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.
This time around, they will start their journey at home vs a conference opponent they have faced only 20 times in 46 seasons: the Atlanta Falcons. From the NFL...
Atlanta Falcons (10-6) at Giants (9-7) (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET)
Two of the hottest teams down the stretch will meet at MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Both the Falcons and Giants won three of their final four games to make the postseason.
“We had a good finish to the regular season and now we’re excited about the playoffs starting,” says Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, who set a franchise record with 4,177 passing yards. “Everybody’s confidence is very high.”
The Falcons have qualified for the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time in team history. Ryan, RB Michael Turner (1,340 yards) and WR Roddy White (1,296) became the second Falcons trio with a 4,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver.
New York won its final two games to win the NFC East, including a Week 17 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Head coach Tom Coughlin has guided the Giants to five postseason appearances, tied with Bill Parcells for the most in team annals. Pro Bowl quarterback Eli Manning had a franchise-record 4,933 passing yards and wide receiver Victor Cruz had a team-record 1,536 receiving yards, 193 more than the previous mark.
All-Star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul ranked fourth in the NFL with 16.5 sacks, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor and Michael Strahan as the only Giants to record at least 16 sacks in a season.