10 Reasons New York Giants and Eli Manning Are for Real

Erick Fernandez@erickgfonsportsCorrespondent IIDecember 16, 2011

10 Reasons New York Giants and Eli Manning Are for Real

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    Believe it or not, New York Giants are making another improbable push to January. Despite all the injuries and inconsistencies, the G-Men have a great chance to make the playoffs.

    If the Giants make their way into the postseason in 2011, they are determined to make history once again.

    This team is dangerous and can pose a huge threat to the Super Bowl favorites.

    Don't look now, but the Giants are in business, and they won't go without a fight.

They Have Confidence and Momentum

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    Beating a division rival can give any team confidence, but the way the Giants beat the Cowboys in dramatic fashion in Week 14 put them on cloud nine.

    Being down 12 points with less than six minutes, it's impressive how the G-Men were able to orchestrate the come back.

    A win like this can really lift a team that usually struggles in December.

They Currently Have the Lead in the Division

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    With their win against the Cowboys, the Giants have their destiny in their own hands.

    If the Giants can avoid another December meltdown, they can make some noise in January.

    As the Giants showed in the 2007-2008 season, once you get to January anything can happen.

The Giants Have Showed the Ability To Compete with Elite Teams

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    Week 9: Eli Manning and the Giants were able to pull off a last-minute drive to grab the lead from the Patriots where they eventually won it.

    Week 10: Down seven points with a minute to play New York was in the San Francisco 49ers red zone in position to tie the game. Unfortunately, bad play-calling and poor execution prevented them from making another great comeback.

    Week 13: The Giants are able to go toe-to-toe with the undefeated Green Bay Packers for 59 minutes, but a last-minute drive by Aaron Rodgers helps the Packers defeat the G-Men who gave the Pack their biggest scare of the season.

    Week 14: After being down late in the game Giants were able to beat a very talented Cowboys team in exciting fashion with a last minute scoring drive.

    These are arguably some of the most talented teams in the league and the G-Men put themselves in a position to win each of these games.

The Giants Embrace the Underdog Role

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    Despite all the success they have had this season, they are still perceived as a second-tier team compared to the Saints, Packers, Patriots, Steelers, etc.

    These can be the most dangerous teams, especially during playoff time.

    This team is hungry to prove the doubters and skeptics wrong, and it's evident in their play.

Recent Success in the Running Game

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    Despite still having the worst rushing attack in the NFL, New York has had some recent success the past two weeks on the ground.

    The Giants have rushed for at least 100 yards each of the past two games and have three rushing touchdowns during this stretch.

    If they can continue with at least a decent running, then it will take pressure off Eli Manning and the passing game which can only be a good thing.

Still Have a Strong D-Line

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    Despite the continuous injuries that New York has had, they continue to have one of the strongest defensive lines in the game.

    With Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Chris Canty, Mathias Kiwanuka and Dave Tollefson all having roles on the D-line, the Giants are definitely a forced to be reckoned with.

    With quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady, the Giants will need this strong defensive line to put a ton of pressure on these elite players.

A Solid Receiving Corps

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    With Victor Cruz emerging essentially out of nowhere the Giants have solidified one of the best group of young wide receivers out there.

    Cruz has had the third-most receiving yards in the league with 1,150 yards so far throughout the first 13 games of the season, and he has just been a spark plug all season.

    Hakeem Nicks is always a threat, and when healthy, Mario Manningham can be a weapon as well.

    Even tight end Jake Ballard has shown the ability to be a solid receiving tight end.

    Despite being so underrated, the Giants' wide receivers continue to perform.

Fourth-Best Passing Attack in the NFL

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    It's incredible what the Giants' passing game has been able to accomplish without a consistent running game.

    Despite this, New York has the fourth-best passing offense in the game, averaging 304 yards per game which only trails the Saints, the Patriots and the Packers.

    If the Giants can get their running game going, their passing game will be that more dangerous in the upcoming weeks.

Eli Manning Is Money in the Fourth Quarter

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    New York sure has a flare for the dramatic.

    Out of their seven wins, six have come via a fourth-quarter comeback with the help of Eli Manning.

    Although his overall stats speak for themselves, 4,105 passing yards and 25 touchdowns, his fourth-quarter stats are what separate him from almost every other QB in the league.

    He has 14 fourth-quarter TD passes which tie a single-season record and an 117.0-point passer rating during crunch time which is remarkable.

    After these 13 games, Giants fans can safely say "In Eli We Trust."

They Have Been Here Before

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    Eli Manning and some other key players such as Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora have played in the big game before.

    Super Bowl XLII was one of the biggest games in football history considering what was on the line, and they were able to perform and most importantly win.

    Experience is invaluable during the playoffs, and the Giants will definitely have a lot of veteran players if they make it to the playoffs.

    Don't count the Giants out already because they might surprise you once again.