Giants need running game to pick up in playoffs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The days of smash-mouth football are over for the New York Giants.

No longer is the offense based on a handoff, a surge of the offensive line and a gain of four or five yards a carry by either Brandon Jacobs or Ahmad Bradshaw.

It's not that Tom Coughlin wouldn't like to his team to play that way, it just hasn't happened this season. New York is no longer one of the NFL's top rushing teams. The fact is, heading into Sunday's wild-card game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium, the Giants are the league's worst team at running the rock.

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Rather, Eli Manning and his passes to Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Jake Ballard and Mario Manningham have become the driving force of the Giants (9-7).

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