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It's Eli, Not Peyton, Who Is the Manning in a Conference Championship

Jan 13, 2008 – 7:50 PM
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How about that? The New York Giants go into Dallas and beat the Cowboys, 21-17. Dallas becomes the first NFC #1 seed since seeding began 18 years ago to lose in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Eli Manning will be playing next week. Peyton Manning won't.

It's amazing on all kinds of fronts. Remember that these two teams met on the same field in Week 1 with the Giants defense being carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey. Today, that same Giants defense (with a secondary that was completely banged up) took over this game late. They held Tony Romo to just a 18-for-36 and 201 yds.

They also did a nice job on Marion Barber in the second half. In the first half, Barber torched New York for 101 yards. In the second half, Barber gained just 28 yards on 11 carries. Terrell Owens? He, too, had a nice first half (four catches, 49 yds, TD) but didn't catch a ball in the 2nd half. It is downright amazing for the Giants defense that had been maligned heading into the season and in the first few weeks of the season.

Dallas beat themselves as well. Sloppy play, dropped passes and costly penalties (11 of them!) bit them again.

Wade Phillips still hasn't won a playoff game. Neither has Tony Romo. Jerry Jones (who rumored to have placed tickets to the NFC Championship game in Cowboy player's lockers) hasn't seen his franchise win a playoff game since 1996. Romessica can head back down to Mexico for some more R&R. Though Jones has said that Phillips will be back next year, the fact that this team lost its focus down the stretch doesn't bode well for the perception of his leadership of this team.

So now we get an NFC championship game in Green Bay with the Giants visiting the Packers. Is there anything better?

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