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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Giants Pull Off an Overtime Victory in Philly, 26-23

After taking the lead of the NFC East with a victory over the Cowboys the Giants came into Philadelphia expecting to tumble over the Eagles and take an easy advancement to 9-4. Sunday's match-up was anything but easy as the Giants were evenly matched up most of the game and were forced into over time. After losing the coin toss in over time the Giants got the ball back and found themselves in field goal range on 4th down. They were faced with the dilemma of putting the game in the hands of Jay Feeley, who missed three game winning fieldgoals against Seattle two weeks ago. Surely enough the Giants called on him once again and he nailed it to take the victory.

In a game where the Giants anticipated an easy victory they found themselves fighting in the end. Although they did not perform as well as they should have, they have regained confidence in their kicker which is well needed going into the playoffs. The Giants gained 437 yards, their third-highest total of the season (490 at Seattle, 456 vs. St. Louis) and had 28 first downs. The close score can be contributed to the Giant's defense not playing as strong as they have in previous games and the absence of middle linebacker Antonio Pierce. They will be without Pierce again next week against the Kansas City Chiefs at home. The Chiefs lost a close one against Dallas last week. Giants need a victory next week to keep the division lead if the Cowboys win.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Giants Take the Division Lead Over Cowboys, 17-10

The New York Giants hosted the Dallas Cowboys in one of the season's most important games. The Giants lost in overtime to the Cowboys earlier this season and at the start of this game shared the division lead but 0-1 in their season match ups with the Cowboys. The Giants were led by their defensive quarterback Antonio Pierce, who scored a touchdown after a Dallas fumble. The Giant's Offense was not as productive as prior weeks but they did enough to get the job done. Brandon Jacobs scored a one yard touchdown after a long gain by Tiki Barber and Feeley kicked a field goal after missing his first attempt. While the defense soared, the offense struggled. Tiki Barber rushed for 115 yards, but needed 30 carries to do it. Eli Manning completed only 12 of 31 passes for 152 yards and was intercepted twice by Aaron Glenn – once in the end zone and a second time to set up Dallas’ only touchdown.

The Giants advance to 8-4 and face a struggling Philadelphia Eagles team in Philadelphia next week. They should crush the Eagles considering they are without four of their top starters.

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