NFL Playoffs

The NFC Divisional Playoffs are half done after the Seattle Seahawks downed a game New Orleans Saints club yesterday in Seattle. They will host the winner of today's contest.

San Francisco 49ers (13-4) at Carolina Panthers (12-4) (Sunday, FOX, 1:05 PM ET)

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?We won?t have too much trouble scoring touchdowns against one of the worst defenses in the league,? the Giants? offense must have thought to itself, heading into Sunday?s contest.

Unfortunately that wasn?t the case, as settling for field goals on two early trips into the red zone ultimately sealed Big Blue?s fate in a 24-21 loss to the Cowboys.

Sure, the weather was a factor in this one, but Tony Romo didn?t look like he had too much trouble throwing the ball on that final drive. It?s no excuse.

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From Monday's programming....

The Daily News Live crew talks about the Giants' four-game winning streak and discuss New York's chances of winning the NFC East.


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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not! Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?has you covered every?Monday?morning with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.Evaluating the AFC playoff picture through only 10 weeks is akin to watching an 87-year-old put together a puzzle without his glasses. It looks a little jumbled, there?s definitely some pieces missing and it?ll probably be a while before the picture looks coherent.

For all their dominance, the Broncos are buoyed by a 38-year-old quarterback with failing legs. Their chief rival for the No. 1 seed, undefeated Kansas City, is not nearly as imposing as their record, despite a No. 1 scoring defense and Jamaal Charles? MVP campaign. The Patriots, when healthy, look like the AFC?s best team, but they won?t be 100 percent any time this season. Meanwhile, the Colts were just worked in their own building by a Brian Schottenheimer and Kellen Clemens-led offense and the Bengals continue to ebb and flow on Andy Dalton?s schizophrenic arm (and head).

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According to the NFL, in every season since 1987, at least one team with a .500 or worse record through eight games has advanced to the postseason. Last year, three such teams ? Cincinnati (3-5), Washington (3-5) and Seattle (4-4) ? accomplished the feat.

Over the past five seasons, 12 teams started 4-4 or worse and rebounded to qualify for the playoffs. Six of those teams, including the 2012 Seattle Seahawks, won at least one playoff game.

The teams in the past five seasons (2008-2012) that started the season at .500 or below through eight games and earned a playoff berth:

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Anything can happen in the NFL. We?ve seen countless teams ? like the 2012 Giants ? underachieve and miss the playoffs, while we?ve seen teams with low expectations rise to challenge.

There might be a minor tweak here or there, but it appears the Giants? 2013 roster is pretty much set. Technically, Victor Cruz is still on the roster, regardless of if the team can work out a long-term extension. He is still free to sign an offer sheet with another team as an unrestricted free agent until April 19.

But other than that situation, here?s what the Giants? roster should look like (bold denotes starter). Naturally, this is subject to change, especially the starters, but it gives us an idea of where Big Blue stands heading into the draft.

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The WheelHouse discusses some hit or miss NFL Playoff topics like whether the Ravens' postseason run is better than the 2007 Giants' run.


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From Jon Wagner / SNYGiants columnist

One decade after being a rookie a kicker right in the middle of perhaps the most excruciating defeat in New York Giants history, kicker Matt Bryant was handed a fortunate reprieve on Sunday afternoon and became an instant hero.

Bryant responded by saving the Atlanta Falcons from being ridiculed as the worst chokers in recent NFL playoff history.?

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FOXSports.com's J.J. Stokes, Curtis Conway, and Jill Arrington recap the NFC Divisional Playoff matchups.

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Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens head to Foxborough to take on the Patriots in a rematch of last year's AFC Championship. Will Lewis and company get their revenge? James Brown and the guys from The NFL Today preview this intriguing matchup.

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Three of the four participants in last year's NFL Conference Championships have made their way back to the big games. Baltimore, New England and San Francisco are all in.

The team that isn't all-in this year? Yup, it's the Giants.

The Atlanta Falcons will host the 49ers next Sunday at 3:00pm on FOX. The Ravens will travel up to Foxborough for a rematch with the Pats at 6:30pm on CBS.

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Seattle and Atlanta meet for the first time in the postseason. The clubs have met 13 times in regular season. Seattle is 8-5 in those meetings. Atlanta has won past 3 & has scored 30+ in all 3.

TV: FOX (Sunday 1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin & Chris Myers (field reporters)

The NFL on FOX crew previews the NFC playoff game between the Seahawks and Falcons.

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Last year, the San Francisco 49ers' offense was a lunchpail unit that plodded and pounded their way up and down the field. This season, they just might be the most dangerous and explosive offense in the NFL Playoffs.

In last night's 45-31 throttling of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional round at Candlestick Park, second-year QB Colin Kaepernick led a diverse, well-oiled offense with speed and accuracy - a far cry from the station-to-station crew that made it to the NFC Championship Game last year behind QB Alex Smith.

Smith suffered a concussion in Week 10, opening the door for Kaepernick and San Francisco has become a fun team to watch ever since. Initially, Smith was slated to resume his starting role once he recovered, but head coach Jim Harbaugh liked what he saw from Kaepernick and sent overtures that he would be going with "the hot hand".

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The Niners and Packers meet for 6th time in postseason; GB is 4-1 in previous 5 playoff meetings. SF defeated GB 30-22 on Kickoff Weekend. Packers lead all-time series (incl. playoffs) 34-27-1.

TV: FOX (Saturday 5:00 PM PT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver & Erin Andrews (field reporters)

FOX Sports' Curtis Conway joins Jill Arrington to preview this weekend's Packers-49ers matchup.

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It's down to four teams in the NFC: Atlanta, San Francisco, Green Bay and Seattle. No NFC East team in the final four this year. The Giants have played three of the four finalists this season, They trounced Green Bay and San Francisco and were on the opposite side of a beating in Atlanta. They did not play the Seahawks this season. They will face them and Green Bay next season. Here is a snapshot of the NFC Divisional Playoffs:

On Saturday, the Green Bay Packers (12-5), who won the NFC North, will travel to face the NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1). On Sunday, January 13, the NFC?s top seed, the Atlanta Falcons (13-3), will welcome the Seattle Seahawks (12-5) to the Georgia Dome.

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Good morning. The first Monday in many months we come to you with very little Giants-related news. A little depressing, I know.....

**The Giants announced over the weekend they were no longer going to hold training camp at the University of Albany. Camp will be held at the Timex Performance Center beginning this summer. We like this move. I had said last summer that the Albany trip was becoming inconvenient for everyone: players, coaches, the team and the media. The fans were the only ones who benefited. It no longer made sense from financial and logistics perspectives to uproot the entire infrastructure for 14 practice sessions.?

**Marc Ross, the team's director of college scouting, will interview for the Jets' GM vacancy today and for the same position with the Panthers tomorrow. In both cases, Ross would be inheriting the prior regime's head coach: Rex Ryan with the Jets and Ron Rivera in Carolina. Both owho ners have stated the coaches would be back in 2013.

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

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

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

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

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

Week 17 Record: 2-2

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The NFL goes on, even of the Giants do not. The playoffs kickoff this Saturday with the WildCard round. In the AFC, Cincinnati is at Houston and Minnesota plays the Packers for the second week in a row, this time at Lambeau.

On Sunday, the Colts go back to Baltimore while the Seahawks travel to Washington. Atlanta, San Francisco, New England and Denver drew first round byes.

CINCINNATI BENGALS (10-6) at HOUSTON TEXANS (12-4) (Saturday, NBC, 4:30 PM ET)

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It?s the final push for NFL teams as the regular season ends on Sunday, December 30. All 16 games are division contests.?And with one week to go, there are still?15 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl XLVII?in New Orleans.?

In the AFC, all six postseason spots have been clinched. But teams are still battling for playoff position. The four division winners are the Houston Texans (AFC South), Denver Broncos (AFC West), New England Patriots (AFC East) and Baltimore Ravens (AFC North). The Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals have locked up the Wild Card berths.

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Let's make this as easy as possible. First, don't get your hopes up. Second, get ready to do some scoreboard watching.

If Seattle wins tonight, they are still alive for the division and can win it next week. The 49ers will get at least a wildcard. The other will be either Minnesota, Chicago, Washington or the Giants.

If Seattle loses, the Niners win the West and they will be part of the wild mix that will be sorted out next Sunday.

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Fourth Quarter

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

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

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Going into today, the Giants could have clinched a playoff spot with a win and losses by Chicago, Minnesota, Dallas and Washington. A Redskins tie also would have sufficed.

Some of that happened....

Minnesota (9-6) defeated Houston, 23-6. Washington (9-6) got by Philly, 27-20. Dallas (8-7) lost in OT to New Orleans and Chicago (8-6) plays Arizona in the late game.

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The Giants are 8-6 and find themselves in a very familiar position: fighting for the playoffs in Week 16 for the eighth consecutive season. If you're a fan, you can't really complain. Unless you're spoiled, of course. Here's how they've fared over the years.....

The Tom Coughlin era began in 2004 with a 6-10 finish. They were 5-4 with Kurt Warner at QB when Coughlin decided to make a switch to the rookie, Eli Manning. The Giants lost six in row before winning the finale against the Cowboys. It is the last sub .500 season the Giants have put their fans through.

The next season, the Giants were 10-4 after fourteen games and went on to win the NFC East with an 11-5 record. They lost 23-0 to the Panthers in the divisional round, the only time the team had been shut out under Coughlin until last week.

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Below are the Giants' playoff scenarios for Week 16 as per the NFL. The bottom line here is...they almost HAVE to win in Baltimore on Sunday. If they don't, they are going to need some major help (and perhaps some divine intervention) to qualify for the postseason.....

*The Giants clinch a playoff spot this weekend if.... they win in Baltimore and the Redskins lose or tie and the Cowboys, Vikings and Bears all lose.?They can also clinch a berth if they win in Baltimore and the Redskins, Vikings and Bears all lose and the Saints tie.

*The Giants are eliminated from the NFC East title race if?....they lose in Baltimore and the Redskins and/or the Cowboys both win or tie...or they lose in Baltimore and the Cowboys win or tie ....or they tie in Baltimore and the Redskins win and the Cowboys win or tie....or they tie in Baltimore and the Redskins tie and the Cowboys win.

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Former Giants OL Lomas Brown goes over the possibilities for each team and makes his selections for the NFC playoff picture.

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

Bus malfunction doesn't effect Giants' final practice

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If you?re guessing that there are a lot more surprise entries appearing in NFL conference title games lately, you?re right.

Ever since the Pittsburgh Steelers became the first six seed to win a Super Bowl six years ago, it?s become a lot more commonplace to see lower seeds reaching conference championship games in both conferences.

And, New York (of course, having the advantage of having two teams) seems to know how to shock the football world better than anyone.

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Giants-Niners Continue Tradition-Rich History Tonight

It?s been nine years since the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers last played each other in a contest that even approached the magnitude of the game they are about to play on Sunday in San Francisco, when the two adversaries will clash for the right to play in Super Bowl XLVI.

But, especially for a pair of non-divisional rivals on opposite coasts, the Giants-49ers rivalry has been a good one, mostly created through some very memorable postseason games that stretch back three decades, to 1981.

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If you're planning on taking aim at the Super Bowl, you better get yourself a battle cry or a motto or a slogan to take along with you. That's what the Giants have done with their "All In" campaign.

The origin of the motto is taken from a speech given by a local minister to some of the players the Friday before the regular season game against the Jets. Gian-Paul Gonzalez, who runs a ministry in Union City, handed out poker chips and told the group, "Sometimes we?ve got to step up and be all in. You have to be willing to say, ?I?m going to be all in and risk everything and bet everything.? ? (Read George Willis' article)

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Here is the Friday injury/practice report for the Giants and the 49ers, who will meet Sunday in the NFC Championship Game...


Injuries...Questionable: TE Jake Ballard (knee) Probable: C David Baas (illness), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), LB Mark Herzlich (ankle), QB Eli Manning (illness), WR Hakeem Nicks (ankle), DE Justin Tuck (shoulder), DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle, knee), CB Corey Webster (hamstring)

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From Jon Wagner......

With the possibility of heavy rains forecast for Sunday?s NFC championship game in San Francisco, the prevailing assumption is that the run-first San Francisco 49ers would have a distinct advantage over the pass-first New York Giants.

However, looking deeper, that might not necessarily be the case.

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The Giants will go through one more day of workouts here before they head out to San Francisco to face the 49ers for the NFC Championship on Sunday.

Here is what you need to know....

Eli Manning returned to action yesterday after leaving practice early Wednesday with a stomach virus. He practiced with the first team and looked as if he never left. He says he is "100%" and ready for Sunday.

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Tom Coughlin calm? Believe it. The Giants' head coach has always been intense when it comes to his work - tightly wound and forever preparing. This year, he has appeared a bit more reclined, but that may just be a facade. Inside, the fire still burns hot. Today, after practice, Coughlin was asked how he keeps his calm demeanor:

"I have never had that said about me before and if that is a complement, I am excited. You have to work on that because it has not always been like that for me. I have had a lot years where whatever happens comes a spontaneous response. Over the years, you learn to control that just to the point where you pick a spot where you need to interject what you want the player to understand. It is just experience probably..."

Here are some other highlights from the coach's Thursday presser....

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Giants' practice became a little eerie on Wednesday. Instead of firing on all pins in preparation for their upcoming NFC title tilt vs the 49ers, the Giants found themselves suddenly without the services of QB Eli Manning. He left practice with "flu-like" symptoms and will attempt to return to practice today. Read More

The Giants are also concerned with the weather conditions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Heavy rain is in the forecast for the next five days. Candlestick Park is one of the league's oldest venues and contains natural grass. Inclement weather turns the surface into a quagmire, making it tougher for passing offenses to play at 100%. In case you haven't been paying attention, the Giants are a passing offense.

From Geico SportsNite:

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Giants LB Michael Boley had a monster game this past Sunday vs the Packers (8 tackles, 2 sacks) looks forward to playing the 49ers for the NFC Championship. Boley left the first meeting in San Francisco with a hamstring injury, leaving the Giants to play rookies Spencer Paysinger and Greg Jones, who blew assignments that Boley would normally cover....

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The Giants' leading tackler the past two seasons - CB Terrell Thomas - has become somewhat of a forgotten figure in this latest Giants' Super Bowl frenzy...

Thomas tore his ACL in the preseason game vs Chicago and the Giants have been scrambling to cover receivers ever since. Only as of late has the secondary started to rebound.

Thomas has stayed low-key all year, doing most of his rehab away from the Giants and TIMEX to avoid being a 'distraction'. He recently rejoined the team for the stretch run....as a spectator...

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The folks at The Weather Channel are calling for rain in the San Francisco Bay Area from Thursday through Monday. The chance of rain is 60-70% during that time with temperatures in the mid-50's. In other words, a typical SF forecast for this time of year.

The precipitation will undoubtedly turn the natural surface of Candlestick Park into a bog that will surely slow down the Giants' vertical passing game. Not ideal conditions if I say so myself.?Wet weather and mud will favor the Niners, who specialize in trench warfare.

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The NFL's Final Four consists of teams that are more balanced than let's say, Green Bay, New Orleans and Denver. The 49ers and Ravens have been more solid on defense than the Giants and the Patriots this season, but have upped their games this past month.

The questions all week will be if the Giants can win a slugfest against the 49ers or can the Niners run with the Giants.

The Giants are the equivalent of the Saints on offense in the outdoors and are playing championship defense.

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- The Giants are better when Tom Coughlin is on the hot seat!

Tom Coughlin is 65 years old and he is set in his ways. With that said he seems to let his guard down and loosen up with his team when he is backed into a corner. The team always senses this and plays to save his job.

- You can never have too many defensive lineman.

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We have a lot of ground to cover. You won't have to move. We will provide the best in New York Giants' news, opinion and entertainment.

The Giants topped the Packers in the NFC Divisional round last night and are flying high going into the NFC Championship Game. They are on course to become the first 9-win team to win the Super Bowl since the league expanded its schedule to 16 games.

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from Andy Furman of Ultimate NYG....

The NY Giants are going to California!? The Road Warriors soundly defeated the Packers and overcame some of the worst and disgusting officiating in recent memory.? Tremendous win!? How many people would have forecast that Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees would be gone from the playoffs?!? It's the Giants vs SF for a ticket to Indianapolis.

Normally one of the things that we preach when you go on the road is the need for TDs, not FGs.? But in the first drive, the Giants got a FG and it was G-R-E-A-T!? We tweeted at the time:

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A 7-7 start while the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers were soaring to the NFC?s top seed with just a single loss? The New York Giants had the NFL?s best team right where they wanted them.

Going from late-season mediocrity to surprisingly appearing in championship games is becoming a habit for the Giants. Four years after taking down the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, fourth-seeded New York (11-7) stormed into historic Lambeau Field and left with an impressive 37-20 victory over Green Bay (15-2) to earn a trip to next week?s NFC title game in San Francisco.

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