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Where do Giants stand in latest NFL Power Rankings?

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The Giants (5-5) enter the bye leading the NFC East, but a win over the undefeated New England Patriots (9-0) would have made for a much more pleasant week off.


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PHOTOS
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VIDEOS
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Eli Manning threw for two more touchdown passes, giving him 21 on the season. The defense sacked Tom Brady three times, but it was Stephen Gostkowski's 54-yard field goal with one second left that gave the Pats a 27-26 win. The Giants return to action in a Week 12 matchup in Washington (4-5).

Elsewhere in the NFC East, the Eagles (4-5) blew a 16-3 first quarter lead to the Dolphins (4-5) and lost, 20-19. Philly hosts Tampa Bay (4-5) on Sunday. The Bucs just handed the Cowboys (2-7) their seventh straight loss. Dallas is expected to get quarterback Tony Romo back under center when they visit the Dolphins this week.

With Week 10 of the NFL regular season in the books, Giants.com takes a look at power rankings coming in from outlets across the country:

NYG: 10
Movement: Up 3
NFC East: No. 10 Giants, No. 15 Eagles, No. 17 Washington, No. 26 Dallas  
NFL Top 5: Patriots, Panthers, Bengals, Cardinals, Vikings
Comments: The Giants looked like Belichick Bashers for much of Sunday afternoon, even playing like a complete football team -- well, at least for an NFC East team. Call that division the greatest soap opera in football, minus a real leading man -- nope, not even the Maximus-bearded Kirk Cousins or the slick Mark Sanchez qualifies. The closest thing to the most important player in the NFC East -- other than a certain Dallas QB who's been sidelined since Week 2 -- is Eli Manning. It's getting dangerously close to Coughlin Time: when Big Blue ekes out the division title in December before making their "presidential" (that is, once every four years) Super Bowl appearance, while their coach's face turns all Rudolph-like.

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NYG:11 **Movement:Down 1 NFC East:No. 11 Giants, No. 18 Washington, No. 21 Eagles, No. 27 Cowboys 
NFL Top 5:Patriots, Panthers, Bengals, Vikings, Cardinals Comments: The catch-that-wasn't by WR Odell Beckham and the dropped interception by S Landon Collins ended the Giants' magical run against the Patriots. There was no reason to believe entering the game that the Giants could win. But by the time the game's late stages arrived, there was no way they should have lost.

NYG: 15
Movement: Up 1
NFC East: No. 15 Giants, No. 16 Eagles, No. 21 Washington, No. 22 Cowboys
NFL Top 5: Patriots, Panthers, Bengals, Cardinals, Broncos
Comments: You probably have to feel better about the Giants today, after they nearly beat the Patriots. They defended the pass way better than they did in the previous few games.

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NYG:12 **Movement:Up 4 NFC East:No. 12 Giants, No. 15 Washington, No. 20 Eagles, No. 28 Cowboys NFL Top 5:Patriots, Panthers, Bengals, Cardinals, Vikings Comments: Their last regular-season loss to the Patriots vaulted them on their Super Bowl XLII run. So good news, right?

NYG: 15
Movement: None
NFC East: No. 15 Giants, No. 21 Washington, No. 22 Eagles, No. 30 Cowboys
NFL Top 5: Patriots, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals, Vikings

NYG: 10
Movement: Up 5
NFC East: No. 10 Giants, No. 19 Eagles, No. 20 Washington, No. 27 Cowboys
NFL Top 5: Patriots, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals, Vikings
Comments: The Giants are 5-5, but in four of their losses they held a lead at some point in the final two minutes of regulation.

NYG: 10
Movement: Up 1
NFC East: No. 10 Giants, No. 14 Washington, No. 23 Eagles, No. 29 Cowboys
NFL Top 5: Patriots, Panthers, Cardinals, Vikings, Bengals
Comments: In four of the Giants' five losses, they have led the game with 2 minutes or less remaining in the fourth quarter. They could be 7-3 or 8-2.

Photo timeline from the Giants Week 10 matchup against Patriots

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