New York, NY —
The Giants take on the Patriots tonight in a bid to keep New England from finishing a perfect season. WNYC's Dan Blumberg has a preview:
REPORTER: The Giants have already clinched the playoffs, so the debate all week has centered around whether they should play their starters and risk injury or let them rest up. Some say the game is meaningless and it's not worth the risk, others want the Giants to take a stand. And it looks like that's what Coach Tom Coughlin has decided to do. He strongly hinted that he would make the Patriots earn their 16th victory. Our objective is to win, he said.
That's too bad for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He joked that he wished Coughlin would at least rest his defense, which leads the league in sacks. If the Patriots win they would join the 1972 Miami Dolphins as the only team ever to finish the regular season with a perfect record. Another record on the line: Tom Brady is just two touchdowns shy of breaking Peyton Manning's record for most touchdown passes in a season.
For WNYC, I'm Dan Blumberg