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Field position battle

Kudos to the Giants defense. Giving up 21 points in the first half, and leaving Steve Smith with 1 on 1 coverage, was a major cause for Giants fans, heading into halftime. Coughlin and Co. made their adjustments at halftime, and surrendered only 7 points in the 2nd half to the Panthers. As good as John Carney has been at kicking field goals for the Gmen, his kickoffs leave a sour taste in all big blue faithful. Last night, the Panthers seemed to start every drive at their own 38 yard line. This has been a common theme with Carney's kickoffs all season long. I know the guy is 44 years old, and I have an immense amount of respect for him. However, at some point, as 2009 nears, you have to wonder if the field position battle is going to come back to haunt the New York Giants. The Giants D have literally been stuffing opponents all year long. What is so satisfying, is the fact that they do it from near midfield. Coverage on kickoffs have been great as well. When a kick only reaches the 10 yard line on a good day, trouble is looming. Hopefully the special teams and defense will continue to compensate for Carney's foot, or lack there of as the Giants look for the repeat.

By Michael Rolland

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