NFL Week 16: Giants (8-6) at Ravens (9-5)

The Giants (8-6) are in Baltimore this afternoon to face the playoff-bound Ravens. It is a must-win game if they have any designs on qualifying for the postseason, although they would not necessarily be eliminated should they lose. The Ravens come into the game losers of their last three, while the Giants are coming off their first regular-season shutout loss in 16 years.

Kickoff: 4:25pm Eastern
Site: M&T Bank Stadium
Surface: Artificial (Sportexe Momentum 51)
TV: FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (field reporter)
Radio: WFAN 660AM and 101.9FM Bob Papa, Carl Banks, Howard Cross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 86 (NYG), 92 (Bal) XM: 225 (Bal)
The Line: Giants by 2 1/2; OU 47 1/2
Referee: Carl Cheffers

Last Game: 11/16/08: Ravens 10 at Giants 30. New York RB Brandon Jacobs has 2 1st-quarter TD runs & CB Aaron Ross adds 50-yard INT-TD. Giants win 5th consecutive game & improve to 9-1.
Last Game at Site: 12/12/04: Ravens 37, Giants 14. Baltimore QB Kyle Boller throws 4 TD passes (2 to WR Clarence Moore & 2 to TE Todd Heap) as Ravens defense limits New York to 196 total yards

Series: Ravens lead reg season series 2-1

Injuries

Giants: QUESTIONABLE: C David Baas (hip, shoulder), TE Travis Beckum (knee), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee, foot), S Kenny Phillips (knee), S Tyler Sash (hamstring), G Chris Snee (hip), DE Justin Tuck (shoulder) PROBABLE: CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), DT Chris Canty (neck), WR Hakeem Nicks (knee), WR Rueben Randle (back)

Ravens: OUT: LB Jameel McClain (neck) DOUBTFUL: S Bernard Pollard (chest) QUESTIONABLE: WR Tandon Doss (ankle), LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle), RB Vonta Leach (ankle), DE Albert McClellan (thigh, shoulder), RB Bernard Pierce (head), WR Torrey Smith (head), G Marshal Yanda (ankle) PROBABLE: TE Ed Dickson (knee), S James Ihedigbo (neck), DT Arthur Jones (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdomen), LB Terrell Suggs (biceps), WR Deonte Thompson (thigh), WR LaQuan Williams (thigh)

Playoff Scenarios

Baltimore has already clinched a playoff spot and can win AFC North with: a) a win OR b) a tie and a Cincinnati loss or tie.

The NFC East title cannot be decided tomorrow. The Giants can clinch a playoff spot a win and Chicago, Minnesota, Dallas all lose and Washington loses or ties. They can also clinch a spot if they win and Chicago, Minnesota, Washington all lose and Dallas ties.

Giants Notes

Clinch playoff berth with 2 wins…QB Eli Manning has 3,590 pass yards & needs 410 to reach 4,000 for 4th consecutive season. Incl. SB, has won 8 of past 10 starts vs. AFC…

RB Ahmad Bradshaw has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5 in Dec/Jan. Rushed 9 times for 96 yards (10.7 avg.) in only meeting. Rookie RB-KR David Wilson is 2nd in NFC with 27.2 KR avg…

WR Victor Cruz has 79 catches for 1,019 yards & 9 TDs. Needs 1 catch to record 2nd consecutive season with 80+ catches, 1,000+ yards & 9+ TDs. No other Giant has ever had 1 such season. WR Hakeem Nicks has 3,726 career rec. yards & needs 274 to reach 4,000. TE Martellus Bennett has TD in 2 of past 3…

DE Jason Pierre-Paul has 8 sacks in past 8 vs. AFC. Has 27.5 career sacks & needs 2.5 to reach 30. S Stevie Brown leads NFL with 259 INT yards, most by Giant all-time. Ties for 2nd in NFL with career-high 7 INTs.

DE Justin Tuck has 5 sacks in past 5 vs. AFC (incl. SB). LB Mathias Kiwanuka had sack in last meeting…

Ravens Notes

Aim for 3rd season in row with 10+ wins. Ravens have won 12 consecutive home games vs. NFC…For career, QB Joe Flacco is 9-0 at home vs. NFC & has 14 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 99.6 passer rating. Flacco became 1st Raven to reach 100 career TD passes last week…

For career, RB Ray Rice averages 5.1 yards per carry vs. NFC (258 att., 1,313 yards). Rice (1,458) needs 42 scrimmage yards to reach 1,500 for 4th consecutive season…

WR Torrey Smith (94) needs 6 catches to register 100 career. Smith (767) needs 75 receiving yards to surpass total (841) as rookie last season…

TE Dennis Pitta had career-best in receiving yards (125) & TD catches (2) last week. Pitta (7) needs TD reception to set single-season club record among TEs (Todd Heap, 7 in 2005)…

LB Paul Kruger has career-high 8 sacks in 2012. LB Terrell Suggs has 9 sacks in past 8 vs. NFC opponents.

S Ed Reed (61) needs INT to tie HOFer Dick Lebeau & Dave Brown for 8th most in NFL history…KR-WR Jacoby Jones has NFL-best 32.5 KR avg. in 2012.