Giants trying to make sense of ups and downs

Eli Manning walks off the field after a

Eli Manning walks off the field after a 34-0 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. (Dec. 16, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty

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Several Giants spent a portion of their day wondering aloud -- into radio and television microphones -- why their season has had the uneven pace of a driver's ed car with a stick shift. A week after beating the Saints, 52-27, they lost to the Falcons, 34-0. It's that kind of inconsistency that has troubled the Giants throughout the second half of this year.

"For the life of me I cannot understand how we can play so well one week and then the next week just play so bad," Osi Umenyiora said in his weekly appearance on ESPN Radio in New York. "It doesn't make any sense to me.''

Antrel Rolle was equally baffled.

"This week we could probably be the best team in the NFL [or] this week we could possibly be the worst team in the NFL," he said in his weekly spot on WFAN. "I still can't figure out what it is. It needs to be fixed."

Rolle, whose comments in the past have sparked the Giants, said words won't straighten them out as they face the final two games of the season.

"For us it's either fight or flight," he said. "We know exactly what it's going to take in order to get it done. But me saying this means absolutely nothing because either we're gonna fight or we're gonna flight. And knowing the Giants, how I know the Giants, we're damn sure gonna fight. That's who we are."


Bradshaw, Phillips ready

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee) said on ESPN's SportsCenter that he'll be ready to face the Ravens. "I just have to get it through to Tom Coughlin and the training staff," he said. "As of right now, I feel like I can go and be ready Sunday."

As for S Kenny Phillips (knee), he said on ESPN Radio in New York that he is "100 percent" sure he'll play against the Ravens, although he was unsure of his role.

"The situation we're in right now, I have no choice," Phillips said. "It's now or never."

The Giants waived DB Terrence Frederick, who was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday to bolster the secondary. That may be a sign that the Giants think both Phillips and CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring) will be ready.

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