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New York Giants News and Notes: Fourth Quarter Edition

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Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's not the fourth quarter of a game, but rather it's the fourth quarter of the season, and it's all right in front of our team as we sit here on hump day of the first Dallas week. My birthday is tomorrow, and usually the Giants are facing the Eagles this week or around this week of the season, but this time the NFL schedule makers did something different that worked out nicely--put Dallas and Big Blue, the two NFC East front runners, against each other two of the last four games. That also gives the Giants a shot to win the division outright, something they could have done last year but squandered. So just like many of us barely squeaked into our fantasy playoffs or still have a shot playing in Week 14, the Giants still have a shot at playing in Week 18. And we couldn't ask for more as we sit here today. So bring on the 'Boys.

I'm sure by now you've all seen the still photo of Jake Ballard's knee being in bounds on Tom Coughlin's first challenge Sunday. And I think we all agree some of the officiating was horribly one-sided and slanted to the visiting team. But it's a horrible feeling knowing that this play was reviewed with top technology and not reversed. Something's afoot at the Circle K, dude (bonus points to whoever gets that).

Just how much of a spark does Ahmad Bradshaw provide? Ralph Vacchiano explores that in Wednesday's Daily News, and also talks about Victor Cruz passing Amani Toomer's Big Blue record for receiving yards.

Coughlin deserves another year - NYPOST.com
It can all be very subjective and at times going with a feel and your gut is the way to go. There is no reason to believe Mara and general manager Jerry Reese spend time walking the halls wondering if they have the right man running the football show. The office walls don’t need to be transparent to see what Coughlin is, what he does and how he operates. He’s an old man (65) in a younger man’s job. He has grandchildren older than most of his players’ kids. He can’t go on forever, but regardless of what transpires in the season’s final month, he should not be going anywhere after this season except right back to work.

I'm not sure all of us agree with that, but let's open it up for debate.....

Season Full of Injuries Catches Up to Giants in Loss to Packers - NYTimes.com
The Giants’ season has been defined by their injuries since the preseason, and although previously little-known players have taken advantage of the opportunities to play and the team has stayed in playoff contention, the relative thinness of the Giants’ lineup has remained.

Giants' Stacy Andrews thankful blood clots were not worse, did not spread | NJ.com
The 30-year-old Andrews, a member of the Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles before signing with the Giants this summer, realizes the top priority is his health and this situation could have been a lot worse. Doctors told him it was a good thing they found the clots in both lungs when they did because they could’ve traveled to his heart or brain.

Yikes. Thankfully he is okay.

Giants' Justin Tuck struggling to understand team's inconsistent urgency | NJ.com
"What kept me up was I know the Saints are a great football team but nobody would say the Saints are better than the Packers," Tuck said on Monday night after signing autographs with three of his teammates at Garden State Plaza in Paramus as part of a holiday toy drive. "So how did we come out one week and play like we did and then come out this week and play like we did? And two weeks ago play like we did against Philly and go out to San Francisco and have an opportunity to beat them out there?

"I mean, it doesn’t make any sense to me. Do I need to go see a shrink?"

Well, luckily for the Giants, there are several NFC teams doing the same disappearing act at times.

And I will leave you guys with this, because I for one love all this man-love for Victor Cruz...

Photos: 10 Giants that Cowboys fans should know for Sunday's game | Dallas Cowboys News - Sports News for Dallas, Texas - SportsDayDFW
Victor Cruz, WR: Wes Welker, Steve Smith, Calvin Johnson and... Victor Cruz? Believe it or not, the man who entered the 2011 season as the Giants' No. 4 wideout is now No. 4 in the NFL in receiving yards, having accounted for 1,076 yards already.

Happy hump day, everyone. Now who is looking forward to Sunday?