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Hakeem Nicks Against the Packers in the 2011 NFC Divisional

Anakim : 1/11/2019 10:34 am
I was watching the game last night on YouTube and I forgot how absolutely incredible Nicks was during that game. He followed up his amazing game against the Falcons a week before with an incredible performance in Green Bay. Obviously a lot is made about Plaxico against Al Harris in the 2007 Conference game against the Packers and rightfully so, but Nicks was absolutely stupendous against that same Packers four years later. Two TDs, including a Hail Mary PRAYER, with the other TD being a pinball-esque sprint to the end zone. Truly amazing to witness again.

Eli was also amazing. He was amazing that year and during that playoff run.


On another note, holy fucking shit. The refs were ATROCIOUS that day. Truly atrocious. How many fucking blown/egregious missed calls can one crew make/not make? I watched the Giants/Eagles 2002 Week 17 game (I was there) the other day and it was another truly horrendous performance by the refs. Even Collinsworth called them out on their ineptitude.
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RE: Nicks was the best player on that 2011 team  
dep026 : 1/11/2019 11:18 am : link
In comment 14258212 GoBlue6599 said:
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Better then Eli Cruz Rolle Osi Tuck you name it guy was a animal and just dominated.... A few years later when he wasn’t the same player the fans crapped all over him and accused him of being a “dog”
He’s a classic example of how the fans only love you when you’re scoring TDs.. Hakeem never got his big payday


No he wasnt. Not even close. He wasnt even better than Cruz that year. The top 3 is simple...

Eli
JPP
Cruz
Agree with Dep regarding those 3 during Regular Season  
Jimmy Googs : 1/11/2019 11:24 am : link
but post-season Nicks jumps up into the group...
RE: Agree with Dep regarding those 3 during Regular Season  
McNally's_Nuts : 1/11/2019 11:32 am : link
In comment 14258225 Jimmy Googs said:
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but post-season Nicks jumps up into the group...


And still Eli was the best player on the Giants.
RE: Agree with Dep regarding those 3 during Regular Season  
dep026 : 1/11/2019 11:32 am : link
In comment 14258225 Jimmy Googs said:
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but post-season Nicks jumps up into the group...


Oh I agree there. Postseason Nicks was a beast. I apologize if he meant postseason... he would probably be behind Eli then.
Could be wrong  
ryanmkeane : 1/11/2019 11:40 am : link
but I believe Nicks owns the NFL record for most receiving yards in a single postseason.
It’s also a common misconception that the Giants  
mfsd : 1/11/2019 11:47 am : link
running game wasn’t good that season. They finished last in the NFL in rushing yards in 2011, but that was in no small way bc they were very banged up during the season - Bradshaw was in and out of the lineup during the season, Jacobs missed a couple games, and Baas and Beatty both battled injuries and missed time.

All of them got healthy and/or sucked it up and played through pain in the playoffs, and their running game was a big weapon down the stretch and during our Super Bowl run.

One of my enduring memories of that win in a Green Bay is Jacobs and Bradshaw putting the game away in the 4th quarter.
RE: RE: Nicks was the best player on that 2011 team  
GoBlue6599 : 1/11/2019 11:48 am : link
In comment 14258221 dep026 said:
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Better then Eli Cruz Rolle Osi Tuck you name it guy was a animal and just dominated.... A few years later when he wasn’t the same player the fans crapped all over him and accused him of being a “dog”
He’s a classic example of how the fans only love you when you’re scoring TDs.. Hakeem never got his big payday



No he wasnt. Not even close. He wasnt even better than Cruz that year. The top 3 is simple...

Eli
JPP
Cruz

Let me clarify my comments in those playoffs Hakeem Nicks dominated from his 10 catch game in the Super Bowl to him taking 10 yard passes and turning them into 50 yard tds vs Atlanta/ Green Bay to his brilliant Hail Mary catch in Green Bay.. IMO Hakeem Nicks was the best player on that 2011 team and in the playoffs it wasn’t close
Eli was the best player  
Osi Osi Osi OyOyOy : 1/11/2019 11:56 am : link
but Nicks was incredible and it's a shame how this performance gets overlooked some. It wasn't the clinical whooping that Plaxico put on Al Harris, but the amount of game-changing plays Nicks made in this game was just special.

Cruz vs. Nicks was always a toss-up that year. Cruz was a gamebreaker with the big plays all year but Nicks was the #1 on the outside drawing the most attention.

I think JPP was clearly our 2nd best player that year though. He was looking like the next Bruce Smith that year, just an animal.
RE: RE: Agree with Dep regarding those 3 during Regular Season  
Jimmy Googs : 1/11/2019 12:01 pm : link
In comment 14258232 McNally's_Nuts said:
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but post-season Nicks jumps up into the group...



And still Eli was the best player on the Giants.


without a doubt...
RE: It’s also a common misconception that the Giants  
Jimmy Googs : 1/11/2019 12:04 pm : link
In comment 14258251 mfsd said:
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running game wasn’t good that season. They finished last in the NFL in rushing yards in 2011, but that was in no small way bc they were very banged up during the season - Bradshaw was in and out of the lineup during the season, Jacobs missed a couple games, and Baas and Beatty both battled injuries and missed time.

All of them got healthy and/or sucked it up and played through pain in the playoffs, and their running game was a big weapon down the stretch and during our Super Bowl run.

One of my enduring memories of that win in a Green Bay is Jacobs and Bradshaw putting the game away in the 4th quarter.


I recall a ridiculous amount of times during the regular season the Eli had to convert 3rd & long. Mostly because the Oline got no push in running game way too often on first and/or second down.

things improved as playoffs came into sight...
Except for the 49'er game where Cruz went off  
Stu11 : 1/11/2019 12:05 pm : link
Nicks was an absolute beast that playoff run. Un-coverable. Down to the last TD drive vs the Pats where he had some huge catches. And yea the scary thing is besides maybe the Steelers-Seahawks SB that Green Bay game may have been one of the worst officiated playoff games I have ever seen against us and we still destroyed them.
Damn it pisses me off with all the injuries during Eli's prime  
Jim in Forest Hills : 1/11/2019 12:11 pm : link
Giants would have probably had another ring if Nicks and Cruz hadn't gotten hurt. Add in guys like Phillips and Terrell Thomas, they lost so much talent, not just for a year but career wise!

This is what was..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 1/11/2019 12:12 pm : link
unbelievable:

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They actually called the right call on the field as a fumble and then reviewed it and overturned it!!


There was absolutely no evidence to suggest it wasn't a fumble, and if you remember correctly, we never heard the evidence. They went to commercial and when they came back, Leavy awarded the Packers the ball.
I remember being confident going into that game  
BrettNYG10 : 1/11/2019 12:17 pm : link
But that was such a dominant performance.
Nicks, Cruz, Manningham, Boss, the best receiving corps the Giants  
SterlingArcher : 1/11/2019 12:23 pm : link
ever had, and I have been following this team since 1955.
RE: Nicks, Cruz, Manningham, Boss, the best receiving corps the Giants  
Anakim : 1/11/2019 12:24 pm : link
In comment 14258292 SterlingArcher said:
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ever had, and I have been following this team since 1955.


Boss wasn't on that team
RE: Nicks, Cruz, Manningham, Boss, the best receiving corps the Giants  
dep026 : 1/11/2019 12:25 pm : link
In comment 14258292 SterlingArcher said:
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ever had, and I have been following this team since 1955.


Too bad they never played together all at once :)
Great game  
NYG007 : 1/11/2019 12:39 pm : link
and worst officiated game I have seen since our rip off playoff loss in SF.

That catch and run where Nicks ran right thru the middle  
Ten Ton Hammer : 1/11/2019 12:41 pm : link
of the Atlanta defense has to be one of the best plays in Giants postseason history.
RE: That catch and run where Nicks ran right thru the middle  
dep026 : 1/11/2019 12:55 pm : link
In comment 14258328 Ten Ton Hammer said:
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of the Atlanta defense has to be one of the best plays in Giants postseason history.


One that seems surreal. As if the falcon defenders were stuck in mud and Nicks turned into Usain Bolt.
RE: the rouging the passer  
mrvax : 1/11/2019 12:57 pm : link
In comment 14258208 bradshaw44 said:
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and the botched fumble in first Q

the refs were terrible that day



They actually called the right call on the field as a fumble and then reviewed it and overturned it!!! That will forever be why I believe the refs are instructed to try and help the team with the most popularity at the time. Someone should post the gif. of that fumble. I'm getting mad just thinking about it.


Many here seem to forget the worst ref performance in 2011. It was the regular season game Giants vs. Packers. I knew then and still believe now that refs do have an agenda in some games.

This NFC Divisional game was also unfairly called. So yes, the Giants beat a great team and lousy refs!
Wow, blast from the past  
MetsAreBack : 1/11/2019 1:04 pm : link
i'd completely forgotten Collinsworth shared the both with Buck and Aikman in the early 2000s...
RE: 10000 percent  
cjac : 1/11/2019 1:37 pm : link
In comment 14258177 McNally's_Nuts said:
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Eli Manning outplayed Aaron Rodgers that game and in the regular season game too.


Ballard scored that TD
RE: Nicks, Cruz, Manningham, Boss, the best receiving corps the Giants  
cjac : 1/11/2019 1:39 pm : link
In comment 14258292 SterlingArcher said:
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ever had, and I have been following this team since 1955.


TE's were Ballard and Bear Pascoe I think
Ballard made some  
Dnew15 : 1/11/2019 2:16 pm : link
real tough catches over the middle and down the seam on that playoff run too - much like Boss did on the previous run. Eli made some great throws high to those guys and those guys went up and got it and got drilled.
I remember thinking that Jake Ballard and Kevin Boss' moms must hate Eli!
Actually..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 1/11/2019 2:19 pm : link
Ballard and Boss were injured while running the ball.

Boss sustained two concussions trying to gain extra yardage and Ballard took a hit to his knee.

Shockey received a concussion on a personal foul on an overthrown ball.
Nicks  
Les in TO : 1/11/2019 2:26 pm : link
was a beast that game. Damn shame how his injury derailed his career
After that post-season  
RinR : 1/11/2019 2:31 pm : link
I was convinced that Nicks would be a fixture at #1WR for the Giants for awhile. So of course, after I get his jersey his career starts to go downhill.


I'm always amazed  
an_idol_mind : 1/11/2019 2:34 pm : link
at how confident I was throughout the playoffs in 2011. Throughout the season they always felt like a team that was about to implode. Then they beat Dallas to clinch the division and I immediately thought, "Here we go again." It wasn't until Bradshaw accidentally scored in the Super Bowl that I thought the team might lose a game.
RE: This is what was..  
an_idol_mind : 1/11/2019 2:40 pm : link
In comment 14258281 FatMan in Charlotte said:
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unbelievable:



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They actually called the right call on the field as a fumble and then reviewed it and overturned it!!



There was absolutely no evidence to suggest it wasn't a fumble, and if you remember correctly, we never heard the evidence. They went to commercial and when they came back, Leavy awarded the Packers the ball.


It was actually worse than that. The Packers threw the challenge flag, but never got charged a challenge because the refs changed the ruling before the review. The Giants wound up throwing the flag to trigger a review. Then, despite clear evidence that it was a fumble, the refs still sided with the Packers.
Slow ass Ballard led all TEs in yards per reception that year.  
shockeyisthebest8056 : 1/11/2019 2:41 pm : link
The 2 guys directly in front of him in that statistic were Antonio Brown and AJ Green.
I'm not saying that they were  
Dnew15 : 1/11/2019 2:45 pm : link
injured on any of those throws/hits...what I am saying is that they went up and got a couple of throws that afterwards I remember watching and thinking - "man, that was a hell of a throw and catch, how did he get up?"
RE: Slow ass Ballard led all TEs in yards per reception that year.  
Jimmy Googs : 1/11/2019 2:46 pm : link
In comment 14258605 shockeyisthebest8056 said:
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The 2 guys directly in front of him in that statistic were Antonio Brown and AJ Green.
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remember Ballard's game versus Pats during Regular Season?

huge...
One of my favorite players of that era  
madgiantscow009 : 1/11/2019 2:47 pm : link
3 touchdowns in the opening game of Metlife.

He was on pace for 90 catches and 18 touchdowns a year he got injured.
That year, i swear Ballard was our TE for the future.  
GMAN4LIFE : 1/11/2019 3:01 pm : link
The guy was an awesome receiving TE. Literally everything thrown at him, he would catch. that year when i went to the stadium, i kept saying in the stands. "Throw it to Ballard, the guy catches everything".

When he got injured in the SuperBowl was tragic. He tried to get back in and he did a cut and just fell to the floor in pain. It was sooooo sad.

Sucks that he wasnt but damn he made some incredible catches.
RE: RE: the rouging the passer  
santacruzom : 1/11/2019 3:50 pm : link
In comment 14258208 bradshaw44 said:
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and the botched fumble in first Q

the refs were terrible that day



They actually called the right call on the field as a fumble and then reviewed it and overturned it!!! That will forever be why I believe the refs are instructed to try and help the team with the most popularity at the time. Someone should post the gif. of that fumble. I'm getting mad just thinking about it.


I just read that they called him down, Coughlin challenged, and the ruling was upheld.

Here's the GIF

I wonder what Eli's carrer stats in Lambau are?  
ron mexico : 1/11/2019 3:54 pm : link
he always seems to play lights out there
RE: RE: RE: the rouging the passer  
Blue Dream : 1/11/2019 4:31 pm : link
In comment 14258777 santacruzom said:
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and the botched fumble in first Q

the refs were terrible that day



They actually called the right call on the field as a fumble and then reviewed it and overturned it!!! That will forever be why I believe the refs are instructed to try and help the team with the most popularity at the time. Someone should post the gif. of that fumble. I'm getting mad just thinking about it.



I just read that they called him down, Coughlin challenged, and the ruling was upheld.

Here's the GIF



They actually initially called it a fumble on the field and then reversed themselves on the field without actually reviewing it. This forced Coughlin to challenge and the call was inexplicably upheld
RE: I wonder what Eli's carrer stats in Lambau are?  
rsjem1979 : 1/11/2019 4:43 pm : link
In comment 14258782 ron mexico said:
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he always seems to play lights out there


I think you're only remembering the playoff wins. He was great in 2011, and solid in miserable cold in 2007, but other than that it's really not good.

He threw four INTs the week after the Eagles debacle in 2010 and the Giants lost 45-17.

The other two games were just meh.
That Playoff Run  
lax counsel : 1/11/2019 4:49 pm : link
Featured so many great individual performances. Eli in SF was one of the best QB performances I've ever seen. Hope for more days like that very soon.
RE: RE: I wonder what Eli's carrer stats in Lambau are?  
ron mexico : 1/11/2019 4:50 pm : link
In comment 14258859 rsjem1979 said:
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he always seems to play lights out there



I think you're only remembering the playoff wins. He was great in 2011, and solid in miserable cold in 2007, but other than that it's really not good.

He threw four INTs the week after the Eagles debacle in 2010 and the Giants lost 45-17.

The other two games were just meh.


I remember him having a good game against Green Bay earlier in 2011, but maybe that was at home?

And playoffs in 2016 he was good.
RE: RE: RE: I wonder what Eli's carrer stats in Lambau are?  
rsjem1979 : 1/11/2019 5:02 pm : link
In comment 14258869 ron mexico said:
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I remember him having a good game against Green Bay earlier in 2011, but maybe that was at home?

And playoffs in 2016 he was good.


He was okay in 2016, though his receivers didn't do him any favors in that game.
For me the highlight of that game was the last two plays in the first  
Ira : 1/11/2019 5:11 pm : link
half. Time was running out, but Bradshaw ran for 23 and got out of bounds. Then Eli heaves it to Nicks for a 37 yard touchdown which ended the half.
....  
Jay on the Island : 1/11/2019 8:35 pm : link
That was the game where Nicks established himself as a top 5 WR in the NFL. It's a shame that injuries derailed what would have been a great career.
The amazing thing about Nicks.  
PetesHereNow : 1/11/2019 8:45 pm : link
He was in his 3rd season during that game in January 2012. Looked like an absolute star that whole playoffs. A mere 2 years later in March 2014, he left the Giants after some injuries to sign a 1 yr 5 million dollar deal with the Colts.

He'll turn 31 next week. Such a shame the injuries ruined his career.
RE: For me the highlight of that game was the last two plays in the first  
gmenatlarge : 1/11/2019 8:46 pm : link
In comment 14258898 Ira said:
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half. Time was running out, but Bradshaw ran for 23 and got out of bounds. Then Eli heaves it to Nicks for a 37 yard touchdown which ended the half.


Actually the Hail Mary didn’t end the half because they ran it on third down before the Packers D was ready and probably the reason it worked! Excellent work by Coughlin and the giants, they were expecting the short throw t9 set up the FG.
RE: RE: For me the highlight of that game was the last two plays in the first  
rsjem1979 : 1/12/2019 8:14 am : link
In comment 14259068 gmenatlarge said:
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half. Time was running out, but Bradshaw ran for 23 and got out of bounds. Then Eli heaves it to Nicks for a 37 yard touchdown which ended the half.



Actually the Hail Mary didn’t end the half because they ran it on third down before the Packers D was ready and probably the reason it worked! Excellent work by Coughlin and the giants, they were expecting the short throw t9 set up the FG.


The Hail Mary most definitely did end the half - I just watched the entire game last night. Bradshaw got out of bounds with 6 seconds, and while Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were pontificating about the Giants throwing a quick sideline pass and kicking a FG, Nicks was posting up with literally nobody in front of him.

Side note: that was just one of many horrendous plays by the Packers in that game. Rodgers missed two wide open receivers for potential big plays, and they dropped a bunch of passes that would have kept drives going. They played an absolutely atrocious game.

Also, the two blown calls were as bad as we all remember.
RE: RE: RE: For me the highlight of that game was the last two plays in the first  
gmenatlarge : 1/12/2019 4:26 pm : link
In comment 14259219 rsjem1979 said:
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half. Time was running out, but Bradshaw ran for 23 and got out of bounds. Then Eli heaves it to Nicks for a 37 yard touchdown which ended the half.



Actually the Hail Mary didn’t end the half because they ran it on third down before the Packers D was ready and probably the reason it worked! Excellent work by Coughlin and the giants, they were expecting the short throw t9 set up the FG.



The Hail Mary most definitely did end the half - I just watched the entire game last night. Bradshaw got out of bounds with 6 seconds, and while Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were pontificating about the Giants throwing a quick sideline pass and kicking a FG, Nicks was posting up with literally nobody in front of him.

Side note: that was just one of many horrendous plays by the Packers in that game. Rodgers missed two wide open receivers for potential big plays, and they dropped a bunch of passes that would have kept drives going. They played an absolutely atrocious game.

Also, the two blown calls were as bad as we all remember.


Ok, just going from memory, but since it was 3rd down the Packers were expecting the short throw for the FG and were caught off guard by the Hail Mary.
Nicks had the best playoff run of any Giant WR ever that year  
TD : 1/12/2019 6:49 pm : link
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RE: RE: Nicks was the best player on that 2011 team  
djm : 1/12/2019 8:59 pm : link
In comment 14258221 dep026 said:
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Better then Eli Cruz Rolle Osi Tuck you name it guy was a animal and just dominated.... A few years later when he wasn’t the same player the fans crapped all over him and accused him of being a “dog”
He’s a classic example of how the fans only love you when you’re scoring TDs.. Hakeem never got his big payday



No he wasnt. Not even close. He wasnt even better than Cruz that year. The top 3 is simple...

Eli
JPP
Cruz


How can you say not even close? Nicks was absolutely one of the most integral players on that team. We’re splittin hairs at who was the best...
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