BBI-YES Network Podcast: The latest edition of the new weekly BBI-YES Network podcast on the New York Giants is available at YESNetwork.com. Eric Kennedy and Joe Calo discuss the playoff victory over the Packers and Sunday’s playoff game against the 49ers.
Injury Update – Eli Returns to Practice: HB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) was the only Giant not to practice yesterday.
DE Justin Tuck (shoulder), DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee), LB Mark Herzlich (ankle), and CB Corey Webster (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.
QB Eli Manning (illness) fully practiced yesterday after leaving practice early on Wednesday.
“He looked good,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He came back and he actually texted us last night and said he felt better. When he got to work today he had a nice breakfast and seemed to do fine. I am sure he is not quite himself but almost.”
“Yeah, I’m 100 percent,” said Manning. “I had a full practice today, I did everything, took every rep. I feel good. Yesterday I at least got to be here and getting into all the meetings and go through the walk-through. I didn’t take any live reps, but I know the game plan, I know what’s going on. The arm felt good today, it felt fresh, and it was coming out good.”
Bavaro, Strahan, and Seubert Honorary Captains: Former Giants TE Mark Bavaro, DE Michael Strahan, and OG/OC Rich Seubert will serve as honorary captains of the team for the NFC Championship Game.
Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of yesterday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:
- Head Coach Tom Coughlin (Video)
- Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride (Video)
- Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell (Video)
- Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn (Video)
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)
- HB Brandon Jacobs (Video)
- WR Victor Cruz (Video)
- WR Hakeem Nicks (Video)
- OT David Diehl (Video)
- OG Kevin Boothe (Video)
- OC David Baas (Video)
- DE Osi Umenyiora (Video)
- DE Dave Tollefson (Video)
- DT Chris Canty (Video)
- LB Mathias Kiwanuka (Video)
- CB Corey Webster (Video)
- S Deon Grant (Video)
ESPN Radio Interview with LB Mathias Kiwanuka: The audio of yesterday’s ESPN Radio interview with LB Mathias Kiwanuka is available at ESPN.com.
Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Giants’ Coughlin May Be One Super Bowl Win Away From Hall by Tara Sullivan of The Bergen Record
Article on Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride: Coordinator Longs to Be Head Coach by George Willis of The New York Post
Article on the Giants’ Rushing Game: Giants Run Game Key vs 49ers by Michael Eisen of Giants.com
Article on QB Eli Manning: Giants Receivers Put Trust in Manning by Harvey Araton of The New York Times
Article on HB Brandon Jacobs: Jacobs Eager to Prove He’s Not Soft by Joshua Robinson of The Wall Street Journal
Article on WRs Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks: Cruz, Nicks Spell Double Trouble for Foes by Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN.com
Article on WR Mario Manningham: The Other Man: Mario Hoping to Have Super Bounce Back by Ebenezer Samuel of The Daily News
Article on the Giants’ Offensive Line: Pencils Down, Linemen by Aditi Kinkhabwala of The Wall Street Journal
Article on LB Michael Boley: Serby’s NFC Title Game Special Q&A …Michael Boley by Steve Serby of The New York Post
Article on LB Mathias Kiwanuka: Finally Healthy, Kiwanuka Savors Run by Tim Smith of The Daily News
Article on the Giants and Concussion Tests: Giants’ Deon Grant Learns Firsthand How NFL’s Concussion Test Puts Safety Ahead of Winning by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger
Article on General Manager Jerry Reese: Ripped in Offseason, Turns Out Giants’ GM Made All the Right Moves by Steve Serby of The New York Post
Quotes: San Francisco 49er Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman on how the weather/field conditions will affect the Giants: “It will slow the pass rush down. No question.”
Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell on the weather/field conditions: “Doesn’t matter…Because it’s the championship game and it doesn’t matter. You fight all year to get here. It can snow, it can hail, it can rain, whatever it wants to do, we’re going to be there. We’re going to be ready to play.”
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