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New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In a heavy rain storm and on a windy day facing a potentially explosive opponent, the best strategy for the Jets -- really, a no-brainer of a strategy -- would've been to run the ball as often as they could.

So after a game in which the Jets passed 36 times and ran 22 and lost 25-20 to the Atlanta Falcons, it probably was no surprise that running back Matt Forte wasn't happy with offensive coordinator John Morton. Forte wanted to run more. He thinks the Jets should've run more.

If only he and his teammates had run better when they had the chance.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Bilal Powell, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a pass in front of Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a pass in front of Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The idea that the Jets would've been in a playoff race was comical back in August. They may have thought they were going to be better than anyone expected, but that's because so many people expected them to finish 0-16.

The truth is, the Jets have squeezed more out of their depleted roster than anyone could have imagined. They've been competitive all season. They were over .500 at one point. Even a 3-5 mark at the halfway point even exceeds expectations.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson intercepts a pass in front of Miami Dolphins offensive guard Anthony Steen during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson intercepts a pass in front of Miami Dolphins offensive guard Anthony Steen during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Jets (3-4) vs. the Atlanta Falcons (3-3) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

In a word? Ick. It will rain and it will rain hard (you know, assuming the forecasts are correct) and the wind will be 15-25 mph with stronger gusts. The temperatures will be in the mid-60s, which seems comfortable if you overlook the windy and wet part.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Buster Skrine, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Jets 00:01:58
The Football Night in New York panel discusses the Jets' tough loss to the Dolphins and whether they will stay competitive this season.

The Jets (3-4) take on the Falcons (3-3) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on for Tuesday:

Need to know

The Jets practice today at Florham Park.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice this week. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams
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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets' defense hopes to regroup for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons after New York lost back-to-back games against divisional opponents.

New York blew a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter by giving up 17 unanswered points in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Miami Dolphins to fall to 3-4, but the defense is confident it can go back to the team that had allowed 13.3 points per game during its three-game winning streak.

"We win together. We lose together," defensive end Leonard Williams said, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. "The No. 1 thing we have to do is stick together and be a family. That's the one thing I can say: This team is a family."

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Demario Davis, Miami Dolphins, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, New England Patriots, Steve McLendon
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GEICO SportsNite: Super Bowl 00:01:31
Former Jet Chad Cascadden joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss the Patriots' exhilarating comeback Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Despite trailing 28-3 in the third quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots scored 31 unanswered points, ending with James White's 2-yard touchdown rush in overtime as New England beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, to win Super Bowl LI.

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GEICO SportsNite: Super Bowl 00:01:31
Former Jet Chad Cascadden joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss the Patriots' exhilarating comeback Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Despite trailing 28-3 in the third quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots scored 31 unanswered points, ending with James White's 2-yard touchdown rush in overtime as New England beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, to win Super Bowl LI.

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GEICO SportsNite: G-Men Deja Vu? 00:03:12
Marc Malusis and Chris Lopresti debate the Giants chances to make a deep run in the NFL Playoffs with a top ranked defense.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The New York Giants' road to Super Bowl LI begins in Green Bay, the site of two of the greatest triumphs of Eli Manning's career.

Their trip to Lambeau Field became official hours after the Giants finished up their 11-5 season with an impressive 19-10 win in Washington on Sunday afternoon. When the Packers (10-6) defeated the Detroit Lions 31-24 Sunday night, they clinched the NFC North title and the No. 4 seed in the NFC. That set up a date with the fifth-seeded Giants in the wild-card round Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Rashad Jennings, Seattle Seahawks, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants face Packers in wild card 00:03:34
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein talk about the Giants? chances against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field in their wild-card matchup.

The New York Giants will face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in the NFC wild-card round on Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET in their first playoff appearance since winning Super Bowl XLVI.

Despite their 11-5 record being tied for second best in the NFC, the Giants are the No. 5 seed in the playoffs after they finished second in the NFC East to the 13-3 Dallas Cowboys. 

The Packers, who have won six in a row, finished 10-6 and are the No. 4 seed following their 31-24 win over the Lions on Sunday at Ford Field.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Odell Beckham Jr., Seattle Seahawks
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Quarterback Eli Manning in the New York Giants huddle (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)
Quarterback Eli Manning in the New York Giants huddle (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

As much as the New York Giants wanted to clinch their first playoff berth since 2011 on the field in Philadelphia on Thursday, they know it doesn't really matter how they get in - just as long as they get in. And they can still get in four different ways this weekend, before they even have to think about playing their finale in Washington on Jan. 1.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Giants (0-1) face the Atlanta Falcons (1-0) in their 2015 home opener Sunday at 1 p.m. The Giants are coming off a frustrating 27-26 loss to the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday night while the Falcons surprised the Philadelphia Eagles in a 26-24 victory at home on Monday Night.

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

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The Giants (2-2) host the explosive Atlanta Falcons (2-2) Sunday in an NFC interdivisional clash between clubs hoping to rebound from losing seasons and get back to the playoffs.

Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.

Site: MetLife Stadium

Tags: ATLANTA FALCONS, Giants-Falcons, New York Giants, NFL Week 5
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Some things to watch for in the Giants-Falcons game on Sunday at MetLife Stadium (1 p.m.):

Eli Manning vs Falcons' defense: The Giants scored 75 points the past two games and Manning is completing 66.9 percent of his passes. The Falcons are 31st in pass defense, allowing 8.6 yards per pass play. They also only have three sacks. The Falcons will also be without SS William Moore (shoulder), who probably would be covering the Giants' emerging star TE, Larry Donnell. The Giants may also get a boost from the NFL debut of their top draft pick, WR Odell Beckham Jr.

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Osi Umenyiora stated earlier this year that no matter what team he played for, he would be the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year. Justin Tuck is trying to resurrect his career after two disappointing seasons in 2011 and 2012. Now that Osi is with the Falcons, and Tuck will be getting a new start at RDE, who do you think will get more sacks this season?

The Loud Mouths panel compares defensive ends Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck and discusses who will sack the quarterback more in 2013.

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=25896439&topic_id=21534094&tcid=vpp_copy_25896439&v=3

Tags: ATLANTA FALCONS, Justin Tuck, New York Giants, NFL, NYG, Osi Umenyiora
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The Atlanta Falcons signed DE Osi Umenyiora to a two-year contract reportedly worth up to $12.5 million......

From Rotoworld: ...Finally. This has been in the works for almost a week now, and it was just a matter of time before it was made official. The Dolphins were rumored to be sniffing around Umenyiora a little bit, but it never materialized to anything. Umenyiora, 31, brings some much needed juice to Atlanta's pass rush, but he essentially just replaces John Abraham. GM Thomas Dimitroff still needs to be on the lookout for more edge rushers. At this point, Umenyiora and Kroy Biermann are the starters at defensive end for the Falcons. Osi recorded 43 tackles and six sacks last season.

From Jenny Vrentas of the Star Ledger...

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, ATLANTA FALCONS, New York Giants, NYG, Osi Umenyiora
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Osi Umenyiora will finally get the love he's been longing for. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Osi is expected to put his name on contract to play for the Atlanta Falcons either today or tomorrow:

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Umenyiora is expected to join the Falcons on Sunday or, at the latest, on Monday.

?Atlanta is the place,? the source said.

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Osi Umenyiora said on Atlanta radio show that he wants to play for the Falcons. As per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Osi expressed his desire to play for the Falcons on the Jamie and Jerome Show on 92.9 The Game on Friday. Co-Hosts Jamie Dukes and former Falcons Chuck Smith, who was subbing for Jerome Jurenovich, interviewed Umenyiora:

?New York fans definitely expect a lot out of you because of their history,? Umenyiora said. ?There was nothing better than to be able to win there. The only thing I can think of that would be better than being able to win in New York would be to be able to win here in Atlanta. We?ll see how that plays out. Hopefully, it works out in a positive direction.?

It would be a fresh start for the 31-year-old pass specialist. The Falcons appear interested, but the price would have to right. Osi is said to be seeking in the upwards of $5 million per season. He might have wait and see how the free agent DE market shakes out first for Elvis Dumervil, Dwight Freeney and John Abraham before he learns his true market value.
Tags: ATLANTA FALCONS, NFL Free Agency, Osi Umenyiora
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Falcons' Tony Gonzalez will leave the game the NFL's most decorated TE. He'd trade it all in for a SB ring.

The NFC Championship Game features the top two seeds for the first time in three years. The second-seeded San Francisco 49ers (12-4-1) return to the game for the second consecutive season. They lost, 20-17, to the Giants last year. The Atlanta Falcons (14-3) clinched the top seed in the NFC and won their first playoff game in the Mike Smith/Matt Ryan era last week vs the Seattle Seahawks.

Kickoff: 3:00pm Eastern

Tags: ATLANTA FALCONS, New York Giants, NFC Championship Game, NFL, San Francisco 49ers
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This Sunday?s games will decide who will fight for the chance to replace the Giants as Super Bowl champions.

Here are this week?s picks. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these games in the comments section. Good luck!

Divisional Round Record: 2-2

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, 49ers, AFC, championship round, Falcons, NFC, NFL, patriots, playoffs, Editorial Aside, ravens, Super Bowl
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From Jenny Vrentas of the Star Ledger:

Falcons safety Chris Hope was fined $30,000 by the NFL after leveling Giants receiver Victor Cruz during the third quarter of Sunday's game. Hope received a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on the play, and the league fined him for striking an opponent in the head and neck area.

Hate to tell you so, but we called it at the time, and were a tad bit conservative on the fine....

Tags: ATLANTA FALCONS, Giants-Falcons, New York Giants, NFL
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Lots of shaking up in the NFC playoff picture this week. Even with all the possible scenarios, if the Giants win both games, they make the playoffs.

1.?Atlanta Falcons 12-2 (Last week, 1): The Falcons rebounded in a huge way after a Week 14 loss to the Panthers to pound the Giants. This is the type of win that could give a team momentum heading into the playoffs.

2.?Green Bay Packers 10-4 (Last week, 2): The Packers clinched the NFC North division title with a win over the Bears.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, 49ers, Falcons, giants, NFC, NFC Rankings, packers, Editorial Aside, power rankings, seahawks
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From FOXSports.....J.J. Stokes, Ryan Nece and Jill Arrington recap the Falcons' win over the Giants.

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Mike Florio and Peter King of NBC Sports discuss the Giants' chances

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by Jon Wagner / SNYGiants columnist

Remembering the way their season ended last year, the Atlanta Falcons took out their frustrations on the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

Atlanta recalled failing to score an offensive point while getting routed during a humiliating NFC wild-card playoff defeat at New York last January, and unwilling to pass up a chance at gaining revenge, the NFC-best Falcons (12-2) turned the tables with a 34-0 beat down of the Giants (8-6) at the Georgia Dome on Sunday.

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From the Giants' beat pool....

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The Giants got off the bus at the door of the Georgia Dome this afternoon, but that was the last anyone saw of them. They were trampled by the Atlanta Falcons, 34-0, in one of their worst efforts in years.

The shutout was the first in the regular season since they lost 24-0 on Dec 1, 1996 in Philadelphia.

It was the first regular season shutout in the Tom Coughlin - Eli Manning era.

Tags: Giants-Falcons, New York Giants, NFL Week 15, Editorial Aside
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When a team wins a game, usually the skill position players get all the credit, and the offensive linemen are forgotten even if they play well.

But in the Giants? 34-0 loss to the Falcons, the offensive line is just as much to blame as any other facet of the team?s pitiful performance.

This was the first time the Giants have been shutout in a regular season game since Dec. 1, 1996 against the Philadelphia Eagles ? a streak of 256 games.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Chris Snee, david wilson, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Falcons, Giants-Falcons, NFC, offense, Editorial Aside, shutout
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The Falcons lead the Giants in Atlanta this afternoon, 17-0 at halftime.

Some key factors...Eli Manning has two key INTs. One led to a TD, the other a FG.

The Giants are 0-2 on 4th down conversions.

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Fourth Quarter

- The Giants Martellus Bennett drops an Eli pass & the Falcons challenge will put the Giants in a 3rd and long situation.

- The Falcons are controlling the clock with good running plays and short passes. The Giants may only have one more drive left in this game.

Tags: 2012, 2012 New York Giants, ATLANTA FALCONS, david d, Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, New York Giants, NFC, NFL, Updates, Victor Cruz, week 15
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Inactive for the Giants in Atlanta this afternoon:

CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee, foot), S Tyler Sash (hamstring). S Kenny Phillips (knee), DT Marvin Austin, TE Adrien Robinson and DE Adewale Ojomo

David Wilson starts for Bradshaw. Jayron Hosley starts for Prince. RB Ryan Torain makes Giants debut.

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Kel Dansby:?The Atlanta Falcons have been almost unbeatable at home since Matt Ryan was drafted by the team. Also they have the added weight of being embarrassed by the Giants in the first round of the playoffs last season. With all of that said I am going with the Giants to pull the upset. Why you ask? Because the Giants love to achieve the unthinkable. I've seen the Panther and Raiders both take the Falcons down to the wire in Atlanta and I think Eli comes up big in the 4th to capture the victory. Giants 34, Atlanta 31?

Sam Spiegelman:?Though I believe New York is the superior football team, I lean toward Atlanta in this particular contest. The Falcons play on another level in the Georgia Dome, especially considering the circumstances in this game. Last week, Carolina embarrassed Atlanta -- add in the fact the Giants did the same in the Wildcard round of last year's playoffs. And let's be honest, the Giants have the ability to play a tremendous game and follow it up with a stinker. I won't say they won't be ready for this one, but the Falcons will play with a greater chip on their shoulders.?Atlanta 27, ?New York 20

Jim Mancari:?If there is a team in the NFL that can go on the road and beat the team with the best record, it's the New York Football Giants. Big Blue has had so much success on the road during the Eli Manning era that playing in a dome environment shouldn't phase them. The key to this game will be for the Giants' defense to limit the number of big plays. Roddy White and Julio Jones can score a touchdown every time they touch the ball, so the Giants need to force Matt Ryan into bad decisions. The 24-2 Falcons' playoff loss from last season is fresh in their minds, but now that Manning has a healthy receiving core, the Giants' offense is dangerous. Even with Ahmad Bradshaw banged up, "Turbo" Wilson will get plenty of touches. This is going to be an intense game, as the Falcons do not want to limp into the playoffs while the Giants want to keep their destiny in their own hands. Both teams have strong offenses, so defense will likely determine the outcome of this game.?Giants 24, Falcons 20

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Falcons QB Matt Ryan with the Giants' Eli Manning before last year's playoff game at MetLfe Stadium. The Giants won, 24-2 and have won the past three regular season meetings vs Atlanta. (AP)

The NFC East-leading Giants (8-5) travel to Atlanta to face the 11-2 Falcons, who have already clinched the NFC South.

Kickoff: 1:00PM Eastern

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From CBSSports....The Giants head to Atlanta in a statement game for both teams, as the Falcons looks to comeback from an embarrassing Week 14 loss and New York fights to stay atop of the NFC East.

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From ESPN.com....NFC East blogger Dan Graziano talks with NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas about this weekend's game between the Giants and Falcons.

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Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride met the media Thursday, and of course, one of the main topics of discussion was Ahmad Bradshaw.

Bradshaw?s sprained knee may keep him out of Sunday?s contest against the Atlanta Falcons. That just means that the next guy in line ? in this case David Wilson ? will have to come up big if Bradshaw is out.

?We?ve had guys who have always stepped up and recognized the absence of one player is going to require someone else to elevate their game, whether it?s performance on the field or emotional,? Gilbride said. ?His (Bradshaw) toughness with everybody is always appreciated and that enthusiasm he brings. So you lose that.?

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw, coordinator corner, david wilson, Eli Manning, falcons defense, Kevin Gilbride, mike nolan, NFC, NY Giants, offensive coordinator, Editorial Aside
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The war of words between the Giants and Falcons regarding who has the better receiving corps has quelled the past few days. With the Giants' Hakeem Nicks and Atlanta's Roddy White hobbling around, both teams will be at less than 100%

Nicks (knee) practiced lightly on Thursday and is expected to do the same today. White (knee) has not practiced at all this week and is reported to be a game time decision. White has 77 receptions for 1,140 yards and 5 TDs this season.

From D.Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

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Former Super Bowl winning coach and FOXSports analyst Brian Billick previews the Giants' Week 15 trip to Atlanta.

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Michael Boley is in the WheelHouse to discuss the Giants preparation for their match-up against the Falcons on Sunday.

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=25526873&topic_id=6479520&tcid=vpp_copy_25526873&v=3

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RB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee, foot) was not at practice again today. It is becoming more and more likely he will not play this week in Atlanta.

WR Hakeem Nicks (knee) returned to the field but was limited, as expected.

CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring) and S Kenny Phillips (knee) did not practice with the team, sticking to the stationary bikes once again. LB Michael Boley (back) and?S Tyler Sash (hamstring) also did not participate.

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Two of the NFL?s top quarterbacks will square off Sunday in Atlanta: Eli Manning and Matt Ryan. Both players addressed the media in anticipation of the game.

Manning acknowledged that the Falcons are a tough team to beat at home, having won 10 straight in their own building.

?I think it just starts with just they?re a good team and so they do a good job of making plays and being sharp,? Manning said. ?Their offense seems like it does a lot of changing plays and getting into the right calls based on the defense and of course anytime they can be loud and show you different looks on the defensive side and make it difficult for the quarterback to change protection and those types of things puts them in any advantage.?

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, 24-2 giants falcons, ATLANTA FALCONS, Eli Manning, Giants-Falcons, manning, Matt Ryan, matty ice, NY Giants, playoffs, Editorial Aside
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The Giants' pass rush has not been getting home often this season, but when they do, it's usually at the right time. They didn't get a sack on Drew Brees until late in the game, but it was an emphatic one that sealed the game.

This week, the Giants will face Atlanta's Matt Ryan, who has only been sacked 24 times n 13 games despite throwing over 500 times this season. The Falcons are a predominantly passing team these days. The Giants are aware of that, and they know they have to turn up the volume on the pass rush this week.

The LoudMouths discuss the Giants need for a pass rush against the Falcons.

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I think they?re something like second in the league in takeaways. Sometimes when you play that aggressive style of ball, they give up some explosive plays, but they?re ball hawks, they really are. I think their front four does a great job of helping out that back end in terms of creating pressure on the passer and forcing quarterbacks to make some decisions before they want to. That?s one of the things that jumps out on tape when you watch them.
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The Giants had seven players sit out of today's practice at TIMEX:

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Knee/Foot), CB Prince Amukamara (Hamstring), LB Michael Boley (Back), WR Hakeem Nicks (Knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Back), S Kenny Phillips (Knee), S Tyler Sash (Hamstring).?C David Baas (shoulder), TE Travis Beckum (knee) practiced in full.

Bradshaw has a sprained knee and is currently questionable to doubtful for Sunday. Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN NewYork has the latest on the Giants' RB:

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Though it was nearly a year ago, the memories of a 24-2 drubbing at the hands of the Giants in the NFC wild card playoff are still fresh in Falcons players? minds.

The whole focus heading into that game was how on earth would the Giants stop Matt Ryan and the potent Atlanta offense featuring Roddy White, Julio Jones, Michael Turner and Tony Gonzalez.

Not only was this offense held scoreless (only points were a safety), but the Giants also torched the Falcons? defense en route to the big win.

Tags: 2011 playoffs, 2012 New York Giants, 24-2 giants falcons, Atlanta, big blus, Falcons, giants falcons playoffs, NY Giants, playoffs, Editorial Aside, wild card playoffs
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The Giants begin their preparation today at TIMEX for their trip to Atlanta this week. The Falcons (11-2) are already headed to the playoffs as the NFC South champions. The Giants (8-5) have a one-game lead over Dallas and Washington in the NFC East.

Pre-practice injury report

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), WR Hakeem Nicks (knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back), C David Baas (shoulder), TE Travis Beckum (knee), S Kenny Phillips (knee) and S Tyler Sash (hamstring)

Tags: Giants-Falcons, New York Giants, New York Giants News, Editorial Aside, Tom Coughlin
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New York Giants (8-5) at Atlanta Falcons (11-2) (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET)

The Giants and Falcons will meet as both teams eye a trip to the postseason. The clubs met in the Wild Card round last year with New York defeating Atlanta 24-2 on its way to winning Super Bowl XLVI. This season, the Falcons have already clinched the NFC South and are closing in on a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.

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The NFC East will be a tight race down the stretch, but it?s looking like the NFC West will be too.

1.?Atlanta Falcons 11-2 (Last week, 1): The Falcons were embarrassed by the Panthers, but they retain the top spot. The Giants can really send Atlanta a message this weekend.

2.?Green Bay Packers 9-4 (Last week, 2): The Packers battled the Lions in the snow to pick up a victory. Just imagine if this team was healthy all season?

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, 49ers, Falcons, giants, NFC, NFC East, NFC Rankings, NFC West, packers, Editorial Aside, power rankings
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The Falcons hung on for a close win over the Saints, which keep them on top. The Giants once again can never close out a divisional race.

1.?Atlanta Falcons 11-1 (Last week, 1): Certainly the Falcons have not ben blowing teams out lately, but in football, wins are all that matter, and Atlanta keeps earning them.

2.?Green Bay Packers 8-4 (Last week, 5): After trailing, the Packers fought back to get a victory. Even with injuries on defense, this team?s offense is scary good.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Falcons, giants, NFC, Editorial Aside, power rankings
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A big win from the Giants moves them up a spot. The Falcons just keep pulling out wins to remain in the top spot.

1.?Atlanta Falcons 10-1 (Last week, 1): The Falcons relied on a late touchdown to earn a win over the Buccaneers. It?s been getting a little more difficult, but Atlanta is still winning close games.

2.?San Francisco 49ers 8-2-1 (Last week, 2): Colin Kaepernick was at it again as the 49ers earned a sound win over the Saints. Two defensive touchdowns helped as well.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, 49ers, bears, Falcons, nfc power rankings, NY Giants, Editorial Aside
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Some shake-up this week of the tops teams. The Giants will really have to buckle down if they plan on making another deep playoff run.

1.?Atlanta Falcons 9-1 (Last week, 1): If Matt Ryan can throw five interceptions and the team can still win, they?re really a team of destiny. The Falcons remain on top after their win.

2.?San Francisco 49ers 7-2-1 (Last week, 3): Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to victory over a tough Bears? defense. But still, the 49ers? defense is a top unit. Other than a few hiccups this season, San Francisco will be dangerous in the playoffs.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Falcons, giants, NFC, Editorial Aside, power rankings, rankings
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The Falcons suffered their first loss of the season, while the Bears and Giants both lost and 49ers tied.

1.??? Atlanta Falcons 8-1 (Last week, 1): The Falcons won?t be finishing this season undefeated, but they remain in the top spot. Again, this is just a formality at this point, as Atlanta will have to show it can win in the playoffs.

2.?? Chicago Bears 7-2 (Last week, 2): Holding the Houston Texans to just 13 points was an accomplishment for the Bears? defense, but the injury to Jay Cutler stunted any sort of offensive attack. But defense wins games in this league, keeping the Bears at No. 2.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, 49ers, bears, Falcons, giants, NFC, NFC Rankings, playoffs, Editorial Aside, power rankings
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