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New York Giants Notes: Misery in the Rear View Mirror Edition

Okay, so it's been, what, 63 or 64 hours since the Eagles punched us all in the collective gut, but really hard this time? That's enough. Eli Manning somehow mustered up the cojones to have a players-only meeting less than 24 hours afterward to make sure everyone stayed focused on this coming Sunday, and while we've all used this space and others as therapy, we need to try and move on, too. We have to, because Sunday's game in Green Bay (yes, I am in enemy territory and will proudly be wearing my Giants' jersey, even if I venture out during the day) is another virtual playoff game. Here is what is being said around the Web, and after this we're going to start moving on.....

First, did you guys see Brett Favre take the field Monday night? After seeing him on the sidelines last week looking like he was Tom Coughlin's high school classmate, Favre got out there and was jumping around, as Jon Gruden pointed out, like he was 23 years old. Of course, Julius Peppers and his linemates ended Favre's night early by banging him against the frozen tundra in Minnesota. Oh, my point? This article, because right about now it's still hard for anyone to believe Favre won't be back again in 2011.

Coughlin, Eli end Giants' mourning period - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
There’s no simple way to come back from a loss like that. There’s no easy solution to a gut-punch that leaves old men sitting in darkened rooms, questioning everything. There’s really only one thing a team can do – win. So here comes what may be Coughlin’s next great challenge. Or maybe it turns out to be his last great challenge. Either way there he was Monday, looking ahead to another week, another chance, another rebound from this group. There he was, a veteran coach picking up the pieces for another trip to Green Bay with a season on the line.

Yep, but others are still questioning being in this position.....

Politi: Coughlin's job may be back on the line after Giants' stunning loss |
The look on his face, part funereal and part frustration, made it very clear that he had not gotten over Sunday’s 38-31 loss. He talked about moving on, about how the Giants still had their goal of a postseason berth in reach with a victory this coming weekend in Green Bay. But no, this one still eats at a coach who, in his words, has suffered more of these than he’d care to remember. Now you wonder: Does his career depend on how quickly he and his team can forget? It is remarkable, really, that this is an issue again. Coughlin was eight minutes away from a likely NFC East title and first-round bye in the playoffs. He has his team as well-prepared for a big game as any head coach could, dominating the Eagles for 52 minutes. We all know what happened next, and what happens now could decide the head coach’s future with this team. If the Giants fail to make the playoffs, it would be the third straight late-season collapse under Coughlin, who has one more year on his contract after this.

New York Giants have underachieved, and just making the playoffs isn't enough for their talent level
And say they do go on the road and beat the Packers, with or without Aaron Rodgers, the same Packers who gave the Patriots all they wanted Sunday night with rookie Matt Flynn taking the snaps. Say the Giants come home after that and beat the Washington Shanahans. And make the playoffs as a wild card. Off what you have seen from the Giants when they have been at their best this season, does that save their season? Is it enough? I don't believe it is. Isn't enough and shouldn't be enough for them. I believe the Giants should have won the NFC East this season, should have more often been the team that got up on the Eagles, 31-10, at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Believe this is a team that ought to play itself well into January. If it doesn't, even with the injuries, it underachieved.

Well, let's hope it doesn't come to that, okay? It won't come to that, right Antrel?

Giants Rolle Offers A Guarantee, But There's Trouble In New York | Total Packers
Okay, so it’s going to happen…Wait a second, I suspect the Packers will have something to say about that. I can’t remember the last time someone guaranteed a win in the NFL and his team actually won, but maybe this is what the team needs to get fired up for the game.

This brings up a good point. Do you want your players saying stuff like that, or would you rather they just shut up and make their statements on the field? I prefer the latter, for this reason: bulletin board material.

Strahan: Giants "should be ashamed of themselves" - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
If Michael Strahan were still playing, he might have gone off on the New York Giants the way Tom Coughlin did on rookie punter Matt Dodge. The former Giants defensive star held nothing back when it came to his old team’s demise on Sunday in the 38-31 collapse to the Eagles. "I’m not apologizing for that, they should be ashamed of themselves," the FOX football analyst said on Monday on The Dan Patrick Show on FOX Sports Radio. "You look at that game and wonder how it got out of hand for the Giants. They got soft and relaxed. They thought ‘we got it.’ With eight minutes to go, they’re up by 21 and give up an easy touchdown to Brent Celek and all of a sudden the blitz’s looked like ‘whoever gets there gets there’ [lackadaisical] instead of ‘I’m going to make that play and not wait for someone to make that play.’"

I'm pretty sure I read similar comments on the BBV game thread Sunday, and you have to wonder if the Giants are lacking true leadership on defense. Would Strahan have gotten in someone's face Sunday before the Eagles were able to come back? Yes, he would have. I didn't see if Justin Tuck or Osi Umenyiora or Rolle did that on Sunday, but it couldn't have hurt if they did.

New York Giants head to Green Bay with playoff implications on the line -
Big Blue is now 50-5 under Coughlin in games when it had a lead going into the fourth quarter. They had won their previous 15 games when they led entering the last period. Coughlin is now 105-17 in his 15 years as a head coach in games in which his teams had a lead after three quarters.

You look at those statistics and it's just unfathomable that Sunday happened. Hey, wait a minute, I said we were going to move on, didn't I? So let's move on.

Biggest playoff upsets in NFL history - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The NFL playoffs have produced a number of memorable upsets over the years, from Joe Namath's New York Jets in Super Bowl III to the New York Giants spoiling New England's perfect season a few years ago. Here's a rundown of the six biggest playoff upsets in NFL football since the Super Bowl era began, counted down in reverse order.

Hey, someone isn't talking about the Eagles upsetting the Giants, but they did give us a shot in the arm by mentioning Super Bowl 42.

Green Bay Packers news | Green Bay Packers have tiny margin for error in game against New York Giants | Green Bay Press-Gazette
Despite a 31-27 loss to New England on Sunday night, the Packers are sitting pretty after getting some help from around the league. Both the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped games to set up the scenario. The Giants come to Lambeau Field this week and Packers host the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears in the regular-season finale. If the Packers win out, they advance to the playoffs. Sounds simple except for the part where these are basically playoff games that will be anything but easy. Neither the Giants or Bears have secured anything. Neither are likely to roll over and the Packers tend to be on the wrong end of close games.

Believe me, they are fearing the G-men up here on the frozen tundra. And for good reason. The Eagles know how to stop the Giants' rushing attack, but it seems like no one else does. The Packers have given up 15.7 points per game, tied with the Steelers for fewest in the NFL. But they also give up 117 rushing yards per game, which ranks them 19th in the league. For more on that. let's go to The Sporting News.....

Week 16 matchup: New York Giants at Green Bay Packers - NFL - Sporting News

It's hard to say who will have the bigger hangover coming off tough losses last week. But teams that can run the ball in the bad weather are ones that win in December. The Packers can't run it consistently, and the Giants can. Prediction: Giants 24, Packers 17.

Well, okay then. But just because someone writes that doesn't mean it's going to happen. The Packers are a very good team, but so are our Giants. Today is hump day, and that means it's time to really put that Eagles' mess behind us and get ready to play Green Bay. Are you ready? Do you think we'll win? I know someone who thinks we will.......

Reby Sky Turns Down WWE: New York Giants Girl, Playboy Model (Photos) | Wizbang Pop!
The ‘New York Giants Girl’ and Playboy model Reby Sky has turned down WWE contract that would have made her a superstar in the World World Wrestling Entertainment. She tweeted about it. You can see her pictures and a video of her below.

Okay, well not here. But you can click here to see the promo reel they are talking about. Don't worry, it's safe for the workplace. I think.