Giants embrace playing 'out of a hole'

Giants embrace playing 'out of a hole'
December 18, 2012, 6:00 pm
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The Ravens are trying to avoid 4 losses in a row

Think the Ravens have problems on offense? Check out the New York Giants, who have scored 52 points in their last two games.

Problem is, all 52 were scored in a win vs. the New Orleans Saints two weeks ago. They were shut out 34-0 by the Atlanta Falcons.

The Giants, led by Eli Manning, come into M&T Bank Stadium as desperate for a win as the Ravens (9-5), who have clinched at least a playoff berth already and could finally secure the AFC North with a win. They lead the Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) by just one game. 

The Ravens have lost three in a row. The Giants (8-6) have lost two of their last three games and fallen into a three-way tie in the NFC East. 

While quarterback Joe Flacco appears rattled by the occasion in Baltimore, that's certainly not the case for Manning. His brother, Peyton, beat the Ravens for the Denver Broncos last week, 34-17.

“If you say at the beginning of the season, 'Hey, you have two games left and you got to win both of them to be in the playoffs,' I think you take it,”  Manning, who won his second Super Bowl title last year, said according to the New York Daily News. "This is an opportunity you ask for. These are the circumstances you want to be in. Could there be better circumstances? Yeah, sure, there could always be better. There could be much worse. We like our chances. We know what we need to do. It’s right in front of us. We got to go out and win the game this week.”

The Giants could have running back Ahmad Bradshaw (knee) return to the lineup. Bradshaw has 896 yards rushing and has caught 5 TDs in the passing game.

“We like having our backs against the wall,” Bradshaw told ESPN, alluding to their 9-7 record as a wild card before beating the New England Patriots in the last Super Bowl. “We like to play coming out of a hole and right now, we put ourselves in that predicament. It’s something we’ve been in before.”