It's a little too early to do my preview of the game, so let's just look at some practice report info.
Jacobs practiced on a limited basis, which means he did not take part in the walk through and simulated game part, but he did individual drills. He said he is feeling better and expects to play. I know this is a big game, but the playoffs are bigger. If he's not 100% and an additional week of rest would help him, I would sit him.
Ward did not practice because of a leg injury.
Hixon did not practice, but apparently did not re-injure his ankle in the Cowboys game, he was just sore from running on it.
Sinorice Moss is out with a strained calf muscle. Moss is probably out for Sunday and I doubt that they will bring him back next year. He looks like he may have some talent, but he hasn't made many plays and he gets hurt too often.
If Moss is out this week, we may have a Mario Manningham sighting. He will be elevated to the # 4 WR, behind Toomer, Hixon and Smith.
McKenzie, the RT was also limited in practice. We need to have the OL very sturdy against the Panthers. I am thinking back to that playoff game a few years ago, when they pasted us 23-0 and we could not block their DL.
Panthers are 9th in the league in sacks and Peppers is an absolute stud at DE with 12.5 sacks. Diehl gets Peppers and the OL playing well is a key to the game. In a sense, this defense will be similar to the Cowboys. Fox will put 8 in the box to stop the run and will rely on Peppers and friends to pass rush in passing situation. I'm getting into a preview for the game, which I said I wouldn't do in this post. Suffice it to say - the OL is really important to the Giants this week and for the rest of the season.