New York Giants News and Notes: Still In It Edition

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 04: Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants catches a 2-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against Sam Shields #37 of the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium on December 4, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Good morning fellow Giants fans. Call it what you will--a moral victory; a loss that wasn't as painful as the losses to the Eagles, Seahawks or Saints; something to build on, etc. It was still a loss in a game the Giants had every right to win. So most of us are still feeling a sting this morning from that. What gives us hope, however, is that the Cowboys, Falcons, Lions and Bears all lost as well, and Dallas to a team they were supposed to beat in Arizona. So, at 6-6, the Giants are one game behind Dallas for the NFC East lead with four games to play, two against those Cowboys. No, it won't be easy, but the final four games do look a tad bit easier than the last five. Meanwhile, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta are each 7-5 and reeling a bit. You have to like our chances if only because we control our own destiny again, but will the Giants play mistake-free and win out? That remains to be seen. Here are some post-game quotes and some commentary floating around...

Coach Tom Coughlin:

"We have four games to go and three of them in our division. We have to regroup and I think this brings us together even tighter than we have ever been before as a team. Guys laid it on the line for each other tonight and they played hard. The accurate quarterback on the last drive, what can I tell you? He made a couple significant plays late and we felt that we would be going into overtime. It was not to be."

Then when asked if this loss stings more knowing that Dallas lost as well:

"I don’t know if it can sting any more than it does. If you are in this business, at this level, and you lose, it is very difficult."

QB Eli Manning:

"I thought we had great energy today, throughout the whole game - pregame, through the ups and downs everybody was enthusiastic, everybody was upbeat, complimenting each other and we have to keep that. It showed in our play. A lot of big plays, a lot of good things so we have to make sure we keep that attitude into this week of practice and going further on."

DE Justin Tuck, when asked if it reminded him of the New England game in '07 right before the season ended:

"I’ll find out next Sunday. But I understand where you’re going with that and I understand what happened in ’07. A lot of people can look back to that and see that we did it before. You look at history and you think that it’s going to repeat itself. We still have to come out and find that passion like we did in ’07. Like you said, it was different circumstances, but I think this team realizes what we have here. We get tired of swindling opportunities. The opportunities are going to stop coming after a while."

D'Alessandro: Positive signs aside, the Giants are simply mediocre | NJ.com
Right on cue, they all interpreted this 38-35 kick in the teeth as a clear sign that they are merely 3 seconds away from being the equal to the reigning Super Bowl champions. Nobody had the heart to remind them they haven’t won a game in 28 days. Nobody wanted to damage their egos further by scribbling "6-6" on their notepads and wagging it in their faces. Nobody chose to mention that they are now batting exactly .400 in the second half of the season during the Coughlin Era (24-36), which is fairly solid mathematical proof that there’s something to this December Swoon stuff.

NY Giants’ best effort not good enough against defending champs - NY Daily News
If the Giants don’t remember how to win games - three of the four in this losing streak are by seven points or less - it will be difficult to have a rematch with the Packers if they don’t make the playoffs.

Reeling Giants feeling good about chances - NFC East Blog - ESPN
But the Giants' loss -- a 38-35 thriller in which they came back to tie the score with 58 seconds left only to watch sharpshooting Aaron Rodgers fire his way into field-goal range -- left them emotionally better off for the season's final four games than the Cowboys' loss left them.

Chase Blackburn makes impact in return to Giants | NJ.com
The Giants brought him in for a tryout earlier in the season, but decided to stick with what they had at linebacker. So Blackburn continued working out on his own, waiting for that call. He said he watched the Giants’ blowout loss against the Saints last Monday on television. The next day he was a Giant again. Five days later, he was front and center at MetLife Stadium in the Giants’ 38-35 loss against the Packers to cap off a whirlwind of a week.

Game of the year a disappointment for Tom Coughlin and NY Giants in loss to Green Bay Packers - NY Daily News
Nothing changes what the record has been over the past month, and over these past few years. The Giants have still gone to 6-6 after being 6-2. Still: If they can build on the way they played Sunday, if they go to Texas next Sunday and beat the Cowboys, they are still the first-place team in the NFC East.

New York Giants team report: Loss of S Kenny Phillips a big blow - NFL - Sporting News
The Giants lost starting safety Kenny Phillips to a knee injury in the second quarter of their 38-35 loss to the Packers. Phillips was in coverage against Packers TE Jermichael Finley when there was a collision and Phillips was inadvertently hit by teammate Chase Blackburn. The injury is believed to be a sprained medial collateral ligament, which usually is a 2-3 week injury and would not end the season for Phillips.

Different sounds from Jets, Giants - Arizona Sports News from USA Today
The song New York, New York, performed by Frank Sinatra, is the city’s unofficial anthem. The New York Jets and New York Giants won’t wake up today feeling like "king of the hill." But with the Jets coming off a vital win and the Giants coming oh, so close against the perfect Green Bay Packers, both teams still have a shot at the playoffs.

Dallas Cowboys need to rebound quickly from loss as New York Giants loom - ESPN Dallas
If the Cowboys had beaten the Cardinals, they would have owned a two-game lead over their biggest challengers for the division crown. The meeting between the Cowboys and Giants next Sunday night could've been for the division title. Those NFC Eastern Division title hats with the star on them could've been distributed around like candy on Halloween with a Cowboys win next week.

Iced: Jason Garrett's timeout leads to key missed field goal, overtime loss | Dallas Cowboys News - Sports News for Dallas, Texas - SportsDayDFW
The loss was made more painful because Dallas probably should have won it, but the Cowboys called a timeout a heartbeat before Dan Bailey's 49-yard field goal sailed through the uprights for what would have been the game-winner at the end of regulation.

Well, at least we didn't lose that way. Hopefully the Giants can build on the fight they showed Sunday, and the Cowboys will still feel shell-shocked when they take the field next Sunday night. Probably not, but we can still hope, and hope is what we still have today.

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