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GIANTS' AHMAD BRADSHAW PRAISED BY PATRIOTS' VINCE WILFORK (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_ahmad_bradshaw_praised.html)

Excerpt: "While Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/) running back Ahmad Bradshaw
was getting used to his new surroundings in Indianapolis, <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/patriots_vince_wilfork_will_gi.html">New
England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork</a> was busy singing his

"You know what I think? Bradshaw is one of the most underrated
running backs in the league, I really do," Wilfork said today. "I've been saying
this for a long time. This guy, he can run the football. He's a tough, tough

"And like I said, I put him up there with some of the best going today but
because they have three real good runners, I think he gets overlooked

Wilfork said he was especially concerned with the Giants'
backfield in general and their ability to mix in personnel and change up their
style at a moment's notice."</p>

"Man, the backfield that they have, they have three good running backs. They
have power, they have speed, they have quickness, they have some catching out of
the backfield, you name it they have it," he said. "Definitely every play, it's
a different type of runner." Read more...</p>PATRIOTS BEGIN SUPER BOWL XLVI PREPARATION IN INDIANAPOLIS WITH FULL-PADS PRACTICE (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/patriots_begin_super_bowl_xlvi.html)

"The New England Patriots held their first practice in Indianapolis today, and
they suited up in full pads.

“I felt like it would be the best way for us to prepare for the game,” coach
Bill Belichick said at his press conference today.</p>

Belichick called it a “good crisp workout.” The Patriots will have a film
session this evening following media availability. The Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/), meanwhile, arrived in Indianapolis
today and have not practiced on-site yet.</p>

The Patriots’ practice site for the week is the Indianapolis Colts’ facility,
and receiver Deion Branch admitted being on the turf of their AFC rival was
“weird,” at least for the first day. He thanked the Colts for allowing them to
practice there, though, before playfully ribbing the set-up.</p>

“I don’t know, who made the decision for us to practice there?” Branch said
in jest. “See, that may be another thing. The league may want to make us mad or
something, I don’t know. I would say they have a good facility, and whoever made
that decision, we thank them and thank their coach for allowing us to use their
building to practice in. We promise you we won’t get it dirty.”</p>

TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) did not practice again today,
Belichick said. He has not practiced since injuring the ankle in the AFC
Championship Game."

GIANTS HOPE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE AT CORNER WHEN PATRIOTS TRY TO COVER VICTOR CRUZ IN SUPER BOWL (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_hope_to_take_advantage.html)

"There’s one criterion Dan DePalma uses to confirm he’s done a good job of
covering Victor Cruz in practice.

“He hasn’t gotten me to fall yet, so I’m very proud of that,” the Verona
native and member of the Giants’ practice squad said the other day after a
practice in preparation for Super Bowl XLVI against the Patriots. “I’ve seen him
shake a lot of good DBs and make them fall down.”</p>

Fellow rookie tackle James Brewer, dressing in the next stall, overheard the

“He didn’t make me fall either. ‘Show’ team in walk-through,” said Brewer,
the 6-6, 330-pound tackle. “Write that down: ‘James Brewer did not get broke off
by Victor Cruz.’?”</p>

Light-hearted humor? Of course.</p>

But based on a well-founded concern likely keeping defensive coordinators up
at night? Absolutely.</p>

In the past few months, Cruz has proved his early success wasn’t a fluke and
that even double teams and bracket coverage can’t stop him completely. Teams
have tried everything from “inside-outside” coverage to putting two defenders
over him at the line of scrimmage, both strategies employed to limit his lateral
movement.</p>Which is why it’s somewhat difficult to believe what the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/) believe — that a wide receiver
will cover him in the Super Bowl.

The Patriots and Bill Belichick, long known to experiment with receivers in
the secondary, have used Julian Edelman as a nickel cornerback in obvious
passing situations this season. Heading into the Super Bowl, the Giants think
that strategy will remain in place, even against their new single-season
franchise receiving leader.</p>

“If he’s on defense, I’ll see him as a defender,” Cruz said. “I see him as
having to cover me, so I’ll just treat him like a defense and execute my route
and win — like I usually do.”</p>

In other words, the Giants will most definitely not be the ones shying away
from such a matchup of Cruz against a college quarterback who, until this
season, hadn’t played defensive back since high school.</p>

“I hope he’s out there when we play them,” wide receiver Mario Manningham
told the Boston Herald last week. “I don’t want to sound like, you know what I
mean. To our advantage, I hope he’s out there.”</p>They believe he will be.

“They had Edelman playing (the Ravens’ Anquan) Boldin last week, so we’re
preparing for it,” DePalma said. “They’ve been doing it all year. So we might as
well prepare for what they’ve been showing. And if they don’t do it, it’s no
surprise to us. But we might as well be ready for it.”</p>

DePalma, a 5-11, 200-pound undrafted free agent from West Chester (Pa.),
played the role of Edelman in practice last week. When the Giants resume
practice Wednesday, he’ll do the same. After all, he’s a wide receiver
masquerading as a defensive back, so he should provide an authentic look for

Plus, he actually played some corner in college, so he’s been able to scout
Edelman a bit. What he sees is the Pats’ simplifying things a bit for him.</p>

“It’s more of a man technique. Even when they’re playing zone they try to
keep him on somebody, man-press, hands-on type of deal,” DePalma said. “It’s
really hard to read a receiver, especially when you haven’t done it in a while,
so they try to keep him on somebody, play on the hip, I guess you could

The Ravens didn’t try to take advantage of Edelman until the final minutes when
Joe Flacco hit Boldin twice for a total of 38 yards. On the second of those
completions — a 29-yarder — it appeared Edelman botched a coverage at the line
by taking the wrong receiver out of a “bunch” formation (one receiver at the
line with two stacked behind him) after the Ravens motioned into that look.

Perhaps the Giants will run a similar formation, which is a standard part of
their offense. They’ll also likely see if Edelman can stick with Cruz on a
“switch” route off the line, during which he crosses with another receiver at
the line.</p>

Those are just a few ways of taking advantage of Edelman’s locking onto a
player — if, of course, that remains the plan for New England.</p>

“It’s not completely man (coverage), but they try to keep him on somebody,”
said DePalma, who is also playing the role of wide receiver Wes Welker to
benefit the starting defense. “That’s why they think he’ll be on Victor, even
when they’re in zone, just to kind of have him on somebody.”</p>

Sounds like the Giants want him on anybody.</p>

“It’s a different stage,” Manningham told the Herald. “This ain’t regular
season. That ain’t your real position, so we’re going to try to expose you. It’s
all or nothing now. That ain’t your position, this is the Super Bowl and we want
you to play that position.”
</p>PATRIOT'S OWNER, ROBERT KRAFT, HEAD TO SUPER BOWL WITH A HEAVY HEART (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/patriots_owner_robert_kraft_he.html)

"Four years ago, the Giants advanced to their first Super Bowl without longtime
owner Wellington Mara, who had died of lymphoma just over two years before at
the age of 89. It was difficult for the team to not notice his absence as his
son John was the first to hoist the Lombardi Trophy after the Giants defeated
the Patriots. <div class="entry-content">

As the two squads prepare for a Super Bowl rematch next Sunday, it's the
Patriots side that will sense a void in the owner's box. Robert Kraft's wife,
Myra -- a constant presence during the Krafts' ownership dating back to 1985 --
died last July of cancer at the age of 68. </p>

The Patriots have played with an "MHK" patch above their hearts in honor of
Myra and the team has rallied around Kraft, who has endured an emotional season
without his wife and still refers to Myra as his sweetheart.</p>

Emotions were high again today when the Patriots were sent off with a pep
rally at Gillette Stadium before they went on to catch a flight to

"At the stadium today, it was so special because the times we’re in now, to
have 25,000 of our fans come to the stadium and cheer our team off and they were
chanting my sweetheart’s initials as well," Kraft said. "It was a very emotional
experience and very special." </p>

Both Kraft and the Maras have dealt with emotion in Super Bowls and are
familiar with each other, having been instrumental in negotiations with the
players' union during the lockout. </p>

"I’m very fond of the ownership on the other side," Kraft said. "The Mara
family has done so much for the league over the last 90 years and put the league

"And the Tisches are a great family and they have a great team. And Coach
[Tom] Coughlin – Tom and Bill they worked together so I think the
fans of the NFL are going to have a great football game."</p></div>PATRIOTS' TOM BRADY HAS CONFIDENT MESSAGE FOR FANS, TEAMMATES (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/patriots_quarterback_tom_brady.html)

"This morning at Gillette Stadium, 25,000 fans filled the lower bowl of the
structure to send off the Patriots to Super Bowl XLVI. When it was quarterback
Tom Brady's turn to address the crowd, he did so with confidence.<div class="entry-content">

"We're going down there, and we're going down there for one reason," Brady
said. "We're going to give it our best and hopefully we have a lot more people
at our party next weekend."</p>

The Patriots would only have a party, of course, if they defeat the Giants on
Sunday. Brady's take on his confident words?</p>

"It was a pep rally," he said, as the team arrived at its hotel in
Indianapolis tonight. "People were pretty excited."</p>

His fellow teammates appreciated his message.</p>

"You'd have to ask Tom about that statement, but I think we’re a confident
football team," guard Brian Waters said. "I think we have every reason to be. I
think both teams have every reason to be. But I'm confident in my teammates, and
as the week as goes on, I've said -- the way we prepare, if we prepare like we
prepared the other 17 or 18 weeks in this season, I think the confidence level
will be at an all-time high."</p>

The Patriots arrived in Indianapolis a day ahead of the Giants. They will
practice tomorrow and Tuesday will be their off day, mimicking a regular
week."</p></div>PATRIOTS' BILL BELICHICK SAYS GRONKOWSKI'S STATUS IS DAY-TO-DAY (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/patriots_coach_bill_belichick_1.html)

"Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said that tight end Rob Gronkowski will be
"day to day" this week after sustaining an ankle injury last Sunday against
Baltimore. <div class="entry-content">

Gronkowski was seen wearing a black walking boot when coming off the team bus
today. </p>

Gronkowski injured his ankle in the third quarter on a Bernard Pollard
tackle. Earlier in the week, Gronkowski's father, Gordy, told a Buffalo radio
station earlier this week that it was indeed a high ankle sprain. </p>

This season, he hauled in a league-leading 17 touchdown receptions and
finished sixth in the league with 1,327 receiving yards. </p>

"I know that I need to make some plays with (either of the tight ends out of)
the game," Welker said. "They're definitely a big integral part of our offense
in everything they do, and if one's not in the other guy has to step up and do
some things out there." </p>

Perhaps in a vote of confidence for Gronkowski, Welker added: "We're going to
continue to lean on (Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez) through this game." </p>

Of the week in general, Belichick said that the team is looking to keep their
schedule as normal as possible in order to combat all the possible distractions.
They will practice tomorrow and take Tuesday off, resuming a regular practice
schedule on Wednesday. </p>

"We'll try to approach it in as much a routine as we can," he said. "The team
has been great all year in terms of their focus and preparation, so hopefully
that will serve us well this week." </p></div>http://www.nj.com/giants/
[b]<font size="4"><u>NY DAILY NEWS
[url="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/01/the-giants-have-arrived-at-super-bowl-xlvi"]NO TURNING bACK NOW, GIANTS ARRIVE IN INDIANAPOLIS (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/aim-a-lost-year-article-1.1013514)

"There's no turning back now. The Giants have arrived at Super Bowl XLVI.

Their United charter flight touched down at Indianapolis International
Airport around 2:50 p.m. ET, and rolled to a stop next to a small army of
photographers and TV cameras. Then, following Super Bowl tradition, the pilot
popped open the window and someone unfurled a big Giants flag.</p>

<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/ny-giants-leave-jersey-super-bowl-xlvi-indianapolis-gallery-1.1014171">PHOTOS:
Fans give Big Blue a sendoff before leaving for Indy</a></p>

The Giants were not dressed in all black, as they were four years ago when
they arrived in Phoenix for Super Bowl XLII. This time they were all in a
variety of colored suits as they descended down the stairs onto the tarmac,
where a red carpet awaited. From there, they hopped their team buses, headed
towards the downtown Marriott, their team hotel for the next week.</p>

Next up, their first press conferences, beginning around 4:30 p.m. Make sure
you're following <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/TheBlueScreen">@TheBlueScreen
on Twitter</a> for all the instant updates from there."

GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA STARTED SEASON WITH NASTY CONTRACT DISPUTE, NOW HAS A CHANCE TO END WITH SUPER BOWL VICTORY (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-osi-umenyiora-started-season-nasty-contract-dispute-a-chance-super-bowl-xlvi-victory-tom-brady-england-patriots-article-1.1013813)

"He is the big Giant who almost didn’t make it back to a game like this
against the Patriots. His season ends in Indianapolis, all right. But it started
for Osi Umenyiora (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Osi+Umenyiora) with a
nasty contract beef that reached the point where the Giants gave Umenyiora’s
agent permission to shop his man around the league.<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">

“You never know how things will work out in life,” Osi said on Saturday. “The
season started one way for me, with all that trash-talking. Now it ends with
.?.?. this.”

This. Indy. Super Bowl 46. Giants and Patriots. Again. Osi
getting after Tom Brady (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tom+Brady). Again. A big
Giant, the one who almost missed it all, gets another shot like this at the big

“There were times when I thought I might get traded,” he said, “and
times when I thought they’d keep me around.”

Osi laughed now and said,
“I’m glad they decided to keep me around.”

It was Umenyiora who put the
first big hit on Brady in the Super Bowl four years ago, came with Barry Cofield (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Barry+Cofield) the
first time Brady had the ball and put him on the ground. That was February of
’08. But Giants fans know that by the lockout summer of 2011, he wasn’t happy
with his contract, or general manager Jerry Reese (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jerry+Reese), he had a
case of hurt feelings and a sore knee that would eventually require arthroscopic

We feel like the Giants came from nowhere to this game, to Super
Bowl 46, because they were 7-7. But Osi Umenyiora came from bad feelings and a
bad place, nearly missed a run like this because he was almost on his way out of

“But it never reached the point of no return,” he was saying on
Saturday afternoon. “It was business with me and business with them. But I never
felt it was personal and I never felt they did, either. I always felt that the
people in charge had genuine affection for me.”

He said, “And no matter
what was happening, first with the contract and then with the injuries, I never
lost confidence in myself. The whole time, I had confidence that once I got
healthy I could be the same player I always was.”

When I asked him what
might happen when this season is over, win or lose on Sunday night, trade rumors
about him already being passed around like flyers on the street, Umenyiora said,
“I’m a Giant until somebody tells me I’m not.”

He wanted a new contract,
said he was promised a new contract, that was the start of the war of words,
some of the words in a filed affidavit that stated the Giants had promised him a
new contract. The Giants? They said that nobody forced him to sign his $41
million contract extension, in case he had forgotten.

It was like that,
no pretense or holding back, all about money, Osi deciding that he was being
underpaid compared to what other players, lesser players, were getting to rush
the quarterback and put him down.

That is where we were in the summer,
when nobody in town except maybe the people running the Giants and playing for
them thought they were going to contend for anything this season. Osi Umenyiora
had contract trouble and knee trouble and the season started without him. Later
he sprained an ankle. Hurt again. He was asked on Saturday when he really felt
healthy this season and he said, “The Dallas game.”

He means the Dallas
game played on the last Sunday night of the regular season, the Giants at 8-7,
needing to beat the Cowboys to win the NFC East and make the playoffs. Jason Pierre-Paul (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jason+Pierre-Paul)
had long since become the star of the defense, one of the ascendant defensive
stars of the whole league. No trash-talking from Umenyiora about that. He went
back to doing what he has always done at his best, when Michael Strahan (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Michael+Strahan) was
the star of the defensive front the way Pierre-Paul is now:

Went back
into the other team’s backfield. Tried to put the other quarterback on his back,
same as he did the last time it was the Giants and Patriots in a Super Bowl.
Still ended up with 12½ sacks this season, in 12 games, including the

Ernie Accorsi (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ernie+Accorsi), the
old Giants general manager, said that when Osi hit Brady early in Super Bowl 42,
he thought Brady was looking around after that. Now Osi and Pierre-Paul, <a title="Justin Tuck" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Justin+Tuck">Justin
Tuck</a> and Chris Canty (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Chris+Canty), Linval Joseph (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Linval+Joseph) and Mathias Kiwanuka (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mathias+Kiwanuka)
and Dave Tollefson (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Dave+Tollefson) — all
of them — try to do the same to Brady in Indy.

Umenyiora said that even
when the season went sideways on the Giants, even when they were losing five of
six games in the second half of the season — has anybody ever done that and made
a Super Bowl? — that the Giants stayed together. The coach said that last week
and No. 72 was saying it now.

“So many of the games we lost, I thought it
was big plays,” he said. “I just kept thinking if we could get the defense
healthy and eliminate the big plays, we could play the way we’re playing now.
Make the other team drive the length of the field if they wanted to beat us, get
the ball to Eli, let him and our playmakers make plays. Because I didn’t care
who we were playing, I thought we had more playmakers than anybody.”

said, “Things just came together in that Jets game. Defense rose up. Our
playmakers made plays. And we’ve been rolling ever since.”</p>

He almost didn’t make this season. May not make it to next season as a Giant,
who knows? But he will be one in Indianapolis next Sunday night. He is back in
the big game. Giants fans know. Wouldn’t be the same without

GIANTS AND PATRIOTS MEET AGAIN IN THE SUPER BOWL WITH THE HUNTER NOW THE HUNTED (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/super-bowl-xlvi-hunter-hunted-gianst-patriots-meet-article-1.1013755)</p>

"The theme of the last two weeks of the playoffs for the Giants was “revenge,”
but that’s not what they’re seeking this time. They’ll arrive in this Super Bowl
city on Monday afternoon having already proven they’re good enough to beat the

The trick now is to do it again.

As the Packers and 49ers found out
the last two weeks, beating the same team twice in a season isn’t easy. Against
a Hall of Fame-bound coach like Bill Belichick (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Bill+Belichick), it
can be especially hard.

“Knowing Coach Belichick and their staff they’ll
have a new game plan, they’ll have some new wrinkles in there,” said <a title="Eli Manning" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eli+Manning">Eli
Manning</a>. “They’re a great staff and great coaches. They’ll be well prepared.
Just from watching one of their games it seems like they’ve already changed up a
little bit.”

“Bill is an outstanding football coach who has his finger on
everything that goes on there and does an exceptional job of planning,” <a title="Tom Coughlin" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tom+Coughlin">Tom
Coughlin</a> added. “Therefore, it presents outstanding problems. And just as
important is that they are a very, very good team.”

In fact, the Patriots
team that touched down in Indianapolis on Sunday evening is riding a 10-game
winning streak that dates back to their last loss on Nov. 6 24-20 to the Giants
in Foxborough. When the Giants beat them, the Patriots were scuttling along at
5-3, looking like a fading dynasty.

Since then they’ve won their 10
straight games by an average score of 36-19.

Maybe most importantly, the
Giants had no choice but to show their full hand in that regular-season meeting.
It was a big game they needed to win to keep their momentum rolling as they
began a difficult stretch of their schedule. They couldn’t hold anything

That makes this different than it was in 2007, when the Giants
narrowly lost to the Patriots in the regular-season finale, only to beat them
five weeks later in Super Bowl XLII. Years later, former Giants defensive
coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Steve+Spagnuolo)
admitted “there was a little bit of a pullback there” in that game because they
didn’t want to show their entire game plan, in case they met again.

time they are much more exposed.

“I think any time you play the Patriots
they're always going to have something new for you,” Manning said. “The last
time we played them they showed a lot of different looks, some different schemes
on defense things that they have not shown before. When we played them in the
Super Bowl four years ago they had some new things for that game. They tend to
have a theme of the game and it changes from week to week.

“So you have
to be prepared for a lot of different things. They do a great job of disguising
things and showing different looks. We have to be prepared for it

Of course, the same is true for the Patriots. They know the Giants
got a good look at what they like to do with receiver Wes Welker (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Wes+Welker) (nine
catches, 136 yards in that game) and their dangerous tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Rob+Gronkowski) and
Aaron Hernandez (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Aaron+Hernandez) (12
catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns combined). They saw how to attack the
NFL’s second-worst defense, which they beat for 361 yards, even without receiver
Hakeem Nicks (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Hakeem+Nicks) and
running back <a title="Ahmad Bradshaw" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ahmad+Bradshaw">Ahmad

That familiarity makes this game an intriguing chess match
between Belichick and Coughlin and their staffs. The Giants know how to beat
them. The Patriots have two weeks to study that film to figure out how to stop
It’s why, after all the studying and scheming, some players are
convinced that what happened in the first game won’t really matter at

“Those games mean nothing,” said <a title="Michael Boley" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Michael+Boley">linebacker Michael
Boley</a>. “That game was so long ago. A lot has changed not only with their
team but with ours.”

“Means absolutely nothing,” added safety Antrel Rolle (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Antrel+Rolle). “It’s a
totally different team, totally different mindset, two teams going head to head.
Whatever it takes.”
</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">BRADY MAY BE INVITING GIANT TROUBLE (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/patriots-quarterback-tom-brady-beware-planning-super-bowl-party-ny-giants-slights-motivation-article-1.1013788)

"<a title="Tom Brady" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tom+Brady">Tom
Brady</a> already expected to be “terrorized” by the Giants’ pass rush in the
Super Bowl. Now he’s provided the first bit of bulletin board material, which is
not necessarily a great idea.
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It may seem pretty routine, but Brady was
talking to Patriots fans Sunday about a Super Bowl party next weekend when he
addressed them at a huge sendoff at Gillette Stadium before the team left for
its charter flight to Indy. Super Bowl parties are just for Super Bowl winners,
so the Giants, who love to feel disrespected, could take this one and run with

“Well, it was a pep rally,” Brady said at the team hotel in Indy
Sunday night.

Well, tell that to the Giants. Tom Coughlin (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tom+Coughlin) has
already proven he is not above using perceived slights to fire up his

Football is such an emotional game that the silliest thing can get
a team crazed. Even when no further motivation is needed in the playoffs or the
Super Bowl.

Before the Giants played the Cowboys in the divisional round
of the playoffs four years ago, word got out the morning of the game that <a title="Jerry Jones" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jerry+Jones">Jerry
Jones</a> had already given the Cowboys players two tickets to the NFC
Championship Game at Texas Stadium two days before they even played the

Then the Giants beat the Cowboys, 21-17, and those tickets were
no longer redeemable at Texas Stadium. The game was in Green Bay.

don’t want anybody talking about this in the media,” Coughlin said in a real
serious tone after the game, then, with his right arm extended like he was
holding something in his hand, he told them, “Jerry just sent the tickets over.
So, we’re all set.”

Who knew Coughlin was <a title="David Letterman" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/David+Letterman">David

Fast-forward to Sunday afternoon in Foxbrough. About
25,000 fans showed up at Gillette, filling the lower level of the stadium to
send their beloved Pats off to Indy to face the big, bad Giants.

who is quite capable of flinging some zingers every now and then, may have
provided the Giants with some motivational material before they even get on
their flight Monday to join the Patriots in downtown Indy.

Brady had the
floor with all those fans hanging on his every word. Here’s what we learned:
When he’s not busy trying to win his fourth Super Bowl, and his first in seven
years, he’s had time to become a party planner.

“We have the greatest
fans in America. You guys have proved that year in and year out with your
support,” Brady said. “I wish I could take all you guys to Indy with us. We’re
going down there, and we’re going down there for one reason. We’re going to give
it our best and hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next

He didn’t say he was hopeful of having a party. He said he was
hopeful of having a lot more people at the party.

Is Brady already making
plans for a big get together by Faneuil Hall with the Vince Lombardi Trophy by
his side? Or maybe a little something by the Charles River? A parade down
Commonweath Ave?

“People were pretty excited,” Brady said. “Certainly,
the players were excited. I know the 25,000 fans who were there were excited as
well. It was great to see the support. We get great support home and away.
Hopefully, we have some Patriots jerseys in the stands Sunday night.”

Brady is already thinking about a Super Bowl party, then the Giants can tack
that right on their bulletin board. “I don’t think that it will be blown out of
proportion,” New England guard Logan Mankins (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Logan+Mankins)

He should know better. This isn’t his first Super Bowl.

prior to leaving for Arizona four years ago, Plaxico Burress (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Plaxico+Burress)
predicted the Giants would beat the Patriots, 23-17. The Patriots had not been
held under 20 all season.

“We’re only going to score 17 points? Ha. Ha.
Ha,” Brady said then. “OK. Is Plax playing defense? I wish he had said 45-42 and
gave us a little credit for scoring more points.”

Brady’s reaction ticked
off the Giants. The Patriots scored just 14 points in the Super Bowl loss. Of
course, Burress insulted the Patriots first.

When Brady was talking
Sunday about the relief of coming to Indianapolis and not having to face Colts
<a title="Dwight Freeney" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Dwight+Freeney">defensive end Dwight
Freeney</a>, he said, “He’s terrorized me for a long time. I’ll be terrorized by
other players in some other uniforms this week.”</p>

Tuck, Osi Umenyiora (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Osi+Umenyiora) and Michael Strahan (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Michael+Strahan)
terrorized Brady in Super Bowl XLII. Now Tuck, Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jason+Pierre-Paul)
will try to do it in Super Bowl XLVI.</p>

“As a quarterback, you understand you can’t sit there and hold the ball all
day,” Brady said. “You better find someone and get rid of it because they are
coming. Certainly, I am not going to be able to run away from them.”</p>

If the Giants do terrorize Brady like they did four years ago, he will have
to cancel the party. Just like Jones had to rip up the tickets.</p>

‘We’re going to give it our best and hopefully we have a lot more people at
our party next weekend."</p>GIANTS' AHMAD BRADSHAW, HAKEEM NICKS WANT THEIR SHOT AT PATRIOTS (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/giants-ahmad-bradshaw-hakeem-nicks-shot-patriots-article-1.1013758)

"His Giants won the battle. But all Ahmad Bradshaw (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ahmad+Bradshaw)
remembers is that he wasn’t there.<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 Giants were playing the Patriots in Gillette Stadium on Nov. 6. Bradshaw
was watching the game on TV, doing his best to rehab his broken left foot.</p>

“I know I hated not being there,” Bradshaw said. “It was devastating to me,
because I wanted to be out there. It was hard to sit there and watch. You see
things you could have done out there.”</p>

That’s something Bradshaw will keep in mind when the Giants face the Patriots
again in the Super Bowl. This time, he says, he will definitely be out there.
And so will Hakeem Nicks (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Hakeem+Nicks), the
other Giant who missed the rousing 24-20 come-from-behind win in New

“I watched that game at home on my couch,” Nicks recalls. “I watched it by
myself, at home. That was an exciting game. It was a rematch of the Super

“I definitely wanted to be a part of it,” he adds. “It was tough, but I see
what it was for now.”</p>

That’s because Nicks sees the confidence and swagger that his teammates are
carrying to Indianapolis, something that his presence has helped fuel.</p>

The Giants remain underdogs in Vegas, but to most in the locker room, they
expect to win. After all, in November, they walked onto the Pats’ home field and
left with a win – after leaving two of their most dangerous weapons in New

“We were missing two talented guys who were big parts of our offense,” said
tailback Brandon Jacobs (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Brandon+Jacobs), who
filled in for Bradshaw and rushed for 72 yards in November’s win. “It definitely
gives myself and our football team more confidence going into this one.”</p>

It also means the Giants will face the Pats with a far more dangerous offense
this time around. Eli Manning (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eli+Manning) piloted a
unit that averaged 385.1 yards per game during the regular season, but once
Bradshaw and Nicks both got healthy, the attack got even better. The Giants have
played the last eight games with both Bradshaw and Nicks healthy, averaging
394.3 yards per game.</p>

They’ve been even better in the playoffs, grinding out 404.7 yards per game.
And the once pass-happy Giants have rediscovered their balance; Big Blue is
averaging 117.3 rushing yards in the playoffs.</p>

Suddenly, the Giants have a juggernaut offense, and to wideout <a title="Victor Cruz" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Victor+Cruz">Victor
Cruz</a>, that will make a “big” difference next weekend.</p>

“We’ll see how they play us,” says Cruz."</p></div></div>GIANTS' LAWRENCE TYNES THINKS HE HAS ONE MORE GAME WINNING KICK IN HIM IN SUPER BOWL (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-lawrence-tynes-feels-game-winning-kick-article-1.1013918)

"Lawrence Tynes (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Lawrence+Tynes) is
the only kicker in NFL history to convert two field goals in overtime of playoff
games, with the second coming barely one week ago in the NFC Championship Game
in soggy San Francisco.<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 charmed Giants kicker thinks “it would be pretty selfish” to ponder doing
the same next Sunday against the Patriots, but that doesn’t mean the thought
hasn’t crossed Tynes’ mind in the first week of buildup to Super Bowl XLVI.</p>

“It’s something you think more about as the game gets closer,” Tynes said
Sunday at an autograph signing with punter Steve Weatherford (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Steve+Weatherford)
in Midland Park, N.J. “I’d imagine it would be pretty cool. Adam Vinatieri (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Adam+Vinatieri)’s
gotten to experience that twice. I think it’s about anything you can do to help
the team win at this point . . . but to have a walk-off, that would be

Vinatieri was the first kicker in NFL history to win four championship rings,
including last-second field goals to lift the Patriots to wins over St. Louis in
Super Bowl XXXVI and over Carolina two years later.</p>

But Tynes is fully aware that he easily could have landed on the other side
of the placekicking equation.</p>

Buffalo’s Scott Norwood (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Scott+Norwood) is
remembered for his last-second miss against the Giants in Super Bowl XXV. A few
hours before Tynes’ latest game-winning heroics, Baltimore’s Billy Cundiff (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Billy+Cundiff) pulled
a game-tying field goal wide left at the end of the Ravens’ loss to the Patriots
in the AFC title game.</p>

“Good things happen, bad things happen. You have to be able to handle it
either way,” Tynes said. “It’s black and white, it’s in or out. You didn’t
almost make it or almost miss it, you make it or you miss it. That’s it.”</p>

As the holder, Weatherford handled a bounced snap by Zak DeOssie (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Zak+DeOssie) on the
game-winning kick against the Niners. He joked Sunday that he was asked to sign
“quite a few” items with his new profanity-based catch phrase — caught by Fox
cameras in the immediate aftermath of the San Francisco win — “We’re going to
the f-----’ Super Bowl.”</p>

“It’s fun to be remembered for something, but I want to be remembered for
winning,” Weatherford said. “Lawrence is such a sensational kicker that I knew
if I got the ball down, he was going to make it. It was just special to be a
part of it.”</p></div></div>PEYTON MANNING A GIANTS BOOSTER (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-quarterback-eli-manning-brother-peyton-rooting-super-bowl-xlvi-frustrating-season-personally-colts-article-1.1013922)

"He thought his big brother would “go crazy.” But Eli Manning (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eli+Manning) has been
pleasantly surprised by Peyton’s composure.
<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">

That was just one of the
things the Giants’ quarterback said on ESPN during “SportsCenter’s” weekly
“Sunday Conversation” interview. Manning will lead the Giants against the
Patriots in the Super Bowl in Indianapolis next Sunday, and he said Peyton was
“rooting for the Giants hard.”

But the quarterback also understands his
brother is dealing with plenty of frustration after sitting out all of 2011
following offseason neck surgery.

“It’s different for him this year,” the
younger Manning said. “And obviously not being in that locker room, not
competing every day at practice or preparing for a game, and also seeing your
coaches get fired that you’ve been with, some of the coaches he’s been with for
14 years. I thought he’s handled it better than I thought he would. I thought
without football that he would just go crazy, but he’s handled it well, he’s
kept his good spirits, he's stayed strong.”

Manning added that his older
brother has been “a great support.”

“He’s proud of me,” Manning said.
“And he is rooting for the Giants hard.”

Eli Manning is also proud of
what he’s accomplished this season, throwing for a team-record 4,933 yards and
carrying the Giants into Super Bowl XLVI. When asked whether he ever
second-guessed his preseason comments that he was elite, he said: “I thought I
gave a fair, honest answer.”

“The way they interpreted it, or spun it
around, I can’t control those things,” he added.

What he has controlled
this season are his emotions and his Giants. When the team was 7-7, he said, he
never had a doubt that they could make it this far. Even then, in mid-December,
he saw the makings of a contender.

“You have a defense that gets
turnovers, gets sacks,” he said. “You can run. You can throw the ball on offense
. . . When you see the players and kind of everything being the possibility of
making a run, you don’t want to waste those things.

“So you stay
confident, and you just knew that hopefully when we get into crunch time . . .
that we were going to have that same attitude. And that's exactly what we've

But Manning quickly added that “the job’s not done yet.

New York, they like winners,” he said. “They don't like second place. They want
a championship, and so that's our goal.”
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"New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did not practice Monday because
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Gronkowski suffered the sprain during the third quarter of the Patriots’
23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship in Foxborough,
Mass. </p>

Gronkowski, who has not practiced since the injury, has 15 catches for 232
yards and three touchdowns this postseason. Coach Bill Belichick said on Sunday
that Gronkowski would be day to day. </p>

Monday’s practice was New England’s first in Indianapolis, as the Patriots
prepare for Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Giants.
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"The Giants arrived in Indianapolis a little after 2:45 p.m., ready to begin
on-site preparations for their Super Bowl XLVI matchup against the Patriots.<div>

The last of four Giants buses rolled out of the Timex Performance Center in
East Rutherford at 12:16 this afternoon, escorted by two New Jersey State
trooper sedans. </p>

On the final of four buses were Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning, like all the
Giants, dressed for Super Bowl success in suits and ties. The team flight was
due to land in Indianapolis later this afternoon as the Giants begin the final
six days of preparation for Super Bowl XLVI.
</p>Unlike the Patriots raucous pep rally sendoff on Sunday, this was a much more
subdued show. At the Gillette Stadium departure for the Patriots, Tom Brady told
25,000 fans at to join him for a Super Bowl after-party saying, “Hopefully we’ll
have a lot more people at our party next week.’’<div>

In contrast, there were about 25 diehard Giants fans on the other side of the
locked fence about 40 yards away from the team buses. Manning waved to the fans
as he got on the bus like most Giants. </p>

There were no comments from the players. </p>

There was a special group of selected guests of the Giants, about 100 people,
on the inside of the fence in a grassy area roped off near the buses. Reporters
and photographers were not allowed inside the gates.</p>

The biggest cheer of the day was for Victor Cruz as he boarded the first of
three team buses that left at 11:42 a.m. The first bus of the day, filled with
support staff, left at 11:30 a.m. </p>

As the final team bus rolled out of the parking lot, Giants fan Ariel
Mercado, 26, from Cruz’s hometown of Paterson, spoke for all Big Blue fans as he
yelled, “Bring it home!’’</p></div>

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"Eli Manning and the Giants board their United charter today from Newark
Airport for their Super Rematch with Tom Brady and the Patriots, fly across Big
Blue heaven and touch down this afternoon in Peyton’s Place. <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">

They have seen and heard and felt how badly and how madly New York burns for
another world champion, how fervently they have been embraced by the city that
never sleeps and absolutely cannot now in the days leading up to Super Bowl

And the word today from the Giants, their dreams packed inside their
suitcases and in their imaginations, is keep rooting, keep cheering, we are here
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Eli Manning, seated at his locker the other day, was asked what his message
would be to Giants fans.</p>

“Thank you for the support you’ve given us so far,” he began, “and hopefully
we have a big crowd in Indianapolis supporting us, but the ones that can’t make
it there, we’re going to try to do our best and make you proud.”</p>

Tom Coughlin lost his starting middle linebacker (Jonathan Goff) and his best
cornerback (Terrell Thomas). He lost Steve Smith to the Eagles, and tight end
Kevin Boss to the Raiders. He lost left tackle Will Beatty. Next Man Up. And
now, when we least expected it, it is Next Team Up. Next Champion Up.</p>

Tight end Jake Ballard, a significant Next Man Up, was asked what his message
would be today to Giants fans.</p>

“Tune in on Sunday, and we’ll bring it home for you,” Ballard
</p>Giants fans are afraid to pinch themselves. The Giants had been out of the
playoffs two years in a row, were 7-7 and looking three years in a row straight
in the eye. They rose up. They believed.<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">

Dave Tollefson was asked what his message would be to Giants fans.</p>

“Stick with us man, it’s been a wild ride, and we’re going to try to finish
it the right way,” Tollefson said. No Toughness, No Championship! ALL IN.
Against all odds. </p>

Victor Cruz, nearly cut in the summer, dancing his way to stardom. Jason
Pierre-Paul making Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese do backflips over his ascension
to stardom. Chase Blackburn signed off the street to play middle linebacker.
Antrel Rolle emerging as a defiant leader. Most of all, Manning walking the talk
of the elite quarterback.</p>

Osi Umenyiora was asked if he had a message for Giants fans.</p>

“We’re going to fight,” Umenyiora said.</p>

In the euphoric aftermath of Super Bowl XLII, Peyton Manning predicted his
little brother would win multiple Super Bowls.</p>

“It’s not all about the ring, it’s about all the hard work, everything we’ve
done to get to this point,” Eli said. “It’s about finishing the job that we
started. We’ve worked hard, we’ve gone through a lot, we stuck together, and
we’ve gotten this far. Now it’s a matter of continue this ride and go out and
end the season playing our best football with a win.”</p>

A win that would make history.</p>

A win that would make New York proud.</p>GIANTS' ROUND TABLE Q&amp;A - PART 2 (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/giants_of_the_round_table_part_6eIO1n5JPJuacuTQb1b dnK)

Excerpt "Five former Giants champions — Harry Carson and George Martin (Super Bowl
XXI), Sean Landeta and Leonard Marshall (XXI and XXV), and Justin Tuck (XLII) —
sat down with Post columnist Steve Serby last week for an exclusive Super Bowl
Giants Round Table Q&amp;A at the Timex Performance Center.<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">

Over the course of 90 minutes, they revealed their memories about former
teammates and special Super Bowl moments and talked about what it means to be a
New York Giant. </p>

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Q: What was it like the first time you saw Lawrence Taylor on the
practice field?</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">

Martin: Impact player.</p>

Carson: When he first stepped off the bus, first practice, he was third team,
OK? And by the end of practice, he was second team, maybe competing for the
starting job (chuckle).</p>

Martin: Superman in a Giants uniform.</p>

Carson: It didn’t take long for us to see the unique talent that he brought
to the table. ... We grew to understand that he had this ability to just
improvise and create moves that, you’re going, ‘Wow!’ Like a Michael Jordan
dunk, you know? He could improvise and find ways to beat a tackle or a running
back try to block him ...</p>

Martin: Effortless.</p>

Carson: And it just made the player look sick. He was just deadly in
practice, and then he took that into the game.</p>

Tuck: I did a celebrity golf event, and [Eric] ****erson was there. He tells
me a story about, they call this play, it calls for him to go cut the outside
edge. He goes and he cuts this outside linebacker, and made a great cut, chopped
him down, he hit the guy and his head hit the ground first. And he’s a rookie.
So he comes back to the huddle and all of a sudden he hears this noise from
behind: “Hey. Hey. Hey you.” I can’t say exactly what he said that Lawrence
said, but needless to say, after that little interaction, they called that same
play about the third quarter. Eric ****erson said, “I’m not going back over
there.” He said he did not run the play ’cause he was definitely afraid of
Lawrence Taylor.</p>

Carson: I have a good idea of what he said. He said, “Hey No. 29, I’m gonna
kick your . The next time you pull a deal like that, I’m gonna kick your
[butt]!”</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">

[b]Q: Sean, what happened on your whiff in the playoffs against the ’85
Bears? </p>

Landeta: Just an ill-timed gust of wind, moved the ball away. As I went to
kick it, it wasn’t here, it was over here. Almost didn’t swing, figured let me
chase it. And actually grazed the side of it, so ... I didn’t miss it, I grazed
it and I got credit for minus-six yards on that.
</p></div></div>Q: Didn’t you guys make a pact after that loss?’<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">

Carson: Parcells said, “You older guys, this might not ever happen to you
again, your time is running out.” And, we were in that locker room, we wanted to
go back out and play at that time. And we had to wait for a whole another season
to roll around.</p>

Martin: But in point of fact, this is what true leadership and a captain is
really all about. [Carson] kicked the coaches out of the locker room, and it was
just players. And he demanded, at that point in time, a commitment, every player
in that room. That we would dedicate ourselves from that moment on — including
the offseason — and he’s the one that actually turned that whole season around
in 1986.</p>
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Q: What was the on-field personality of that
</p>Carson: It was the best team that I’ve ever been a part of. It was a team
that checked its ego at the door.<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">

Marshall: We play the Redskins in their place, OK? And it’s December. We know
that we’re gonna see that team again, probably for the NFC Championship. If we
had to play Vince Lombardi and the damn Packers, we would have whipped their
that game.</p>

Carson: There were times when I wanted to lose the coin toss, and I wanted to
kick off.</p>

Marshall: Just play defense.</p>

Carson: Because we wanted to set the tempo. And I will tell you the God’s
honest truth— and people don’t believe this — I felt badly for some of the teams
that we played because we ... kicked... their rear ends. And there were guys who
would say, “Hold him up, hold him up...”</p>

Marshall: “Hold him up, we want to stroke him.” </p>

Carson: We were so physical, that we just beat people into submission.</p>

[b]Q: Describe the 1986 NFC Championship game at Giants Stadium against
the Redskins. </p>

Martin: To me that was the coronation. ... The thing that you also like about
that season, when we broke the huddle, and we established the line of scrimmage,
you could see when the offense broke the huddle and came toward us, they were
like ...</p>

Marshall: What did we just get into?</p>


Q: The cold in the ’86 NFC Championship game didn’t bother Harry, did
it? </p>

Martin: Before the game, we were in the locker room, and all of us are
talking about what cold-weather gear we’re gonna wear. ... [Harry] walks in with
a cutoff jersey, abdomens exposed, and he’s all lubed up— arms, everything. All
of us at that moment said, “You know what? There’s our leader. He’s going out
there with just his jersey on, his combat gear.” ... Decision was over. That was
it."
</p></div>GIANTS MAKE WAY TO SUPER BOWL (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/super_journey_2OnVB8JGnAC0zORTyFAnSN)

"Jake Ballard is nearing the end of his first full season in the NFL and he
gets to go out with a bang, spending six nights at party central, otherwise
known as the site of Super Bowl XLVI. There’s a whole lot of action this week
awaiting the tight end — and all of the other Giants — if he wants it.<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">

He says he doesn’t.</p>

“Honestly now, I’m looking forward to just relaxing, I’m not going to have
any responsibilities. ... I don’t have to go home and take care of my dog and do
laundry, do all this other stuff,’’ Ballard said. “I’m there to win the Super
Bowl. I’m just really looking forward to experiencing this as the team. My
family is from not too far away [Ohio] so I’m looking forward to seeing them and
going out to dinner, but mostly it will just be football.’’
</p>If coach Tom Coughlin can make it so the week ahead will “just be football,’’
he will be more than a potential Hall of Fame coach — he will be a miracle
worker. The Week Before is never just football, not even in this Midwest city —
the 13th largest in the United States — that prides itself on its “Hoosier
character.’’ No, this isn’t glitzy South Beach or the sun and desert of Arizona
or the perfect climate of San Diego and it’s certainly not the decadence and
caloric temptation of New Orleans. <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">

This is Indy’s first Super Bowl and the Giants want to make sure they get to
Sunday's game against the Patriots without any missteps along the way.</p>

“There’s going to be a lot of parties, there’s going to be a lot of people
pulling at your coattail,’’ Justin Tuck said. “Listen, you go out there and you
handle your business and you win this thing, you can party all you want to after

The Giants board their United Airlines charter flight from Newark today and
are scheduled to land around 2:15 p.m. They will spend tomorrow morning at Lucas
Oil Stadium for Media Day, where from noon to 1 p.m. they will answer questions
about football and just about everything else. The over-under on Eli Manning
getting asked about his preseason vote of confidence in himself — stating he’s
in the same class as Tom Brady — is 25 times and it’s even-money he’ll receive a
marriage proposal from someone — presumably a woman, but you never know —
wearing a wedding dress. The Giants will then pose for their official Super Bowl
team picture right there down on the field.
</p>Wednesday, it’s more chatting with the media, from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. while
seated around tables in a ballroom at the Giants team hotel, the Marriott
Downtown. Finally, that afternoon, the Giants have their first practice in
Indianapolis. The same schedule repeats itself on Thursday, the last day of
media access for the players. Tom Coughlin — lucky him — gets to address the
media Friday morning.<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">

This all means there is a great deal of down time as the days, hours and
minutes advance to kickoff.</p>

“We’ve clearly explained to young guys what this trip is for,’’ Chris Snee
said. “There will be a lot of temptation, a lot of stuff going on, but we
clearly said the party’s back here [in New York] and much better after a
victory. We’re not out there for leisure.’’</p>

Manning set an immediate tone, speaking to the entire group the first time
the Giants met after the NFC Championship Game victory over the 49ers. Manning
stressed everyone needed to prepare last week as if the game would be played
that weekend and insisted the best way to prevent distractions is to keep to a
time-tested formula that got the Giants this far. He’s going to try to do
everything the same way he did it four years ago for Super Bowl XLII in
Glendale, Ariz.</p>

Hakeem Nicks has never been to a Super Bowl, and if anyone wants to find him,
he says he won’t be difficult to locate.</p>

“I’m not doing a lot, I’m staying to myself, stay focused,’’ Nicks said. “I’d
rather celebrate afterward with my family. The whole week I might take my family
out to eat one night, other than that I’m in the hotel room, by

01-30-2012, 11:40 AM
You da man RF! Go Blue

01-30-2012, 12:32 PM
Thanks Ro.....</P>

it is SB week.......finally....</P>


01-30-2012, 02:11 PM
thanks much Roanoke! [B]</P>

becoming more and more pumped each day. i'll be at a fever pitch in as coupla days. lol</P>


<FONT color=#0000ff size=4>Go Giants!</FONT></P>

01-30-2012, 02:38 PM
You da man RF! Go Blue


01-30-2012, 02:38 PM
Thanks Ro.....</p>

it is SB week.......finally....</p>


Very exciting times

01-30-2012, 02:39 PM
thanks much Roanoke! [B]</p>

becoming more and more pumped each day. i'll be at a fever pitch in as coupla days. lol</p>


<font color="#0000ff" size="4">Go Giants!</font></p>

The game can't start soon enough lol

01-30-2012, 02:58 PM
Can't wait for Sunday!</P>


Thanks for the links RF</P>

01-30-2012, 03:09 PM
Can't wait for Sunday!</p>


Thanks for the links RF</p>


01-30-2012, 03:27 PM
Thanks RF! Great stuff!

As much as I want them to play already, gotta enjoy the moment while it lasts. GMEN are in the super bowl!

01-30-2012, 03:30 PM
Thanks RF! Great stuff!

As much as I want them to play already, gotta enjoy the moment while it lasts. GMEN are in the super bowl!

We are on the verge of greatness, let it sink in [;)]

01-30-2012, 03:49 PM
Thanks for all the news RF! Great picture of the pilot flying the Giants flag.

01-30-2012, 03:50 PM
Thanks for all the news RF! Great picture of the pilot flying the Giants flag.

They did that last time as well. Coughlin may have had a gun to the pilot's head to not break the chain lol

01-30-2012, 04:52 PM
thanks Oak!, as always

01-30-2012, 06:16 PM
Thanks Ro.....</P>

it is SB week.......finally....</P>


Very exciting times

you said Tom......:)</P>

01-30-2012, 06:20 PM
Thanks Ro.....</p>

it is SB week.......finally....</p>


Very exciting times

you said Tom......:)</p>


01-30-2012, 06:29 PM
Thanks Ro.....</P>

it is SB week.......finally....</P>


Very exciting times

you said Tom......:)</P>


"very exciting times" is something TC would say to start his pressers off when he walks up to the podium....lol</P>

Must be the age thing with you two.....[;)]</P>

01-30-2012, 07:03 PM
Thanks Ro.....</p>

it is SB week.......finally....</p>


Very exciting times

you said Tom......:)</p>


"very exciting times" is something TC would say to start his pressers off when he walks up to the podium....lol</p>

Must be the age thing with you two.....[;)]</p>