Monday Night Football

Season 38 Episode 7

2007 Week 6: New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 15, 2007 on ESPN

Episode Recap

The Giants dominated the second half 17-0 to finish off the Falcons for a 21 point victory. It was execution along with a good run game that paved the way for a solid win for the Giants. In the second quarter, the Giants lined up in maximum protection, with two tight ends and two receivers out wide and a single back behind quarterback Eli Manning for a first-and-10 play from the Atlanta 43. A solid ground game forced safety Lawyer Milloy to bite on Manning's play-action fake, which was all WR Plaxico Burress needed to get behind the secondary of Atlanta. Manning hit Burress on his post route for a 43-yard touchdown that put the Giants up 21-10, and that was all they needed en route to a 31-10 win. This is why a strong ground game makes the play-action pass such a dangerous weapon. Manning connected on all five passes, with two touchdowns, off the play-action fake in the first half.

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