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Sunday, December 19, 2010
Giants' Manningham having big day

By Matt Mosley

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Everyone wondered how much the New York Giants would miss wide receiver Steve Smith, who is out for the season with a knee injury. But so far today, Mario Manningham is making up for Smith's absence with huge plays in the passing game.

He put the Giants on the board with a 35-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter and he's added a 33-yarder in the second quarter to put New York up 14-3. The Giants obviously love the matchup of Manningham against cornerback Dimitri Patterson. On the 33-yard score, Patterson whiffed on a tackle attempt and Manningham raced for a touchdown.

The Eagles have done a decent job against the run, but they haven't come close to stopping Manningham.