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Photo of Brandon Jacobs running in the third quarter by AP/Mel Evans; Photo of Thomas Jones, Brett Favre and Tony Richardson celebrate a fourth quarter TD by AP/Bill Kostroun

  • Giants 36, Eagles 31: January may be the next time the Giants play a truly critical game. By beating the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday night, the Giants moved to 8-1. More important, however, is their 3-0 record in the NFC East -- a mark that includes a win against each of the three other teams. This was their first road test in the division, and they handled it well. Eli Manning had two first-half touchdown passes -- one to Kevin Boss, the other to Plaxico Burress -- and Brandon Jacobs found the end zone twice in the second half. Big Blue has a tricky schedule coming up -- home against Baltimore and then road games at Arizona at Washington. But they are looking good for a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the NFC.
  • Jets 47, Rams 3: The Rams stink. Brett Favre said, “It’s proof positive of what this team is capable of being," but maybe it's just proof of how hard it is to win when fumbling three times and getting picked off twice. The Jets scored 40 points in the first half. Thomas Jones had another three-touchdown day. The team can enjoy this for about 30 seconds, because a critical game against New England looms on Thursday. First place in the division will be on the line.
  • Knicks 107, Jazz 99: The Knicks are two games over .500 for the first time since Jan. 1, 2005. Zach Randolph had 25 points and 14 rebounds, Chris Duhon had 16. Jamal Crawford led the way with 32 against a Utah team that was playing without Deron Williams. A win is a win, though.
  • Red Bulls 3, Dynamo 0 (4-1 aggregate): Only in the MLS can a team from New York play in the Western Conference playoffs. But the Red Bulls dethroned the two-time defending champions with a dominating win in the second leg of their playoff against the Houston Dynamo. After tying 1-1 in East Rutherford last week, the Red Bulls exploded for three goals on the road. Dane Richards, Juan Pablo Angel and John Wolyniec scored. Real Salt Lake is next.
  • Oilers 2, Devils 1: Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made 37 saves against a struggling Devils team that slipped to 7-5-2.