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.
Kickoff: 1pm Eastern
TV: FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver (field reporter)
Radio: WFAN 660AM Bob Papa, Carl Banks and Howard Cross (field reporter) Westwood One Radio: Ian Eagle, Trent Green, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (Atl), 86 (NYG) XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Atl), 226 (NYG)
The Line: Giants by 3; O/U 47 1/2
Last Game: 11/22/09: Falcons 31 at Giants 34 (OT). New York K Lawrence Tynes converts game- winning 36-yard FG in OT after Atlanta scores 14 4th-quarter points to tie game.
RankingsPass Offense: Giants 295.9 (5th) Falcons 262.0 (8th)
Rush Offense: Giants 89.2 (32nd) Falcons 114.6 (17th)
Pass Defense: Giants 255.1 (29th) Falcons 236.6 (20th)
Rush Defense: Giants 121.2 (19th) Falcons 97.0 (6th)
InjuriesFalcons: DOUBTFUL: 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: OUT: LB Mark Herzlich (ankle) PROBABLE: TE Jake Ballard (knee), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), RB Da’Rel Scott (knee), DE Justin Tuck (shoulder), T Tony Ugoh (ankle), DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle, knee), CB Corey Webster (hamstring)
Falcons NotesThe Falcons have qualified for postseason in back-to-back years for 1st time in franchise history. Under head coach Mike Smith, team has made playoffs in 3 of past 4 seasons. Club has posted 4 consecutive winnings seasons, 1st time in franchise history.
Falcons had 1 player selected to Pro Bowl: TE Tony Gonzalez (12th). Offense set franchise record with 6,026 total net yards...
For 2nd time in team history (1995), Falcons had 4,000-yard passer (QB Matt Ryan), 1,000-yard rusher (RB Michael Turner) & 1,000-yard receiver (WR Roddy White)...
QB Ryan had 4,177 pass yards, most in season in team history. In career, when Ryan has 100+ rating, Falcons are 23-0 (7-0 in 2011). He ranks 2nd in franchise history with 14,238 pass yards & 95 pass TDs...
RB Turner rushed for 1,340 yards & is 3rd Falcon with 3 seasons with 1,300+ rush yards. Had 11 rush TDs & is only player in team history to rush for 10+ TDs in 4 consecutive seasons. Since joining Atl. in 2008, has 50 rush TDs, 2nd most in NFL. Is 1st Falcon with 50 career rush TDs. Aims for 3rd postseason game in row with rush TD. When he has 21+ att., his teams are 27-2 (.931)...
WR White led NFC with 100 catches, his 2nd consecutive 100-catch season. Only player in team history with 2 100-catch seasons. Had 1,296 rec. yards, his team-record 5th consecutive 1,000-yard season. Since start of 2007, has 471 rec., most in NFC. Has TD catch in both career playoff games. Set club single-game postseason record with 11 catches in 1/3/09 WC. TE Gonzalez was selected to 12th Pro Bowl, most by TE in NFL history. Had 80 catches, his NFL-record 13th consecutive season with 60+ catches.
WR Julio Jones led NFL rookies with 8 rec. TDs. Has 6 rec. TDs in past 4. Had team rookie rec. records with 959 yards & 8 TDs. Led rookies & ranked 4th in NFL with 17.8 rec. avg. (min. 50 catches).
WR-KR Eric Weems had 102-yard KR-TD in last year’s Div. playoff (1/15/11), longest postseason KR-TD in NFL history...
DE John Abraham has 112 sacks, 2nd most among active players. Had 9.5 sacks, his 8th career season with 9.5+ sacks. Has 58.5 sacks in 1st 6 seasons with Atl. Has sack in 3 of past 4 playoff games.
LB Curtis Lofton led club in tackles for 3rd consecutive season. Had 26-yard INT-TD in Week 17, his 1st career TD. CB Brent Grimes has 14 passes defensed & has led club each of past 3 seasons. S Thomas DeCoud led team with career-high 4 INTs. Had 4 career INTs entering 2011.
Giants NotesThe Giants are making 31st postseason appearance, most in NFL history. Posted .500+ record for 7th consecutive season, longest streak for Giants since 1954-63. Head coach Tom Coughlin has led NYG to 5 postseason appearances, tied with Bill Parcells for most in team history.
Giants had 2 players selected to Pro Bowl: QB Eli Manning (2nd) & DE Jason Pierre-Paul (1st)...
QB Manning had franchise-record 4,933 pass yards & 8 300-yard games. Has 22 career 300-yard games & passed Phil Simms (21) for most in team history. Recorded 7th consecutive season with 3,000+ pass yards & 20+ pass TDs, most in team history. Had 15 4th quarter TD passes, most ever in season passing HOFer Johnny Unitas & Peyton Manning. Had 110 rating in 4th quarter, 2nd best mark in NFL. Ranks 2nd in team postseason history with 1,297 pass yards, 113 comp. & 193 att...
RB Brandon Jacobs ties for 2nd in club postseason history with 3 rush TDs & needs 1 to tie Joe Morris (4) for most. Since start of 2005 (incl. playoffs), has 59 rush TDs, tied for 4th most in NFL.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw is 1 of 7 players in NFL with 1,800+ rush yards (1,894) & 80+ receptions (81) since start of 2010 season...
WR Victor Cruz had team-record 1,536 rec. yards, 193 more than previous mark (1,343, Amani Toomer). Had team-high 9 rec. TDs, incl. 99-yard TD in Week 16, tied for longest in NFL history. Had 5 rec. TDs of 65+ yards, 2nd most in season in NFL history (6, HOFer Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch, 1951). Had 7 100-yard games, most by Giant in season.
WR Hakeem Nicks ranked 2nd on team with 76 catches, 1,192 yards & 7 TDs. Only player in team history with 75+ catches, 1,000+ yards & 7+ TDs in consecutive seasons. Cruz (1,536) & Nicks (1,192) are 1st set of Giants to each record 1,000+ rec. yards in same season.
WR Mario Manningham has 18 career rec. TDs & 12 have been 20+ yards...
DE Pierre-Paul ranked 4th in NFL with 16.5 sacks. Joined HOFer Lawrence Taylor & Michael Strahan as only Giants with 16+ sacks in season. Has 21 sacks in past 22, incl. 6 in past 4.
DE Justin Tuck had 2 sacks in SB XLII, tied for most in postseason game by Giant. In past 22 games, DE Osi Umenyiora has 19.5 sacks & 11 FFs. Has 2 career postseason sacks.
LB Michael Boley spent 1st 4 seasons (2005-08) with Atl. Finished 2nd on NYG in tackles behind S Antrel Rolle. Team had 20 INTs, most by NYG since 2000 when club advanced to SB XXXV. CB Corey Webster led team with career-high 6 INTs. Has 2 postseason INTs, tied for 6th in team history.