Giants Headed to Big 'D' After Win in Tampa

Eli Manning plays well as New York wins its 8th straight on the road
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2008 6:08 PM CST
New York Giants' Brandon Jacobs (27) gets by Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Ryan Sims (98) to score during the second quarter of an NFL wild card playoff game Sunday, Jan 6, 2008 ,in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Eli Manning got the proverbial monkey off his back, leading New York to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons with a 24-14 victory over Tampa Bay, reports the Times. The  Giants overcame a slow start and put together three long scoring drives, two ending in Brandon Jacobs touchdowns, that tired the Buccaneer defense.

Receiver Amani Toomer, who also scored, credited his oft-maligned quarterback saying, "Eli had a great game today." Tampa QB Jeff Garcia, who has haunted the Giants in past playoff games, struggled today, throwing two interceptions and only one touchdown. Afterward, a humble Manning was looking to next week. "We love going down to Dallas," he said. "There are no secrets."