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NY tabloid covers have field day with lopsided Giants-Patriots matchup

The New York Giants are overwhelming underdogs in Thursday night’s showdown with the New England Patriots, and the always snarky Big Apple tabloids could not help but engage in some gallows humor over the expected lopsided matchup.

The New York Post and New York Daily News used their Thursday’s front- and back-page covers, respectively, to shade the Giants over what the papers view as an inevitable blowout loss at Gillette Stadium in primetime.

The Post opted for a “Daniel vs. Goliath” theme, with a gigantic Tom Brady towering over a regular-sized Daniel Jones.

The Daily News, meanwhile, pleaded for Bill Belichick to “have mercy” on the injury-ravaged Giants.

As of Wednesday, most sportsbooks had settled on the Patriots being 16.5-point favorites. After the Giants announced later in the day that the team would be without Saquon Barkley (ankle), Sterling Shepard (concussion), Evan Engram (knee) and Wayne Gallman (concussion), the spread was bumped up to 17 points, with Bovada installing the Patriots as 17.5-point favorites.

If that holds, which it presumably will barring any late action, the Giants will face the franchise’s longest odds in nearly 40 years.

With all that in mind, it obviously would be an upset for the ages if the Giants escaped Foxborough with a victory.

As far as the New York tabloids are concerned, the daily rags have never had an issue delivering the snark at the expense of the city’s home teams when deemed necessary.

That said, Brady and the Patriots have been favorite targets of the Post and Daily News as well.

In other words, New York tabloids are equal-opportunity savagers.