ANIMATED: Eli Manning Fumble Ends Giants' First Drive In 2012 NFC Championship Game

The New York Giants' first salvo in the 2012 NFC Championship Game followed a familiar script for Giants fans: befuddling play-calling on first and second down, and something eventful on third down. The first two third downs of the drive went well for the Giants, with Eli Manning finding receivers to convert the downs. The third one was less productive.

That's because Manning was hit and sacked on the play, and fumbled the ball backward, nearly giving the San Francisco 49ers the ball deep in Giants territory.

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Manning completed just two of his five attempts on the drive for 22 yards, finding both Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.

For updates and analysis on these teams throughout the 2012 NFC Championship Game, visit 49ers blog Niners Nation, Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York and SB Nation Bay Area. Don't forget to check out SB Nation's NFL hub for all your playoff news.

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