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Giants well aware of their second-half slouch

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As long as you limit the conversation to 2007 and 2011, when they won the Super Bowl, then sure, the Giants are great closers.

Otherwise, their second-half slumps are real, and in their heads.

Under coach Tom Coughlin, the Giants are 53-19 in the first halves of seasons, just 27-38 in the second halves.

“I’m trying not to (talk about it) but you can’t hide it. It’s been there,” Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “I wish I could sit here and say this team is going to be different from that, but I can’t tell the future. All I can tell is we’re aware of it and we’re trying our darnedest to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Tuck admitted that last week’s loss to the Steelers made him think about it, and makes them wonder about the stability of a 6-2 start, when the second half started with a loss that dropped them to 6-3 and brought back those ghosts. After playing the 3-5 Bengals and taking their bye week, the Giants finish with a tougher slate, including games against the Packers, Falcons and Ravens. The good news is, they’re 2 1/2 games up on the division, establishing a path to the postseason.

But as history shows, it might not be easy.

“We understand what our history has been in November and it’s not a good one (13-20) and we definitely do not want to repeat it,” Tuck said. “But the simple fact is we’ve got to play better. We’ve got some great football teams coming up. They’re going to present huge challenges to us and we’ve got to be up for that and hopefully we can turn this thing around.”

The Giants are like a golfer who’s great playing out of trouble — primarily because they have so much practice getting themselves into it to begin with.

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11 Responses to “Giants well aware of their second-half slouch”
  1. stlsteelerfan says: Nov 7, 2012 7:54 AM

    Wonder which Giant is going to accuse a Bengal of getting away with murder to the referees…I mean, media…..this week

  2. drubeatz says: Nov 7, 2012 8:29 AM

    Sounds mental to me. They need to keep their composure and stop playing down to some of these teams.

  3. manuich1 says: Nov 7, 2012 8:44 AM

    2 Words David Wilson, get this guy on the field more, returning kickoffs just is not going to cut it. Doug Martin is showing what rookies are capable of doing. I really can’t understand why there holding this guy back. Not to take anything away from Bradshaw but this kid can hit a hole and be gone. It’s just senseless why this kid has to look from the sidelines when he could be out there on the offense tearing it up. You cant teach speed, there were several runs last week that he could’ve gotten more yardage than the slower Bradshaw. I saw it all the time watching him at VT. I just cant understand drafting such a talent in the 1st round and then only using him on kickoffs, hell Randle is getting way more playing time and he’s a 2nd rounder. Wake up Coughlin / Gilbride, this offense needs a spark and he’s just the guy.

  4. east96st says: Nov 7, 2012 8:46 AM

    In fairness, the Giants have had injury issues in the past years and let’s not forget that 2008 had the unique situation of the leading WR shooting himself. Providing no one decides to go the self inflicted wound route, the Giants are pretty healthy for this time of the year and have a bye to heal even more. If they don’t do better this time around, really no one to blame but themselves.

  5. nananatman says: Nov 7, 2012 8:56 AM

    Don’t do it to me again, now that the cowboys and eagles are statistically provably the NFC East gutter, please don’t get in the gutter with them, please, please…

  6. jobotjones says: Nov 7, 2012 9:14 AM

    all that talk about how eli and the giants are fourth qtr kings?? get that crap out Ben and that offense owns the fourth with uncle dicks defense owning the second half constantly after making any necessary adjustments. Thats how you close a game out in all three phases of the game suck it haters.

  7. nygiantstones says: Nov 7, 2012 12:50 PM

    I mean really, what are you saying with this article? The Giants should have won the last 5 Superbowls, if they could just pull it together in the second half of the season consistently? Well sure, we can all dream. But until Disney starts manufacturing NFL seasons, we’ll just have to settle on only 2 Superbowls in 5 years. Darn.

  8. axespray says: Nov 7, 2012 3:16 PM

    so basically they’re chokers for a lot of late seasons, then they’re flukes for a few playoff runs….

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 7, 2012 4:35 PM

    stlsteelerfan says: Nov 7, 2012 7:54 AM

    Wonder which Giant is going to accuse a Bengal of getting away with murder to the referees…I mean, media…..this week
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    They don’t have to do it, because the Bengals don’t get away with blatant holding and pass interference like SF, DAL, PIT, NE and ATL.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 7, 2012 4:36 PM

    jobotjones says: Nov 7, 2012 9:14 AM

    all that talk about how eli and the giants are fourth qtr kings?? get that crap out Ben and that offense owns the fourth with uncle dicks defense owning the second half constantly after making any necessary adjustments. Thats how you close a game out in all three phases of the game suck it haters.
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    Pig Pen didn’t do it vs. DEN, OAK and in their other loss. Eli is still the clutchest QB in the game. One game does not change that. Sucks for you.

  11. jobotjones says: Nov 8, 2012 4:05 PM

    So clutch that he had a total of one yard through the air in the fourth quarter? Yeah you sure can’t spell clutch without eli…oh wait

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