On Sunday, the New York Giants proved that it takes more heart than talent to win close football games.
The Giants have been hit about as hard as a team can be by the injury bug, but they have reeled in two consecutive wins despite that.
Both the offense and defense came up big when they had too, and both units certainly gained some confidence for the rest of the season.
The Giants look to be a team that will not go down without a fight, and here are five reasons why they can win the NFC East.
The Giants defense forced three turnovers against Philadelphia, with all three of them being interceptions.
The defensive line is the key to this team's success, and they provided a ton of pressure on Michael Vick which allowed for some errant throws.
The defense still has some significant holes in coverage, but they balanced it out with the pressure on both Vick, and then Sam Bradford the week before.
The red-zone defense was also unprecedented. They have allowed both the Rams and Eagles inside the five-yard line three times each, but they have allowed just six field goals and no touchdowns.
If that is not a recipe for success, then I do not know what is.
Victor Cruz had the breakout performance that every Giants fan was anticipating, and it could not have happened at a better time.
Cruz torched the Eagles defense, and finished the day with three catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
A healthy trio of Nicks, Manningham and Cruz would be detrimental for opposing defenses because they would open up running lanes for Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.
If Cruz can develop week in and week out, then this Giants offense could be about as dangerous as any other out there.
The Giants opened some massive holes for their running backs against the Eagles, and many consider that unit to be one of the best in the league.
This will only bring confidence to the Giants offensive line after they struggled in the first two weeks of the season.
The unit appears to be in sync, and it seems as if they will only get better as the season progresses.
Jason Pierre-Paul had nine tackles, two sacks and two quarterback hits in the Giants victory on Sunday, and he now leads the entire NFL in sacks.
Pierre-Paul is making his presence known league-wide, and he is allowing Giants fans to forget about Osi Umenyiora even though they would be gratifying to have him back.
The Giants seem to have their premier end of the future Pierre-Paul, and they will need him to continue his production for the rest of the season.
Eli Manning has played on the biggest stages and has performed well on them.
Yesterdays game was no different, and Eli shined with four touchdown passes and 250 yards. We should not expect that production every week, but when he does it against a team that the Giants had not defeated in six tries, there is always hope that he can.
Eli is now benefiting from an improved ground game and the emergence of Victor Cruz, so the sky's the limit for where this offense and the entire team can go.