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WR's become Playmakers in Playoffs


Mario Manningham was the only Giants receiver around when New York last made the postseason. He was a rookie in that 2008 campaign, playing in seven regular season games while inactive for the Giants' opening round loss.

From the addition of Hakeem Nicks a year later and the eventual rise of Victor Cruz this season, Manningham had to wait for his receiving corps to take shape.

So when his team clinched the division in the season finale, he couldn't wait to show off his position group in their first playoffs together and said as much after the opening-round rout of Atlanta.

"We're excited to show what we can do on this stage," Manningham said. "We're doing that so far, so let's keep it going."

Manningham had a touchdown in the Atlanta game and followed up with another against the Packers, extending the lead to three possessions with less than seven minutes remaining.

Meanwhile, Victor Cruz has hauled in seven catches for 102 yards in the two games while Hakeem Nicks stole the show in both contests. After two touchdowns (one a 72-yarder) against the Falcons, Nicks let his fans have their pick of which was his best touchdown in Green Bay – the 66-yard dash

Together, the three have caught 27 passes for 481 yards and six touchdowns.

"It's not really surprising," Cruz said. "We understand that we've had that talent in the room and we understand that it had to be put to the test. Everybody has just been able to prepare and everybody is aligned in the receiving room. So we understood that all it took was our opportunity and we want the burden to be on our shoulders and we've been able to execute and perform these last couple games."

Nicks, who entered the postseason with a couple of late drops, knew it was just a matter of belief, just like with the team as a whole.

"We knew this season was going to have ups and downs, but at the same time, we kept a cool head and knew what we were capable of doing," Nicks said. "We all bought in and we've all been on the same page and we've been rolling ever since."

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