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Greg Hanlon, a frequent contributor to the site, has written a new book about the 2011 New York Giants' Super Bowl Championship season. The book is titled "Our Town: The Giants Who Won a Super Bowl and a Battle for New York."?

Greg has always lined his Giants' essays with wit, wisdom, depth and passion and this latest effort does not disappoint:

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The San Francisco 49ers are the early favorites to win Super Bowl XLVII this Sunday in New Orleans over the Baltimore Ravens. The line opened yesterday at 5 points and has since been bet down to 4 . The over/under has held steady at 49.

Our friends at Covers.com tell us that 65% of the action is leaning towards Baltimore right now.

The trends are as contrasting as you can get:

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Today, September 4, 2012, the?highly anticipated yearly documentary?America?s Game?debuts at 9 p.m. ET on NFL Network.??This year,?the show focuses on the 2011 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, including interviews with QB Eli Manning, DE Justin Tuck, WR Victor Cruz and Head Coach Tom Coughlin.

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New York Giants: Road to XLVI, the latest release from NFL Films and Vivendi Entertainment, will be available in stores and online beginning today.

It is a four-disc set outlining the the Blue's four postseason games: the WildCard win over Atlanta; the dethroning of the Packers at Lambeau Field; the thrilling NFC Championship OT win in San Francisco and the comeback victory over the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

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The NFL?s three most prolific passing offenses last season belonged to the New Orleans Saints (334.2 ypg), New England Patriots (317.8 ypg) and Green Bay Packers (307.8 ypg). There are a number of reasons why these offenses were so good last season, chief among them sound offensive line play, explosive receivers, schematic superiority and quarterback mastery.

It also helps when you have tight ends who?to put it rather bluntly but completely accurately?are dominant in every sense of the word.

Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, Eli Manning, New York Giants, Rookie mini-camp, Super Bowl XLVI
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After an offseason marked by injury woes, rumors of Tom Coughlin?s not-so-secure job security, a contractual dispute with Osi Umenyiora and another nondescript, trademark Jerry Reese free agency period, the Giants shocked most preseason prognosticators in 2011 by winning the NFC East with a 9-7 record.

The ?Dream team? Philadelphia Eagles were everyone?s preseason darlings, bolstered by the additions of highly-coveted cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers Cromartie, defensive linemen Cullen Jenkins and Jason Babin, and running back Ronnie Brown, among others. The Cowboys, meanwhile, were the trendy pick for a second place finish and a wildcard playoff spot, a belief grounded mostly in the hopes that Jason Garrett, in his first full year as head coach, could push the right buttons and harness that team?s big-time potential into a deep playoff run?that he could, you know, do everything that Wade Phillips couldn?t do.

Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, Giants Defense, Jerry Reese, New York Giants, NFC East, NFL, NFL Draft, Super Bowl XLVI
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With the 77th installment of the NFL draft now officially in the books, seven new faces?excluding UDFA?s?join the defending Super Bowl champs hoping to accomplish the same feat in 2012. While all of the Giants? draft picks can?t be pegged as surefire starters in the fall, they are sure to have an impact over the next five months as roster sizes are cut from 90 to 53.

Here?s how the newest class of rookies fit in:

Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, College Football, Da'Rel Scott, Giants Defense, Giants News, Giants Offense, Jake Ballard, James Brewer, Jerrel Jernigan, Jerry Reese, Martellus Bennett, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFL Draft, SNY, Super Bowl XLVI, Tom Coughlin
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One of the main preseason storylines for the Giants last year was Osi Umenyiora?s contract situation and resultant holdout. Osi, who had two years left on the 7-year, $41 million deal he signed in 2005, insisted that in April 2008, Jerry Reese promised him either a new contract or a trade, a claim that he took to court in Brady v. NFL?the then-decertified player union?s antitrust suit against the League.

Osi never got his new deal, but he put his issues aside and was a key contributor in Big Blue?s Super Bowl run?especially in the postseason, where he recorded 3.5 sacks. Everything was copacetic: Osi, criticized in training camp for his ?selfishness? and ill-timed knee surgery, had disregarded his contractual issues and played 13 games of Pro-Bowl caliber football. More importantly, he got a ring out of it.

Tags: 2012 NFL Schedule, Giants Defense, Giants News, Osi Umenyiora, Super Bowl XLVI
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Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz were virtually unguardable last season, combining for 2,728 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns?that?s more than half of Eli?s 4,933 passing yards and 29 passing touchdowns. Needless to say, losing either of these two receivers would be a big blow to the Giants? pass-heavy offense, a potential nightmare scenario for a team whose Super Bowl run was so dependent on its dynamic passing game.

But as the post-Super Bowl feel-good period comes to a close and Big Blue begins its quest at defending its title, it seems possible?even likely?that either Nicks or Cruz will be sporting another uniform in the future.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Giants News, Giants Offense, Hakeem Nicks, SNY, Super Bowl XLVI, Victor Cruz
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In the seven years since the Giants traded their first-round pick to San Diego in the wow-that-worked-out-pretty-well Eli Manning deal, they've drafted a defensive player with their first pick every year except 2009, when they took Hakeem Nicks. None of those draft choices can be qualified as busts, as Corey Webster (2005), Mathias Kiwanuka (2006), Aaron Ross (2007), Kenny Phillips (2008), Nicks (2009), Jason Pierre-Paul (2010), and Prince Amukamara (2011) have all been contributors on at least one of Big Blue?s two 21st century SuperBowl title teams. (Note: Webster was technically a second round pick, but the Giants? first pick of the 2005 draft nonetheless.)

Although defense has been the norm in recent years, predicting what the Giants will do with this year?s first-round pick is no easy task. Jerry Reese tends to stray away from addressing immediate needs early on in the draft. He is a strict believer in the ?best player available philosophy?, preferring to stock talented players for the future--even if those players are not ready to make an impact right away.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, 2012 NFL Draft, Andre Brown, Da'Rel Scott, Dave Tollefson, Eli Manning, Giants Defense, Giants Offense, Hakeem Nicks, Jacquian Williams, Jake Ballard, James Brewer, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerry Reese, Mario Manningham, New York Giants, NFC, NFC East, Perry Fewell, Ramses Barden, Super Bowl XLVI, William Beatty
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One of the main reasons the Giants were able to bounce back from their late-season four-game losing streak in 2011?a month-long spell of disappointment that appeared as if it would kill Big Blue?s playoff hopes?was their no-nonsense attitude in the locker room, their ability to ignore meaningless distractions and focus on the task at hand.

There were several roadblocks which could have fractured the Giants? locker room unity last season, including Osi?s training camp holdout, Antrelle Rolle?s unhappiness over having to play cornerback and reported desire to leave New York, and the constant talks of Tom Coughlin status on the hot seat.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Antrel Rolle, Giants Defense, Jake Ballard, New York Giants, NFC East, NFL, Standard, SNY, Super Bowl XLVI, Tom Coughlin
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The secondary struggled throughout most of the regular season, ranking 29th in pass yards per game allowed with 225.1. Luckily, Eli Manning made a habit of putting up those same numbers?often better?against opposing pass defenses.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Aaron Ross, Antrel Rolle, Corey Webster, Deon Grant, Giants-49ers, Giants Defense, Giants-Patriots, Giants Special Teams, Jerry Reese, New York Giants News, New York Giants Preseason, NFC, NFC Championship Game, NFC East, Perry Fewell, Prince Amukamara, Pro Bowl, Super Bowl XLVI, Terrell Thomas, Tyler Sash
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Giants' Championship Season DVD Available Today

The Giants' Super Bowl XLVI Championship season has been captured by NFL Films and produced by Vivendi Entertainment on a DVD that will be released for public consumption today.

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The Giants won their second Super Bowl in five years and for those who can't stop reading and talking about it, we have a few suggestions for your Giants' bookshelf...

Our top pick this week is Ken Palmer's Game of My Life: Memorable Stories of Giants Football (Sports Publishing 2011). The book includes personal memoirs from players throughout Giants' history providing first-hand accounts of their favorite games while donning the Blue.

Tags: New York Giants, New York Giants Books, New York Giants History, New York Giants News, Standard, Super Bowl XLVI
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The LoudMouths were out in full force yesterday. Topic one: How much did luck play in the Giants' SB victory over New England?

Is SB XLVI the best work of Tom Coughlin' coaching career? Is he the best coach in Giants' history?

Tags: New York City, New York Giants, New York Giants News, SNY, sny, SNY. Video, Super Bowl XLVI
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The Patriots lost the Super Bowl sunday night to the New York Giants but you couldn't tell that from this photo.

Patriots' players Rob Gronkowski and Matt Light were photographed living it up after the game. Gronk surely looks 100% here if you ask me.

So even though you can find countless videos of Pats fans bawling post game on the internet, it seems as though the players took the defeat in stride.

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166.8 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS

The 2011 NFL season concluded with another television milestone as Super Bowl XLVI on NBC reached a total audience of 166.8 million viewers, making it the most-watched show in U.S. television history according to The Nielsen Company.

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Giants' WR Mario Manningham's promising NFL career has been one that has been held back by incessant ailments and inconsistent performances. This year, he almost became an afterthought with both Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz having monster seasons.

Last night, with the Patriots pulling out all the stops to neutralize Cruz and struggling to keep up with the prolific Nicks, Mario made the best of the opportunities QB Eli Manning presented him with. His 38-yard reception on 1st-and 10 from the Giants' 12-yard-line with 3:46 remaining jumpstarted the Giants' game-winning drive.

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New England QB Tom Brady said he wanted the ball at the end of the game with a chance to win it. That's just what he got last night, except he had envisioned a different outcome.

?We got to the 50 (yard line) and just ran out of time," Brady said after the game. "We threw a hail-mary at the end. I?m not sure how close we were to getting it. Obviously I wish we could have done a little bit more.?

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In the NFL these days, you have to leave nothing to chance. The Giants, down 17-15 with a little over a minute to play, had the ball on the Patriots' six-yard-line. The plan was to run the clock down as much as possible, force the Patriots to burn their timeouts and them kick a go-ahead FG. That would've have left the Patriots and Tom Brady only seconds to get up the field and into FG range.

They did not want to score a TD and leave Tom Brady a minute and a timeout and a chance to beat them in the last seconds.

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants, New York Giants News, Super Bowl XLVI
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The Giants won their second Super Bowl in five seasons last night and the fans - who rode the rollercoaster ride with Big Blue all year - were rewarded with an exciting 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI last night.

?Big Blue gave us a game to remember, and on Tuesday we're going to give them a parade to remember,? NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg said in a statement.

From GEICO SportsNite: Giants fans react after watching the Giants defeat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday night.

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Last night, the Giants defeated the New England Patriots, 21-17, to become the first 9-7 team ever to reach the Super Bowl and win it. The 1979 LA Rams and the 2008 Arizona Cardinals were two others that reached the big game but both came away losers.

Watching this game, you wouldn't think it set records for anything other than anxiety, but truth be told, several impressive records were set or tied. Some by longevity and others by skill.

Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin became the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl at 65, topping the Rams' Dick Vermeil who won at age 63.

Tags: New England Patriots, New York Giants, NFL, Super Bowl Records, Super Bowl XLVI, Super Bowl XVLI
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Tom Coughlin won his second Super Bowl as a head coach tonight, and no one has more reason to fire back at his critics than Tom. Of course, he didn't. He remained as classy as ever...

On winning the Super Bowl...?The greatest feeling in professional sports is to win the Super Bowl.?

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Super Bowl XLVI is being broadcast by our partners at NBC...click above link to watch pre-game live....
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Lots of talk this week, and who knows what to make of it. This will be my 46th Super Bowl and I have a pretty good record at picking winners. I don't have the exact numbers, and I may be exaggerating, but I'll say I have been right about 85% of the time.

That record is buoyed by riding the wave of the game's most storied teams: Green Bay, Miami, Dallas, Pittsburgh, the Raiders, San Francisco, New England, Washington and, of course, the Giants.

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The Giants are readying for another - yes, another - primetime game. This time, though, it's THE primetime game: the Super Bowl. Kickoff is approximately 6:40.

Last night, the team got an inspirational speech from head coach?Tom Coughlin - one in which pronounced his love for the players - before they hit the hay for the 11pm curfew.

The day was an uneventful one for the Giants. One of their buses malfunctioned on the way to practice, but it did not effect any of the team's plans. Practice went off without a hitch.

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The NFC Champion New York Football Giants (12-7) seek to cap off their most thrilling season in memory with a victory tonight in Super Bowl XLVI. Joining them in Indianapolis is a familiar foe - the 15-3 AFC Champion New England Patriots - who the Giants defeated four years ago in SB XLII.

Kickoff: 6:30pm Eastern

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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

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Giants-Patriots, NBC, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFC East, NFL, NFL Playoffs, SNY, Super Bowl XLVI
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Our friends at Covers.com outlined the biggest mismatches of Super Bowl XLVI...?

Vince Wilfork vs. Giants? interior

Covers: "Wilfork was the biggest reason why Baltimore couldn?t get All-Pro Ray Rice going. On 14 of Rice?s 21 attempts, he was held to three or fewer yards....The Giants know what?s coming. In the Week 9 meeting, they only ran between the guards three times, gaining seven yards. New York center David Baas, who did not play in Week 9, is a terrible run blocker, so the Giants won?t run up the middle more than a few times. ...On pass plays, the Giants must give Baas help. Otherwise, Wilfork will collapse the pocket and Eli Manning won?t be able to step up."

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We already know what the results will be, but let's hear it anyway!

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The LoudMouths go Three and Out the Giants-Patriots Super Bowl XLVI matchup.

Former Giants cornerback Sam Madison joins The WheelHouse to preview the Giants-Patriots Super Bowl XLVI showdown.

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Former Giants running back and Ring of Honor enshrinee Tiki Barber joins the LoudMouths to preview Super Bowl XLVI.

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One more wakeup until the big day. There is so much blather about this game from external sources it's hard to tell the insiders from the charlatans. ?No matter, we will have the straight dope for you right here at GFB.

Here is what you need to know....

Ahmad Bradshaw did not practice Friday, citing that his foot was "a little sore". Everyone else practiced in full except DE Osi Umenyiora (knee/ankle) and S Tyler Sash, who had his foot stepped on during practice. They were limited and are expected to play Sunday. Injury Report

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The Daily News Live crew previews the Giants-Patriots Super Bowl XLVI matchup and gives its predictions for the game.

Mike Florio and Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk make their selections....

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The Giants continue to go about their business, conducting practice without missing a beat. pr

New York Giants practice pool report for Friday, Feb 3By Peter King / Pro Football Writers of America

INDIANAPOLIS?After practicing the first two days of the New York Giants? work week at Super Bowl XLVI, running back Ahmad Bradshaw was held out of Friday?s practice because his injured right foot ?was a little sore,?? coach Tom Coughlin said.

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Tom Coughlin addressed the media this morning in what seemed to be an exercise in overkill. He stressed again the team's intentions to keep things as normal as possible. To avoid an unnecessary disruption, he said the team would not switch hotels the day before the game as teams traditionally do at the Super Bowl.

"Good morning. We have had an outstanding week here in Indianapolis. The hospitality has been very, very good. Our practice facility has been outstanding. Our players have been excited about getting from the meeting rooms to the practice field. We?re looking forward to today ? going through our normal Friday practice and going through our Saturday routine on into game day. The excitement has built up through the course of the week. We certainly are looking forward to Super Bowl XLVI. It was great to see Coach (Don) Shula here this morning. I made reference, yesterday, when I talked with Peter King. I was like, ?How in the world did Coach Shula win 328 games?? It?s incredible to even think about that. It was great to see him here. I talked to Mary Ann (Shula) and had the opportunity to say hello to (Don Shula), as we prepare for the Super Bowl.?

(on whether RB Ahmad Bradshaw will be available on Sunday) ?Ahmad has practiced two days in a row, which is very unusual. Everyone wants to be a part of it at this point and time. No one wants to be someone who is not able to participate or to be a part of this wonderful experience. We?ve had everyone practice two days in a row, and hopefully, thank God, it will be that way on Sunday.?

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFL, SNY, SNY. Video, Super Bowl XLVI, Tom Coughlin
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