Monday, March 30, 2015

Giants accuse Eagles of dirty play (again)

For the second time this season, the Giants accused the Eagles of dirty play after a loss.

Giants accuse Eagles of dirty play (again)

After the Eagles' first win against the Giants, defensive lineman Chris Canty ripped Todd Herremans for a pair of dirty blocks.

Herremans had been called for two personal fouls during the Birds' 27-17 win.

Now, after the Eagles' stunning 38-31 win Sunday, another Giants lineman is accusing the Birds' offensive line of dirty play.

"It’s just that team, they like to play dirty. Same (stuff) they did in the first game and the refs don’t do (anything) about it," Giants defensive tackle Rocky Bernard told Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger. "Just taking cheap shots, after the whistle, tackling, holding, whatever. It’s ridiculous."

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The Eagles were called for just five penalties for 30 yards Sunday. There was an illegal formation, holding, illegal touching, a false start and encroachment. But no personal fouls.

Bernard said he was complaining to the refs, but getting no help.

"I’m usually a pretty cool guy, but when they start doing stuff like that, taking cheap shots, that’s when I have a problem with it," Bernard told Garafolo. "You try to complain about it to the ref, and they don’t call it."

As I said in this morning's playoff scenarios post, there's a chance the Eagles and Giants could meet for a third time in the postseason.


For the first time in his career, Eli Manning called a players-only meeting this week to address his teammates.

"I don’t want to make a big deal about it," Manning said, per Zack Berman of The Star Ledger. "I just felt that something needed to be said. I just wanted to make sure that everybody’s head is where they need to be."

The Giants take on the Packers in Green Bay Sunday afternoon. If they win, they clinch a playoff spot. If they lose, the Eagles can clinch the NFC East before even taking the field Sunday night at the Linc.

Earlier today, I posted on how the Eagles only had 10 players on the field during Sunday's onside kick.

And finally, in case you missed it, check out the strange scene below when Manning was supposed to talk to the media at his post-game press conference. Basically, no one was there. Well, except for one guy. Never seen anything like this - either on TV or in person. Perhaps there's a good explanation, but I have yet to hear it.

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