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    News, notes, rumors, and gossip: Friday, October 12, 2012

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    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    Michael Strahan visits Giants' defensive linemen


    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/10/michael_strahan_visits_giants.html#incart_river


    Excerpt: "Before this week's NFC Championship Game rematch between the Giants and the 49ers, a familiar face reappeared in the Giants' defensive line meeting room: Michael Strahan.

    The long-time Giants defensive end sat with his former teammates -- and the new faces -- for a full position meeting earlier this week, lasting about an hour, players said. Defensive end Adrian Tracy wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday, "@michaelstrahan came thru and dropped some KNOWLEDGE."

    "Long enough to be effective," linebacker/defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka said when asked about Strahan's visit." Read more...

    Giants' Hakeem Ncks, David Diehl, Corey Webster listed as questionable for Sunday

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...l#incart_river

    Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks practiced for the second straight day today and barring a setback between now and Sunday afternoon, is expected to be in uniform against the 49ers after missing the last three games.

    Officially, Nicks, who has been hampered with a knee injury and soreness in his surgically repaired right foot, has been ruled questionable for the matchup. The team flies out to San Francisco at noon Saturday, but Tom Coughlin said a decision about whether Nicks plays won't need to be made before takeoff.

    Though the news is positive, Nicks has been downgraded to out the day before games twice in the last four weeks.

    "That would be a huge asset for our team, but we would have to wait and see," Coughlin said of Nicks." Read more...


    Giants' Hakeem Nicks, Martellus Bennett practice today

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...martellus.html

    Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks said today was going to be the "defining day" for whether he will play Sunday against the 49ers.

    As of a few minutes ago, it's so far, so good.

    Nicks practiced Thursday and was practicing during the media portion of the session open to the media today. He was making cuts and jumping to make catches in drills without looking hindered – signs that he is likely to return Sunday against the 49ers.

    The wide receiver has missed the last three games due to a left knee injury he suffered against the Buccaneers in Week 2 in addition to soreness in his surgically repaired right foot.

    Tight end Martellus Bennett was also taking part in individuals and moving without hindrance. Bennett played through much of the Giants' win over the Browns with a hyperextended knee he suffered in the first quarter. Earlier in the week he said he planned on playing Sunday." Read more...

    Giants' Kevin Gilbride says 49ers DT Justin Smith "gets away with murder"

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2..._says_49e.html

    Excerpt: "There are plenty of reasons why the 49ers defense is so good. They're talented. They're physical. They're disciplined.

    One of the key cogs is defensive tackle Justin Smith. The 33-year-old is relentless in the middle and gets after the quarterback. He's recorded at least six sacks each season since joining the 49ers in 2008 and is a load to deal with.Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride also thinks it helps that he gets away with a
    lot."Smith is a beast on the inside,"

    Gilbride said to reporters on Thursday. "He's strong, he does as good a job of grabbing a hold of offensive linemen and allowing those twists to take place.

    "He never gets called for it so he gets away with murder." Read more...


    Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw expects a physical challenge from 49ers


    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...l#incart_river

    Excerpt: "Mario Manningham reached out to Ahmad Bradshaw on Sunday, following the running back’s career game. He wanted to congratulate his close friend and former teammate who reached the 200-yard plateau for the first time. He also let him know that he’ll be facing a completely different defense the next Sunday.

    “I told him, ‘Yeah, you’re trying to make up for when we play y’all, huh?’ ” Manningham, the former Giant and now 49er, quipped on a conference call with reporters today.

    The Giants know the 49ers aren’t the Browns. The numbers and their experiences remind them. The consensus in the Giants locker room is that their NFC Championship Game victory in San Francisco was the most physical game they’ve ever played. They expect more physicality Sunday. And for the 49ers it all starts with stopping the run." Read more...

    Giants' Keith Rivers expects to return for 49ers game

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...xpects_to.html

    Excerpt: "Keith Rivers' hamstring injury has nagged through the first five weeks of the season, keeping him out of three games and limiting him when he did play.

    But the Giants linebacker said he's finally turned a corner and expects to play Sunday against the 49ers.

    "Obviously, hamstrings are tricky, so you've always got to be cautious until they’re completely gone," Rivers said today. "I felt like I turned the corner where I can see kind of the light at the end of the tunnel."

    Rivers played the opener against Dallas and the Week 3 game at Carolina. But he admitted he didn't let the muscle rest enough and wound up aggravating it in practice. He sat out each of the past two games against the Eagles and the Browns but was "excited" to practice fully both yesterday and today." Read more...

    Kevin Gilbride not worried about ex-Giants sharing secrets of offense with 49ers

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...l#incart_river

    Excerpt: "Mario Manningham, the former Giants receiver who now plays for the 49ers, said he's been coaching his new teammates up on his old offense.

    He can offer the San Francisco defensive backs information on "what's going to happen here, things like that," he said on a conference call yesterday. He's also letting them in on how Eli Manning thinks.

    "I know what’s going on," said Manningham, who played four seasons for the Giants. "I share it with them."

    Between Manningham and running back Brandon Jacobs -- who spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Giants before signing with San Francisco -- how concerned is offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride?" Read more...

    Joe Martinek was ready to move on when Giants' call came

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...l#incart_river

    Excerpt: "Joe Martinek's agent made the rounds. He called each team on behalf of his client, whom the Giants waived in their first round of preseason cuts. Each team gave the same response: keep waiting, as the season continues and players get hurt you'll probably get a call. It's a numbers game.

    That call finally came early this week. And, again, it was the Giants, who signed him onto their practice squad.

    "It was getting a little frustrating being at home just working out everyday," the Hopatcong High School and Rutgers product said. "I was going to have to start looking for a job soon so mentally it was taking a little toll on me, but I just kept staying positive and continuing to work out.

    Martinek, 23, originally signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent and caught two passes for 22 yards and a touchdown in the preaseason." Read more...

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    Harbaugh defends Justin Smith, hints Giants trying to "influence officiating"

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/gia...ce-officiating

    Excerpt: "“Kevin Gilbride’s outrageous, irrational statement regarding Justin Smith’s play is, first, an absurd analogy," Harbaugh said. "Second, it is an incendiary comment targeting one of the truly exemplary players in this league. It’s obvious that the Giants coaching staff’s sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence officiating.” Read more...

    Giants list Hakeem Nicks as "questionable" for Sunday's showdown against 49ers

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/gia...inst-the-49ers

    Excerpt: "He cut across the field on routes, caught multiple passes with his outsize hands and kept his feet in bounds during a drill on contested receptions in the corner of the end zone Friday. With all the boxes checked, Giants wideout Hakeem Nicks looked ready to re-join teammates after missing the last three games with a left knee injury and a sore right foot.

    "He was out there looking fluid," receiver Victor Cruz said." Read more...



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    Giants' Nicks still limited in first practice back with Big Blue

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/fo...icle-1.1181375

    Excerpt: "The replacement receivers have done a wonderful job filling in for Hakeem Nicks during his three-week absence. At times, their big games have made the drop-off hard to notice.

    But there’s just something undeniably special for the Giants about having Nicks on the field with the offense. And the 24-year-old receiver realizes it, too.

    “Definitely. We all know that,” Nicks said on Thursday. “We all know what I can bring to the table when I’m out there. Right now it’s just a matter of making sure I’m able to compete at the highest level when I’m out there. It’s just a matter of me taking care of my body. “(Friday) will be the defining day.”

    Whether or not Nicks can practice on Friday will likely determine whether he will be able to play on Sunday when the Giants (3-2) travel to San Francisco to face the 49ers (4-1) in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. Nicks tested out his injured right foot and left knee in practice on Thursday for the first time in two weeks. And while Tom Coughlin said he “moved around OK,” Nicks said he was very limited and was just hoping to get a feel for his conditioning level.
    " Read more..

    Former Giant Brandon Jacobs: Big Blue is in for a war with against San Francisco 49ers

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/fo...icle-1.1181370

    Excerpt: "Brandon Jacobs would love to suit up and help the Niners take down his former Giants teammates on Sunday at Candlestick Park. But after meeting with coach Jim Harbaugh, Jacobs said Thursday that he understands that “in this case, my former team is not important.”

    Jacobs, who has been listed as inactive since recovering from a preseason knee injury, met with Harbaugh to discuss his frustration over a lack of playing time, he said. On Wednesday, Jacobs had said he would be “disappointed” if he didn’t play against the Giants, but that no longer matters, he said.

    “We ironed it out,” Jacobs said. “We got it done. I understand where coach is coming from. Coach understands me from him playing football. What’s important is for us in the long run.”

    Jacobs added that Sunday’s game would be “a war,” whether he’s out there or not.

    He also delivered a subtle warning to his old team: These new-look Niners are far better than they were last year, when they pushed the Giants to overtime in the NFC title game." Read more...

    San Francisco 49ers Carlos Rogers says he won't salsa in the end zone against Giants

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/fo...icle-1.1181379

    Excerpt: "Carlos Rogers’ salsa-dancing days are over.

    If the 49ers’ top cornerback finds his way into the end zone during Sunday’s grudge match against the Giants, he will find another celebration. He won’t steal Victor Cruz’s TD dance again, he told the Daily News, because he finally understands why it means so much to the Giants’ wide receiver.

    “I’m not gonna do it,” Rogers told The News Thursday. “That’s a tribute to his grandmother. Once (I heard) that, I threw that out the door.

    “It’s definitely out.”

    It was an olive branch after several days of jawing between corner and wideout. As recently as Tuesday, Rogers said, “f I make a play or get an interception on him (Cruz), in my mind, just do his dance.”

    That led Cruz to say he “definitely wouldn’t be OK” with that." Read more...


    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/fo...#ixzz2934J2bbK

    Jacobs: 2012 Niners are a "much better" 2011 version

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/gia...r-2011-version

    Excerpt: "Brandon Jacobs would love to suit up and help the Niners take down his former team, the Giants, on Sunday at Candlestick Park. But after meeting with coach Jim Harbaugh, Jacobs said Thursday that he understands that “in this case, my former team is not important.” Read more...

    Nicks: Friday will be "defining day" on return

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/gia...-day-on-return

    Excerpt: "The replacement receivers have done a wonderful job filling in for Hakeem Nicks during his three-week absence. At times, their big games have made the drop-off hard to notice.

    But there’s just something undeniably special for the Giants about having Nicks on the field with the offense. And the 24-year-old receiver knows it, too.

    “Definitely. We all know that,” Nicks said on Thursday. “We all know what I can bring to the table when I’m out there. Right now it’s just a matter of making sure I’m able to compete at the highest level when I’m out there. It’s just a matter of me taking care of my body.

    “(Friday) will be the defining day.”

    Whether or not Nicks can practice on Friday will likely define whether he’ll be able to play on Sunday when the Giants (3-2) travel to San Francisco to face the 49ers (4-1) in a rematch of last season’s NFC championship game. Nicks tested out his injured right foot and left knee in practice on Thursday for the first time in two weeks. And while Tom Coughlin said he “moved around OK,” Nicks said he was very limited and was just hoping to get a feel for his conditioning level." Read more...

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    THE NEW YORK POST.

    Giants psyched for physical battle with 49ers

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giant...JNN3hPCXPENwfJ

    Excerpt: "Giants-49ers Sunday will be Bloodbath II.

    Just the way the Giants like it.

    “It’s going to sound like being in the middle of a thunderstorm,” Chris Canty told The Post. “Pads are going to be poppin’. As soon as you step on the sidelines, you feel it, you know it. Even when you’re warming up, you know it. You feel the energy from the atmosphere, you know what it’s going to be about. It’s just exciting, it’s a great feeling.”

    It absolutely kills Canty, who vows to return off the physically unable to perform list next week, that he will be home watching Frank Gore and the 49ers try to run the ball down Big Blue’s throat. Because when you play football, you live for Blood and Gore.

    “It’s a bloodbath. ... We knew that going out there last year, that’s why I said it,” Canty said. “It held true.” Read more...


    Aikman: Giants will have to be at their best to beat Niners

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giant...tjKBM3Ih7IKPxO

    Excerpt: "The 49ers look like a team destined for the Super Bowl, while the Giants resemble one that will be fighting for a playoff spot.

    But that is nothing new for a Giants organization that has become accustomed to inconsistent regular seasons — and still winning Super Bowls. The Giants have won two of the past five Lombardi Trophies despite going 10-6 and 9-7 in 2007 and 2011, respectively.

    “It’s a team, a staff that doesn’t panic and there are some positives in that,” FOX analyst and former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman said. “And they are a good team. Looking at this game, having lost to Dallas and Philadelphia within the division and another tough game within the conference, this game is going to have some playoff ramifications. For a Week 6 game this is fairly important.” Read more...


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    Hakeem Nicks optimistic on facing 40ers: "I've got a pretty good shot"

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giants...7vgnwpODJPqB8I

    Excerpt: "“Yeah. I would like to see what the coaches are going to say, what they’re going to say about it in the morning and what the trainers are going to say; but I think I’ve got a pretty good shot,’’ said Nicks, who has sat out the last three games due to swelling in his knee and pain in his surgically-repaired right foot.

    “I practiced. I did the majority of the practice – about four or five reps a period, about what I would normally do on a Friday practice. I did good. I had coach watching me, asking how I looked, was I compensating or anything like that. I wasn't, so I looked good. I feel good about it. We’ll see how I respond in the morning and then they’ll let me know.’’ Read more...

    Giants' WR Hakeem Nicks practices, hopes to play Sunday

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giant...E57H513LFTZOoK

    Excerpt: "There have been stops and starts, too many of them for Hakeem Nicks and so initially he didn’t want to talk about what he did yesterday out on the field, which wasn’t really much at all.

    Nicks has been here before, running around a bit on a Thursday and then waking up the next morning wondering how he’s going to feel and if his body is going to allow him to play. Two weeks ago, his body told him no and he didn’t get on the bus to Philadelphia. Last week he didn’t even really try because he already knew the answer.

    Now comes this afternoon, which Nicks calls “the defining day’’ to determine what comes next." Read more...

    Confident Bradshaw in rush to repeat success

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giant...U9SdBAMpjTgJqJ

    Excerpt: "The last time he suited up, Ahmad Bradshaw got the ball 30 times from scrimmage and rushed for 200 yards, both career highs. That was against the Browns. What comes next, Sunday at Candlestick Park, figures to be a far different experience, as the 49ers allow just 81.4 yards per game on the ground.

    Bradshaw cannot expect another 200-yard outburst against such a formidable defense, can he?

    “Expect the unexpected,’’ Bradshaw said Thursday. “With this line, there’s no telling what we can accomplish and we’re just going to go out there and give it our all.’’

    Despite the huge production, Bradshaw said his career-best could have been much better.

    “We left a lot of plays on the field that we could have ended up with 250, maybe 300,’’ he said. “I’m never satisfied.’’ Read more...

    Schwarts talks Giants preparation for 49ers - VIDEO

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giants...xl9bM4tlISewGI

    Excerpt: "The Giants face one of the best teams in the NFL on Sunday as they travel to the Bay Area to take on the 49ers. San Francisco is hoping for revenge after Big Blue’s win last year in the NFC Championship game. New York Post beat writer Paul Schwartz reports from practice on how the Giants are preparing." Read more...
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    THE BERGEN RECORD


    Giants' Ahhmad Bradshaw wants more

    http://www.northjersey.com/sports/17...ants_more.html

    Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw can see another 200-yard performance in his future, even Sunday against a 49ers rushing defense that ranks seventh in the NFL, allowing opponents an average of 81.4 yards per game.

    "Expect the unexpected," Bradshaw said Thursday.

    "With this [offensive] line, there’s no telling what we can accomplish."

    Bradshaw set career highs with 30 carries and 200 yards in the Giants’ 23-17 win over the Browns on Sunday. Bradshaw said the heavy workload has "surprisingly" not impacted how he feels in practice this week.

    "I feel like as many times as I can touch the ball is as many times I can make a lot of different plays and get a lot of yards," Bradshaw said.

    "I’m never satisfied. We left a lot of plays on the field that we could have ended up with 250 [yards], maybe 300." Read more...

    Vinny DiTrani's Week 6 Picks

    http://www.northjersey.com/sports/17...NFL_picks.html

    Excerpt: "The salt air didn’t help last week’s picks, so it’s back to basics in trying to get this wacky season turned around. That means some good, old-fashioned coin-flipping and dart-throwing. Sometimes that works better than trying to figure out a season with bounties, replacement refs and the world’s most famous personal protector, Tim Tebow.
    Game of the week

    *49ers over Giants, giving 6 1/2: San Francisco’s recent offensive outburst shows it has more than just a powerful defense, and the Giants had trouble stopping Cleveland last week. Throw in the revenge factor and it could be a long day for Big Blue." Read more...


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    GIANTS.COM

    Giants' Keys to Victory vs. 49ers

    http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs...f-3e92d5482575

    Excerpt: "1) Stop the run, run the ball.
    It’s a simple formula for a matchup that boils down to the basics. For the Giants, the challenge comes against the 49ers’ No. 1 rushing attack and their No. 7 run defense.

    2) Mix it up on Vernon.
    In two games against the Giants last season, tight end Vernon Davis had just six catches, but three of them were touchdowns. Two came in the NFC Championship, including a 73-yarder. Linebacker
    Jacquian Williams
    could be used to match his speed, but a mixture of looks has led to success for the Giants defense against elite tight ends." Read more...
    The Coughlin Corner: Welcoming the challenge

    http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs...9-dd9f6e33abf2

    Excerpt: "Q: If you tried to set up a scenario to challenge your team, you couldn’t do much better than what you’re facing this week - going cross-country to face the 49ers, a very good team that’s first in the NFL in rushing and second in defense and has a revenge motive after the championship game last season. Do you learn more about your team playing in circumstances like this than you do in other games?

    Coughlin: “People asked me those kinds of questions earlier in the week and my first reaction is it’s not like we haven’t had many tough football games around here. We’ve played on the road in many difficult circumstances, so that part of it, looking forward to the challenge – we’re looking forward to the challenge. They’re a really good football team, but we’re looking forward to playing against this team. The rest of it is they’re 4-1. We’re well aware of that. We have studied the Minnesota game (the 49ers only loss) along with all the other games very deeply and we have some ideas about how that all takes place. “Every time we go out there we’re the underdog, so there’s nothing new about that. And we do have the experience of going there, of not turning the ball over, of special teams making a great contribution, defense playing so well, offense taking care of the football and coming away winning. So we have a formula. Nobody stands still. This is a team that has improved themselves. They have included some more variety into their attack (with the wildcat), which they used, for example, somewhat over here at MetLife against the Jets, but then quickly put it away. They’ve gone right back to just physical, physical football. So that’s how they play. That’s how they prefer to play. They are very good in their offensive line and defensive line and they play a style of football...for example, on defense, you’re not going to see a whole lot of different people on the field. This business is about rotating players in and out. Not them. They play them. They play their front. They certainly expect not to play a lot of snaps, I think, as they design it. But that’s their style and then they’re going to run it and if you’re going to have a chance to beat them, you've got to stop the run and you’re going to have to run the ball on the other side, because if they get in a situation where all they need to do is crank it up and come after the quarterback, we’ve seen evidence of our quarterback getting hit more than we would ever like him to be hit.”
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    GIANTS.101

    49ers' Jim Harbaugh accuses Kevin Gilbride of trying to influence officials

    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/12/...nce-officials/

    Excerpt: "
    The New York Giants are preparing to leave the comfortable confines of the Timex Performance Center and head out to California for a showdown with the 4-1 San Francisco 49ers. There is obviously no love lost between the these two organizations, especially after last year's NFC Championship game.

    However, the day before the team is scheduled to depart, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride couldn't resist getting in a backhanded compliment directed towards 49ers defensive end Justin Smith. Gilbride talked about how Smith's defensive holding allows him to control offensive linemen." Read more...

    What can the Giants learn from the 49ers loss to the Vikings?


    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/12/...esota-vikings/

    Excerpt: "
    The San Francisco 49ers lost their only game of the year to the MinnesotaVikings in Week three; a sound 24-13 beating. So, as the 49ers game looms as one of the big early tests for the New York Giants, we decided to go back and see if we can learn anything about attacking the Niners from Christian Ponder and the Vikings.

    While we thought the game reviews would yield simple revelations (e.g. "The Vikings were able to control the 49ers’ X by doing Y"), what we found is that the general feeling from those who watched the game was that the Vikings outplayed the Niners in almost every facet of the game, doing the little thingsSan Francisco usually does so well, forcing Alex Smith into the kinds of mistakes he usually doesn't make, and preventing the mistakes the Niners defense usually forces." Read more...

    Giants' Week Six Injury report

    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/12/...injury-report/

    Excerpt: "The New York Giants initial injury report released on Wednesday portrayed a team that would be heading into their toughest game of the season extremely short handed. Hakeem Nicks was not practicing, Martellus Bennet had knee issues, and Kenny Phillips was an unknown. However, today, the team released their final injury report before Big Blue heads out to San Francisco for their Week six bout with the 49ers.

    Without further adieu, here's a look at who will and will not be making the trip out to California this weekend.

    OUT: Rocky Bernard, Kenny Phillips, Andre Brown

    QUESTIONABLE: Hakeem Nicks, Corey Webster, David Diehl

    PROBABLE: Ramses Barden, Martellus Bennett, Chase Blackburn, Michael Boley, Jayron Hosley, Keith Rivers, Antrel Rolle" Read more...

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    Giants vs. 49ers: Week 6 Game Preview


    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/12/...-game-preview/

    Excerpt: "
    In a rematch of last year's nailbiter of an NFC championship game, the New York Giants go into San Francisco on Sunday looking to improve to 4-2 on the season and stay in the mix for the top of the NFC East division.

    The Giants have felt a little slighted this week, feeling as though they've been painted as a substantially inferior team to the 49ers after beating them in the NFC championship last season. Some 49ers players have came out and said the Giants didn't really win that game and that they lost it, and you can be sure Tom Coughlin made sure every one on this New York football team is aware of that.

    GAMEPLAN


    Spread it out offensively, take 49ers linebackers off the field and get aggressive with the passing attack


    The 49ers have one of the best defenses in the National Football League; that is clear to anyone who has watched the game over the past season and change. That being said, they do not have the defensive backs to consistently match up with Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon (who is quietly having a fantastic year coming off another ACL injury), and Martellus Bennett. Very few teams do. On a sloppy, rainy day in San Francisco last season in the NFC Championship, New York found plenty of success with its option based passing attack. Until the 49ers prove they can contain Eli Manning and these wideouts, this is where the Giants should look to attack. It could certainly open up running space for the Giants backfield as well should they find success early moving the chains through the air." Read more...

    Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw not so quick to rule out huge game against San Francisco 49ers

    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/12/...ancisco-49ers/

    Excerpt: "
    Coming off of a career day against the Cleveland Browns in which he rushed for 200 yards on 30 carries, New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshawis feeling pretty confident. And despite being matched up against the league's 7th best run defense this Sunday in the San Francisco 49ers, the veteran wouldn't rule out a repeat performance … or better.
    “Expect the unexpected," Bradshaw said. “With this line, there’s no telling what we can accomplish and we’re just going to go out there and give it our all." Read more...

    Giants not concerned with Mario Manningham giving away offensive secrets

    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/11/...nsive-secrets/

    Excerpt: "
    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham was a key contributor to the New York Giants 2011 Super Bowl run. In last season's playoffs, he caught 13 passes for 189 yards, including three touchdowns. However, he's now a member of a talented San Francisco 49ers squad. Regardless, Big Blue is not at all concerned that Manningham's knowledge of the offense will have an effect on this Sunday's contest.

    The New York Giants have a lot on their plate heading into this weekend's rematch of last season's NFCChampionship game. Although Big Blue is coming off a blowout victory at home against the winless Cleveland Browns, the San Francisco 49ers present a whole new challenge." Read more...

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    BIG BLUE VIEW

    NY Giants' news and notes: Ahmad Bradshaw ready to run, and more

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/10/1...rancisco-49ers

    Excerpt: "
    [FONT='Mercury SSm A', 'Mercury SSm B', Georgia, Georgia, serif]Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here is your Friday morning notebook. Today, a compilation of quotes from Giants' players on Thursday. Full transcripts available on our 'Transcripts' page.[/FONT][FONT='Mercury SSm A', 'Mercury SSm B', Georgia, Georgia, serif]

    Ahmad Bradshaw
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    Q: Would you like to carry the ball that many times during the game?

    A: Every game. I feel like as many times as I can touch the ball is as many times I can make a lot of different plays and get a lot of yards, so I don't mind touching the ball at all that many times.

    Q: How satisfying was that performance for you?
    A: I'm never satisfied. I always feel like we could have done better. We left a lot of plays on the field that we could have ended up with 250 maybe 300. I'm never satisfied and I just work for better." Read more...

    Kevin Gilbride understands the value of Hakeem Nicks

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/10/1...f-hakeem-nicks

    Excerpt: "
    Hakeem Nicks practiced on Thursday for the first time in several weeks. Whether he will be available Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers is yet to be determined, but Giants' offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride would certainly love to have him available, saying Thursday that "you always want your best players." Read more...

    Perry Fewell: Leaky defense can be fixed

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/10/1...rancisco-49ers

    Excerpt: "
    The New York Giants have surrendered an average of 5.1 yards per rushing attempt the past two weeks. Their vaunted pass rush has only eight sacks, which is 24th in the league, including zero last Sunday vs. the Cleveland Browns. Overall, the Giants are 22nd in the league defensive, surrendering 372.8 yards per game.

    Ask defensive coordinator Perry about the issues, though, and he makes the issues plaguing the Giants -- especially in the front seven -- seem like no big deal.

    Perry, what about the lack of sacks?" Read more...


    NFL Week 6 Predictions: Mikey's Crystal Ball

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/10/1...s-crystal-ball

    Excerpt: "
    This past Sunday, I was at the Chiefs/Ravens game, and left before the fourth quarter started. That means I did not witness fans booing Matt Cassel being sprawled out on the turf with a concussion, but I certainly wouldn't have expected that from this group of fans. I mean, it wasn't Philly or Oakland. The KC fans are passionate, yes, but that was just a horrible thing to do, no matter how disappointed you are in your QB. Regardless, here is what I took away on Sunday--that was some bad football being played on both sides. It reminded me of that Giants/Redskins game in the '70's, when I think Joe Danelo kicked a field goal to win 12-9. Hey, the Internet is a cool thing--check it out!

    Okay, enough of all that jibberish--let's pick the games....

    NY Giants at San Francisco--The Niners are still bitter about the NFC title game, but trust me--they are going to be tight while the G-men will be loose. Mikey will be at a wedding at precisely game time, which kind of sucks, but maybe it'll keep my blood pressure down not being able to watch. Giants 21, Niners 17." Read more...


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    Giants' Keith Rivers, Jayron Hosley plan to play on Sunday


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    Excerpt: "The New York Giants injury report released on Wednesday painted a dire picture of a team that was hobbled heading into its most competitive contest of the season. The 4-1 San Francisco 49ers are a fast, physical opponent that will certainly require Big Blue to have their best players on the field in order to emerge victorious. Luckily for the Giants, linebacker Keith Rivers and cornerback Jayron Hosley are slated to return to the gridiron this Sunday.

    Hosley and Rivers have both been battling hamstring issues that have kept them off the field for two and three games, respectively. While it's no longer a question of whether they will play against the 49ers, it remains to be seen how much they see the field after missing multiple games.

    Jayron Hosley is going to be a huge addition to a banged up Giants secondary. With the suspension of Will Hill, Big Blue had no viable option to play nickel cornerback this weekend." Read more...

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    Brown not fined for tweeting

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/gia...d-for-tweeting

    Excerpt: "New York Giants running back/kick returner Andre Brown was not fined by the NFL for in-game tweeting in the locker room after sustaining a concussion in last Sunday’s 41-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns. " Read more...

    Jim Harbaugh calls Kevin Gilbride's comments "outrageous"

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/stor...ith-outrageous

    Excerpt: "In a statement released by the team Friday, Harbaugh said, "Kevin Gilbride's outrageous, irrational statement regarding Justin Smith's play is, first, an absurd analogy.

    "Second, it is an incendiary comment targeting one of the truly exemplary players in this league. It's obvious that the Giants coaching staff's sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence officiating."

    Gilbride made his original comment Thursday after he was asked about why San Francisco's front seven is so tough.

    "Ability. That's it. They have great players," Gilbride said. "They're tremendous, they're tough. They have great speed on the outside, (Justin) Smith is a beast on the inside -- he's strong, he does as good a job (as anybody) of grabbing a hold of offensive linemen and allowing those twists to take place. He never gets called for it, so he gets away with murder." Read more...


    Giants can expect another gut check

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/stor...rancisco-49ers

    Excerpt: " Not long after Lawrence Tynes' kick went through the uprights in San Francisco, sending the New York Giants into a frenzy and on to the Super Bowl, Antrel Rolle remembers thanking God.

    Not for the Super Bowl berth. That probably was his second thought. His initial reaction was to say thanks for "one of the toughest games" he ever played in finally coming to an end.

    Like many of his teammates, Rolle was spent physically and emotionally after the Giants and San Francisco 49ers went toe to toe in the NFC Championship Game and refused to back down.

    "One of the toughest games I have ever played, hands down," Rolle said. "It was extremely physical. It was a game of patience and execution."One false move and one false step would have cost you the game at that moment. Everything was just so intense. And the intensity just kept rising so much in that game."" Read more...


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    Giants' Hakeem Nicks questionable for 49ers game

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/stor...rancisco-49ers

    Excerpt: "New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

    "He did OK," coach Tom Coughlin said after Nicks participated in the portion of practice open to the media on Friday. "We'll have to see how he is."

    Nicks has missed the last three games because of swelling in his knee and pain in his surgically repaired right foot.

    It is unknown if he'll travel with the team to San Francisco.In the two games he's played this season, the 24-year-old wide receiver has caught 14 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown."He'd be a huge asset to our team (if he's able to play)," Coughlin said. "But we'll have to wait and see."Domenik Hixon has been starting in place of Nicks." Read more...


    W2W4: Giants vs Niners

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/gia...-versus-niners

    Excerpt: "he NFC Championship rematch is upon us.

    Are you ready for another slug-it-out Candlestick cage match?

    Here are five things to watch for on Sunday:

    Reunited: And it feels ... not so good. The Giants will be reunited with Mario Manninghamand perhaps Brandon Jacobs on Sunday. Both key contributors to the Giants' Super Bowl victory signed with the Niners during free agency.

    Manningham is ecstatic to be a Niner and has 19 catches for 186 yards and one touchdown so far. Jacobs has yet to play this season after suffering a knee injury in the preseason. He told USA Today that he felt phenomenal and would be disappointed if he doesn’t play Sunday. He certainly sounded frustrated. But on Thursday, Jacobs had a different tone.

    “Right now could I go out and play? Yes,” Jacobs told reporters Thursday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “But would it be smart? No. I’m taking the opportunity I have to get healthy.”

    Jacobs went through full practices this week. Even if Jacobs doesn’t play, Manningham said he will be fired up to play against his former team.

    Contain Vernon: Vernon Davis had a total of six catches against the Giants last season in two games. But three of those receptions were for touchdowns.

    He scored twice in the NFC Championship Game, including a 73-yard touchdown. The Giants have had good success against tight ends with Carolina’s Greg Olsen really the only one having success against them this season.

    But Davis is an elite tight end with elite speed. Perry Fewell says he likes the speedyJacquian Williams’ ability to match up with Davis. " Read more...

    Next Level Preview: Gants vs. 49ers

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/gia...iants-at-49ers

    Excerpt: "The Giants head back to San Francisco on Sunday for the first time since their 20-17 win over the 49ers in last season's NFC Championship Game. Both teams will be coming off dominating offensive performances in Week 5, where each put up more than 40 points.

    The Giants trailed 14-0 in the first quarter against the Browns, but behind three Eli Manning touchdowns and 243 rushing yards, their most in a game since the 2008 season, they outlasted Cleveland for a 41-27 win. The 49ers are coming off a 45-3 win over the Bills in Week 5, where Alex Smith threw three touchdowns in a game for just the fifth time in the last three seasons.

    Here are some areas to keep an eye on: " Read more...

    Perry Fewell Confident that sacks, quarterback hits will come

    http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/5328

    Excerpt: "It’s a question that defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has no doubt heard dozens of times since the start of the season.

    “Oh they’ll get sacks,” he said when asked when he thought that the Giants pass rush, which is off to one of its slowest starts under his care, might get going. “They’ll get hits. I have a lot of confidence in those guys. They’ll be fine.”

    The question, though, is what gives Fewell reason for hope that his defensive ends—Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul—will snap out of their slump any time soon given that it’s reasonable to expect current and upcoming opponents to copy the blue print that has been put in place this year to slow their charge down.

    “The way offenses are attacking us right now, sometimes that limits their opportunities,” said Fewell. “The ball does come out pretty quickly. Sometimes the way people are playing us doesn’t give us a number of opportunities to do what they do best.” Read more...

    Next Level Preview: Giants' vs. 49ers

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/gia...iants-at-49ers

    Excerpt: "The Giants head back to San Francisco on Sunday for the first time since their 20-17 win over the 49ers in last season's NFC Championship Game. Both teams will be coming off dominating offensive performances in Week 5, where each put up more than 40 points.

    The Giants trailed 14-0 in the first quarter against the Browns, but behind three Eli Manning touchdowns and 243 rushing yards, their most in a game since the 2008 season, they outlasted Cleveland for a 41-27 win. The 49ers are coming off a 45-3 win over the Bills in Week 5, where Alex Smith threw three touchdowns in a game for just the fifth time in the last three seasons.

    Here are some areas to keep an eye on:" Read more...

    Highlights from the Coordinators

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/gia...e-coordinators

    Excerpt: "Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell speak with reporters on Thursdays.

    Here are the highlights from this week's session with each:" Read more...


    Bradshaw fired up to run against 49ers

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/gia...18217/bradshaw

    Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw isn't just coming off a career-high 200 yards rushing last Sunday against the Browns.

    He's also coming off a career-high 30 carries.

    That equals a lot of pounding on a relatively small frame -- 5-foot-10, 214 pounds. But the Giants running back sounds eager to get back on the field Sunday in San Francisco.

    "Monday was a little tough, but now on Tuesday and yesterday and today, surprisingly I feel great," Bradshaw said after practice on Thursday. " Read more...

    Hakeem Nicks practices Thursday, may play vs. Niners

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/stor...rancisco-49ers

    Excerpt: "New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks practiced Thursday, albeit on a limited basis, and there is a chance he could play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

    Nicks has missed the Giants' past three games because of swelling in his knee and pain in his surgically repaired right foot."Got a chance to test it out a little bit," Nicks said. "The defining moment will be tomorrow, when I do a little bit more than individual [work], and see if I'm able to compete."The Giants have won two of the three games they've played without Nicks. Fellow wideoutVictor Cruz is tied for the league lead with five touchdown catches, and the team has gotten solid contributions from Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden and rookie Rueben Randle." Read more...

    Jacobs likely a no-go against Giants

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/gia...against-giants

    Excerpt: "It sounds like Brandon Jacobs won't get a chance to play against his old team on Sunday.

    The former Giants running back, who spent his first seven seasons and earned two Super Bowl rings with Big Blue before joining the 49ers, has yet to play in a game this year, after suffering a knee injury during the preseason.

    “Right now could I go out and play? Yes,” Jacobs told reporters Thursday, according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “But would it be smart? No. I’m taking the opportunity I have to get healthy.”

    Jacobs sang a different tune on Wednesday, however, telling Mike Garafolo of USA Today, "I feel great. I feel phenomenal. My leg is as fresh as yours." Read more...

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    Niners value chance at redemption

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/N...emption-101012

    Excerpt: "This is exactly what head coach Tom Coughlin wants from the media.

    Mention that the defending Super Bowl champions haven’t looked super in a 3-2 start.

    Point out the defensive injuries that have forced the Eli Manning-led offense to carry a heavier load.

    Heap heavy praise on Jim Harbaugh’s “mighty men” of theSan Francisco 49ers." Read more...


    Kyle Williams trying to make amends for last years mistakes

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...takes/related/

    Excerpt: "No 49ers player has more to make amends for this weekend than Kyle Williams.

    Which is why he didn’t bother trying to make Sunday’s NFC Championship Game rematch with the Giants just another game.

    “After what happened last year, I definitely want to get back at these guys,” Williams said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “We look at it as if they have something that we should have had. We’re going to make sure we don’t leave anything on the field again.”

    Like, you know, the football." Read more...

    PFT's Week Six Picks

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...cks-3/related/

    Excerpt: "Last week, the “mild” concussion to RG3 prevented me from taking a “major” lead over MDS in the picks contest.

    Robert Griffin III
    exited, the Redskins lost, and what would have been a two-game win for the week turned into a push, with both of us going 10-4.

    This week, Robert Griffin III is back, and his team’s game against the Vikings once again will decide whether someone gets a two-game swing, or whether we tie once again.

    For the year, there’s still no tie. I’m leading the way at 49-28, and MDS is 47-30.

    Giants at 49ers

    MDS’s take:
    Tom Coughlin says no one is giving his team a chance in this game. I wouldn’t go quite so far as to say the Giants don’t have a chance, but I would say the way the 49ers have played the last couple weeks, on both sides of the ball, I have a hard time seeing the Giants’ path to a win.

    MDS’s pick:
    49ers 31, Giants 17.

    Florio’s take
    : This is precisely the kind of game the Giants ordinarily win. And if they hadn’t won in San Francisco in January en route to a Super Bowl victory, the Giants would win. No amount of Rodney Dangerfield cliches from coach Tom Coughlin will overcome the fact that the 49ers are hungrier and, for now, better. There’s a chance it will get ugly.

    Florio’s pick
    : 49ers 31, Giants 24." Read more...


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    Houston Texans' DC Wade Phillips takes unprovoked jab at Michael Strahan


    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/12/...chael-strahan/


    Excerpt: "Houston Texans defensive tackle J.J. Watt is having a break out season. He currently leads the NFL in sacks, but had one removed Elias Sports Bureau earlier this week. After losing the sack, Texans Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips raised some controversy by questioning New York Giants legend Michael Strahan, his record breaking sack and why that one wasn't removed." Read more...
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    Thank's Roanoke! Don't think Mannigham is intellectually savvy enough to give a ton away!

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    Classy move by Carlos Rodgers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Chaos View Post
    Thank's Roanoke! Don't think Mannigham is intellectually savvy enough to give a ton away!
    You're welcome. This always comes up when we play a team who has acquired one of our players. I don't think it matters all that much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYGfanNC View Post
    Classy move by Carlos Rodgers.
    +1
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    thanks Kid.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by GameTime View Post
    thanks Kid.....
    Close to 50?
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    Thanks bro.

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    Thanks bro.
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