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Drought Is Over for Manning

Drought Is Over for Manning

nytimes.com Updated Nov 25, 2012
A capsule look at the Giants' 38-10 win over the Packers.
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  • NFL playoff picture taking shape after Week 12

    NFL playoff picture taking shape after Week 12

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    With 12 weeks down and five to go in the NFL season, the playoff race is taking shape. The Bears’ win and the Packers’ loss changed the top of the NFC North, while the Bengals’ win and the Steelers’ loss tightened the battle for the final AFC wild
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  • Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley kicks 49ers OL Alex Boone in the hea…

    Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley kicks 49ers OL Alex Boone in the head, is ejected from game

    yahoo.com Nov 25, 2012
    With all the folderol about whether Ndamukong Suh did or did not kick Matt Schaub in the man-parts during the Houston Texans' overtime win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving day, the move that New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley put…
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  • Rapid Reaction: Giants 38, Packers 10

    Rapid Reaction: Giants 38, Packers 10

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on a stunning 38-10 beat down at MetLife Stadium: What it means: It wasn't totally surprising to see the end of the Green Bay Packers' five-game winning streak in a road game against the Super Bowl champions. But …
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  • LIVE: Giants-Packers

    LIVE: Giants-Packers

    CNNSI.com Nov 25, 2012
    A much-anticipated meeting between the last two Super Bowl champions has quickly turned into a Giants rout. Aaron Rodgers has committed two turnovers to give New York a massive lead.
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  • Offenses getting warmed up in New York

    Offenses getting warmed up in New York

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    The track meet is on. No sooner than the Giants went up a touchdown, the Packers quickly matched them. Giants running back Andre Brown got the clean-up touchdown after Ahmad Bradshaw’s 59-yard screen pass, for the first of what could be many scores agai
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  • Final: Giants 38, Packers 10

    Final: Giants 38, Packers 10

    nytimes.com Nov 25, 2012
    Live commentary and analysis of the Giants' Week 12 game against the Green Bay Packers.
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  • Your Sunday Night Football Open Thread

    Your Sunday Night Football Open Thread

    deadspin.com ESPN.com Nov 25, 2012
    Here's the place to talk Packers-Giants, the game that will once and for all decided who is an elite quarterback and who is not. It's a very important game. Enjoy it discussing with your friends down below. More »
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  • Briggs has ankle injury

    Briggs has ankle injury

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    Half of the six Bears starters who were injured on Sunday have ankle injuries. Joining running back Matt Forte and cornerback Charles Tillman is linebacker Lance Briggs.  Per a league source, the walking boot with which Briggs was spotted walking after …
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  • WR Jennings inactive for Packers against Giants

    WR Jennings inactive for Packers against Giants

    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings is inactive for the team's game against the New York Giants on Sunday night.
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  • Watt could be facing fine, should have been flagged for Staffor…

    Watt could be facing fine, should have been flagged for Stafford hit

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    Late in regulation of Thursday’s game between the Texans and the Lions, Houston defensive end J.J. Watt put his helmet into the chest of Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford.  Watt’s helmet slid up and popped Stafford in the chin. During Friday’s e
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  • Liquid Menace Stalks Official: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    Liquid Menace Stalks Official: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    deadspin.com Nov 25, 2012
    We'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from official Buddy Of The West Horton narrowly escaping certain death to Indianapolis cheerleaders remaining Chuckstrong. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, so stay tuned. More »
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  • Jared Allen: 'I thought it was a legal hit'

    Jared Allen: 'I thought it was a legal hit'

    ESPN.com Nov 25, 2012
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Greetings from MetLife Stadium, where it was 37 relatively chilly degrees as I weaved through tailgaters late Sunday afternoon. Before we turn our attention to the Green Bay Packers, let's add a footnote to the early game betwee…
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  • MRI coming for Chris Spencer, Lance Louis has MCL injury

    MRI coming for Chris Spencer, Lance Louis has MCL injury

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    After Monday night’s loss to the 49ers, the Bear changed out 40 percent of their starting offensive line.  After Sunday’s win over the Vikings, there’s likely to be another 40-percent turnover. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that guard C
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  • Bears use special teams’ trickery in win over Vikings (VIDEO)

    Bears use special teams’ trickery in win over Vikings (VIDEO)

    During the Chicago Bears' 28-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings, special teams coordinator Dave Toub pulled some trickery for the Bears to score two on the extra point. After Michael Bush ran for a one-yard touchdown, punter Adam Podlesh lined up as the …
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  • Jay Cutler stiffarms tackler and ties teammate’s shoes on retur…

    Jay Cutler stiffarms tackler and ties teammate’s shoes on return from concussion

    Jay Cutler missed the Chicago Bears' disastrous loss to the San Francisco 49ers. On his return, he threw a nasty stiffarm, earned an unsportsmanlike penalty, and tied a lineman's shoe on the way to a 28-10 Bears victory. Early in the game, Cutler was ru…
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  • Colin Kaepernick Is A Psychic: Your NFL Late Games Viewing Guid…

    Colin Kaepernick Is A Psychic: Your NFL Late Games Viewing Guide

    deadspin.com Nov 25, 2012
    Before we get Giants-Packers tonight, we have three more on the undercard, including the second step in the Colin Kaepernick era. More »
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  • Harrison Smith leaves with apparent concussion

    Harrison Smith leaves with apparent concussion

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    A bad day for the Vikings could be getting worse. Starting safety Harrison Smith, a first-round pick who has been a difference maker for the Vikings this year, has exited with an apparent concussion. If it’s a concussion, Smith won’t be able to return
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  • Bears WR Hester leaves game with concussion

    Bears WR Hester leaves game with concussion

    Chicago Bears receiver Devin Hester suffered a concussion in the first half of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.
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  • The rout is on in Chicago

    The rout is on in Chicago

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    The Bears are well on their way to turning things around.  The Vikings are well on their way to the first step of a late-season collapse. A Christian Ponder interception, coming with the Vikings already down 15, has been parlayed into a touchdown pass f…
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  • Bears may be losing another lineman

    Bears may be losing another lineman

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    The Bears have two new starters on the offensive line this week.  One of them may be out. Guard Chris Spencer, who has replaced Chilo Rachal, is limping on the sideline and receiving attention from trainers. It’s not hurting the Bears.  They’ve scor
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  • Schwartz had even more reason to know about the red-flag rule

    Schwartz had even more reason to know about the red-flag rule

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    Lost in the red-flag fiasco from Thanksgiving is the fact that Lions coach Jim Schwartz knew about the rule that use of the red-flag when the replay is automatic blocks the review. And here’s further proof that Schwartz knew. As Jay Glazer of FOX pointe
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  • Week 12 early inactives

    Week 12 early inactives

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    Every week we’ll bring you all the inactives from the early games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. So check back often to see the full list as it becomes available. Vikings at Bears Vikings: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, WR Per
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  • NFL to consider Suh's history during review

    NFL to consider Suh's history during review

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Nov 25, 2012
    NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson told ESPN on Friday that every form of discipline will be considered against Detriot Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for his contact with Matt Schaub on Thursday.
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  • Replacement ref finale looms over NFC wild-card chase

    Replacement ref finale looms over NFC wild-card chase

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    When the replacement officials snatched defeat from the jaws of a Green Bay victory to cap Week Three, the presumption was that the extra loss could impact the Packers’ postseason positioning. While it still could, keeping the Packers from winning the N
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  • Mayne Event: Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang

    Mayne Event: Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang

    ESPN.com Nov 25, 2012
    If you follow the Green Bay Packers' Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang on Twitter, you know they are experts in the role of blue-collar, underappreciated offensive linemen. ESPN's Kenny Mayne brought out that act to the big stage -- sort of -- in this week's Ma…
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  • Source: Challenge tweak is unlikely in-season

    Source: Challenge tweak is unlikely in-season

    ESPN.com Nov 25, 2012
    The NFL is not expected to change the challenge flag rule that came into play in the Detroit Lions-Houston Texans Thanksgiving Day game this season but is expected to do so this offseason, according to a league official.
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  • Adrian Peterson on managing contact

    Adrian Peterson on managing contact

    ESPN.com Nov 25, 2012
    A hearty Week 12 good morning to each and all of you. We're less than two hours away from the NFC North's early game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, and I wanted to pass along Cris Carter's conversation with Vikings tailback Adrian Pete…
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  • B.J. Raji: Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb the only guys “we rea…

    B.J. Raji: Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb the only guys “we really need”

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    The Packers have won five straight games after a 2-3 start despite the absence of wide receiver Greg Jennings for all of those games and wide receiver Jordy Nelson for all or most of two of them. Much of the credit for those wins has gone to quarterback…
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  • Kubiak couldn’t have blocked review by throwing red flag

    Kubiak couldn’t have blocked review by throwing red flag

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    The failure of Lions coach Jim Schwartz to know the rules on Thursday wiped out the replay review of Justin Forsett’s 81-yard I’ve-fallen-and-I-can-get-up touchdown run. The odd dynamics of a bizarre rule have invited some next-level speculation by pl
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  • Countdown Live: Vikings-Bears

    Countdown Live: Vikings-Bears

    ESPN.com Nov 25, 2012
    Join our ESPN.com NFL experts as they break down the NFC North clash between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears. Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at 1 p.m. ET. See you there. Countdown Live: Vikings-Bears
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  • Video - GameDay: Packers vs. Giants highlights 03:14

    GameDay: Packers vs. Giants highlights

    Nov 25
    New York Giants QB Eli Manning throws his 200th career touchdown pass to help his Giants knock off the Green Bay Packers in a 38-10 blowout.
  • Video - Packers WR Jordy Nelson 61-yard TD catch 00:37

    Packers WR Jordy Nelson 61-yard TD catch

    Nov 25
    Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers goes deep to WR Jordy Nelson for a 61-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7 with the New York Giants in the first quarter.
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Vikings-Bears Recap 01:53

    Sunday Blitz: Vikings-Bears Recap

    Nov 25
    Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Bears' 28-10 wiin over the Vikings
  • Video - Bears Bounce Back With Big Win 00:39

    Bears Bounce Back With Big Win

    Nov 25
    Jay Cutler threw for 188 yards and a touchdown after missing a game because of a concussion.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Kaepernick choice looks great after 49ers beat Saints; more Sna…

    Nov 25
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a Week 12 heavy on impressive road wins...
  • NFL Week 12 review: John Clayton's Last Call

    Nov 25
    With young talent and shrewd moves, the Bengals are getting it right, writes John Clayton.