The New York Giants are a game out of first place in the NFC East after Sunday night's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but they have every reason to believe they can dominate the NFC from here forward.
Justin Tuck, Osi Unenyiora and company contained the nearly unstoppable Michael Vick all night Sunday, and continue their reign of terror over NFC quarterbacks. Overall, they have recorded 27 sacks and are allowing the fewest yards of total offense per game in the NFC.
The Giants are not the only playoff hopeful with an elite defense, though, and it may well be that of the NFC's four or five legitimate Super Bowl contenders, the winner will be the team whose defense best handles the change of seasons and the heightened intensity of December in the NFL.
Who has the pass rush to keep Vick in the pocket? Who stuffs the run well enough to grind Atlanta Falcons running back Michal Turner's progress to a halt? Whose defensive vulnerabilities could cost them their playoff dreams? Read on.