Kickoff: 1 p.m.
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....
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Mike Florio and Peter King of NBC Sports discuss the Giants' chances
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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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.
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.
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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.
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
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
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.
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:
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.
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.?
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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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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:
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.
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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)
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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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.
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.
White, who does not have a reputation to be much of a trash-talker, used the opportunity to nudge Cruz.
"?Victor Cruz is a lot more of a slot receiver; the big boys play on the outside,? White said.
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LB Mark Herzlich, DT Jimmy Kennedy, OT James Brewer, OL Jim Cordle, WR Ramses Barden, DE Justin Trattou and RB Da'Rel Scott
Falcons inactives: CB Brent Grimes (knee), QB J. Wilson, LB S. Nicholas (toe), C B. Romberg, OT K. Chambers, DE C. Matthews and WR K. Meier
Rich Resch: Looks like the Giants are getting healthy at the right time (I just jinxed it...get the stretcher ready), and when both of these teams are playing up to their full potential, the Giants have the slight edge. That's no disrespect to the Falcons, who are a talented and balanced team, but I don't think they have the upside or ability to make a deep run in these playoffs. Plus, the home-field advantage can't hurt.
No secondary matches up well with Roddy White and Julio Jones, so the pass rush will have to be ferocious once again. Stopping Michael Turner will also be key so that the D-line can focus on getting to Ryan, but the matchup I'm most excited for is Michael Boley vs. Tony Gonzalez. The Falcons' ability to complete short and medium passes and neutralize the pass rush will decide the game....Giants win, 28-24
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The Falcons have not won a playoff game under head coach Mike Smith (0-2). Their last playoff win was January 15, 2005 - a 47-17 thrashing of the St.Louis Rams in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.
When the Giants host the Falcons today, quarterbacks Eli Manning of New York (4,933) and Matt Ryan of Atlanta (4,177) will have the second-most combined passing yards (9,110) by opposing starting quarterbacks in a playoff game. The mark was set last night by New Orleans? Drew Brees (5,476) and Detroit's Matthew Stafford (5,038), who combined for 10,514 yards on 2011.
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The Giants host the Atlanta Falcons in the WildCard round of the NFC Playoffs, in the first postseason game ever at MetLife Stadium.
The all-time series between the Giants and Falcons is tied 10-10. The Giants have won the past 3 meetings, but the Falcons have?won 5 of the past 6 in New York.
The prevailing notion about Sunday?s wild-card playoff matchup between the fifth-seeded Atlanta Falcons (10-6) and the fourth-seeded New York Giants (9-7) is that the southern-based, warm-weather, ?There?s no place like dome? Falcons, who have yet to win a game outdoors in a cold-weather locale this year, would welcome the expected unseasonably nice January conditions at the Meadowlands.
A closer look though, might suggest just the opposite, since the Falcons possess the better rushing game behind running back Michael Turner (1,340 yards, third-best in the NFL this year), facing a New York defense (ranked 19th in the league) which has often been susceptible to the run this year.
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Daily News Live's Ralph Vacchiano sizes up the Giants-Falcons WildCard matchup:
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LB Mark Herzlich (ankle) missed practice again and has been ruled out of tomorrow's game. DE Justin Tuck (shoulder) was the only other Giant who did not hit the practice field.
"He was just sore," Tom Coughlin told the media. Tuck is expected to play tomorrow as are TE Jake Ballard (knee), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), RB Da'Rel Scott (knee), T Tony Ugoh (ankle), DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle, knee), CB Corey Webster (hamstring), who were all limited.
FalconsDOUBTFUL: LB Stephen Nicholas (toe) QUESTIONABLE: CB Brent Grimes (knee) PROBABLE: DE John Abraham (not injury related), DT Jonathan Babineaux (hamstring), RB Mike Cox (finger), WR Harry Douglas (groin), TE Tony Gonzalez (not injury related), DT Peria Jerry (calf), WR Julio Jones (thumb), TE Reggie Kelly (back), LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), C Todd McClure (not injury related), WR Kerry Meier (groin), S William Moore (groin), CB Christopher Owens (hand), TE Michael Palmer (knee), RB Jason Snelling (knee), RB Michael Turner (groin), LB Sean Weatherspoon (head), WR Roddy White (hip)
Giants, Falcons Ready To Receive on SundayIn order to compete and win in today?s NFL, a top-flight quarterback and some big-time playmakers he can target on a regular basis are absolute necessities.
The fifth-seeded Atlanta Falcons (10-6) and the fourth-seeded the New York Giants (9-7) have both as they get ready to square off against each other in an NFC wild-card playoff matchup at MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Not only do both teams have those components driving their offenses, but they mirror each other very closely.
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Even with missing 7 games due to injury over that time, Boley has produced to the number of 263 tackles, 12 passes defended, 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.
At 29 years of age, No. 52 has plenty in the tank and continues to showcase great speed sideline to sideline. What's most impressive about Michael Boley is the way he plays the game. At full speed which is rare in today's NFL.
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Lofton had 14 tackles and a 26-yard interception-return touchdown in the Falcons? 45-24 win over Tampa Bay.
In the second quarter, he recorded his third career interception and returned it 26 yards for his first career TD.
Atlanta Falcons' QB Matt Ryan is not considered among the elite in the NFL. He is, pretty damn good, though. If you check his stats Ryan is practically step-for-step with our Eli Manning, who is now being considered one of the league's top QBs:
Both QBs threw 29 TDs this season. Ryan had a 92.2 QB rating, just a liver below Eli's 92.9. Eli's completion percentage was 61% while Ryan's was a bit higher at 61.3. Eli averaged 36 attempts per game to Ryan's 35. ? Manning was 21st in the league when it came to getting sacked (28 times). Ryan was 29th with 26 sacks.
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Even though this NY Giants blog has been more vocal about the adjustments that Perry Fewell needs to make, let's not forget about our friend Kevin Gilbride.? For the last few seasons we have been pounding the table for Gilbride to give Eli more rhythm.
Rhythm is vital for an offense so that it can establish time of possession, give the defense some rest, move the sticks, and get the QB in the flow of the game.? The best way to give a QB rhythm is with small passes to RBs and TEs.
Giants' CEO John Mara is a Boston College alum. His head coach, Tom Coughlin coached the Eagles from 1991-93 and had been an assistant there in the early 1980's. The Giants made headlines when they signed LB Mark Herzlich, the BC star whose victory over bone cancer has become an inspirational story for millions.
The Giants just recently brought back KR Will Blackmon, another BC alum who the team is entrusting with it's punt returning game.
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The playoffs are here! Let the festivities begin. The Giants are in the Super Bowl tournament for the first time since 2008 and hopes for another championship run are soaring.
The team is surging in a very similar manner to the way they did in 2007, when they stunned the football world by winning four consecutive games on the road, including Super Bowl XLII against the 18-0 New England Patriots.
Instead of folding up their tent as the year wound down, the Giants retrained their minds to focus on finishing, something they talked about doing all year long.
The Giants have lost four in a row and fans are getting nervous. Will we shape up and make the playoffs?? Or will this season just continue to spiral right down the toilet?
The chances of making the playoffs seem more likely as each day passes.? The upcoming opponents are all struggling contenders with issues, too.? All the Giants have to do now is shape up.