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New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss is congratulated by his teammates after the Islanders defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in overtime at Xcel Energy Center. (David Berding/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss is congratulated by his teammates after the Islanders defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in overtime at Xcel Energy Center. (David Berding/USA TODAY Sports)

Brock Nelson scored the game-winning goal 1:04 into overtime to give the Islanders a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 9:28 NYI Jordan Eberle; Assist: Mathew Barzal
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Mar 16, 2019; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) slides into New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports (Harrison Barden)
Mar 16, 2019; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) slides into New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports (Harrison Barden)

For the second straight season, the Rangers are enduring a post-deadline nosedive. They sealed an 0-4 road trip with a 5-2 loss to the Wild Saturday night and have lost 10 of their last 11 games. Mika Zibanejad snapped an eight-game goalless drought with his career-best 28th goal. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 42 of 46 shots. >> Box score


First period:

  • 4:40 MIN Ryan Donato; Assists: Pontus Aberg
  • 6:00 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk
  • 16:05 MIN Ryan Donato; Assists: Luke Kunin, Jason Zucker
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Mar 15, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) and Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) battle for the puck during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mar 15, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) and Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) battle for the puck during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

New York heads to Minnesota on a three-game losing streak and has been blown out in its last two losses, getting outscored 9-2 in defeats at Vancouver and Calgary, the latter by a 5-1 margin on Friday.

The Rangers were tied 1-1 after the opening 20 minutes against the Flames but gave up two goals in 70 seconds in the second period.

"We just weren't real dialed in defensively tonight, not only the goals that they scored, but how many times did you look up and all of a sudden, there's a 1-on-3 in front of our net," New York coach David Quinn told reporters. "We cheated the game too often tonight, very loose defensively, didn't hit anybody, didn't want to get hit and we played very slow.

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New York Knicks guard Damyean Dotson drives to the basket and shoots a layup past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie in the first half at Target Center. (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Damyean Dotson drives to the basket and shoots a layup past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie in the first half at Target Center. (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks' losing streak reached six games as New York lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-92 on Sunday at Target Center. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. Damyean Dotson scored 26 points while DeAndre Jordan was limited to just two points on 1-of-8 shooting as New York maintained its spot for last place in the NBA. Mitchell Robinson blocked five shots.

2. Taj Gibson led the Timberwolves, who were playing without Karl-Anthony Towns, with 25 points. Jeff Teague scored 20 points and recorded 10 assists.

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks to his left during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks to his left during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)

New York enters with 17 straight home losses since an overtime win against Milwaukee on Dec. 1. It is the third-longest home losing streak in NBA history behind only Philadelphia's 18-game skid from Jan. 17-March 21, 2014 and Dallas' 19-game skid from Nov. 6, 1993-Jan. 21, 1994.

The Knicks will be attempting to win consecutive games for just the second time this season. New York headed into the break by halting its team-record 18-game losing streak with a 106-91 win at Atlanta on Feb. 14.

"I keep talking about this team's character," New York coach David Fizdale said. "It would've been very easy for us to check out and get on to wherever we're going to go, but we were desperate men. Those guys wanted this game really badly, and they came out and showed it."

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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers are coming off a 2-1 victory Tuesday at Carolina, as goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 43 of 44 shots. It was Lundqvist's 30th career victory against the Hurricanes in 43 games.

"I had to improvise a little bit," Lundqvist told NHL.com. "It worked. It's just a good feeling to win. That's all I want to do."

Vladislav Namestnikov snapped a 1-1 tie 6:10 into the third, and Lundqvist made 18 saves in the period. >> Read More

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Jan 28, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Devils won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 28, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Devils won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

After a miserable first two games of their three-game road trip, it appeared the Devils were going to fly home miserable from St. Paul Friday night as they found themselves down by three. But they erased a three-goal deficit to force overtime when Nico Hischier scored the winning goal to give the Devils a 5-4 win. Cory Schneider replaced Keith Kinkaid with the Devils down 4-1 and stopped all 15 shots he faced, giving him his first regular-season win since Dec. 27, 2017. Ben Lovejoy tied the game with 2:45 left in regulation. >> Box score


First period:

  • 6:07 MIN Brad Hunt (Power Play;) Assists: Ryan Suter, Mikael Granlund
  • 9:55 MIN Joel Eriksson Ek
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New York Islanders defenseman Devon Toews celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the second period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders defenseman Devon Toews celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the second period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

Devon Toews scored the tie-breaking power-play goal early in the second period as the Islanders beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 14:05 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Valtteri Filppula, Leo Komarov

Second period:

  • 0:38 MIN Mikael Granlund (power play); Assists: Jason Zucker, Zach Parise
  • 2:01 NYI Devon Toews (power play); Assists: Ryan Pulock, Josh Bailey
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Feb 9, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) makes a save against New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 9, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) makes a save against New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

A third period comeback wasn't in the books for the Devils, as they fell to the Wild 4-2 on Saturday afternoon. >> Box score


First period:

  • 6:57 NJD Brett Seney; Assist: Will Butcher
  • 12:19 MIN Marcus Foligno; Assists: Greg Pateryn, Luke Kunin
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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose drives against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at Barclays Center. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose drives against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at Barclays Center. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets' fourth-quarter rally fell short as they lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-102 on Friday at Barclays Center. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1. Trailing by 17 points entering the fourth quarter, the Nets went on a late 16-6 run to get within four, but Minnesota's Derrick Rose hit a 10-foot jumper to ignite an 8-2 run that iced the game for the Timberwolves.

2. Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris both scored 18 points for the Nets, who dropped their second straight. D'Angelo Russell scored five points on 2-of-10 shooting and committed four turnovers.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dribbles the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague plays defense in the first half at Target Center. (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dribbles the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague plays defense in the first half at Target Center. (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-113 on Monday at Target Center after forward Caris LeVert left the game with a gruesome leg injury. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1. LeVert was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluations after he landed awkwardly on his right leg trying to break up a play late in the second quarter. Players around the league, from Kristaps Porzingis to Dwyane Wade, tweeted their thoughts and prayers for LeVert.

2. While D'Angelo Russell scored 31 points for Brooklyn, Joe Harris and Jared Dudley combined for 16 points on 6-of-24 shooting. 

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THE GAME 

The Minnesota Vikings (3-2-1) at the Jets (3-3) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. ET.

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New York Giants offensive guard Brett Jones blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Brett Jones blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants traded center Brett Jones to the Minnesota Vikings for a seventh-round pick, the team announced Sunday.

Jones, 27, has played in 30 games with New York over the past two seasons, including 13 starts last year after Weston Richburg suffered an injury.

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Jones was a great story when he came down from Canada and turned himself into the Giants' starting center, but he never became a great player. He was average at best, which is why trading him even for a seventh-round pick was a no-brainer of a move for the Giants.

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Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle attempts to play the puck in front of New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle attempts to play the puck in front of New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

John Moore scored the game-winning goal in overtime after the Devils blew a two-goal lead in the third period as New Jersey beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Monday at Xcel Energy Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 18:32 NJ Adam Henrique; Assists: Brian Gibbons, Andy Greene

Second period:

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Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers lays on the ice in front of New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider and defenseman Damon Severson during the first period at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers lays on the ice in front of New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider and defenseman Damon Severson during the first period at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider has played in plenty of road games against the Minnesota Wild, though very rarely under ideal conditions.

Early in his career, when Schneider was backing up Roberto Luongo in Vancouver, and Luongo seemingly would always struggle in Minnesota, Schneider would usually come into the game sometime in the second period in relief, when the Wild had already built a big lead.

The Devils will play in Minnesota on Monday night after having a rough go of things Saturday at Winnipeg, where the Jets used a second-period outburst to send New Jersey to a second consecutive loss. New Jersey knows the road may get tougher soon.

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New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached out to the New York Knicks about possibly acquiring guard Derrick Rose, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Before he joined the Knicks last summer, Rose played several seasons with the Chicago Bulls under Tom Thibodeau, the current Timberwolves coach. 

Several teams have reached out to the Knicks about Rose, according to Begley. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

Rose, 28, has averaged 17.7 points, 4.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 48 games in his first season with the Knicks. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.

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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

The young Minnesota Timberwolves felt they were flat in a 109-103 home loss to the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, unable to build on the positive feelings they had from a road win at Phoenix in their previous game.

Hosting the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, Minnesota will see if it learned anything from Thursday's loss and starting slow.

 

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New Jersey Devils forward Beau Bennett (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils forward Beau Bennett (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils scored three goals in the third period to beat the Minnesota Wild, 4-3, Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 17:58 MIN Jared Spurgeon (power play); Assists: Nino Niederreiter, Mikko Koivu

Second period:

  • 9:24 MIN Jason Zucker; Assists: Mikael Granlund, Mikko Koivu
  • 13:19 NJ Pavel Zacha (power play); Assists: Kyle Palmieri, Karl Stollery

Third period:

  • 5:23 NJ Adam Henrique; Assists: Taylor Hall, P.A. Parenteau
  • 9:08 MIN Erik Haula; Assists: Charlie Coyle, Spurgeon
  • 9:30 NJ Palmieri; Assists: Michael Cammalleri, Damon Severson
  • 17:43 NJ Beau Bennett; Assists: Blake Coleman, Miles Wood
Tags: Beau Bennett, Blake Coleman, Damon Severson, Kyle Palmieri, Mike Cammalleri, Minnesota Wild, Pavel Zacha
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New Jersey Devils forward Mike Cammalleri (13) skates during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson)
New Jersey Devils forward Mike Cammalleri (13) skates during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson)

The Devils (18-18-9) travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild (28-9-5) on Tuesday.

According to STATS:

  • New Jersey's 2-1 overtime win over the Wild on October 22 extended the Devils' winning streak versus MInnesota to three games. New Jersey boasts a record of 12-5-2-0 in the all-time series, though the Devils are just 4-4-1-0 as the road team in those games.
  • After posting consecutive 2-1 victories at Calgary and Vancouver, the Devils will now seek their first three-game winning streak since taking five in a row between November 6 and November 15.
  • The Wild's 3-2 victory at Chicago on Sunday, when they overcame a 2-0 deficit, lifted Minnesota into a two-point lead over the Blackhawks in the Western Conference. And the Wild have played four fewer games than Chicago.
  • Cory Schneider stopped 21 of 22 shots in Sunday's victory at Vancouver, when he lowered his GAA in January to 1.74, the second lowest in the NHL this month (minimum 5 GS). Schneider's .940 save percentage in January ranks third.
  • With positive ratings in each of his last four games, Ryan Suter has boosted his season plus-minus to +28, the best mark in franchise history. Suter has seen at least 20 minutes of ice time in each of his last 202 games played, the third-longest active streak in the league.
  • By winning on Sunday, Devan Dubnyk improved to 23-7-3 this season. The 23 victories are tied with Manny Fernandez (2005-06) and Niklas Backstrom (2009-10) for the most ever by any Minnesota Wild goaltender prior to the All-Star (or Olympic) break.

© 2017 by STATS.

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Quarterback Eli Manning in the New York Giants huddle (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)
Quarterback Eli Manning in the New York Giants huddle (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

As much as the New York Giants wanted to clinch their first playoff berth since 2011 on the field in Philadelphia on Thursday, they know it doesn't really matter how they get in - just as long as they get in. And they can still get in four different ways this weekend, before they even have to think about playing their finale in Washington on Jan. 1.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Adam Hunger)
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First Period 

  • 3:54 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mats ZuccarelloDerek Stepan
  • 9:53 MIN Mikael Granlund; Assists: Jason Zucker, Mikko Koivu

Second Period 

  • 0:40 MIN Mikko Koivu; Assist: Jason Zucker
  • 0:58 MIN Nino Niederreiter; Assists: Charlie Coyle, Eric Staal
  • 2:17 NYR Ryan McDonagh; Assists: Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider
  • 4:55 MIN Marco Scandella; Assist: Charlie Coyle
  • 12:14 MIN Jason Zucker; Assist: Mikael Granlund
  • 17:24 MIN Matt Dumba; Assists: Charlie Coyle, Eric Staal 
  • 19:00 NYR Derek Stepan; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Klein 

Third Period 

  • 17:00 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mats ZuccarelloRyan McDonagh
  • 18:51 MIN Charlie Coyle; Assist: Nino Niederreiter
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The Daily News Live panel discusses if the Giants are good enough to win a playoff game on the road.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

Earlier this week, I gave you a long and complex look at the New York Giants' relatively simple playoff situation, which boils down to this: win and they're in, or hope they can avoid a three-way tie with the Lions and the Buccaneers.

The NFL made it even simpler. The Giants can clinch a playoff spot in Week 16 if any of these five things happen:

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis dunks as Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos looks on during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis dunks as Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos looks on during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony each scored 20 points and the New York Knicks held off the Sacramento Kings 106-98 on Sunday night for their eighth win in 11 games.

The Knicks took a 21-point lead in the first half, gave up 18 consecutive points in the third quarter but outplayed the Kings down the stretch to win their third straight overall and improve to 9-3 at home.

Brandon Jennings added 19 points for New York and Kristaps Porzingis finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

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Dec 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) passes the ball while defended by New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and center Kyle O'Quinn (9) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) passes the ball while defended by New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and center Kyle O'Quinn (9) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, Derick Rose had 24 and Kyle O'Quinn added 20 points and 13 rebounds as the New York Knicks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-114 on Friday night.

Zach LaVine scored 24 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 for the Timberwolves.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Knicks take on the Timberwolves in the back end of a home-and-home at Madison Square Garden on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

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Nov 30, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) dribbles against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) during the second quarter at Target Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 30, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) dribbles against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) during the second quarter at Target Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kristaps Porzingis had 29 points and eight rebounds in a thrilling duel with Karl-Anthony Towns, helping the New York Knicks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-104 on Wednesday night. 

Carmelo Anthony capped a quiet night with a game-winning 18-footer over Andrew Wiggins with 2.3 seconds to play, helping the Knicks avoid what would have been an epic collapse in the fourth quarter. 

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Minnesota Timberwolves need to find a way to right the ship after once again failing to close out a game, the latest instance coming Monday against the Utah Jazz.

They'll have two straight chances against the New York Knicks to do so. Minnesota hosts New York on Wednesday at Target Center before traveling to Madison Square Garden for another game against the Knicks on Friday.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. Brooklyn Nets won 109-101. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. Brooklyn Nets won 109-101. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Brooklyn Nets (2-4) will face off with the Minnesota Timberwolves (1-4) in Brooklyn on Tuesday night.

According to STATS:

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) gestures after scoring a three point basket during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) gestures after scoring a three point basket during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

While a 2-4 start to a season may not sound impressive, the Brooklyn Nets have performed a lot better than many people believed they would. Besides for a blowout loss against the Bulls, the Nets lost their other three games by a combined 11 points. Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Andy Greer has watched tape and seen that Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson is getting maximum effort from his team, a roster consisting of five players that are 23 years old or younger. 

"They're playing younger guys than they did in the past," Greer told SNY.tv. "But you know, they still have Brook Lopez, who's really good. They're playing really hard. Kenny [Atkinson] is doing a good job with them."

It is no surprise that Lopez is the leader and star of this young Brooklyn Nets team. In his ninth season with the Nets, Lopez is the team's longest tenured member. But this season has seen a new addition to Lopez's arsenal of moves.

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New York Islanders center John Tavares (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

John Tavares scored two goals and the New York Islanders scored three goals in a span of 3:08 in the second period en route to a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday at Barclays Center.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Minnesota Wild, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic
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Oct 20, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman John Moore (2) tries to block a shot as defenseman Ben Lovejoy (12) and goalie Cory Schneider (35) keep an eye on the puck during the second period against Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 20, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman John Moore (2) tries to block a shot as defenseman Ben Lovejoy (12) and goalie Cory Schneider (35) keep an eye on the puck during the second period against Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils take on the Wild at 7 p.m. on Saturday night at Prudential Center. According to STATS...The Devils are 7-1-1-0 all-time at home versus the Wild, and have won each of their last three home games versus Minnesota. The Devils are 11-5-2-0 all-time versus the Wild, overall, and have won four of their last five games versus Minnesota.

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Oct 22, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Justin Goodwin (32) rushes for a touchdown in the first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Justin Goodwin (32) rushes for a touchdown in the first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Emmitt Carpenter's 28-yard field goal with 10 seconds left helped Minnesota survive for a 34-32 victory against Rutgers on Saturday. Rodney Smith had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and ran for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Gophers (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten). Mitch Leidner returned after missing one game with a concussion and was 11-of-18 passing for 156 yards and an interception. Rutgers cornerback Damon Hayes intercepted Leidner and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown with just over six minutes left in the third quarter, but Scarlet Knights kicker David Bongaura couldn't tie the game when he missed the PAT.

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Oct 15, 2016; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano (5) rushes against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 15, 2016; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano (5) rushes against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After opening the Big Ten season on a two-game skid, Minnesota found a way to right itself with a backup quarterback.Rutgers is hoping for similar results this week.Coach Chris Ash has elevated Gio Rescigno to starter for the remainder of the season, hoping that his solid play in the second half against Illinois last week can help the Scarlet Knights (2-5, 0-4 Big Ten) get that elusive first conference victory.

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Oct 20, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) celebrates his goal with left wing Taylor Hall (9) during the third period of the Boston Bruins 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 20, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) celebrates his goal with left wing Taylor Hall (9) during the third period of the Boston Bruins 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The New Jersey Devils were the NHL's worst offensive team in 2015-16, finishing dead-last in goal-scoring. To address this, general manager Ray Shero acquired left winger Taylor Hall from the Edmonton Oilers and signed depth forwards known for having an offensive knack.Through four games in 2016-17, the Devils are again at the bottom of the league in goals with six in four games and just three goals at 5-on-5. New Jersey failed to score an even-strength goal over its past 175 minutes and 34 seconds, and that lack of even-strength offense proved detrimental in their 2-1 road loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday.With the Minnesota Wild visiting Prudential Center, Devils coach John Hynes is going back to the drawing board with his line combinations after a 1-2-1 start.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. argues a call during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. argues a call during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)

After receiving a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in Monday's 24-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. said he is a targeted player.

"It's always, it's just my fault. That's all I look at it as, it's my fault. Whatever you want to call it," Beckham said, according to the Associated Press. "I just have to understand if I sneeze the wrong way, it'll be a flag, it'll be a fine. If I tie my shoe the wrong way, it might be a fine or a flag. It is what it is. You have to understand that.

"The refs are looking to call anything, and they're not looking to call anything the other way," Beckham added. "You have to know that, you have to know that, you have to be OK with it. Unfortunately you have to be OK with it, but that's just the position I'm in."

Tags: Eli Manning, Minnesota Vikings, Odell Beckham Jr.
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Giants head coach Ben McAdoo discusses Big Blue's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota's defense denied Odell Beckham Jr. all night and forced two turnovers that led to 10 points, and the Vikings mystified Eli Manning yet again during a 24-10 victory Monday over the New York Giants.

Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph for the third straight game and kept his turnover-free streak intact, helping the Vikings (4-0) lead from start to finish after falling behind in each of their first three wins.

Beckham, who has yet to score this season, was smothered by cornerback Xavier Rhodes and had 23 yards on three catches. Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard were quiet, too, and Manning was erratic as ever while finishing 25 for 45 for just 261 yards. Rhodes picked him off in the third quarter, the 15th interception for Manning in eight career starts against the Vikings. He's 2-6 with only five touchdown passes.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Larry Donnell, Minnesota Vikings, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz
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New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell left Monday's game against the Minnesota Vikings with a concussion.

Donnell was hit in the helmet by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr trying to block on a run play in the first quarter.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

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Looking at this week's matchup between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, it looks pretty simple to the naked eye. With their running game hit by injuries to RBs Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen, the Giants will have to pass the ball to win against the ninth-ranked pass defense in the NFL.

That won't be easy.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Marshall Newhouse, Minnesota Vikings, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, John Fennelly
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(Brad Penner)

NEW YORK - Tom Thibodeau has his point guard.

Already armed with several of the best young, dynamic players in the NBA like Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, the Wolves added another, selecting Providence point guard Kris Dunn with the fifth overall pick of the NBA Draft Thursday evening at Barclays Center.

Dunn, a New London, Conn. native who was passed up at No. 3 by the Boston Celtics in favor of Jaylen Brown, is the highest draft pick out of the Big East program since Otis Thorpe went ninth overall in 1984. Dunn is the first Friar to be drafted since Ricky Ledo in 2013.

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Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino suspended three players for the remainder of the season after their sex tape was released on social media.

Pitino had initally suspended Nate Mason, Dupree McBrayer and Kevin Dorsey for Sunday night's game at Illinois with the expectation that they would return Wednesday against Wisconsin. Mason, a 6-foot-1 sophomore guard, is the team's leading scorer at 13.8 points per game.

"After careful and continued consideration, I am suspending Kevin Dorsey, Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer for the duration of the season," Pitino said in a statement released by the school Tuesday. "I believe this is the best thing for the basketball program as we strive to build a strong and respectful culture each and every day."

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Minnesota guard Kevin Dorsey was one of three Gophers suspended Sunday for a violation of team rules. (Brad Rempel / USA Today)
Minnesota guard Kevin Dorsey was one of three Gophers suspended Sunday for a violation of team rules. (Brad Rempel / USA Today)

Minnesota suspended three players for a violation of teams rules for Sunday's loss to Illinois but the trio is expected to return for Wednesday's game against Wisconsin.

Minnesota (8-20, 2-14 Big Ten) visits Rutgers (6-23, 0-16) in the Big Ten regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday. Rutgers, which hosts No. 6 Michigan State on Wednesday and hasn't won a Big Ten game since January 2015, could be staring at an 0-18 league season by Saturday.

Nate Mason, Dupree McBrayer and Kevin Dorsey were suspended for Sunday night's game at Illinois for violating team rules. Multiple reports indicated that Dorsey posted threesome sex videos on social media. The videos and his Twitter account were then deleted.

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New Jersey Devils defensemen Jon Merrill skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. (Perry Nelson/USATSI)
New Jersey Devils defensemen Jon Merrill skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. (Perry Nelson/USATSI)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Jon Merrill put New Jersey ahead in the third period with his first goal of the season, Cory Schneider made 17 saves and the Devils beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Sunday night to snap a season-high three-game losing streak.

Adam Henrique scored for New Jersey 1:21 into the third period, but Minnesota's Zach Parise got his 16th goal less than 2 minutes later. That score was Parise's first against his former team.

Merrill broke the tie 6:26 into the third and Schneider made 10 saves in the final period.

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New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin looks on during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USATSI)
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin looks on during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USATSI)

Sunday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings was rendered meaningless to the New York Giants after the Washington Redskins topped the Philadelphia Eagles to win the NFC East on Saturday night.

With a flimsy, uncoordinated effort, the Giants reminded us of that fact in front of a national audience, losing 49-17 and looking like a team that badly needs to set the restart button.

Playing without wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was suspended one game by the league for his inexplicable tantrum during last week's game against Carolina, the offense showed how reiliant it has become on its young superstar.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Giants 38-35. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Giants 38-35. (Brad Penner)

Odell Beckham Jr. will not be with the team until next week due to his one-game suspension, which was upheld by the league on Wednesday. Which leads everyone to ask: Who will take his place?

The answer is nobody can replace Beckham. He has been targeted 152 times this season, almost twice as many as the Giants' next receiver, Rueben Randle (78).

But the Giants do have some options. Head coach Tom Coughlin was asked on Thursday what those options might be. Who will the Giants rely on to make the big plays this week?

Tags: Eli Manning, Minnesota Vikings, Odell Beckham Jr., John Fennelly
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New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) breaks away from New England Patriots middle linebacker Jonathan Freeny (55) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor)
New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) breaks away from New England Patriots middle linebacker Jonathan Freeny (55) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor)

The New York Giants released the following pre-practice injury report on Wednesday:

Will not practice

  • WR - Dwayne Harris (Shoulder)
  • LB - Devon Kennard (Foot)
  • DT - Markus Kuhn (Knee)
  • S - Cooper Taylor (concussion)

Limited practice

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots in the second half at Madison Square Garden. (William Hauser/USATSI)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots in the second half at Madison Square Garden. (William Hauser/USATSI)

The Knicks travel to face the 76ers on the road for a 7 p.m. game on Friday.

According to STATS:

  • The Knicks defeated the 76ers 99-87 at Madison Square Garden on December 2. Overall, New York has won six of the last seven games in this series, although the one 76ers' victory in that stretch came the last time the teams played in Philadelphia (March 20, 2015).
  • With its 107-102 victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday, New York improved to 8-2 in 2015-16 when scoring 100+ points. They were just 10-6 last season when scoring 100 or more points.
  • Philadelphia has three players (Isaiah Canaan, Hollis Thompson & Robert Covington) with 40+ three-pointers this season. That is tied for the most players in the NBA.
  • Kristaps Porzingis tied his career high when he had seven blocked shots in Wednesday's win over the Timberwolves; Porzingis also had seven blocks against the Rockets on November 21. The last time any rookie had at least three games in a season with 7+ blocks was in 1997-98 (Tim Duncan, 5 & Kelvin Cato, 3).
  • Arron Afflalo had 29 points against the Timberwolves on Wednesday. It was just his second 20+ point game of the season after recording 12 such performances last season.
  • Jahlil Okafor had 19 points in Wednesday's loss to the Hawks, snapping his streak of four consecutive 20+ point contests. On the season, Okafor has 11 games with 20+ points; that is nearly as many as all the other rookies have combined for (15).
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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) has his shot blocked by New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) has his shot blocked by New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

In a battle of rookie sensations, the Timberwolves seemed to have Kristaps Porzingis' number on the offensive end. The Knicks took an early and comfortable lead in the first half, clearly looking like a superior team. But as Karl-Anthony Towns began to heat up to start the third quarter, a twenty-point lead dwindled down to single digits, and Minnesota began to put the pressure on.

But luckily for Porzingis, this game was undeniably about a group effort, as a plethora of his teammates came to play in different ways. As Carmelo Anthony struggled to get high-percentagte looks, he crashed the boards with abandon and fought for opportunities, be it for himself or his teammates. The star missed a triple-double by one assist. What's more, Arron Afflalo had himself a dominant night on the offensive end, confidently hitting shots from deep, cashing in on his bread and butter buckets from the corners, and effectively attacking the basket to get to the line. Pouring in a game-high 29 points, he did it all.

And then there was Porzingis, who while struggling from the field, led one of the most spirited defensive efforts from New York all season long. He made his presence felt in another way. Towns' struggles early on and the opponent's inability to find an offensive rhythm was largely in part due to Porzingis, who was all over the place pestering players underneath the basket. His seven blocks tied his own Knicks' rookie record.

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Minnesota Timberwolves, Sasha Vujacic, Keith Schlosser
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Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) celebrates (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) celebrates (Brace Hemmelgarn)

The Knicks welcome the Timberwolves to New York for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday.

According to STATS...

  • Minnesota won each of the two meetings between these clubs in 2014-15, sweeping the season series from New York for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign. The Timberwolves have won each of their last two road games against the Knicks, last losing to them there back on December 23, 2012.
  • The Timberwolves have dropped three straight and seven of their last eight games, including a 112-100 loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday. Minnesota is 0-3 in the second of back-to-back games this season.
  • The Knicks saw their four game losing streak come to an end with a 112-110 victory over the Trail Blazers on Saturday. New York has lost four of its last five meetings against Western Conference opponents.
  • Carmelo Anthony scored a season high-tying 37 points against Portland on Saturday after reaching the 20-point plateau just twice in his previous seven contests. Anthony has scored at least 20 points in each of his last seven meetings with Minnesota.
  • Kristaps Porzingis was held scoreless against Portland on Saturday for the first time in his NBA career, the second time in his last three games that he has failed to reach five points. However, Porzingis has scored at least 17 points in each of his last four home games, averaging 21.0 points per game in that span.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 18.5 points and shooting 61.3 percent from the field over his last six games after averaging 8.4 points on 45.2 percent shooting in his previous five contests. Towns has had at least one blocked shot in 15 consecutive games -- the longest active streak in the NBA.
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

(AP) -- While Karl-Anthony Towns has broken through what may have been an early rookie wall, struggling Kristaps Porzingis insists he isn't sure what that means.

In a matchup pitting two of the top four picks in this year's draft, Towns will try to help the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves avoid their eighth loss in nine games Wednesday night against Porzingis and the New York Knicks.

After he was selected first overall in the June draft, Towns - a New Jersey native - watched as Knicks fans booed the selection of Porzingis three picks later.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning carries the game ball as he exits the field after a win over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Robert Duyos/USATSI)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning carries the game ball as he exits the field after a win over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Robert Duyos/USATSI)

The Giants-Vikings matchup in Week 16 will be flexed to Sunday Night Football after New York beat the Dolphins on Monday.

Instead of playing at 1 p.m. as originally scheduled, the NFL will move the game to 8:30 p.m. for Sunday Night Football, replacing the Steelers-Ravens matchup.

The Giants have already played five games in the primetime slot: Week 1 against the Cowboys, Week 3 against the Redskins, Week 5 against the 49ers, Week 6 against the Eagles and Week 14 against the Dolphins.

New York's Week 17 matchup against the Eagles cannot be flexed into a primetime slot because the Eagles will have already played the maximum number of primetime games this season (seven) including their Week 15 matchup against the Cardinals (Sunday Night Football) and Week 16 game against the Redskins (Saturday Night Football).

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