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Ngata, O'Hanlon and Bomar make it to this week's Bottom Five Things to Look For


Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Fla.
Jan. 28, 2001
MVP: Ray Lewis, LB - Baltimore
It wasn't pretty for the Giants, who lost their first Super Bowl in three appearances. After Duane Starks returned one of Kerry Collins' four interceptions for a 17-0 Ravens lead, Ron Dixon's kickoff 97-yard kickoff return gave the Giants their only score of the game. The excitment from that was short-lived, as Baltimore's Jermaine Lewis matched Dixon's feat, as he cut across the field and raced 84 yards to restore the Ravens' 17-point lead. Credit: AP

The all-important third preseason game will take place tomorrow night in Baltimore, and the Giants have plenty of things they’ll be looking for in this game. Primary among them are offensive and defensive chemistry, special teams fire, and some guys at the bottom of the roster who still have a chance to survive the first round of cuts early next week when the list goes from 80 to 75 names.

But here, of course, we tend to look at things differently. Which is why, for the third week in a row, we present our list -- the Bottom Five Things to Look For in Saturday’s game.

5. Haloti Ngata will suffer a cut across his face when one of the bungee cords that the Giants’ equipment staff used to secure Eli Manning’s helmet to his head snaps at the line of scrimmage and goes flying into the nose tackle’s helmet. Luckily the duct tape wound around the helmet mummy-style remains in place.

4. The Giants will wear T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “Win It For Tiki,” a reference to Tiki Barber and his team’s inability to beat the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. Eli will wear eye black stickers. 34 will be under one eye, 7 under the other to remind everyone in the huddle of the score of that game.

3. Rutgers’ 5-8 running back Ray Rice of the Ravens and Rutgers’ 5-8 receiver Tim Brown of the Giants will be glad to see each other. Not because they went to college together but because they can finally pick on somebody their own size.

2. Rookie safety Matt O’Hanlon.

1. After playing every snap last week against the Steelers, nobody told Rhett Bomar that he’s not the starting quarterback anymore. It leads to an awkward moment in the first offensive huddle of the game, not to mention a flag for illegal substitution.

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