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
Kel Dansby: I may be in the minority on the site with my prediction of a Giants' loss but I'm just calling it like I see it. The Giants have been pretty bad against the run, but what has been masked is their atrocious run defense. The Jets and Cowboys both averaged over 5 yard per carry in the final two games. The Falcons won't abandon the run and will create big plays using play action.
The Giants will make it interesting late in the fourth quarter, but Eli will fall short this time. Falcons 27, Giants 20
Craig Santucci: Giving the Giants a huge boost will be a healthy Jake Ballard and a motivated Michael Boley. JPP will not be contained by double teamed leaving Tuck and Osi to feast on Ryan. Fewell will confuse Ryan into throwing 2 interceptions. Nicks will have a big day as the Giants win, 28-24.
Dan Stack: How can I pick against my Giants? In all seriousness, I believe the Falcons will be out of their element as they are a dome team who will have to play in a cold-weather outdoor setting. Plus, with the way the pass rush is getting after quarterbacks, JPP and company will make Matt Ryan feel uncomfortable in the pocket. Eli Manning will be more comfortable with his surroundings and will have enough juice to get by the 'dirty birds.' Giants 24, Falcons 21.
Jon Wagner: While many think the expected mild weather (sunshine, no precipitation, low winds, temps in the mid-40's) would help the dome-based Falcons, I think it benefits the Giants, who in good conditions, especially with talented CB Brent Grimes questionable (even if he plays, he'll be less than 100%), and the return of TE Jake Ballard adding yet another weapon to the mix for QB Eli Manning, should be able to get their passing game in gear against the Falcons' 20th-ranked passing defense.
The Giants have run the ball better and stopped the run better in recent weeks, but with RB Michael Turner and a defense that ranks sixth against the run, the Falcons would be wise to make it more of a running game, control the clock, and keep Manning and company off of the field as much as possible, even though they have some good passing weapons of their own, which they will certainly use, in QB Matt Ryan, WR Roddy White, WR Julio Jones, and TE Tony Gonzalez.
Offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, with a conservative approach, doesn't always employ those weapons like he should however, which is why Atlanta hasn't scored more than 23 points while going 1-4 against playoff teams this year.
Atlanta will score some, but not enough, and although the Giants will need a fourth-quarter stop with a slim three-point lead, they'll get it, before Cruz or Nicks breaks one late to end things....GIANTS 34, FALCONS 24
Fennelly: The Giants are going to score, face it. How much? Enough to win this game, that's how much. The defense is ready to turn in a gem, so look out...The Giants are practically unbeatable when they have their full compliment of pass rushers in tow - which they will have today.
That being said, the running game is due to explode. Ahmad Bradshaw is rested and Brandon Jacobs os focused. Combine that with the passing attack, which gets a key weapon back in TE Jake Ballard and the Giants will prove to be too much for Atlanta. Giants 31, Falcons 20.