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23.02.2019 07:12
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View will be running through the Super Bowl Youth Will Hernandez Jersey , highlighting the glory of the Giants’ past and celebrating the biggest playoff wins in franchise history.AnnihilationJan. 14, 2001NFC Championship GameGiants 41, Vikings 0The legend stepped to the front of the room, still a commanding presence even in retirement. Lawrence Taylor had something to say.And when the greatest linebacker of all-time speaks, people listen.“You’ve got what you want right here,” Taylor told the 2000 Giants. “You can’t ask for anything better than this. Playing this game, you’re 60 minutes away, here at Giants Stadium. It can’t be any better than that. “From the bottom of my heart, we’re proud of you. And whatever it takes, get it done.”Taylor was only one of at least eight members of the 1986 and 1990 Super Bowl teams to have met with the Giants on the eve of the 2000 NFC Championship Game.But his message resonated the loudest. And did they ever.The Giants did not necessarily need the extra motivation the night before they executed the most dominant performance ever in an NFC title game.Only a few words can encapsulate how completely the Giants dismantled the Vikings, 41-0, at Giants Stadium.Humiliation. Domination. Annihilation.The Giants led 34-0 at halftime. They held the ball for an eye-popping 42:22, including the final 12:53.And they outgained Minnesota, 518 to 114 (including just 60 net passing yards for the Vikings). The 404-yard disparity was the largest in NFL postseason history.The championship had became a game of keep-away by the Giants long before the fourth quarter in an effort to reduce any further embarrassment for the Vikings.Yet somehow, visiting Minnesota — which lost its final three regular-season games — was a one-point favorite entering the game.The blowout came two months after mild-mannered coach Jim Fassel uncharacteristically guaranteed that the Giants would make the playoffs after losing two straight to fall to 7-4.The Giants won their final five regular-season games, clinching home-field advantage with the best record in the NFC. Then they won their first two postseason games.Late owner Wellington Mara, then 84 Youth B.J. Hill Jersey , struck a similar theme when speaking to the crowd as he accepted the NFC Championship trophy.The deciding factor might have been an observation offensive coordinator Sean Payton — now the Saints coach — made in his film preparation.He recognized an opportunity to exploit Minnesota cornerbacks Wasswa Serwanga and Robert Tate. Payton reviewed the plays the Giants ran that season, picked the most effective and compiled the game plan from them. He then faxed it to quarterback Kerry Collins the Tuesday night before the game with a note, “The best that we could do.”And so was Collins’ best.He produced the game of his career and broke multiple records in completing 28-of-39 passes for 381 yards and a championship game-record five touchdowns. (Ironically, it came before his meltdown in Super Bowl XXXV: 15-of-39 passing for 112 yards and four interceptions against the Baltimore Ravens.)Collins did all the damage in only three quarters, having sat out the fourth.Ike Hilliard had 10 receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns, including a 46-yard score that gave the Giants a 7-0 lead just four plays into the game.The Vikings’ Moe Williams fumbled the ensuing kickoff. And on the next play, Collins hit fullback Greg Comella for an 18-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead just 2:13 into the game.And on it went.The Giants defense was just as dominant as its offense.Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper lost a fumble on the first play of the second half while sacked by Shaun Williams. Five plays later, Collins found Amani Toomer for a 7-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 41 points. The defense recorded the franchise’s third playoff shutout, after blanking Cleveland in 1958 and Washington in 1987.Culpepper did not have many options.Cornerbacks Jason Sehorn and Dave Thomas blanketed Randy Moss and Cris Carter. Moss caught just two passes for 18 yards. Carter did not catch a pass in the first three quarters and finished with only three receptions for 24 yards.Fassel did not credit his own guarantee for the Giants’ run or the NFC title game rout. At 1-3, the New York Giants haven’t been good enough so far in the 2018 NFL season. If you look, though, there are some things to feel good about.One of those has been the steady improvement of the offensive line, with coach Pat Shurmur telling WFAN on Tuesday that he felt Sunday against the New Orleans Saints “the offensive line as a unit played their best game.”On Wednesday, Shurmur singled out rookie left guard Will Hernandez, the team’s second-round pick, and second-year right tackle Chad Wheeler, starting his second game after taking over at right tackle for Ereck Flowers Youth Saquon Barkley Jersey , for praise.After allowing two pressures in each of the first two games, Hernandez has not been responsible for a quarterback pressure in the past two games. His pro Football Focus pass-blocking grade of 88.2 was his best of the season.“Part of it is just playing more and more. Some people say you need 5,000 snaps before you get into it, he [Hernandez] didn’t have the benefit of that,” Shurmur said. ‘He’s getting better. I think it was his best game, still has his mistakes but I think all in all, it was his best game, which is good, so we hope it just continues to go like it is.”Hernandez does feel like he has gotten better.“I feel like I’ve definitely been improving. I want to keep getting better because I’m not satisfied with that performance [vs. New Orleans],” he said. “I want to keep building on what I did good and keep getting better at the stuff I didn’t do so good.”Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SportsHernandez said he has definitely learned the value of playing with leverage at the NFL level.“I’ve always felt like I played too tall,” he said. “Sometimes I’ve been able to get away with it in college. Here I quickly learned that good leverage and good technique is the best way to go.”After giving up three sacks to J.J. Watt in his first start, Wheeler gave up four pressures vs. the Saints but kept Cameron Jordan out of the sack column.“I think he [Wheeler] played better this game than he did last game,” Shurmur said. “The thing I appreciate about him is, he walks around pretty quiet sort of Monday through Saturday, but on game day, you can see the emotions and you can see him playing hard and competing, and he works hard in practice. “For a guy that plays with emotion and then he works hard and he competes , then he’ll continue to get better because he has a good skillset. Just like Will, we’re hopeful that he has a better game than he did last week. He’s going to get another tough matchup, so we’ll see how he does.”Looking on the Saints game on Wednesday, Wheeler didn’t want to hear about what he did well.“Just didn’t open up enough holes, didn’t pass block well enough, coulda done a lot of things better,” he said. “You’ve gotta be hard on yourself, especially being an undrafted free agent. You’re always going to have that chip on your shoulder. Never going to feel like you’re good enough. Honestly when you start feeling like you’re good enough that’s when you get humbled in this league.”An improving group?Both players indicated that they feel like the much-maligned line, including new center John Greco, has been getting better.“As a group I feel like we’re coming together,” Wheeler said. “Just doing the little things, just do simple better. We don’t have to re-invent the wheel or try to be Supermen out there. You’ve just gotta do your job and hope the guy next to you is doing his.”Hernandez agreed:“I feel like we’ve been improving as a group and we’re going to keep improving, but we’ve got to step it up,” he said. “We don’t want to keep improving little by little every game. We want to improve as fast as we can.”

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