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As playoff race heats up, Giants stay ahead of Redskins, Cowboy…

As playoff race heats up, Giants stay ahead of Redskins, Cowboys

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 9, 2012
Everyone in the NFC East won on Sunday, which means the race for the division race didn’t change. And that’s good news for the Giants. On the strength of their win over the Saints, the Giants improved to 8-5 and stayed a game ahead of the Redskins and
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  • Don Banks: Falcons, Bears on downward spirals as postseason nea…

    Don Banks: Falcons, Bears on downward spirals as postseason nears; more Snaps

    CNNSI.com Dec 9, 2012
    In his Week 14 Snap Judgments, Don Banks touches on what's become déjà vu for the Falcons and Bears, the tough Comeback Player of the Year race, the fortunate Steelers and more.
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  • Rookie Wilson sparks Giants in rout of Saints

    Rookie Wilson sparks Giants in rout of Saints

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Dec 9, 2012
    Rookie David Wilson returned a kickoff 97 yards for one touchdown, ran for two more scores and piled up 327 all-purpose yards and Eli Manning threw four touchdown passes to lead the New York Giants to s 52-27 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
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  • Wrap-up: Giants 52, Saints 27

    Wrap-up: Giants 52, Saints 27

    ESPN.com Dec 9, 2012
    Thoughts on the New Orleans Saints’ 52-27 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday at MetLife Stadium: What it means: That dream scenario of the Saints making the playoffs after an 0-4 start and all that off-field turmoil probably can be forgotten. The Sai
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  • Are they the same old Atlanta Falcons?

    Are they the same old Atlanta Falcons?

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Atlanta Falcons were in playoff form Sunday. Unfortunately for them, we’re talking about the kind of postseason form they’ve shown throughout Mike Smith’s tenure as coach. The team with the best record in the NFC came out flat
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  • The Kick Is Up, And It's Good!: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    The Kick Is Up, And It's Good!: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    deadspin.com Dec 9, 2012
    We'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from the double-bird field goal salute, Rex Ryan digesting a delicious meal and Lee Smith being eaten by Bills fans. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, so stay tuned. More »
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  • Foles' heroics help Eagles snap 8-game skid

    Foles' heroics help Eagles snap 8-game skid

    ESPN.com Dec 9, 2012
    Nick Foles threw a pair of touchdown passes in the final four minutes, including a 1-yarder to Jeremy Maclin with no time remaining Sunday as Philadelphia rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-21 and end an eight-game losing streak.
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  • ‘Grieving’ Cowboys come back in fourth quarter to beat the Beng…

    ‘Grieving’ Cowboys come back in fourth quarter to beat the Bengals, 20-19

    yahoo.com Dec 9, 2012
    For the second consecutive week, an NFL team has had to play a game on the day after a tragedy. For the second consecutive week, that team has found a way to win. Last week, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Carolina Panthers 27-21 on the day after in…
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  • Big plays abound in first quarter at the Meadowlands

    Big plays abound in first quarter at the Meadowlands

    profootballtalk.com Dec 9, 2012
    It took exactly one play for Saints cornerback Elbert Mack’s 73-yard interception return for a touchdown to be upstaged at the Meadowlands. Giants rookie David Wilson took the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown of his own and the momentum, which h
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  • Eagles pull out victory on final play

    Eagles pull out victory on final play

    profootballtalk.com Dec 9, 2012
    The Eagles had gone eight games without winning entering Sunday’s date with the Buccaneers and they waited until just about all 60 minutes of game number nine had gone by before snapping that lengthy losing streak. Nick Foles hit Jason Avant for 22 yard
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  • LIVE: Saints-Giants: The Giants are trying to remain atop the N…

    LIVE: Saints-Giants: The Giants are trying to remain atop the NFC East…

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 9, 2012
    The Giants are trying to remain atop the NFC East. The Saints are fighting to keep their postseason hopes alive. Sparked by big returns, the teams have traded third-quarter touchdowns.
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  • Wrap-up: Eagles 23, Buccaneers 21

    Wrap-up: Eagles 23, Buccaneers 21

    ESPN.com Dec 9, 2012
    Thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 23-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium: What it means: This one was particularly painful for the Buccaneers in terms of how they lost and what it means. They had a 21-10 lead in the
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  • Giants WR Nicks (knee) will play against Saints

    Giants WR Nicks (knee) will play against Saints

    ESPN.com Dec 9, 2012
    The New York Giants believe wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, listed as questionable with a knee injury, will play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, a team official told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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  • Nnamdi Asomugha helped off the field in Tampa

    Nnamdi Asomugha helped off the field in Tampa

    profootballtalk.com Dec 9, 2012
    There hasn’t been much to talk about other than Eagles injuries at this point in their game with the Buccaneers in Tampa. Tight end Brent Celek is finished for the day after suffering a concussion in the first quarter and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha need
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  • Panthers extend lead to 30-13 in second half

    Panthers extend lead to 30-13 in second half

    charlotteobserver.com Dec 9, 2012
    The Falcons tack on a score at the end, but the Panthers hang onto their early lead and win 30-20.Click to Continue »
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  • Players reject eleventh-hour settlement offer from NFL in bount…

    Players reject eleventh-hour settlement offer from NFL in bounty case

    As former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue weighs the evidence in the New Orleans Saints bounty case, it's coming out that the NFL, which handed the case over to Tagliabue to avoid the appearance of impropriety, made a last-ditch settlement offer to the …
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  • William Moore out for Falcons

    William Moore out for Falcons

    ESPN.com Dec 9, 2012
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore will miss Sunday’s game due to a hamstring injury. Chris Hope is expected to start in his place. The other inactives for the Falcons are quarterback Dominique Davis, receiver Tim Toone, offe
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  • Giants can’t take late-season run for granted

    Giants can’t take late-season run for granted

    profootballtalk.com Dec 9, 2012
    Because they’ve done it in the past, there’s a sense among the Giants that late-season runs are coming. But heading into today’s game against the Saints, they’re also working to make sure they don’t take it for granted. “I think guys know each
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  • Panthers without four starters

    Panthers without four starters

    ESPN.com Dec 9, 2012
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers will be without four starters Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Running back Jonathan Stewart, receiver Brandon LaFell, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards and linebacker James Anderson all are inactive due to injuri…
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  • Michael Turner is expected to play

    Michael Turner is expected to play

    profootballtalk.com Dec 9, 2012
    The potential emergence of Jacquizz Rodgers as the go-to back in Atlanta will be delayed. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Falcons running back Michael Turner will play on Sunday in Carolina, despite an elbow injury that had him listed as questionable. Turner…
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  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Saints-Giants Recap 03:29

    Sunday Blitz: Saints-Giants Recap

    Dec 9
    Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Giants' 52-27 win over the Saints.
  • Video - Saints postgame press conference 02:47

    Saints postgame press conference

    Dec 9
    Saints react following game with Giants
  • Video - Giants Steamroll Saints 00:31

    Giants Steamroll Saints

    Dec 9
    David Wilson accumulated 327 total yards and three touchdowns to lead the Giants past the Saints 52-27.
  • Video - Saints vs. Giants highlights 03:44

    Saints vs. Giants highlights

    Dec 9
    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning put on a show of 259 yards and four touchdowns to get the 52-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

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    Dec 9
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