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.
The Giants are 3-point favorites today. The Over/Under is 47 1/2.
The teams have met 20 times since the Falcons joined the NFL in 1966. Each team has won ten games. The road team is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
Giants TrendsGiants are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Giants are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite.
Giants are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite.
Giants are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a home favorite of 0.5-3.0.
Under is 7-2 in NYG last 9 games in January.
Over is 21-9-1 in NYG last 31 vs. NFC.
Falcons TrendsFalcons are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Falcons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as an underdog.
Falcons are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as a road underdog of 0.5-3.0.
Over is 6-1-2 in ATL last 9 games in January.
Under is 7-3 in ATL last 10 games on fieldturf.
From Don Best.tv and bookmaker.eu....
The Atlanta Falcons have advanced to the playoffs for the third time in Head Coach Mike Smith's four-year tenure there. As the Falcons prepare to face off against the New York Giants this weekend there are certain trends that bear watching. Trends that may have a long reaching affect on this year's Super Bowl picture.
Regardless of the score Atlanta can't abandon the run. The Falcons have made the playoffs every year that Michael Turner has rushed for over 1,000 yards. In his four years with the team, Atlanta has won 22 of the 25 games where Turner rushed for 100 yards or more. That is an 88% winning percentage when he surpasses 100 yards rushing.
Of the 36 games where he has failed to reach 100 yards Atlanta came away with only 19 wins. Their winning percentage drops to 52.8%. In Atlanta's first two playoff games Turner had a combined 81 yards rushing and the Falcons lost both games. Starting to see a pattern?
Turner has had problems in the past eclipsing the 100-yard mark when facing good run defenses but the Giants were ranked 19th against the run this year. The Giants didn't have a 1,000-yard rusher this season but both Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined for 1,230 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns.