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February 2, 2012

Meet the New York Giants

OFFENSE

Eli Manning

QB (10), 6-4, 218, 8th season, Mississippi

Goes for second Super Bowl title, which would surpass older brother Peyton ... Had best regular season of career, set NFL record with 15 fourth-quarter TD passes ... Has 103.1 passer rating in playoffs, with eight TDs and one interception ... Was sacked six times at San Francisco, yet hung in to complete 32 of 58 for 316 yards and two touchdowns ... Has longest active starting streak among NFL QBs at 119.

Ahmad Bradshaw

RB (44), 5-10, 214, 5th season, Marshall

Battling back and foot injuries, but shows up nearly every week ... Did not play in win over Patriots in November ... Has more power than size might indicate, also has nice burst ... Rushed for team-high 659 yards and nine TDs, also caught 34 passes and scored twice ... Averaging 4.3 yards per carry and has 14 receptions in playoffs.

Brandon Jacobs

RB (27), 6-4, 264, 7th season, Southern Illinois

Has gone from starter to backup to starter and backup again ... Rushed for 72 yards and scored touchdown vs. Patriots in November win ... Rushed for 571 yards and seven TDs during season, averaging 4.5 yards per carry in playoffs ... Stands fourth on team's career rushing list with 4,849 yards.

Hakeem Nicks

WR (88), 6-1, 208, 3rd season, North Carolina

A deep threat who also can break shorter passes into long gains ... Also missed first game with Patriots ... Having dynamic postseason with 18 receptions for 18.6 average and four TDs ... Uses big hands and long arms to fight off defenders for passes ... finished second on team with 76 receptions for 1,192 yards and seven TDs ... Had been bothered by shoulder pain.

Victor Cruz

WR (80), 6-0, 204, 2nd season, Massachusetts

Went from obscurity to Pro Bowl in one season ... Replaced Steve Smith (left for Philadelphia as free agent) as slot receiver, developed into Giants' most dangerous wideout with 82 catches for 1,536 yards and nine TDs, averaging 18.7 yards a reception ... Broke 99-yard catch-and-run for score against Jets ... Celebrates touchdowns with salsa dance.

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