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Umenyiora promises 'no collapses' during Giants' stretch run

Up next for the streaking Giants? A stretch of games that reads like an NFC playoff run, with tilts against the 49ers, Eagles, Saints and Packers.

Yes, the Giants are 6-2 for the fifth time under Tom Coughlin, but we've been here before. Many of those teams crumbled in the second half of the season (Coughlin's 24-32 down the stretch since 2004), but Osi Umenyiora says this year's different.

"Not this time, man," Umenyiora told the New York Daily News this week. "We've been through that too many times. There's going to be no collapses.

"We started 6-2 so many times, had a good start to the season and kind of collapsed. That's getting old for me. We'd put some games together, then we'd fall apart. Whatever that reason is, we don't know."

What they've lacked before is this season's version of Eli "I'm not a 25-interception quarterback" Manning. He's as sure-handed as he's ever been, with the Giants scoring 20 or more points in seven straight games. If they make it eight against the 49ers on Sunday, it ties a feat set by the franchise's 1990 Super Bowl squad.

Pretty fine company for a team people are aching to write off.

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