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    Giants – Eagles Divisonal Playoff Showdown

    The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles will face off in the divisional round of the playoffs on Sunday afternoon. It’s a much different feel for the defending Super Bowl Champion Giants in 2008-9. During the 2007-8 playoff run, the Giants needed 3 road playoff wins just to get to the Super Bowl to go up against the undefeated and highly favored New England Patriots. This year, the Giants come in as the #1 seed in the NFC, with a 12-4 record and a 7-1 record at home. The Giants need just 2 home playoff wins to advance to a 2nd consecutive Super Bowl. The only problem – the Eagles are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now.

    Ever since Head Coach Andy Reid benched Donovan McNabb at halftime of the Eagles 36-7 loss to the Ravens, the Eagles have won 5 of 6 games, including a 44-6 drubbing of the Dallas Cowboys on the last game of the season to secure a playoff berth and last week’s 26-14 win over the Vikings in Minnesota where the Eagles defense kept the Vikings scoreless in the 2nd half and proved why they have the 3rd best defense in the NFC. The biggest win during that stretch, however, probably came on December 7th – with a 20-14 win over the Giants at the Meadowlands – the Giants only loss at home this year. In that game, the Eagles were able to control the clock (35 minutes to 25 minutes) as Bryant Westbrook rushed 33 times for 131 yards and a score. The question is, will the Eagles be able to do that again. In the first meeting between the 2 teams in Philadelphia, the Giants defeated the Eagles 36-31 in a back and forth game. Westbrook only had 26 yards rushing and the Giants kept McNabb under 200 hundred yards passing, although he did throw 3 touchdown passes.

    Although the Giants will be playing without play-making wide receiver Plexico Burress, the team is as healthy as its ever been this season. The Giants three-headed rushing monster will be in full force and affect on Sunday. Brandon Jacobs – ready. Derrick Ward – ready. Ahmad Bradshaw – ready. When those 3 get locked in – look out. And with a cold and blustery forecast, a solid, bruising rushing game in the windy confines of the Meadowlands is always a good recipe for success.

    It should be a good game to watch. There is an intense rivalry between the 2 teams. The Eagles know the Giants and the Giants know the Eagles. You have the McNabb-Manning match-up. The Jacobs-Westbrook match-up. And you have 2 great defenses. Get ready for some grind-it-out, in-your-face football at the Meadowlands on Sunday. Enjoy…

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