Philadelphia (12-5) at N.Y. Giants (12-4)

January 07, 2001

Time: 4:15 p.m. today, chs. 45, 5.

Line: Giants by 4.

Vs. spread: Eagles 10-5; Giants 9-7.

Vs. common opponents: Eagles 9-2; Giants 9-2.

Series: Giants lead 73-58-2.

Last meeting: Giants won, 24-7, on Oct. 29 at New York.

Postseason records: Eagles 10-11; Giants 14-19.

Outlook: There are NFL teams that just do not match up well with each other. That is the case with the Eagles and the Giants. Philadelphia does not have a top wide receiver, and RB Chris Warren is basically a journeyman. In other words, QB Donovan McNabb has few weapons. He has been the Eagles' offense. In the regular season, McNabb started all 16 games and was responsible for 75 percent of the team's total offense. That's incredible. But once the playoffs begin, McNabb cannot be a one-man team and expect to keep winning. So the Giants will use a good pass rush up the middle with DT Keith Hamilton, who will get in McNabb's face, rattling him. If McNabb becomes a QB on the loose, the Giants' speedy linebackers likely will contain him. On offense, the Giants will run a patient game by getting RB Ron Dayne more involved, but they will still rely on versatile RB Tiki Barber, broken arm and all.

Notable: Eagles have not won a divisional playoff game since 1981. ... Giants have won five straight and nine of their past 11 games.

Injuries:

EAGLES: Out: RB Stanley Pritchett (leg). Questionable: RB Darnell Autry (ankle); WR Charles Johnson (ankle). Probable: CB Jason Bostic (hamstring); Je'Rod Cherry (ill); S Tim Hauck (calf); TE Chad Lewis (neck); S Damon Moore (knee); DT Corey Simon (ribs).

GIANTS: Questionable: WR Joe Jurevicius (knee). Probable: RB Tiki Barber (forearm/toe).

NFL rankings:

OFFENSE DEFENSE

Total Rush Pass Total Rush Pass

Philadelphia 17 15 20 10T 20 7

N.Y. Giants 13 11 13 5 2 16

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