Injury Update: DT Chris Canty suffered a knee injury during the Giants-Packers contest but apparently is OK. He told the press yesterday that he did not even need an MRI.
WR Victor Cruz did not suffer a knee injury as we incorrectly reported yesterday but hurt his quad. “I am pretty good, I just got a little helmet to the thigh, but it’s nothing a little ice can’t heal,” Cruz said.
LB Chase Blackburn suffered a stinger or burner but returned to the game. S Deon Grant was reported to have suffered a “slight” concussion but also returned to the game.
When asked about injuries, Head Coach Tom Coughlin demurred. “There are always some people after a physical game like that,” said Coughlin. “Whether you are worried about it or not, you have to wait until Wednesday. Today and tomorrow are big days as far as exactly what the issues are and if it is anything that will go forward or not. Right now, I would say I don’t think so but we will see.”
Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of yesterday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:
- QB Eli Manning (Video)
- WR Victor Cruz (Video)
- WR Hakeem Nicks (Video)
- OT Kareem McKenzie (Video)
- OC David Baas (Video)
- DE Dave Tollefson (Video)
- LB Michael Boley (Video)
- S Antrel Rolle (Video)
ESPN Radio Interview with QB Eli Manning: The audio of yesterday’s ESPN Radio interview with QB Eli Manning is available at ESPN.com.
Article on the Giants-Packers Game: Giants-Packers Game Review: Eli Manning Leads Giants Into NFC Championship Game by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger
Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Like Tuna, Coughlin a Winner by Mike Lupica of The Daily News
Article on QB Eli Manning: Giants’ Stubbornness Paid Off in ’04 Megadeal That Almost Wasn’t by Peter King of SI.com
Articles on WR Hakeem Nicks:
- Nicks: ‘I’m Just Scratching the Surface’ by Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com
- Giants Have Seen Hakeem Nicks’ Massive Mitts Come in Handy by Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger
Article on DE Osi Umenyiora: Osi Umenyiora Leaving a Giant Impression by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record
Article on the Last Giants-49ers Playoff Game: 9 Years Later, Sorry Still Doesn’t Cut It by Sam Borden of The New York Times
Article on the 1990 NFC Championship Game: ‘It’s Why You Do This for a Living’ by Ian O’Connor of ESPNNewYork.com
Notes: This was the seventh postseason meeting between the Giants and Packers. The first five meetings were in NFL Championship Games (1938, 1939, 1944, 1961, and 1962). The sixth meeting was the 2007 NFC Championship. The Packers lead the postseason series, 4-3.
The Giants are the first visiting team to win two postseason games at Lambeau Field. The Giants are 5-4 in Lambeau Field, 3-3 in the regular season and 2-1 in the postseason.
This was the third time the Giants eliminated the defending Super Bowl champion from the playoffs. They did so during the 1985 and 1990 NFL seasons against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Giants are 5-6 in the divisional round of the playoffs since the 1970 merger, including 2-4 as visitors.
The Giants’ defense held the Packers to 20 points – 20 below their regular season average in Lambeau.
The Giants have stopped five consecutive opponent fourth-down conversion attempts, including one against Dallas in the regular season finale and three last week vs. Atlanta.
This was the Giants’ sixth postseason victory under Head Coach Tom Coughlin. He is second in Giants history in playoff victories, trailing only Bill Parcells, who had eight.
The Giants are 4-1 in road playoff games under Coughlin.
QB Eli Manning increased his career postseason yardage total to 1,904, which moves him past QB Phil Simms (1,679) and into first place on the Giants’ all-time list. Manning’s three touchdown passes increased his total to 14, extending his own franchise post-season record.
PK Lawrence Tynes increased his Giants career post-season point total to 44, first place on the franchise’s career post-season scoring list.
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