The NFC East champions New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons in the second NFC Wild Card game on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Despite having four consecutive winning seasons (three of which included 10 or more wins), the Falcons have yet to win a playoff game with head coach Mike Smith on the sideline and star quarterback Matt Ryan under center. Last year, Atlanta was the No. 1 seed, but fell to the eventual Super Bowl champs Green Bay Packers at home. Led by Ryan and bruising running back Michael Turner -- who rushed for a quiet 1,340 yards and 11 touchdowns -- will have to get Atlanta's first playoff win since 2004 on the road.
The G-Men didn't necessarily back into the postseason. But their playoff chances went down to the last game of the season in a battle for the NFC East title against the Dallas Cowboys. Led by Super Bowl XLII MVP Eli Manning and emerging stud receiver Victor Cruz, the Giants are No. 5 in the league in passing yards per game and face a defense that is 20th in the league pass defense.
Will Matt Ryan finally get his first playoff win? Or will the Giants take care of business on their home field and advance to the Divisional Round?
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Osi overpowers the Atlanta o-line and easily sacks Ryan on 4th down. 1 minute left and this one is over.
Ryan throws another incomplete pass to the end zone. 4th and 10 coming. I'm sure Mike Smith will go for it
Ryan looks for Jones on the right side but the ball is out of his reach. Bad pass by Ryan. 3rd and 10.
Ryan hits Tony G this time for a 9-yard gain. On 1st and 10, Ryan throws an incomplete pass to Gonzalez in the end zone.
Matt RYan finds Julio Jones in the middle of the field for a short gain. 2nd and 5 coming.
Ryan rolls to his right and connects with Tony Gonzalez for a 16-yard gain. Ball is at the NYG 30 and we're reached the TWO MINUTE WARNING.
Ryan hits Rodgers with a short pass in the middle of the field for 7 yards. Then he hits Rodgers again for gain of 2. Flag is thrown for unnecessary roughness on the tackle. 15-yard penalty and automatic first down.
Tynes' kick goes wide right. NO GOOD.
Toss goes to Bradshaw but there was nowhere to go and he loses 2 on the play. Here comes the field goal team.
Falcons go offsides again. Eli looks for Manningham but the ball is dropped.
Bradshaw runs up the middle for no gain.
Eli throws a screen to Nicks on the right. Gain of 3. 4:37 left in the game.
Penalty was declined. Eli finds Manningham on a drag route across the middle of the field and Super Mario takes it for 17 yards. Offsides penalty was called on Atlanta. Declined.
Delayed handoff goes to Jacobs but he gets stopped for a loss of 2. Flag on the play - Holding on the offense. 10-yard penalty.
Eli finds Manningham by the right sideline in a small pocket of the zone D. Super Mario somehow makes the catch as he tip toes the sideline and falls backwards. Refs rule it a catch. 13 yard gain .
Bradshaw gets the carry and runs right for 1 yard.
Now Jacobs is taking over this game with another big run, this time he goes up the middle for 15 yards. Giants have controlled this game with their running attack.
From their own 15, Jacobs gets the handoff and runs to the outside on the left. He broke through a big hole and almost broke free for a TD but got tripped up after 14 yards.
Blackmon returns the punt to the 25. Flag on the play. Holding on the Giants.
Ryan gets pressured by Tuck and barely gets the throw off. It was way short and Falcons go 3 and out.
Ryan fires it to Roddy White deep on the right side but Deon GRant nails him and causes an incompletion. On second down, the ball gets tipped at the line and falls incomplete again.
Falcons run a reverse on the kickoff to get to their 27.
On first down, Eli takes the shotgun snap, stands in the pocket (GREAT PROTECTION) and throws it to Manninghim in the end zone for ANOTHER TOUCHDOWN!!! Great pass and great hands for super Mario! 27-yard touchdown!
GIANTS 24, FALCONS 2
Jacobs looks like he's going to get stopped right after the handoff but he runs forward, pushes the pile and powers his way for 9 yards.
Eli hits backup tight end Travis Beckum on the left side for the first down. Giants are dominating and marching.