After winning their last two against rated rivals, the Giants head into the NFC Playoffs as the #4 seed. While the Giant season has been filled with ups and downs, the Giants appear to peaking and getting healthy at the right time. Osi (two sacks), Justin Tuck (one sack), and JPP (one sack) were all healthy and created chaos in the Dallas backfield. Eli Manning fell 67 yards short of 5,000 yards (for the season!!!), routinely hooking up with Victor Cruz for large gains. Add in the sheer presence of Hakeem Nicks and the three-headed rushing attack of Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw, and DJ Ware, and the Giant offense is balanced and explosive. Hell, even Antrel Rolle made a big play, intercepting Tony Romo in the third quarter.
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Bottom line, the Giants have the play makers on both sides of the ball to make a deep playoff run. Their first test will come in the form of the Wildcard, 10-6 Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta was the NFC’s top seed last season before getting routed by the Super Bowl Champion Packers. The Falcons are a classic dome team led by a quarterback (Matt Ryan) who is 0-2 in the playoffs. In addition to Ryan, the Falcons have four dynamic playmakers in Michael Turner, Roddy White, Tony Gonzlaez, and Julio Jones.
I fully expect the Falcons to have a tough time in the cold, dreary Meadowlands. Traditionally, dome teams have a tough time playing outside. The Falcons were 2-3 in outdoor games this season with wins coming in Carolina, and Seattle. Their outdoor losses came in Tampa Bay, Chicago, and Houston. While it’s impossible to compare apples to oranges in terms of games, the Falcons can expect to face a similar climate as to the one they played in, in Chicago. In Week 1, the Bears routed the Falcons, 30-12 in a cold, dreary Chicago. Granted, it was the first game of the season, but it’s the only truly climate comparison for the Falcons.
The Giants are playing much better football. The team is playing with a sense of urgency–and has the potential to be downright scarryy.
I fully expect the Giants to come out and handle the Falcons next Sunday.