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    A Look Back at the Giants' 26 - 3 Win vs. 49ers

    Excerpt: "While it’s not exactly true that “nobody” gave the Giants a chance to beat the 49ers -- as we all know, that was Tom Coughlin’s motivational tactic with his team last week -- it is fair to say pretty much everybody expected the NFC Championship Game rematch to come down to the fourth quarter.

    Not this time.

    Even quarterback Eli Manning, in his weekly spot on WFAN Radio, admitted it was “a little unnatural” to be in a run-first mode after halftime.

    On one fourth-quarter drive, the Giants called 12 straight run plays and wound 7:10 off the clock, before netting the final field goal of their statement-sending 26-3 victory.

    It was just one way their win wiped out many preconceived notions. The Giants ran on the 49ers defense for 149 yards and a touchdown. They yielded no sacks to the 49ers’ front seven. And they held the 49ers, who netted 79 points over the past two weeks, to just one field goal." Read more...


    Giants' Victor Cruz off to an historic start through 25 career starts

    Excerpt: "Victor Cruz's emergence over the last 13 months has been described in many ways.

    Unexpected. Sudden. Electrifying. Inspiring. Those are just a few.

    You can add historic to the list of adjectives.

    Cruz played his 25th career game against the 49ers Sunday and his six receptions for 58 yards pushed his career total to 125 catches and 2,032 yards." Read more..


    Tom Coughlin, Giants still trying to find a way to to play the underdog card

    Excerpt: "Let’s be honest: These Giants aren’t underdogs.

    There’s no way to go to San Francisco, soundly defeat a 49ers team many considered the best in the NFC, and still fly under the radar.

    A few minutes after Sunday’s 26-3 win, though, coach Tom Coughlin said he’d “work hard” to make sure their underdog mentality doesn’t change. He gets a little help from the Giants’ schedule.

    “Heck, here we go now, in the division a couple weeks in a row,” Coughlin said before departing Candlestick Park. “And we certainly haven’t done well in the division.” Read more...

    Giants' Chris Canty will return to practice this week

    Excerpt: "The Giants plan on defensive linemen Chris Canty returning to practice this week, coach Tom Coughlin said today.

    Canty has been on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing offseason knee surgery. He said last week he would "absolutely" be ready to practice this week -- the first week he is eligible -- but could not make any guarantees on when he'll be added to the 53-man roster.

    Players on the PUP list must sit out their team's first six games of the season. After that, they have a three-week window to begin practicing, followed by a three-week window to be added to the 53-man roster.

    Coughlin said tight end Travis Beckum, who is also on PUP, is not yet ready to return to practice. Beckum suffered a torn ACL in the Super Bowl." Read more...



    No Doubts Anymore: Giants are one of the NFL's best

    Excerpt: "
    The Giants proved they are one of the best teams in the NFL on Sunday and a definite threat to repeat as Super Bowl champions. But that’s not just because they hammered the 49ers in San Francisco.

    It’s because they found yet another way to win.

    That, to me, is the most interesting thing about these Giants, one year after Eli Manning carried them on his back for almost the entire season. Sure, they can win that way again. Just look at his comeback win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But they also showed they could beat you on the ground, as evidenced by their win over the Cleveland Browns when Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 200.

    On Sunday in San Francisco, it was the defense’s turn. On a day when Manning didn’t even throw for 200 yards, the Giants’ defense absolutely dominated a team that had put up 1,000 yards and 79 points in his previous two games. I’m sure there have been better defensive performances by this unit in the last five years, but this one has to be in the Top 5, I would think. They forced three interceptions by a quarterback who had thrown six in his previous 21 games. They held the 49ers to just 80 rushing yards – 115.8 below their average.

    Yes, the Giants have their maddening moments, like losing at home on Opening Night to the Cowboys or falling behind the Browns, 14-0, at home in the first five minutes. Their erratic history certainly should keep everyone on the edge of their seats when they play host to the Washington Redskins on Sunday." Read more...


    NFL Week 7 Power Rankings: Big Blue Makes a Statement with win over San Francisco

    Excerpt: "
    We are six weeks into the NFL season and everyone has had a chance to put their flaws on display. This has truly been the year of "any given Sunday" with just one team remaining unbeaten – barely. At 6-0, the Falcons are No. 1 by record alone. They barely hung on to beat the lowly Raiders at home and head into their bye week with a lot to fix. Still, six wins are six wins.

    Each week, it seems, someone else looks like the best team in the NFL. Sunday it was the Giants with a statement win over the 49ers, who have looked like the best team in the league at times. They move up four spots to fourth. Last week's No. 1, the Texans, fell from their perch because what had been the best offense in the league – Green Bay's – looked like it again.

    In short, it's been an unpredictable mess, evidenced by the 11 teams at 3-3 with five more having the chance to go to 3-3 this week. The Jets, of course, are one of those 3-3 teams, having just come up with their second blowout win of the season against the Colts. The problem is, those are the only two times they've looked like a top level team.

    1. (Last Week - 2) Falcons (6-0)
    Unbeaten . . . at least until after bye.

    2. (4) Ravens (4-1)
    Losing Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb a double blow.

    3. (1) Texans (5-1)
    That was a hard fall from unbeaten status. Ravens next.

    4. (8) Giants (4-2)
    Played like Champs

    5. (3) 49ers (4-2)

    Most lopsided loss under Harbaugh."

    Myers: Giants won't let RGIII run them over

    Excerpt: "
    This is all Tom Coughlin has to do to get his players attention this week: pop in the DVD and cue it to just under three minutes left in the Redskins victory over the Vikings and spend 13 exhilarating seconds watching rookie quarterback RGIII slice through the defense and sprint 76 yards at Olympic speed for the clinching touchdown.

    It’s a quirk in their makeup, but Coughlin’s Giants are always at their worst when they are being told they are the best. In any other year, they would be in danger of a letdown against the Redskins this week after putting together the most impressive victory for any team in the first six weeks of the season when they went out to San Francisco and humiliated the 49ers.So, they need to watch the run by Robert Griffin III not I time, not II times, not III times, but XX times to make sure they have the proper sense of urgency for the game against Washington on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

    What did Coughlin think of that burst by Griffin? “I haven’t even looked at any of that,” the coach said late Monday afternoon.
    But you know he will — over and over again." Read more...

    NY Giants confident after big win over San Francisco 49ers, eye Washington Redskins on horizon

    Excerpt: "When the Giants settled into their seats for the flight home from San Francisco Sunday evening, wideout Domenik Hixon, who hauled in four passes for 78 yards in the 26-3 win, talked with teammates about missed opportunities. Most notable were the field goals despite promising field position following both of safety Antrel Rolle’s interceptions. Hixon wants to remedy the mistakes as the Giants attempt to maintain momentum while charting their course forward.

    “I hope it does something to whet our appetite,” Tom Coughlin said.

    The Giants, now 4-2 after dominating the 49ers, head into the teeth of their division schedule the next two weeks, facing the Redskins at home on Sunday, then trekking to Dallas for a rematch with the Cowboys.

    Even in winning the Super Bowl last season, they were tripped up twice by their NFC East rivals from Washington. Already handicapped with losses to the Eagles and Cowboys this season, the Giants insist they don’t need to look to last year’s defeats to Washington for motivation.

    “I try not to remember them,” linebacker Michael Boley said.



    Giants gaining confidence atop East

    Excerpt: "
    Now that they showed they’ve still got it, the Giants are eager to keep it.
    Six games into the season after they won Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants — despite a rough opening-game loss, early failures on offense running the ball and on defense getting after the ball — find themselves alone in first place in the NFC East. That they are perched on top is remarkable, considering they’ve lost the only two division games they’ve played.Through five games, the Giants only briefly and fleetingly resembled the outfit that surged to six consecutive victories, barely getting into the 2011 playoffs and then winning it all. It took until game No. 6 for the Giants to remind everyone what they can be when they are at their best as they cranked it up on both sides of the ball in overwhelming the 49ers 26-3 to give pause to those anointing Jim Harbaugh’s club as the conference bully." Read more...
    Giants prep for Washington's new weapon

    Excerpt: "
    t’s the rocket arm and the jet legs and the captivating smile and the dangling braids and the Jordan-esque swagger on the field and the humility off it. Long after Eli Manning stops being an elite quarterback, long after Tom Coughlin retires, it is a good bet Robert Griffin III will be the scourge of the NFC East, the Giants’ worst nightmare. They better get him now, before he has it all figured out.

    It’s the hope the young franchise quarterback brings to his franchise and to his region that makes everyone believe all things are possible. And sometimes you know it when you see it for the very first time. Broadway knew it as soon as it saw Joe Namath. Miami knew it as soon as it saw Dan Marino. Indianapolis knew it as soon as it saw Peyton Manning and now Andrew Luck.

    “I think we’re just scratching the surface of how good he can be,” Fox NFL analyst John Lynch told The Post.For the championship-starved Redskins fans in and around the nation’s capital, Griffin isn’t merely a breath of fresh air. He is oxygen, resuscitating a proud tradition." Read more...

    Chris Canty ready to practice, questionable for Redskins

    Excerpt: "Coming off their most impressive defensive performance of the season in a 26-3 beat-down of the 49ers, the Giants are getting healthier. Chris Canty, the starting defensive tackle who has been on the physically unable to perform list with a knee injury, will begin practicing this week.

    Coach Tom Coughlin yesterday confirmed that. Canty for weeks has expressed confidence he would be ready to roll after the first six games of the season and he was eligible to get on the practice field.It will be interesting to see if Canty can progress enough in a week — he’s had after no off-season, no mini-camps, no training camp and no games to get activated for Sunday’s NFC East game against the Redskins.The other player on PUP, tight end Travis Beckum, is not yet ready to start practicing, Coughlin said. Beckum tore his ACL in Super Bowl XLVI." Read more...

    Canty to return to Giants' practice this week

    Excerpt: "The Giants are coming off what coach Tom Coughlin described as “outstanding defense, let’s face it’’ in their resounding 26-3 victory over the 49ers and they are getting healthier heading into the mid-point of the season. Chris Canty, the starting defensive tackle who has been on the physically unable to perform list with a knee injury, will begin practicing this week.

    Coughlin on Monday confirmed what was pretty much already known: For weeks Canty has expressed confidence that he would be ready to roll as soon as the first six games of the season had come and gone, and he was eligible to get on the practice field. It will be interesting to see if Canty can progress enough in a week - he’s had no offseason, no mini-camps, no training camp and no games – to get activated for Sunday’s NFC East game against the Redskins." Read more...



    Giants' Report Card

    Excerpt: "Running game: A-plus

    Ahmad Bradshaw became just the second running back to reach the century mark in yards over the past 44 games against the 49ers. He finished with 27 carries for 116 yards, 93 of which came in the second half. That included a 13-play, fourth-quarter drive – all on the ground — that took 7:10 off the clock and produced five first downs, resulting in a Lawrence Tynes field goal. The offensive line was as physical as it was technically sound for the second consecutive week. OL David Diehl returned after missing three games.

    LT Will Beatty was tremendous again in protecting Eli Manning’s blind side, while theline as a whole was dominant. The Giants have not allowed a sack in three straight games. Hakeem Nicks (three catches, 44 yards) will need time to round into his potential All-Pro form, but his presence allowed for some other things. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride used four-WR sets (Nicks, Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon and Ramses Barden) and was able to expose the 49ers’ secondary for several big plays, including Hixon’s circus 39-yard reception that led to the Manning-to-Cruz score in the second quarter." Read more...
    Sullivan: Tom Coughlin keeping Giants focused

    Excerpt: "Outside of one offensive lineman whose personal history with the opponent upped his emotional ante, there were no Giants stepping to the football mountaintop to shout about their renewed dominance, no overly puffed out chests, none of the verbal muscles they’d earned the right to flex after a complete thrashing of the favored 49ers.

    The aftermath of the Giants’ 26-3 victory at Candlestick Park was simple to decipher anyway, requiring no additional help from a team that had been schooled all week by a coach repeatedly reminding them “nobody gives us a chance to win.” What they gave him in return was one of the most satisfying wins in recent franchise history.

    All they’d done was come here a postseason ago and win the right to advance to the Super Bowl, an unforgettable overtime victory in the NFC Championship game that would set up their second Super Bowl win in five years. The vanquished 49ers went home to stew, and their off-season of discontent eventually settled on one, glaring target: The Giants were walking around wearing diamond-encrusted rings that should have been theirs. So this was a day set for 49er revenge, an open invitation to prove last year’s Giant win was a fluke." Read more...






    Inside The Numbers: WR Cruz's 25th Game

    Excerpt: "WR Victor Cruz played in his 25th regular season game when the Giants defeated the 49ers

    Victor Cruz’s first NFL reception made just a small deposit in the Giants’ collective memory bank. It occurred early in the third quarter of a Monday night victory over St. Louis on Sept. 19, 2011. On a third down from the Giants’ 23-yard line, Cruz caught a pass from Eli Manning in the center of the field for a 10-yard gain and a first down.

    That one small step for Cruz has turned into one huge contribution for the Giants.

    On Sunday in San Francisco, Cruz played in his 25th regular season game when the Giants defeated the 49ers, 26-3. In those 25 games, he has caught 125 passes for 2,032 yards and 15 touchdowns. Cruz actually posted those numbers in just 21 games, because he had no receptions in any of his first four appearances.

    Cruz has earned a spot among the players with the most catches and receiving yards through the first 25 games of a career in NFL history. And he is outpacing the vast majority of the most productive receivers the Giants have ever had.

    Cruz’s 125 career receptions are tied for the sixth-most among players in their first 25 games:

    Anquan Boldin Arizona Cardinals 154
    Reggie Bush New Orleans Saints 143
    Marques Colston New Orleans Saints 138
    Tom Fears Los Angeles Rams 131
    Charley Hennigan Houston Oilers 126
    Victor Cruz Giants 125
    Kellen Winslow Cleveland Browns 125

    Cruz’s 2,032 receiving yards are the sixth-highest total through the first 25 games of a career in NFL history:

    Charley Hennigan Houston Oilers 2,468
    Bill Groman Houston Oilers 2,453
    Billy Howton Green Bay Packers 2,138
    Lance Alworth San Diego Chargers 2,118
    Bob Hayes Dallas Cowboys 2,084
    Victor Cruz Giants 2,032
    Cruz’s 125 receptions are the most ever by a Giants player in his first 25 games. He is second in receiving yards and touchdowns (tied with teammate Hakeem Nicks), trailing only Del Shofner, among Giants 25 games into their careers.

    To see how Cruz stacks up in Giants history, we selected the players with the five-highest reception totals in franchise history: Amani Toomer, Tiki Barber, Joe Morrison, Jeremy Shockey and Ike Hilliard. We also chose Aaron Thomas, Earnest Gray and Shofner, who are 11th, 13th and 15th, respectively, on the franchise career-receptions list. Nicks, if he stays healthy, could push his way onto that list (he’s currently 19th with 219 career catches). For further comparison, we also looked at Chris Calloway and Plaxico Burress, who are seventh and 12th on the list, despite starting their careers with other teams.

    Totals through their 25 games as a Giant:

    Name Receptions Yards Touchdowns
    Victor Cruz 125 2,032 15
    Amani Toomer 20 307 2
    Tiki Barber 70 594 3
    Joe Morrison 47 565 4
    Jeremy Shockey 124 1,468 4
    Ike Hilliard 81 1,136 4
    Aaron Thomas 23 485 3
    Earnest Gray 59 945 8
    Del Shofner 115 2,146 22
    Hakeem Nicks 116 1,686 15
    Plaxico Burress 116 1,837 13
    Chris Calloway 37 516 3
    "


    Key Plays From Giants vs. 49ers Game

    Excerpt: "These five plays propelled the Giants to a Week 6 victory in San Francisco

    1) Amukamara grabs first INT.

    Coming off a franchise record 621 yards the previous week, the 49ers offense was still predicated on not turning the ball over. Alex Smith had thrown just one interception in the first five weeks of the season, following a 2011 campaign in which he had five all year.

    However, Amukamara, making his third consecutive start, intercepted Smith on the 49ers’ first play of the second quarter. There would be more to come as the takeaway led to the Giants’ first touchdown on the following drive.

    2) Hixon’s deep catch.

    After Amukamara’s interception, the Giants knew it was time to capitalize after punting on their first two offensive possessions. On third-and-6 on the their own 37, that’s when
    Eli Manning
    found down the right side for a 39-yard gain. That brought the Giants into 49ers territory, and four plays later, Victor Cruz caught a six-yard pass in the end zone for Manning’s only passing touchdown of the day." Read more...

    GIANTS 101

    After Early Injuries, New York Giants Getting Healthy at the Right Time

    Excerpt: "
    It was almost comical how bloated the New York Giants injury report was for a while there, but the team came out of the San Francisco 49ers game pretty healthy and we just might be turning a corner here. With Hakeem Nicks back in the fold, Chris Canty ready to return and Kenny Phillips hopefully only a week or two away, the Giants should be feeling better than they have all year.

    With the memory of running a headline the other week that only half-jokingly wondered if Big Blue would have enough healthy players to field a team for that week's game, the Giants seem to have weathered the worst of the storm (so far) and come out into the sunshine at 4-2. Good timing, with big divisional games against the Redskins and Dallas Cowboys coming up, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers lurking after that.

    Don't believe us? Let's go position-by-position and see how they're doing." Read more...


    Giants' Antrel Rolle: Redskins' QB RGIII iscomplete player

    Excerpt: "
    The New York Giants will get their first look this week at Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, and while we all know that RG3 can run like the wind, starting safety Antrel Rolle sees the rookie as a good passer who, six games into his NFL career, is worthy of being termed a "complete player." Read more...

    Giants vs. 49ers: NFL Week 6 game analysis

    Excerpt: "
    The New York Giants walked into San Francisco feeling disrespected and underestimated and they made sure to remind the San Francisco 49ers, as well as the rest of the league for that matter, who the defending Super Bowl champions are and what they are capable of. Ahmad Bradshaw was phenomenal for a second straight game, and the Giants defense played their best game of the season as New York absolutely dominated San Franciscofor a 26-3 win that puts them at 4-2 on the year and in sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

    Key to Victory:

    Defensive focus, intensity, and consistency

    What an outstanding, outstanding performance put together by this Giants defense across the board. The pass rush looked a lot more intense and a lot more determined than we've seen them through the first five games of the season and that was matched with a lot of strong individual play in the secondary. Most importantly against an offense like the one the 49ers run, the Giants did an excellent job tackling underneath and taking good angles to the football, limiting yards after the catch on those quick throws, screens, and plays out of the wildcat type formation.

    • Nothing was more encouraging in this game than what we saw from theNew York Giants pass rush. When the defensive linemen are getting after it, this team is extremely difficult to beat. Jason Pierre-Paul was all over the place, Mathias Kiwanuka and Osi Umenyiora flashed, and Alex Smith had less and less time to throw the football as the game went on – which is something we saw during the Giants late season and postseason run last year.
    • The next thing to note was the play of the offensive line. Clearly this group came into the game excited about the Giants gameplan – which was to play smashmouth football and run the ball right at the San Francisco defense early and show them that they were ready for a physical football game as well as make them well aware of the fact that they were going to have to defend both the run and pass in this game. The offensive front wall protected Eli very well in this one, and as the game went on imposed their will on arguably the best defensive front seven in the game." Read more...

    Giants mugged 49ers 26 - 3, but got robbed themselves

    Excerpt: "
    Literally. While the New York Giants were on the other side of the country laying a smack down on theSan Francisco 49ers in the beat down heard 'round the NFC, a pair of hooligans were rummaging through the Giants players' cars…parked all the way back in East Rutherford, New Jersey.Our favorite line from story that brought this to our attention:
    Police say they’re searching for multiple suspects who broke a lock on the gate to the parking lot where players park their cars during road trips, burglarized some players’ cars and stole a 1996 Chevy Caprice. (Which I’m guessing was not a car belonging to an NFL player.)" Read more...

    After Week 6 beat down, Carlos Rogers calls NY Giants "Kings of the NFL"

    Excerpt: "
    A week prior to the big game between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers consisted of some trash talking, mainly from 49ers corner back Carlos Rogers. Rogers told the media that if he found the endzone hewould do his own salsa dance, mocking Victor Cruz's signature celebration. However, Rogers would not find the end zone, in fact, not a single 49er would. The Giants, including Cruz, found it several times, beating the 49ers 26-3.

    In Rogers' defense, he did back down on his promise after learning about the influence Cruz's grandmother had on his dance.

    "I'm not gonna do it," Rogers told the New York Daily News. "That's a tribute to his grandmother. Once (I heard) that, I threw that out the door. It's definitely out. At the time, I didn't know. It was just fun and games. It's his dance, but I enjoyed the dance. But now that he's saying it's more than that to him, I just throw that out the window." Read more...

    Tom Coughlin passes Bill parcells for second on Giants' all time wins list

    Excerpt: "Lost in the elation of a New York Giants 26-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon was a record-setting moment for head coach Tom Coughlin. As the clock struck 00:00 in the fourth quarter, Coughlin was credited with his 78th win as coach of Big Blue, passing Bill Parcells for second on the franchise's all-times win list." Read more...



    Justin Tuck: Better vs. 49ers than we first thought

    Excerpt: "Did Justin Tuck play better Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers than we gave him credit for? The analysts at Pro Football Focus think so.

    Tuck was officially credited with zero tackles and one quarterback hit in 40 snaps on Sunday as the New York Giants routed the 49ers, 26-3.

    In Monday's 'Kudos & Wet Willies,' I wrote this:

    "Amidst all the great work by the defensive front with six sacks and I have no idea how many hurries, as well as pretty good run defense, the name Justin Tuck does not even appear on the stat sheet. Tuck played 40 of 61 defensive snaps without registering even an assist, though he did get one quarterback hit. How does that happen?"

    In Tuesday's Giants' roster rankings I dropped the seemingly unproductive 2012 version of Tuck from 16th all the way down to 27th.

    PFF vehemently disagrees with my assessment, giving Tuck a +2.8 (+3.2 pass rush) grade for the game and crediting him with seven "quarterback disruptions." PFF wrote:

    "He came into this game with only six QB disruptions (sacks, hits, hurries) on the season and more than doubled that total with his one hit and six hurries. He got around 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis on multiple occasions, including forcing Smith to step up in the pocket on his first interception with 14:02 to go in the second quarter. Tuck's exemplary work came on only 26 pass rush attempts and Sunday was clearly his best game of the season at +2.8 overall (+3.2 pass rush)." Read more...


    Tom Couglin or Bill Parcells? Best Giants' Coach on the modern era is...

    Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin passed Bill Parcells on Sunday to become the second-winningest coach in New York Giants' franchise history. Coughlin now has 78 victories as Giants' head man, while Parcells has 77.

    Steve Owen is the all-time leader in victories with 153 having coached the Giants from 1930-1953. In the modern era of Giants' football, however, Parcells has long been considered the best coach the Giants have ever had.

    Is it time to change that thinking? Has Coughlin now not only surpassed Parcells' victory total, but ascended to the throne of best Giants' coach ever in the Super Bowl era?

    For long-time Giants' fans the emotional answer to this question may always be Parcells. There is always something special about being first, and it was the Big Tuna who coached the Giants when they emerged from the darkest period in franchise history to once again become a dominant NFL team. The first two Giants' Super Bowls were won under Parcells' direction." Read more...

    NY Giants' news and notes: Quotes, and much more

    Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Your Tuesday morning notebook includes a couple of items from our transcripts, and a few links from around the Inter-Google.

    Domenik Hixon
    : [Full transcript]

    Q: Can you talk about how you adjust week in and week out to the different roles you're asked to play?

    A: I just thank God for being able to be out there and play and just have fun with the guys and we try to prepare ourselves the best we can week in and week out for whatever role we're going to do. In the receiver room, we've got a tough room and we try to hold ourselves to a higher standard.

    Q: Do you think the team can continue to fly under the radar after the win yesterday?

    A: That's a good question. We'll see, but for some reason, every time we do something, someone finds a way to say that we could have done it better or a reason why we did win and it not being a legitimate win and we're fine with that. At the end of the day, we're out there to win ball games, I guess, not to steal a headline." Read more...

    Tom Coughlin's Lauds Play of Defense

    Excerpt: "New York Giants' coach Tom Coughlin praised his team's defense on Monday, the day after an impressive 26-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

    "We played outstanding defense, let's face it. We played a team that had been on fire and we played very well, very sound, didn't give up a lot of big plays, gave some up, but hung in there and battled and scrapped and got three critical turnovers," Coughlin said.

    Entering the game the Giants had been struggling defensively, not getting to the quarterback and giving up too much yardage against the run. So, what changed against the 49ers?

    "I think it's the quality of the team we played against. There wasn't any question that we were going to have to be at our very best if we were going to have a chance to win.," Coughlin said. "We played hard, we ran the right plays at the right time, we had some extremely timely plays, I thought. We had six sacks in the game; we hadn't had many going in. We kind of rose up and played well." Read more...

    Reasons to Celebrate: Total Domination...Yeah, Let's Celebrate That

    Excerpt: "New York Giants fans know the drill: Sometimes they struggle against mediocre teams and play up to par against better teams ... and sometimes they just struggle.

    The Giants didn't struggle at all this past Sunday when they defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 26-3, at Candlestick Park. This was their first meeting in the Bay Area since the NFC Championship Game and the 49ers were hoping for some revenge. Instead, the Giants just reminded them why they have the Super Bowl XLVI rings.
    The Giants were completely dominant in all aspects: offense, defense, and special teams. The special teams made only one error, when Bear Pascoemissed his block causing one of Lawrence Tynes' field goals to get blocked. That didn't turn out to matter in the end. The rookie David Wilson had another good day returning kickoffs. He opened the second half with an exploding 66-yard kickoff return to put the Giants into position to score a 1-yard Ahmad Bradshaw touchdown." Read more...

    Giants vs. 49ers: Kudos and Wet Willies Review

    Excerpt: "It is time for our 'Kudos & Wet Willies' review of the New York Giants' 26-3 dismantling of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Let's get this out of the way right now ... there will be no 'Wet Willies' this week. Unless I want to hand out WW's to some of the 49ers I can't really find any reason to hand out any.

    So, let's get started with this's edition of 'Kudos, Kudos & More Kudos.'

    Kudos to ...

    The Bodyguards
    -- What? Bodyguards? Has Ed lost his mind? No, I haven't. The Bodyguards are the big boys up front on the Giants' offense, including the fullback and tight ends. By name they are linemen Will Beatty, Kevin Boothe,David Baas, Chris Snee and Sean Locklear, tight ends, Martellus Bennettand Bear Pascoe, fullback Henry Hynoski and even extra lineman David Diehl.

    These guys did a phenomenal job keeping Eli Manning well-protected all day. No sacks and not a lot of hits. This group also wore down a San Francisco defense that usually does that to opposing offenses. It really was amazing to watch the 13-play, 72-yard fourth-quarter drive by the Giants that took 7:10 and for all intents and purposes ended the game. Twelve straight running plays (yes, 12) and no passes led to a 32-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal. I mean, who does that in the NFL in 2012? More to the point, who does that to the 49ers?

    Ahmad Bradshaw
    -- Took advantage of all of that great blocking to gain 116 yards on 27 carries, with 16 of those carries and 93 of those yards in the second half. You have to wonder what Brandon Jacobs, in street clothes on the other sideline, was thinking while watching that.

    Eli Manning
    -- Not a great game statistically for Manning, but he did complete nine straight passes in the second quarter to help the Giants turn the game over. Also, did a great job handing the ball off to Bradshaw and David Wilson in the fourth quarter.

    The Defensive Line
    -- Tom Coughlin said "I think the defensive line finally decided they were going to come to play today and they did." Indeed. Jason Pierre Paul had a pair of sacks. Linval Joseph had a sack and four tackles, two for loss. Osi Umenyiora had only one tackle and one quarterback hit, but it seemed like he was in the backfield all day. Adrian Tracy -- yes, Adrian Tracy -- had four tackles and a sack in just 12 snaps. Mathias Kiwanuka, playing a variety of spots along the defensive line -- even on the nose a few times -- had a sack and a tackle for loss.

    Antrel Rolle
    -- Two interceptions, both on good catches, two passes defensed and six tackles.

    Prince Amukamara
    -- An interception, three passes defensed and six tackles. Yes, it looks like the Giants' Prince has come.

    Lawrence Tynes
    -- Made four field goals, and it probably would have been five with a little better blocking at the end of the first half.

    Victor Cruz
    and Domenik Hixon
    -- Six catches for Cruz and one salsa dance. Hixon continues to play better than could have been expected, with four catches for 78 yards. A couple of those were high degree of difficulty grabs, too.

    David Wilson
    -- His 66-yard kickoff return set the tone for the second half. He also carried seven times for 35 yards, with the explosiveness, determination and ball security he showed on those runs practically screaming at Coughlin "I demand more carries." Read more...







    David Wilson Making Impact Plays on Special Teams for Giants

    Excerpt: "David Wilson rushed seven times for 35 yards versus the 49ers in Week 6. Wilson’s biggest impact came on special teams with a 66-yard kickoff return and another one for 46 yards that was called back on a holding penalty." Read more...

    Victor Cruz won't get his knee tested after banging it against 49ers

    Excerpt: "After the game Cruz said he was fine and won’t undergo any tests on his knee.

    Looks like the Giants dodged a bullet with Cruz’s knee." Read more...









    Kevin Gilbride thanks Jim Harbaugh for statement

    Excerpt: "
    New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride got the last laugh.

    After San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh released a statement last week ripping Gilbride for his comments about 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith, Gilbride's offensive line absolutely dominated against San Francisco in a 26-3 victory.

    Gilbride admitted he was "shocked" by the response from Harbaugh."I have great respect for their front, and I have unbelievable respect for the guy (Smith), tremendous," Gilbride told the New York Daily News on Sunday. "But it (defensive holding) is something he does. He reaches out and grabs people. ..."I thought it was just in a litany of compliments. ... all of a sudden, (Harbaugh) turned it into a negative thing. ... It was great. All of a sudden, now everybody in the country saw it. It worked well." Read more...

    NY Giants reportedly had cars broken into

    Excerpt: "
    Fresh from the high of a 23-3 domination of the rival San Francisco 49ers, some New York Giantsplayers learned that their cars were burglarized in an East Rutherford, N.J., parking lot, NBC-4 New York reported early Tuesday.

    State police spokesman Sgt. Brian Polite told NBC-4 that the burglaries happened between 4 a.m. and 4:20 a.m. Sunday. He said the team employed a security firm for the lot." Read more...

    Is Tom Coughlin a better coach than Bill Belichick?

    Excerpt: "During a cursory scan of my Twitter timeline on Monday morning, I came across the following tweet from colleague Daniel Jeremiah:

    A league exec to me last night... "Can we stop debating who the best coach is in this league? It's Tom Coughlin and nobody else is close" Read more...

    Giants Earn Most Impressive WIN of 2012 Season, Week 6 Notes

    Excerpt: "When the New York Giants whipped the San Francisco 49ers, 26-3, on Sunday, they put together what was, in my opinion, the most impressive victory of the 2012 NFL season. We've seen a few upsets this year, like the Indianapolis Colts knocking off the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals surprising the New England Patriots, but no win has been quite as complete as the Giants' thrashing of the Niners.

    Here are five reasons that this victory stands above every other win through Week 6:

    1) The Giants' offensive line dominated the 49ers' front seven.
    The 49ers have the NFL's most physical front seven. Justin Smith, Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman are among the NFL's top defensive players. The Giants' offensive line handled this talented group throughout the game. The unit helped the downhill running attack rack up 149 rushing yards, and it didn't allow a single sack in pass protection.

    2) The Giants' defensive line dominated the 49ers' offensive line.
    In Weeks 4 and 5, the Niners averaged 278 rushing yards against the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, respectively. They have one of the NFL's bigger offensive lines, a mauling unit at the point of attack. It usually wears opposing defensive lines down in the second halves of games, creating big creases for their running backs. The Giants' defensive line, however, stood up to the test, holding the 49ers to 80 rushing yards. The unit used its quickness to knife through gaps and dominated passing situations; the Giants' defense finished with eight tackles for a loss and six sacks." Read more...




    Boley: "We're a team to be reckoned with"

    Excerpt: "Michael Boley says the New York Giants made a statement in their win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

    What was that statement?

    Boley thinks the Giants reminded the rest of the league that they're the same team that won the Super Bowl last year -- and that they're capable of doing the same thing this season.

    "There’s no doubt," Boley said. "I think we feel that once we put everything together, offense, defense and special teams; that’s something that is going to be tough for teams to beat us. We kind of put everything together (Sunday) and we showed that we’re a team to be reckoned with."

    Earlier in the week, coach Tom Coughlin suggested that his team was an underdog coming into its NFC Championship Game rematch with the 49ers.

    But it certainly didn't seem that way after three and a half hours of football. The Giants thoroughly dominated San Francisco, winning the turnover battle, 3-0, running for 149 yards and sacking San Francisco quarterbacks six times.

    Boley called it the Giants' best defensive performance of the season. " Read more...

    Canty, Beckum eligible to return this week

    Excerpt: "Both Chris Canty and Travis Beckum are eligible to return to practice this week after spending the first six weeks on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

    Canty will be back on the field, but Beckum will not.

    NFL rules state that players on PUP have a three-week window to resume practice before a determination must be made to add them to the roster.

    The Giants will have to make a corresponding move on the 53-man roster to make room for Canty, if they choose to activate him.

    It is unclear if Canty will be ready to play Sunday against Washington.

    He has missed training camp and the preseason, so his conditioning may be an issue.

    But the veteran defensive tackle recently expressed confidence that he will be ready to play as soon as he starts practicing.

    “The knee does feel better than if I had been activated at the start of the season,” Canty said last week. “At the start of the season, my knee was significantly better than it was during the regular season and playoffs, and now it is even better than that. I lost a little weight, leaned out a little bit. I am excited to see what I can do out there.” Read more...

    Steve Young says Giants have something special going on and could be the most dangerous team in the NFL - AUDIO (around 1:59)





    2012 NFL Grades, Week 6: Home Field Advantage Reigns Supreme

    Excerpt: "

    F The best offensive line in football didn't look so great Sunday, giving up six sacks. But the 49ers aren't built to play from behind -- see: Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter only carrying 12 times combined -- and if you get them down, you can step on their throat. And the Niners got stepped on at home Sunday.
    A My west-coast, money-line, all-Giants parlay lives! Going into San Francisco and beating the 49ers like the Giants did is extremely impressive. The defense we saw Sunday was the defending champs defense, as they hounded Alex Smith (and picked him thrice) and stuffed Frank Gore. Eli Manning and Ahmad Bradshaw did what they needed to do on offense.
    "



    Giants won't fly under the radar any more

    Excerpt: "
    Despite being the defending Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants have managed to fly under the radar most of the season.

    In the preseason, they were overshadowed in their own area by Tim Tebow and the quarterback hoopla with the New York Jets.

    A nationally televised season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys turned off more people. And a nationally televised Sunday night setback to the Philadelphia Eagles that dropped them to 0-2 in the NFC East left many wondering whether this team would even be a playoff team.

    Well, guess again.

    The Giants (4-2) are not only back, the target on their backs may be even bigger after a dominating 26-3 win Sunday over the San Francisco 49ers, a team that many felt were the Super Bowl favorite in the NFC.

    At the least, the Giants made an enormous statement to every other NFL contender: Don't ignore them.

    ''There's no doubt,'' linebacker Michael Boley said. ''I think we feel that once we put everything together, offense, defense and special teams; that's something that is going to be tough for teams to beat us. We kind of put everything together yesterday and we showed that we're a team to be reckoned with.'' Read more...





    Week Six Players Of The Week

    Antrel Rolle / FS / New York Giants

    The Giants dealt the 49ers the most lopsided loss of head coach Jim Harbaugh’s tenure in Week Six, and Rolle picked off 49ers QB Alex Smith twice Sunday, matching his pick total from last season. It was a rematch of last season’s NFC championship game, but the Giants were the only team that appeared to be playoff-caliber in a 26-3 rout. Rolle, who also had a tackle for loss in the game, made both of his picks in the third quarter, setting up a pair of Lawrence Tynes field goals as the Giants padded their lead. It could have been an even more lopsided affair if the Giants’ offense had been able to capitalize on the great field position provided by converting Rolle’s takeaways into touchdowns. The Giants took over at the 49ers’ 12- and 5-yard line to start the possessions following the two picks." Read more...


    NFC East Spin Cycle: Giants, Redskins on collision course

    Excerpt: "Although the Cowboys and Eagles missed on late-game opportunities to make it a clean sweep for the division (after, frankly, a bad Week Five for the division), the Giants and Redskins both turned in statement victories in advance of their meeting in Week Seven.


    What we learned:
    Anyone want to bet against the Giants as a repeat Super Bowl possibility? This might not be the week to do so. Coming off their most impressive game since the Super Bowl, the Giants completely dominated the 49ers (whom some hailed as the NFL’s best) on their home turf in a rematch of the NFC title game that was supposed to be the Giants’ comeuppance. Instead, the Giants are in nearly the same spot they were a year ago at 4-2 following a bounceback victory. The Giants certainly hope to avoid the topsy-turvy ride that followed, but if it results in another title, they would put up with it. Sunday’s across-the-board dominance in the 26-3 win proves that you have to consider the Giants one of the four or five best teams in football — if not the best.

    What’s in store next:
    The Giants head back in the division for two important games, the next one against the Redskins at home in only the Giants’ third 1 p.m. start so far this season, which Tom Coughlin definitely will welcome. What he won’t welcome is the challenge of facing Robert Griffin III, who has given almost every Redskins opponent some serious issues. He burned the Vikings’ top-10 defense for 138 rushing yards and two TDs, including a 76-yarder to ice the victory, and passed effectively in Sunday’s win. Another thing to prepare for: Eli Manning struggled badly last season, which might have been his finest, against the Redskins with four interceptions and zero TD passes in two losses.

    What the heck?
    The Giants cranked up their mothballed pass rush for six sacks. They had eight in the five games coming in. What gives? “The defense finally decided they were going to come out and play today, and they did,” Coughlin said. So what was different? Well, the Giants had used the same quartet to rush the passer in third downs and obvious throwing situations with Osi Umenyiora, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka. On Sunday, they rotated in Marvin Austin and Adrien Tracy and moved Kiwanuka around effectively. It not only resulted in the six sacks but it also sped up the clock of 49ers QB Alex Smith, who was picked off three times. “When he (Smith) threw the ball, we had corners and safeties right on the guys the passes were intended for,” Tuck said. “We got pressure on him. Even when we didn’t sack him we had guys in his face, which made it difficult for him to step up and throw the ball accurately.” Read more...



    ReFo: Giants @ 49ers, Week 6

    Excerpt: "The strength of the NFL resides in the NFC and this week’s matchup was a battle of two of the best. The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants visited everyone’s power-ranking-darling San Francisco 49ers with the Giants taking advantage of three interceptions from quarterback Alex Smith to roll to a 26-3 victory. Smith’s poor play was the story of the game as his three blunders led to 13 Giants points, including their first touchdown.
    For the Giants, it’s a big road win for the standings, but perhaps even more importantly, they showed the ability to run the ball against the hard-nosed 49ers defense. Despite winning a championship with little to show from the running game last season, New York’s ability to play a physical game up front adds another dimension to a team that is already among the league’s best.All is not lost in San Francisco as the 49ers’ 4-2 record puts them in a three-way tie atop the NFC West. They need to return to the mistake-free, physical football that encompassed the first five games of their season. There’s no time to sulk as fellow NFC West frontrunners, the Seattle Seahawks, come to town this Thursday night.Let’s take a look at how the Giants were able to win their second consecutive game against the 49ers at Candlestick.

    New York Giants - Three Performances of Note

    Pass Rush Returns

    Despite their reputation, it’s been an up-and-down year for the Giants pass rush. They were back on track last Sunday, and they were carried by an unsuspecting pair. While defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora get most of the accolades, it was Justin Tuckand defensive tackle Linval Joseph who made the most impact in this game. Tuck is hardly an unknown commodity, but he’s been streaky at best as a pass rusher dating back to last season. He came into this game with only six QB disruptions (sacks, hits, hurries) on the season and more than doubled that total with his one hit and six hurries. He got around 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis on multiple occasions, including forcing Smith to step up in the pocket on his first interception with 14:02 to go in the second quarter. Tuck’s exemplary work came on only 26 pass rush attempts and Sunday was clearly his best game of the season at +2.8 overall (+3.2 pass rush).
    As for Joseph, he added three disruptions of his own with two hurries and a sack which represented the first charged to 49ers RG Alex Boone all season. Joseph beat Boone to his outside shoulder on the 2nd-and-4 play, and set San Francisco back into a 3rd-and-long situation that eventually induced yet another interception out of Smith.

    Wide Receiver Production

    It seems as if Eli Manning is throwing to a different group of wide receivers every week though the results have been consistently good. Victor Cruz (+2.6) has returned back to his 2011 form in recent weeks after a poor first game while Domenik Hixon has been the latest Giants wide receiver to garner the spotlight. While Cruz is generally best out of the slot, it was out wide where he did most of his damage in this game. He ran one of his classic double moves that turned into a comeback along the sideline where he made a nifty catch to stay in bounds at the 7:30 mark of the second quarter. He was lined up outside on his touchdown as well where he created good separation on cornerback Carlos Rogers with a post pattern before snaring the firm throw from Manning for their first score of the game.
    As well as Cruz played, it was Hixon who stole the show in his 22 snaps. It was a second quarter to remember as picked up all four of his receptions. It started at the 12:35 mark as he gained a step on Chris Culliver and made an outstanding adjustment to catch the slightly off-target throw for Manning for a 39-yard gain. Hixon showed his body control again as he beat Culliver on a comeback route on 3rd-and-8, making another great catch along the sideline. He did more fine work on the same route with 1:05 to go as he once again beat Culliver and made the diving catch to keep the chains moving during the Giants 2-minute drill. This was Hixon’s third straight strong game despite his decrease in playing time due to the return of WR Hakeem Nicks.

    Weak Link on the Line

    After Manning saw as much pressure as any quarterback in the league last season, the Giants offensive line has taken a step forward here in 2012. Right tackle Sean Locklear has already been better than last year’s starter Kareem McKenzie though Sunday was Locklear’s worst game of the season with a -2.5 grade. The four disruptions surrendered are not a season high, but they came on only 29 pass block attempts. Locklear barely got off the snap against Ahmad Brooks at the 9:58 mark of the third quarter and Manning was forced to make a quick, inaccurate throw. It was more of the same at the 6:59 mark later in the quarter as Brooks’ quick pressure forced Manning to vacate the pocket at the top of his drop. Locklear’s inability to even slow Brooks down on those two plays prevented the Giants from converting key third down opportunities." Read more...





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    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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      Originally posted by ashleymarie View Post
      You're welcome
      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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        here we go.....tuesday.....

        thanks Ro
        "Measure Twice......Cut Once"
        You couldn't be more full of **** if you were break dancing in a Port-a-Potty.......Kruunch


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          Originally posted by GameTime View Post
          here we go.....tuesday..... thanks Ro
          We are on a mission
          “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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            thanks Roanoke!


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              Thanks bro.

              “Basically just stay with your man,” cornerback Janoris Jenkins said. “Follow him everywhere you go. Even if he goes to the bathroom, follow him.”


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                Living in Va, I get s steady dose of RGIII "magic". DEnds play smart and shed their man and everyone else in their gap and use maybe Williams to mirror him, the Giants will be alright. He is kinda short-don't lose him.

                He is going to be trouble for years. Just got to figure him out, like Vick.

                My two cents of coaching.

                Thanks RF!


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                  Originally posted by BeatYale View Post
                  Thanks bro.
                  You're welcome
                  “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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                    Originally posted by Old Giant View Post
                    Living in Va, I get s steady dose of RGIII "magic". DEnds play smart and shed their man and everyone else in their gap and use maybe Williams to mirror him, the Giants will be alright. He is kinda short-don't lose him.

                    He is going to be trouble for years. Just got to figure him out, like Vick.

                    My two cents of coaching.

                    Thanks RF!
                    We have defended mobile QBs before and hopefully the coaches have done their homework
                    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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                      Thanks RF !
                      " Success is never final, but failure can be " B.P.


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                        Originally posted by G-Men Surg. View Post
                        Thanks RF !
                        You're welcome
                        “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1