Steve Weatherford of the New York Giants celebrates after the Giants won 20-17 in overtime against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

GIANTS WIN! 2012 Super Bowl Will Again Match Giants With New England Patriots

-- The New York Giants advanced to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5 Sunday by defeating the San Francisco 49ers, 20-17, in overtime

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Giants Headed For 2012 Super Bowl: NFC Championship Post-Game Reactions

The New York Giants are going to the Super Bowl! Headed there thanks to a 20-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in an overtime thriller in the NFC Championship Game.

- Coughlin, Manning Lead The Giants
- Post-Game Grades

Here are some of the Giants post-game reactions:

David Baas: “It’s amazing. I’m still kind of in shock. I don’t know what emotion to show.”

Giants quarterback Eli Manning: “We had to fight for every yard that we got. Wew knew we couldn’t afford to make many mistakes, turn the ball over.”

Defensive end Justin Tuck: “This is a team effort. Not pretty, but this team knows how to win these types of games. Great team effort.”

Giants fullback Henry Hynoski
: “Were goin to the ship boy were goin to the ship! What a great experience…thank u giant nation!”

— Stay with us for much more reaction to New York’s victory, and visit Big Blue View to celebrate with happy Giants fans.


Giants 20, 49ers 17 (OT): Giants Win NFC Championship Game, Advance To 2012 Super Bowl

Lawrence Tynes hit a 31-yard field goal with 7:10 remaining in overtime to send the New York Giants to their fifth Super Bowl with a 20-17 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday evening at Candlestick Park. The Giants will face a familiar foe, the New England Patriots in the 2012 Super Bowl Feb. 5 in Indianapolis. The Giants and Patriots met four years ago with the Giants winning 17-14, the last time either franchise reached the Super Bowl.

The Giants winning score was set up when Jacquian Williams of the Giants stripped San Francisco punt returner Kyle Williams and Devin Thomas recovered the ball at the San Francisco 24. The Giants moved the ball to the San Francisco eight-yard line, then a delay of game penalty moved the ball back to the 13 before Tynes winning kick.

The Giants took advantage of two critical mistakes by Kyle Williams. The San Francisco punt returner also had a punt bounce off his knee that was also recovered by Thomas, setting up a fourth-quarter touchdown pass of 17 yards from Eli Manning to Mario Manningham.

"We just kept plugging away," said Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. "This team has the most perseverance of any team I've ever been on."

Manning finished 32-of-58 for 316 yards and two touchdowns.

— See Big Blue View to celebrate with Giants fans


49ers Vs. Giants, NFC Championship Game: San Fransisco Police Posing As New York Fans

After having issues with San Fransisco 49ers fans harassing New Orleans Saints fans in last week's NFL divisional-round game, the San Fransisco Police Department will be using a covert strategy Sunday to keep things peaceful. According to a report by the New York Daily News, SFPD will be dressing up as Giants fans in order to hopefully prevent Big Blue fans from being harassed.

"The decision to send in the cleverly disguised cops was made after several New Orleans Saints fans complained that they were threatened at Candlestick during last Saturday’s game.

"There will also be more security cameras in place on Sunday, and Giants fans will be handed a card as they enter with details on how to contact police if they feel threatened."

Obviously, the hope is that those Giants fans traveling to San Fran for the game will feel a bit safer. However, it might be a little weird for a guy dressed up in Giants gear to all of a sudden start cheering for the 49ers.

The SB Nation New York StoryStream will have everything you need to know leading up to the Giants-49ers matchup. Check Big Blue View to join a discussion with Giants fans. For complete coverage of the NFL playoffs you can also visit the SB Nation NFL Hub Page.


Giants Vs. 49ers, 2012 NFC Championship Game: Sunday Weather Forecast For Candlestick Park, San Fransisco, CA

Its going to be a wet one at Candlestick Park in San Fransisco, CA Sunday night when the New York Giants visit the San Fransisco 49ers in the 2012 NFL Championship game (6:30 p.m. ET on FOX). According to San Fransisco's CBS 5 there's a 90-percent chance of rain came game time, while a 100-percent chance of rain during the contest. (Here's a link to the webpage.)

That forecast is not good for the Candlestick Park field, which is currently very soggy and could be a mess came game time.

"Department of Public Works crews in San Francisco on Saturday were sprucing up neighborhoods around Candlestick Park and drying out the parking lots as they prepared for thousands of fans and visitors to descend on the area for Sunday’s NFC championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants," says a report by CBS 5 Saturday night.

"After Friday’s storm, flood waters filled the parking lots at Candlestick Park. Crews were busy pumping the water out all day Saturday to make sure the lots were dry in time for Sunday’s big game."

Temperatures in San Fransisco will be as high as 53, while as low as 43.

The SB Nation New York StoryStream will have everything you need to know leading up to the Giants-49ers matchup. Check Big Blue View to join a discussion with Giants fans. For complete coverage of the NFL playoffs you can also visit the SB Nation NFL Hub Page.


2012 NFL Playoffs: Ravens Vs. Patriots, Giants Vs. 49ers, Game Times, TV Schedule, Betting Odds

The New York Giants (9-7) visit the San Francisco 49ers (13-3) in the 2012 NFC Championship game Sunday, and the winner advances to play in Super Bowl 46 in Indianapolis, IN, Feb. 5. The Giants are looking to string together a 3-0 record in the 2012 NFL playoffs and return to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2008 when they defeated the New England Patriots, while the 49ers haven't been to the big game since '94.

This will be the seventh time in each franchises' history that both have faced each other in the NFL playoffs, and San Francisco owns a 4-3 record in those games. On Nov. 17, San Francisco defeated New York, 27-20, at home.

If you'd like to catch the contest, here's the game time, TV schedule, betting odds and more:

Location: Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA
Game Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Television: FOX-- Joe (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (color commentary)
Giants radio stream: 660 WFAN
49ers radio stream: 107.7 The Bone
Betting odds: The 49ers are 3-point favorites.

The SB Nation New York StoryStream will have everything you need to know leading up to the Giants-49ers matchup. Check Big Blue View to join a discussion with Giants fans. For complete coverage of the NFL playoffs you can also visit the SB Nation NFL Hub Page.

Now, before the Giants and 49ers play, the New England Patriots (13-3) host the Baltimore Ravens (12-4) in the AFC Championship game. Here's the the game information for that contest.

Location: Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA
Game Time: 3 p.m. ET
Television: CBS -- Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Phil Simms (color commentary)
Patriots radio stream: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Ravens radio stream: 1090 AM WBAL
Betting odds: Patriots are nine-point favorites.

For more Patriots coverage, visit our team page and blog, Pats Pulpit. For 2012 NFL Playoffs coverage, follow our stream. Visit Baltimore Beat Down for Ravens news.


Jake Ballard Injury Update: Giants Tight End Says He 'Should Be Ready To Go' Sunday

Despite missing Friday’s practice due to complications from treatment for a lingering PCL injury to a knee New York Giants tight end Jake Ballard said he “should be ready to go for the game.”

The game, of course, is Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

Ballard and coach Tom Coughlin would not go into detail regarding the procedure Ballard had on Thursday. The Daily News reported that Ballard received an injection in the knee.

After originally being considered ‘doubtful’ for Sunday, Ballard is officially listed as ‘questionable’ for the NFC Championship Game.

“Like I’ve said before, this PCL isn’t going to heal overnight,” Ballard told the Star-Ledger “It’s going to be 6-7 weeks before you don’t feel it anymore. And it’s only been four. Playing football, if you land on it or anything, you reaggravate it. So to really get healthy, you’ve got to go 6-7 weeks without playing football — and that’s not going to happen. I’ll be ready to go.”


Eli Manning: Giants Quarterback Declares Himself '100 Percent'

One day after leaving New York Giants practice early with flu-like symptoms, quarterback Eli Manning declared himself “100 percent” healthy after returning to practice Thursday. The Giants face the San Francisco 49ers Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.

“I had a full practice today, I did everything, took every rep. I feel good. Yesterday I at least got to be here and getting into all the meetings and go through the walkthrough,” Manning said. “I didn’t take any live reps, but I know the game plan, I know what’s going on. The arm felt good today, it felt fresh, and it was coming out good.”

Manning was also asked a couple of questions about the Giants often-criticized offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. Here is that part of the exchange today between Manning and reporters:

Q: Talk about the impact Kevin Gilbride has had on your career.

A: Coach Gilbride and I have a very close relationship. When I first got here, he was the quarterbacks coach, so I sat in all the meetings with him. A lot of the plays we were running then, even though he wasn’t the offensive coordinator, were his plays and stuff he knew very well. So I got to kind of learn from him, and hearing him directly and watching old film of the Oilers and different things when they were running it. It’s the only offense I’ve been in, it’s what I know. We think the same way on a lot of things and certain looks. A lot of times he doesn’t even need to finish his sentence, because I’m already on the same page. I feel very comfortable with him and telling him my thoughts and listening to him. It’s a great relationship and we work well together.

Q: What’s the best thing you like about his play calls?

A: I think with Coach Gilbride, he wants to throw the ball, I think. He has a quarterback mentality. He also knows, he’s going to be smart and if we’re running it, we’re going to continue to run it. It’s kind of whatever is working. On Sundays if we’re not running it really well and we’re throwing it well, I’ll just go up to him and say, ‘Hey, they can’t stop us throwing it, let’s just keep throwing it.’ And he kind of gets a smile, I think that’s what he likes to hear. He wants to throw it and he wants to be consistent and find completions, but he likes to get the ball downfield and hit some big plays.


2012 NFL Playoffs, Conference Championship Picks And Predictions: Giants Vs. Ravens In Super Bowl XLVI

Just two more games need to be played until we know which two team will be playing in Super Bowl 46 in Indianapolis, IN, Feb. 5, as this week the 2012 NFL Playoffs Conference Championship games will be played Sunday. The New England Patriots (14-3) host the Baltimore Ravens (12-4) in the AFC Championship (3 p.m. on CBS), while the New York Giants (9-7) visit the San Francisco 49ers (13-3) in the NFC Championship (6:30 p.m. on FOX).

More importantly what's on the line Sunday is my picks and predictions record, which is currently hanging at just above .500 at 41-39-2 overall.

Last week, my only correct prediction was picking the Giants over the Green Bay Packers, while the Ravens just missed covering their 7 1/2 points over the Houston Texans.

So, can I end the year in the money? Lets find out, as I give you my 2012 NFL playoffs Conference Championship picks and predictions.

StoryStream: NFC Championship Game, New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers

Patriots (-9) vs. Ravens

All the signs in this one point to New England winning this one and being the No. 1 villain in Super Bowl 46. Tom Brady is playing well, while Rob Gronkowski seems unarguable. Meanwhile, things are moving so well for the Pats' offense that they've decided to handle the ball off out of the backfield to tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Yes, the Pats defense has struggle but it also seems to be find a solid rhythm. So, how can the Ravens down the New England?

First off, run the ball with running back Ray Rice and then hope that quarterback Joe Flacco can make enough plays to win the game. Do I think that can happen?

Oh yeah.

Prediction: Ravens 27, Patriots 24.

49ers (-3) vs. Giants

After knocking off Super Bowl favorite Green Bay, New York has a lot of people jumping on its bandwagon. Not only that, everybody wants to see a Super Bowl rematch between the Giants and the Patriots -- I know I do. However, San Francisco is playing really well and its tough not to believe in a team that can outgun the New Orleans Saints in the final seconds.

This game is going to come down to a few keep aspects: 1) Turnovers -- which is always the case in situations like this and both teams are doing this well; 2) running game -- Frank Gore vs. Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs; 3) one big play -- Vernon Davis did it last week as did Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks in back-to-back weeks.

Who do I think will do all three of these things best?

Prediction: Giants 24, 49ers 20

The SB Nation New York StoryStream will have everything you need to know leading up to the Giants-49ers matchup. Check Big Blue View to join a discussion with Giants fans. For complete coverage of the NFL playoffs you can also visit the SB Nation NFL Hub Page.


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Giants Vs. 49ers, 2012 NFC Championship Game: Rainy Weather Appears Likely

The weather does not appear to be cooperating for the NFC Championship Game between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers this weekend.

The forecast in San Francisco is rain, rain and then some more rain starting on Thursday and going all the way through the game. Right now the chance of rain is at 70 percent for Sunday.

This could affect both teams in diffferent ways. The 49ers have such an advantage in special teams over everyone, but that will be lessened with poor weather. Conversely, the Giants are a faster team and live off of the big play. The field at San Francisco is notoriously bad even with good conditions, so that may slow New York down considerably.

The running game will be key even more than normal. Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw will need to find creases behind an offensive line that struggles to run block at times.

Defensively, the game plan doesn't change all that much. Frank Gore is going to be the focal point of the 49ers offense regardless of rain. If the Giants can bottle him up and force Alex Smith into third and long, Tom Coughlin and Co. are in good shape.

Of course, ball security will also be at a premium. With slippery conditions and two teams that play staunch defense, a turnover could make all the difference. It's often the big mistake, not the big play, that determine games with two teams of this style.


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NFC Championship Game, Giants Vs. 49ers: Giants Two-Point Underdogs

The New York Giants will be the underdogs in the NFC Championship, which will hardly come as a surprise to New York Giants fans. By now Giants fans — and the Giants themselves — should be used to the underdog role.

After defeating the heavily-favored Green Bay Packers to reach the NFC Championship Game, the Giants have been established as two-point underdogs against the San Francisco 49ers in the early odds.

Related: SB Nation Calls For An Upset By The Giants

The 49ers won the NFC West and advanced to the title game with a thrilling 36-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. The Giants won the NFC East and have now earned four consecutive victories.

The teams met in San Francisco during the regular season and the 49ers came out with a 27-20 victory. Like Sunday’s title game that matchup was in San Francisco.

— See Big Blue View for more about the Giants. See Niners Nation and SB Nation Bay Area for complete coverage of the 49ers.

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