As the Patriots posted their franchise tag on kicker Rob Gronkowski, New York native Devin McCourty could be open to moving his playing career back to the tri-state area (NJ.com, March. 3).

"I would be lying if I said that it wouldn't be cool being back home," McCourty said. "But I also know being back home comes with some new stresses and different things that way with family and friends being so close. For me right now, everything is open. I don't want to turn something down. I'm willing to leave everything open and see how it works out."

McCourty is set up to become a free agent this month, and theres a lot of excitement around the next step for him, whether it's in New England, New York, or otherwise.

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The Giants (4-0) close out the 2014 preseason vs the New England Patriots (2-1) in a matchup between the two winningest active coaches in the NFL. The Pats' Bill Belichick is seventh all-time in regular season victories with 199 while the Giants' Tom Coughlin is 14th overall with 158 wins.

Kickoff: 7:30pm Eastern

Site: MetLife Stadium

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New York Giants at New England Patriots 8/29/13

Patriots 28,?Giants 20 FINAL

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

NYG - TD 0:56 Nicks 3 pass from Manning (Brown kick) Drive: 10 plays, 91 yards in 5:42

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The Giants (1-2) travel to Foxborough to face the New England Patriots (2-1) in their final preseason game of 2013.

Kickoff: 7:30pm

Site: Gillette Stadium

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From the folks over at NFL Media...

Giants at New England (Thursday, NFLN, WNBC4 NY 7:30 PM ET)

It?s the final week of the preseason and young players around the league know this is their time to shine.

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Tom Coughlin's comments to the media after Sunday night's 38-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers:

We played well tonight, really in all three phases, something we needed to do. We approached this game as if it was the first of a six-game season. I thought we had a good week of practice. I thought the guys were very committed, very serious. I thought they came back rested, both mentally and physically. I thought they were really into preparing and supporting each other and so on and so forth. We challenged our team to play. Adam (Merchant), a young man who was with us from Make-a-Wish on Friday, said to our team, ?Play like world champions.? The message was loud and clear. We had Adam in the locker room after the game as well and had him in the middle. Guys were very appreciative that he was here and really what he said was most meaningful. We picked up on that and that?s basically the challenge that we kept throughout the weekend and on our Saturday night meetings, ?play like world champions.??

Q: After the touchdown on?Corey Webster?s side, your thoughts on him coming back and making the interception and how big was that for you guys?

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As expected, tonight's final preseason game was played mainly by the backups. The Giants were missing seventeen players due to various injuries and ailments, including seven starters on defense. The Patriots put only one starter in bounds: OL Sebastian Vollmer.

The first string offense - which played into the second quarter - was sluggish, especially the running game. Eli Manning threw for only 29 yards on 4-for-8 passing. Rookie RB David Wilson had a mere 13 yards on eight carries.

WR Hakeem Nicks made his preseason debut and caught a six-yard pass over the middle from Eli and exited shortly after.

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The Giants tied the score at 3 on a 34-yard FG by Lawrence Tynes after going on 13 play, 64 yard drive to start the second half.

RB Andre Brown rushed for 52 yards and caught a swing pass from David Carr for another 9 yards on the drive. WR Ramses Barden had two receptions in traffic for 13 yards. He had another reception was negated by a penalty. Barden has four receptions on the night for a total of 31 yards with a long of 15.

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Inexplicably, Eli Manning came out for the first series of the second quarter along with the majority of the first team offense. They went three and out. Eli did not look to be on the same page with several of them. He went 4-for-8 for 29 yards. The running game looked paltry again. Rookie RB David Wilson had only 13 yards on eight carries.

The defense entered the game without seven starters: their top four DEs, LBs Michael Boley and Mathias Kiwanuka and CB Prince Amukamara.

The Patriots scored the only points of the half on a 20-yard FG by Stephen Gostkowski after a?12 play, 51 yard drive in early part of the second quarter. On third and goal, LB Mark Herzlich continued his strong preseason play stuffing Pats RB Brandon Bolden at the line and forcing the FG.

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A sparse crowd assembled at MetLife tonight. A nice Wednesday night in the summer, but this game with little meaning must have kept hoards away. ?The Giants kept their first team offense in for the entire period, which Tom Coughlin said he might do. They had three possessions all resulting in punts.

On 3rd and 5 from the Giants' 45, Eli Manning was sacked for a 14-yard loss by Pats' backup DT Jerome Cunningham who ?simply blew past G Mitch Petrus. He hasn't looked good this summer and that doesn't help his cause. Petrus started for Chris Snee who sat out with a sore leg.

On another third down deep in Giants' territory, WR Victor Cruz got behind the defense, but Eli under threw him. Seemed like a broken play to me.

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Lineup changes for the Giants tonight....

  • Sean Locklear will start at?LT?in place of Will Beatty
  • Mitch Petrus will start at?RG?in place of Chris Snee
  • David Wilson will start at?RB?in place of Ahmad Bradshaw
  • Craig Marshall will start at?LDE?in place of Justin Tuck
  • Matt Broha will start at?RDE?in place of Jason Pierre-Paul
  • Jacquian Williams will start at?LB?in place of Mathias Kiwanuka
  • Keith Rivers will start at?LB?in place of Michael Boley
  • Michael Coe will start at?CB?in place of Prince Amukamara
Only one starter - RT Sebastian Vollmer - is starting for the Patriots.

Game Day Captains for the Giants: ?WR Domenik Hixon, TE Bear Pascoe, LB Keith Rivers.

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Not suiting up tonight for the Giants against the Patriots:

CBs?Prince Amukamara (ankle), Terrell Thomas (knee), Bruce Johnson (shoulder) and?Jayron Hosley (toe)

DEs Justin Tuck (shoulder), Osi Umenyiora (knee), Adrian Tracy (hamstring) and Jason Pierre-Paul (back)

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The Patriots (1-2) visit MetLife Stadium to face the Giants (1-2) in the final preseason game for each club.

Kickoff: 7:00pm

Surface: FieldTurf

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The secondary struggled throughout most of the regular season, ranking 29th in pass yards per game allowed with 225.1. Luckily, Eli Manning made a habit of putting up those same numbers?often better?against opposing pass defenses.

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- Tom Brady laughed when Plaxico Burress predicted a 21-17 Super Bowl win four years ago. Turns out he was right.

- All week, we heard that Vince Wilfork was going to dominate the Giants' O-line. So much for that. Credit the Giants' offensive line for shutting down this enormous man, and the Giants' coaches for scheming to take away the Patriots' biggest defensive weapon. Aside from the questionable holding call he drew on Boothe, Wilfork was invisible. For a guy who weighs 350 pounds, that's pretty impressive.

- All three Giants wide receivers played equally important roles in this win. With the Patriots doing everything they could to take away Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks stepped up with 10 catches and over 100 yards, and Manningham made the catch of the game and topped 70 yards. But back to Cruz: what would you have said if I told you in the pre-season that Bill Belichick would scheme up a defense to stop Victor Cruz in the Super Bowl? It's been an incredible journey for Cruz, and being feared by Belichick is a high honor. To his credit, he still chipped in 25 yards and a touchdown. And a salsa dance.

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The 2011 NFL season concluded with another television milestone as Super Bowl XLVI on NBC reached a total audience of 166.8 million viewers, making it the most-watched show in U.S. television history according to The Nielsen Company.

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It's here! Super Bowl Sunday is finally upon us. There isn't much to say this morning except stick up the fridge and get your popcorn ready. Here are today's news and links for the biggest day of this wild and wacky season....

Bus malfunction doesn't effect Giants' final practice

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The words "special teams" make Giants fans cringe. From the Trey Junkin debacle to last year's game against the Eagles, special teams have not been friendly to Big Blue. Thankfully, at least through 19 games (and especially in the NFC Championship game), the Giants' special teams have actually been pretty solid this season.

Steve Weatherford replaced the mistake-prone Matt Dodge and proved to be one of the best under-the-radar free agent signings of the season. Aside from his excellent punting, Weatherford has saved many a bad snap on field goal holds, including a low snap on the NFC Championship game winner.

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Robot Gronkowski

I have long believed the Gronkmonster to be either a robot, an alien or some combination of the two. If his?unbelievable?season was not enough to prove this point without a doubt, the fact that he is somehow able to run after his?gruesome?ankle injury should do it. We all saw the replays; his ankle bent backwards. Ankles shouldn't bend like that. Well,?human ankles...

Aaron Hernandez

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The talent is there for this unit to be a strong one. Of the three safeties and three corner backs who receive most of the playing time, there are three first round picks and three second round picks. The problem with this unit has been health and consistency.

Corey Webster has developed into an excellent starting cornerback, and although he is not the elite corner he recently claimed he is, he is probably top-15 at his position. Aaron Ross will never live up to his rookie season, but he has the ability to be a competent number two corner back, even if he is the most maddeningly inconsistent member of this defense. Had Prince Amukamara not lost so much of his rookie season due to injury, he may have wrestled away Ross' starting spot by now.

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Maybe it was the re-acquisition of free agent Chase Blackburn. Maybe it was the development of rookie Jacquian Williams or the healthy return of Michael Boley. Whatever the reason, somewhere along the way, the Giants' linebacking core stopped being the team's Achilles heel. Sure, they have had their ups and downs, even since turning a corner late in the season, but it's a unit that is good enough to hold offenses at bay, even when the defensive line isn't pressuring the quarterback.

The lack of an impact middle linebacker is the biggest complaint, but together, Blackburn and Williams make up one pretty solid MLB. Blackburn is strong against the run, and not incompetent in the passing game, while Williams is the team's most athletic linebacker. The pre-season injury to Jonathan Goff clearly hurt this unit early on, but recently, Blackburn and Williams' play have made Goff a distant memory.

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Patriots' TE Rob Gronkowski has either made a miraculous recovery from his high-ankle sprain or he's shooting for an Oscar.

The All-Pro TE sat in from of reporters at Media Day today and basically vowed to play in the Super Bowl this Sunday vs the Giants.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance," he said as per CSNNE.com. "I'm living it up with my teammates."

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As the saying goes in the National Football League, ?Any given Sunday??

That phrase will especially apply on Sunday, when the New York Giants (12-7) and New England Patriots (15-3) reunite in their ?Super Sequel,? a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, won by New York, in the final minute, four years ago.

What might happen this time around, in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, will be affected by so many varying factors, that particularly in a game in which the Patriots are only about a three-point favorite, it?s tough to predict the outcome.

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Arguably the best unit on either team, the defensive line is this franchise's defensive identity. Big Blue has thrived due to it's strong pass rush over the years, and this current unit may be the most talented group they've had in...well...ever?

Justin Tuck has been banged up all year, and Osi Umenyiora missed roughly half the season due to injury. But the two veteran defensive ends appear to have gotten healthy at the right time; they have combined for five sacks in three playoff games, and the extra week off should allow them to be as healthy as they've been all year.

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The trio of Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham may be the best wide receiver corps in the NFL; it is certainly the most talented group this franchise has ever seen. Nicks has been banged up this season, but when healthy, he is a true number one receiver, and his postseason performance has been nothing short of spectacular. Cruz burst onto the scene with his ability to turn short and medium passes into highlight reel touchdowns. Manningham has had a down season, but in many ways is a poor man's Cruz, and a solid number two in his own right.

Jake Ballard has been a nice surprise, although a knee injury has had him off his game in the playoffs. Bear Pascoe and Travis Beckum have made useful contributions, but if Ballard is not able to find his mid-season form (he had a huge game against the Patriots), the Giants' tight ends are nothing special.

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From Phil Perry of CSNNE....

Tom Coughlin is happy Super Bowl XLVI is in Colts country, and not just because the weather has been unseasonably warm.

Judging by his opening comments in his Monday media availability period, Coughlin is hoping the Colts rivalry with the Patriots will mean more local fans cheering on the Giants in Lucas Oil Stadium at the end of the week.

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The Giants arrived in Indianapolis yesterday in broad daylight, but it may as well have been under the cloak of darkness. Their departure from New Jersey had little fanfare (just a smattering of fans as compared to the Patriots' pep rally on Sunday, which drew 25k fans) and their arrival had even less.

?We came in and did the normal stuff we?d do on a Saturday morning and then left the same time we normally did," said OL Chris Snee, "It was a nice short flight but it was normal.?

?I don?t know how many people were out there today to send us off, but I don?t know that we?ve had that when we just went and played a regular football game," DE Justin Tuck told the throng of reporters yesterday. "We all know what the game is. A lot of times you say it doesn?t hit you until you actually get here. I think it hit us. I think it hit us early, and I think just seeing the focus of the last couple of practices we had before we left, you could kind of tell that guys elevated their passion about this sport. They understand that you are in the Super Bowl, and this is where 30 other teams wish they could be. It?s going to be something you will never forget, so we knew where we were going.?

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A healthy Ahmad Bradshaw is a great player; shifty and strong, with the ability to make big runs inside and outside the tackles, and he has solid hands as a receiver. Brandon Jacobs is hit or miss. That is to say, when he decides to hit the defender head on, he is not only effective, he's downright scary. But when the big fella decides that he wants to make the defender miss, he forfeits his greatest strength...his strength. A player of his size should be an absolute monster, but this is only the case about half the time.

DJ Ware has been used as a third down back, but a healthy Bradshaw has limited Ware's role almost exclusively to draws on two-point conversion attempts. Fullback Henry Hynoski has the potential to be a great fullback, but right now he is merely solid, although he has been mildly impressive with his recent contributions as a receiver.

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Chris Snee.

I just listed all of the Giants starting offensive lineman that have performed at least average this season. The Giants have had tons of turnover along the offensive line, losing mainstays Rich Seubert and Shaun O'Hara over the offseason, and losing Will Beatty to an eye problem midway through the season. They have gotten solid production from backups Kevin Boothe and Mitch Petchrus, but overall, the offensive line is probably the team's biggest weakness.

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If you're a Giant fan, you have to be excited, but your excitement is most likely tempered.

There are still legions of Giant fans who worry which Giant team they will get from week to week. If they get the most recent version, they'll be thrilled.

That team can't be beaten. By anyone.

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The Patriots arrived in Indianapolis yesterday afternoon, leaving behind approximately 25k well-wishers at Gillette Stadium.

"It was a pep rally," Pats' QB Tom Brady said plainly as per Phil Perry of CSSNE.Com.

"Certainly the players were excited," Brady added. "I know the 25,000 fans that were there were excited as well. It's great to see the support. We get great support home and away. Hopefully we'll see some Patriots jerseys in the stands next Sunday night."

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One week after Vegas made the New England Patriots a 3-point favorite over the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, the line has, well, not moved at all.

The line at the Las Vegas Hilton and Caesars' is holding at 3. The Mirage has the line at 2 1/2 as does The Orleans. The over/under, which opened at 55 1/2, hasn't moved, either. It is either 55 or 54 1/2 across the board.

On our favorite prognostication site, Covers.com, the consensus has the Giants covering the spread by a margin of 56.56% to the Pats' 43.46%.

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Well, you knew it was coming. War. Between the two of the biggest drinking towns in America. All they needed was a reason....

Foley?s NY Pub & Restaurant,(18 West 33rd St. across from the Empire State Building), New York?s premier sports bar, announced today that it is banning the sale of Sam Adams Boston Lager during the big game between the Giants and Patriots on February 5, 2012.

"In support of Big Blue, we will be banning the sale of Sam Adams and anything Boston-related during the game. We are encouraging them instead to order Brooklyn Ale, which is brewed here in New York," said Shaun Clancy, owner of Foley?s, who famously banned the singing of Danny Boy on St. Patrick's Day in 2008. "The New York vs. Boston trash talking has already begun, and we're supporting our home city."

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Patriots' TE Rob Gronkowski suffered a high ankle sprain in the AFC Championship game last week, according to a report from WIVB-TV in Western New York.

According to WIVB's John Murphy, Gronkowski's father, Gordy, told him the exact nature of his son's condition..

?"Rob suffered a high ankle sprain in the AFC Championship game last Sunday. But he says with two weeks to go until the Super Bowl, he expects his son will be fine for the game."
Bill Belichick must not be pleased with the elder Gronkowski divulging injury statuses in the media. In New England, no one speaks of the severity of injuries, not even Belichick himself. They're like state secrets.

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NBC football sportscaster Al Michaels joined Jonas Schwartz on Daily News Live Tuesday to preview the 2012 Super Bowl matchup between the Giants and the Patriots. Michaels will be in the broadcast booth next Sunday alongside analyst Cris Collinsworth to deliver the play-by-play.

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The Giants and the Patriots both took today off, but the league publishes a preliminary practice report...all injuries are real, but all statuses are projected...


DNP (Did Not Practice): RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), WR Hakeem Nicks (shoulder), S Tyler Sash (concussion)

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from Mason Levinson and Michael Buteau of Bloomberg...

At least one ticket to the Super Bowl rematch between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots has sold for $11,883, according to the National Football League?s official resale site.

The price is the highest so far for the Feb. 5 game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for a secondary-market ticket sold on the NFL Ticket Exchange, according to data released by the company. The exchange didn?t disclose how many tickets have been sold.

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From Rich Thomaselli of AdAge.com....

When it comes Super Bowl participants, the best matchup for marketers doesn't necessarily involve X's and O's, but rather dollars and cents.

And that means rooting for the New York Giants to beat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in one of two conference championship games -- the New England Patriots play the Baltimore Ravens in the other game -- in order to have a team from the No. 1 TV market in the big game on Feb. 5. (The San Francisco area is the No. 6 TV market in the U.S.)

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Eli Manning wanted to be a better quarterback.? He had something to prove to his fans, his teammates and to himself.

Most importantly, week after week in the 2011 season Eli Manning has gotten better and delivered. While I am fresh off a plane from Boston and Gillette Stadium I happy to say I am late posting my story due to excess celebrating amongst Patriots fans.

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The Giants shocked the Patriots (again) and now we as a server of public information and entertainment have finally decided to do a "Players of the Week" spot each Tuesday....

Offense: WR Victor Cruz

Thought we'd choose TE Jake Ballard didn't you? Well, we were, but Cruz carried the Giants between the 20s on Sunday. The Giants asked Cruz to step into Hakeem Nicks' spot and did he ever. QB Eli Manning targeted him 11 times, connecting on seven for 91 yards. He drew three eyeballs on him the whole game, leaving Ballard basically uncovered on many plays.

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