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Giants O-Line Contenders for Madden Protectors Award


After losing four straight games, the NEW YORK GIANTS were able to come from behind to beat the DALLAS COWBOYS, putting themselves back in contention for the NFC East title. The Giants offensive line provided strong protection all day, not allowing a single sack against the Cowboys. The Giants offensive line allowed their team to rush for over 100 yards and pass for 400 yards combining for a total of 510 yards on the day. This impressive feat establishes the Giants offensive line as contenders for the third annual Madden Protectors Award, presented by Prilosec OTC. The award honors the NFL's best offensive line and will be presented during the week of Super Bowl XLVI, which will be played on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis. Past Madden Protectors Award recipients include the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2010) and the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2009).

The Madden Protectors Award recognizes the fundamental role offensive linemen play in their teams' success by providing consistent and powerful protection day in and day out

The Giants victory over the Cowboys required some last minute heroics as they were down by 12 points with 5:41 left in the game. ELI MANNING (Ole Miss) was able to lead the Giants on two big drives late in the fourth-quarter; an 80-yard, eight play drive to put them down five points, and the other a 58- yard drive to put them up by three with 51 seconds left in the game after a successful two point conversion. The offensive line provided the protection necessary for the Giants to come from behind and secure first place in the NFC East. 

The Giants offensive line has been dealing with injuries all year, and came into Week 14 missing two starters and shifted their line to accommodate for the injuries. After starting the first ten games at left guard, DAVID DIEHL (Illinois) made his third start at left tackle. KAREEM MC KENZIE (Penn State) started at right tackle accompanied by right guard CHRIS SNEE (Boston College), left guard MITCH PETRUS (Arkansas)

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