Atlanta Falcons

Giants Turn Matty Ice Into Old Milwaukee; Defeat Falcons 24-2

The New York Giants are headed to Green Bay after humbling the Atlanta Falcons 24-2 on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in an NFC Wild Card game.

Atlanta proved to be an unworthy adversary for the Giants by making numerous mistakes. On the first play of the second quarter, Atlanta was faced with a fourth down and inches decision from New York’s 24 in a scoreless game.

Instead of taking the points, Falcons head coach Mike Smith opted to go for it but Matt Ryan’s quarterback sneak was stopped short of a first down.

Trailing 10-2 in the third quarter and faced with another short yardage situation on fourth down, Ryan failed to convert at New York’s 21, inches away from a first down.

When asked by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the game, Smith’s response did little to ease the pain of Falcons fans:

It was considered because of the score at that time. You could have gone ahead and attempted the field goal, but I felt and we felt as a staff and as a offense that we could move the ball. We wanted to give seven points just like we did earlier in the ball game. On the first one, we were just about at the range with our kicker of the attempt. On the second one, it was definitely inside (his range) and we could have had a go at it if we wanted to attempt the field goal.

Umm, ok.

Regardless of Smith’s rationale, they were thoroughly outplayed by the Giants. Eli Manning threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns; Hakeem Nicks posted 115 yards receiving, two touchdowns and a “Dirty Bird” dance; and New York’s offense outgained Atlanta 442-247.

The Mike Smith/Matt Ryan era in Atlanta has yielded a 0-3 playoff record.

Meanwhile, the Giants picked up their first playoff win at home since the 2000 NFC title game victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

 

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