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Kearse, Baskett, Buck and are the Giants the Worst Playoff Team Ever?

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Covers.com makes a pretty bold statement, Giants look like worst playoff team -- ever

We're talking about a team that has the lowest-ranked defense (25th) of any of the playoff squads, with the worst pass defense (28th). New York has won exactly twice in the past two months. Those victories were against non-playoff teams, Carolina and Washington.

Heck, the Giants nearly blew a 20-point third-quarter lead to the Redskins in their final regular season game. The Giants were bailed out by one man and one man only - Tiki Barber.

In their past eight games, the Giants have allowed an average of 27 points per game. They can't rush the passer, don't stop the run very well and just lost starting cornerback Corey Webster for the season.

In the 36 years since wild-card entries were added to the playoffs, only two 8-8 teams have managed to win in the playoffs.

The Giants have been outscored 107-26 in the fourth quarter over their last eight games.

Thanks to his 7 catch 177 yard performance on Sunday Hank Baskett won his 2nd rookie of the week award. Also, Correll Buckhalter has been removed from the injury report and is fit for this weekend's game.

We all remember how much trash the Giants talked last times these two team met right? Antonio Pierce, Burress, Shockey, even Barber all had something to say... They are certainly singing a different tune this time. It's led Sam Donellon to ask, where's the hate, Giants?

Having tried bravado, baiting, berating and just about every other motivational tool during their slide from top dog to lame dog this season, the Giants have turned their locker room into a great big pity party this week.

"There's no reason that it should come together," Pierce said when asked this week to offer some semblance of hope. "You look at the way the Eagles are playing. Five-game winning streak, quarterback playing great, running back, defense playing well. So we've got our hands full. We just hope to give them a good game."

This from a man who called Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter's play "limited" before the Dec. 17 game at the Meadowlands, while espousing his own Pro Bowl qualities as a more versatile linebacker.

It turns out that if he were not put on IR Kearse would be healthy enough to play this weekend.

Defensive end Jevon Kearse on Thursday expressed no regrets about being placed on the injured reserve list after suffering a leg injury in a Week 2 home loss against the Giants, even though he said he would be ready to play this week if he were eligible.

"I was messed up," he said. "During those (first) eight weeks, I was thinking that I wouldn't be able to walk again. I had to heal mentally first."