Wrap-up: Giants 34, Falcons 31 (OT)

November, 22, 2009
11/22/09
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At this point, the Giants will take a win any way they can get one. They had a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter and then watched it slip away as the Falcons tied the game with 28 seconds left.

It would have been a crushing loss, but the Giants won the toss and then quickly moved the ball into field goal range for Lawrence Tynes, a man who hasn't been automatic from any distance this season.

Eli Manning was 25-of-39 for 384 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. The Falcons have one of the worst secondaries in the league and Manning made them pay with several deep balls.

Mario Manningham has been plagued by drops, but he caught six balls for 126 yards in the Giants' win. His 29-yard catch on a fade route in overtime put the Giants in position to score. It was also a huge day for Kevin Boss, who had five catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns. The fact that the running game didn't go anywhere shouldn't be a huge concern. Teams have torched the Falcons' secondary, so there's really no reason to establish the run.

You have to be concerned about a defense that allowed another late drive, but the Giants will worry about that tomorrow. For now, they remain a game behind the Cowboys in the NFC East -- and a 6-4 record must sound pretty good to them. Linebacker Michael Boley had an outstanding game against his former team Sunday. He had 13 tackles and a sack against the same Falcons that benched him during the 2008 season.

Justin Tuck has fought a shoulder injury since Week 2, but he had four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. This is not anything close to an elite team, but in this division you don't have to be. The Cowboys barely squeaked out a win over the Redskins and the Eagles are about to play the Bears at Soldier Field. The Giants could find themselves in sole possession of second place at the end of the night.

I'm not sure the Giants could have weathered another loss, but now we'll never know. They have to turn around and make the trip to Denver for a game Thanksgiving night. It's not an ideal situation. Just ask co-owner John Mara about that.

But the Broncos are imploding as we speak, so the game doesn't look as difficult as it did three weeks ago. No matter how you slice it, the Giants had to have a win against the Falcons. Now they're definitely back in the playoff conversation.

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