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Eli Manning powers Giants past hapless Atlanta Falcons


Eli Manning threw a pair of touchdown passes and set up another New York touchdown with three straight completions, leading the New York Giants to their fourth straight win, 31-10 over the hapless Atlanta Falcons on Monday night.

Manning hooked up with Amani Toomer on a 5-yard scoring pass during a wild first quarter in which the teams combined for 24 points.

Before the half was done, Manning went deep for a 43-yard touchdown to Plaxico Burress that gave the Giants (4-2) a 21-10 lead.

The Giants quarterback threw two interceptions and had another turnover when John Abraham knocked the ball out of his hands just before his arm went forward on an attempted pass.

Manning was 27-of-39 for 303 yards, his most since a 312-yard performance against the Cowboys in Week 1.

Harrington was sacked four times, had several passes deflected at the line and did plenty of scrambling to avoid New York's fearsome pass rush.

Harrington was 18-of-39 for 209 yards. He lost 28 yards on sacks, and the Falcons were totally inept after their quick start.

They managed only 159 yards and nine first downs over the final three quarters, most of them coming after the Giants already had put the game away.

The Falcons started quickly, jumping ahead on Morten Andersen's 47-yard field and reclaiming a 10-7 lead when Jerious Norwood broke off 67-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage after Manning's touchdown pass to Toomer.

New York bounced back to take the lead for good before the quarter was done.

Brandon Jacobs broke off a 20-yard run and Manning completed three passes for 56 yards, the last of them a 17-yarder that Toomer gathered in at the one and managed to drag both toes along the turf before tumbling out of bounds.

Reuben Droughns powered over on the next play, and the Giants were up 14-10 and on their way.

Toomer became the leading receiver in Giants history with his 587th career reception, and also tied Kyle Rote's club mark with 48 touchdown catches.

Derrick Ward added New York's final score with just over 3 minutes remaining on a 9-yard run.

The Giants became just the third team in NFL history with 600 regular-season wins.

New York are 600-502-33 in franchise history, following Chicago and Green Bay.

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