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    FIVE UNSUNG GIANTS WHO HELPED MAKE RUN TO SUPER BOWL POSSIBLE

    FIVE UNSUNG GIANTS WHO HELPED MAKE RUN TO SUPER BOWL POSSIBLE

    "Eli Manning shattered
    team passing records, and Jason Pierre-Paul
    became a feared force. Victor Cruz broke out,
    and Justin Tuck
    rediscovered his fury late in the season.



    But when GM Jerry Reese
    evaluates how his Giants made this stunning run to Super Bowl XLVI, he doesn't
    always point to those obvious stars. The architect of Big Blue understands that
    his team has also been buoyed by some unknown players thrust into quietly
    important roles.

    "Most championships, you've got to have a little bit of
    luck, and somebody's got to come out of the shadows to make a play," he said
    after the Giants won the NFC title last Sunday. "Somebody you don't expect to
    make a play comes out of the shadows to make a couple plays. It happens every
    year."

    That has happened for the Giants this season, allowing them to
    overcome a grueling schedule and survive the losses of more than a half-dozen
    key players to season-ending injuries.

    Why are they in Indianapolis?
    Sure, Eli, JPP and Cruuuuz have plenty to do with it. So do these five far
    less-celebrated heroes:

    HENRY
    HYNOSKI


    The rookie fullback from Pitt didn't have a carry
    during the regular season and he caught only 12 passes. But when Hynoski was not
    available, his absence was noted.

    In the first five games of the season,
    the 6-1, 266-pound rookie emerged as a solid run blocker, but he suffered a neck
    injury against Seattle. He would miss the next five games before finally
    returning in the Nov. 28 loss at New Orleans.

    One week later, the
    much-maligned run game finally enjoyed a solid performance, totaling 100 yards
    and averaging 5.0 yards per carry in the loss to Green Bay. Offensive
    coordinator Kevin Gilbride still
    points to that game as the turning point for his struggling ground game, and
    Hynoski had plenty to do with it.

    "He's very important," said backup quarterback David Carr.
    "He's a bull of a blocker. And he can do more than that, too."

    Hynoski's
    blocking has drawn loads of attention, but he has quietly emerged as a solid
    receiving threat out of the backfield as well. Defenses must account for him; if
    they don't, he can catch three passes for 20 yards, as he did last week in San
    Francisco.

    "A lot of people don't realize he was a third-down back at
    Pitt," Carr said. "He's more than a bull. He can catch the
    ball."

    DEVIN
    THOMAS


    Even before he recovered a pair of fumbled punt
    returns against the Niners (one was a muff), the unheralded Thomas was making
    key contributions on special teams.

    The former Redskins castoff began the
    season as Big Blue's kick returner, but he was demoted in November. Initially,
    he seemed to sulk, but by December, he had reinvented himself as a dangerous
    gunner on special teams.

    "It was frustrating," he says of his demotion.
    "But I just have to use my athleticism to contribute any way I can. I'm starting
    to get a little niche."

    It was hardly glamorous, but the erstwhile
    second-round pick embraced his new role. When the Giants played the Redskins in
    December, Thomas had established himself as a kamikaze special teams force.
    Twice in that game, he kept dangerous Washington return man Brandon Banks from
    breaking a big return. Thomas suffered a scary stinger at halftime of that game,
    but he had already impressed his teammates. Thomas also started taking advantage
    of his rare opportunities as a receiver; late in the first quarter of the
    Giants' 31-14 win over the Cowboys, his gritty 14-yard catch on third-and-8 from
    the Dallas 48 helped set up Big Blue's second TD. This new Devin Thomas can
    catch passes, make defensive plays and return kicks when needed, and that has
    given Big Blue's roster flexibility, allowing the Giants to deactivate
    one-dimensional players such as KR Da'Rel Scott and
    disappointing WR Ramses
    Barden
    .

    KEVIN
    BOOTHE


    At the start of the season, Reese described the 6-5,
    320-pound Boothe as an offseason "priority," a notion that made fans scoff at
    the Giants' hopes for 2011.

    Five months later, everyone understands. Once
    a preseason punchline, the versatile lineman has become the ultimate
    hole-plugger on a unit that has been hammered by injuries.

    "Kevin's done
    a great job for us, whether he has to play center, whether he has to play
    guard," Manning said. "Sometimes he plays both of them in the same game for a
    few plays."

    Boothe began the year on the bench, but he ably filled in for
    center David Baas when the
    prized free agent battled neck and knee injuries early in the season. By Week 6
    against the Buffalo Bills, Boothe was lining up alongside Baas at right guard,
    clearing holes as Ahmad Bradshaw
    recorded his lone 100-yard rushing effort of 2011.

    A month later, when
    left tackle Will Beatty landed on
    injured reserve with a detached retina, Boothe moved to left guard, allowing David
    Diehl
    to slide to left tackle. It was the sixth-year lineman's final move in
    a season that more than justified Reese's preseason excitement.

    "He's
    been very important to this team," said Manning, "and given us that comfort
    knowing that whatever happens amongst the offensive line, if a guy gets banged
    up a little bit or goes down, that Kevin can come in and play a number of
    spots."

    LINVAL
    JOSEPH


    The Giants struggled to defend the run, surrendering
    a whopping 121.3 yards on the ground this season. But as the season wore on,
    they gradually improved, especially on gritty runs up the middle.

    Thanks
    in large part to the maturation of Joseph, the Giants' interior run defense has
    solidified in the postseason, because the massive Joseph, a second-round pick in
    2010, has gradually asserted himself as a run-stopping force.

    "I think
    Linval's been playing good for us throughout the second half of the football
    season," said defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. "I think
    Linval's just growing up. He's really a rookie, so to speak."

    Joseph
    played sparingly in just six games last season, but he has started regularly
    this year. He's also slimmed down to 323 pounds, getting quicker and improving
    his defensive footwork. He began the season slowly, but by the time the Giants
    played Green Bay in the regular season, he had found his place.

    Joseph
    recorded a career-high nine tackles in that game as the Giants limited the
    Packers to 89 yards on the ground in a 38-35 loss. He has continued that hot
    play through the postseason. Neither the Falcons nor the Packers cracked 100
    rushing yards against the Giants, and while the 49ers managed 150 yards, 42 of
    those came from scrambling QB Alex
    Smith
    .

    "I think Linval's just growing up a little bit," Fewell said.
    "He's just turned it loose, and he's really playing well right now with a lot of
    confidence."

    DAVE TOLLEFSON

    Tollefson, 28, had
    never started an NFL game in his career until this season. But with Justin Tuck
    and Osi Umenyiora nursing
    injuries in the opener at Washington, he got his chance, and he made the most of
    it, delivering two tackles and a sack.

    "I could kind of feel it was
    coming," Tollefson said. "I had a great offseason, and whenever I've ever
    played, I've done a really good job."

    Tuck and Umenyiora would eventually
    get healthy, but Tollefson *— all 266 pounds of him — remained a fixture along
    the Giants defensive line. He was a capable defensive end, but he was also
    physical enough to line up at tackle, battling beefy offensive linemen
    inside.

    Tollefson finished the season with a career-high five sacks,
    tying Tuck for third-best on the team, and his emergence allowed Fewell to
    experiment more with his defensive linemen. By the postseason, the Giants were
    occasionally lining Tollefson and dangerous linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka
    up at defensive tackle, setting Umenyiora and near-unstoppable JPP up at end,
    and letting Tuck function as a giant-sized, stand-up linebacker in a
    pass-rushing alignment that routinely flummoxed opposing
    signal-callers.

    Tollefson rarely made plays in these settings — he hasn't
    recorded a single tackle in the playoffs — but his fierce inside play still drew
    offenses' attention, freeing up his more celebrated teammates for
    sacks.

    "Anything to contribute, man," he said."

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    Re: FIVE UNSUNG GIANTS WHO HELPED MAKE RUN TO SUPER BOWL POSSIBLE

    What about Williams,Kiwi,Ballard ?

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    Re: FIVE UNSUNG GIANTS WHO HELPED MAKE RUN TO SUPER BOWL POSSIBLE

    [quote user="Voldamort"]What about Williams,Kiwi,Ballard ?[/quote]

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    No D.J. Ware and his 2 point conversions? wat up wit dat? lol :P

    that was a nice read, thanks
    "...two minute drill at the end of each quarter, Ya'know with the wind like this blowing mooch and marshall into the ocean...If that's behind me I think were getting 3 from 70 so holla at your boy. IF YOU DON"T PICK ME THAT'S A JOKE RIGHT?" - Justin Tucker, Ravens kicker

    Complain?, ain't Nobody got time for dat!

    GO GIANTS!

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    Weatherford? good punts, his punts led to 2 fumbles and managing to control that low snap on the game winning FG..imagine if he botched the snap and the kick was no good? SF probably would have won on momentum alone.

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    yeah, i'd like to add to that weatherford and blackburn. not sure how unsung they are though at this point...along with williams.

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    I love the Tollefson acknowledgement.

    The guy plays hard and effectively all the time.


    I'm kind of shocked another team hasn't signed him.........reminds me a bit of Chad Bratzke.

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    D. Scott and barden being labeled. Handwriting on the wall?
    Football has been very, very good to us.
    Even though 2013 was a losing season, we can console ourselves with this fact-

    # of Super Bowl victories since 1985:

    1-Chicago, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Seattle
    2-Washington, Green Bay, Denver, Pittsburgh, Baltimore
    3-San Francisco, Dallas, New England
    4-New York Giants!!!!!

    Let's make it 5 in 2014 !!!

    ***Stat provided by "Schloss22"***

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    [quote user="miked1958"]D. Scott and barden being labeled. Handwriting on the wall?[/quote]Probably not, they both (Especially Scott) will get another year most likely.

    Barden is annoyingly disappointing though.

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    I think Chase Blackburn is a major piece and he's been playing his best football of his career and sparked this D early his first game back with his pick of Rodgers...

    Kudos to him for keeping in shape and not missing a beat... He has really been tremendous... It's easy for an athlete to get lazy and unmotivated as he might've thought his career was over after he had no calls after the Giants cut him...

    Guys were making sarcastic comments like "YEA BLACKBURN IS BACK!!! SUPERBOWL TINE BABY!!! on this forum myself included when he was signed after the New Orleans debacle... But he has been making a ton of plays nd is one of those guys that inspires the rest ofvhis team with hustle..

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