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Pack your bags! The Giants are headed to San Francisco to take on the 49ers in the NFC Championship game!

Big Blue played their A-game and got (forced?) an off performance from the defending champs to pull off the monumental upset. The semifinal match will take place next Sunday at 6 PM.

In game thoughts:

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In-game thoughts:

- Jason Pierre-Paul and Aaron Ross collided (that's five first names slamming into each other!) as they both dove for a tipped pass. Giants fans hold their breath...Both players are standing on the sideline so it appears that the Giants have dodged a bullet.

- Update: Aaron Ross is being examined for a head injury.

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In game thoughts:

- Giants are home favorites, which hasn't been good luck for them this year. Still, their intensity level should be high and a letdown is not expected.

- Bad start for the Giants' offense: an incompletion and a false start on Nicks led to a three and out. On the Falcons' first drive,?Michael Turner was stuffed on two runs, and the pass rush forced an incomplete pass for a three and out.

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The Giants defeated the Cowboys by a score of 31 to 14 in what was essentially the NFC East championship game. With the win, the Giants will host the Falcons at 1PM next Sunday. It is technically the start of the playoffs, but after tonight's game, the Giants are already in playoff mode.

In-game thoughts:

- The Giants receive the ball and have to make sure not to take their foot off the gas.

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- Romo looked a little off-kilter on the first drive, throwing a wobbly pass that sailed over the open Dez Bryant on third down.

- Jason Pierre-Paul sacked Tony Romo on 2nd down and the Cowboys' second drive fizzled much like their first. Mathias Kiwanuka went in unblocked and almost took Romo down, but JPP was there to clean it up.

- Bear Pascoe hurdled over a defender on 3rd and nine to pick up a first down and extend the Giants' second drive. It wasn't quite up to Jerome Simpson's standards, but it'll do.

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In-game thoughts:

- Someone please explain to me why Gilbride would call a pitch play on 2nd and five. ?It's hard enough for this Giants team to get anything going on the ground, so why spot the defense a quick three yards at the beginning of the play? With this offensive line, which is the NFL's worst in terms of run-blocking, that play is doomed from the start.

- The Giants' defense has been impressive so far this half. Mark Sanchez looks out of sorts, and the secondary has almost come away with a couple of picks. The big play on the Jets' second drive was an athletic Justin Tuck sack on 2nd down.

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- Unacceptable delay of game on the first drive after two runs for negative one yard. I'm glad the Giants came out and shocked us all with their playcalling...

- A 12-men on the field penalty gave the Jets a first down on 4th and 3. So far, two amateurish blunders for the Giants.

- Josh Baker went uncovered and caught a five yard touchdown reception to give the Jets a seven point lead. Another lifeless start for the Giants.

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- Jake Ballard is starting the second half, but Devin Thomas was carted off after what looked like a head or neck injury.

- Manning tried to force a pass to Hakeem Nicks in double coverage, but Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall came away with it. The second act has been more of the same so far.

- The Giants' D stepped up and stopped the Redskins from advancing the ball after the Hall interception and return, but Graham Gano hit a 44-yard field goal to extend the lead.

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- We've got a "Bad Rex" sighting! Grossman threw a flat pass to Santana Moss on a flee flicker, and Corey Webster picked it off. Great start for the Giants defense.

- Graham Gano kicked a 36-yard field goal to get the Redskins on the board first. Rex Grossman completed a key 19 yard pass to Donte Stallworth on third down to keep the drive alive.

- Hakeem Nicks dropped what would have been a long touchdown pass, killing the Giants' second drive. The perfectly thrown pass by Manning smacked off Nicks' facemask.

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Live Updates:

- The Giants will get the ball first, and would help themselves a lot to score a long touchdown so that they do not have to put themselves through another series of red-zone plays.

- The Cowboys again drove down with relative ease, but stalled around the Giants' 30 yard line and settled for another 49-yard field goal from Dan Bailey.

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- The Falcons and Lions pulled out close wins, putting them one game closer to clinching an NFC wild card spot, and making tonight's battle feel even more like a playoff game.

- Terence Newman stepped in front of an Eli Manning pass intended for Victor Cruz, but the ball clanked off of his stone hands, giving Manning and the Giants an early Christmas gift. Both teams have punted on their first drive.

- Ahmad Bradshaw did not start due to a violation of team rules.

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- Lawrence Tynes knocked through a 50-yard field goal with room to spare to get the Giants to within one point. Jake Ballard had a key catch along the sideline to keep the drive alive on a perfectly thrown pass from Manning. Brandon Jacobs had some tough runs early in the drive.

- Charles Woodson has left the game after a helmet-to-helmet collision with Ahmad Bradshaw.

- The D forced a big stop, with a Tollefson sack being one of the big plays, but the offense then gave it back with a quick three and out.

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- Prince Amukamara was flagged for a pass interference on Greg Jennings, although replays showed that he only touched Jennings' hand. Bad call.

- Injury update: Kenny Phillips is questionable to return with a knee sprain, while James Starks is questionable to return with an ankle injury.

- The Giants are now out of challenges after Coughlin foolishly threw the red flag on Donald Driver's sideline catch. It was Coughlin's second failed challenge.

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First Quarter:

- The Falcons and Bears have lost, which is good news for the Giants in the wild card race. With a win, the Giants would tie these teams at 7-5.

- We have a Travis Beckum sighting! The former third round pick caught a 67-yard touchdown to give the Giants the early lead. The snap was bobbled by Manning, but Beckum was wide open, and he showed off some open-field moves on what was by far his biggest play as a pro.

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- Victor Cruz caught a bomb from Manning and took it all the way for a 72-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter. Cruz was left wide open, and Manning was able to spot him before the defense could catch up. The New Jersey native has easily been the Giants' best offensive player outside of Manning all year long, and has been a bright spot in a trying season.

- Pierre Thomas went in untouched from twelve yards out for another easy score. This feels a lot like New Orleans' shellacking of the winless Colts. What does that say about this Giants team?

- Where would this team be without Victor Cruz? This time, he caught a four yard touchdown pass to bring his total up to nine receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns. He is now 43 yards away from 1,000 on the season.

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- Brandon Jacobs burst into the end zone from eight yards out to get the Giants to within eleven points. Hakeem Nicks left the game after a helmet-to-helmet hit, but the fifteen yards from the personal foul were key to extending the drive. Jake Ballard also had a 24-yard reception.

- Another drive in which the defense looked like the junior varsity. Drew Brees must be wearing a red jersey, because the Giants refuse to tackle him. He now has a rushing touchdown to add to his 2011 resume.

- Da'Rel Scott finally got a carry, but he fumbled the football and the Saints recovered. His forearm appeared to be down before the ball came lose, but the ruling did not go in the Giants' favor.

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- The Saints did a nice job of mixing run and pass to drive down the field, but eventually stalled around the Giants' twenty yard line. Sean Payton then decided to fake a field goal, having back-up quarterback Chase Daniel pass to Jimmy Graham, but Jason Pierre-Paul stopped him a yard short of the sticks.

- Eli Manning led a great drive into the Saints' red-zone that resulted in an interception. Manning hit Victor Cruz and Ramses Barden on key passes, put under-threw Jake Ballard in the end zone. Will Herring picked it off for a touchback.

- This time, the Giants could barely slow Brees down. Lance Moore caught a four yard touchdown after the Giants, as expected, struggled to control Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles.

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The Giants lost an up and down game to the Seahawks by a score of 36 to 25.

There is no way the team that Seattle put on the field should have been able to compete with this Giants team, but they beat?them?up and down the field, even after their starting quarterback left the game. The Giants were lucky to be in this game, and almost stole it with a late touchdown drive, but false starts in the red zone (at home! did Seattle bring their 12th man with them?) and turnovers were their undoing.

They fall to 3-2, but with the way their schedule breaks down, this was almost a must-win game. A performance like this against a team as bad as the Seahawks makes it hard to have any confidence in this team.

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- First drive of the second half was like much of the first half. A holding call and then a sack buried the Giants near their own end zone and ended any chance of stringing together a successful drive.

- A Kiwi sighting! The defense holds again, the big play being a Mathias Kiwanuka sack.

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- I love how Ed Hochuli starts his first down calls with his hand in a fist. If any referee/ weightlifter could get away with it, it's Hochuli.

- Another fumble, this time by Michael Robinson. ?This one really bailed out the Giants defense. The secondary is being ripped apart by Tavaris Jackson, and Marshawn Lynch is in beast mode. Talent-wise, this game is a mismatch but the Giants are not executing on offense or defense right now, and are lucky to be down by seven.

- The defense was much better on that drive, with a seven yard Jason Pierre Paul sack being the big play. With under four minutes left in the half, perhaps the offense will go into hurry-up mode, where it has been successful this season.

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- With Jacobs inactive, over/under 2.5 touches for Da'Rel Scott?

- Seattle going in hurry-up mode. ?I don't expect to see any fake injuries this time, but it'll be an interesting test for the defense.

- The early results are in, and the Giants did not pass the initial test, as the Seahawks offense cut right through the defense and scored on a Ben Obomanu touchdown reception, their first first quarter score of the year. The drive was extended by a "hit to a defenseless receiver" call against Kenny Phillips on Zach Miller.

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The Giants beat the Cardinals by a score of 31 to 27 in what will surely be a controversial, talked-about finish. Fourth quarter thoughts are below, and the rest of my in-game thoughts can be found in previous posts.

- Jake Ballard caught a pass from the opposite side of the field from Eli Manning and was tackled at the one yard line. It was originally ruled a touchdown, but the officials correctly placed the ball at the one yard line, and Brandon Jacobs punched it in on the next play.

- Kolb lobbed a deep ball to Larry Fitzgerald that was picked off by former Cardinal Antrel Rolle who leapt in front of the all pro receiver and gave the ball back to the offense in great field position at their own 42.

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- Larry Fitzgerald caught a 47-yard circus catch, taking the ball away from Deon Grant and clutching it in his arm pit as he fell to the ground, inside the Giants' ten yard line. Beanie Wells then punched it in from one yard out to put the Cardinals back on top by three.

- Rex Hadnot is one of the greatest names in sports. Or maybe one of the worst.

- The Giants were flagged for two holds on their first drive of the quarter, both of which cancelled out first downs. Ahmad Bradshaw was then stuffed on third and one, and he was not helped out by his blockers. The offense is shooting itself in the foot right now.

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- Is it just me, or does Kevin Kolb look a lot like actor Joshua Jackson? A loss here would be tougher to swallow if it came at the hands of Pacey from Dawson's Creek.

- The Cardinals marched down the field but were again held to a 27-yard Feely field goal. The Giants' defense missed some key tackles and allowed Larry Fitzgerald to convert on a 4th and 1 reception. So far, the Cardinals have dominated in total yards and time of possession.

- Ahmad Bradshaw burst through the defensive line nearly untouched for a thirteen yard touchdown run to put the Giants on top. The right side of the offensive line did a great job of clearing space, and Hakeem Nicks had two key receptions on the drive.

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- Let's hope Manning can recapture his 2007 playoff form at the site of Super Bowl 42. Has anyone seen David Tyree?

- Ahmad Bradshaw lost a fumble for the first time this season, giving the Cardinals the ball inside the Giants twenty yard line. The defense held, though, and forced a 27-yard Jay Feely field goal.

- Arizona started their second drive at midfield and drove down to around the Giants' twenty, before Osi Umenyiora made his presence felt by swatting the ball from Kevin Kolb's hand for a sack and forced fumble. Jacquian Williams recovered the football for a huge early turnover.

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- Vick has returned after missing zero plays.

- LeSean McCoy burst through the Giants defensive line for a huge gain, and Aaron Ross was injured on the play. This game is quickly getting away from Big Blue.

- Michael Boley stopped McCoy for a loss on 4th and 1. Huge play to give the Giants back the ball near midfield. Let's see if the offense can turn this around.

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- LeSean McCoy left the first half early because of cramping...he looked fine on that easy first down rush. I'm starting to think he's already better than Brian Westbrook ever was...he Giants just can't contain him.

- Jacquian Williams leads both teams with seven tackles so far. Say what you will about Jerry Reese, but it looks like Williams will end up being a steal in the sixth round. He's had his highs and lows in this game, but no one thought he'd be contributing this much, this soon.

- Despite hitting Vick on a couple of occasions, the Giants defense was on their heels during the entire drive. The Eagles did a very good job of balancing run and pass, and the Giants couldn't stop either. The defense, however, stood up Michael Vick and Owen Schmitt at the goal line to force a short field goal.

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- Is it a coincidence that "Vicks" is advertising during this game?

- Eagles are running the ball every play of this drive...it's possible that something is not right with Vick, who got up slowly at the end of last drive. The Giants' defense cannot stop it, though, as Antrel Rolle missed a key third down tackle.

- The Giants D holds and forces a field goal. Kenny Phillips had a shot at intercepting a deflected pass in the end zone, but it fell through his hands. I'm no doctor, but Vick ain't right.

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- Final prediction: Giants top the Eagles with four injuries to Philadelphia's two.

- Am I the only person who changes the channel every time they show DeSean Jackson's punt return from last season?

- Giants left Jacquian Williams to spy on Vick, as I recommended earlier in the week. ?Didn't work. ?Vick ran righyt by him for a 9 yard gain. Mea culpa.

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The 7-6 Giants travel down to Washington to play the 4-9 Redskins tonight on Monday Night Football.

The Giants' playoff hopes are hanging by a thread after Dallas (9-5) and Atlanta (7-7) unexpectedly won their games this weekend.? The Packers lost to Pittsburgh yesterday to fall to 9-5, taking a step back in the Wild Card race.

The Redskins have been eliminated from the post-season but have been bringing their "A" game as of late.? They have every intention of derailing New York in front of a national audience.

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