about common
problems and sharing things with each other -- particularly since their teams
are in different conferences.</p>


While Belichick will be looking to dash the Giants' title hopes in two weeks,
he will always hold respect and fondness for the organization.</p>


"Those were 12 great years of my life," he said. "I loved every one of them
with the Giants. The people I worked with, where I lived, our community, my kids
were born there. There's a lot of fond memories there."</p>


* * *</p>


Belichick did not give much of an update on TE Rob Gronkowski, who injured
his left ankle in the AFC Championship Game. Gronkowski was wearing a walking
boot Monday.</p>


Belichick said "we'll see how it goes," noting that the team has not yet
practiced since the game. He added, "it's hard to gauge injuries" based on how
they look in the game.</p>


* * *</p>


Belichick praised safety James Ihedigbo, the ex-Jet who signed with the
Patriots in free agency this year. Mainly a special teams and situational player
with the Jets, Ihedigbo has stepped into a starting role in New England.
Belichick called him a leader who has quick recognition in the secondary.</p>


"He's a hard worker, a really diligent guy," Belichick continued. "He's had a
lot of value in a number of different areas for us."
</p></div>GIANTS' HOT TOPIC: IS GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN A HALL OF FAME COACH? (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_hot_topic_is_tom_coughl.html)

"The Star-Ledger's Mike Garafolo wrote a story today about <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_tom_coughlin_is_enjoyin.html">Tom
Coughlin enjoying the game more than ever</a> as the Giants head to the Super
Bowl.<div class="entry-content">


This is Coughlin's 16th season as a coach - eight with the Giants, eight with
the Jacksonville Jaguars - and the accolades are piling up. So many, in fact,
that the 65-year-old coach is entering Hall-of-Fame discussion.</p>


Consider this:</p>


• 142-114 regular-season record (.555 winning percentage)
• 11-7 playoff
record
• 7 division titles
• 2 NFC Championship titles
• 1 Super Bowl
title
• Guided Jacksonville to AFC Championship Game in franchise's second
year
• Only coach to twice win all three playoff levels
(wild-card, divisional and conference championship) and reach Super Bowl</p>


So is Coughlin a Hall-of-Famer? Does he have to win Super Bowl XLVI to be
one? There are <a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/positions.aspx">21
coaches currently in the Hall-of-Fame</a>, with Bill Parcells a 2012 finalist.
</p>


Drop down to the <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_hot_topic_is_tom_coughl.html#comments">comments
section</a> to join the discussion on whether Coughlin is a Hall-of-Famer. And,
don't worry, Giants fans, we're saving that "Best coach in Giants history"
question for after the Super Bowl."
</p></div>http://www.nj.com/giants/
</div></div></div></div>
<font size="4"><u>NY DAILY NEWS
</u></font><div><div>
LUPICA: BIG BLUE SHOULDN'T BE SUPER DOGS (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-battle-odds-ne-patriots-super-bowl-article-1.1011468)

"The New England Patriots got on a roll when they came into MetLife Stadium
halfway through the season, when they were 5-3 and had just lost to the Giants
and Steelers. The Jets were supposed to get them, too, in that big Sunday night
game, take control of the AFC East. Didn’t happen. And you know what has
happened since? The Patriots haven’t lost a game, that’s what.<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"><div class="story-body">


The Patriots have won 10 in a row and nobody cares that they didn’t beat a
team that ended the season with a winning record until they beat the Baltimore
Ravens last Sunday (the Denver Tebows ended up 9-9, playoffs included). <a title="Tom Brady" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tom+Brady">Tom
Brady</a> is looking to win his fourth Super Bowl, be called the best
quarterback of all time. Bill Belichick (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Bill+Belichick) is
looking to win his fourth Super Bowl as a head coach, maybe be called the best
coach of all time.</p>


The Patriots are a tremendous organization, even with Spygate on their rap
sheet. They have a tremendous owner in Mr. Robert Kraft (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Robert+Kraft), have
been to four Super Bowls in this century and won three of them. Underestimating
them in a big game, even after what the Giants did to them four years ago in
Glendale, Ariz., is nuts.</p>


Put all that down. But then ask yourself a question, off what you have seen
from the Giants lately:</p>


How are the Giants underdogs in this game?</p>


Oh, they were big underdogs four years ago, you know it, when the Patriots
were 18-0, big underdogs even though the Giants had played that life-and-death
game with them a month earlier in Jersey. And you still remember all the
storylines from that one: The Giants couldn’t stop Brady, couldn’t stop <a title="Randy Moss" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Randy+Moss">Randy
Moss</a>, couldn’t give Belichick two weeks to prepare, because, well, because
he was Belichick. Three Super Bowls as a head coach, two with the Giants as
Parcells’ defensive coordinator, Darth Vader (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Darth+Vader) of
defense.</p>


Then you saw what happened in the Super Bowl, everybody did, the Giants ran
through the Patriots offensive line, banged Brady around the whole day, only
gave him two touchdowns, beat him in the end, won one of the unforgettable
championship games ever played in the NFL.</p>


Now the Giants are back, with the same kind of defense, the same kind of
pressure they got four years ago, just with Jason Pierre-Paul (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jason+Pierre-Paul)
doing his best to play the part of Michael Strahan (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Michael+Strahan).
They have a better Eli Manning (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eli+Manning) than they
had four years ago, have enough players who remember how to get on a roll in
January and win it all in February. And are on this roll.</p>


If they weren’t afraid of the Patriots last time, they sure won’t be afraid
this time.</p>

Here was Justin Tuck (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Justin+Tuck), who played
the game of his life against the Patriots in that Super Bowl in Arizona,
standing on the field at Candlestick Park late Sunday night, saying, “To be the
best you have to beat the best.”</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"><div class="story-body">


That means the Patriots, again. Only the Patriots aren’t as good as they were
four years ago, either side of the ball, even with the amazing numbers Brady had
this year, especially to those tight ends of his. The Giants — the Giants of
now, not the Giants who lost five of six in the second half of the season — look
better. They do.</p>


The Giants have beaten the defending Super Bowl champions, the 15-1 defending
Super Bowl champions, at Lambeau Field. Then they took all those body shots from
the 49ers Sunday night, Eli especially, still beat the 49ers in overtime.</p>


Their best right now looks better than the Patriots’ best. Doesn’t mean they
win the game, doesn’t mean they do to the Patriots in the Super Bowl what they
did to them in Foxborough during the regular season.</p>


It is just that right now, to me, the Giants’ five-game winning streak looks
a lot more meaningful than the Patriots’ 10-game winning streak. Maybe by next
week, when the money starts to come in on this game, the point spread will flip,
the Giants will end up being favored. Just not right now.</p>


And by the way? Sometimes the point spread matters not at all in the Super
Bowl, and not just because of what happened the last time it was the Giants
against the Patriots. It didn’t with Joe Namath (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Joe+Namath), all the way
back. It didn’t the day Brady first became Brady, taking his team down the field
in New Orleans when the Patriots were big underdogs to Kurt Warner (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Kurt+Warner) and the
Rams, setting up Adam Vinatieri (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Adam+Vinatieri)’s
first-game winning field goal in a Super Bowl.</p>


The Panthers weren’t supposed to beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, nearly
did, before Vinatieri kicked another one. The Cardinals weren’t supposed to beat
the Steelers, and then Ben Roethisberger (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ben+Roethisberger)
had to throw that ball to Santonio Holmes (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Santonio+Holmes) at
Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.</p>


You know all the upset history, know that the betting line is just that, a
line that tries to hook people and get them to bet. There is no disrespect meant
to the Patriots, now or ever. Are you kidding? Nobody will be surprised if they
get big revenge on the Giants in Indy. Brady and Belichick and Bob Kraft and
three Lombardi Trophies already and all those winning seasons, and those 10 wins
in a row right now.</p>


The Patriots still ought to be the dogs in this one. Maybe they’d like it
better that way. Or maybe the Giants, those dogs, are the ones who like things
exactly the way they are, the underdog thing working as well for them right now
as it did four years ago."
</p></div>GIANTS' PUNTER HAS NO LOVE FOR JETS SPECIAL TEAMS COACH WESTHOFF, SAYS HE'S GLAD SUPER BOWL APPEARANCE IS IN BLUE (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-punter-steve-weatheford-blue-skies-article-1.1011453)

"One of the lasting images from the Giants’ overtime victory Sunday in the NFC
Championship Game, as captured by Fox’s cameras, will be punter <a title="Steve Weatherford" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Steve+Weatherford">Steve
Weatherford</a>’s profanity-laden celebration after getting down the hold on Lawrence Tynes (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Lawrence+Tynes)’
game-winning field goal against the 49ers.<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"><div class="story-body">


But you didn’t have to be a lip reader to interpret Weatherford’s remarks
Tuesday about longtime Jets special-teams coach Mike Westhoff (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mike+Westhoff) as he
began preparing for the first Super Bowl trip of his career.</p>


“I’m glad it’s with this franchise and I’m glad it’s now,” said Weatherford,
whose season ended in the AFC Championship Game the previous two seasons with
the Jets. “This is definitely my best season, for sure. I think I’m playing well
at the right time. I think I’ve had a strong season. ... A lot of it has to do
with playing for (special teams coach) Tom Quinn (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tom+Quinn) and being
comfortable and confident and strong.</p>


“Playing for the Jets, and playing for that positional coach, was draining,
it was difficult and it was physically taxing.”</p>


Weatherford posted an average of 45.7 yards per punt this season — the
highest average of his six-year career. He represented an unmistakable upgrade
over Big Blue’s erratic punter from one year ago, Matt Dodge (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Matt+Dodge).</p>


Soon after Weatherford signed a one-year deal with the Giants after the
lockout ended, however, Westhoff was quoted as saying he’d been “very
disappointed” in the punter’s performance last season with the Jets. They ranked
23rd in the league with an average punt of 42.6 yards in 2010, but Weatherford
tied an NFL record for most punts inside the 20 with 42.</p>


“Wherever we are, I’m trying to get better, so that’s why we made the move,”
Westhoff said in September about the decision to replace Weatherford with <a title="T.J. Conley" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/T.J.+Conley">T.J.
Conley</a>. “Our guy did a great job snapping, I think we had the best
protection in the NFL, but there were times when (Weatherford) just didn’t do
the job.”</p>


Weatherford, who hopes to return to the Giants next season, hasn’t spoken to
Westhoff since leaving the Jets.</p>


“I feel terrible what they’re going through right now,” Weatherford said.
“Coach (Rex) Ryan was great to me. Mike Tannenbaum (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mike+Tannenbaum) was
great to me. Woody (Johnson) was great to me. But I’m a Giant now, and believe
me, I’m very thankful for that.”</p>


Tynes praised and defended his holder on Tuesday, calling Westhoff’s comments
“the worst statement of the year by any coach.”</p>


Tynes added that Weatherford was “fired up” even before Sunday’s game-winning
kick, saying the holder wasn’t the least bit fazed by the delay-of-game penalty
called against the Giants on the previous play.</p>


“He just kept saying, ‘This is the (bleeping) Super Bowl spot, right here.
We’re making this thing!’ ” Tynes said. “And his reaction (afterward) was
priceless.”</p>


Weatherford, whose hometown of Terre Haute, Ind., is about 40 minutes from
Super Bowl site in Indianapolis, later tried to convince his mother that the
F-word he clearly was caught mouthing immediately after the win wasn’t what
viewers thought it was.</p>


“I said, ‘Mom, all I said was we’re going to the fffffffffffforty-sixth Super
Bowl.’ ” Weatherford joked. “I don’t know if she really believed me.”</p>


According to Weatherford, he and Tynes were on the field warming up Sunday
when Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Billy+Cundiff)
yanked his potential game-tying field goal wide left to send the Patriots to the
Super Bowl.</p>


“I felt terrible for him. It was obviously the opposite of what happened to
us,” Weatherford said.</p>


“I’ve never thought about it (happening to me), but we’ve all seen it and it
can happen to any of us,” Tynes said. “I’m ready to deal with it either way. But
your heart goes out to guys like (Cundiff). When you play this position, we’re
the only ones who know what that feels like.”</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">
<div class="story-body">


One of the lasting images from the Giants’ overtime victory Sunday in the NFC
Championship Game, as captured by Fox’s cameras, will be punter <a title="Steve Weatherford" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Steve+Weatherford">Steve
Weatherford</a>’s profanity-laden celebration after getting down the hold on Lawrence Tynes (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Lawrence+Tynes)’
game-winning field goal against the 49ers.</p>


But you didn’t have to be a lip reader to interpret Weatherford’s remarks
Tuesday about longtime Jets special-teams coach Mike Westhoff (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mike+Westhoff) as he
began preparing for the first Super Bowl trip of his career.</p>


“I’m glad it’s with this franchise and I’m glad it’s now,” said Weatherford,
whose season ended in the AFC Championship Game the previous two seasons with
the Jets. “This is definitely my best season, for sure. I think I’m playing well
at the right time. I think I’ve had a strong season. ... A lot of it has to do
with playing for (special teams coach) Tom Quinn (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tom+Quinn) and being
comfortable and confident and strong.</p>


“Playing for the Jets, and playing for that positional coach, was draining,
it was difficult and it was physically taxing.”</p>


Weatherford posted an average of 45.7 yards per punt this season — the
highest average of his six-year career. He represented an unmistakable upgrade
over Big Blue’s erratic punter from one year ago, Matt Dodge (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Matt+Dodge).</p>


Soon after Weatherford signed a one-year deal with the Giants after the
lockout ended, however, Westhoff was quoted as saying he’d been “very
disappointed” in the punter’s performance last season with the Jets. They ranked
23rd in the league with an average punt of 42.6 yards in 2010, but Weatherford
tied an NFL record for most punts inside the 20 with 42.</p>


“Wherever we are, I’m trying to get better, so that’s why we made the move,”
Westhoff said in September about the decision to replace Weatherford with <a title="T.J. Conley" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/T.J.+Conley">T.J.
Conley</a>. “Our guy did a great job snapping, I think we had the best
protection in the NFL, but there were times when (Weatherford) just didn’t do
the job.”</p>


Weatherford, who hopes to return to the Giants next season, hasn’t spoken to
Westhoff since leaving the Jets.</p>


“I feel terrible what they’re going through right now,” Weatherford said.
“Coach (Rex) Ryan was great to me. Mike Tannenbaum (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mike+Tannenbaum) was
great to me. Woody (Johnson) was great to me. But I’m a Giant now, and believe
me, I’m very thankful for that.”</p>


Tynes praised and defended his holder on Tuesday, calling Westhoff’s comments
“the worst statement of the year by any coach.”</p>


Tynes added that Weatherford was “fired up” even before Sunday’s game-winning
kick, saying the holder wasn’t the least bit fazed by the delay-of-game penalty
called against the Giants on the previous play.</p>


“He just kept saying, ‘This is the (bleeping) Super Bowl spot, right here.
We’re making this thing!’ ” Tynes said. “And his reaction (afterward) was
priceless.”</p>


Weatherford, whose hometown of Terre Haute, Ind., is about 40 minutes from
Super Bowl site in Indianapolis, later tried to convince his mother that the
F-word he clearly was caught mouthing immediately after the win wasn’t what
viewers thought it was.</p>


“I said, ‘Mom, all I said was we’re going to the fffffffffffforty-sixth Super
Bowl.’ ” Weatherford joked. “I don’t know if she really believed me.”</p>


According to Weatherford, he and Tynes were on the field warming up Sunday
when Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Billy+Cundiff)
yanked his potential game-tying field goal wide left to send the Patriots to the
Super Bowl.</p>


“I felt terrible for him. It was obviously the opposite of what happened to
us,” Weatherford said.</p>


“I’ve never thought about it (happening to me), but we’ve all seen it and it
can happen to any of us,” Tynes said. “I’m ready to deal with it either way. But
your heart goes out to guys like (Cundiff). When you play this position, we’re
the only ones who know what that feels like.”</p></div>GIANTS DENY TRYING TO HURT 49ERS KYLE WILLIAMS (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/giants-deny-hurt-concussion-plagued-sf-49er-kyle-williams-article-1.1011472)

"The Giants knew that 49ers receiver Kyle Williams (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Kyle+Williams) had a
history of concussions and they wanted to make him uncomfortable and nervous on
Sunday night. But that doesn’t mean they were trying to hurt him or knock him
out of the game.<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"><div id="story"><div class="story-body">


That’s what several players said on Tuesday, two days after the Giants beat
the 49ers, 20-17, in the NFC Championship Game, largely because of Williams’ two
mistakes on punt returns. After the game, Giants receiver <a title="Devin Thomas" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Devin+Thomas">Devin
Thomas</a>, who recovered both punts, was quoted as saying, “He’s had a lot of
concussions. We were just like ‘We’ve got to put a hit on that guy.’”</p>


Even more damning, Giants linebacker <a title="Jacquian Williams" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jacquian+Williams">Jacquian
Williams</a>, who caused the overtime fumble, was quoted as saying, “We knew he
had four concussions, so our biggest thing was to take him out of the game.”</p>


Neither Thomas nor Williams was available to the media on Tuesday, but their
teammates insisted they weren’t trying to get Williams hurt.</p>


“I don’t think we’ve ever talked about knocking anybody out with concussions
or anything like that,” said Justin Tuck (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Justin+Tuck). “But it’s
not like we weren’t trying to hit him. We were definitely trying to get a lot of
hats on him because he might not have been as comfortable back there as say a <a title="Ted Ginn Jr." href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ted+Ginn+Jr.">Ted
Ginn</a> who had been there all year. But as far as trying to knock him out of
the football game? No.”</p>


“We didn’t talk about it,” added <a title="Michael Boley" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Michael+Boley">linebacker Michael
Boley</a>. “Concussions are a big deal. Obviously we don’t want to hurt anybody.
We’re a fraternity of brothers all across the league. We don’t want to see
anybody get hurt.”</p>


MRS. MARA ON A ROLLE
Ann Mara is Antrel Rolle (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Antrel+Rolle)’s kind of
lady.</p>


Rolle, like many of his teammates, got a good laugh at the video of the widow
of Wellington Mara (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Wellington+Mara)
jabbing her finger at Fox’s Terry Bradshaw (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Terry+Bradshaw)
during the postgame celebration on Sunday night and scolding him for always
picking against the Giants.</p>


“Hey, that’s what it’s about, man,” Rolle said. “When I say ‘All on deck’ I
don’t mean just the men in the locker room.”</p>


Added Eli Manning (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eli+Manning): “You see
her and you think ‘Sweet, Mrs. Mara.’ But she obviously is very passionate about
Giants football and very passionate about this Giants team. I like her attitude
and I like the way she spoke her mind about something she cares deeply
about.”

CARDINAL SIN
Rolle was with the Cardinals in
Super Bowl XLIII when they lost on a final-minute touchdown to the Pittsburgh
Steelers and he said “I can tell you right now there are not too many more
things that can feel worse than that.”</p>


That’s not an experience he’ll be sharing with his teammates this week,
though.</p>


“No, I won’t,” he said. “I never speak of any type of losing
situations.”

SUPER SAD
Lawrence Tynes (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Lawrence+Tynes) is
thrilled to be headed to his second Super Bowl, but he’s again sad that his
brother, Mark, isn’t free to join him. Mark is still in a federal prison in
Arkansas serving a 27-year sentence for drug trafficking.</p>


“I miss my brother. I really do,” Tynes said. “I wish I could share all this
with him. He’s not here, but he’ll be able to watch. He’ll see the game. I think
about him when I play, especially when I hit a game-winner, and to share it with
my wife (Amanda) on the field, that was cool. He’s going to get out, but I’ll
probably be a GM by then.”</p></div></div>
<div class="code_module">
</div></div>ELI MANNING TELLS GIANTS' TEAMMATES THAT IT'S TIME TO TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AGAINST PATRIOTS IN SUPER BOWL XLVI (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/eli-manning-tells-ny-giants-teammates-time-care-business-patriots-super-bowl-xlvi-article-1.1011147)
</div></div></div></div></div></div>
"When Eli Manning (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eli+Manning) talks, the
Giants listen because he doesn’t usually say a lot. So they were all listening
closely earlier on Tuesday when the quiet quarterback addressed the team and
delivered this message:<div>


It’s time to take care of business.</p>


“That’s basically what the message was about: Were’ going out there to take
care of business,” said safety Antrel Rolle (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Antrel+Rolle).
“Everything else is for the spectators. Everything else is for your family and
for your friends. We’re going out there to handle business.</p>


“It was a broad message that needed to be said. And it was a message that was
heard loud and clear by everyone. Basically this is about business. Let’s go
take care of it. Let’s go get it done, at whatever it costs.”</p>


That’s what the Giants began doing on Tuesday when the NFC champions arrived
at the Meadowlands for team meetings and film study. They will be off on
Wednesday before returning for three days of practice on Thursday, Friday and
Saturday. On Monday they depart for Indianapolis, site of Super Bowl XLVI.</p>


Manning’s point to them was that Super Bowl week can be a zoo, as he and a
few of his current teammates learned four years ago. That makes this a huge week
for the Giants. It’s where they’ll get in most of their study and preparation in
for the New England Patriots. Then they’ll be ready to go as soon as their
charter flight touches down.</p>


“I was just telling them just a little bit how to prepare for this,” Manning
said. “Just handling all your business with tickets, getting that stuff done.
Just a few things on just the mindset of this week. We’ve got to have great
preparation. Prepare this week like you’re playing the game this week, because
once you get out to Indianapolis, you’ve got to take a bus ride to practice and
the whole schedule gets thrown off.</p>


“We’ve got to have everything that we normally have to do during a normal
work week, we’re going to try to get it done this week.”</p>


Manning said he expects the Giants will input about “95 percent” of the game
plan this week before they leave for Indianapolis. “There might be a few
additions (next) week,” he said. “The more film you look at you might change a
few things. But really, from the standpoint of the coaches and players, our
preparation will be done this week.</p>


“That’s a big help,” he added. “That’s the way you want to do it. Just so
everybody knows the game plan and everybody has two weeks to look at it,
understand it. Once you get out there everybody will feel good about what we’re
doing.”</p></div>http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants
</div>
<div><div class="story-body"><div><div class="story-body"><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u></div></div></div></div><div><div><div><div>
HUBBUCH ON GIANTS BEING UNDERDOGS (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/nflblitz/video_hubbuch_on_giants_being_underdogs_NUfOjPCaVT pyOgHTV7gyxK)- VIDEO

SCHWARTZ FORM GIANTS' PRACTICE (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/video_schwartz_from_giants_practice_T3DyGCjeOoRhGw 3h4Ya07I) - VIDEO

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GameTime
01-25-2012, 01:24 PM
thanks Ro....</P>


Weatherford is a trip.....</P>


this whole team....actually this whole oganization is ALL IN!!!!!!!!</P>


Like Rolle said yesterday...From the custodians to the cooks tot he fansto theteam and the owners...</P>


All Hands on Deck mean EVERYONE !!!!!! LOVE IT !!!!!</P>


another day closer!!!!!!</P>

GameTime
01-25-2012, 01:24 PM
thanks Ro....</P>


Weatherford is a trip.....</P>


this whole team....actually this whole oganization is ALL IN!!!!!!!!</P>


Like Rolle said yesterday...From the custodians to the cooks to the fansto theteam and the owners...</P>


All Hands on Deck mean EVERYONE !!!!!! LOVE IT !!!!!</P>


another day closer!!!!!!</P>

BigBlue1971
01-25-2012, 01:32 PM
thanks much Roanoke. much appreciated. [B]</P>


ALL IN!</P>

ashleymarie
01-25-2012, 02:30 PM
Thank you kind sir. ALL IN!!!!

JJC7301
01-25-2012, 02:39 PM
thanks Ro....</P>


Weatherford is a trip.....</P>


this whole team....actually this whole oganization is ALL IN!!!!!!!!</P>


Like Rolle said yesterday...From the custodians to the cooks to the fansto theteam and the owners...</P>


All Hands on Deck mean EVERYONE !!!!!! LOVE IT !!!!!</P>


another day closer!!!!!!</P>


</P>


+1. Weatherford is hilarious. Isn't he the one earlier this season on the way to the game in Philly who tweated, "This place is a dump. Lets get a win and get outta here"?</P>

RoanokeFan
01-25-2012, 02:46 PM
thanks Ro....</p>


Weatherford is a trip.....</p>


this whole team....actually this whole oganization is ALL IN!!!!!!!!</p>


Like Rolle said yesterday...From the custodians to the cooks tot he fansto theteam and the owners...</p>


All Hands on Deck mean EVERYONE !!!!!! LOVE IT !!!!!</p>


another day closer!!!!!!</p>

[Y]

RoanokeFan
01-25-2012, 02:46 PM
Thank you kind sir. ALL IN!!!!

[B]

RoanokeFan
01-25-2012, 02:47 PM
thanks Ro....</p>


Weatherford is a trip.....</p>


this whole team....actually this whole oganization is ALL IN!!!!!!!!</p>


Like Rolle said yesterday...From the custodians to the cooks to the fansto theteam and the owners...</p>


All Hands on Deck mean EVERYONE !!!!!! LOVE IT !!!!!</p>


another day closer!!!!!!</p>


</p>


+1. Weatherford is hilarious. Isn't he the one earlier this season on the way to the game in Philly who tweated, "This place is a dump. Lets get a win and get outta here"?</p>

I think you're right lol And so was he [:D]

redzone88
01-25-2012, 02:56 PM
Been reading your posts for a while now. Great stuff

nygsb42champs
01-25-2012, 03:05 PM
Thanks for all the news RF.

RoanokeFan
01-25-2012, 03:21 PM
Thanks for all the news RF.

[Y]

RoanokeFan
01-25-2012, 03:21 PM
Been reading your posts for a while now. Great stuff

[B]

G-Men Surg.
01-25-2012, 05:43 PM
Thanks RF .

RoanokeFan
01-25-2012, 06:27 PM
Thanks RF .

You are very welcome [:)]