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Each week, I will be taking a look at the Giants? media notes to pull out some interesting facts about the upcoming opponent.

The Giants look to rebound from their poor start this Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Kansas City against the Chiefs.

The Giants are 10-2 in 12 regular season meetings against Kansas City. But after their 2-14 campaign last year, the Chiefs have sprinted out of the gate this season to a 3-0 start, led by familiar foe Andy Reid.

Tags: Andy Reid, Chiefs, giants, kc chiefs, media, media notes, New York Giants, NFL, NY Giants, playoffs, Tom Coughlin
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While the Giants are in the midst of OTAs, those who make the rules are pondering potential changes to the NFL schedule and playoffs.

Though nothing is imminent, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told ESPN at the spring owners meeting in Boston that both issues are currently being discussed.

Two games would be shaved off the preseason, and the regular season would become 18 games. The specifics about extended playoffs were not mentioned.

Tags: 18 games, ESPN, expanded schedule, football, New York Giants, NFL, NY Giants, playoffs, Roger Goodell
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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.

Tags: giants, Giants Depth Chart, New York Giants, NFL, playoffs, Editorial Aside, Victor Cruz
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This Sunday?s games will decide who will fight for the chance to replace the Giants as Super Bowl champions.

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

Divisional Round Record: 2-2

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, 49ers, AFC, championship round, Falcons, NFC, NFL, patriots, playoffs, Editorial Aside, ravens, Super Bowl
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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

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, colts, NFL, playoffs, Editorial Aside, seahawks, texans, vikings, wild card round
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Halfway through the 2012 season, the New York Football Giants were 6-2 and held a 2.5-game lead in the NFC East.

Even with the tough upcoming schedule, that lead appeared to be safe, with both the Cowboys and Redskins struggling and Eagles already out of contention.

But at the same time the Giants hit a cold spell before their bye week, the Redskins proceeded to get hot, and the rest is history.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw, Eli Manning, giants, Hakeem Nicks, missed playoffs, NFC East, NY Giants, playoffs, Editorial Aside, redskins
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Fourth Quarter

-? The Bradshaw/Hynoski combination is still working well and the Giants may use the running game to finish off the Eagles.

- At this point more Giants fans are watching the Lions/Bears game than are watching this game. The Giants may not get the lucky breaks they were afforded last season. The late season lull that they have been accustomed to having has to change if they want to add more Super Bowls during this Eli era.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Coverage, game, giants, Live, manning, Must win, New York, NFC East, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, playoffs, QB, Updates, Vick, week 17
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Heading into Week 17, the Giants are technically still alive in the playoff race. However, it?s going to take a miracle and plenty of help for Big Blue to reach the postseason.

Eli Manning is aware of what his team must do to keep hope alive. It starts with winning at home against arguably the worst team in the NFC: the Philadelphia Eagles.

?I knew there was going to be a chance,? Manning said. ?I?m obviously disappointed that this is what we have to rely on now, but that?s the position we?re in now. If anything, you want to try to play, if the season is going to end, you want to try to end it on the highest note possible. At least go out there and play better football than we have over the last two weeks.?

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, eagles, Eli Manning, football, giants, NFL, NY Giants, playoffs, Editorial Aside
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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.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, AFC, Baltimore, Baltimore Ravens, Dvision, Eli Manning, giants, New York, NFC, NFC East, NFL, playoffs, ravens, ray lewis, ray rice, week 16
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NFL players and coaches are famous for using the line ?one game at a time? when asked questions about later on in a season.

However, that phrase is totally applicable to the Giants? situation: They need to worry about one game at a time.

Big Blue needs to beat the Ravens on the road for the Week 17 matchup at home against the Eagles to even mean anything. Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning are certainly aware of this.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, big blus, Eli Manning, NFC, NY Giants, one game at a time, playoffs, Editorial Aside, ravens, Tom Coughlin
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Since the NFL season is only 16 games long, back-to-back losses can really stunt a team?s progress, especially if that team is in the heat of a playoff race.

The Giants are currently the ninth seed in the NFC based on complicated tiebreakers, and Big Blue needs a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive.

In the 2012 season, the Giants have shown they can battle back the week following a loss. The team is 4-1 this year in games following a loss the previous week.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, bounce back, giants, NFC Playoff Picture, NFL, NY Giants, playoffs, Editorial Aside, wins after losses
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Two of the NFL?s top quarterbacks will square off Sunday in Atlanta: Eli Manning and Matt Ryan. Both players addressed the media in anticipation of the game.

Manning acknowledged that the Falcons are a tough team to beat at home, having won 10 straight in their own building.

?I think it just starts with just they?re a good team and so they do a good job of making plays and being sharp,? Manning said. ?Their offense seems like it does a lot of changing plays and getting into the right calls based on the defense and of course anytime they can be loud and show you different looks on the defensive side and make it difficult for the quarterback to change protection and those types of things puts them in any advantage.?

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, 24-2 giants falcons, ATLANTA FALCONS, Eli Manning, Giants-Falcons, manning, Matt Ryan, matty ice, NY Giants, playoffs, Editorial Aside
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Though it was nearly a year ago, the memories of a 24-2 drubbing at the hands of the Giants in the NFC wild card playoff are still fresh in Falcons players? minds.

The whole focus heading into that game was how on earth would the Giants stop Matt Ryan and the potent Atlanta offense featuring Roddy White, Julio Jones, Michael Turner and Tony Gonzalez.

Not only was this offense held scoreless (only points were a safety), but the Giants also torched the Falcons? defense en route to the big win.

Tags: 2011 playoffs, 2012 New York Giants, 24-2 giants falcons, Atlanta, big blus, Falcons, giants falcons playoffs, NY Giants, playoffs, Editorial Aside, wild card playoffs
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Coming off the bye, the Giants are hopefully well-rested and ready to regain their status as an elite team in the NFC.

Of course, their success will be reliant on their offense getting back on track. It?s been a struggle for the team to muster a consistent offensive attack and turnovers have been a problem as well. The bye week came just at the right time for this team to regroup.

?You don?t get almost a week off very often with this job and during the season, but it was nice to get away but I think everybody was kind of itching to get back and getting back to work,? Eli Manning said. ?We?re excited about where we stand right now, excited about this final stretch of the season and it should be fun.?

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Eli Manning, Giants Offense, Hakeem Nicks, NFC East, nicks healthy, NY Giants, offense, playoffs, Editorial Aside, Victor Cruz
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The Falcons suffered their first loss of the season, while the Bears and Giants both lost and 49ers tied.

1.??? Atlanta Falcons 8-1 (Last week, 1): The Falcons won?t be finishing this season undefeated, but they remain in the top spot. Again, this is just a formality at this point, as Atlanta will have to show it can win in the playoffs.

2.?? Chicago Bears 7-2 (Last week, 2): Holding the Houston Texans to just 13 points was an accomplishment for the Bears? defense, but the injury to Jay Cutler stunted any sort of offensive attack. But defense wins games in this league, keeping the Bears at No. 2.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, 49ers, bears, Falcons, giants, NFC, NFC Rankings, playoffs, Editorial Aside, power rankings
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Doesn?t it seem like every season the Giants get off to a fast start?

This year, Big Blue sits at 6-2 and in first place in the NFC East. Interesting, since after nine weeks last season, the Giants were 6-2 as well. And the year before you may ask? That?s right, 6-2.

However, four straight losses to tough teams evened the Giants? record and forced the G-Men into a must-win situation every game down the stretch.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Eli, Eli Manning, giants, NY Giants, playoffs, Editorial Aside, second half swoon, Super Bowl, Tom Coughlin
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Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Talk released his "All-Postseason Team," and six Giants players made the cut.?Elsayed and PFF do a great job, and I recommend reading the article and checking out his playoff grades for each player here. Hard to argue with any of his choices (he even gives a well-deserved honorable mention to Henry Hynoski).

Eli Manning:?

The Super Bowl MVP was arguably the best player in the league once the regular season ended. Completing 65% of his passes, Manning threw the one interception compared to nine touchdowns and was immense under?pressure. People laughed when Eli said he saw himself in the same bracket as the top QBs in the league, and now they can only humbly admit they were wrong. You can?t spell elite without Eli.
Hakeem Nicks:
Nicks had 148 more receiving yards than any other receiver in the postseason to go with his league-leading four touchdowns. He was an obvious choice as he got hot at the right time.
Justin Tuck:
It was tough to leave out Jason Pierre-Paul who was phenomenal throughout, but it was the consistent work of Justin Tuck rushing the passer that really caught our eye from the Giants? defensive end rotation.
Linval Joseph:
What is it about Giants defensive linemen stepping up during a Super Bowl run? Joseph was inconsistent at best during the regular season, but caused all sorts of pressure rushing the passer, and made some key plays in the run game.
Chase Blackburn:
The Giants? Blackburn was far from perfect, but made some critical plays at key moments that can?t be overlooked.
Steve Weatherford:
Was super in the Super Bowl and throughout the playoffs, earning the highest postseason grade we?ve ever given out for a punter.
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Pack your bags! The Giants are headed to San Francisco to take on the 49ers in the NFC Championship game!

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

In game thoughts:

Tags: Giants Gameday, New York Giants, packers, playoffs
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In-game thoughts:

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

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

Tags: Falcons, Giants Gameday, New York Giants, playoffs
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In game thoughts:

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

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

Tags: Falcons, Giants Gameday, New York Giants, playoffs
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- Midway through the Packers - Falcons game, my friend asked me if, after Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers was the best QB in the playoffs.? I thought he meant in the entire NFL.? The answer to both is yes.

- I picked the Patriots, but I am not too surprised the Jets won.? Some Giants fans don't like to admit it, but the Jets are loaded with talent, and last night, the game's best coach was beat out by superior talent.

- Patrick Chung's decision (he has the green light from Belichick) to run a fake punt was a costly mistake, and may have been the turning point in the game.? That said, it was the only creative play in an overly boring gameplan. I understand that the Patriots usually beat teams with great execution on short passes, but it seemed like Belichick was unable or too stubborn to adjust to what the Jets were doing. They also ran way too much clock in the fourth quarter by continually running the ball.

Tags: bears, Falcons, Jets, New York Giants, packers, pats, playoffs, ravens, seahawks, Steelers
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There are no redeeming factors for this Eagles team. They are the villains, case closed. They only lose when you have to root for them. Did they lose on purpose to screw the Giants? I highly doubt it, but if any city would relish the opportunity to screw New York, it's Philadelphia (I refuse to call it "Philly" because nicknames are for friends, and Philadelphia is no friend of mine).

With the Eagles' loss to the punchless Vikings, the Bears are left with nothing to play for (they can technically clinch the #1 seed, but they'd need the Falcons to lose to the Panthers...not happening). The Bears will now rest players in week 17, and the Packers will cruise into the playoffs.

Sorry folks, it's all over but the crying.

Tags: bears, eagles, giants, New York Giants, packers, playoffs, vikings, villains
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