Key Matchups Highlight Sunday's NFC East Showdown Between Giants and Eagles

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Key Matchups Highlight Sunday's NFC East Showdown Between Giants and Eagles
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It's that time of the year in the NFL, as the Giants and Eagles battle once again for divisional dominance in December. 

With Mike Vick dominating the headlines throughout the week, most of the talk is surrounding his MVP-like play on the field and his supposed born-again lifestyle off of it. In general, Philly's high-powered offense has garnered most of the attention because of standouts like deep threat DeSean Jackson and Brian Westbrook-clone LeSean McCoy. 

Amid the media frenzy, it's easy to forget that the Giants are also involved in Sunday's battle for first place in the NFC East. 

Even when New York is at the forefront of conversation regarding Sunday, it usually surrounds Eli Manning's league-high interception total (he has 19) or the absence of third-down specialist Steve Smith in the Giants' passing game. 

Despite the pessimism that follows Giants offense, the defensive line has been recognized for its superb play in the two teams' previous battle (a 27-17 G-Men loss in Week 11). In that game, the Giants defense forced Vick into his worst game of the season, as he posted his lowest QB rating of the season (83) and was without a passing touchdown for just the second time this season.

While there are obvious matchups that have game-breaking potential for the victor, like the previously mentioned battle between Vick and Tuck, Osi, and Co., Tom Coughlin and Andy Reid know that Sunday is more of a chess match than a one-man show.    

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