Giants No. 1 in NFL, Notre Dame No. 1 in NCAA, Knicks No. 1 in NBA
The New York Giants snapped their two-game slide by routing Green Bay 38-10 in the matchup of the last two Super Bowl champs. Eli Manning tossed three TDs to give him 200 career TD passes, passing Phil Simms to become the Giants all-time leader in that department. The Giants own a two-game lead atop the NFC East.
In NCAA football, a big final weekend of the regular season with some of the league’s biggest rivalries going head to head. In the 108th meeting of Ohio State and Michigan, known around the country as “the game”, the Buckeye’s capped a perfect 12-0 season with a 26-21 win over Michigan. Ohio State’s bowl ban, however excludes the team from any postseason play.
And Notre Dame secured a BCS title shot with its perfect season, beating USC 22-13. Notre Dame holds first place in the NCAA for the first time in 19 years.
In the NBA the Knicks had little trouble ending their two-game losing streak. Carmelo Anthony scored 21 of his 29 points while the Knicks were grabbing a 64-44 halftime lead in a 121-100 rout of Detroit and Joe Johnson scored 21 points and Kris Humphries and Deron Williams each had double-doubles in the Brooklyn Nets’ 98-85 triumph over Portland. The city rivals play the makeup of their postponed season opener on Monday, a matchup the Knicks insist is just another game but one that's probably much bigger to the Nets.
The game is in some ways more intriguing now with both teams off to strong starts, the Knicks (9-3) leading the Atlantic Division by one game over the Nets (8-4)
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