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Five intriguing matchups on 2014 schedule

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We take a look at opposing playmakers on the Giants' 2014 schedule

Week 17 vs. Philadelphia Eagles**

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In recent history the NFC East title has boiled down to a winner-take-all regular-season finale between division foes. The Giants are just trying to be one of those teams while searching for their first postseason berth since the 2011 Super Bowl run. No team has won the NFC East in back-to-back years since 2004, and the Giants will try to continue that trend against the reigning champs, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Week 9 vs. Indianapolis Colts (Mon. night)

The Giants will have an extended bye week as they return from their break to gear up for 'Monday Night Football' against the Colts. During that time, the storylines will be dominated by two former Giants returning to their old home: running back Ahmad Bradshaw and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. Aside from that aspect of the game, it will also feature a rising star in Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck while kicking off a challenging four-game stretch for the Giants against the Colts, Seahawks, 49ers, and Cowboys.

Week 7 at Dallas Cowboys

How you come out of the bye week is as important as the way you head into it. The Giants square off with the Cowboys right before the break at AT&T Stadium, where the Giants lost last season for the first since its opening in 2009 and began a 0-6 start in 2013. This will be a chance for Big Blue to get the bad taste out of its mouth after being swept by Dallas last year.

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The Giants have recently turned in signature wins against the San Francisco 49ers, but not many have come on the East Coast. The two storied franchises will add another chapter to their rivalry at the home of the Giants for the first time since 2008. These two teams have a lot of respect for one another and tend to take things up a notch when they meet.

Week 10 at Seattle Seahawks

The Giants are one of the few teams who can head into the home of the "12th Man" looking for a winning streak. Their last trip to Seattle was a 41-7 victory in 2010, but obviously this is a much different Seahawks team. As the Giants know, teams are always hunting for the reigning Super Bowl champs. This time Big Blue plays the hunter.

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