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Giants get boost in confidence from beating Dallas Cowboys

Eli Manning of the New York Giants runs

Eli Manning of the New York Giants runs off the field after defeating the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Giants have been a confident team all season. Sunday night’s win over the Cowboys brought that to a new level.

“We know we can play with anybody, we can play with the best teams, and we can win,” Eli Manning said of the takeaway from the 10-7 victory in his weekly radio appearance on WFAN.

Manning noted how significant the win was not only to the team’s attitude but its playoff positioning.

“This is a huge win, especially coming off a tough loss in Pittsburgh,” he said. “Everybody’s chasing us, trying to make the playoffs, and knowing that everybody who is right behind us won [on Sunday], we needed to get back on track.”

They did. Manning admitted it was not always pretty, especially on offense, but it worked out in the end.

“Hey, finding ways to win, that’s what it’s all about,” he said. “We’ve been through those critical moments and those stressful moments of games and been able to come out on top, those are great lessons for when you get into December and you get into these close games.”

Giants-Cowboys III?

The Giants have beaten the Cowboys twice this season and could get a third crack at them in the playoffs. The Cowboys already have clinched a postseason spot and the Giants are in solid position to do so. It could mean only the second playoff game between the two rivals in their history, and first since 2007. “We know we’re going to see them again,” Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon said after Sunday’s game. “We’re going to take it one game at a time, but that’s what it’s shaping up to be.”

The Cowboys were eying that possibility as well.

“It would be lovely to see them again,” Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott said on Sunday night.

Giant steps

Ben McAdoo said injured G Justin Pugh (knee) “made some progress” last week despite missing a fifth straight game. He could return for Sunday. “We’ll see how he does [Tuesday],” McAdoo said . . . RB Shane Vereen, who came off injured reserve to play in his first game since Week 3, lasted just three offensive snaps against the Cowboys before he was ruled out with a concussion on Sunday. He remains in the concussion protocol . . . On LT Ereck Flowers, who struggled early in the game, McAdoo said: “I think he settled down in the second half and played a better second half than he did the first half.”

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