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NY Giants need to stop depending on comebacks heading into San …

NY Giants need to stop depending on comebacks heading into San Francisco 49ers game, which is gateway to tougher schedule

nydailynews.com Updated Oct 8, 2012
There is nothing in the Giants’ game plan that calls for spotting an opponent a 14-0 lead. But it happened in the first five minutes against Cleveland on Sunday.
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  • Programming note: Three cities, one day

    Programming note: Three cities, one day

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A few notes while preparing to board the first of two flights Monday afternoon/evening: I'll be hitting three NFC West cities in one day, but that wasn't the plan. Computer problems at Alaska Airlines wiped out my return options from…
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  • Young NFC West pass-rushers making mark

    Young NFC West pass-rushers making mark

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    Four young NFC West outside pass-rushers have combined for 18 sacks through five games. A look at their progress: Robert Quinn, St. Louis Rams (6.0 sacks): A three-sack game against Arizona on Thursday night doubled Quinn's total for the season. The Ram…
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  • Cards' Williams will miss rest of season

    Cards' Williams will miss rest of season

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals' already embattled ground game has taken a severe blow with the announcement that running back Ryan Williams is out for the season with a left shoulder injury that will require surgery.
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  • Seahawks safety says that Cam Newton will “tank” when pressure…

    Seahawks safety says that Cam Newton will “tank” when pressured

    Sophomore slumps are common among NFL quarterbacks, but few second-year signal callers are causing more consternation after an amazing rookie campaign than Cam Newton. After setting several rookie records in 2011, Newton's been far less effective and ef…
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  • QBR ranks: 49ers' Alex Smith leads NFL

    QBR ranks: 49ers' Alex Smith leads NFL

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    Alex Smith has generally done what the San Francisco 49ers have asked him to do since last season. Some of the quarterback's most valuable contributions -- changing plays at the line of scrimmage, for instance -- have been tough to quantify. Coach Jim H…
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  • PFT Live: Redskins talk with Rich Tandler and a look back at Su…

    PFT Live: Redskins talk with Rich Tandler and a look back at Sunday

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    What was the most memorable takeaway from Sunday’s action? Was it Drew Brees breaking Johnny Unitas’ record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass? A second straight dominant performance by the 49ers? The Colts coming back from 18 points down on
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  • Bills get even thinner on the offensive line

    Bills get even thinner on the offensive line

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    There hasn’t been much to smile about for the Bills across the last six quarters of football and their chances of ending their dismal streak in Arizona isn’t looking great thanks to the state of their offensive line. Buffalo started Sunday’s game ag
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  • Around the NFC West: 49ers team to beat

    Around the NFC West: 49ers team to beat

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- NFC West teams have a combined 14-6 record, the best for any division in the NFL. Three teams from the NFC West -- San Francisco, Arizona and Seattle -- have a combined 10-1 record in non-division games. The other NFC West team, S…
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  • Around the NFC West: Seahawks' progress

    Around the NFC West: Seahawks' progress

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    What is shaping up as the greatest defense in Seattle Seahawks history wasn't going to defeat the Carolina Panthers by itself. It would need at least some help from an offense still in its formative stages. Quarterback Russell Wilson would have to impro…
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  • Russell Wilson still a rookie, but making strides

    Russell Wilson still a rookie, but making strides

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    The Seahawks appear to be coming to peace with the two Russell Wilsons. One one hand, the rookie quarterback had one of his best games of the season. On the other, he nearly cost them a game they had well within their grasp. Statistically, a 19-of-25 fo…
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  • Alex Smith’s finger sprain is “nothing at all”

    Alex Smith’s finger sprain is “nothing at all”

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    The only potential negative emerging from Sunday’s 45-3 shellacking of the Bills by the 49ers was the news that quarterback Alex Smith has injured the middle finger of his throwing hand. The team downplayed the injury after the game, and for good reason
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Can Kolb Lead The Cardinals To Victory? 02:00

    NFL32OT: Can Kolb Lead The Cardinals To Victory?

    Oct 8
    Episode 202: Steve Young breaks down Kevin Kolb's performance this season. The NFL32 crew discuss the Patriots' big win over the Broncos.
  • Video - San Francisco 49ers locker room excitement 00:22

    San Francisco 49ers locker room excitement

    Oct 8
    Catch a glimpse at the San Francisco 49ers locker room celebration after a dominant victory over the Buffalo Bills in Week 5 of NFL action.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Hot Topics: Week 5 05:19

    Countdown Daily Hot Topics: Week 5

    Oct 8
    Antonio Pierce answers your facebook questions
  • Video - Is San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith maturing into a Pro Bowl QB? 01:40

    Is San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith maturing into a Pro Bowl QB?

    Oct 8
    Jamie Dukes joins "Around the League" to discuss the maturation of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. Is Dukes ready to call Smith a Pro Bowl quarterback?

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Arians, Colts keep beloved Pagano close to heart in stirring w…

    Oct 8
    There are a lot of stories in the naked city this morning -- the Brees ascension over the great Unitas, the 49ers playing like the '66 Packers, the air being let out of the Buffalo Counterfeit Bills, Eric Winston in a rage, Wes Welker with a needle, Chi…
  • Peter King: Arians, Colts keep beloved Pagano close to heart in stirring w…

    Oct 8
    There are a lot of stories in the naked city this morning -- the Brees ascension over the great Unitas, the 49ers playing like the '66 Packers, the air being let out of the Buffalo Counterfeit Bills, Eric Winston in a rage, Wes Welker with a needle, Chi…
  • Don Banks: Broncos were prepared mentally, but not physically, for Patriot…

    Oct 8
    FOXBORO, Mass. -- After another loss to New England was in the books -- their third in the span of 10 games, including last season's playoffs -- Champ Bailey and the rest of his Broncos teammates found the repetition of it all a little wearing.
  • Don Banks: No shortage of heroes in Colts' inspiring tribute win; more Sna…

    Oct 8
    FOXBORO, Mass. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we take stock of an offensively sloppy but memorable Week 5 in the NFL....