2012 Super Bowl: New York Giants Defeat New England Patriots, 21-17

The New York Giants have made their Victory Parade plans, and coach Tom Coughlin says he has no plans to retire.

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Super Bowl 2012, Eli Manning Press Conference: No Sibling Rivalry Here

Like father, like son. Like son, like brother. And now, by wininng his second Super Bowl championship on Sunday against the New England Patriots, Eli Manning has surpassed his brother Peyton in title hardware.

Yet as younger brother Eli pointed out during a press conference on Monday, there's no rivalry in the family.

"This isn’t about bragging rights. This is a lot bigger. This is about a team, an organization being named world champions, and that was the ultimate goal. That’s the only thing that’s important, is the team finding a way to get a victory. That’s the only thing I care about and Peyton and I both know that’s what the goal is every year. It’s not about anything else," the younger Manning said.

After Eli's Giants held on for a thrilling 21-17 victory Sunday night that wasn't secure until the final play finished, he was able to spend some time with Peyton.

"I got to be with Peyton a bit and he was proud of me," Eli said. "He was proud of the team. A quarterback like Peyton is, he knows the game well and he asks questions a lot of people won’t ask. Like the touchdown to Victor Cruz, he asked me if I saw the middle linebacker running out there, and I didn’t. He can see there and tell it how it looks. It was ‘single-high’ and he kind of jabbed to my right a little bit before running left and looking up Victor. Under center, you know they’re bringing a blitz. It is tough to see that, but luckily, he never looked back at me and I threw it right off his shoulder and Victor did a good job of concentrating and making the catch. Then he talked about the throw to Manningham. He was mad, he said everybody was talking about how great of a catch it was. He said it was a pretty good throw, also. It’s a brother looking out for me. He was proud of me and happy for me."

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Super Bowl 2012, Giants Vs. Patriots: Tom Coughlin Not Retiring, He Reiterates

One day after his team's 21-17 Super Bowl victory against the New England Patriots came down to the last play, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin reiterated his stance on retirement: it's not coming now, and maybe not for awhile.

During his post-Super Bowl press conference on Monday, Coughlin told reporters he would like to return to the Giants next season and possibly beyond.

Coughlin has now captured a pair of Super Bowl titles with the Giants, doubling the franchise's total from two to four. The 65-year old became the oldest head coach ever to win the Super Bowl on Sunday. Next year, he presumably hopes to break his record. But for now, legacy is the last thing from his mind.

"No, I don’t really think about that stuff, to be honest with you. It’s not about me and this is what we talk about all the time. We’re about team, we’re not about individuals. We’re about the team and what’s in the best interest of our team, and we feel that all our power is generated from team. We’re certainly very cognizant of some of the superior individuals that we have on our team, thank goodness, but it is the team that provides us with our strength, and our ability to perform under pressure, whether it is good or bad, and that’s the way we think," said Coughlin.

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Nightmare, Part Two: Redemption Game Turns Into Total Disaster

Gethin Coolbaugh is the Regional Editor of SB Nation Boston, your home for everything Boston sports on the SB Nation network. Follow him @GethinCoolbaugh on Twitter.

It was supposed to be the game that earned the New England Patriots some redemption. Tom Brady would walk into The House That (Peyton) Manning Built, a.k.a. Lucas Oil Stadium, and prove once and for all that offense can trash defense on any given day. Brady would do his thing, the Patriots would win by a couple of scores, and revenge would finally be theirs.

There was just one problem. Eli Manning had something to prove, and prove it he did.

Manning's performance wasn't legendary by any means from a statistical standpoint, but he showed the world why he is a No. 1 overall pick. Furthermore, Manning finally ended the discussion once and for all -- he is clutch and, yes, he is elite.

Of course, the Patriots' loss has fans in Boston and New England distraught. Fans feel numb, disgusted, angry, hopeless. Pick your poison, really. That's to be expected when your team makes it this far and crashes so hard.

Yet there was more at stake than just a Super Bowl here. This win would have been the fourth Super Bowl for Bill Belichick and Brady, and it would have put the two in a category unlike any other. One win, and they would've been immortal.

Alas, it wasn't meant to be. Instead of ending the debate of their all-time status, they have created more questions. Sure, both Brady and Belichick are first-ballot Hall of Famers. But again, they had a chance to take that next step, one that so few have the opportunity to make.

They couldn't, and they may have blown their last chance. It's no secret that New England's dynasty is on the decline, and while it may not be officially over, it becomes tougher and tougher for New England to reach this level.

So this one hurts. It hurts badly. But the Giants deserved the way -- they earned it in every way. Congratulations to all of the New York Giants fans out there, and I hope you enjoy your parade. Please be respectful among your own fan base and especially to the fan bases of others. Sports are big in their own right, but humanity is even bigger.

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2012 Super Bowl: New York Giants Post-Game Reactions

Here are some reactions from the 2012 Super Bowl champion New York Giants after Sunday’s 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots. These are all from videos at NFL.com.

Coach Tom Coughlin:

"When we got in at halftime, I said, ‘We can play better than this, guys. We’re better than this.’ We got energized again, we came out with conviction and the rest is history."

Defensive end Justin Tuck:

"I don’t have a word to describe how this team has come together. 7-7, pretty much down and out and figuring out a way to put it all together, and now we’re walking through confetti."

Quarterback Eli Manning:

"Proud of our team … we’ve been through a lot, ups and downs. You go through a stretch where you lose four games, that can cause trouble in a locker room. Our guys stayed confident, we knew we were a good team, we knew we’d get hot again."

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Super Bowl 2012 Halftime Show Review: Madonna Performs At Halftime

A review of Madonna's performance at Super Bowl 46.

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Super Bowl 2012: New York Giants Inactives

There were no surprises among the inactive players announced by the New York Giants for today’s Super Bowl XLVI meeting with the New England Patriots. That means that running back Ahmad Bradshaw, as expected, will be in the lineup for New York this evening.

The inactive players are as follows:

Ramses Barden (WR)
Da’Rel Scott (RB)
Mark Herzlich (LB)
Jim Cordle (OL)
Justin Trattou (DE)
Jimmy Kennedy (DT)
James Brewer (OL)

Herzlich, the cancer survivor from Boston College, has not played since suffering a severe ankle injury against the New Orleans Saints.

In case you do not understand the ‘inactive’ designation, here is how it works. NFL teams are allowed to carry 53 active players on their rosters. Only 46 of those are allowed to dress and play in the actual games, however. Thus, prior to each game teams have to designate seven players who will not see action in that day’s game.

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Super Bowl Predictions: Twitter Picking Giants Over Patriots

Super Bowl 2012 is less than three hours away from kick off, and fans, celebrities and experts are giving their predictions via Twitter. The consensus? The New York Giants will beat the New England Patriots in the NFL's biggest game for the second time in five years.

Now, if you don't want to go on Twitter to look through all the predictions for the Giants, well, you're in luck as SB Nation New York is going to provide you some. Here you go:

ESPN NFL Live Host Trey Wingo (@wingoz):

"27-24. Every matchup favors the Giants, so of course I’m going with the Patriots." -

SI.com's College Basketball Expert, Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner):

"OK, I've talked the talk all week, so here's my meaningless Super Bowl prediction: Giants 30, Patriots 20"

NY Post's New York Knicks writer, Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman):

"Score prediction contest on from Beantown. 97, 92. That precedes Giants 31, 24. SB pick is money.

Philadelphia Eagles running back, LeSean McCoy via @ESPN_NFCEast:

"LeSean McCoy: 'I really want the Patriots to win, but I feel like the Giants are probably going to win.'"

From Neil Best of New York Newsday (@sportswatch):

"ESPN sent SB predictions from 34 on-air personalities. Seventeen picked Giants. Seventeen picked Patriots."

YES Personality and New York Yankees play-by-play announcer, Michael Kayy (@RealMichaelKay):

"For all those who have asked: giants 20, new england 16. For those who have not, please disregard."

New York Newsday Columnist and Pro Football Hall of Fame Voter, Bob Glauber ():

"Super Bowl prediction: Giants 27, Patriots 20.

Host of Piers Morgan Tonight, Piers Morgan ():

"My eagerly-awaited predictions: Giants to win by 10pts. Gisele to kiss Tom Brady live on air. Madonna to fall over."

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2012 Super Bowl: Giants Players Attempt Victor Cruz Salsa Dance

New York Giants want to see some dancing during the Super Bowl. And no, I don't mean during Madonna's halftime show.

I mean the Victor Cruz TD Salsa Dance:

Cruz doesn't have to be the only one doing the salsa on Sunday, however. Many other Giants players tried their best to emulate the salsa master and prove they're worthy of a solo if they score a touchdown against the New England Patriots:

Let's decide who's got the right to shake their moneymaker and who needs to stick to just handing the ball over.

Fullback Henry Hynoski (No. 45) better leave the salsa, and any dancing for that matter, to the experts.

Linebacker Spencer Paysinger (No. 55) actually has the mechanics down, but we'd like to see a little more soul, a little more oomph in those gyrations.

What wide receiver Isiah Stanback ( no. 18) lacks in technique, he more than makes up for with excitability and smile-ability. He's allowed.

Guard Mitch Petrus ( No. 62). No.

Safety Tyler Sash (No. 39) appears to be confused as he seems to be skiing and not dancing the salsa. We'll ask for a redo before making a final decision.

Defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (#95) could make the big-man salsa work but he's gonna have to stop making that "I feel something squishy" face while doing it. Not sexy, Rocky.

Tackle James Brewer (#79) is allowed to attempt the salsa so long as he hums his own soundtrack ("dum-dum-dum-da-dum-dum") while doing it.

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2012 Super Bowl: New York Giants Radio Broadcast Information

In many corners of the U.S. life comes grinding to a halt on Super Bowl Sunday as billions of people stop to party, and to watch the game. Some, however, will still have to work or will otherwise find themselves in places where watching the 2012 Super Bowl meeting between the New York Giants and New England Patriots won't be possible.

SB Nation New York offers those of you who will find yourselves in that predicament a way to still tune in to the game. Here is all the radio broadcast information you will need to listen to the game.

The Giants flagship radio station -- WFAN 660 AM -- will be broadcasting the game in the Tri-State area. Bob Papa will have the call and Carl Banks will have the analysis, with Howard Cross handling sideline reporting duties.

Nationally, Super Bowl XLVI will also be broadcast across the nation by Westwood One with Kevin Harlan on play-by-play, Boomer Esiason as the analyst, Mark Malone doing the NFC sideline reporting, James Lofton doing the AFC sideline reporting.

Super Bowl XLVI will be broadcast in Spanish by Univision. Rafael Hernandez Brito will call the play-by-play, Eduardo Martell will serve as the analyst and Joaquin Duro will be the sideline reporter.

Below, from Giants.com, is a complete list of Giants radio affiliates. Outside the Tri-State area you can likely find the game on one of these stations.

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2012 Super Bowl: How The Giants And Patriots Got Here

Here is a quick look at how the New York Giants and New England Patriots got to the 2012 Super Bowl.

The Giants have won five straight games, a streak that started with regular-season victories over the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys to give New York the NFC East crown. In the playoffs the Giants have vanquished the Atlanta Falcons, defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers and NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers. Below is a look at the Giants' compete 2011-2012 schedule.


Giants Schedule

@ Washington Sun 09/11 L 14 - 28
St. Louis Mon 09/19 W 28 - 16
@ Philadelphia Sun 09/25 W 29 - 16
@ Arizona Sun 10/02 W 31 - 27
Seattle Sun 10/09 L 25 - 36
Buffalo Sun 10/16 W 27 - 24
Miami Sun 10/30 W 20 - 17
@ New England Sun 11/06 W 24 - 20
@ San Francisco Sun 11/13 L 20 - 27
Philadelphia Sun 11/20 L 10 - 17
@ New Orleans Mon 11/28 L 24 - 49
Green Bay Sun 12/04 L 35 - 38
@ Dallas Sun 12/11 W 37 - 34
Washington Sun 12/18 L 10 - 23
@ New York Jets Sat 12/24 W 29 - 14
Dallas Sun 01/01 W 31 - 14
Atlanta Sun 01/08 W 24 - 2
@ Green Bay Sun 01/15 W 37 - 20
@ San Francisco Sun 01/22 W 20 - 17
@ New England Sun 02/05 6:30 PM EST

The Patriots have won 10 straight games, with their last loss being the 24-20 loss to the Giants in Week 9. New England won the AFC East championship, and has defeated the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs.


Patriots Schedule

@ Miami Mon 09/12 W 38 - 24
San Diego Sun 09/18 W 35 - 21
@ Buffalo Sun 09/25 L 31 - 34
@ Oakland Sun 10/02 W 31 - 19
New York Jets Sun 10/09 W 30 - 21
Dallas Sun 10/16 W 20 - 16
@ Pittsburgh Sun 10/30 L 17 - 25
New York Giants Sun 11/06 L 20 - 24
@ New York Jets Sun 11/13 W 37 - 16
Kansas City Mon 11/21 W 34 - 3
@ Philadelphia Sun 11/27 W 38 - 20
Indianapolis Sun 12/04 W 31 - 24
@ Washington Sun 12/11 W 34 - 27
@ Denver Sun 12/18 W 41 - 23
Miami Sat 12/24 W 27 - 24
Buffalo Sun 01/01 W 49 - 21
Denver Sat 01/14 W 45 - 10
Baltimore Sun 01/22 W 23 - 20
New York Giants Sun 02/05 6:30 PM EST

Below is a look at the entire playoff bracket.

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Super Bowl 2012 News: Tiquan Underwood Reponds To Being Released Via Twitter

Less than 24 hours before Tiquan Underwood was suppose to play in his first career Super Bowl, the New England Patriots wide receiver was released Saturday to make room for defensive end Alex Silvestro. Well, shortly after his release, Underwood, who's a Rutgers football alum, took to Twitter to address his depressing news.

"This Is Nothing But MOTIVATION....," was Underwood's first response.

"I Been Thru A LOT...But There Are Ppl In This World w/ More Serious Problems So I Cant Hang The Head....Thank You Lord."

"Good Luck To The New Enland Organization, The Coaches, & All My Teammates...

"THANK YOU To Everyone Supporting/Wishing Me Well (Fam,Friends,Ppl Who Dont Kno Me Personally) To Those Happy About What Happen...God Bless U."

Good news for Underwood is that he will get a share of the Patriots Super Bowl winnings and get a ring if they're victorious.

Underwood, played in just six games for the Patriots this season. In those games, Underwood snagged three catches for 30 yards, including a 13-yard reception against the Denver Broncos in the Patriots' Divisional-round victory.

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2012 Super Bowl Prop Bets: Coin Toss, Kick Off, MVP Award, Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks

The Super Bowl prop bets are all but set in stone, and one can not imagine the kind of bets a degenerate gambler can place during Sunday's contest between the New York Giants and New England Patriots (6:30 p.m. ET on NBC). According to the sports betting website Bovada, a sports fan can bet on the simple things (who will win the coin toss?) or very outlandish things (how many times will Peyton Manning be mentioned during the TV broadcast?)

Currently, Giants' quarterback Eli Manning has the second-best odds to win the game's MVP award at 9-4, while Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the odds-on favorite at 7-5.

Surprisingly, three Patriots -- tight end Rob Gronkowski (6-1) and Aaron Hernandez (7-1) and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (15-2) -- have the three-best odds to score the Super Bowl's first touchdown. meanwhile, Giants wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks and running back Ahmad Bradshaw have odds of 8-1.

As for the outlandish? Well, if you'd like to bet on how many times Eli Mannings' brother, Petyon Manning, will be shown on TV, you can. The over-under is set at 3 1.2-times with a money-line payout of (-135) for the over and (-105) for the under.

For a full list of Super Bowl prop bets click here.

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Super Bowl 2012 Odds And Line: Giants Enter As Three-Point Underdogs Against Patriots

For the second time in five years, the New York Giants will enter the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots as the underdog. According to the Bovada website, the Giants enter the game against the Patriots as 3-point underdogs with the over-under set at 53 1/2 points.

In 2008, the Giants entered Super Bowl 42 as 12-point underdogs and pulled off the huge upset by defeating the Patriots, 17-14.

However, if betting the line just doesn't do it for you, well, no worries there, as Bovada has hundreds of different prop bets like: Who will the Giants defer the kick off? Who will be the game's MVP award? What kind of outfit will halftime show performer, Madonna, wear? Over-under of how many times NBC shows Peyton Manning or Indianapolis Colts' owner Jim Irsay.

For a full list of Super Bowl odds, betting line and or prop bets just visit Bovada.

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2012 Super Bowl: New York Giants Vs. New England Patriots Primer

The New York Giants and New England Patriots meet Sunday in the 2012 Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.

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Super Bowl 2012 Start Time, TV Schedule, Live Stream And More

Super Bowl 2012 is less than 12 hours away! The New York Giants will take on the New England Patriots for the second time in five years in the NFL's biggest game, which will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN (6:30 p.m. ET on NBC).

The contest will feature two of the elite NFL organizations that are each searching for their fourth Super Bowl title and trying to gain ground on the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have six overall.

Location: Lucus Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Pregame TV start: 2 p.m. ET on NBC
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color), Michele Tafoya (sideline)
Kick off time: 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Live Stream: NBC.com (click the link)
National anthem singer: Kelly Clarkson
Halftime show performer: Madonna

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Super Bowl 2012: Giants' Website Briefly Claims They're 'Champions!'

The New York Giants and their head coach Tom Coughlin didn't want to give the New England Patriots any bulletin-board material before for Sunday's Super Bowl 2012. The good news for Coughlin, none of his players did, however, the organization might have slipped up a bit.

Briefly on Saturday, the Giants' official website claimed that their team were Super Bowl champions!

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The flub is about the same as The Miami Herald proclaiming the NBA's Miami Heat World Champions in their advertising section. The Heat lost the championship to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. Oops.

Will this really provide Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick with extra fuel? Probably not. They have other things to worry about, like Victory Cruz and Osi Umenyiora

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Super Bowl 2012: Rutgers Football Alum, Tiquan Underwood, Released By Patriots Night Before Championship Game

New England Patriots wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, a alum of the Rutgers football program, has been released by the AFC Champions less than 24 hours before the kick off to Super Bowl 2012. The Patriots, who play the New York Giants in Super Bowl 46 (6:30 p.m. ET on NBC), let go Underwood to allow for the promotion of defensive end Alex Silvestro, reports the Boston Herald Patriots' blog.

"I am told there were not disciplinary reasons for the move," wrote the blog. "Underwood did not do anything wrong, and I expect him to be back next year. But perhaps they wanted another defensive linemen on the field."

The blog also said that this almost guarantees that Patriots' wide receiver Chad Ochocino will be on the active roster.

Underwood, who played at Rutgers from '05-08 and was drafted in the seventh round by the Jacksonville Jaguars, played in just six games for the Patriots this season. In those games, Underwood snagged three catches for 30 yards, including a 13-yard reception against the Denver Broncos in the Patriots' Divisional-round victory.

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2012 Super Bowl: New England Patriots Hold Final Walk-Through

INDIANAPOLIS – Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were the last Patriots to walk off the field at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday afternoon after a 90-minute outing with friends and family that included official team Super Bowl photos.

From just past noon until 1:30 p.m., Patriots players, coaches and staff mingled with family and posed for picture after picture as the clock ticked down to Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants.

Brady and Belichick will be trying Sunday to win their fourth Super Bowl in five appearances.

Leaving their team hotel on the campus of IUPUI at 11:45 a.m., the Patriots traveled through a raw drizzle in a 10-bus caravan.

Asked how many friends and family made the trip to Lucas Oil, Patriots Vice President of Media Relations Stacey James smiled and said, “All of them.”

Given the light atmosphere, it was no surprise to see a relaxed, happy group of players.

“It really is (good to see the players enjoy the day),” said Belichick. “These guys have worked hard, they’ve earned this trip. We know we’re here for a job but it’s also a fun thing to be part of this game so it’s fun to be seeing them enjoying it. This is what we all work for. To be here. You want to be here, you want to enjoy it, there’s a job to do but you want to be able to enjoy the trip.”

All official team photos were done by 12:30 p.m.

Seventy Patriots players – including all practice squad players and those who’d landed on injured reserve during the year – were in the final team photo taken before position group photos were taken.

Julian Edelman, who played 25 snaps on offense and 25 on defense in the AFC Championship Game, posed with both the wide receivers and defensive backs.

Belichick, wearing tan khakis and a navy blue hooded sweatshirt with three-quarter length sleeves and a Super Bowl XLVI logo on the right sleeve, knelt in the front row of a photo taken of the Patriots coaches.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski showed no trace of a limp for the 75 minutes he was on the field posing first for team photos and then with assorted waves of teammates’ family members. Gronkowski, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the AFC Championship against the Baltimore Ravens, walked briskly from the field and up the tunnel headed for the buses outside. He was listed as “questionable” on Friday’s injury report.

“I think he’s doing better,” Belichick said before the team went on the field to begin the session. “I think he’s doing a little better each day. We’ll just have to see where things (are) and get through tomorrow.”

The Patriots will spend Saturday night at their team hotel on the campus of IUPUI on the edge of downtown Indianapolis. Belichick said there were no stragglers that missed the team’s Friday night curfew.

After the stadium session, the team returned to its hotel. The Patriots will have a team meeting in-between lunch and dinner. There will be a curfew Saturday night as well. The time was undisclosed.

Belichick said his teams have often treated Super Bowl Saturdays like this when there’s been a bye week between the Conference Championship and the Super Bowl. The exception was before Super Bowl 36 when there was no bye week before the Patriots played and beat the St. Louis Rams. Saturday was the 10-year anniversary of that shocking, 20-17 upset of the Rams.

— Written by Tom E. Curran, Pro Football Writers Of America

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2012 Super Bowl: New York Giants Hold Final Walk-Through

The strong preparation of the NFL kept the New York Giants final practice before Super Bowl XLVI on schedule despite a problem with one of the team buses.

The second of four buses carrying the team from the Downtown Marriott to the University of Indianapolis had to be replaced after engine problems. The NFL had a substitute bus on hand to deal with the issue and quickly got the players and coaches back en route. There was a delay of roughly five minutes between the first bus arriving and the second, third and fourth buses finishing the 5 1/2-mile journey.

The Giants went through a crisp, 48-minute walk-through practice with every player on the team in uniform and accounted for. The NBC Sports crew of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Dick Ebersol, Fred Gaudelli and Drew Esocoff were on hand to observe, along with Lt. Col. Greg Gadson, the long-time friend of Giants wide receivers coach Mike Sullivan. Gadson was with the Giants throughout their playoff run to the title in the 2007 season.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw showed barely a hint of soreness in his ankle as he went through all the scripted situations for the offense. In addition, safety Tyler Sash and defensive end Osi Umenyiora participated in the light-but-focused work.

“He looked fine, no soreness, nothing you could notice,” New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said regarding Bradshaw. “This was all situational stuff, nothing unusual. It was a Saturday morning jog-thru, all situations.”

The Giants began the practice with approximately 10 minutes of work on special teams situations. The team then alternated offensive and defensive series with backup quarterback David Carr playing the role of Tom Brady for the scout team offense.

The Giants offense looked particularly sharp on its goal-line passing sets as it went through the motions of the final practice, finishing with the traditional victory formation. Coughlin said the team would meet again tonight from approximately 7:30 to 9:15 with a special teams meeting, followed by a team meeting to again review situations. The players will then be shown a three- to four-minute highlight video set to music to “get them in the right frame of mind,” said Coughlin, who will speak to the team after the video and before breaking for a team snack.

The players will be sequestered at the Downtown Marriott tonight. There will be brief meetings Sunday and then the players will be kept off their feet the rest of the day until taking the three-block ride from the hotel to Lucas Oil Stadium roughly three hours before the game.

— Written by Jason Cole, Pro Football Writers Of America

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Super Bowl 2012 Predictions: Who Is Picking The Giants?

Here is a roundup of picks and predictions for Sunday's 2012 Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots.

- SB Nation New York's Jared Smith picks the Giants to win.

- New York City strippers are 'all in' with the Giants.

- Peter King is going with the Giants, but he is in a minority among SI.com analysts.

- Writers at The Big Lead are all picking the Patriots.

- Big Blue View prognosticators are going with the Giants.

The Giants (12-7) have been three-point underdogs to the 15-3 Patriots throughout much of the buildup to Sunday's game.

The Giants advanced to the game by winning the NFC East and defeating the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs. The Patriots won the AFC East and defeated the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens in the AFC playoffs to advance.

-- SB Nation New York offers full information on prop bets and other betting information you will need Sunday.

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2012 Super Bowl: New York Giants Friday Practice Report

INDIANAPOLI — 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.

“But he’s okay,’’ Coughlin said after the Giants’ 70-minute afternoon practice at the University of Indianapolis’ practice bubble. “He’ll be ready. He’ll be listed as probable. In fact, I don’t believe we’ll have anyone listed as questionable for the game.’’

Running backs Brandon Jacobs and D.J. Ware took the repetitions against the Giants’ scout team, simulating the Patriots, during Friday’s padless drills; the players wore shorts and helmets. Bradshaw was present, and dressed, but did nothing besides stretch. Coughlin didn’t seem concerned about Bradshaw’s absence because, as he said, “He got in two good days of work prior to this. He’s prepared.”

The Giants, as Coughlin said, listed six players as probable. Aside from Bradshaw, defensive Osi Umenyiora (ankle, knee) and special-teamer/safety Tyler Sash (foot) were limited in practice, while wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (shoulder), cornerback Corey Webster (hamstring) and linebacker Jacquian Williams (foot) practiced fully. All but Bradshaw and Sash appeared to be running and working without limitations Friday for the third straight day on the UIndy campus seven miles south of downtown Indianapolis.

Sash, a sixth-round draft pick from Iowa last April, had his foot stepped on midway through practice and left the field to have the foot wrapped. He told the club’s vice president of communications Pat Hanlon after practice: “I’m okay.”

Coughlin was at his detailed best this week in practice. The Giants were told Lucas Oil Stadium would have an on-field temperature of 68 to 70 degrees Sunday at the 6:29 p.m. kickoff, so Coughlin directed the temperature in the bubble be set at 70 each day. “We were able to get a good sweat going, working in conditions like they’ll have Sunday,’’ the veteran coach said. “Of course, we didn’t have 60,000 people watching.’’ To that end, for the third straight day, the Giants had crowd noise piped into the facility.

“So far this week, we’ve accomplished what we needed to accomplish,’’ Coughlin said. “The players have practiced hard and spirited. I think we’ll be well-prepared for the game.’’

As he has all week, Nicks caught everything thrown his way. And as he has all week, Eli Manning threw the ball crisply and with accuracy in preparation for the game against New England.

Giants players and family members, who arrived Thursday, will be on their own Friday night with a midnight curfew. Curfew will also be enforced Saturday night at the club’s downtown Indianapolis hotel at 11 p.m. The Giants will have a jog-through situational practice Saturday morning, and players will be off during the afternoon. As is the usual custom for a road game, Coughlin will have 75 minutes of night meetings and then evening chapel service and a team snack before curfew Saturday.

The Giants’ full management team was on hand to watch Friday’s workout. Club president and CEO John Mara, who has been present all week, was joined by chairman and executive vice president Steve Tisch and treasurer Jonathan Tisch, and multiple family members of the ownership group were on hand. Also Friday, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Greg Gadson, a 2008 Iraq War double-amputee and consistent presence around the team since he gave the team an inspirational speech in 2008, was on the sidelines. Several players, including defensive end Justin Tuck, spent time speaking with Gadson Friday.

— Written by Peter King, Pro Football Writers Of America

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2012 Super Bowl: New England Patriots Friday Practice Report

INDIANAPOLIS — An hour-long walk-through capped New England’s week of indoor Super Bowl XLVI practices Friday at Indianapolis Colts team headquarters.

“This is kind of like Saturday for us,” said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, referring to the usual light session conducted on the day before a game. “We’ve had a little bit of extra time this week (to practice).

“I think we’re ready to go. We’ve worked hard this week Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in practice, and we had good practices back (in Foxborough, Mass.) last week. We went through some mental-review things out there (Friday).”

Tight end Rob Gronkowski participated in the session, which never saw players run faster than a trot while executing plays. Gronkowski practiced on a limited basis Thursday for the first time since spraining his left ankle January 22 in New England’s AFC Championship game victory over Baltimore.

Dressed in gray sweatpants, gray sneakers and a dark blue t-shirt bearing the popular “Yo Soy Fiesta” phrase he recently coined, Gronkowski moved without a limp when the Patriots executed their offensive plays. He is listed as questionable on New England’s injury report for Sunday’s matchup against the New York Giants.

“He practiced yesterday. He didn’t do anything today,” Belichick said. “We’ll see where he’s at on Sunday, but hopefully (he’ll play). I saw no setbacks. He’s still making progress.”
Belichick returned to his special-teams roots during the practice. He served as an offensive lineman on punts, trying to draw the punt coverage team offsides by setting his hand on the ground just before the snap. Belichick and Patriots special teams coach Scott O’Brien also worked as defensive linemen when New England’s Stephen Gostkowski was kicking field goals.
“We were just going through the looks,” said Belichick, who coached special teams on three different NFL teams (Detroit, Denver and the Giants) as an assistant during the 1970s and 1980s. “We have key guys based on where they line up. We just try to show them that as a final reminder.”

The Patriots won’t practice Saturday but will have a team photograph taken at Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of Super Bowl XLVI.

“We’ll have meetings and we’ll do some reminders and things like that in our hotel but we’re not going to actually practice,” Belichick said.

New England players do have a Friday night curfew.

“This will be what we normally do if we were on the road Friday night (for a Sunday game),” Belichick said. “We would have curfew.”

— Written by Alex Marvez, Pro Football Writers Of America

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2012 Super Bowl: Giants Coach Tom Coughlin Says 'We’re Trying To Make Our Own History Here'

During the buildup to Sunday’s 2012 Super Bowl New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin has been asked many times to compare this team, and this playoff run, to the 2008 run that saw the Giants defeat the 18-0 New England Patriots. The Patriots, of course, will also be New York’s opponent this weekend.

During a visit with Mike Francesa of WFAN earlier this week Coughlin tried to make a distinction between the two teams.

“This is the 2011-12 New York Giants who are striving to make their own history. We’re trying to make our own history here, but there are comparisons and it is not a difficult thing to see those comparisons and agree with them. You got the overtime. You got the field goal in overtime to send you to the Super Bowl. You got the road warrior concept, the five straight single-elimination games that thank God we have been able to win,” Coughlin said. "You do have your similarities. You do have some players that are remaining from the game a few years ago that find themselves in the same position this year. These are two different and unique teams, who have the same tradition and heritage. You’ll find the new players who are a part of this, they are striving to make their own mark on history.”

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Super Bowl 2012, Giants Vs. Patriots: Tom Coughlin Press Conference, Friday 02.03.12

To the victor goes all the spoils. To the loser comes a disappointing offseason. It's the way the NFL playoffs operate, one game either to advance or go home. In the Super Bowl, the winner is a champion, the loser close but no cigar.

The New York Giants know what it's like to face elimination games. They've already won three in the postseason, and the end of the regular season arrived with the same sort of win-or-it's-over pressure.

During a press conference on Friday, coach Tom Coughlin discussed how his team has used the rising stakes to forge into a cohesive, confident unit.


Related: Visit Giants.com for Coughlin's entire press conference

"As you know, the Washington game, back in the regular season, we did not play well. Washington came in and played very well. Following that game, I simply walked into our team and said, ‘Look, we have two games to go. We have to win two games. If we do that we get into the playoffs and we can be the champions of the NFC East.' From there, it has been one elimination game after another. The players have been responding very, very well. They come together as a group."

Of course, Coughlin admits the Giants' growth from a .500 team in serious danger of missing the playoffs into a crew one win away from being crowned Super Bowl champions has not been all about mentality.


Related: How A Letter From Tom Coughlin Helped One Fan's Recovery

"There's been no question that our confidence building is boosted by the players on defense," Coughlin said. "We all of a sudden were able to get our entire defensive team together. We've made some progress along those lines that's given us the boost. We've played in harmony with all three units in those five games. Of course, special teams came through for us out in San Francisco against a very, very good San Francisco team. We were able to turn the ball over at the end of the game and win it. It's been that way. We've had our backs to the wall. The players have performed very well under that circumstance. Our leader, our quarterback, has been a very cool customer and has done very well late in the fourth quarter, (in) many games this year, and put us in a position where we're going to win."

See Big Blue View for more discussion and analysis of the Giants. For everything about the 2012 Super Bowl, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream.

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Super Bowl Odds: Giants Vs. Patriots Picks And Predictions

The New England Patriots enter Super Bowl 2012 as 3-point favorites over the New York Giants, according to the Super Bowl odds. The Patriots (13-3) will be looking to avenge a loss in the '08 Super Bowl, which featured the Giants (9-7) earning a 17-14 victory in Arizona, while New York is looking to do the improbable -- beat Tom Bradyand Bill Belichick for the second time in a HUGE game.

However, not only is the Vince Lombardi Trophy on the line Sunday (6:30 p.m. on NBC) but so is my credibility as SB Nation New York's pick'em guy who enters the biggest game of the year with an overall record of 42-40-2. Yes, I'll finish the year above .500 but I bet in imaginary increments of $1-million. So, if I get the Super Bowl right then I finish the year plus $3-million -- give or take. With that kind of cash, then maybe I can convice my wife to allow me to bet for real -- "But honey, I won $3-million last year!! How would $3-million in the bank sound this year?"

So, without further delay lets get to my overall picks and predictions for Super Bowl 46.

Patriots (13-3) vs. Giants (9-7) -- Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN

I see this game moving in either of two directions: First, New York continues to play like it has been on both sides of the ball -- Eli Manning manges the game well, makes a few big plays to Victor Cruz or Hakeem Nicks, while the defense rushes the passer to limit its opponents offense -- and the Giants cruise to a 7-point or more victory.

Or, the Patriots, led by Brady and Belichick, just get so pissed that everybody is mentioning the David Tyreecatch of '08, Brady's legacy if he loses another one Super Bowl and Belichick not winning big games since he got caught "cheating" a few years back. For New England, there's so much bulletin-board material its not even funny -- did I mention how Rob Gronkowski is going to want to prove ankle-doubters wrong, too?

However, for the second thing to happen we also have to figure in that a quarterback with the last name Manning will not enter the game prepared or focused -- not going to happen; and, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin will not make sure his players know what Brady and Belichick want to prove -- Coughlin is smarter than that.

So, with that logic I'm rolling with the Giants, who I picked to down the Falcons, Packers and 49ers, respectively. Enjoy G-Men fans as you get back, "back in the New York grooooooove!"

Prediction: Giants 20, Patriots 19.

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2012 Super Bowl: New York Giants Thursday Practice Report

INDIANAPOLIS—Running back Ahmad Bradshaw had an encouraging second straight day of practice and quarterback Eli Manning, on target throughout the Giants’ second Super Bowl XLVI practice of the week, highlighted a smooth New York workout as the Giants continued to get healthier with the game against New England just three days away.

Bradshaw (foot) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee) were the only Giants among all active and practice squad players who the club listed as limited in this afternoon’s 88-minute practice on the University of Indianapolis’ FieldTurf indoor practice field. The other three players who had been limited in Wednesday’s workout here—cornerback Corey Webster (hamstring), wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (shoulder) and special-teamer/linebacker Jacquian Williams (foot)—practiced fully on Thursday.

Bradshaw, who coach Tom Coughlin said hadn’t practiced on consecutive days to his memory all season, tripped going through the line on one running play early in the session. But he hopped up and was able to continue, and he showed no signs of limping with the nagging foot injury, completing practice as normal. “It looked like he tripped over the fullback’s foot,’’ said Coughlin. “But he’s fine.’’

Overall, Coughlin said, “We did fine. The energy level, the enthusiasm, the excitement is all there, as it should be, as it was yesterday. They’re really excited to practice for the game. I think they’ve done very well. This was a good day of preparation.’’

Manning was sharp. In the final two first-unit offensive possessions of the day, the second a two-minute drill, he completed 10 of 11 throws. Manning was particularly effective in the two-minute drill, held against the Giants’ first-team defense, moving the offense briskly downfield with but one incompletion. He appears to be in peak form heading into the second Super Bowl of his eight-year NFL career.

The play of the day came from Nicks, one of Manning’s favorite targets. Early in the practice, Nicks made a twisting, one-handed catch of a line drive from Manning on the left sideline, corralling the ball easily and turning upfield.

In all, the Giants appear to be in good shape, physically and mentally, for the rematch of the Super Bowl four years ago.

The NBC television crew that will do Sunday’s game—play-by-play man Al Michaels, analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, producer Fred Gaudelli and director Drew Esocoff—were on hand to watch the Giants work, a day after they’d observed the Patriots work out at the Colts practice facility.

— Written by Peter King, Pro Football Writers of America

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2012 Super Bowl: New England Patriots Thursday Practice Report

INDIANAPOLIS — New England tight end Rob Gronkowski’s return highlighted Thursday’s Super Bowl XLVI practice at Indianapolis Colts headquarters.
Appearing in the second half of the nearly two-hour session, Gronkowski participated on a limited basis for the first time since suffering a sprained left ankle January 22 during New England’s 23-20 AFC Championship game victory over Baltimore.

“He did some things. He didn’t do everything,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow. I think that will be the big key – how he responds to this today.”

Asked how encouraged he was by what Gronkowski did Thursday, Belichick said, “It was good. It was fine. We’ll see where he is tomorrow — whether that set him back, whether it didn’t and whether he’s able to continue to progress on a daily basis. But it was a good test for him, too, at least. At least he was out here and did some things to see how it feels. We’ll see how it goes.”

Gronkowski enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons for a tight end in NFL history with 90 catches for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Working in helmets and shells, the Patriots ran a gamut of offensive, defensive, and special-teams drills inside the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Belichick said his players had “good energy. They worked hard.”

Asked if he was doing anything different during practices than prior to New England’s previous four Super Bowl appearances under his guidance, Belichick said, “I think each one’s different. Each team is different and each preparation is a little bit different depending on what the needs are, your opponent, where your team is, how experienced they are and so forth. There are little tweaks here and there but it’s basically the same.”

— Written by Alex Marvez, Pro Football Writers of America

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Super Bowl 2012: Jason Pierre-Paul Doesn't Back Off Talk About Tom Brady

New York Giants star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has talked a few times this week about New England quarterback Tom Brady being bothered by the Giants pass rush earlier this season.

Thursday Pierre-Paul did not back off his comments that Brady was feeling pressure that wasn’t really there in the team’s regular-season meeting.


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"He was. He did react to pressure that didn’t exist, and he was just throwing the ball places where there wasn’t even a receiver there," Pierre-Paul said. "It’s like he felt us. When we looked back on the film, we watched the film, and we didn’t really rush like we can rush as a defense. He was throwing balls on the ground and stuff, but like I said, it’s going to be a battle. We have to get there. We have to."

Pierre-Paul had 16.5 sacks in the regular season and the Giants will need him to back up his words and make the great New England quarterback uncomfortable on Sunday.

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2012 Super Bowl, Giants Vs. Patriots: Jerry Reese Press Conference, Thursday

Jerry Reese has now seen the New York Giants reach the Super Bowl twice in his five season as general manager. The architect of the Giants roster was asked Thursday about the “over-arching philosophy” of how the Giants build a team. If you have followed the Giants for any length of time you know his answer was vintage Reese.


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"Our over-arching philosophy is ‘find good players.’ That’s what’s most important. You try to get as many good players as you can. I don’t care what position they are, you try to stack as many good players as you can," reese said. "We don’t go into (the draft) and say, ‘We’re looking for a defensive end, we’re looking for a quarterback.’ We’re looking for good players. Then after we get good players, we fill in around and get players in the holes that we need. That’s our formula."

Draftniks sometimes shake their heads when Reese stockpiles pass-rushing defensive ends, or wide receivers, or bypasses players who look like they might fit perceived needs for guys who — at first glance — have no place to play. With two Super Bowl appearances in five years, though, it is pretty hard to argue with the results.

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Super Bowl Prop Bets: New York Giants Odds 2012

As you've probably seen, SB Nation New York is covering every angle of the Super Bowl 2012. And with just a few days before the big game, we've decided to reach out to those degenerate gamblers that love to bet on every aspect of the Super Bowl, the biggest sports betting event of the year.

Below is a list of Super Bowl prop bets, provided by Bovada, for the New York Giants, who will be playing the New England Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl (6:30 p.m. on NBC).


All Your Super Bowl 2012 Betting Needs In One Place


Giants' Super Bowl 2012 MVP award winner?

Eli Manning (7-5)
Victor Cruz (8-1)
Hakeem Nicks (12-1)
Ahmad Bradshaw (20-1)
Jason Pierre-Paul (25-1)
Mario Manningham (35-1)
Brandon Jacobs (40-1)

Jared's pick: I really believe that Eli Manning is the easy bet here. If the Giants win the Super Bowl its going to be because Manning has a solid performance and not because somebody else stole the show. However, I'd like to think that voters would also like to give Eli a boost over Peyton just so they can talk able who's better the next decade.


How many passing yards will Giants' quarterback Eli Manning throw for?

Over 315-1/2 (-135)
Under 315-1/2 (+105)

Jared's pick: Great number for this one, as in the past five games Manning has gone over that number three times and under it twice. I am guessing, that if the Giants are successful they're mixing the run and pass well and if they lose Manning his passing numbers will not be that great. So, I'd go with the under.


Total rushing yards for Eli Manning?

Over 3-1/2 (-130)
Under 3-1/2 (Even)

Jared's pick: I am taking the under for two reasons: 1) over the course of this season Manning is averaging just 0.5-rushing yards per game; and 2) he's not that fast, so if he's running away from pressure he's not getting very far.


Exact number of Eli Manning passing touchdowns?

None (+550)
1 (+250)
2 (+250)
3 (+275)
4 or more (+400)

Jared's pick: I like to think if the Giants are going to score at least three touchdowns, and two of them are coming through the air. But, since the money-line is better with three scores, then I am going with three.


How many rushing yards will Giants' running back Ahmad Bradshaw get?

Over 62-1/2 (-115)
Under 62-1/2 (-115)

Jared's pick: Again, if the Giants are going to win, then they've established a balanced attack that features Bradshaw, however, I think Brandon Jacobs will steal some of the carries too. So, unless Bradshaw, who hasn't surpassed 63 yards all season, busts a big one you should thinking taking the under is a smart bet.


Will Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks catch a touchdown?

Yes (-115)
No (-115)

Jared's pick: Nick has scored a touchdown in less than half of all the Giants' games this season, so the odds are less than 50/50 he will do it in the Super Bowl. However, Nicks did catch two touchdowns in two of New York's three postseason games, meaning I am saying, yes!.


How many receiving yard will Giants' wide receiver Victor Cruz have?

Over 89-1/2 (-130)
Under 89-1/2 (Even)

Jared's pick: In 12 of the Giants' 19 games this season, Cruz has surpassed that mark. In the postseason, however, Cruz has surpassed that mark just once. What does that tell me? He's due! Take the over.


Total catches for Victor Cruz?

Over 6 (-125)
Under 6 (-105)

Jared's pick: In five of the Giants' 19 games this year, Cruz has caught more than six balls. Cruz has totaled six catches six times, so with those numbers along with a push allowing you to get your money back, I'd take the over.


Total sacks for Giants' defense end Osi Umenyiora.

Over 1/2
Under 1/2

Jared's pick: In 12 games that Umenyiora has played this season, he has collected at least one sack. I know that Tom Brady can get rid of the ball quick, but one has to think Osi is getting to Mr. Brady once.


Will Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin retire if his team wins Super Bowl 2012?

Yes (+900)

Jared's pick: Unless, Coughlin is taken out by a out-of-bounds tackle and hospitalized -- oh, that's a terrible thought -- then there's no way he's retiring. The guy loves his job too much.


How many times will David Tyree's 2008 Super Bowl catch be shown during Super Bowl 2012?

Over 1 1/2 (Even)
Under 1 1/2 (-140)

Jared's pick: It's happening at least once, so you need to ask yourself: "If the game is even somewhat close in the fourth quarter will NBC Producer show the clip again?" Of course. Take the over!

For more on Super Bowl 2012, check out the SB Nation New York StoryStream. For everything on the Giants, visit the SB Nation blog Big Blue View, while Pats Pulpit has everything on the New England Patriots.

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Super Bowl 2012: Eli Manning Press Conference, Thursday, 02.02.12

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning seemed relaxed and ready to go Thursday morning during his daily meeting with reporters leading up to the 2012 Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. This is the last day of media availability for players.

“You gotta enjoy this, you gotta have fun,” said Manning. "You can’t get nervous about it, you can’t overthink things. You just gotta go out there and play the game you’ve been playing your whole life, and enjoy every second of it.

“Having been in the NFL eight years you realize how rare it is to get here, how special it is, what a great opportunity this is,” Manning said. "You don’t want to let these opportunities slip away.

“The whole journey’s been great, and now obviously the goal is to finish it off strong,” Manning said. “That’s kinda been the words of the season, finish games in the fourth quarter and finish the season strong.”

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2012 Super Bowl: Giants Coach Tom Coughlin Says 'It's Still Us Against The World'

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has heard all the talk that maybe the Giants really are not the underdogs Sunday against the New England Patriots in the 2012 Super Bowl. He is aware of the analysts and prognosticators who have chosen the Giants to win. The veteran Giants coach is sticking to the Giants as underdogs script, however.

“It’s still us against the world,” Coughlin said during his Thursday press conference. “I’ve seen a lot of the stuff that’s been said … we’re still the underdogs. We still have an awful lot to prove.”

Injury Updates

Coughlin said that the Giants were “pleased” with the progress of running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) and that linebacker Jacquian Williams (ankle) “did well” during Wednesday’s practice.

“We’ll have to see about Ahmad. Certainly the time off has helped him. He worked a little bit of a day early a week ago, he’s worked two days early this week,” said Coughlin.

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Super Bowl 2012: Wednesday New York Giants Practice Pool Report

INDIANAPOLIS — Running back Ahmad Bradshaw and linebacker Jacquian Williams, benefiting from extra time for foot injuries to heal during the Giants’ bye week, ran well and practiced during New York’s first Super Bowl XLVI week workout in the practice bubble on the University of Indianapolis campus.

The Giants, appearing exuberant and loose, practiced for 80 minutes (following a scripted 30-minute jog-through workout) on the Greyhounds’ FieldTurf practice field—the same surface they’ll play on Sunday against the New England Patriots.

All active and practice squad players participated in the first team practice since their Saturday session back in New Jersey, though five players were listed as limited by the team: Bradshaw, Williams, cornerback Corey Webster (hamstring), defensive end Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee) and wideout Hakeem Nicks (shoulder). All were observed by a pool reporter in the regular part of practice practicing at close to full speed, though their practice reps were less than a typical full load.

“This was a good, spirited, uptempo practice,’’ said coach Tom Coughlin. “There are a few things we will clean up, obviously, and we want to be better tomorrow and build to our best work on Friday.’’

It seemed the Giants were itching to get back out on the field, the way they boisterously emerged from a pre-practice stretch and ran from drill to drill.

“I saw that,’’ said Coughlin. “They’ve been excited about getting back to work for the first time in a few days.’’

Coughlin had said at the Giants’ Wednesday media session that he expected Bradshaw to sit out the first practice of the week. And he said he was a little surprised to see Bradshaw practice. Normally, the veteran running back has used Wednesday to rest and rehab his injured right foot, but Coughlin said Bradshaw told trainer Ronnie Barnes he “wants to be a part of this” and wanted to be out at the first practice of Super Bowl week with his teammates.

“I just hope he’s okay tomorrow,’’ said Coughlin.

— Compiled by Peter King, Pro Football Writers of America

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2012 Super Bowl, Wednesday Injury Report: Rob Gronkowski Still Not Practicing

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was the only member of either team who did not practice on Wednesday. Gronkowski suffered a high ankle sprain in the Patriots AFC Championship Game victory over the Baltimore Ravens. The belief is that Gronkowski will play Sunday in Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants, but how healthy the star tight end will be is obviously debatable.

NEW YORK GIANTS

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), WR Hakeem Nicks (shoulder), DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle, knee), CB Corey Webster (hamstring), LB Jacquian Williams (foot)

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle)


LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
T Marcus Cannon (ankle), S Patrick Chung (knee), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), DT Kyle Love (ankle), G Logan Mankins (knee), LB Rob Ninkovich (hip), LB Brandon Spikes (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (illness, back, foot), WR Wes Welker (knee), LB Tracy White (abdomen)

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Super Bowl 2012, Giants Vs. Patriots: New England Defenders Ask 'Who Do You Take Away?'

The New England Patriots, with a defense ranked 31st in the league in yardage allowed during the regular season, understand that they have a huge challenge in Super Bowl XLVI against the explosive New York Giants offense.

“They’re playing good football right now, running the ball, passing the ball, so you’ve just got to try to take away some of the weapons. You’ve got to try to contain them. I don’t know if you can really just stop them all together because (Giants QB) Eli (Manning) is hot right now. The running backs are running the ball well, the offensive line is blocking well, so we’ve just got to do a good job trying to contain them,” said linebacker Jerod Mayo. “They’re clicking on all cylinders. It’s like, ‘What do you do? Who do you take away?’ Do you try to take the run game away and then you open up passing lanes and you try to take the pass game away and then you have (RB Ahmad) Bradshaw and (RB Brandon) Jacobs and (RB D.J.) Ware running the ball, so it’s like what do you do?”

The Patriots defensive plan is similar to the Giants plan to attack Tom Brady with as much pass rush as they can muster.

“I think we want to get after Eli (Manning) first of all, because he runs the show. They don’t give him enough credit. He’s a big, physical guy; he’s tough. He gets up after you knock him down. He just runs a tight ship. He does a great job so he’s the guy we have to try to get off track.,” said linebacker Brandon Spikes. “They can anytime take it the distance. We’re just got to contain and make sure we got guys at each position that can do it all. It can pop, anytime so we’ve got to do a great job of just containing and being fundamentally sound and everyone just hitting their assignments, being in the right place.”

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Super Bowl 2012, Giants Vs. Patriots: Bill Belichick Talks About Giants Defensive Line

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday that the New York Giants defensive line is difficult to prepare for because “I don’t know if anybody can play like the Giants play.”

Interestingly, Giants coach Tom Coughlin also spoke about the Giants plethora of defensive ends today, saying that having so many pass-rushers was “not a luxury,” rather “a style and a way in which we prefer to play.”

The Giants have pass-rushing ends Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, linebacker/defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka and several quality defensive tackles.

“They (the Giants) have great quickness up there as well as power. Those inside guys can really knock the line of scrimmage back,” Belichick said. “When they move (Jason) Pierre-Paul and (Justin) Tuck and those guys inside in passing situations, they have great quickness in there, too.”

The matchup between the Patriots talented offensive line and the Giants defensive front will be one of the critical ones in Super Bowl XLVI.

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Super Bowl 2012: Osi Umenyiora Apologizes For 'Misunderstanding'

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has issued a statement apologizing for missing Wednesday’s mandatory media session. Umenyiora’s wallet is $20,000 lighter after he was fined by the NFL for the transgression.

Here is Umenyiora’s statement:

“I misunderstood the schedule. It won’t happen again, and I will be at tomorrow’s media session and available after the game. I apologize for any inconvenience my absence this morning may have caused.”

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News seemed to question the sincerity of Umenyiora’s apology.

Vacchiano said Umenyiora is a “chronic violator” of the NFL’s Media Policy during the regular season and added that Umenyiora was the only player for either team who missed today’s mandatory 45-minute session with reporters.

— See Big Blue View for more discussion and analysis of the Giants leading up to Super Bowl XLVI. See Pats Pulpit for discussion and analysis from a New England point of view.

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Super Bowl 2012, Giants Vs. Patriots: Kevin Gilbride Press Conference

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has had the best season of his career in leading the Giants to the 2012 Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. He passed for a franchise record 4,933 yards, led six fourth-quarter victories and cut his interceptions from 25 a season ago to 16.

And yes, he proved he is elite. There is still one thing he does, however, that makes offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride crazy. That would be his occasional propensity to throw the ball left-handed when he is flushed from the pocket.

"He still does it. I go crazy. It is foolish, it is stupid," Gilbride said. "You are asking for disaster. Don’t do that. Sometimes the instincts are just so strong that they take over."


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Gilbride did not want to endorse the idea that the Giants, last in the league in rushing this season, have become a passing team.

“If Tom [Coughlin] had the perfect world, we would run it 30, throw it 30 and we would win 14-2,” Gilbride said. “Sometimes it doesn’t play out that way and you have to recognize that what are people doing defensively. What is our best chance of moving the ball and if we have to run it 50 times, that is fine with me. If we have to throw it 50, whatever we have to do.”

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Super Bowl 2012, Giants Vs. Patriots: Perry Fewell Press Conference

New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said Wednesday that not being certain of the playing status of New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski (questionable with a high ankle sprain) complicates preparations for Sunday’s 2012 Super Bowl.

"The speculation of if he will or if he won’t, that’s very difficult, because you can only use study. He’s been in every football game they’ve played this year so what do they do without him. It’s a difficult thing," Fewell said.


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Fewell came to the Giants from the Buffalo Bills after serving as defensive coordinator there, and interim head coach for part of the 2009 season. He interviewed for four head-coaching jobs a season ago, but his name never came up for any of the vacancies that came around following the 2011 season. Fewell has never hidden his desire to be a head coach, and knows his chances could be enhanced if the Giants win the Super Bowl.

"I think it gives me more marketability in the future," Fewell said. "Now I have the experience of coaching in the Super Bowl, knowing what the preparation is like for a Super Bowl week, because it does change. I think that adds value to what I can do."

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Super Bowl 2012, Key Matchups: Tom Coughlin Vs. Bill Belichick

For three seasons with the New York Giants, in the late 80s, Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick were star pupils of Bill Parcells. Coughlin was the Giants wide receivers coach while Belichick was the coordinator for the Giants suffocating defense. Ultimately, Belichick left the Giants to become the last head coach of the "original Cleveland Browns". Coughlin had a brief but successful stint as Boston College's head coach until becoming the first head coach of the NFL's expansion Jacksonville Jaguars franchise.

Meanwhile, in four out of his five seasons in Cleveland, Belichick failed to lead the Browns to a winning season and he resigned in 1995, when the team announced its move to Baltimore. Meanwhile, Coughlin led the newly minted, expansion Jacksonville Jaguars to the playoffs in four of his first five seasons as well as two AFC Championship Games. However, Coughlin failed to lead the Jaguars back to the playoffs.

Belichick and Coughlin nearly became New York rivals. In 2000, Belichick bizarrely resigned as Jets head coach, just one day into his tenure while reading off a crumpled sheet of paper and later accepted the Patriots head coaching position. In 2004, Coughlin accepted the challenge of becoming the head coach of the New York Giants. It would be seven years until Coughlin and Belichick would become major foils for one another in Super Bowl XLII.

They may have missed the shot at having their fates intersect as head coaches of New York's teams but they've since become rivals regardless.

Here's how their resumes stack up head-to-head.

Bill Belichick: 173-97-0 in the regular season. 17-6 in the postseason.

Tom Coughlin: 129-103 in the regular season. 10-7 in the postseason.

There's no doubt that Belichick has been the superior head coach for the past decade but somehow like a certain NFL quarterback Coughlin's teams mysteriously find an extra gear at crucial moments. Belichick's record is even more impressive when you consider that he was 36-44 as the Browns head coach in the early '90s and that he has won three Coach of the Year awards. Belichick's Patriots have only allowed 4 losses a season during his tenure as head coach.

21 years ago, Coughlin and Belichick were assistants on the Giants Super Bowl-winning staff. Belichick was the favored one but Coughlin was the one who shared the most similarities to Parcells.

"I think they do have an awful lot in common; I think their persona is just a little different on the part of each of them," Parcells said on the program. "Both of them were straight football guys, intense competitors, very thorough, quite intense in their preparations, and certainly both of them would get the information to the players very, very well.

"You know Bill Belichick was the son of a coach, I knew his father [Steve] very well. He came up [with] football all his life. Tom kind of took the same route I did as a coach, starting in a very, very small Division III school. He was mowing the grass and lining the fields, and doing all the tasks that a coach in one of those situations has to do. So he came up the hard way and people who do that learn the ropes. I think Bill was taught by his dad on what was necessary, and Tom, by his experience, starting off at a very low level as a coach -- I did the same things at Hastings College in Nebraska -- makes you appreciate it when things change for the better." via

ESPN Boston

Despite their shared roots and their matching Super Bowl XXV rings on Feb. 5, they'll be on opposite sidelines vying for a championship that only one can win for the second time. Belichick may have the superior record and more rings but until he beats the Giants in Sunday's Big Game, Coughlin will have the upper hand.

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2012 Super Bowl Media Day: Brandon Jacobs Says Plaxico Burress Wanted To Be A Giant

Brandon Jacobs is never at a loss for words. On Tuesday during his media day session, the hulking New York Giants running back stated that New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress wanted to return to the Giants before this season.

"Oh, no question, I know he did. I know he wanted to come to the Giants. We just didn't think it was going to be able to be done financially," Jacobs said. "But he may be (back) next year, who knows?"

Of course, all of this is coming on the heels of the Jets collapsing down the stretch, including a back-breaking loss to their crosstown rivals.

Jacobs continued, saying he would be stunned if Burress returned for another round with Rex Ryan and the Jets.

"I don't see him there due to (the limited) success he had last year, and I don't think it had anything to do with him... and I'll leave it at that."

Burress was an intriguing figure in the off-season after missing two full years while serving his prison sentence. The Jets were able to bring him in with the idea of replacing Braylon Edwards, but he was never able to get in rhythm with Mark Sanchez.

Jacobs knows his ex-teammate in is a regretful mood after missing out on a chance to play deep into January and February.

"I talked to him a couple of weeks ago, when we were playing the 49ers, and he was like, 'This is crazy,' " Jacobs said. "Two of the teams he was looking at were playing in the NFC Championship Game."

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2012 Super Bowl Media Day: Michael Boley Expects Rob Gronkowski To Play

New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley understands how difficult it will be for the New York Giants to handle New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez Sunday in Super Bowl XLVI.

“Their tight ends, they propose a lot of threats. Not just because they’re two tremendous athletes, but because they both do a lot of different things as far as alignment. Alignment wise, that’s where it all starts. They split those guys out as No. 1 receivers and they put them in slots like they’re receivers," Boley said Tuesday during Super Bowl Media Day. "They try to cause mismatch problems, but I think the thing that helps us the most is we have a great linebacker core. We also have three great safeties that can come down and get their hands on those guys to make it easier.”

Boley said he expects Gronkowski to play despite the high ankle sprain that has kept him out of practice since the Patriots’ AFC Championhsip Game victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

“Our whole mindset is that he is going to be 100 percent by game time, especially given a game of this magnitude. I can’t expect anything but his best," Boley said. “His size alone just creates a lot of problems for a lot of people. It’s rare to get tight ends his size that can actually run through the routes and get open, so the problem is not only his speed but also his route running.”

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Super Bowl 2012, Key Matchups: Giants Receivers Vs. Patriots Secondary

On paper, the New England Patriots shouldn’t be here. Not with the NFL’s 31st ranked pass defense that allowed nearly 300 yards per game. For much of the season, throwing against the Pats secondary was as simple as playing monkey in the middle. The same Patriots secondary that allowed Joe Flacco to throw for over 300 yards in the AFC Championship Game was fortunate he didn’t throw for more. Flacco actually misfired on multiple downfield throws to wide open receivers. Against a better quarterback, New England would have been lit up for far more than 400 yards based on the atrocious coverage they displayed in the AFC Championship Game.

On Super Bowl Sunday, they will face an obviously superior quarterback in New York’s Eli Manning. Manning threw for a team-record 4,933 yards thanks to a dangerous trio of receivers. The Giants began the season with Mario Manningham and Nicks as their primary targets but an injury to Manningham paved the way for Victor Cruz to emerge as a elite receiver in the slot. Cruz has been brilliant after a rookie season that was spent on injured reserve. This season, Cruz caught 82 passes for a team-record 1,536 yards. Nicks recorded 76 catches for nearly 1,20 yards.Most importantly, Nicks’ size makes him Manning’s best option in the red zone and will remind Belichick’s Patriots of their unsuccessful attempts at covering Plaxico Burress in Super Bowl XLII.


Related: Victor Cruz On New England's Secondary

Meanwhile, Bill Belichick’s secondary is built more like the government’s Cash For Clunkers program than a Super Bowl-caliber defense. Cornerback Sterling Moore was an undrafted free agent that was signed as a practice squad in October. Moore returned the Patriots investment by making the most clutch defensive play of the Patriots season when he knocked the go-ahead touchdown catch from the arms of Ravens receiver, Lee Evans arms with 22 seconds seconds remaining. New England’s starting safety, James Ihedigbo, spent the past three seasons as a special teams player for the New York Jets but hasn’t recorded an interception in 14 games as the starter.

Another stitch in the Patriots secondary is Julian Edelman, a slot receiver, punt returner and ex-college quarterback who has been used extensively at corner. For much of the AFC Championship Game, Edelman was tasked with covering Anquan Boldin. Boldin burned the Patriots secondary and Edelman for six catches and 101 yards. Belichick has converted wide receivers to the secondary before and vice versa. Former linebacker Mike Vrabel became known as one of the Patriots most reliable end zone targets.

Most recently, Troy Brown was Belichick’s Swiss army knife and switched back and forth for 15 seasons between the Patriots primary option at receiver, punt returner and part-time defensive back. However, Mario Manningham is relishing the opportunity to torch Edelman on Super Bowl Sunday.

I hope he’s out there when we play them," Manningham said, according to the Boston Herald. "I don’t want to sound like that, but you know what I mean. To our advantage, I hope he’s out there."

"It’s a different stage," Manningham said. "This ain’t regular season. That ain’t your real position, so we’re going to try to expose you. It’s all or nothing now. That ain’t your position, this is the Super Bowl and we want you to play that position." Via ESPN New York

Need further proof of the Patriots patchwork secondary? Look no further than Devin McCourty. After a stellar Pro Bowl rookie season at cornerback in 2010 for the Patriots, the Pats first round pick was shifted to safety during the final week of the regular season after struggling at cornerback this season. Amidst the Patriots rag tag group of defensive backs is Kyle Arrington, who led the NFL with seven interceptions in 2011.

Giants receivers such as Mario Manningham may look down on the Patriots secondary but once they trot onto the field they’ll have to respect whatever athletes New England throws at them. When he’s given two weeks to scheme, there’s no telling what or whom Darth Belichick will throw at the Giants receivers on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury Update: Patriots' Tight End Speaks At Super Bowl 2012 Media Day With No Walking Boot

Rob Gronkowski, the All-Pro tight end for the New England Patriots, was the center piece of the first two hours of the Super Bowl 20112 Media Day Tuesday, as the 6-foot-6, 245-pounder was asked question after question on his injured ankle, which was not protected by a walking boot for the first time in days.

"He said that shedding the boot was a sign of improvement, however, and added he was not wearing a compression wrap under his sock."

According to The New York Post's Justin Terranova, Gronkowski was asked about his current status frequently and answered with "day-to-day" about 10 times. Terranova said when Gronkowski was asked if he could play yet, the tight end responded:

"I don't know yet. I'm doing everything I can to help the team. I'm getting better every single day."

When asked about his chances of playing Sunday, Gronk said:

"[The game is] six days away," Gronkowski said. "I could be 100 percent by then. I could be 2 percent by then. We’re just taking it day by day.

"I’m young. I’m healthy, and I feel blessed like that. Whatever it is, I hope I’m a quick healer."

If Gronkowski is able to go Sunday, the New York Giants will have their hands full, as he set the NFL single-season record for touchdowns by a tight end (17) and receiving yards (1,327).

Gronkowski sustained his ankle injury during the AFC Championship game, which featured the Patriots defeating the Baltimore Ravens, 23-20.

— See Big Blue View for more discussion and analysis of the Giants. For everything about the 2012 Super Bowl, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream.

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Former Rutgers' DB, Devin McCourty, Talks Greg Schiano At Super Bowl 2012

The Rutgers football program has been going through a very tumultuous time since former head coach Greg Schiano left for the NFL last Thursday. On Monday, former Scarlet Knights, now New England Patriots corner back, Devin McCourty addressed the departure of Schiano and the future of the program.

"It is kind of bittersweet," said McCourty, who was a part of the famous recruiting Class of 2005 and was selected 27th overall by the Patriots in the '09 NFL Draft. "He is a big part of my development as a player, and as a person. But, you have to be happy for him. I don't know any coach in that profession that doesn't dream about being a head coach at the highest level of football. To get that opportunity, I think that's great for him.

"But, as a proud alum, seeing him go after the job he has done there at Rutgers. People said we were probably one of the worst programs in college football and then to build it up to what it is today. But, I am sure they will find a replacement and he will do a good job too."

For more on Rutgers football and its recruiting and coaching situation, click the respective SB Nation New York links. Meanwhile, for everything on Super Bowl 2012, visit this StoryStream. For more on McCourty or the New England Patriots visit the SB Nation blog Pats Pulpit.

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Super Bowl 2012, Giants Vs. Patriots: Devin McCourty Talks Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Eli Manning

Former Rutgers football defensive back Devin McCourty is playing in his first Super Bowl, as his current team, the New England Patriots, will face the New York Giants Sunday (6:30 p.m. on NBC) in Super Bowl XLVI. On Monday, McCourty fielded some questions from the media and mainly talked about how lucky he is for getting the opportunity to play in Super Bowl 2012 in just his second season in the NFL after playing at Rutgers for four years.

"...Talking to the other guys on our team and other friends that I have made that are veterans, to be at this level in only my second year, you have got to be grateful for it," said McCourty, who was picked 27th overall by the Patriots in the '09 NFL Draft. "I think the biggest thing, is just trying to take advantage of the opportunity of being here - working hard, studying hard and getting ready to go for this game."

McCourty, a native of Nyack, N.Y. and a member of Rutgers Football's famous recruiting class of 2005, which includes him and All-Pro running back Ray Rice, will be going up against two solid wide receivers in the Giants' Victory Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.

"It's a very difficult challenge," said McCourty. "I think it all starts with their offense, how balanced they are with a good running game, a good quarterback and they have three very good weapons outside at receiver. We are really going to have to prepare and come to play, because any of the three of those guys are capable of having big games."

As for trying to contain Giants' quarterback Eli Manning, McCourty said the Patriots secondary needs to contain his big-play ability.

"...A lot of times when it's time to make a big play, he is doing it. Whether it's scrambling or throwing a perfect pass. So, I think the biggest thing is we have to be disciplined and we have to do a good job covering guys because he is going to put the ball there."

— See Big Blue View for more discussion and analysis of the Giants. Check out, On The Banks for all your Rutgers coverage.

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2012 Super Bowl, Giants Vs. Patriots: Antrel Rolle Says 'My Teammates Understand Me'

Antrel Rolle’s weekly radio appearance on WFAN has become a must-listen for New York Giants fans and reporters. Whether it has been on WFAN or elsewhere, Rolle has proven a talent for making headlines during his two seasons with the Giants.

Even the talkative safety understands, though, that the Giants can’t win Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots by talking about it.

“The game (still) has to be played on Sunday. And the only thing that is going to determine the outcome of the game are the players in the game, who’s going to take the field and who’s going to be on either side,” Rolle said Monday during his news conference. "No talk, no media, no speculation, no parties, none of that stuff is really relevant at this point.”

Rolle was also asked about his outspoken personality.

“My teammates understand me and that’s the only people I really care (about) who need to understand me,” Rolle said. "They know that I’ve never been a problem, I’ll never be a problem, and everything I say is for the betterment of this team. They understand that and we’re moving forward.”

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2012 Super Bowl, Giants Vs. Patriots: Eli Manning Press Conference, 01.30.12

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been asked a lot of questions about his brother, Peyton, in the past week. That continued Monday during Manning’s press conference after the team landed in Indianapolis for the 2012 Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.

Eli said that the main thing he has learned from his brother’s situation with the Indianapolis Colts is to treasure his opportunities.

“If you play this game long enough you realize how precious each season is. How precious these opportunities are. You don’t know if you’re going to get a chance to play in another Super, you don’t know when a season is going to get cut short.”

“When you have an opportunity and you can go win a championship you don’t want to let those opportunities slip away.”

Manning also again deflected questions about his legacy if the Giants win a second Super Bowl with him as quarterback.

“You don’t think about that as a player. You concentrate on the opponent, try to keep your mind focused on the job," Manning said. "If you get concerned with other things that takes your mind off what your job has to be this coming Sunday.”

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2012 Super Bowl, Giants Vs. Patriots: 2011 An 'Eye-Opening Experience' For Justin Tuck

New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck has fought through an injury-plagued season, dealing with neck, ankle, groin and now shoulder injuries. The result has been that Tuck’s performance has been far below the two-time Pro Bowlers standards.

Yet, Tuck and the Giants have reached the 2012 Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. Tuck called the 2011 season an “eye-opening experience” during a press conference Sunday after the Giants landed in Indianapolis.

“I want to be the leader this football team can always look to. I thought I had to do that only by what I do on the football field. Only sacks and tackles, things like that,” Tuck said. "This has been an eye-opening experience for me knowing that leadership doesn’t necessarily have to do with how you play on the field, it has to do with what goes on behind closed doors and how you can motivate guys in other situations.

“I’ve learned a lot this year. It’s made me a better football player, better person.”

— See Big Blue View for more discussion and analysis of the Gants

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Super Bowl 2012 Schedule: Patriots Arrive In Indy Sunday, Giants Monday

It is officially the Sunday before Super Bowl Sunday, and that means one thing: The arrival of both the New York Giants and New England Patriots is less than 24 hours away. On Sunday, the Patriots (13-3) will arrive in Indianapolis (see picture below of New England loading its team buses Sunday afternoon), while the Giants touch down Monday.

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The biggest story lines of the week will revolve around the rematch of the 2008 Super Bowl, which will feature a lot of highlights of former Giants wide receiver making "The Helmet Catch" that helped New York down the Patriots, 17-14; the injury status of Patriots All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowksi, who's battling a bad ankle; and the comparison of the two featured quarterbacks -- Eli Manning (Giants) and Tom Brady (Patriots).

On Tuesday, both franchises will hold media days, as the Patriots will begin theirs at 10 a.m. ET, while the Giants will have theirs at noon. Both teams will hold their regular practices during the week in preparation for next Sunday's 6:30 p.m. ET kick off time. The game will be televised on NBC.

— See Big Blue View for complete Giants discussion and analysis. See SB Nation’s StoryStream for even more Super Bowl XLVI coverage.

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2012 Super Bowl: Giants Aim To 'Kill The Snake'

For New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, the 2012 Super Bowl against the New England Patriots comes down to one thing. That is the Giants ability — or inability — to put pressure on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“The way to kill the snake is to take off his head. The way to kill an offense as potent as that one is making sure you take care of Brady,” Tuck said. “Our defensive front will put a lot of pressure on itself to make sure that we do our best to get after him.”

The Giants were successful in doing that in the 2008 Super Bowl, pounding Brady and harassing him as the Giants won, 17-14. They also did that well in a 24-20 victory over New England during the 2011 season.

“Look at ’07. That was pretty much the reason why we were in the game, because we kept him off-rhythm. Obviously he is the main reason why [the Patriots] are successful,” Tuck said.

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2012 Super Bowl, Giants Vs. Patriots: Rob Gronkowski Injury Update

Tight end Rob Gronkowski remains the only member of the New England Patriots who is not practicing as the team prepares to face the New York Giants in the 2012 Super BOwl Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.

Gronkowski has what is being called a high ankle sprain, suffered in the Patriots 23-20 AFC Championship Game victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Gronkowski had had 90 catches for 1,327 receiving yards and a record-setitng 17 touchdowns this season, most ever for a tight end in a single season.

Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez form the most impressive duo of tight ends in the NFL. Most reports expect that Gronkowski will play vs. the Giants.

The Giants had several players miss practice on Thursday. The most serious might be rookie linebacker Jacquian Williams, who was apparently wearing a walking boot.

— See Big Blue View to join the discussion with Giants fans. You can see Pats Pulpit for the New England viewpoint.

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Super Bowl 2012: Eli Manning Not Worried About His Legacy

If the New York Giants win the 2012 Super Bowl quarterback Eli Manning will become only the 11th quarterback in NFL history with two Super Bowl titles. Seven of those are already in the NFL Hall of Fame.

Manning said Thursday, however, that his legacy is not something he thinks about.

“My job is to try to play at a high level, try to play football for the Giants. I think the important thing when you play in big games, like a Super Bowl, is don’t let the fact that it is a big game make you think about other things. You have to keep it simple in a sense of this is a great opportunity for this team, for this organization to win a championship. That’s the important thing,” said Manning. “When you start thinking about other things or what this might mean, that’s when you’re really distracted from what your job has to be.”

— See the transcripts of all the interview of Giants players this week in the Big Blue View Transcripts section.

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2012 Super Bowl: Ravens' Bernard Pollard Is Rooting For The Giants

Let’s just say it appears that Baltimore Ravens defensive back Bernard Pollard still appears to be bitter about his team’s 23-20 loss Sunday to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Pollard said during a radio appearance this week that he hoped the New York Giants “put a thrashing on the Patriots.”

“I really hope the Giants – I just hope they just put a thrashing on the Patriots. I really do. To lose to a team like that the way we played. We played a good game,” Pollard said. “You gotta look at the experience of the team. You gotta look at what do the Giants have? They got a front four that is relentless. They got a secondary that is really, really good. They got a linebacking core that has been with them. The dinking and the dunking man? It’s just not going to happen.”

Giants fans, of course, want the same thing Pollard does.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury: Patriots' Tight End Will 'Be Ready To Go' For 2012 Super Bowl

It was an ugly site when New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's ankle was rolled over by a Baltimore Ravens defender in the AFC Championship game Sunday. And when the 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end left the field helped by New England team trainers a collective gasp could be heard among Pats' fans -- the opposite reaction probably for their future opponents' supporters.

However, as of Tuesday Gronkowski should be all set for the 2012 Super Bowl against the New York Giants, Feb. 5, at Lucus Oil Stadium.

"He’ll be ready to go," a source told the Boston Herald Monday.

This season, Gronkowski set a NFL record for touchdown receptions at his position, as he hauled in 90 receptions for 17 touchdowns and 1,327 yards.

-- For the latest news on the 2012 Super Bowl, check back to the SB Nation New York StoryStream. See Big Blue View for more discussion about the Giants, and Pats Pulpit for the New England side of the story.

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Peter King: Giants Will Be 'Hard To Beat' In Super Bowl

Let’s look at some of the national reaction to the New York Giants dramatic 20-17 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. The victory, of course, propels the Giants into the 2012 Super Bowl

There’s something about Manning that’s hard to put a finger on, but also very hard to beat. The best quarterbacks are usually the ones who play the best with the most on the line. Manning’s had some embarrassing regular season losses. He was swept by the 5-11 Redskins this year, both by double digits. The Giants were routed at home by Seattle and had a four-game losing streak. But when it matters, the kid’s been money. Let’s look at Manning’s last five seasons:

Overall record: 56-32. (Eight more wins than Philadelphia, eight more wins than Dallas.)
Playoff record: 7-1.
Playoff record outside of New Jersey: 6-1.
Super Bowl record: 1-0.
Record against New England: 2-1. (Lost 38-35, won 17-14, won 24-20.)

The Giants don’t have the sick regular season record of the Patriots, but they’ve played better than New England in January and February. They’ve got a superb pass-rush, and they’ve got Manning. "We have grit,‘’ said Tom Coughlin. "We’re battle-tested. We’ve had five straight single-elimination games. Somehow, some way, we’ve found a way to scratch our way to a win.’’

Eli’s Giants and Brady’s Patriots heading to Indianapolis for a Super Sequel - The Washington Post

Turnovers turn tide as Giants defeat 49ers - BostonHerald.com

Williams the loneliest 49er after two turnovers - NFL - Yahoo! Sports

Is Eli Manning Better Than Peyton? And Other Questions Following Championship Sunday - SBNation.com

PHOTOS: Eli Manning Took An Absolute Pounding In The NFC Championship - SBNation.com

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