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The New York Giants (3-2) capped off an emotional week by defeating the San Francisco 49ers 30-27 on Sunday Night Football. Here are some closing thoughts on the game and my take on a Week 6 tilt against Philadelphia.

Offense

Eli Manning threw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns, but was lucky that two of his errant passes hit the turf instead of being intercepted by San Francisco defenders. Manning, who has made a career out of leading game winning drives, ‘dink and dunked’ his way down the field, steeping up Larry Donnell’s spectacular, game-winning touchdown grab. While it’s easy to credit (and somewhat blame) Manning for game outcomes, his offensive line, namely his tackles, did not play well. Rookie Ereck Flowers and sixth-year vet, Marshall Newhouse, allowed 16 pressures as San Francisco defenders routinely ran into the backfield. Credit outside linebacker, Aaron Lynch, who is one of the emerging playmakyers in the NFL. Lynch beat Newhouse throughout the game and hit Manning four times and applied eight pressures.

What’s Next?: New York heads down to I-95 to face Philadelphia next week on Monday Night Football. Flowers and Newhouse will likely have a tough time against Philadelphia’s talented pass rush, which is led by Fletcher Cox. Manning is taking a lot of hits, so Flowers and Newhouse will need to perform much better.

Defense

On the other side of the ball, many were expecting the defense to ‘tee off’ on Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick, however, was pretty solid since the Giants failed to generate a pass rush. Damontre Moore was able to register two sacks, including one key sack late in the fourth quarter, but was pretty quiet for the majority of the game. Credit offensive tackle, Joe Staley for keeping Moore at bay. Kerry Wynn was adequate, but this defense really misses Jason Pierre-Paul and Robert Ayers.

What’s Next?: Things will not get easier in Week 6 as Moore and Wynn will battle with an offensive line that is led by perennial All-Pros, Jason Peters and Jason Kelce. Putting pressure on Sam Bradford and creating turnovers will be the key to the game.

Quarter-Poll Thoughts: 

At the ‘Quarter-Poll’ of the 2015 season, the Giants feel like a ‘sneaky’ team in the sense that they aren’t getting much publicity. The Giants have had a fourth quarter lead in all of their games and could very well be 5-0. Instead, the Giants have a small one game lead in the NFC East. Personnel-wise, the Giants’ offensive skill positions are Top-5 in the NFL. The offensive line, sans Flowers and Newhouse, has performed well. On defense, the Giants desperately needs generate a consistent pass rush. A resurgent, aggressive pass rush would have helped the Giants seal victories against Dallas and Atlanta. It’s fairly clear that the top two teams in the NFL are the Patriots and Packers, but the Giants can rise up the ranks by correcting its issues on the edge.

The New York Giants officially kick off their Super Bowl title defense on Wednesday night at home against the Dallas Cowboys. In the weeks leading up to this game, both sides have exchanged varying levels of trash talk. However, talk is cheap and the Giants have beaten the Cowboys seven straight times. Going into this game, Las Vegas pegged Big Blue as a four-point favorite. Here are five things to watch for on Wednesday night…

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Over the last two days, I have highlighted the Giants’ offensive and special teams. Today, we’ll highlight the straw that stirs the drink–the defense.

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With the NFL Draft set to kick off on Thursday night, the Giants must wait for 31 other teams to make their picks before selecting their newest player. Since 2004, the Giants have hit home runs with each of their first round picks. All eight of these players (Eli Manning, Corey Webster, Mathias Kiwanuka, Aaron Ross, Kenny Phillips, Hakeem Nicks, JPP, and the Prince) have each won at least one Super Bowl championship and have been instrumented to the Giants success. How many other teams can boast such an impressive track record?

The Prince dealt with injuries last year and didn’t make a huge impact, but the raw ability is there and he’ll have this chance to set-up this season after Ross signed with Jacksonville. Outside of the Giants, the Ravens (Michael Oher, Ladarius Webb), Packers (Aaron Rodgers, BJ Raji, Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb), and Lions (Matt Stafford, Ndamukong Suh) have posted similiar success, but do not have the depth of talent that the Giants have obtained.

While it’s nearly impossible to predict who the Giants will draft, Mike provided some draft profiles here, here, here, and here. Of note, I really, really Stanford TE, Coby Fleener. Fleener kind of reminds me of Kevin Boss and his production is something the Giants sorely missed last year. However, the Niners pick ahead of the Giants and Jim Harbough recruited Fleener at Stanford. Granted, the Niners have Vernon Davis, Mario Manningham, Michael Crabtree, and Randy Moss but adding Fleener would give Alex Smith another target and blocker.

Ultimately, the Giants will likely stick to their guns and pick their best available player. Don’t be surprised if Jerry Reese drafts another high upside defensive end that turns into an All-Pro in two seasons.

Plain and Simple: The Giants put an end to the ‘Patriot Dynasty’ on Sunday. 

More Complex: Have the Giants started a dynasty of their own?

Eli Being Eli--AP Photo

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Before the regular season even began, football fans heard endless rants about the Philadelphia ‘Dream Team’ and how this team was destined for greatness. The Giants were regarded by many as an outcast team with a lame duck coach and shoddy defense. However, the Giants proved to be the best team in the NFC East, winning nine games, including some big wins against New England, the Jets, and Dallas twice. Even after winning their final two games, the Giants are not receiving the credit they deserve. Every ‘analyst’ and ‘expert’ is predicting that the Packers, Patriots, and Saints are by far the favorites to hoist the Lombari Trophy in Indy. However, here are six reasons why the Giants can win it all..

Deja Vu All Over Again??

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After winning their last two against rated rivals, the Giants head into the NFC Playoffs as the #4 seed. While the Giant season has been filled with ups and downs, the Giants appear to peaking and getting healthy at the right time. Osi (two sacks), Justin Tuck (one sack), and JPP (one sack) were all healthy and created chaos in the Dallas backfield. Eli Manning fell 67 yards short of 5,000 yards (for the season!!!), routinely hooking up with Victor Cruz for large gains. Add in the sheer presence of Hakeem Nicks and the three-headed rushing attack of Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw, and DJ Ware, and the Giant offense is balanced and explosive. Hell, even Antrel Rolle made a big play, intercepting Tony Romo in the third quarter. 

Victor Salsa-Ing His Way Into The Endzone

Bottom line, the Giants have the play makers on both sides of the ball to make a deep playoff run. Their first test will come in the form of the Wildcard, 10-6 Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta was the NFC’s top seed last season before getting routed by the Super Bowl Champion Packers. The Falcons are a classic dome team led by a quarterback (Matt Ryan) who is 0-2 in the playoffs. In addition to Ryan, the Falcons have four dynamic playmakers in Michael Turner, Roddy White, Tony Gonzlaez, and Julio Jones.

I fully expect the Falcons to have a tough time in the cold, dreary Meadowlands. Traditionally, dome teams have a tough time playing outside. The Falcons were 2-3 in outdoor games this season with wins coming in Carolina, and Seattle. Their outdoor losses came in Tampa Bay, Chicago, and Houston. While it’s impossible to compare apples to oranges in terms of games, the Falcons can expect to face a similar climate as to the one they played in, in Chicago. In Week 1, the Bears routed the Falcons, 30-12 in a cold, dreary Chicago. Granted, it was the first game of the season, but it’s the only truly climate comparison for the Falcons.

The Giants are playing much better football. The team is playing with a sense of urgency–and has the potential to be downright scarryy.

I fully expect the Giants to come out and handle the Falcons next Sunday. 

Shut up, Rex.

And enough with the B.S.

The New York Football Giants had all the cards stacked against them against impetuous coach Rex Ryan and his New York Jets. It was unclear how this Giants team would respond at a point of return, with their playoff lives in their hands, just a short week after laying a dud against the lowly Washington Redskins. Add in a full week of trash talking to an already hate-filled rivalry, which left myself wondering whether the Giants had fallen for the trap and played right into the over-exuberant hand of Ryan and the Jets.

The Giants responded, though, by playing up when the time called for it – playing a solid-if-unspectacular game – all the while putting the Jets’ season in jeopardy by defeating them ‘on the road’ 29-14.

With the win, the Giants improve to 8-7 heading into next week’s battle with Dallas.

Credit: Yahoo! News

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Can Eli Manning be any more clutch? With his team trailing 34-22 with 5:15 to go, Eli orchestrated a four-play, 80 yard TD drive, capped with a touchdown throw to Jake Ballard. Romo had his chance to ice the game, barely missing Miles Austin on a seam route with 2:12 to go. That would have ended the game. This errant pass was another Tony Romo chokejob that Cowboy fans (and America) have grown accustomed to watching. After Romo failed to pick up the first down, Eli led another, quick strike, six-play, 56 yard TD drive ending in a Brandon Jacobs one-yard run.

However, Romo did put the Cowboys and kicker Dan Bailey in position to tie the game at 37. After the Giants iced Bailey on his first attempt, Jason Pierre-Paul used his entire extended 6’6″ frame to block Bailey’s field goal attempt. JPP made the play of the season. Other than his game winning play, JPP had two sacks (one safety) and six solo tackles. Anyone who watches this guy knows he’s an absolute freak and has mitigated the injury-riddled, disappointing season of Justin Tuck.

Down Goes Tone---Getty Images

As a website, we were split on JPP when the Giants drafted him, but he is a slam dunk All-Pro with his 13.5 sacks this season.

With the win, the Giants improve to 7-6 and slide into first place in the NFC East. For their final three games, they won’t have to leave the great state of New Jersey as they host the Redskins, Jets, and Cowboys. It should be an interesting finish, but tonight’s win saved the Giants season.

After last week’s embarrassing loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Giants (3-2) will look to rebound at home against the resurgent Buffalo Bills (4-1). With next week’s bye looming and an imposing second half schedule, the Giants must have this game.With Buffalo being extremely vulnerable on the ground, the Giants must establish the run early and often. Here are three keys to the Week 6 match-up.

This Week's Key Player--AP Photo

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