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New York Giants' news and notes: Morose Monday edition

New York Giants' news and notes for Monday morning.

Chris Rainey breaks one of several long returns against the Giants on Sunday.
Chris Rainey breaks one of several long returns against the Giants on Sunday.

Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Here is some of what is being written and said following Sunday's 24-20 loss by the Giants to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

New York Giants need Eli Manning back to his best - ESPN New York
The Giants need a suddenly struggling Eli Manning to get back on track.

Special teams exposed in loss to Steelers - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants’ special teams unit sure got a workout in Sunday.

Giants' kick and punt coverage was simply not good enough |
One glaring statistic Sunday in the Giants’ 24-20 loss to the Steelers was the yards given up in the return game. Punter Steve Weatherford made an excellent touchdown-saving stop of a long punt return by Emmanuel Sanders, but other than that, the coverage teams struggled all day.

NY Giants linebacker Michael Boley says 'poor tackling' allows Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman to break loose - NY Daily News
Michael Boley knew it was coming. The Giants linebacker said he knew the Steelers would "come in here and try to establish the run."

NY Giants passing attack - most notably wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz - completely shut down by Pittsburgh Steelers defense - NY Daily News

A few weeks ago, maybe it would have been a touchdown, capped with a salsa dance. But this time, Victor Cruz wound up on the MetLife Stadium turf.

Giants notes: Rocky return for David Diehl : page all -

Eli Manning was sacked twice in the fourth quarter, both times from Diehl's side.

Giants report card -

No Perfect Weekend After Sandy, But Giants’ Near-Miss Was Close Enough | Ernie Palladino " CBS New York

Football may be a zero-sum business, but life, often gray and messy, is not. We have tragedy. We adjust. We clean. We recover. And sometimes, while we’re busy with all that, close is good enough.