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W2W4: Giants at Ravens

The Giants always say they are at their best with their backs up against the wall.

Time to see if that rings true this season. Here are five things to watch for on Sunday:

Sack Flacco: The season is on the line and the pass rush has to show up.

Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka have combined for just 18 sacks so far. JPP had 16.5 sacks by himself last year.

Tuck says the Giants might be giving offenses too much credit and they need to stop worrying about what is being said about them and "just get back to beating people up front."

Joe Flacco has been sacked 15 times in his last five games and has thrown a pick in each of the last three Baltimore losses.

The Giants must rattle Flacco and force some mistakes in order to win on the road.

Steamed Rice: Ray Rice deserves to get plenty of touches –- something that doesn’t always seem to happen in Baltimore.

The Giants have to take away Baltimore's deadliest weapon, Rice, and make Flacco beat them by going to other targets.

The Giants missed 18 tackles last week against Atlanta. If they are undisciplined in tackling this Sunday, the Giants will be burned by Rice.

Elite Eli: If the Giants are going to win out, they’ll have to do it riding the arm of Eli Manning. And they’ll need Elite Eli to show up.

Manning threw an interception on his first pass in Atlanta. The Giants won’t be able to pull out a win in hostile territory in Baltimore if they turn the ball over. The Giants can’t give the Baltimore defense any life.

Manning has been a hair off on his timing with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz on deep balls at times over the last several weeks. That timing has to be on point on Sunday. Manning has to get his two biggest receivers involved more than last week when the duo combined for a total of six receptions.

The Giants also need to be efficient and effective in the red zone.

Ball control: If the Giants can establish the run, Tom Coughlin’s team might be in good shape.

Baltimore’s run defense has allowed a total four touchdowns to opposing running backs in the last three games and 91 or more yards on the ground in its last five games.

Running the ball not only gives Manning the threat of play action but it also keeps Rice on the sideline.

Man up: If the Giants want to make the playoffs, they need to get their heads screwed on straight and come with one of their best performances of the season.

Time to stop the weekly act of showing up one game and disappearing the next. The team that hammered Carolina and San Francisco on the road and stifled Aaron Rodgers at home needs to be the one that shows up on Sunday.

The Giants are the defending world champions -- time to play like it with the playoffs on the line.