Giants Cruise to NFC East Title and Build Momentum for Playoffs

Hugo Olguin@@RealHugoOlguinContributor IIIJanuary 1, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01:  Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants runs with the ball on his way to scoring a touchdown in the first quarter on a 74 yard catch and run against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants played a great first half jumping to a 21-point lead and never looked back. They held off their division rivals the Dallas Cowboys 31-14 and celebrated winning the NFC East title.

Eli Manning did not make any mistakes and kept drives alive. He completed 24 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

Giants WR Victor Cruz also had a monster game, catching six passes for 176 yards and one touchdown. It is still amazing that he did not make the Pro Bowl.

One thing that was a little concerning was the running game for the Giants. None of their running backs reached over 100 yards, but Ahmed Bradshaw did rush for a touchdown.  

Bradshaw and Jacobs have to play better to aid Manning and the Giants' passing attack.

The Giants defense played very well against a very talented Cowboys offense.

The defensive line got a lot of pressure on Cowboys QB Tony Romo,  recording six sacks and causing a fumble late in the fourth quarter.

Between pressuring Romo and preventing Felix Jones from getting much yardage, the Giants defense played up to their potential.

This is a team that should put some fear into the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons will travel to Metlife Stadium next week to face the Giants in the NFC Wild Card Round.

The momentum is definitely swinging for the Giants. With their defense playing very well against the Cowboys, New York looks more like a complete team and a real threat in the playoffs.

Look for the Giants to make a statement in the postseason.