Giants Expect a Battle

If there was one team that was going to get the New York Giants' attention in the NFC semifinals, it was the Eagles.

Philadelphia beat the defending Super Bowl champions, 20-14, at Giants Stadium on Dec. 7. The two teams will play there again this Sunday in the divisional playoffs.

"I think the Eagles are the hottest team in the NFL right now," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said after the Birds beat the Minnesota Vikings, 26-14, in the NFC wild-card game. "They may be the sixth seed, but they sure aren't playing like it.

"We know them well, which is a good thing, but they know us well, too. I'm glad this game is going to be at home because I know our fans will be into it. It's going to be the tough NFC East battle you'd expect."

The Giants, the NFC's top-seeded team for the playoffs, beat the host Eagles, 36-31, in their first meeting on Nov. 9.

"The Eagles are a very good football team that has done a tremendous job of battling back during the latter part of the season," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. "Obviously, we had two very tough regular-season games against them."


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