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NFL: NY, Manning keep on rolling against Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The New York Giants are on another roll. Now, they've got to sustain it.

Eli Manning passed for 303 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Giants to their fourth consecutive win, 31-10 over the hapless Atlanta Falcons on Monday night.

The Giants (4-2) took control after a wild first quarter in which the teams combined for 24 points. New York scored the final 24 points to send the Falcons tumbling to their fifth loss in six games.

"I felt good throwing the ball," said Manning, who completed 12 in a row at one point in the first half. "I was getting opportunities in a timely fashion. I was spreading the ball around to all receivers."

The Giants have bounced back after starting the season with losses to Dallas and Green Bay, but they must be mindful of the collapse that knocked them out of the playoffs a year ago. A five-game winning streak had the Giants at 6-2 midway through the 2006 season, but they managed just two more wins the rest of the way.

VICK'S PITS MAY HAVE GUARDIAN -- Federal authorities Monday filed a motion asking that a Valparasio law professor oversee the outcome of dozens of dogs seized from Falcons quarterback Michael Vick's home.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Richmond, Va., also asked that each of the 48 pit bulls be spayed, neutered and have microchips implanted, according to the motion filed in U.S. District Court.

The motion, which now goes to U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson, requests that animal law expert Rebecca J. Huss serve as the guardian-special master to oversee the disposition and possible placement of the dogs. If appointed, Huss would travel to Virginia to evaluate the animals and make recommendations on their placement or future, said Tom Shaer, a spokesman for Valparasio University School of Law in Indiana.

There is no deadline for the process.

QUICK HITTERS -- Seahawks defensive tackle Chuck Darby, a three-year starter, is facing knee surgery and will miss the rest of the season. ... Dolphins quarterback Trent Green said he hopes to play again despite concerns about long-term repercussions from his second severe concussion in 13 months. Speaking on his weekly radio show Monday on WQAM-AM, Green said all test results so far have been normal. He said he has more tests scheduled today. "Right now my mind-set is to come back and play," Green said. ... Titans quarterback Vince Young had an MRI exam Monday to check out his strained right quadriceps muscle. The results of the test weren't immediately available, and coach Jeff Fisher said Young would be considered day to day. ... Bills defensive end Anthony Hargrove pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for a fight with police outside a nightclub in August. He was fined $300 and must perform 200 hours of community service.

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