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Late Game Lasso: Giants Keep Season Alive With Win

by Ryan Hudson

Giants 21, Bears 16 – Eli Manning completed seven of his 16 passes in the fourth quarter, including four on the final New York possession as he led the Giants down for the game-winning score, a two-yard run by Reuben Droughns. Sexy Rexy did his best, throwing it all over the field (46 attempts!), but ended the day feeling unfulfilled. Note to the NFL teams: see what happens when you don't kick to Hester?

Broncos 20, Raiders 34 – The legend that is Justin Fargas continued today, as he rushed the ball 33 times for 146 yards. Josh McCown, who started for Oakland, completed just 14 passes, but three of them went for a score. Denver’s Travis Henry returned from a three-week absence and finished 49 yards, two touchdowns and zero women impregnated (I assume).

Browns 21, Cardinals 27 –
Well, so much for my prediction of the Browns going 12-4. Arizona took advantage of two Derek Anderson interceptions to take an early 14-0 lead and then let Kurt Warner and his bionic arm do the rest. At this point, I think every team in the NFC is alive for the playoffs. Oh, except for Atlanta – they’re terrible.

Buccaneers 27, Saints 23 –
The McCown Brothers began their assault to rule the NFL today apparently. Tampa Bay’s Luke, the younger brother of Josh (no relation to Cade McNown), threw a day’s-best 313 yards, over half of which went to Joey Galloway. Earnest "Old Man's Name" Graham took time away from sipping tea on his front porch to rush for 106 yards and a score.