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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after stopping the Philadelphia Eagles on fourth down during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after stopping the Philadelphia Eagles on fourth down during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

CB Eli Apple has been named to the NFL.com All-Rookie Team after his performance in the 2016 season.

Apple recorded 51 combined tackles with seven passes defended and an interception in 14 games during his rookie campaign. 

"Some thought the Giants reached for Apple in the draft, but I think he outplayed expectations, posting 51 tackles, a pick and a forced fumble. Apple looks like he'll be a cornerback in the NFL for a long time; he can play inside or outside," wrote NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and safety Landon Collins were two of the six Giants listed among Pro Football Focus' top 101 players of 2016, NJ.com reported on Wednesday. Cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (30th) and Janoris Jenkins (40th), defensive tackle Damon Harrison (44th) and defensive end Olivier Vernon (71st) were also included on the list.

Collins (eighth) was the top-ranked Giant while Beckham was deemed to be the 51st best player this past season. Collins, Beckham and Jenkins were three of the four Giants selected to this year's Pro Bowl.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon
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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:  Landon Collins' second season in the NFL vaulted him to a status among the league's elite defenders. But he fell just short of winning the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award.

Collins, 23, was a finalist for the award that went to Khalil Mack, the linebacker/defensive end for the Oakland Raiders, at the NFL Honors ceremony in Houston on Saturday night. Mack had 11 sacks, an interception, three passes defensed and five forced fumbles during the season. He was also credited with 26 quarterback hits, which the NFL said was second in the league.

Of course, Collins had some outstanding numbers too. He had five interceptions - including one returned for a touchdown -- 13 passes defensed and four sacks as he helped the Giants go from the NFL's worst defense a year ago to one of the best in the league.

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NFC wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants and AFC running back Melvin Gordon of the San Diego Chargers talk prior to the game at Citrus Bowl. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
NFC wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants and AFC running back Melvin Gordon of the San Diego Chargers talk prior to the game at Citrus Bowl. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., safety Landon Collins and returner Dwayne Harris starred for the NFC in a 20-13 loss in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

Beckham was targeted 10 times and had six catches for 93 yards, all game highs, in his third Pro Bowl. He caught one pass for six yards from Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, one 15-yard reception from New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and four catches for 72 yards, including a 42-yard catch and run, from Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins.

The 24-year-old Beckham caught a career-high 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns in his third year in the league.

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

Giants S Landon Collins and DT Damon Harrison were both named in Pro Football Focus' 2016 NFL Season Award Winners, PFF announced on Tuesday.

Collins was awarded Breakout Player of the Year, finishing with a PFF grade of 92.1, beating out Atlanta's Vic Beasley and Houston's A.J. Bouye

The Giants safety was also the second runner-up for PFF's Best Player honor, trailing only New England's Tom Brady and Los Angeles' Aaron Donald, and the first runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year, losing out to Donald but finishing ahead of Oakland's Khalil Mack.

Harrison was named PFF's Best Run Defender with a grade of 88.9, earning the award over Seattle's Bobby Wagner and Michael Bennett. This is the second straight season Harrison has been given this award by PFF.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Landon Collins

New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

DT Damon Harrison and S Landon Collins have been named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL team. 

WR Odell Beckham, Jr., CB Janoris Jenkins, and ST Dwayne Harris joined their teammates on the All-NFC team, while WR Sterling Shapard was na,ed to the All-Rookie team.

Harrison and Collins were both also named to the AP All-Pro first team, while Beckham and Jenkins were named to the second team.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dwayne Harris, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who left Sunday's season-ending loss during the first defensive series due to a bruised thigh and only returned on special teams, was disappointed to not finish the season with his teammates.

"It was very disappointing," Rodgers-Cromartie said, according to Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post. "Any time your season ends like that when you can't go out there and fight with your guys, man, it makes the loss that much worse."

The Giants, who led 6-0 late in the first half, were burned for 38 points, with much of the damage coming through the air.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Green Bay Packers, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Trevin Wade
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Giants DT Damon Harrison and S Landon Collins have been named to the AP All-Pro first team, it was announced Friday.

WR Odell Beckham, Jr., DE Olivier Vernon, and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were named to the second team.

Harrison and Vernon are in their first season with the Giants, having both signed as free agents this offseason.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon
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Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting a pair of passes and picking up the second sack of his career in the Giants' 19-10 win over the Redskins on Sunday.

He is the first cornerback to win Defensive Player of the Week honors for three different teams (Giants, Broncos, Cardinals) since Deion Sanders

 

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants win 00:01:34
Eli Manning and Co. talk after the game about the team's 19-10 victory over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.

Eli Manning led the Giants to a late scoring drive and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had two interceptions as New York eliminated the Washington Redskins from playoff contention with a 19-10 win Sunday at FedEx Field.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Washington Redskins
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New York Giants punter Brad Wing (9) is seen on the sideline during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Matt Bush)
New York Giants punter Brad Wing (9) is seen on the sideline during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Matt Bush)

Giants P Brad Wing has won NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second straight week, the NFL announced Wednesday morning

Wing becomes the first player in Giants history to win Special Teams Player of the Week in consecutive weeks.

The 25-year old punted the ball seven times during New York's 17-6 victory over the Lions on Sunday, and finished with an average of 42.6 yards per punt with two landing inside the 20-yard line and his longest punt going 57 yards. The Lions averaged just 2.8 yards on four returns. 

Tags: Brad Wing, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner - USA Today)
Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner - USA Today)

The Giants will be sending four players to the Pro Bowl; WR Odell Beckham Jr., CB Janoris Jenkins, S Landon Collins and Dwayne Harris for his work on special teams.

This is the third Pro Bowl Beckham has been named to in as many years while Jenkins, Collins and Harris will each be making their first appearance.

Beckham has 85 receptions, 10 touchdowns and 1,173 receiving yards this season.

"It is exciting," Beckham said after being informed of making a third straight Pro Bowl. "It is cool to be on a team with multiple Pro Bowlers, so it is a huge accomplishment for myself and my teammates."

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Tim Reilly
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 (Julio Cortez/AP)
(Julio Cortez/AP)

John Fennelly, SNY.TV

As last season drew to an end, the Giants were facing another football-less January. They finished 6-10 for the second straight time and missed the playoffs for the fourth consectutive season.

The defense, decimated by injuries, was the league's worst and not befitting of wearing the Giants' vaunted blue.
Ownership had head coach Tom Coughlin fall on his sword rather than fire him and decided to give GM Jerry Reese one final chance to get his roster right -- starting with the defense.

Reese responded by getting aggressive in free agency, re-signing DE Jason Pierre-Paul and then the top DT, DE and CB available in Damon HarrisonOlivier Vernon, and Janoris Jenkins respectively. He also inked veteran LBs Keenan Robinson and Kelvin Sheppard. In the draft, he landed Ohio State CB Eli Apple in the first round and took safety Damian Thompson of Boise State in Round Three.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Lions-Giants 00:02:30
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano believes that the Giants need a strong running game to beat the Lions on Sunday.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

THE GAME: The Detroit Lions (9-4) at the Giants (9-4) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. ET

THE WEATHER: It will be rainy and windy, but at least it will be warm. The temperatures are expected to be in the mid-to-upper 50s, but it's still going to feel gross anyway.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Giants could actually clinch a playoff berth with a win, as long as the Redskins, Vikings and Packers all lose too. Even if that doesn't happen, a 10th win should virtually guarantee the Giants an NFC wild-card berth. Also if the Bucs beat the Dallas Cowboys and the Giants win, the Giants will be just one game back in the NFC East race with two games to go. It's a longshot, but anything is possible.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants punter Brad Wing (9) is seen on the sideline during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Matt Bush)
New York Giants punter Brad Wing (9) is seen on the sideline during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Matt Bush)

Giants P Brad Wing has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance during New York's 10-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14, the league announced Wednesday morning.

Wing had nine punts against Dallas and finished the game with a 43.2-yard gross average and a 42.9-yard net average. His longest punt went for 57 yards, and five of his kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line. The Cowboys managed just three total yards on three punt returns.

This is the sixth Player of the Week award won by the Giants this year, and the second one on special teams; Janoris Jenkins was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 2. Odell Beckham Jr. was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 6, while the Giants have won three defensive awards -- Landon Collins in Weeks 7 and 9, and Jason Pierre-Paul in Week 12.

Tags: Brad Wing, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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Loud Mouths: Boom or Bust 00:02:29
Sal Licata and Jon Hein play Boom or Bust, wondering if Janoris Jenkins is becoming the next Darrelle Revis.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

There is no way anyone can underestimate the Giants anymore.

Maybe they did still have a lot to prove when they rode six straight wins against (mostly) inferior opponents to an 8-3 record. But on Sunday night they beat a legitimately good team in the now-11-2 Dallas Cowboys. No team had been hotter. No team is more well-constructed. And the Giants have now beaten them twice.

What does that mean? It means that even if you think the Giants are still flawed (which they are), they have to be considered one of the best teams in their conference (which they are). It also means that, if they play up to their capabilities they can probably beat anyone in the NFL. The Giants were essentially no-shows on offense on Sunday night except for one glorious moment of Odell Beckham being Odell Beckham, and they were still good enough to take the Cowboys down.

Tags: Brett Jones, Devon Kennard, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Marshall Newhouse, Odell Beckham Jr., Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Giants safety Landon Collins and receiver Odell Beckham are well positioned to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl, but it might take a late surge of fan voting for any of their teammates to join them.

Collins and Beckham were the only two Giants players in the Top 5 in their position in the fan vote, as of the last update, last week, and the voting ends on Tuesday night. The Giants' 10-7 win over the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football could provide a surge of support, but it might not be enough to get any more players in by the fan voting alone.

The players for the Pro Bowl are determined by voting from fans, coaches and players. Each voting group counts for one-third each. The players are selected regardless of conference, and the teams are divided up later.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball late in the fourth quarter as New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) makes the hit at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball late in the fourth quarter as New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) makes the hit at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When the Giants went on their offseason spending spree, nothing surprised the NFL more than the five-year, $62.5 million deal the Giants gave to cornerback Janoris Jenkins. That contract, with its $28.8 million in guaranteed money, was the one where many agreed the Giants had badly overspent.

Nobody is saying that anymore, of course. Now that deal looks like a steal.

Jenkins, who prefers to be called "Jackrabbit", showed everyone again why he's worthy of a trip to the Pro Bowl this winter with yet another smothering, dominant performance on Sunday night. He made Dallas' Pro Bowl receiver, Dez Bryant, completely irrelevant. Bryant was targeted nine times by rookie quarterback Dak Prescott. He caught just one pass for 10 yards.

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball during the second half of an NFL football game as New York Giants' Janoris Jenkins (20) and Keenan Robinson (57) defend Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball during the second half of an NFL football game as New York Giants' Janoris Jenkins (20) and Keenan Robinson (57) defend Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Pierre-Paul was going to find a way to impact this game, even if he couldn't get on the field to do it. So he did it with a video he made for his team to watch on Saturday night, and again with a fiery speech in their huddle after pre-game warmups.

The message was simplly that, "Everybody needs to step up," said linebacker Devon Kennard, "and if we really wanted it we could go get this win."

Tags: Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys corner back Brandon Carr during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys corner back Brandon Carr during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

With a no-huddle offense and no-fooling-around defense, the New York Giants snapped the Cowboys' 11-game winning streak with a 10-7 victory Sunday night, preventing Dallas from clinching the NFC East.

Dallas (11-2) hadn't lost since the season opener against the Giants (9-4), who solidified their position in the NFC playoff chase as the top-wild card team. New York still hopes to catch Dallas in the division, and it can thank a stingy, aggressive defense for still having that opportunity.

Missing star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants couldn't stop rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott from rushing for 107 yards. But New York's pressure stymied the other Cowboys rookie standout, quarterback Dak Prescott, blanked receiver Dez Bryant until 2:13 remained - he fumbled away the ball on that play - and held Dallas to one conversion in 15 third-down attempts.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Cowboys-Giants 00:03:38
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano thinks the Giants must pressure QB Dak Prescott and keep a strong passing attack to defeat the Cowboys.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

THE GAME: The Dallas Cowboys (11-1) vs. the Giants (8-4) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8:25 p.m. ET

THE WEATHER: Welcome to winter! The temperature at kickoff should be just above freezing, but with even light Meadowlands winds it'll feel colder. Much colder. Oh, and good news! Snow is in the forecast. Right now it's not supposed to start until after midnight, so it won't be a factor unless there's overtime. But hey, you never know.

WHAT IT MEANS: First, and perhaps foremost, the Giants don't want to see the Dallas Cowboys clinch the NFC East -- and possibly a first-round bye, or even the No. 1 seed in the NFC -- against them in their home stadium. No, even with a win the Giants aren't going to win the division, but they do have plenty of pride. They also are in a tighter-than-you-think wild-card chase so they need to win to stay ahead of Washington and Tampa.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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John Fennelly, SNY.TV

A late-season Giants-Cowboys matchup usually has playoff implications for either one or both of the clubs and this year is no different. The Cowboys (11-1) are sitting atop the NFC East with a very comfortable three game lead over the 8-4 Giants with four games remaining.

The Giants' loss in Pittsburgh on Sunday put a damper on this week's showdown with Dallas in more ways than one. It pretty much handed the Cowboys the division and put the Giants in wild card mode, a position in which they hold the top berth at the moment.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon
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Aug 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won, 21-20. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won, 21-20. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

The next game Jason Pierre-Paul would likely be healthy enough to play is probably Super Bowl LI in Houston on Feb. 5.

So in other words, the Giants have seen the last of JPP this season.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Landon Collins has been named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Month for November, it was announced Thursday.

He is the first Giants player to win the award since Jason Pierre-Paul in December 2011 and the first safety in Giants history to win the award.

The 22-year-old Collins, who won back-to-back defensive Player of the Week awards earlier this season, had three interceptions, five passes defensed, one sack, and 30 tackles (23 solo) in November.

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins
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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 12, the league announced Wednesday morning

Pierre-Paul recorded three sacks, seven total tackles, three tackles for loss, and had a 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown in New York's 27-13 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

The award marks the fourth time Pierre-Paul has been named the Defensive Player of the Week, putting him third in Giants history behind only Lawrence Taylor (9) and Michael Strahan (5).

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor makes a touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor makes a touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants defense will have its hands full with Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr., a 6-foot-4, 240-pound dual threat wide receiver.

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, John Fennelly
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants defense 00:00:33
Landon Collins talks with Ralph Vacchiano after the victory over the Chicago Bears and discusses the improvement in the Giants defense.

Landon Collins recorded six tackles, broke up three passes, and picked up his fifth interception of the season during New York's 22-16 win over the Bears on Sunday.

Collins extended his streak of consecutive games with an interception to four, the team's longest streak since Phillippi Starks recorded a pick in four straight games in 1995.

"He's a baller - straight up," defensive captain Jonathan Casillas said of Collins. "I don't know who's playing better than him in the NFL right now. Call it luck, call it whatever. But he's in the right place at the right time."

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

The Giants are on a roll, having won five straight games to move to 7-3 on the season -- the third best record in the NFC. They are handling adversity, winning tight games, and have put themselves in position for their first playoff berth since 2011.

But is it all really as good as it seems?

Maybe it is, but don't forget that the Giants' winning streak has come against teams with a combined 19-30-1 record -- and none better than 5-5. Three of those games were at home. One was in a neutral site. And despite those advantages they've still only won those five games by a combined 23 points.

Tags: Adam Gettis, Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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There's a difference between the pretenders and the contenders in the NFL. The pretenders tease their fans with weekly dalliances with victory while the contenders find ways to close out opponents and seal those victories. As much as the 2015 Giants were pretenders, the 2016 Giants have taken on the identity of contenders.

The transformation began at the end of last season, a year in which the Giants saw six fourth quarter leads evaporate en route to a 6-10 finish. The defense was decimated by injuries and could not log in 60 full minutes of work and the letdowns were of historic proportions. The mandate from ownership was to fix the defense.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, John Fennelly
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants' defense is noticeably better in 2016 than they were a year ago when it seemed like they collapsed on a weekly basis. The personnel is better for sure and the injuries have been kept to a serviceable minimum.

The addition of veterans such as Olivier VernonJanoris JenkinsDamon Harrison and Keenan Robinson, along with the emergence of safety Landon Collins, have some people comparing this defense to the great Giants' units of the past. But is it Super Bowl caliber?

Tags: Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, John Fennelly
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants win 00:01:12
Landon Collins, Eli Manning and Ben McAdoo talk about beating Cincinnati at home on Monday Night Football, 21-20.

Eli Manning threw three touchdowns, including the go-ahead one to Sterling Shepard on fourth down early in the fourth quarter, and the New York Giants limited the Cincinnati Bengals to 37 total yards in the fourth quarter en route to a 21-20 win at MetLife Stadium on Monday.

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Eli Manning, Jerell Adams, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after stopping the Philadelphia Eagles on fourth down during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after stopping the Philadelphia Eagles on fourth down during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Giants S Landon Collins has been named the Defensive Player of the Week for his performance during Sunday's 28-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, making it the second time in two games he has won the award. 

Collins had 12 tackles, an interception, and a sack in Sunday's win. He leads the Giants in all three categories this season.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Safety Landon Collins continued his stellar play for the Giants during their 28-23 win over the Eagles on Sunday.

Collins had 12 tackles, an interception, and a sack, and leads the team in all three categories this season.

He had two interceptions on Oct. 23 against the Rams in London during the Giants' last game.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Landon Collins, Nat Berhe, John Fennelly
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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)

The Giants' defense has been highlighted by the play of second-year safety Landon Collins, who, after a trying rookie season, has become a Pro Bowl talent.Collins leads the Giants in tackles and is sixth overall in tackles in the NFL with 57. He is the leading tackler among all safeties this season. He also has two sacks and two interceptions. One of those interceptions against the Rams in London, was retuned spectacularly for a touchdown and could be up for the play of the year award."Still hearing about it. I'm ready to continue to keep making more plays," Collins said on Monday. "That's not just one thing I could do, one great thing I could do. I can do a lot more."

Tags: Darian Thompson, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Nat Berhe, John Fennelly
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Ralph Vacchiano breaks down all the latest coverage and sounds from the Giants about their ex-teammate Josh Brown.

Giants GM Jerry Reese may have ducked the Josh Brown questions, or anything else even mildly controversial, but he was more than willing to talk about his 4-3 football team. It's not surprising, considering that after four straight seasons outside of the playoffs, the Giants are finally in a good position to make a run at the postseason.Here's a sampling of some of the other topics that the Giants GM was willing to address in his 11-minute session with reporters:

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 23, 2016; London, ENG; Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants celebrates with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) of the New York Giants after his interception during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; London, ENG; Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants celebrates with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) of the New York Giants after his interception during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

The optimistic look at Ben McAdoo's first almost-half-season as Giants head coach is that they got to their bye week over .500. They have gutted out two straight wins to reverse a mini-tailspin to put themselves right in the thick of the second-half playoff chase.The pessimistic look is that the journey to 4-3 hasn't exactly been pretty. Also, they were 4-3 last year, too. That was fools' gold, though, as they proved by losing seven of their last nine.So the story of the first season of the post-Tom Coughlin Era hasn't really been written yet. And seven games into McAdoo's tenure, there are as many good signs as there are bad. Here's a look at some of them that may prove to be important as the Giants try to earn their first playoff berth since way back in 2011:

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants allowed 420.3 yards and 27.6 points per game in 2015. This past offseason, they spent wildly to upgrade at all positions and thus far, the strategy is working.This season, they are holding teams to 361 yards and 20 points per game. They are playing better defense in the fourth quarter, allowing six points opposed to a league-high 8.8 in 2015.Their second-half defensive numbers are also much improved, with them allowing just 8.9 point. Last season, they averaged 14.1 points allowed in the second half.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Owa Odighizuwa, Trevin Wade, John Fennelly
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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)

Landon Collins has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his two-interception, one-touchdown performance against the Rams in London on Sunday.

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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) intercepts a 4 yard pass from Case Keenum (17) during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) intercepts a 4 yard pass from Case Keenum (17) during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn)

The Giants are 4-3 and have won two straight games heading into their bye week, which would seem to put them in a very good position for a "second half" run.So why is it that everyone feels so badly about them?Oh, right. They're winning pretty ugly. And their vaunted offense gained a pretty pathetic 232 yards against the Rams on Sunday in London. And they still can't run the ball. And Odell Beckham wasn't very effective. And everyone is down on Ben McAdoo's play-calling. And …Well, you get the idea. All the bad, and maybe some of the good, is covered here in my takeaways from … wait, let me check … yeah, it's true, it was a Giants win.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepts a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin as Giants free safety Andrew Adams watches in the fourth quarter during Game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepts a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin as Giants free safety Andrew Adams watches in the fourth quarter during Game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants had four interceptions Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, tripling their season total, as turnovers and pressure up front proved decisive in a 17-10 win .

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon
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Oct 16, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) and safety Landon Collins (21) break up a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) on the final play of the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) and safety Landon Collins (21) break up a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) on the final play of the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With the Giants' pass rush sitting at the bottom of the NFL, the secondary has been left to pick up the slack. Even with all the injuries, the unit has done an impressive job holding down the fort. That has not gone unnoticed. Pro Football Focus has it ranked 8th in the NFL going into Week 7.From Matt Claassen of Pro Football Focus:"Safety Landon Collins was mostly a disappointment as a rookie, but he's made great strides from his position-worst coverage grade a season ago. Receiving stats into his coverage are down across the board, and busted coverages haven't seemed like an issue this year. Leon Hall has also played well in the slot, and has been a valuable addition after sitting on the free-agent market for months."Injuries killed the Giants last season, leaving them to go find veterans who were without jobs -- not the best course of action. This year, the injury bug struck again but the club didn't panic and trusted their roster.

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) runs out of the pocket to avoid New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) runs out of the pocket to avoid New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

This past offseason, Giants GM Jerry Reese was given a mandate to upgrade the team's bottom-ranked defense, which had run devoid of talent and depth the past few seasons.Reese went out and spent like a drunken sailor, so to speak, inking free agents in DE Olivier Vernon, DT Damon Harrison and CB Janoris Jenkins to top-of-the-market contracts that raised eyebrows all throughout NFL front offices. He also re-signed DE Jason Pierre-Paul to a $10 million "show me" deal, even though he knew JPP would never be the same player after blowing off half his right hand last July 4 in a fireworks mishap.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In the aftermath of the Giants' 27-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the star of the show was asked an awkward question about the difference between being 2-4 -- as the Giants would have been if they lost -- and 3-3. It wasn't a brilliant question, and Odell Beckham, Jr. said he wasn't sure how to answer."I don't know," he said. "You want to win."That's true. And now that they finally have for the first time since Week 2, the Giants want to do it again. Because, as Beckham said later, that's really the only way to answer all the questions about the Giants, to know if this win was an anomaly or the start of a trend."I think we're on the way," he said. "It's only one game. We have to go out next week and do the same thing. That's the only way you're going to be able to tell if you're hitting your stride."So maybe they'll know more on Sunday morning when they face the Los Angeles Rams in London. But there were some positive signs from their win over the Ravens that show maybe they are hitting their stride. It wasn't all good. It wasn't all pretty. But it's all covered in my 10 takeaways from the Giants' win:

Tags: Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Mark Herzlich, Owa Odighizuwa, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 27-23, on Sunday to even their record to 3-3 and keep them afloat in the suddenly competitive NFC East. The win was the 700th in franchise history, making them the third NFL team to reach the milestone, after the Bears and Packers.Big Blue continues to play cliffhanger-type games. Of the six games played this year, Sunday was the fifth game decided by seven points or less. The Giants' other victories were by one and three points over Dallas and New Orleans respectively. They lost a two-point game to Washington and by seven last week in Green Bay.Two big plays made by Odell Beckham, Jr. led the Giants to victory in a game that saw them on the raw end of several poor calls by the officials.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Orleans Darkwa, John Fennelly
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(Wag)

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The Giants played last week's game against the Vikings without CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple and safeties Nat Berhe and Darian Thompson. This week, DRC (groin) and Apple (hamstring) are not quite 100 percent  and Berhe (concussion) and Thompson (foot) are still not practicing.

"DRC got a little work and Eli (Apple) is working off to the side right now, but we are hopeful that we can get one and a half, three quarters, yeah, we need them back. We miss them," defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said Thursday.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Nat Berhe, Trevin Wade
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

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The Giants may be very short on safeties when they play in Minnesota on Monday night.

They had already lost rookie Darian Thompson to a sprained foot, and now the status of his replacement, Nat Berhe, is uncertain. Berhe complained of headaches and wasn't feeling well when he reported to work on Wednesday. After doctors evaluated him he was diagnosed with a concussion and did not practice on Thursday.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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The Giants' defense has turned over a new leaf this season, playing stout against the run and holding their own in the trenches. A big reason for the improvement is the addition of free agent DT Damon Harrison, who came as advertised from the Jets as a big-bodied space-eater.

He is currently third on the club in tackles (19), behind LB Jonathan Casillas (26) and S Landon Collins (20).

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, John Fennelly
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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie defends against Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie defends against Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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The New York Giants needed to come out in 2016 healthy and hearty, but instead may be poised for another season besieged by key injuries. It may be too soon to tell, but at this rate, they could be headed for another year at the top of the "adjusted games lost" column.

New York led the NFL in adjusted games lost, a metric to evaluate how teams were affected by injuries, for the third straight season in 2015, according to Football Outsiders.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Landon Collins, Mykkele Thompson, Nat Berhe, Nikita Whitlock, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, John Fennelly
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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

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The Giants will likely be without rookie safety Darian Thompson for another week at least, but doctors believe his sprained foot is not a long-term injury, according to a source.

Thompson suffered a sprained left foot in the Giants' win over the Saints a week ago and did not play in the Giants' 29-27 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday. He was reexamined by doctors over the weekend and the results were "good," a source told SNY. He is expected to "be back soon."

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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Rookie safety Darian Thompson will not play Sunday in the Giants' game against the Washington Redskins due to a sprained foot, and there is some concern he could miss more than that.

The Giants called Thompson "week to week" after announcing his foot sprain after he missed practice on Thursday. They said he injured his foot during the final defensive series of the Giants' 16-13 win over the Saints on Sunday when another player rolled onto his leg, though he did return a few plays later.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Landon Collins, Mykkele Thompson, Nat Berhe
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