Tag: New York Giants

Doug’s NFL picks Week 5

Week 4 9-6

Season Standings 40-23

Thursday Night

Bills 2-2 at Browns 2-2

Sunday Games 1:00

The winner will be 3-2, which in today’s NFL means they will be in the Playoff hunt. The Bills are fresh off a thumping of the Ravens, and the Browns have won two straight after trading Trent Richardson and benching Brandon Weeden. Make it three in a row tonight

Pats 4-0 at Bengals 2-2

The Pats just keep winning, the Bengals just keep finding ways to set NFL unis back twenty years. Pats win

Lions 3-1 at Pack 1-2

This might be the year the Lions finally break out, but not this week, Packers win

Ravens 2-2 at Dolphins 3-1 The Dolphins got whacked Monday night in New Orleans, but that happens a lot on that city, this week the Ravens get mugged in Miami

Seahawks 4-0 at Colts 3-1

Best game of the week? It could well be. A Superbowl preview? how the Hell would I know I am only 17-14 in the last two weeks. But, Colts win a close one

Saints 4-0 at Bears 3-1

The Saints hope to go undefeated, the Bears will crush that hope

Eagles 1-3 at NY Giants 0-4

The Eagles looked great in the first half of the first game, but since then their new fast offense has averaged a loss every 18 seconds. Giants win

Chiefs 4-0 at Titans 3-1

Andy Reid is on track for coach of the year, and the Chiefs win a close contest. Is it too much to ask the Titans to bust out their old Oiler unis this week? 

Jags 0-4 at Rams 1-3

The Rams are bad, but the Jags are uglier than their helmets. Rams win

Sunday Games 4:00

Panthers 1-3 at Cards 2-2

Can I be honest here? No one will watch this game, no one cares, but Panthers will win any way

Broncos 4-0 at Cowboys 2-2

The Cowboys are on their win one, lose one formula headed to another 8-8 year. Peyton Manning is on a different level. 

Sunday Night

Texans 2-2 at Niners 2-2

Two teams that should have better records. Two teams that REALLY need a win. Hmmm, I will go with the Niners

Chargers 2-2 at Raiders 1-3

The good news for Oakland is that the A’s are in the playoffs. The bad news for Oakland is they get their starting QB back. The worse news for Oakland? That QB is Terrell Pryor. Chargers win

Monday Night

Jets 2-2 at Falcons 1-3

The Jets are 2-2, headed for 3-13, the Falcons are 1-3 headed for 11-5. Falcons roll!

 

Pat Summerall passes away at 82

Very sad news today. I grew up listening to greats like Dick Enberg, Verene Lundquist, Charlie Jones, and yes, this man, Pat Summerall. He had a great voice, something that is surprisingly rare in the broadcast business. He will be missed

For many sports fans in the 1960s through the 1990s, Pat Summerall was the voice of the NFL, starting with CBS’ Sunday telecasts and later with Fox, famously paired for much of that time with John Madden.

Summerall, 82, passed away Tuesday in Dallas, said his daughter, Susie Wiles.

“He was an extraordinary man and a wonderful father,” Wiles told the Associated Press. “I know he will be greatly missed.”

The Dallas Morning News reported Summerall died in his room at Dallas’ Zale Lipshy Hospital, where he was recovering from surgery for a broken hip.

Summerall worked a record 16 Super Bowls, drawing on his football relationships made during his nine-plus years as a kicker in the NFL, primarily for the then-Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants from 1952 to 1961.

RIP

 

Dougs NFL picks, Week 9

I must be practicing for senility, I forgot to do these three times today!

Chargers over Chiefs

Ravens over Browns

Lions over Jaguars

Pack over Cards

Bears over Titans

Texans over Bills

Colts over Dolphins

Skins over Panthers

Bengals over Broncos

Giants over Steelers

Seahawks over Vikings

Bucs over Raiders

Falcons over Cowboys

Saints over Eagles

Season 69-48

Week 8 6-8 UGH

Week 7 picks 10-3

Week 6 Picks 9-5

Week 5 picks 8-5

Week 4 picks 10-5

Week 3 picks 7-9 UGH

Week 2 picks 8-8 UGH

Week 1 picks 11-5

 

Doug’s NFL picks, Week 6

Steelers Topple  Titans

Bucs Bust Chiefs

Jets Corral Colts

Bengals Best Browns

Lions Edge Eagles

Falcons Rout Raiders

Dolphins Dunk Rams

Ravens Clock Cowboys

Cards Bash Bills

Pats Soar past Seahawks

Giants Nail Niners

Skins Stun Vikes

Pack Punk Texans

Chargers Beat Down Broncos

Week 5 picks 8-5

Week 4 picks 10-5

Week 3 picks 7-9 UGH

Week 2 picks 8-8 UGH

Week 1 picks 11-5

Season 44-32 UGH!

 

MLB Playoffs set to start

 

There is a lot going on in baseball as the post season starts Friday. We have our first Triple Crown winner, in Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. We have Boston 86ing Bobby Valentine, and we have two great stories of teams that came from nowhere to make the playoffs, Washington, Baltimore and Oakland. The postseason begins tomorrow afternoon in Atlanta, as the Braves host the defending champion St. Louis  Cardinals, and in Texas, where my Rangers, fresh from choking the AL West title away host those surprising Orioles of Baltimore.

This is a new stage in the playoffs. MLB added an extra Wild Card in each league, and both of these Friday games will be one game elimination, with the winners facing the Yankees, and Washington Nationals in the Divisional Series. In the other Divisionals, Detroit and Oakland face off in the American League, while the Red and Giants square off in the National League.

So, who am I picking? well in the Wild Card Round I have to go with the Cards, and Rangers. Next, in the ALDS I will say Oakland tops Detroit while the Yankees edge the Rangers and in the NLDS I am picking Giants over the Reds, and the Cardinals over the Nats. Now, in the ALCS, take Oakland over New York, and in the NLCS, the Giants over the Cards. That would set up an all Bay area series, which last happened in 1989 with Oakland crushing the Giants in a series interrupted by an earthquake.

Now for some history, the Giants and A’s have met three other times in the Fall Classic back when they were the New York Giants and the Philadelphia A’s.  In 1905, 1911, and 1913. The A’s won in 1911, and 1913, and the Giants took the 1905 series. The 1905 series is unique for several reasons. I 1903, the Boston Americans, later known as the Red Sox, beat the Pittsburg Pirates  yes Pittsburg had no “H” back then 5 games to 3. The next year, the Americans repeated as AL champs, and the New York Giants took the NL Pennant. The Giants refused to play a World Series though, as both the manager John McGraw, and the owner John T. Brush held ill feelings towards the American League. McGraw had been hired as player/manager of the AL’s Baltimore Orioles franchise, no, that franchise is not the same team as today’s Orioles. When McGraw left Baltimore for the Giants, American League head Ban Johnson moved the Orioles to New York, to compete with the Giants. that team was first called the Highlanders, but, shortly, they were renamed the Yankees.

All of this led to no series in 1904, and also to a new deal on an annual series, which is still being played today. That 1905 series is still the only one in which every game was a shutout, and where 9 of the 10 starting pitchers threw complete games. The Giants Christy Mathewson threw three of the four Giant victories. And, another bit of trivia. When you watch the A’s play notice on their jerseys is a white elephant, which is part of their logo. That too sprung from 1905 when Giants manager John McGraw called the A’s white elephants, and some of the A’s gave McGraw a statue of a white elephant during the series.

 

Tiki Barber the walking definition of an asshole

 

After he retired from the the Giants, he ripped his former team mates, who promptly won a Super Bowl without him. Now he has taken despicability to a new low, cheating on his wife with a bimbo, leaving his wife her for a bimbo while his wife was eight months pregnant. What a prick! Way to treat your wife and kids Tiki. And, to be frank, his wife was a lot hotter than the bimbo skeleton he left her for

First the bimbo, who will one day dump Tiki for a younger, or richer guy

 

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49ers Choke In Overtime Like A Cat On A Fur Ball, Send Giants To Super Bowl

Giants Win Over 49ers In OT, 20-17 – The State

A fumbled punt return gave the New York Giants the ball back nearly 10 minutes into overtime against the San Francisco 49ers, and the Giants capitalized, making a 31-yard field goal to win the game, and the right to take on New England in the Super Bowl.

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David Akers kicked a 25-yard field goal with 5:39 to play in regulation for San Francisco, and the NFC championship game between the New York Giants and 49ers went to overtime tied 17-17 on Sunday.

It was the third NFC title game in five years to go to OT. The Giants beat Green Bay 23-20 four years ago on the way to the Super Bowl title.

Akers’ kick came after the 49ers were done in by a rare turnover. After tying an NFL record with just 10 giveaways in the regular season, the 49ers committed their only one in this game at a most inopportune time.

With San Francisco leading 14-10 early in the fourth quarter and about to take over possession, a bouncing punt by Steve Weatherford glanced off returner Kyle Williams’ right knee and was recovered by New York’s Devin Thomas at the San Francisco 29. The play was originally not ruled a fumble but was overturned by instant replay.

Six plays later, Eli Manning threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham, who beat backup cornerback Tramaine Brock on the third-and-15 play. Brock was playing in place of starter Tarell Brown, who left late in the third quarter after a violent collision with teammate Dashon Goldson.

Williams helped atone for his miscue when he returned the kickoff 40 yards. Kendall Hunter’s 18-yard run and a 17-yard keeper by Alex Smith set up Akers’ kick.

Neither team threatened to score after that in regulation, sending the game to overtime.

Smith had thrown two touchdown passes to Vernon Davis, and Manning and Bear Pascoe connected on a score for the Giants. Manning threw for 265 yards, including 10 passes for 142 yards to Victor Cruz.

A 36-yarder to Cruz set up Pascoe’s touchdown, and Cruz had four catches for 56 yards on a field goal drive late in the first half.

Smith completed just one pass to a wide receiver in regulation – a 3-yarder to Michael Crabtree. But the two big plays to Davis did enough damage on a wet evening in San Francisco.

On the second play of San Francisco’s second drive, Davis beat safety Antrel Rolle and got loose down the sideline. He pulled down the pass from Smith and raced into the end zone. He then jumped up onto a camera stage and posed, drawing a penalty for excessive celebration – his first of two personal fouls on the day.

Davis appeared as if he might have stepped on the sideline, but after a review, referee Ed Hochuli said there was not indisputable evidence and ruled that the touchdown would stand. Davis added a 28-yard TD catch in the third quarter.

Davis now has four touchdowns in his first two career playoff games, joining Jerry Rice as the only Niners with consecutive two-touchdown receiving games in the postseason.

Davis set a playoff record for tight ends with 180 yards receiving and the two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 9 seconds remaining, in a 36-32 victory over New Orleans last week.

The Niners were looking to make it to the Super Bowl for the first time in 17 seasons. Under rookie coach Jim Harbaugh, they won the NFC West with a 13-3 regular-season record to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

The Giants won their final two regular-season games to clinch the NFC East, then knocked off Atlanta at home and won at top-seeded Green Bay last week to make it to the conference title game.

The day got off to a bad start for the Harbaugh family, who had been hoping for a “Superbaugh” in two weeks in Indianapolis. John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens lost the AFC championship game 23-20 to the New England Patriots.

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Ed’s NFL Conference Championships Picks – 2011 / 2012


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Packers Play Like Drooling Meth Addicts, Lose To Giants In Divisional Playoff Game

New York Giants Beat Green Bay Packers At Lambeau Field, Head To San Francisco For NFC Championship Game – New York Daily News

The Giants walked off their own field in early December knowing they were good enough to beat the Green Bay Packers.

On Sunday night, at frigid Lambeau Field, they proved to the world they were right.

For the second time in four years, the Giants braved the frozen tundra and did what many thought was impossible and knocked the Packers out of the playoffs. And this time they didn’t need overtime or any late-game heroics to beat the Packers 37-20 in an NFC divisional playoff game.

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Now the Giants (11-7), who were on the brink of an epic collapse less than a month ago, are now headed back to the NFC championship game for the first time since 2008. They’ll face the NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers (14-3) at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on Sunday night with a berth in Super Bowl XLVI on the line.

For the Giants, that will also be the next stop on their “Revenge Tour.” They lost to the 49ers in San Francisco, 27-20 back on Nov. 13 when a would-be, game-tying touchdown pass from Manning was batted down at the line of scrimmage in the final seconds of that game.

The first stop on their “Revenge Tour” couldn’t have gone better. Just like they did in their 38-35 loss to the Packers back on Dec. 4, the Giants had little trouble moving the ball and scoring on the Green Bay defense. Despite windchills in the teens, Manning completed 21 passes for 33 yards.

That included 7 catchers for 165 yards from Hakeem Nicks, who made the biggest catch of the game on the final play of the first half – a leaping, 37-yard touchdown catch that he pinned against his helmet on a Hail Mary pass.

The way the Giants’ revived defense was playing, that was more than enough. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (26 for 46, 264 yards, 2 TDs, INT) looked rusty after not playing for three weeks and he wasn’t helped by his butterfingered receivers. Even late in the game when it looked like he got into a groove, the Giants found a way to stop him – like at the start of the fourth quarter when the Packers went for it a fourth down from the Giants’ 39, but were stopped when Michael Boley got his second sack of the game.

The Giants’ defense put the final exclamation point on the game with about seven minutes remaining, when safety Kenny Phillips knocked the ball out of Packers running back Ryan Grant’s hands and linebacker Chase Blackburn returned the fumble to the Green Bay 4. On the next play, Manning hit Mario Manningham with a 4-yard touchdown pass that put the Giants up 30-13 and put the game away.

The Giants always knew they could score on the Packers, and they struck first early in the game. After the teams opened by trading field goals, Manning found Hakeem Nicks on a crossing route near the middle of the field, and Nicks just bounced off Packers safety Charlie Peprah. He took off from there for a 66-yard touchdown that gave the Giants an early 10-3 lead.

They had a chance to build on that too, a few minutes later, when it appeared that Packers receiver Greg Jennings fumbled deep in Giants territory. But the officials ruled he was down before he fumbled, and despite a replay that seemed to show he wasn’t, referee Bill Leavy upheld the call after a review.

That opened the door for the Packers, who tied the game on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to fullback John Kuhn. They tried to build on that momentum by trying a surprise onside kick, but the Giants recovered down at the Packers 41. But the Giants blew that opportunity when Lawrence Tynes’ 40-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

They would get another one, though. After Manning was intercepted in the second quarter by safety Morgan Burnett, the Packers gave the ball back four plays later on a Kuhn fumble. That allowed the Giants to add another Tynes field goal for a 13-10 lead.

It was the end of the first half, though, where they finally took control. A third-down sack by Giants linebacker Michael Boley got the Giants the ball back with 41 seconds to go. Then on 3rd-and-1, Ahmad Bradshaw took off on a long, side-to-side, 23-yard run and got out of bounds with six seconds to go.

Then, instead of trying a 54-yard field goal, the Giants went for the Hail Mary instead. And it worked. Manning heaved a 37-yard pass into the end zone where Nicks made a leaping, David Tyree-like catch, pinning the ball against his facemask for a touchdown to give the Giants a stunning, 20-10 lead.

They kept the pressure on at the start of the second half, too, getting a strip-sack by Osi Umenyiora at the end of the Packers’ opening drive. And even when the Packers’ offense seemed to find its groove, the Giants defense held them out of the end zone. The Packers did get a 35-yard field goal from Crosby late in the third quarter, though, which kept them within a touchdown, 20-13, at the start of the fourth.

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Giants Treat Falcons Like $3 Hookers

Giants Rout Falcons 24-2 In NFC Wild-Card Game – ABC News

Even Eli Manning’s feet are dangerous.

Manning punctuated his best pro season Sunday by throwing for three touchdowns and scrambling for a 14-yard gain that woke up New York’s offense. He sparked the Giants to a 24-2 rout of the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC wild-card game Sunday, their first postseason victory since their Super Bowl upset of undefeated New England four years ago.

Next up is just as big a challenge for the Giants (10-7): the defending champion Packers in Green Bay next Sunday. New York lost 38-35 to Green Bay in December.

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The team that couldn’t run the ball will be sprinting there, bringing along a defense the Packers (15-1) actually might fear.

And an offense led by Manning, who hooked up on a 72-yard catch and run by Hakeem Nicks in the third quarter that put away the inept Falcons (10-7). Manning also connected on a 4-yard TD with Nicks in the second period, and a 27-yard TD throw to Mario Manningham in the fourth quarter that finished it off.

The Giants head to Green Bay with more balance on offense and more stinginess on defense than they’ve displayed most of the season. Their last postseason trip to Lambeau Field was a 23-20 overtime victory for the NFC championship two weeks before they upset the Patriots.

The tempo in the first playoff game at MetLife Stadium was set by New York’s defense, which never allowed Atlanta to get going, and by the league’s lowest-ranked rushing game, which ran for a season-high 172 yards, 92 by Brandon Jacobs and 63 by Ahmad Bradshaw. The Giants averaged 5.5 yards a carry, 2 yards more than in the regular season.

For all of Jacobs’ and Bradshaw’s success, it was Manning’s escape and 14-yard dash on third down in the second period that got the Giants rolling. Jacobs soon broke a 34-yard run, and Manning hit Nicks on a post pattern to put the Giants up 7-2.

They never really had to look back as the Falcons bumbled their way to their third straight playoff loss under coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan.

New York was aided greatly by Atlanta’s penchant for gambling on fourth downs — and failing. Twice the Giants stymied the Falcons on fourth-and-1 as Ryan’s sneaks went nowhere. The defense also stopped Michael Turner, supposedly the most effective runner on the field, on a third-and-inches late in the third period.

Atlanta missed on a fourth-down try in overtime that cost the Falcons a game against New Orleans during the season. While they negated New York’s recently revitalized pass rush for much of the day, the Falcons couldn’t gain any traction on the ground, being held to 64 yards rushing.

Both offenses sputtered in the first half with an assortment of penalties, drops and poor throws.

When the Falcons wheeled out the no-huddle offense, though, they marched from their 10 to a fourth-and 1 at the New York 24. On the first play of the second quarter, Ryan was stacked up on his sneak.

But it turned out positively for the Falcons anyway.

Giants guard Chris Snee was called for holding, and, from his 13, Manning was pressured back into the end zone by James Sanders. He threw the ball away to avoid the sack, resulting in a safety.

New York had its own fourth-and-inches run on its first touchdown drive. Jacobs ran over safety Thomas DeCoud on the play from the Atlanta 6.

Nicks caught his post pattern over Dominique Franks, the fill-in for injured cornerback Brent Grimes, to make it 7-2.

The Giants’ most recent home playoff victory was a 41-0 rout of Minnesota for the 2000 NFC title.

Atlanta’s last playoff win was in 2005 over St. Louis when Michael Vick still was the Falcons’ quarterback.

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Ed Picks The Top Ten Super Bowls So Far

1. Super Bowl XLIII – Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zFhsE8EEvM

Notes: Most important aspects of this game.
* Steelers’ record-breaking, sixth Super Bowl win.
* Cardinals’ first championship game appearance since 1947.
* Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner’s pass-completion percentages of 70 and 72 respectively.
* Linebacker James Harrison’s record-breaking, 100-yard interception return for a touchdown as time expired at the half.
* Larry Fitzgerald’s dramatic, 64-yard, catch-and-run touchdown to give the Cardinals their first lead of the game with only 2:37 left in the 4th quarter.
* Steelers’ eight-play, 78-yard drive, culminating in the most remarkable, game-winning, tightrope catch in Super Bowl history by Santonio Holmes.

2. Super Bowl XLII – New York Giants 17, New England 14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xem-xQ8MEzU

3. Super Bowl XXXVIII – New England 32, Carolina 29

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GeyUNuf-VI

4. Super Bowl XXXII – Denver 31, Green Bay 24

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i00r6dDZ7Q

5. Super Bowl XIII – Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30Ckc8OHbgU

6. Super Bowl XXIII – San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaeAwcT4CPA

7. Super Bowl XXXVI – New England 20, St. Louis 17

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFCH6A3UsMg

8. Super Bowl XXV – New York Giants 20, Buffalo 19

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLEFFoXT4Q0

9. Super Bowl X – Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i48K4zrGbwM

10. Super Bowl XXXIV – St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnqOKrzPtus

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

A. Super Bowl III – New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBe3_2HG0pE

B. Superbowl XXX – Dallas Cowboys 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 17

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ySHkpuBohw

Bret Favre sits, streak ends at 297

Well, lots of folks will be joyous over this. All I can say is it was fun to watch.

The Minnesota Vikings quarterback finally gave in Monday to sports mortality, ending his consecutive starts streak at 297 games. He eluded the Four Horsemen for 19 years, steering through Death, Pestilence, Famine and War before they cornered him.

Favre, 41, will miss a game for the first time since Sept. 6, 1992, felled by a sprained SC joint near his right shoulder. The injury left him with numbness in his right hand all week and unable to throw with anything close to his normal velocity.