Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants celebrates afer he scored on a 72-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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Giants 24, Falcons 2: New York Advances With Rout Of Atlanta

The Giants advanced Sunday to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. They face the defending champion Green Bay Packers next

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Giants Vs. Falcons Score: New York Leads Atlanta, 17-2, After Three Quarters

A 74-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Hakeem Nicks from quarterback Eli Manning and a 22-yard field goal by kicker Lawrence Tynes has helped the New York Giants increase their advantage over the Atlanta Falcons to 17-2 in a 2012 NFL playoff game, which has entered the fourth quarter.

Tynes first field goal of the day capped a 11-play, 72-yard drive that took 4:47 and was highlighted by a 30-yard run by running back Ahmad Bradshaw; while Nicks capped the third-quarter scoring when he went untouched into the end zone with 2:58 to go.


Video: Hakeem Nicks 74-Yard Touchdown Reception


The Giants fell behind 2-0 early in the second quarter after committing a safety, which was forced by solid presser from Falcons' defensive end John Abraham on Manning.

After that, the Giants have tallied 10-unanswered points. The first touchdown of the game was scored by Nicks, who caught a four-yard touchdown pass and helped New York take a 7-2 lead with 2:55 to go in the first half.


Video: Nicks' First TD Catch


Atlanta (10-6) began the second half with the ball, but its drive was halted after just five plays.

The Falcons second drive of the third quarter moved inside Giants' territory to their 21-yard line, but was stopped on a 4th-and-inches situation that featured Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan failing to QB sneak the ball forward.

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Video: Hakeem Nicks 72-Yard Touchdown Reception

A 72-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Hakeem Nicks from quarterback Eli Manning has helped the New York Giants claim a commanding 17-2 lead over the Atlanta Falcons in a 2012 NFL playoff game, which has just 2:44 remaining in the third quarter. Nick's went untouched into the end zone for his second touchdown of the day, which capped a short but electrifying three-play, 79-yard drive.

The touchdown answered a huge defensive stand by the New York defense, which just three plays later stopped the Falcons' on a 4th-and-inches situation at the Giants' 21-yard line. For the second time in the game, Atlanta failed to try and sneak its quarterback Matt Ryan up the middle for a first down. The first attempt came in the first quarter with the ball inside New York territory.

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Giants Vs. Falcons Halftime Score: New York Leads Atlanta, 7-2

A four-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Hakeem Nicks from quarterback Eli Manning has helped the New York Giants earn a 7-2 halftime lead over the Atlanta Falcons in a 2012 NFL playoff game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The winner of the contest advances to the NFC's Divisional round where it will travel to play the No. 1-overall seed, the Green Bay Packers, next weekend.


Video: Hakeem Nicks Touchdown Catch


Nicks' touchdown capped a solid 13-play, 82-yard drive that took just 7:32. It was the first Giants' drive that featured more than four plays and actually moved inside Falcons' territory.

The march also answered a safety that came earlier in the second quarter and gave Atlanta a small 2-0 advantage just 1:16 into the second quarter.


Video: John Abraham Forces Safety On Eli Manning


Statistically, the two teams have about the same total yards (Giants 128, Falcons 127), while New York has 75-rushing yards and Atlanta has 90-passing yards.

Giants' running back Brandon Jacobs leads all rushers with 49 yards on seven carries, including a 34-yard run that helped setup the lone New York score. Jacobs also converted a 4th-and-inches situation from the Falcons' six-yard line on the New York touchdown drive.


Video: Brandon Jacobs 34-Yard Rush


Meanwhile, Manning is 10 for 14 for 60 yards, while the Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan finished the half 13-of-19 for 98 yards.

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Giants 7, Falcons 2: Brandon Jacobs 34-Yard Rush Leads To Hakeem Nicks' Touchdown

A four-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Hakeem Nicks from quarterback Eli Manning has helped the New York Giants earn a 7-2 lead over the Atlanta Falcons in an NFC Wild-Card round playoff game, which features just 2:55 to go in the first half. Nick's touchdown capped a solid 13-play, 85-yard drive that took just 7:32 and came after the Falcons (10-6) earned the first points of the game on a safety.

The drive was highlighted by this outstanding 34-yard run by Giants' running back Brandon Jacobs, who carried the ball six times on the drive. Jacobs also converted a 4th-and-inches situation on the Falcons' six-yard line.

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Giants Vs. Falcons Score Update: John Abraham Pressure Forces Giants' Safety, Atlanta Leads 2-0 Early In Second Quarter

The Atlanta Falcons have scored the game's first points in the second quarter but it wasn't how you would have expected it, as New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was called for intentional grounding in his own end zone which led to a safety that gave the Falcons a 2-0 lead just 1:16 into the second.

As you can see, Manning's penalty was a result for a solid pass rush by Falcon's defense end John Abraham, who also recorded a sack in the first quarter that ended scoreless.

The situation was setup by a holding penalty that came on the drives second play and moved the ball to the Giant's 13-yard line.


First Quarter Recap


So far, the Giants (9-7) have recorded just one first down.

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Giants Vs. Falcons Score: New York, Atlanta Scoreless After First Quarter

To those fans who watched Saturday's 2012 NFL playoff games, the first quarter between the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons was a snore, as no points were scored and a total of five punts were kicked. However, the Falcons (10-6) will begin the second quarter inside Giants' territory (21-yard line) facing a 4th-and-1 situation.

The winner of the game advances to play the NFC's No. 1-overall seed the Green Bay Packers next weekend in the Divisional round of the playoffs. The other NFC Divisional round game will feature the New Orleans Saints visiting the San Francisco 49ers.

So far, the Giants (9-7) have managed just one first down and have ran a total of 10 plays on three possessions. Their best play came from a punt from Steve Weatherford, who pinned Atlanta at its own nine-yard line midway through the quarter.

However, the Falcons are currently in the middle of a long drive that has spanned over 12 plays and almost seven minutes.

For the record, the Giants defense forced the Falcons to two three-and-outs on their first two drives of the game.

-- SB Nation New York will have all the coverage you need throughout the week in this StoryStream. See Big Blue View for complete Giants discussion and analysis. See The Falcoholic and SB Nation Atlanta for complete Falcons discussion and anlysis. See SB Nation's NFL Hub Page for full playoff coverage.

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Atlanta Falcons Inactives vs. Giants: Brent Grimes, Stephen Nicholas Listed As Out

The Atlanta Falcons list of inactive for their Wild-Card round playoff game at the New York Giants is out, and corner back Brent Grimes is listed as out for the 1 p.m. ET contest at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. This could cause a problem for the Falcons (10-7), who need to figure out who's going to cover Giants' wide receiver Victor Cruz.


New York Giants Inactive List


Other than Grimes, there is not many surprises on the Falcons inactive list, as quarterback John Parker Wilson, outside linebacker Stephen Nicholas, center Brett Romberg, offensive tackle Kirk Chambers, defesnive end Cliff Matthews, and wide receiver Kerry Meier are all inactive

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New York Giants Inactives Vs. Falcons: Justin Tuck, Amhad Bradshaw, Jake Ballard Will Play

The New York Giants list of inactives for their Wild-Card round playoff match up against the Atlanta Falcons has been posted, and the names Justin Tuck, Ahmad Bradshaw and Jake Ballard are not on it. That means the Giants (9-7) should be pretty healthy entering the 1 p.m. ET contest at MetLife Stadium.

Both defensive end Tuck and tight end Ballard both did not practice Friday, but were listed as probable.

Here's the full list of Giants inactives vs. Falcons: Linebacker Mark Herzlich, wide receiver Ramses Bardem, running back Da'Rel Scott, offensive linemen Jim Cordle, defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, offensive linemen James Brewer and defensive end Justin Trattou.

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Falcons Vs. Giants, 2012 NFL Playoffs: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The New York Giants are looking for their first post-season victory since defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 42 Sunday, as they host the Atlanta Falcons in 2012 NFL Playoff game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The Giants (9-7) have 16 players on the active roster from that championship winning team.


Giants Vs. Falcons: Betting Odds, Scouting Report


Atlanta (10-6) will be making its third playoff appearance in four years, all with Matt Ryan at quarterback. For those of you who'd like to catch the game, here's the game time, TV schedule and announcers:

Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Game Time: 1 p.m. ET

TV: FOX -- Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (color), Pam Oliver and Chris Myers (sidelines)

Giants radio stream: WFAN (660 AM)

Falcons radio stream: STAR 94 and 790 The Zone

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NFL Wild-Card Weekend, Giants Vs. Falcons: Giants Are Three-Point Favorites

The New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons, two teams in need of some post-season success, meet today at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. in an NFC Wild-Card playoff game (1 p.m. ET/FOX).

The Giants (9-7) won the NFC East with a Week 17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, while the Falcons (10-6) placed second in the NFC South and earned a wild-card berth.

The Giants, of course, won Super Bowl 42 and still have 16 players on their roster from that team. New York, however, has not won a playoff game since defeating the New England Patriots in that Super Bowl. The Giants, in fact, are in the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

Atlanta will be making its third playoff appearance in four years, all with Matt Ryan at quarterback. The Falcons are winless in there two playoff appearances with Ryan, however.

The Giants are a three-point favorite Sunday, and weather should not be a factor. It should be a sunny, warm day with highs in the mid-40s, according to Weather.com.

"There is a very real sense about where we are and the consequences if you don't do well, play well and win," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "They [players] understand what the single elimination tournament is all about."

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2012 NFC Wild-Card, Giants Vs. Falcons: Position-By-Position Breakdowns, The Offenses

Breaking down the offenses of the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons, position-by-position

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NFL Playoffs 2012: Giants No. 10 In SI.Com's Power Rankings

The New York Giants are the worst of the six reaming NFC teams entering the 2012 NFL Playoffs says SI.com's Don Banks, who Wednesday published a Wild-Card round Power Rankings feature. The Giants (9-7) earned their way into the playoffs by easily defeating NFC East rivals the Dallas Cowboys, 31-14, Sunday night, but it seems experts are having a tough time buying into a squad that has been inconsistent all season.

"The Giants responded to pressure well the past two weeks, winning the NFC East with consecutive playoff-like wins against the Jets and Cowboys," says Banks. "But New York and Dallas specialized in beating themselves this season. That's not Atlanta's game. The Falcons are solid, and takeaways are likely to decide Sunday's early game.'

No surprise, the Green Bay Packers (15-1) and New Orleans Saints were ranked No. 1 and 2 overall. The Atlanta Falcons, the Giants opponent Sunday (1 p.m. ET on FOX), is slotted at No. 8.

Meanwhile, SB Nation's Joel Thorman had a bit more respect for the G-Men ranking them No. 8 overall in his Wild-Card round NFL Power Rankings, which were released Tuesday.

To see what else Banks had to say about the Giants and the rest of hist rankings on the 2012 NFL Playoffs, click here.

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2012 NFC Wild Card, Giants Vs. Falcons: How The Atlanta Falcons Got Here

The Atlanta Falcons did not have to sweat right down to the final quarter of their final game, like the New York Giants did, to find out if they were going to the 2012 NFL Playoffs. Atlanta started 2-3, but won seven of their next nine games.

The Falcons enter Sunday's Wild-Card Weekend game against the Giants at MetLife Stadium (1 p.m. ET/FOX) with both some good and bad history staring them in the face. On the good side for Atlanta, this marks the first time in franchise history the Falcons have qualified for the playoffs in back-to-back years. On the negative side, this will be the Falcons third playoff appearance in Matt Ryan's four years as Atlanta quarterback, and they yet to win a game with Ryan at the helm. In those two playoff losses, Ryan has thrown four interceptions and has a passer rating of 71.2


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Ryan passed for a franchise record 4,177 yards this season. Running back Michael Turner had 1,340 yards rushing and Roddy White had 100 catches and 1,296 yards receiving.

SB Nation Atlanta's Jason Kirk summarized the Falcons this way:

In one sense, the Falcons this year were exactly who they were supposed to be. They beat bad teams, lost to good teams, and very rarely veered from that course

They were supposed to be this whole new thing, with the addition of Julio Jones and other playmakers -- Jones had a good year, and Matt Ryan broke the club passing mark, but the offense looks pretty much the same as it ever did

I like our defense a lot. OLB Sean Weatherspoon, MLB Curtis Lofton, SS William Moore and CB Brent Grimes lead the young guys who've turned the D into a top-10ish operation, but on both defense and offense there are big scheme questions that will probably lead to FARRRR THE COORDINATOR talk pending another one-and-done in the playoffs

-- See Big Blue View to join a discussion with Giants fans, and The Falcoholic to get the Atlanta point of view.


Passing

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
Chris Redman 4 68.8 18 28 64.3 188 47 6.7 0 1 5 -6 -1.5 -1.2 0 0 0
Matt Ryan 16 92.2 347 566 61.3 4177 261.1 7.4 29 12 37 84 5.3 2.3 2 26 173

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD
Harry Douglas 13 1 3 .200 3 3 0 39 498 38.3 12.8 49 1
Julio Jones 12 6 56 4.7 9.3 19 0 54 959 79.9 17.8 80 8
Chris Redman 4 5 -6 -1.5 -1.2 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jacquizz Rodgers 16 57 205 12.8 3.6 13 1 21 188 11.8 9 31 1
Matt Ryan 16 37 84 5.3 2.3 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Snelling 15 44 151 10.1 3.4 18 0 26 179 11.9 6.9 21 1
Michael Turner 16 301 1340 83.8 4.5 81 11 17 168 10.5 9.9 32 0

Receiving

Receiving
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG Lng TD
Harry Douglas 13 39 498 38.3 12.8 49 1
Tony Gonzalez 16 80 875 54.7 10.9 30 7
Julio Jones 12 54 959 79.9 17.8 80 8
Reggie Kelly 2 1 7 3.5 7 7 0
Kerry Meier 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Palmer 11 10 72 6.5 7.2 11 1
Jacquizz Rodgers 16 21 188 11.8 9 31 1
Jason Snelling 15 26 179 11.9 6.9 21 1
Michael Turner 16 17 168 10.5 9.9 32 0
Eric Weems 16 11 90 5.6 8.2 18 0
Roddy White 16 100 1296 81 13 43 8

Returns

Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
Dominique Franks 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Eric Weems 16 24 563 23.5 37 0 32 315 9.8 42 0

Punting

Punting
G Punts Yds AVG Lng In20 TB
Matt Bosher 16 70 2990 42.7 59 27 4

Kicking

Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
Matt Bryant 16 2 - 2 9 - 9 9 - 9 5 - 7 2 - 2 27 29 90.0% 45 45 100.0% 126

Defense

Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
John Abraham 15 9.5 70.5 0 0 0 25 10 35
Spencer Adkins 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 5
Jonathan Babineaux 10 1 3 0 0 0 12 9 21
Sam Baker 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kroy Biermann 16 2.5 23.5 1 50 0 10 17 27
Thomas DeCoud 15 0 0 4 77 0 66 17 83
Akeem Dent 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Ray Edwards 16 3.5 29.5 0 0 0 24 9 33
Dominique Franks 6 0 0 2 0 0 10 5 15
Brent Grimes 11 0 0 1 29 0 35 11 46
Joe Hawley 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kelvin Hayden 8 0 0 2 3 0 14 8 22
Peria Jerry 10 0 0 0 0 0 7 3 10
Curtis Lofton 16 1 8 2 30 0 87 60 147
William Moore 12 .500 4.5 2 56 0 40 14 54
Ovie Mughelli 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stephen Nicholas 9 0 0 0 0 0 15 15 30
Christopher Owens 11 1 2 0 0 0 21 7 28
Corey Peters 12 3 29 1 1 0 21 5 26
Mike Peterson 8 0 0 1 4 0 16 7 23
Carlton Powell 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Garrett Reynolds 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dunta Robinson 14 0 0 2 28 0 39 10 49
James Sanders 11 0 0 0 0 0 27 11 38
Shann Schillinger 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lawrence Sidbury 7 4 16 0 0 0 8 1 9
Vance Walker 13 2 8 0 0 0 13 5 18
Darrin Walls 3 0 0 1 23 0 1 0 1
Sean Weatherspoon 16 4 35 0 0 0 80 33 113
TEAM 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0


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