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UNC's Nicks Emerging As One Of NFL's Elite Receivers

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- While fans in San Francisco have been celebrating "The Grab" that thrust Alex Smith and Vernon Davis to the national scene, there's a pair of hands on the New York Giants making just as much news.

No! Not Victor Cruz. Try Hakeem Nicks.

The former UNC star came into the season as the Giants' No. 1 receiver and nothing really has changed despite Cruz's record-setting season. Nicks is still Eli Manning's go-to guy, and it has never been more obvious than in the playoffs. His 13 catches for 280 yards and four touchdowns rank in the top three in postseason statistics, with the four touchdowns being No. 1.

And while 49ers fans have marveled at Davis' game-winning catch against the Saints, Nicks was the difference against the Packers.


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