What they're saying in New York

November, 2, 2011
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A sampling of articles from New York on the Giants' perspective heading into Sunday's game:

1. Manning deserves Brady's respect. Columnist Ian O'Connor of ESPNNewYork.com recalls a meeting between Eli Manning and Tom Brady before Super Bowl XLII in which Manning was "spurned", and uses it as a springboard for a piece previewing Sunday's game. "If Eli didn't have Brady's complete respect before Super Bowl XLII, he has it now," O'Connor writes. "Manning was the master of Brady's biggest disaster, the MVP of the game that cost the sport's most recognizable star a chance to match the four titles won by his idol, Joe Montana, and a chance to go down as the only quarterback to finish a season 19-0. Brady's Patriots haven't won a playoff game since. Of course, Manning's Giants haven't, either."

2. Eli to tie Brady's mark on Sunday. Mike Garofolo of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that Sunday will mark Eli Manning's 111th straight regular-season start, which is the fourth-longest streak in NFL history and the longest active streak in the NFL. "Making it even more interesting and timely is the man whom he'll tie for fourth: Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, whose streak ran from his first NFL start on Sept. 30, 2001 until the second week of the 2008 NFL season, when Matt Cassel filled in for an injured Brady," Garofolo writes.

3. Jacobs deals with boos. Running back Brandon Jacobs was booed by home fans on Sunday, which has been a hot storyline in New York. Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com follows up on the story, writing, "Leading up to the game, stories came out in which Jacobs said he didn't think the Giants were using him correctly and he believed he wouldn't finish his career with New York. That led to fans turning on him. Speaking at an NFL Play 60 event in a Brooklyn middle school Tuesday, Jacobs vowed to refocus his efforts over the final nine games of the Giants' regular season. 'You're going to see a change, man. You're going to see a change,' Jacobs said.

4. Webster eyes Welker challenge. Cornerback Corey Webster talks about the tough assignment of facing Patriots receiver Wes Welker, which leads off Ralph Vacchiano's notebook in the New York Daily News. "I’m a bigger guy than them so those little jitterbug-type of guys are a little harder,” said the 6-foot Giants cornerback. “You’ve got to be more patient at the line of scrimmage with those guys. ... I have more trouble with the little jitterbug types.”

5. No looking back at Super Bowl. Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News focuses on how Super Bowl XLII figures to be a hot topic this week, but Giants players are looking past that. “That was four years ago ... if we’re still living in the shadow of 2007, that’s one of our greatest downfalls," said defensive lineman Justin Tuck.

6. Super rush needed to slow down Pats. Paul Schwartz of the New York Post writes about a Super Bowl picture in the hallway of the Giants' facility, and how the team needs to produce more of those type of plays to win Sunday. "There’s a large color shot on the wall where the Giants work of Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora in the act of sacking and separating Brady from the ball. As much as Manning’s historic pass plays still resonate with Giants fans eager to reminisce about Super Bowl XLII, the late-game image of a short-stay defensive tackle named Jay Alford leaping past the Patriots offensive line to flatten Brady remains an unforgettable moment," Schwartz writes.

7. Steady Eli Manning leads the way. In a piece titled "A steady arm lifts a shaky team", Bill Pennington writes in the New York Times on Eli Manning's performance Sunday. "The next time Eli Manning’s worth, or rank, among N.F.L. quarterbacks is debated, games like the Giants’ desultory 20-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday should be recalled. Not just because Manning provided sparkle to a dreadful game, but also because of the perseverance he showed as his brethren offered so little help."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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