Friday, January 6, 2012

Giants-Falcons game preview: A look ahead to what should be a close playoff game

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Giants cornerback Corey Webster will likely get the chance to cover both of the Falcons' top receivers - Roddy White and Julio Jones - in Sunday's playoff game at MetLife Stadium.By Mike Garafolo - Star Ledger 1/6/12

Atlanta Falcons vs New York Giants Wild Card Round at Giants Stadium

By Joe Maine - InReeseWeTrust.com 1/6/12

Well here we are once again for both teams in the playoffs.  The Giants have not been in the playoffs for four years dating back to the Plaxico shooting.  The Falcons, on the other hand, are back in the playoffs after a quick exit last season.  The New York Giants have now got 31 playoff appearances and the Falcons have 11.   Last year the Falcons had the best record in the NFC at 13-3 but the Falcons were booted out when the Packers beat them in the Divisional Round.  The winner of this game will either play the Packers or the 49ers, all depending on what happens with the Lions @ Saints game.  If the Saints win, the winner of this game will play the Packers.  And if the Lions win, the Giants or Falcons will play against the 2 seed 49ers.
In the Regular season, the Giants have finished with a record 9-7, seeded fourth in the playoffs.   Falcons are 10-6 and have a better record, but because they did not win their division, they are the 5th seed in the playoffs.  The New York Giants score on average of 24.6 points a game, which is 9th in the league and give up 25 points a game which is 25th in the league.  The Falcons scored about 25 points a game this year and are seventh on the list in the category.  On defense, the Falcons give up about 21.9 points a game.  Now lets talk about the momentum factor going into the playoffs.  Both teams are 3-2 in their last 5 games.  Let’s note though, that the Falcons have not beaten a playoff team this entire season.  The Giants have only beat one playoff team this season in the Patriots. 
That's enough about the regular season.  In playoffs everything resets, except for the momentum factor. The G-Men winning there last two games should give them early momentum in this game.  Like most games by these two teams, expect great QB play in this game.  Matt Ryan is going to try to lead his team back to the Divisional Round with Michael Turner as his horse.  Eli Manning will try to do the same with the help of his running backs Jacobs and Bradshaw AKA Thunder and Lightning.  However, I don’t believe these players will have the biggest effect.  The x-factors in this game might be the tight ends on both squads. That’s right the players to look out for in this game are Ballard and Tony Gonzalez.
The Wild Card round is always the craziest round in my opinion.  The Playoffs start this weekend, and by Sunday at 1pm, we will know if the Falcons or Giants will play the cheese heads or the stunning 49ers.  Let they Playoffs begin!!!  

Giants vs. Falcons: Star-Studded Affair

If the Giants are to advance to the divisional round, they will have to defuse Ryan and his array of weapons on the Falcons’ offense, including running back Michael Turner, wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones and the most prolific tight end in NFL history, Tony Gonzalez.

By Michael Eisen - Giants.com 1/6/12

Tyree draws 2007 Parallels

David Tyree dropped by the Timex Performance Center and talked about the current Giants Football Team

By Dan Salomone - Giants.com 1/6/12

Empire State Building to light up Giants colors

The Empire State Building will honor the New York Giants in their upcoming NFC Wild Card Game Sunday.

By Giants.com 1/6/12

All on the Line for Giants D

The Giants defensive line finally has all of its pieces and they will be key in Sunday's game against the Falcons

By Michael Eisen - Giants.com 1/6/12


Giants Gameday Plaza vs. Falcons

What's going on in and around MetLife Plaza Sunday against the Falcons.

By Giants.com 1/6/12

Dottino: Giants Vs. Falcons Preview

Atlanta Falcons (credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) at New York Giants (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
By Paul Dottino - WFAN.com 1/6/12

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Steve Serby on Jason Pierre-Paul as Giants prepare for Falcons

QB KILLER: Jason Pierre-Paul (above, flattening Rex Grossman) is the Giants' latest great pass rusher.
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QB KILLER: Jason Pierre-Paul (above, flattening Rex Grossman) is the Giants' latest great pass rusher.
By Steve Serby - NY Post 1/6/12

Osi Umenyiora set for last stand with Giants as they brace for Falcons

Umenyiora enjoying what he thinks will be final season with Giants
By Paul Schwartz - NY Post 1/6/12

Victor Cruz, undrafted out of UMass, grabs starring role as NY Giants enter playoffs against Atlanta Falcons

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01:  Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants reacts after making a catch against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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'It’s amazing. It’s something that you dream of when you grow up and you hear all the chants at different stadiums. For me to have one in New York is just a surreal feeling. I get goosebumps every time I hear it,’ says Victor Cruz.
By Gary Myers - NY Dailynews 1/6/12

NFC Wild Card Weekend: Inside the matchups between NY Giants and Atlanta Falcons

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates after sacking Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo during the first half of an NFL game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Jason Pierre-Paul and the Giants' defensive front figure to give the Falcons' 'dirtbag' offensive line all they can handle Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
By Hank Gola - NY Dailynews 1/6/12

Tom Coughlin as NY Giants back in playoffs after players – like Antrel Rolle – buy into 'The Coughlin Way'

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 04:  Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants coaches against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium on December 4, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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Like he did in 2007, Tom Coughlin changes his ways – slightly – in 2011 as the Giants salvage second-half of season where they dropped five of six games after the bye before securing a playoff spot with wins in their final two.
By Ralph Vacchiano  - NY Dailynews 1/6/12

Giants' Osi Umenyiora says he appreciates his return to the postseason

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Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora recorded nine sacks in just nine games during the regular season.By Mike Garafolo - Star Ledger 1/6/12

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