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Larry Brooks says that the NHL needs to get a renewed interest in the Winter Classic and one way to do it would be to play the game in Europe and use the Rangers as one of the teams. (NY Post)

Brooks suggests Wembley Stadium in London and a matchup that would feature the Rangers against a team like the Kings, Penguins, Maple Leafs or Canadiens.? (NY Post)

Josh Cooper listed Rangers/Habs at Wembley as the top choice for a Winter Classic the NHL should have. (Yahoo)

Tags: Winter Classic, Adam Rotter

Former University of Miami DB JoJo Nicolas, who spent the summer of 2012 on the Giants training camp roster, was badly hurt in a traffic accident today on a South Florida highway.

Mike Garafolo reports that Nicholas is still alive:

https://twitter.com/MikeGarafolo/status/438387929740627968

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, New York Giants News
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It looked like the Giants were going to have one of those games. On their first drive of the game, the Washington Redskins picked apart the Giants defense, knocking more than 7 minutes off the clock and took an early 7-0 lead, with ease. By halftime, the score was tied at 14, but?Robert Griffin III had completed 16 of 17 passes in the first half and it looked like Big Blue's defense had finally given up on a season that is now purely based on pride.

Who knows what was said in visitor's locker room, but whatever it was, it worked. The Giants defense, led by veteran Justin Tuck who bowed inside FedEx Field?four times last night, took over in the second half and held Washington to just 96 yards in the remaining two quarters.

A clutch play by Will Hill to strip Pierre Garcon in the late minutes of the fourth quarter would seal a victory for the Giants, pushing?their record to 5-7, two games behind the division leaders Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, while eliminating the Redskins from any chance of playoff contention.

Tags: 2012 NFL Schedule, cullen jenkins, Giants Defense, JPP, Justin Tuck, New York Giants, Washington Redskins
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The Dallas Cowboys came in here with the league's worst defense and all week the Giants were looking forward to taking full advantage of that fact. We're still waiting. The Giants could only muster two field goals in the first half despite running the ball for 108 yards between Andre Brown and Brandon Jacobs.

Turnovers, which killed the Giants in their first meeting with Dallas, have reared their ugly head again. Victor Cruz was stripped of the ball by Dallas DB Orlando Scandrick. The ball was scooped up by Jeff Heath an taken to the house for a 7-0 Dallas lead.

A 10-play, 74-yard drive that stalled on the Dallas 3. Josh Brown hit a 21-yard FG to narrow the score to 7-3.

Tags: 2012 NFL Schedule, 2013 New York Giants, Giants-Cowboys, New York Giants News
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The Giants are getting ready to face the Cowboys tomorrow with two major life points weighing in their favor: weather and health.

For the second straight day, the Giants had all 53 players out on the field and practicing. CB Corey Webster (groin, ankle) will be out tomorrow. RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) and WR Hakeem Nicks (abdomen) are listed as questionable but will likely dress.

RB John Conner (hip), CB Trumaine McBride (hip), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Terrell Thomas (knee) are all probable and are expected to play.

Tags: 2012 NFL Schedule, Giants-Cowboys, New York Giants
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Inactive for the Giants tonight in Dallas; OL David Diehl, C David Baas, TE Adrien Robinson, QB Ryan Nassib, DE Adewale Ojomo, DT Jonathan Hankins and DE Damontre Moore.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul and FB Henry Hynoski, who both just began practicing this week after missing all of training camp, are both active tonight, as is WR Victor Cruz

Inactive for the Cowboys: RG Brian Waters, OL Darrion Weems, WR Cole Beasley, RB Lance Dunbar, DE Anthony Spencer, DE Caesar Rayford, and S Danny McCray.

Tags: 2012 NFL Schedule, Giants Inactives, New York Giants

8/19/13: (7:17PM) The Rangers have begun alerting season subscribers, via Dom, about a window in which they can purchase tickets to the Stadium Series games at Yankee Stadium against the Devils and Islanders.

The team is offering tickets to season subscribers and doing so in two games packs and selling the same number of seats that the season subscriber has a Madison Square Garden. The seats for both games in the pack are at the same location.

The team will offer all season subscribers the chance to purchase tickets but in different stages. Priority to purchase is based on "current seating levels and tenure to allow equivalent access."

Tags: Winter Classic 2012, Yankee Stadium 2014, Adam Rotter
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The final day of the NFL Draft was winding down and UMass RB Michael Cox was minutes away from becoming either Mr. Irrelevant or an undrafted free agent.

The Chicago Bears had used all their picks but still wanted Cox, and were angling to sign him after the draft. They were on the phone with Cox talking turkey when another team cut into the call.

?I was literally about to sign (with Chicago). I had the paperwork ready and was about to set that all up,? Cox said as per Matt Vautour of gazettenet.com. ?They put me on hold for a second. That?s when New York called and it was Coughlin. He said ?we?re going to draft you in a couple seconds here.??

Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, 2013 New York Giants, 2013 NFL Draft, michael cox, New York Giants
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When the Giants traded up in the fourth round in this year's NFL Draft to select Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib, many fans and pundits scratched their heads and wondered what they were doing. They did not need a QB.

GM Jerry Reese said Nassib was the highest-rated player on the team's board at the time, something which was verified by CEO John Mara the other day. He showed the select few out at TPC today just why the Giants' brass thought so highly of him. ?He took the reins like a seasoned pro and appears to be on his way to validating their assessment of him.

Tags: 2012 NFL Schedule, 2013 New York Giants, Ryan Nassib
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What was it like when you first got the call from the Giants telling you that they were going to select you?

It was surreal. This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid playing tackle football in my backyard. I got the phone call and there was about four minutes left on the clock. I saw that 201 number and knew who it was. I turned the TV down, I got a big smile on my face and it was crazy. Coach Coughlin was like ?Welcome to the Giants.? It was amazing.

The Giants said they really liked your versatility. Would you be comfortable moving to right tackle after playing left tackle as a starter?

Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, 2013 New York Giants, 2013 NFL Draft, Justin Pugh, New York Giants
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In my bones, I had a feeling Pugh would be wearing blue. He wasn't going to be there for Jerry Reese in Round Two, so he grabbed him at 19. Was it a reach? We'll see, but the Giants have been high on Pugh for some time and tonight validated that.

Here is what Walter Football had to say about Justin Pugh:

Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, 2013 New York Giants, 2013 NFL Draft, Justin Pugh, New York Giants
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On CBC's Hotstove segment on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman spoke about how each outdoor game that the NHL puts on is projected to bring in $30 million in revenue.

With the six outdoor games planned for next season, that would $90 million each in HRR for owners and the players.

Glenn Healey said that the league is working on a three-year plan that will bring in an increase of $1 billion in HRR.

Tags: Winter Classic, Adam Rotter
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There seems to be ongoing confusion regarding the NFL's compensatory draft pick allotment process. The formula used for determining if teams are eligible for compensation remains a vague, arbitrary exercise that is applied on a case-by-case basis.

The official explanation from the league is as follows:

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better?compensatory free agents?than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive?compensatory draft picks.

Tags: 2012 NFL Schedule, 2013 NFL free agency, New York Giants, NFL
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Last night on MSG, Al Trautwig asked Dave Maloney flat out whether he thought the Rangers would make the playoffs.

Maloney said that he thinks that it will go down to the final day of the season and "something funky" like Tampa Bay beating Carolina two seasons ago may need to happen for the Rangers to get into the playoffs.

Maloney also notes that 11 of the Rangers final 17 games come against teams who are in the playoffs right now:

Tags: 2012-13 Predictions, Adam Rotter
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The day after the lockout ended, Bovada released their odds for the 2013 NHL season.

The Rangers were heavy favorites to win the Stanley Cup at 17 to 2 and favorites to win the Eastern Conference at 19 to 4.

Today, via KK, Bovada has released their mid-season odds and the Rangers are listed at 18 to 1 to win the Stanley Cup.

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Wayne Gretzky is held his annual fantasy camp in Las Vegas last week and was asked by?NHL.com who he thinks will win the Stanley Cup this year.

Gretzky, who correctly picked the Devils to represent the Eastern Conference last season, decided to pick one of his former teams, "I like the Rangers. The New York Rangers seem to be poised. They were a good team and got better. I think they will be a tough team to beat this year and it could be their year."

Gretzky's former teammate Brian Leetch was asked, by NHL.com, about the Rangers start to the season and responded by saying that the slow start is nothing to worry about,'Just relax, relax.' They're a good team and they're going to be fine. There is such a feel of expectation level now."

Tags: 2012-13 Predictions, Adam Rotter
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In a chat with Steve Serby in the NY Post, Carl Hagelin was asked how hungry he is for the Stanley Cup.

Hagelin responded that he was "starving."

Serby then asked how hungry the team was for the Stanley Cup.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks spoke with Rangers captain Ryan Callahan who said that the team has put themselves into a position where, as long as they put in the work, the Rangers think the Stanley Cup is in each.

?The ultimate goal is to compete to win the Stanley Cup and I think we?ve put ourselves in position to be able to do that as long as we don?t lose sight of our day-to-day responsibility."

Callahan said though that the team will continue to focus on one day at a time, but in the back of their mind they have loftier goals, ?we need to focus on the day and game in front of us, but we?d like to win our division, we?d like to get home ice and overall we?d like to build on what we started last year, but ultimately didn?t finish.?

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At ESPN.com, they ask 12 of their hockey related personalities, including Pierre LeBrun, Scott Burnside, Steve Levy, Katie Strang, Craig Custance and John Buccigross, to predict each division winner, each conference winner, the Stanley Cup winner and individual award winners.

Six of them have the Rangers winning the Atlantic Division while the other six have the Penguins winning.

Eight of them have the Ranger representing the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Final.

Tags: 2012-13 Predictions, Adam Rotter
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In the latest issue of The Hockey News, they released their revised projections for this coming season:

  • Henrik Lundqvist: 25-10-4 with 5 shutouts, a save percentage of .927 and GAA of 2.00
  • Brad Richards: 16 goals and 29 assists
  • Marian Gaborik: 22 goals and 19 assists
  • Rick Nash: 19 goals and 19 assists
  • Carl Hagelin: 12 goals and 18 assists
  • Ryan Callahan: 15 Goals and 13 assists
  • Derek Stepan: 9 goals and 18 assists
  • Michael Del Zotto: 5 goals and 17 assists
  • Dan Girardi: 4 goals and 15 assists
  • Chris Kreider: 8 goals and 10 assists
  • Brian Boyle: 8 goals and 8 assists
They have the Rangers finishing second in the division, to the Penguins, and fourth in the conference.
Tags: 2012-13 Predictions, Adam Rotter

At Newsday, Mark Herman writes that sports simulation company Strat-O-Matic has simulated the regular season and playoffs and has the Rangers winning the Stanley Cup in seven games over the Kings.

They have the Rangers going through three seven-game series before beating the Kings in seven games.

The people at Strat-O-Matic though have a track record as they correctly picked the Heat to beat the Thunder in the NBA finals last year.

Tags: 2012-13 Predictions, Adam Rotter
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Fantasy hockey website McKeens, has released their revised projections for the 48 game NHL season.

For the Rangers, they have:

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Tags: 2012-13 Predictions, Adam Rotter
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Prior to the lockout ending, Michael Del Zotto spoke with Ken Campbell of The Hockey News about how frustrating it was for the lockout to be preventing the Rangers from taking another step.

Del Zotto said that once they got a chance to play, the Rangers would show what kind of team they are.

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]"Last year we had a great year, kind of exceeded everyone's expectations of what we could do. Being a young team we gained a lot of experience from two game sevens and game six in the Conference Finals. Then bringing in such a big piece with Rick Nash, who is an explosive talent. We are built to do some damage. [/sny-box]

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the 2013 Rangers are the team that fans have been waiting "generations" for.

Brooks writes, "In New York, we expect our top athletes to make top dollar. All we expect in return is effort. That?s what this town is assured of getting from this group of Rangers that has evolved into a self-sustaining, self-governing body that quite cheerfully turned last week?s informal skates into a mini-Tortorella obstacle course in preparation for an accelerated camp scheduled to begin today."

Brooks spoke with Rangers GM Glen Sather who said "There are a lot of variables, a lot that can happen in a short season like this one, but one thing you can count on with this team is how much the players care.?

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At ESPN NY, Mike Mazzeo wonders if the Rangers are the favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference this season.

While answering the question, Mazzeo writes "why not." He adds "The Rangers appear to have all the ingredients needed to make a run at the Stanley Cup. They?ve just got to stay healthy and score consistently."

http://twitter.com/CraigCustance/status/289438683227107328

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Scott Cullen of TSN has compiled his point projections for the 48 game season that will start on January 19th.

For the Rangers, Cullen has:

  • Brad Richards with 15 goals and 28 assists (43 points in 46 games)
  • Marian Gaborik with 20 goals and 21 assists (41 points in 44 games)
  • Rick Nash with 20 goals and 20 assists (40 points in 41 games)
  • Ryan Callahan with 15 goals and 14 assists (29 points in 42 games)
  • Derek Stepan with 11 goals and 18 assists (29 points in 48 games)
  • Carl Hagelin with 10 goals and 13 assists (23 points in 46 games)
  • Michael Del Zotto with 5 goals and 15 assists (20 points in 42 games)
  • Brian Boyle with 10 goals and 8 assists (18 points in 47 games)
  • Ryan McDonagh with 4 goals and 13 assists (17 points in 45 games)
  • Dan Girardi with 3 goals and 14 assists (17 points in 47 games)
  • Marc Staal with 4 goals and 9 assists (13 points in 42 games)
Cullen predicts Henrik Lundqvist to play 39 games, win 22 of them, have a GAA of 2.14, a .0927 save percentage and 5 shutouts.
Tags: 2012-13 Predictions, Adam Rotter

I know this part of the series will stoke a lot of readers' fires. In the previous post, I cited that Tom Coughlin values loyalty, and sometimes that value clouds his judgement. Such is the case in his choice of coordinators.

Teams usually change up their coordinators every few years, either by choice or attrition. The Giants have made changes. OC Kevin Gilbride took over for John Hufnagel in 2006, after Hufnagel was fired. ST coordinator Tom Quinn was elevated to the position after Mike Sweatman retired in 2006. Perry Fewell is the fifth DC in the Coughlin era, preceded by Johnny Lynn, Tim Lewis, Steve Spagnuolo and Bill Sheridan, all of whom have had peaks and valleys during their time with the Giants.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Kevin Gilbride, New York Giants, Perry Fewell, Editorial Aside, Tom Quinn
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The NFL playoffs begin on Saturday and Sunday, January 5-6, with Wild Card Weekend. On Saturday, the Cincinnati Bengals play at the Houston Texans (NBC, 4:30 PM ET) and the Minnesota Vikings visit the Green Bay Packers (NBC, 8:00 PM ET). Wild Card Weekend continues Sunday with the Indianapolis Colts at the Baltimore Ravens (CBS, 1:00 PM ET) and the Seattle Seahawks traveling to face the Washington Redskins (FOX, 4:30 PM ET).

The following week (January 12-13), the Denver Broncos (Saturday, CBS, 4:30 PM ET) and New England Patriots (Sunday, CBS, 4:30 PM ET) in the AFC and the Atlanta Falcons (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET) and San Francisco 49ers (Saturday, FOX, 8:00 PM ET) in the NFC host the Divisional Playoffs. The Broncos and Falcons own home-field advantage for the Conference Championship Games (January 20) if they win their Divisional contests.

The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played Sunday, January 27 in Honolulu, Hawaii followed by Super Bowl XLVII on February 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Tags: 2012 NFL Playoffs, NFL Playoffs
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2012 New York Giants Records and Milestones?

The Giants became the third team in NFL history with 650 regular-season wins (654).

Tom Coughlin (83) surpassed Bill Parcells (77) for the second-most regular-season wins in Giants history among head coaches, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Owen (153).

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The wild card round of the playoffs starts Saturday, and there are a few good matchups to watch.

Here are this week?s picks. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!

Week 17 Record: 2-2

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, colts, NFL, playoffs, Editorial Aside, seahawks, texans, vikings, wild card round
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At Puck Daddy, as one of their predictions for 2013 they pick the Rangers to win the Stanley Cup in the lockout shortened season.

They praise the combination of the Rangers scoring, grit, defense and goaltending with Henrik Lundqvist.

They do wonder though if Henrik Lundqvist will be able to handle a deep playoff run as "he?s gotten progressively more porous as the playoffs advance."

Tags: 2012-13 Predictions, Adam Rotter
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Halfway through the 2012 season, the New York Football Giants were 6-2 and held a 2.5-game lead in the NFC East.

Even with the tough upcoming schedule, that lead appeared to be safe, with both the Cowboys and Redskins struggling and Eagles already out of contention.

But at the same time the Giants hit a cold spell before their bye week, the Redskins proceeded to get hot, and the rest is history.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw, Eli Manning, giants, Hakeem Nicks, missed playoffs, NFC East, NY Giants, playoffs, Editorial Aside, redskins
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It's that time of year again. Award time. We give our nominees for our Giants awards and have nominated five players for the major NFL awards as well.

Giants 2012 Nominees

MVP: WR Victor Cruz, K Lawrence Tynes, S Antrel Rolle, QB Eli Manning

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, 2012 New York Giants Awards, 2012 NFL Awards
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From GEICO SportsNite: Giants coaches and players reflect on the disappointing season and on how they can improve for next year.

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=25540793

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, New York Giants Video, SNY, sny, SNY. Video

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The season is over, and the Giants have no one to blame for missing the playoffs than themselves.

Therefore, looking at how this team will retool heading into 2013, it may be difficult for a personnel standpoint to determine who stays and who goes.

If everyone played to their potential consistently, the Giants would be preparing for a playoff matchup today, not cleaning out their lockers.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Eli Manning, Giants Offense, NY Giants, offense, Editorial Aside, ryan clady, Victor Cruz, who stays who goes
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Fourth Quarter

-? The Bradshaw/Hynoski combination is still working well and the Giants may use the running game to finish off the Eagles.

- At this point more Giants fans are watching the Lions/Bears game than are watching this game. The Giants may not get the lucky breaks they were afforded last season. The late season lull that they have been accustomed to having has to change if they want to add more Super Bowls during this Eli era.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Coverage, game, giants, Live, manning, Must win, New York, NFC East, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, playoffs, QB, Updates, Vick, week 17
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It?s Week 17, and the Giants need a win and some help in order to reach the postseason. Yet, star wide receiver Victor Cruz says he and the team are very calm.

?We understand exactly what we need to do,? he said. ?I think the pressure is off of us a little bit. We?ve just got to go out there and play football.?

Regardless of the other results, the Giants obviously need to defeat the Eagles in order to have any chance at a playoff berth. Even so, ending the year on a high note seems to be a popular theme among the players as well.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, contract, cruz contract, eagles, NY Giants, Editorial Aside, Pro Bowl, salsa, Victor Cruz, wide receiver
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From CBSSports.com The Giants need a lot of help to get a chance at defending their Super Bowl but first the G-Men have to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, a team trying to find some silver linings in a miserable season.

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From ESPN's First Take: Chris Mannix, Christian Fauria and Lomas Brown discuss who is to blame for the Giants' uneven season.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, New York Giants News, New York Giants Video
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If the last two weeks have proven anything, it?s that the Giants? offense is incredibly inconsistent. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride met the media Thursday to discuss how the offense has prepared this week for the Eagles.

?We?re just not making plays that we?ve had some opportunities to make, and they?re there to be had,? Gilbride said. ?Whether it?s a misfire of a throw, or pressure on the quarterback, you got two big plays last week.?

The Giants need plenty of help in order to sneak into the playoffs, but Bradshaw is only focused on the upcoming game.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw, eagles, Kevin Gilbride, media, NY Giants, Editorial Aside
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It?s the last week of the regular season, so I need to pick all four games correctly just to finish above .500 for the season.

Here are this week?s picks. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!

Week 16 Record: 1-3

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, bears, nfl picks, NY Giants, packers, picks, Editorial Aside, redskins
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Heading into Week 17, the Giants are technically still alive in the playoff race. However, it?s going to take a miracle and plenty of help for Big Blue to reach the postseason.

Eli Manning is aware of what his team must do to keep hope alive. It starts with winning at home against arguably the worst team in the NFC: the Philadelphia Eagles.

?I knew there was going to be a chance,? Manning said. ?I?m obviously disappointed that this is what we have to rely on now, but that?s the position we?re in now. If anything, you want to try to play, if the season is going to end, you want to try to end it on the highest note possible. At least go out there and play better football than we have over the last two weeks.?

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, eagles, Eli Manning, football, giants, NFL, NY Giants, playoffs, Editorial Aside
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The Giants really blew it. They?ll need plenty of help to earn a playoff spot. Meanwhile, the Seahawks look like the most dangerous team in the NFC.

1. Atlanta Falcons 13-2 (Last week, 1): The Falcons clinched home-field advantage with a win over the Lions.

2.?Seattle Seahawks 10-5 (Last week, 4): The Seahawks are pounding teams just in time for the playoffs. Watch out for Seattle.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, nfc power rankings, NFC Rankings, Editorial Aside, power rankings
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For the second straight week, the Giants forgot they had a football game to play on Sunday. The Ravens exploited the Giants? defense for a 33-14 blowout victory.

And Corey Webster was one of the main defensive culprits for the Giants.

Play after play, Joe Flacco found Torrey Smith on Webster?s side. Granted, Flacco made some great throws, but for the guy who is supposed to be the Giants? best cornerback, Webster was downright terrible.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, anquan boldin, blowout, defense, Joe Flacco, NY Giants, Editorial Aside, ravens, ray rice, torrey smith
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Fourth Quarter

- 3rd downs are easy for the Ravens today. They could take a knee on the first two plays of each drive and still convert easily. This giants defense is a joke and they've lost all f what made them champions last season.

- The Ravens settle for a FG but take 6 minutes off of the clock with that drive. Their lead is now 23 points and the Giants must hope for a miracle collapse.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, AFC, Baltimore, Baltimore Ravens, Dvision, Eli Manning, giants, New York, NFC, NFC East, NFL, playoffs, ravens, ray lewis, ray rice, week 16
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