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Vacchiano on Wilkerson, Petty 00:02:44
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano provides the latest on quarterback Bryce Petty and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.

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Bryce Petty has already been named the Jets starting quarterback for their game against the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.

Pencil him in for the start in the Jets' finale on New Year's Eve in New England, too.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

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Bryce Petty has now had five chances over the last 13 months to prove he can be the Jets' Quarterback of the Future.

He hasn't. And he's not.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Elijah McGuire, Josh McCown, New Orleans Saints, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Jets 00:03:08
The Football Night in New York crew break down the Jets ugly 23-0 loss to the Broncos in Denver on Sunday.

After Jets quarterback Josh McCown suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, second-string quarterback Bryce Petty said he feels "ready" to step up for New York's Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

"I am going to give my heart and soul and prepare for this week for New Orleans," Petty said, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. "Whatever happens in the future, happens, but all I can do is worry about things I can control. Whether Josh plays, or whether he doesn't, I am going to go in there prepared and ready to lead this team."

Given McCown's injury is on his non-throwing hand, it is unclear if he will play during the team's final three games of the season. Head coach Todd Bowles said McCown will undergo further tests this week to evaluate his status for the rest of the season.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Denver Broncos, Josh McCown, New Orleans Saints
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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

After Jets quarterback Josh McCown suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, second-string quarterback Bryce Petty said he feels "ready" to step up for New York's Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

"I am going to give my heart and soul and prepare for this week for New Orleans," Petty said, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. "Whatever happens in the future, happens, but all I can do is worry about things I can control. Whether Josh plays, or whether he doesn't, I am going to go in there prepared and ready to lead this team."

Given McCown's injury is on his non-throwing hand, it is unclear if he will play during the team's final three games of the season. Head coach Todd Bowles said McCown will undergo further tests this week to evaluate his status for the rest of the season.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Denver Broncos, Josh McCown, New Orleans Saints
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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.

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Can Giants win a playoff game? 00:02:53
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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Brad Wing (9) was the holder on Josh Brown's winning field goal in Sunday's game. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports) (Robert Deutsch)
Brad Wing (9) was the holder on Josh Brown's winning field goal in Sunday's game. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports) (Robert Deutsch)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Down on the field at MetLife Stadium, it sounded like there were nothing but cheers as Josh Brown's game-winning, 23-yard field goal sailed through the uprights as time expired. Everything felt back to normal for him.

He was a football hero, once again.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Josh Brown, Marshall Newhouse, New Orleans Saints, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Head coach Tom Coughlin (left) and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (Robert Deutsch/USATSI)
Head coach Tom Coughlin (left) and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (Robert Deutsch/USATSI)

With a disappointing 6-9 record and Tom Coughlin on the hot seat, the New York Giants could likely be seeking a new head coach after this season and the search will be conducted with a short list of candidates in mind. The favorites are their two coordinators, Ben McAdoo and Steve Spagnuolo, and current New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Payton is still under contract for another season, but may not be extended after this year and released. The Giants would certainly be interested should that happen. McAdoo was brought in last season, according to some, to be Coughlin's heir apparent. But after two seasons, many have begin to think that may not have the leadership and mettle to be a head coach.

CBSSports.com's Jason LaCanfora writes that the Saints will be reshuffling their front office this offseason and may let Payton walk. LaCanfora points out the Giants, San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts as possible landing spots for Payton.

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With just one game left, the NFC playoff picture isn't written in ink. Two games will decide division titles in both the NFC East and the NFC North, while somehow the New Orleans Saints are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs altogether if the Arizona Cardinals are able to sneak in.

Here is a look at where the NFC stands as of right now...

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Week 16 was the complete microcosm of my season of picking. Let?s look at the games one-by-one.

I went with the Saints on the road over the Panthers, and until the last drive, I was sitting pretty. But of course, Cam Newton hits former Giant Domenik Hixon for a touchdown, which allows Carolina to cover the spread.

Then I take a gamble and bet against the Seahawks at home with the Cardinals. I was really just expecting the Cards to cover the 10.5-point spread, and not only did they do that, but they wound up winning the game. Go figure.

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The NFC is a little easier to understand when it comes to clinching scenarios, but more teams are involved in the process, especially the NFC North where the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears all still have a chance at the title.

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Another .500 week with wins from the Seahawks and Chiefs and losses from the Patriots and Bengals.

I will keep the theme of picking meaningful games this week.

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!

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Just three weeks left of the NFL season and the playoff picture in the NFC is still very much in flux. Both the Seahawks and the Panthers suffered losses this past week, but which hurts more than the other? In a battle in the blizzard, the Eagles were able to secure a huge win against the Lions, and coupled with a Cowboys loss, Philly is in the driver seat in the NFC East. Speaking of the NFC East, the Giants and the Redskins embarrassed themselves over this past week with blowout losses, while the cross-country Niners are inching closer to becoming the best of the best in the conference. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 14...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(11-2):?Say what you want about the Seahawks. Yes, they lost to the Niners this past week. Yes, they are still at the top of my list in the NFC. Yes, they are still the BEST team in the NFC right now, and if Seattle can clinch home-field advantage this weekend, the odds of them booking a flight to New Jersey for the Super Bowl are very high. If not for a busted defensive play that setup the Niners in FG range late in the game, Seattle might be singing a different tune, but nonetheless they are still the team to beat in the NFC. Believe me, the Seahawks will?learn from this road loss and?only get better, because that is the type of team that they are.?Ranking last week: 1

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I finished 2-2 last week to remain still a paltry 10 games under .500

I won with the Colts and Bengals. The Patriots won but did not cover, and I was a Giants? touchdown away from covering the over on total points from that game.

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!

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(11-1):?It didn't take long for the Seahawks as they proved once again, that home-field advantage could be the deciding factor this year in the playoffs, and luckily for them, it looks like the NFC Playoffs will go through Seattle. The Seahawks had their foot on the gas pedal from kickoff and jumped out to an early lead at the end of the first quarter 17-0. While their offense was impressive, the defense has to be commended for holding future Hall of Famer Drew Brees to just 147 yards through the air, a number that just doesn't look right next to Brees' name as he usually racks up 300+ yards a game. Russell Wilson & Co. didn't look back and routed the Saints by a final score of 34-7. If Peyton Manning wasn't having the year he is, Wilson would have to be considered for MVP. Face the facts, the Seahawks are easily the best in the NFC. Ranking last week: 1

2. Carolina Panthers (9-3): Praying for a Saints loss, the Panthers got their wish, setting up a matchup against New Orleans with first place in the NFC South on the line. Carolina won their eighth straight game against the Buccaneers, and their defense shined, holding Tampa Bay to just two FG's. Cam Newton had another mediocre game, throwing two touchdowns accompanied by two interceptions, but it didn't matter in the end. Maybe his mind was still on Auburn shocking Alabama just a day earlier, who knows. But the Panthers are on a roll, and when teams end the season hot, it can only bode well for them. Will the Panthers defense eat up the Saints like the Seahawks did? My money is on Carolina. Ranking last week: 3

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(10-1):?An idle week for the Seahawks as they prep for one of the biggest games of the season against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. These two teams have been #1 or #2 for a majority of the season so this could be a preview of the NFC Championship matchup in a couple of months that a lot of people are hoping for. Grab your popcorn everybody. Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (9-2):?A matchup against the Atlanta Falcons that lost a lot of?its lust?when the Falcons started to tank. Drew Brees didn't have a record-breaking week, throwing for just 278 yards and two touchdowns, but he got the job done. Jimmy Graham continues to reassert himself as one of the NFL's best TE's, racking up 100 yards receiving and throwing down a slam dunk after a TD that bent the field-goal post. The Saints are chomping at the bit as they get ready for a battle against the top dog in the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks. Can the Saints break?Seattle's 12-game winning streak at?home? If any team could do it, it's New Orleans.?Rankings last week:?2

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(10-1):?The Seahawks claimed their 13th home victory in a row in impressive fashion by picking apart the Minnesota Vikings as they head into the bye week. Their defense wasn't as?impressive as previous weeks, giving up 336 yards of total offense to a team ranked 25th in the NFL in passing and 17th in rushing.?I am starting to believe the Saints or the Panthers would give the Seahawks a real test, and luckily, after?Seattle is off this week, they host New Orleans.?Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (8-2):?Another game riddled by a controversial call, this time involving Drew Brees as he took a pounding to the upper body?from Niners Ahmad Brooks that was?flagged,?and gave Brees and the Saints another shot down the field that they wouldn't give back. Saints?kicker Garrett Hartley would hit three?FG's in the fourth quarter, including a last second 31-yarder that would give?New Orleans their?eighth win of the season. Brees looked somewhat human on Sunday, throwing just one touchdown and one interception for 305 yards, while the Saints running game was?next to invisible.?Rankings last week:?2 3. Carolina Panthers (7-3): Say what you want about the controversial call on Monday night against the Patriots in the final seconds of the game; the Panthers deserved to win that game. Cam Newton led his team down the field as well as any quarterback has this season and completed a 25-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr. to give Carolina?their sixth straight win. Amazing....a couple of weeks ago we were?saying that the Panthers should pull the plug on head coach Ron Rivera and claim Newton a bust; talk about a turnaround. This team can compete with the?big?boys, not only in the NFC, but?the entire NFL.?The?Panthers are licking their chops as week 13 approaches when they travel to New Orleans.?Ranking last week: 3

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(9-1):?Talk about?scraping away the rust. The Seahawks rebounded from some poor performances on the road?as they?picked apart the Falcons and moved to 9-1 in the record column. Russell Wilson finished the day with 287 yards and two touchdowns, while Marshawn Lynch lived up to his name "Beast Mode" and ran for 145 yards on 24 carries. Not many teams will test the Seahawks when they are running on all cylinders and this game was over by halftime. Maybe a Falcons team that was completely healthy would have been able to compete, but this game was over by halftime. Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (7-2):?Give Picasso a paintbrush and he will make a masterpiece...that was more or less the saying for Drew Brees and the Saints as they embarrassed the Cowboys on Sunday night. Brees was flawless against a battered Dallas defense, completing 83 percent of his passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns. The?New Orleans running game account for the other three touchdowns that were split up between Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas who combined for 242 yards on the ground...talk about heavy artillery. The reformed defense under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is something to be talked about as well, allowing just 193 yards and 17 points. Rankings last week:?33. Carolina Panthers (6-3): Here they come! The Panthers won their fifth straight game on Sunday against the defending NFC champions San Franciso 49'ers and may finally be shutting down any sort of doubt that critics have about the team. Their stout defense has led the way as they rank second in league against the run, points allowed and yards allowed. This team is exciting to watch with Cam Newton at the helm?and playmakers such as DeAngelo Williams and Steve Smith have allowed this team to pass the so-called "litmus test" of the week against the Niners. The Panthers still have two games against their NFC South division rival, the New Orleans Saints, a series that could determine who holds the crown. Carolina is perhaps the most balanced team in the NFC in terms of offense and defense, and?although four out of the five teams they?have beaten on their streak?have an under .500 record, a Sunday night matchup against the?New England Patriots is must-see football.?Ranking last week: 6

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Even with four teams in the NFC having off this past week, there was still some outcomes that affected my rankings. Seattle was able to turnaround a disastrous start against Tampa Bay and inch out a victory in overtime against the still winless Buccaneers; keeping them at the top spot in the NFC. The Saints however, were not so lucky as they suffered a stunning loss to the New York Jets on the road and showed that Drew Brees is indeed human. More importantly, the Green Bay Packers were without their star QB Aaron Rodgers for a majority of their Monday night loss against the Chicago Bears and will lose Rodgers for several weeks with a broken collarbone; shaking up the rankings even more. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 9...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(8-1):?The Seahawks have been cutting it close when it comes down to these games. Each week they have been on the brink of defeat, and this week was no different. Down 21 points to the winless Buccaneers, all signs pointed to Seattle facing their first defeat at home since 2011. But the Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson were able to muster up a stunning comeback and leave CenturyLink Stadium with an overtime victory, keeping their streak at home alive. This team has shown tremendous resilience when they needed it the most. RB Marshawn Lynch had?his way with the Tampa Bay defense, carrying the ball 21 times for 121 yards. Should?Seattle be worried? I don't think so.?The way the Seahawks have strung together this steak is amazing and?when their backs have been up against the wall, even?against teams like the Rams and Buccaneers, they have found a way to walk away with a victory. This team is STILL the cream of the crop in the NFC.?Ranking last week: 1

Tags: aaron rodgers, cowboys, eagles, giants, Jay Cutler, New York Giants, NFC East, nfc power rankings, nick foles, saints, seahawks, tom uddo, Tomy Romo
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All it will take is a few good weeks in a row to get right back to the .500 mark ? or even better. I have to say though, it?s been very difficult to pick games this season, as there have been plenty of surprises.

The Chiefs and Bears came up short for me last week, but I earned wins with the Giants and Packers.

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!

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Another shift in the rankings this week as we witnessed the New Orleans Saints being taken down by the New England Patriots late yesterday, and in turn, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers both churning out victories. This week, we will take a look at the rankings by the numbers, as they do a justified job of telling the story in the NFC. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 6...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(5-1):? The number - 11?- The number of consecutive games the Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson have won at home. They always talk about the 12th man on the field, but playing in Seattle may be the hardest thing any team has to do all season. If the Seahawks can claim home-field advantage in the NFC, they?just might?the easiest road to the Super Bowl. Even with?five fumbles?yesterday against the Tennessee Titans and no touchdowns for Wilson, the Seahawks were able to rattle off their fifth win of the season. Ranking last week: 2

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For the first time since week 2, we have a new number one in the NFC as the New Orleans Saints have moved up to the top with the Seattle Seahawks losing to the Indianapolis Colts. I don't always associate a loss with an automatic switch in the rankings, but the Saints dominated the Chicago Bears on Sunday, while the Seahawks couldn't stop a late Colts rally. The Atlanta Falcons continue to drop, as they suffered another loss last night to the New York Jets and fall to a surprising 1-4, with the playoffs slowly slipping out of their reach. In a critical NFC North?matchup, the Green Bay Packers were?hold the?Detroit Lions to just?nine points in their?win, while the Dallas Cowboys lost?a high scoring shootout?with the Denver Broncos where close to 100 points were scored between the two teams. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 5...

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Another brutal week for some teams in a Sunday that was packed with upsets and several close calls that resulted in late game finishes. The Detroit Lions were the biggest surprise of the weekend, as they forced three turnovers from the undefeated Chicago Bears in a win that ties them atop the NFC North. The Washington Redskins finally notched their first win of the season, while the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants all suffered losses. Last night, New Orleans hosted the Miami Dolphins and completed the rout that pushed them to 4-0; making a case that they will strongly compete for the NFC conference (the Saints meet the Seattle Seahawks in week 13 in a much anticipated matchup).? Here are my NFC Power Rankings for Week 4...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(4-0): Not much to say except that the Seahawks were handed?a gift on Sunday?against the Houston Texans.?What looked like their first loss of the season was anything but that. Down 20-3, the Seahawks were able to rally and beat the Texans in?overtime.?A key play;?CB Richard Sherman picked off?Texans QB Matt Schaub for a touchdown?in the?fourth quarter on a poorly thrown?ball and an even worse play call by Houston. Seattle has shown that it can win tight games and faces a tough test next week when they travel to Indianapolis to face?Andrew Luck and the Colts.?Seattle's 62-point score?differential speaks for itself; this team?can score and their defense is one?of the best in the NFL.??Ranking last week: 1

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Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, assigned to preside over the second round of player appeals in the "Bountygate" scandal involving the New Orleans Saints, has vacated the suspensions of the four players involved.

LB Jonathan Vilma, DL Anthony Hargrove, DL Will Smith and LB Scott Fujita have all had their suspensions vacated. Vilma was given a full-year suspension while the other players received less time. Vilma has played through his suspension pending appeal. He played here vs the Giants last Sunday.

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora joins Kevin Corke to discuss Paul Tagliabue's decision to vacate all player discipline in the New Orleans Saints bounty case.

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from Jon Wagner / SNYGiants columnist

The New York Giants (8-5) were feeling the pressure prior to their kickoff against the New Orleans Saints (5-8) at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

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From ESPN....Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Giants' 52-27 win over the Saints.

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The Giants walloped the Saints, 52-27, tonight at MetLife. They really let loose with some big plays and some big peformances. What did you think was the brightest spot in this huge win for the Blue? (please comment in the section below)

1. David Wilson's 327 all-purpose yards

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The Giants came into this game needing a win to stay atop the NFC East and they got it in emphatic fashion. They sliced up the sloppy New Orleans Saints in the rain at MetLife tonight, 52-27, with big plays on offense, defense and special teams.

It was the most points the Giants scored in a regular season game since Dec 20. 1986, when they pinned 55 on the Packers to close out the regular season en route to a Super Bowl victory.

RB David Wilson, the team's first round selection in this year's NFL Draft who the Giants had been dry-docking all season, broke out in a big way with 327 all-purpose yards. He has 227 of them on kickoff returns and another hundred rushing. He scored three times.

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The Giants gave themsleves some breathing room by opening the quarter with a Eli Manning-to-Victor Cruz TD connection to put the Blue up 42-27. It was Eli's 4th passing TD of the ballgame.

Scoring Summary

14:20: GIANTS: Victor Cruz 10 pass from Eli (Tynes kick)....Giants 42, Saints 27...Drive: 5 plays, 25 yards in 2:31

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The Giants breathed a collective sigh of relief when David Wilson continued to impress in his coming out party. Another TD this quarter. This time on the offense. The Saints, however, are not going away easily.

Scoring Summary

  • 13:04: GIANTS: David Wilson 6 yard run (Tynes kick)....Giants 28, Saints 13...Drive: 4 plays, 20 yards in 1:40
  • 8:19: GIANTS: Hakeem Nicks 25 pass from Eli (Tynes kick)....Giants 35, Saints 13....Drive: 6 plays, 62 yards in 3:09
  • 7:21: SAINTS: Sproles 13 run (Hartley kick).....Giants 35, Saints 20....Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards in 0:52
  • 1:51: SAINTS: Sproles 9 yard pass from Brees.....Giants 35, Saints 27....Drive: 6 plays, 68 yards in 3:09

Saints received kickoff to open the half. On 1st and 10 from the 22, Brees threw high over the middle for TE Jimmy Graham. The ball hit off Graham's hands and into the arms of Giants' safety Stevie Brown, who returned it 21 yards to the NO 20 yard line.

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Rain fell throughout the half. ?Ahmad Bradshaw returned to the game. The Giants took an eight-point lead into the tunnel, 21-13.

Scoring Summary

  • 9:47: SAINTS: Hartley 32 yard FG ....Giants 14, Saints 10....Drive: 14 plays, 81 yards in 5:44
  • 1:57: SAINTS: Hartley 25 yard FG ....Giants 14, Saints 13.....Drive:?8 plays, 67 yards in 4:06
  • 0:20: GIANTS: Hixon 5 pass from Eli....Giants 21, Saints 13.....Drive: 9 plays, 69 yards in 1:37

The Saints opened the quarter with a creative drive that kept the Giant defense off balance. With the defense guarding against the big play, Drew Brees picked away at the openings the Giants gave him. ?The Giants scored a moral victory by holding the Saints to three points after a 14-play, 81 yard drive.

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The Giants lead the Saints, 14-7, after one quarter at MetLife.

Scoring Summary:

9:38: SAINTS: Elbert Mack 73 yard INT return (Hartley kick)....Saints 7, Giants 0

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The Giants offense left more questions than answers Monday night in the nation's capital. Among the chief concerns, there were red-zone deficiencies.

Against the Saints -- the NFL's 30th-ranked defense entering today's action -- the Giants answered those questions .. at least for now .. with a 52-point outburst.

David Wilson starred in the role of hero Sunday afternoon, as a special teams ace and in his largest role at tailback so far this year.

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Inactive for the Giants vs New Orleans today....

TE Travis Beckum (knee), S Tyler Sash (hamstring), S Kenny Phillips (knee), TE Adrien Robinson, DT Marvin Austin, DE Adewale Ojomo and RB Ryan Torain.

WR Hakeem Nicks is active, as is LB Jacquian Williams. The Giants are only dressing three safeties today: Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown and Will Hill.

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The Giants (7-5) host the New Orleans Saints (5-7) today at 4:25pm Eastern. The Giants are favored by 5. The O/U is 53.

What's at stake for New Orleans.....They lost their first four games this year after the league slammed them with sanctions as a result of the Bountygate scandal. With no GM, head coach or assistant head coach, the team wallowed through the first month. They went on to win five of their next six games before dropping games to San Francisco and Atlanta. They cannot win their division, but their wild card hopes are still alive as of today, albeit slim.

What's at stake for the Giants.....Last week's loss to Washington hurt this team's chances greatly, putting tons of pressure on them to win today. They fell into some bad habits against the Redskins: costly penalties, uninventive play calling, lousy field position and poor execution and tackling. They need to clean those areas up if they are going to make a run. WR Hakeem Nicks is not 100%, the offensive line is in flux again and S Kenny Phillips may not play. They hold a one-game lead in the East over Dallas and Washington. They basically need to sweep their remaining games to ensure a title.

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The Giants' defense faces another unenviable challenge this afternoon when Drew Brees brings his aerial show to MetLife Stadium. This matchup has given the Giants fits the past few seasons since Brees took over as Saints' QB.

In those three games, New Orleans defeated the Giants by scores of 30-7, 48-27 and 49-24. In each f those contests, the Giants found themselves flatfooted and out of place on defense while the offense sputtered in its attempt to keep up with Brees.

This time around, the Saints (5-7) are not the team they have been the past few seasons. Bountygate saw to that. Without head coach Sean Payton on the sidelines to shift gears for the offense, they have had some issues in both the play calling and time management.

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The New Orleans Saints (5-7) take their high-powered offense to New Jersey to play the defending Super Bowl champion Giants (7-5) in a clash between two 2011 NFC division winners.

Kickoff: 4:25pm Eastern

Site: MetLife Stadium

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The Saints don't really have a "go-to" RB, utilizing their personnel situationally each week depending on the opposition and the feel of the game. Mark Ingram, Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas have alternated carries while Darren Sproles, who missed a month due to a hand injury, serves as the receiving back.

Now, Ivory appears to have injured his hamstring and will not be in the mix when the Saints play the Giants tomorrow afternoon.

From Rotoworld.com:

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Regardless of the Giants problems, they are still 5-point favorites over the visiting Saints this Sunday. The over/under is 53. We will give our analysis shortly, but until then here are some outside opinions on this week's game.

From CBSSports.com...After a resurgent stretch, the Saints find themselves in desperation mode as they take on a Giants team looking to find their rhythm before the playoffs begin.

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Giants? offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has been an NFL coach for nearly 24 years. During the majority of that span, the late Jim Johnson, renowned for his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, served as the epitome of defensive coordinators in the league.

One of Johnson?s disciples, former Giants? defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, is now the defensive coordinator for the Saints ? the Giants opponent this weekend.

Gilbride said that he's seen this type of defense at least twice a year during his coaching tenure.

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FOXSports.com's Alex Marvez on the FOX Game of the Week between the Saints and Giants.

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Below is the latest injury report for the New Orleans Saints, the Giants opponent this Sunday.

OUT: CB Corey White (knee)

Did Not Participate in Practice: T Charles Brown (knee)

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From Showtime's Inside the NFL....spoiler alert...the Saints-Giants prediction is at the very end. The third guy with Collinsworth and Simms is Darren Sharper, a former Saints' DB.

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Steve Spagnuolo has coached against Eli Manning ... a lot.

From 2004-06, he served as the Philadelphia Eagles' linebackers coach. In 2007, he became the Giants' defensive coordinator, where we won the Lombardi Trophy with Big Blue and coached against Manning every day.

Spags has remained in the NFC since 2009, when he took over as the St. Louis Rams' head coach, and this year, he'll be reacquainted with his former quarterback as the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator.

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The Giants play the New Orleans Saints, a team they've played only 26 times since 1967, winning 14 but losing four of the six meetings since the millennium began. ?These teams and the cities they represent could not be anymore different. Sunday's game will finally see the Giants play the Saints outdoors in the cold rather than the comfy confines of the Superdome.

From Tom Coughlin's conference call with Saints media pool...

Is the green zone the 30-yard line??Green zone is what you call the red. The 30 (yard line) is the fringe.?

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Below is today's practice/injury report for the Giants and New Orleans Saints, who will meet this Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.

Giants

Out: T Sean Locklear (Knee)

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In the conversation of elite quarterbacks, we always hear the names Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Earlier this season, Eli Manning?s name was included in the bunch, and usually Drew Brees? name is scattered in there, but only after the others.

But Brees? name should always be included in the list of elite quarterbacks and probably higher on the list. It?s not his fault that the Saints have had a bad defense in almost every year of his tenure.

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RGIII Tops Brees in Superdome; Eagles Nip Browns

Anyone who had any doubts about Robert Griffin III's game translating to the NFL, can put them away. Griffin broke into the league today in banner fashion today, leading the Washington Redskins to 40-32 victory over future Hall-of-Famer Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

Griffin had an explosive debut, hitting on 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards and 2 TDs. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner completed passes to eight different receiver, threw no INTs and gained 42 yards on the ground on 10 carries.

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