Falcons Vs. Giants, NFL Playoffs 2012: G-Men Advance, 24-2

The New York Giants knocked off the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Wild Card round, earning the right to play the Green Bay Packers next week. For more on this game, check out Giants blog Big Blue View, Falcons blog The Falcoholic and SB Nation's Falcons-Giants StoryStream.

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NFL Playoffs 2012: Tim Tebow Time Strikes In Denver; Giants Dominate Falcons On Wild Card Weekend

Tim Tebow and the Broncos escaped the Steelers in the AFC Wild Card now enter New England in the Divisional round.

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Falcons Vs. Giants, NFL Playoffs 2012: New York Follows A Familiar Script In 24-2 Win

Film critics might call it formulaic, but the Giants and their fans won't mind if this year's script feels familiar to the one they rode to a Super Bowl after the 2007 season. The New York Giants beat the Atlanta Falcons by a final score of 24-2 on the strength of a shut down defense and Eli Manning's three touchdown passes.

The Giants' defensive line has long been hailed for their ability to get to opposing quarterbacks, but their work against the run today made all the difference. They held Michael Turner to just 41 rushing yards on 15 carries, thwarting Falcons' offensive coordinator Mike Mularky's run-heavy game plan. In the secondary, New York had the Falcons receivers smothered for sixty minutes of play, rarely allowing the likes of Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez to come up with the yards needed for a first down, much less a score.

Atlanta's only points came on a first quarter safety, with a little help from Eli Manning. From there, New York rattled off 24 unanswered points. Eli Manning finished the game with 277 passing yards and three touchdowns. On the ground, big plays from the Giants' running backs kept drives alive. Ahmad Bradshaw had a 30-yard run and Brandon Jacobs had a 34-yarder on key drives. Jacobs finished the game with 92 yards on 14 carries.

This was not the outcome Atlanta envisioned when they swapped a boatload of draft picks to the Cleveland Browns in order to move up and draft Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones. Jones led the team with seven catches for 64 yards, but could never get past the corners and safeties when he needed to. Matt Ryan struggled, completing 24 of 41 passes for 199 yards and nothing else. Whatever draft picks the Falcons have left they may want to use on offensive linemen, as their front five struggled to open running lanes or keep pass rushers out of the pocket.

New York gets a big test next week as they travel to Green Bay to face the Packers, another date with inevitability. They've seen this script this before. Will it end the same way?

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NFL Playoffs Schedule: Giants Move On, Will Face Packers In Divisional Round

The Giants were able to topple the Falcons on Wild Card weekend so they move onto the Divisional round where they'll play the Packers in Green Bay.

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Falcons Vs. Giants 2012: Matt Ryan Throws Three Incomplete Passes As Desperation Sets In

Every second counts for the Atlanta Falcons now. Every drive needs to produce something for them with less than 10 minutes in the game. They tried to pad their field position with a reverse on the kick return did little after the Giants added another touchdown to their 24-2 lead.

Deon Grant put a big hit on Roddy White that kept him from making a big catch on first down. Giants defensive tackle Rocky Bernard tipped a pass on the next play, leading to an incomplete. On third down, Matt Ryan missed Jacquizz Rodgers to make it another three-and-out.

The only thing Atlanta could take away from their last drive was that it at least left some time on the clock. The Giants have the ball, a 22-point lead and less than nine and a half minutes to go before punching their ticket to the next round.

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VIDEO: Eli Manning Finds Mario Manningham For Touchdown, Giants Cruising Vs. Falcons

It's fairly safe to say that the New York Giants are going to win their NFC Wild Card game against the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday. With a 24-2 lead following Eli Manning's fourth quarter touchdown pass to Mario Manningham, the Giants appear likely to win in style, too.

Manning found Manningham over the middle in the end zone on this beautiful touchdown pass to cap a 10-play, 85-yard drive that probably put this game out of reach for the Falcons.

Manning has thrown for 241 yards and three touchdowns on the day. As long as Atlanta doesn't reel off a 22-point comeback in the next 10 minutes of the fourth quarter, the Giants appear set to move on to the NFC Divisional round of the 2012 NFL playoffs, where they would visit the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

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Falcons Vs. Giants: Atlanta Struggling In Short Yardage Situations

The New York Giants have rattled of 17 unanswered points since the Atlanta Falcons got on the board first with a second quarter safety. Each drive gets significantly more important for the Falcons, and this one, coming with two and a half minutes left in the third quarter, was the most important one so far.

If there was a way to summarize the Falcons offense in one word today, it would be "short." Whether the Falcons need inches or a yard, they just can't seem to get it. This drive was another three-and-out. Julio Jones picked up four yards on a short pass. Michael Turner got five yards on second down, but the Falcons needed six. On the next play, third down, the Giants swam through the Falcons' offensive line and pulled down Turner for a loss of one.

The drive ended along with the second quarter. With a 15-point deficit, the clock is now working against the Falcons.

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VIDEO: Hakeem Nicks' Catch-And-Run Touchdown Gives Giants 17-2 Advantage

The New York Giants were facing yet another third down after uninspiring play on first and second down. And then Eli Manning found Hakeem Nicks over the middle, and Nicks found a seam in the Atlanta defense and sprinted through it to give the Giants a commanding lead in their 2012 NFC Wild Card match-up with the Falcons.

Nicks, as you can see in this video, is wide open over the middle, but it's what he does after the catch on the 72-yard touchdown pass — a career long — that is truly special.

The touchdown was Nicks' second on the day. He has four catches for 104 yards. And the Giants have a 15-point lead at home over a Falcons team that has struggled on the road.

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Falcons Vs. Giants: Atlanta Again Fails To Convert Fourth-And-Inches

With the Giants’ secondary battling without cornerback Aaron Ross, the Falcons came out firing the ball on the last drive. Ryan hit Roddy White for a 21-yard gain, just the second pass out of Ryan’s __ that went for 20 yards or more. White dropped a pass on the next play. Two plays later, he caught a nine-yard pass for a first down.

The Falcons went back to Julio Jones after that, letting him turn on the power and speed on an end-around that picked up 13 yards. Two incomplete passes later and a third-down flag for an illegal substitution, Atlanta came up inches away from first down.

Once again, they tried to push it through with Matt Ryan carrying the ball, but the Giants defensive line stuffed it … again.

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Aaron Ross Injury: Giants CB Being Evaluated For Head Injury, Will Not Return

New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul both suffered injuries on the Falcons' last possession. Both left the field under their own power, but it remains to be seen if and when they will return to the game. Pierre-Paul is reportedly fine, as it looked like he just got the wind knocked out of him. The news isn't as good for Ross.

The Giants are checking Ross for a for head injury, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. You can see his injury in this GIF, and understand why the team is concerned. Rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara replaced Ross on the field.

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ESPN's Rachel Nichols reported moments later that Ross will not return to the game. D.J. Ware is also out of the game with a possible concussion.

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Falcons Vs. Giants, 2012 NFC Wild Card: New York Adds Field Goal, Leads 10-2

Good news for anyone worried that the brief offensive success of the New York Giants in the first half would turn Sunday's NFC Wild Card game into a shootout: the Giants' offense appears to be getting untracked, driving for a field goal in the third quarter to extend New York's lead to 10-2.

On their first drive against the Atlanta Falcons defense in the second half, the Giants waited until their first third down to rev things up, with Eli Manning finding Hakeem Nicks with a zippy throw to move the chains.

The subsequent set of downs was not much different, with an Ahmad Bradshaw run for eight yards on first down metastasizing into a third and 12, which Manning got out of with some nifty pocket work and a throw to Victor Cruz. Bradshaw then got the Giants into the red zone with a 30-yard run, his longest of the day.

The Giants stalled there, with another Manning throw to Nicks falling incomplete on a third down despite plenty of contact between Nicks and Chris Owens, but still extended their lead.

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Falcons Vs. Giants: Stuffed Again, Atlanta Nets Just Ten Yards To Open The Second Half

Atlanta started the second half of the game with another shot, another chance to put some points on the board and erase a five-point deficit. They started that attempt with a handoff to Michael Turner, who has found running room hard to come by in the game. He picked up two yards.

Atlanta went back to Turner who made a classic power run for nine yards and the first down. Back to Turner on that first down, and he was stuffed by Jason Pierre-Paul for one-yard loss.

Chris Canty, the man with the scariest face mask in the NFL, got his hand on the ball, sending it straight up and off course. Mercy granted the Falcons a break when nobody came up with the jump ball. Pierre-Paul and Aaron Ross were both hurt on the next play.

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Third-and-long, Ryan throws down the field to Roddy White, but Corey Webster had him smothered in coverage. Pass incomplete, and the Falcons' punting team was on the field again.

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Falcons Vs. Giants 2012: We Have A Defensive NFC Wild Card Game

We figured the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants would play a close game and through one half we're being proven right. The Giants lead the Falcons, 7-2, in what was a first half to forger. Eli Manning was hit with an intentional grounding call in the end zone, which is a safety, and the Brandon Jacobs had a 34-yard run en route to a scoring drive for the Giants.

There's no other way to put it -- this is an ugly game. Both team's defenses are playing well and creating pressure while the offenses haven't been consistent.

Matt Ryan enters halftime with just 89 yards passing and Manning with just 60 yards. Julio Jones is the lone highlight for Atlanta as he has four receptions for 49 yards. The Giants top player through one half has been Jacobs, who has 48 yards on seven carries.

Looking ahead to the second half...I'm leaning towards the Giants, especially if it's a close game decided in the final minutes. New York has scored the third most points in the league in the final two minutes of each half and Eli Manning and Co. have been in big playoff games before (and won). The Falcons, for their part, have done nothing to make me think they can score on the Giants.

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Falcons Vs. Giants: Atlanta Offense Shut Out Through The First Half

In five-point hole, Atlanta got the ball back on their 20-yard line with barely over a minute left to play. Matt Ryan fired a shot at Roddy White, but Corey Webster pushed ball out of his hands for an incomplete pass. On second-and-ten, Tony Gonzalez caught his first pass of the game, a ten-yard gain.

On the next set of downs, Ryan hit Roddy White on the right side for a three-yard gain. Then the quarterback, chased out of the pocket again, scrambled for another three yards, ending it with an awkward slide. Gonzalez converted again with a nine-yard catch.

Four seconds left on the clock, Atlanta had one more play, one last shot in the half to get some points. Ryan threw it up, way up, to mass of bodies gathered outside the end zone. It was intended for Eric Weems, but a blue shirt batted it down.

Atlanta's offense headed to the locker room with a total of 127 yards and seven first downs, but no points other than tw from a safety.

Matt Ryan has completed 13 of 19 passes for 98 yards. Julio Jones leads the team with four catches and 49 yards. On the ground, Michael Turner has 10 carries for just 27 yards.

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Falcons Vs. Giants, 2012 NFC Wild Card: Giants Come Out Throwing To No Avail

The New York Giants' first possession with a lead in the 2012 NFL playoffs diverged from the one that got them that lead. Not only did the Giants take to the air against the Atlanta Falcons after staying on the ground for much of a touchdown drive, but New York failed to pick up a first down before halftime.

Eli Manning threw three passes on the drive: his first, a bomb, was broken up; his second, a pass to Hakeem Nicks for nine yards, left the Giants inches short of a first down. But his third down pass went down the field and was broken up, ending the Giants' drive and giving the ball back to the Falcons before halftime.

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Falcons Vs. Giants: Atlanta Offense Has No Answers

At the start of their fifth drive, the Falcons had 90 yards of offense. Their only points on the board came from the Falcons' defense, who picked up two points on a safety early in the second quarter. New York found some room on the ground, and they broke the defensive stalemate with a Hakeem Nicks touchdown.

Would the Falcons offense be able to answer with some points of their own?

Their attempt got off to an auspicious start when Tyson Clabo got a false start flag. Backed up, the Giants got pass rushers through from all points, and Rocky Bernard sacked Ryan for a seven yard loss, setting up a third-and-long, third-and-longest as the Falcons needed 21 yards to pick up the first down.

Julio Jones almost did it, improbably. He caught a short pass, and picked up oodles of yards after the catch for an 18-yard gain.

With the first half almost over, the Falcons' offense needs desperately to find some answers before things get out of control.

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VIDEO: Hakeem Nicks Holds On In Traffic For A Touchdown

The New York Giants picked up the first touchdown in Sunday's NFC Wild Card game and lead the Atlanta Falcons, 7-2. The Giants bullied the Falcons down the field, rushing for 69 yards on one drive and ended with a four-yard Eli Manning touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks.

Check out the pass and catch here -- right in the middle of traffic but Nicks hangs on.


Late in the second quarter, Manning has completed 9-of-11 passes for 51 yards. He's spreading things out as six receivers have caught at least one ball. The offensive star of the game so far is Giants running back Brandon Jacobs who has 48 yards on seven carries including a 34-yard run on the scoring drive.

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Falcons Vs. Giants Score Update: Eli Manning, Brandon Jacobs Help New York Run To 7-2 Lead

After stalling repeatedly to begin the 2012 NFC Wild Card round's Sunday showcase, the New York Giants have gotten into gear, scoring their first touchdown of the day to take a 7-2 lead. But the surprise, for the Eli Manning-led offense, is that they did that on the ground — and that Eli, at least initially, keyed the surge.

Manning scrambled for 13 yards on a third down to move the chains for the Giants early in their first offensive drive since giving up a safety, and Brandon Jacobs thumped away for much of the rest of the drive, ripping off a 34-yard run that is his longest in more than a year.

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Jacobs also converted a fourth and inches that allowed Manning to find Hakeem Nicks on a short touchdown pass at the end of the drive. The Giants had 69 rushing yards on the drive, and Jacobs has 48 in the game.

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Falcons Vs. Giants: Fourth Time Not A Charm For Falcons Offense

Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense barely had a second to thank the defense for picking up the first points of the game, a safety. Back on the field, Ryan and his offense went back to work, starting off with a play action pass on first down that picked up six yards on a catch by Jason Snelling.

Turned converted with a five-yard run that gave them a new set of downs. Another pass to Snelling for three yards followed that. They went back to Turner, but the Giants run defense continued to stuff the running lanes, keeping him to a one-yard gain.

On third-and-six, Ryan hit Jacquizz Rodgers on a short pass over the middle. It wasn't enough. Rodgers got five yards; the Falcons needed six. Punt.

They picked up just 20 yards on the drive, but rather than go for it on the fourth-and-one, Mike Smith trusted his defense.

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VIDEO: Eli Manning's Intentional Grounding In End Zone Gives Falcons Safety, 2-0 Lead

The New York Giants' offense has finally made a big play and scored points in their 2012 NFC Wild Card game with the Atlanta Falcons. Those things just benefited the Falcons, is all.

After being backed up to the shadow of their own goalposts, by a penalty and a failed run up the middle, Eli Manning dropped back on a second down and got pressured by James Sanders on a blitz from the weak side. While being wrapped up in the end zone, Manning tried to throw the ball away, as you can see on this video.

That was a bad idea: after a conference of the officials, Manning was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone, and the penalty gave Atlanta a safety and a 2-0 lead.

Atlanta's bullpen is overworked, though, so the Giants should definitely have some opportunities to rally in the eighth inning.

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Falcons Vs. Giants: Fourth Down Attempts Comes Up Short For Atlanta

Atlanta started their third possession of the game needing something, anything. Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, nobody could get a first down for the Falcons on their first two possessions. They've been dreadfully unproductive, befuddled by a Giants defense that seems to have established a presence behind the Falcons' offensive line. Prior to the start of this drive, the Falcons had four yards of total offense.

On first down, Michael Turner went around the left end for a single yard. That was his third carry of the game. On second down, Ryan caught the Giants in zone coverage, hitting Julio Jones in the middle of the field for a 20-yard gain, moving the ball to their 31-yard line.

Turner finally got a hole in the Giants defense, with a little help from his fullback, for nine-yard run and a first down. THen Roddy White nabbed his first pass in two targets for a five-yard gain. On third-and-two, it was rookie Jacquizz Rodgers catching a pass in the flat to get a new set of downs.

Jason Snelling got a turn to carry the rock after Rodger's first down, with the Falcons working out of the no-huddle offense, picking up a six-yard gain. Ryan then got chased out of the pocket by Osi Umenyiora and had to throw the ball away to set up third down.

Ryan then went back to Jones, after huddling the offense, to pick up another first down. Jones, so far, proving the Falcons right for trading the farm to draft him back in April.

On the next set of downs, just as the last seconds ticked off the first quarter, the Falcons handed it off to Jason Snelling. It was an attempt to power through the middle on third-and-two, but the Giants defense made a key stop on their own 24-yard line. Atlanta picked up 66 yards on the drive.

Fourth-and-one, and the question for Mike Smith is whether or not to take the points of go for it. He went for it with a quarterback sneak. The chains came out for the measure. Atlanta held its breath. Short. Inches away. New York gets the ball back on their own 24-yard line, scored tied 0-0.

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Falcons Vs. Giants 2012: Video Of The Lone First Quarter Highlight

The Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants sure know how to play a boring game. The two teams are both scoreless through the first quarter in Sunday's NFC Wild Card game. As the home team, the Giants were only three point favorites so most predicted a close game.

There really weren't any highlights in the first quarter, outside of this John Abraham sack.


Matt Ryan has completed 6-of-10 passes for 44 yards while the Giants' Eli Manning is 4-of-5 passing for 36 yards. Julio Jones leads all receivers with 31 yards. Neither offense has done much and the punters are getting plenty of work.

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Falcons Vs. Giants, 2012 NFL Playoffs: NFC Wild Card Game Is Punt-Off

We have progress in the 2012 NFC Wild Card game between the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons: the Giants have gotten a first down.

The Giants got their first first down of the day on a play-action bootleg from Eli Manning to Jake Ballard on the first play of their third offensive drive, but went back to their conservative ways on offense shortly after, even running off tackle on a third and long. Stunningly, New York did not pick up that first down.

The nice part of that third Giants drive? Steve Weatherford, New York's punter, deposited a kick out of bounds at Atlanta's 9. The Giants are, at least, winning the field position battle.

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Falcons Vs. Giants: Matt Ryan Goes One-For-Three, Can't Get A First Down

A holding penalty for Giants offensive lineman David Diehl ended the Giants' second possession of the game. Atlanta got the ball back on their own 21-yard line after the punt went out of bounds.

Chased from the pocket, soaked in crowd noise, Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones for a three-yard gain. New York brought the blitz on second down, and Ryan could connect with Roddy White on what would have been a first down, Atlanta's first, first down of the game. Facing another third-and-long, Ryan fired a quick pass to running back Jacquizz Rodgers on a short crossing pattern, but it fell incomplete.

Two drives, two three-and-outs for a Falcons' offense that will be doing what they can to settle down in between drives.

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Falcons Vs. Giants, NFC Wild Card: Second Punt Comes Early For New York

So far in the second NFC Wild Card match-up of 2012, neither the New York Giants nor the Atlanta Falcons has gotten untracked. The Giants' second offensive drive was as uneventful as their first.

Ahmad Bradshaw's first carry of the day was no better than Brandon Jacobs': he, too, had nowhere to go, and ran into the line for no gain. But, even worse for the Giants, John Abraham got around the right tackle and brought Eli Manning down for a sack on second down, putting them in their second straight third-and-long situation.

Just as in the last one, the Giants completed a pass short of the sticks: Manning found D.J. Ware on a screen pass, but Ware came up a few yards shy of a first down, despite a hold by David Diehl that the Falcons declined, and the Giants were forced to punt.

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Falcons Vs. Giants: Atlanta Goes Three-And-Out On First Drive

Matt Ryan opened the Falcons first drive of the playoffs this season with a handoff to Michael Turner, which should comes as no surprise. He handed it off to him again on second down, and the Giants notorious defensive line stuffed him on second-and-eight to set up a big third down.

On third-and-long, Ryan attempted a pass to Harry Douglas. The Giants brought pressure, plenty of it. Incomplete. Thus ended the Falcons first drive of the game, a three-and-out in which they gained a meager two yards against an active Giants front seven.

Ryan can expect to see plenty of blue shirts in the pocket all day, as the Giants look to repeat the formula that won them a surprise Super Bowl after the 2007 season.

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Falcons Vs. Giants, 2012 NFC Wild Card: New York Goes Three And Out

The Atlanta Falcons' last trip to the NFL playoffs included a barbecue hosted by Aaron Rodgers with all of their defensive backs on the grill. The New York Giants don't quite have the charcoal lit yet, going three-and-out on their first drive of the 2012 NFC Wild Card match-up between the two teams on Sunday.

Eli Manning misfired on his first pass of the day, a crossing route over the middle, and Brandon Jacobs was stuffed on second down. After a penalty made their third and 10 a third and 15, Manning found Mario Manningham for the first play for positive yardage on the day, but his catch still left the Giants well short of the sticks.

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Falcons Vs. Giants: Brent Grimes Inactive For Atlanta

The Atlanta Falcons will be without one of their best defensive backs in their NFC Wild Card Playoff matchup against the New York Giants. Brent Grimes has been declared inactive, and we have the signed list to prove it. Against the Giants, who boast one of the best receiving corps in the league with Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham.

What's more, the Giants' pass attack gets a boost, as their inactive list doesn't include tight end Jake Ballard, who has been injured for weeks. Without Grimes, the Falcons will struggle to cover Cruz's speed, as Grimes is one of the fastest defensive backs in the league. In almost every Giants win, it seems like Cruz gets open deep for a huge catch, and if the Falcons want to continue playing against the Green Bay Packers, they'll need to contain him without Grimes.

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Falcons Vs. Giants, NFL Playoffs 2012 Weather Update

The Atlanta Falcons travel to New York to take on the Giants Sunday afternoon in an NFC Wild Card matchup to determine who will face the 15-1 Green Bay Packers. It's always a dangerous situation for a team from the South that plays in a dome to travel north to play outside. Fortunately for the Falcons, Weather.com is predicting weather in the mid-40s with no precipitation and wind touching the double-digits in m.p.h.

A report like this seems to assure that weather won't have much of an impact in the game. Both teams run balanced offenses, both quarterbacks skew toward reliability, and both have depndable and deep receiving corps. No matter where this game would be played, the teams appear relatively even, but the Giants have the luxury of home field.

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NFC Wild Card 2012: Giants, Falcons Look To Exorcise Recent Postseason Demons

The Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants will face off Sunday in the NFC Wild Card round not only looking to advance to the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs, but to also exorcise some recent postseason demons.

The Falcons have never won a playoff game with Matt Ryan at quarterback; last season, the top-seeded Falcons fell to eventual champion Green Bay in the divisional round and lost to the Arizona Cardinals in 2008 in Ryan and head coach Mike Smith's first season with the franchise. Atlanta has not won a playoff game since 2004.

Meanwhile, New York has yet to win a postseason game since upsetting the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. The Giants lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round the following year and has not returned to the playoffs since.

A date with the defending Super Bowl champion Packers is on the line Sunday. One team will end a postseason drought, while the other will root against them on television. Unfortunately, that doesn't end postseason droughts.

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Falcons Vs. Giants, NFL Playoffs 2012: Announcing Team Features Joe Buck And Troy Aikman

The Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants are the first of two games scheduled to be played on the first Sunday of the NFL Playoffs. The game should be one of the more exciting match-ups of the first weekend as both teams showed some excellent abilities this season.

The announce team will feature two of Fox's favorites as Joe Buck and Troy Aikman take center stage on Sunday afternoon. It could end up a bit awkward as the duo has been criticized in the past for harsh criticism of Giants quarterback Eli Manning -- at least that's what his father, Archie, told ESPN.

"I don't always listen to Troy and Joe," Archie said. "They're kind of hard on Eli. Joe's always been really tough on Eli, and it seems this year Troy is too. But that's OK. Sometimes I just mute them."

Let's see if the elder Manning's speaking out about the announcing duo causes them to change their tone on New York's quarterback.

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NFL Playoffs Predictions: Giants Have The Quarterback Advantage

The New York Giants are favored to beat the Atlanta Falcons in their NFC Wild Card home game on Sunday afternoon and to do it they'll need a good game from Eli Manning. Our Giants blog, Big Blue View, says Eli Manning is the superior quarterback so the Giants have a major advantage in this game.

Here's Big Blue View on why the Giants will win this game and they they'll lose:

Why the Giants will win: The Giants will win because they have the advantage at quarterback. Eli Manning is better than Matt Ryan. Also, the Giants' defensive line is healthier than at any time this season and that is a game-changer.

Why the Giants will lose: The Giants will lose because they won't be able to slow the Atlanta running game, which means they won't fully be able to unleash the pass rush. Plus, Victor Cruz' magical run has to end some time.

SB Nation's NFL bloggers made predictions for Wild Card weekend and here's a look at the updated NFL playoffs schedule for Sunday. Check out Big Blue View for the latest on the Giants and The Falcoholic for the latest on the Falcons.

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NFL Playoffs Predictions: Matt Ryan, Julio Jones Need Big Days For Falcons To Win

The Atlanta Falcons will travel to New York to play the Giants in the second NFC Wild Card game on the 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. The Giants are three point favorites at home but the experts are split on who will win the game and advance to the divisional round.

SB Nation's The Falcoholic has predicted a Falcons victory so we asked them why the Falcons will win the game and why they'll lose:

Why the Falcons will win: The Atlanta Falcons will win because Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are such a potent combination. They will win because Michael Turner runs like an enraged bull through a rickety china shop. And they will win because they're capable of limiting mistakes and forcing the Giants to make mistakes of their own.

Why the Falcons will lose: The Atlanta Falcons will lose because of their sub-par pass rush and their inability to protect Matt Ryan. When they fail to get consistent pressure on Eli Manning, he will respond by torching the secondary. When they can't keep Ryan upright, he throws a pair of picks and cannot get the offense moving.

SB Nation's NFL bloggers made predictions for Wild Card weekend and here's a look at the updated NFL playoffs schedule for Sunday. Check out Big Blue View for the latest on the Giants and The Falcoholic for the latest on the Falcons.

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Falcons Vs. Giants, NFL Playoffs 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants are are playing in one of two Wild Card match-ups as the 2012 NFL Playoffs continue on in the first weekend of postseason action. Considering both teams looked like Super Bowl contenders at points during the regular season, the game is probably a must-watch for football fans -- especially since it's Sunday and that's what we do when it's cold outside.

The Falcons and Giants will kickoff at 1 p.m. ET as they attempt to advance through the NFC Wild Card round and into a shark tank that will include the defending champion Green Bay Packers. Fox has the television rights for the early afternoon game on Sunday.

It should be an interesting game as Falcons lineman John Abraham has decided he's going to play every defensive down while the Giants attempt to run all over him and the rest of the Atlanta defensive line.

Check out Big Blue View for the latest on the Giants and The Falcoholic for the latest on the Falcons, and head on over to the SBNation NFL news hub for everything you need to know about the 2012 playoffs.

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