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Out of the Blue

Clean-up crews are still digging up the confetti here in the BlueTower following our celebration of Super Bowl Sunday. The tendency to view the past as prologue can often be deceptive, but the parallels to the Giants' 2007/2008 playoff run continued through the final game to a startling degree, down to the key 30+ yard circus catch and the winning score coming with less than one minute left. Just crazy. Congrats to the Pats who continue to live up to their incredible standard of excellence, and of course, congrats to the G-men for another startling run of winning football right when it mattered the most.

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23. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 22:11 xXBatmanXx
 
Anyone else having issues with how the site "looks" ie font size for different parts of the page?

disregard....some user error and settings were off...

This comment was edited on Feb 6, 2012, 23:25.
 
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22. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 21:51 xXBatmanXx
 
Blue wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 20:50:
Cutter wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 16:02:
It's the strength of the overall team that carries him, not the other way around.

He turned a makeshift 0-line, no running game, two untested wide receivers and a rookie tight end into one of the league's elite offenses. And that offense of his took a sub-par defense to the world championship.

Your analysis is the opposite of the reality. He carried that team all season, and he has two rings because he's played his best when it counted most in two different Super Bowls.

Werd. That throw in the end zone needles it between 2 defenders. That is SB material and SB champ right there.

Brady didn't even show up.

The real story is how the Pats just expect to win and once again lost. I love it.
 
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21. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 21:46 xXBatmanXx
 
Jim wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 12:19:

Is it baseball season yet?

**BARF**
 
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20. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 21:09 sauron
 
Seconding Blue's post. Watching preseason and early season Giants games here in NYC, they were pretty bad. I mean, really quite awful at times. Somehow they managed to pull a team together out of that morass, and I don't think anybody knows quite how. Part of it was Eli, part of it was Coughlin, and part of it was those evil veteran muthas on the defensive line.

Honestly, going into the season I think most everyone here thought the Jets had a shot, not the G-Men. Boy were we wrong. But I'm glad it turned out the way it did. :-)
 
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19. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 20:50  Blue 
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 16:02:
It's the strength of the overall team that carries him, not the other way around.

He turned a makeshift 0-line, no running game, two untested wide receivers and a rookie tight end into one of the league's elite offenses. And that offense of his took a sub-par defense to the world championship.

Your analysis is the opposite of the reality. He carried that team all season, and he has two rings because he's played his best when it counted most in two different Super Bowls.
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 16:25 Nomaar
 
killer_roach wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 16:19:
Nomaar wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 16:05:
I stand corrected on the rating, but what was capable about their rushing game? It ranked dead last in the NFL. Manning raised his game to another level this year and kept them afloat while the running game and the defense floundered.

It ranked last mostly because they didn't run very often. When you're running primarily to pick up short-yardage first downs, few yards and a low average is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

They only ran in short yardage situations because Jacobs and Bradshaw sucked most of the year. Even in those short yardage situations in which they ran, they failed miserably most of the time.
 
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 16:21 Nomaar
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 16:02:
And I fully agree. It's the strength of the overall team that carries him, not the other way around.

The "overall" team played like crap most of the season, particularly the defense and the running backs, who were brutally bad before turning it heading into the playoffs. They won nine games, and six of them were fourth-quarter comebacks directed by Manning. You have it reversed -- the team would have been dead in the water without him this year.
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 16:19 killer_roach
 
Nomaar wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 16:05:
I stand corrected on the rating, but what was capable about their rushing game? It ranked dead last in the NFL. Manning raised his game to another level this year and kept them afloat while the running game and the defense floundered.

It ranked last mostly because they didn't run very often. When you're running primarily to pick up short-yardage first downs, few yards and a low average is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 16:16 space captain
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 16:05 Nomaar
 
killer_roach wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 14:52:
Nomaar wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 14:35:
Cutter wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 13:52:
The reason Eli will continue to get static is his lack of consistency. When he's on he's good, no one can deny that. It's just that he can only seem to do it half the time. Hence, the reason I still say the Giants are more lucky than good. I'd say Bradshaw has been the Giants real hero this season. The guy has made some phenomenal plays! Anyway, they definitely won it yesterday. Gratz.

Not this year's Manning. He had the second best rating in the league behind Rogers and set some kind of record for fourth-quarter touchdowns. He did this despite the fact that the team's running backs were basically MIA the first three quarters of the season. The guy was flawless this year and he was the reason they squeaked into the playoffs with a 9-7 record. And this is a Jets fan talking, btw.

Second-best rating in the fourth quarter.

Overall, he was seventh, behind Rodgers, Brees, Brady, Romo, Stafford, and Schaub.

And that's with an excellent offensive line, a capable running game, and a very good receiving corps.

I get the feeling Eli is a lot like Donovan McNabb (he does well due to the system around him), but, unlike McNabb, he can perform when he has to.

That's why he's got two rings.

I stand corrected on the rating, but what was capable about their rushing game? It ranked dead last in the NFL. Manning raised his game to another level this year and kept them afloat while the running game and the defense floundered.
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 16:02 Cutter
 
killer_roach wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 14:52:
Second-best rating in the fourth quarter.

Overall, he was seventh, behind Rodgers, Brees, Brady, Romo, Stafford, and Schaub.

And that's with an excellent offensive line, a capable running game, and a very good receiving corps.

I get the feeling Eli is a lot like Donovan McNabb (he does well due to the system around him), but, unlike McNabb, he can perform when he has to.

That's why he's got two rings.

Thanks for saving me from pointing that out. And I fully agree. It's the strength of the overall team that carries him, not the other way around. Yet, you cannot tell me that the Giants are a better team than the Pack, Pats, Saints, and Steelers as the last several years have consistently shown. However, at the end of the day all that counts is the win no matter how its won and the Giants do seem to have that knack of pulling it out by the skin of their teeth. So yeah, I still don't think Eli is in the same class of QBs as the aforementioned teams as well as his big bro. That's not a knock on the Giants, just him as a QB.
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 14:52 killer_roach
 
Nomaar wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 14:35:
Cutter wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 13:52:
The reason Eli will continue to get static is his lack of consistency. When he's on he's good, no one can deny that. It's just that he can only seem to do it half the time. Hence, the reason I still say the Giants are more lucky than good. I'd say Bradshaw has been the Giants real hero this season. The guy has made some phenomenal plays! Anyway, they definitely won it yesterday. Gratz.

Not this year's Manning. He had the second best rating in the league behind Rogers and set some kind of record for fourth-quarter touchdowns. He did this despite the fact that the team's running backs were basically MIA the first three quarters of the season. The guy was flawless this year and he was the reason they squeaked into the playoffs with a 9-7 record. And this is a Jets fan talking, btw.

Second-best rating in the fourth quarter.

Overall, he was seventh, behind Rodgers, Brees, Brady, Romo, Stafford, and Schaub.

And that's with an excellent offensive line, a capable running game, and a very good receiving corps.

I get the feeling Eli is a lot like Donovan McNabb (he does well due to the system around him), but, unlike McNabb, he can perform when he has to.

That's why he's got two rings.
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 14:42 Beamer
 
Also, Hawken is now taking closed beta "applications".

I put applications in quotes because apparently the only qualifier is signing up 3 more people.
Which means I put in the link with my own reference number. I understand that's a bit jerky, which is why I'm being very transparent.
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 14:35 Nomaar
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 13:52:
The reason Eli will continue to get static is his lack of consistency. When he's on he's good, no one can deny that. It's just that he can only seem to do it half the time. Hence, the reason I still say the Giants are more lucky than good. I'd say Bradshaw has been the Giants real hero this season. The guy has made some phenomenal plays! Anyway, they definitely won it yesterday. Gratz.

Not this year's Manning. He had the second best rating in the league behind Rogers and set some kind of record for fourth-quarter touchdowns. He did this despite the fact that the team's running backs were basically MIA the first three quarters of the season. The guy was flawless this year and he was the reason they squeaked into the playoffs with a 9-7 record. And this is a Jets fan talking, btw.
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 14:21 DNForever
 
Jim wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 12:19:
Is it baseball season yet?

I'll second that. I love baseball and its irreducible pleasures. Just a few more months.
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 13:52 Cutter
 
The reason Eli will continue to get static is his lack of consistency. When he's on he's good, no one can deny that. It's just that he can only seem to do it half the time. Hence, the reason I still say the Giants are more lucky than good. I'd say Bradshaw has been the Giants real hero this season. The guy has made some phenomenal plays! Anyway, they definitely won it yesterday. Gratz.
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 13:01 Beamer
 
Fazor wrote on Feb 6, 2012, 12:43:
I'm glad I was only a temporary Giants fan (As in, I didn't want the Pats to win.) Eli has a knack for giving me a heart-attack with some of his throws, but he sure was threading the needle last night.

Standard Eli - throw it into triple coverage, expect miracles to happen.

But they do happen. Hell, Manningham dropped one ridiculous throw and stepped out on another yet still pulled off a huge thread.

 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 12:54 Fion
 
The Giants are notorious for kicking it into overdrive the last minute or two of a game. Anyone who thought it was all wrapped up last night with a minute left (especially Patriots fans) should have known better.

WOOT GIANTS!
 
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 12:43 Fazor
 
I'm glad I was only a temporary Giants fan (As in, I didn't want the Pats to win.) Eli has a knack for giving me a heart-attack with some of his throws, but he sure was threading the needle last night.

Now back to being a Browns fan -- where our expectations are so low they can't possibly fail to live up to them. And then, they do.
 
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2012, 12:19 Jim
 
Yup, the Patriots seem to think that waiting for the opponent to make a critical mistake at the right moment is a winning strategy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

Is it baseball season yet?
 
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