Falcons Vs. Giants, NFL Playoffs: Atlanta Offense Stonewalled In 24-2 Loss

The Falcons fell in the playoffs for the third time in four years, with a feeble offense taking the bulk of the blame.

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An Atlanta Falcons Season Recap, Or Big Problems With No Quick Fixes

With their 24-2 playoff loss to the New York Giants, Falcons' season is over. Both Mike Smith and Matt Ryan, now 0-3 in the playoffs, will look to head back to the drawing board and determine how to improve into 2012 and beyond. But as far as the 2011 Falcons go, a closer look reveals that playoff failure was an inevitability.

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Falcons Vs. Giants Final Score: Atlanta Goes Out With A Whimper In 24-2 Loss To NY

The Atlanta Falcons went out with a whimper in the playoffs for the second straight year. Both Mike Smith and Matt Ryan- in fact, most of the team- have now fallen to 0-3 in all playoff appearances.

The defense played an inspired first half, holding this Giants offense to only seven points through the first 30 minutes of the ball game. Both Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks were practically non-factors during that span. Eli Manning had to settle for short throws, and the Falcons were in striking distance.

But the offense... the offense was atrocious. An offensive squad featuring Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzalez managed zero points of offense against a defense that can only be described as mediocre. Some would call their secondary even worse. Yet, the Giants managed to stifle Ryan and pressure him with ease, and Turner was a non-factor in the playoffs for the third time in his career.

If stopping the Falcons on offense is this easy, despite having one of the most gifted squads in the NFL, it's pretty clear where the problem lies. Coaching, as it has done before, failed the Falcons faithful this year. The playcalling on both fourth downs was questionable. The clock management at times was even worse.

The defense, though they played well, simply wore down from being on the field for so long. It's hardly their blame to shoulder. At this point, I think the Falcons need to go back to the drawing board and simply restructure the entire offense. It's the only way.

The Falcons put together a solid season, but ultimately there were problems to big to fix in one week's worth of gameplanning. But with a young team chock-full of talent that will remain in Atlanta for a long time, this will hardly be the last we hear from the Falcons.

For more on this game head over to The Falcoholic for all things Atlanta Falcons, and for news on the New York Giants head over to Big Blue View. For more news and analysis on the NFL head on over to SB Nation's NFL news hub for everything you need to know about the 2012 playoffs.

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Falcons Vs. Giants Playoff Update: Hakeem Nicks 72-Yard Touchdown Puts New York Up 17-2

Things have quickly gone from "frustrating" to "bad" in New Jersey for the Atlanta Falcons.

After Eli Manning drove the Giants into field goal range, Lawrence Tynes hit a 23-yard field goal to make it 10-2 Giants.

Then Mike Smith would make yet another controversial call on the field. The Falcons, facing another fourth and inches on the New York 20-yard line, elected to go for it once again. Yet again, the Giants defensive line would effectively stuff another Matt Ryan QB sneak behind the line.

Three plays later, on third-down and short, a busted coverage by Dunta Robinson left Hakeem Nicks wide open over the middle, and suddenly the defense forgot how to tackle. He busted through the secondary and went 72 yards (practically untouched) to the end zone, making it 17-2 Giants.

With zero offensive points through three quarters of play, I'm guessing those teams interviewing Mike Mularkey for a head coaching job may be reconsidering.

For more on this game head over to The Falcoholic for all things Atlanta Falcons, and for news on the New York Giants head over to Big Blue View. For more news and analysis on the NFL head on over to SB Nation's NFL news hub for everything you need to know about the 2012 playoffs.

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Falcons Vs. Giants Halftime Score: Giants Pull Ahead 7-2 On Hakeem Nicks TD Catch

The Falcons defense, which has done such a great job at shutting down this Giants passing attack, finally caved and gave up some points, but not in the way that you think. The Giants running game, powered mostly by Brandon Jacobs, absolutely destroyed the defense on their sole drive of the second quarter.

After Eli Manning managed to give up a safety by virtue of intentional grounding in the end zone, the Giants again stopped the Falcons on offense. They then embarked on a 13-play, 85-yard drive that featured a fourth-and-inches conversion that went in favor of the Giants.

Then on first and goal from the four, Manning hit Hakeem Nicks on a slant route in the end zone for a touchdown, putting the Giants up 7-2.

Back on offense, the Falcons again couldn't muster anything on the ground, and they keep finding themselves in third-and-long situations. Case in point: Ryan hit Julio Jones on an 18-yard passing play on third down, but even that was short of the first down due to a false start/sack combo earlier in the series.

But the Falcons defense stepped up big again. Manning went deep on first down to Nicks, but Chris Owens made a brilliant play to knock the ball away. The Giants went three and out, and turned the ball back over to Ryan and the offense.

Atlanta could have certainly gone for some points at the end of the half, but for some reason they decided to not use any of their three timeouts until only four seconds remained on the clock. It was perhaps the most perplexing clock management I've ever seen in any game. Ever.

We're halfway through this one, and the score remains 7-2 in the Giants favor.

For more on this game head over to The Falcoholic for all things Atlanta Falcons, and for news on the New York Giants head over to Big Blue View. For more news and analysis on the NFL head on over to SB Nation's NFL news hub for everything you need to know about the 2012 playoffs.

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VIDEO: Eli Manning Safety Gives Falcons Lead Over Giants

The Atlanta Falcons finally provided some juice for a game lacking in excitement early on in the 2012 NFL playoffs, courtesy of backup safety James Sanders.

Sanders was in for William Moore, who had strained his groin on a previous possession, was called on to blitz Eli Manning and the quarterback attempted to scramble and get rid of the ball in the process.

He did, but he was still in the tackle box, in the endzone and it wasn't thrown to anyone in particular.

Safety. Falcons lead 2-0.

Here is the video of the play from Sanders and the grounding/safety that ensued.

For more on this game head over to The Falcoholic for all things Atlanta Falcons, and for news on the New York Giants head over to Big Blue View. For more news and analysis on the NFL head on over to SB Nation's NFL news hub for everything you need to know about the 2012 playoffs.

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Falcons Vs. Giants Playoff Update: Falcons Still Tied At Zero After Fourth Down Sneak Fails

The Atlanta Falcons, competing on the road in the Meadowlands on this wild card weekend, are off to a very strong defensive start against the Giants. So strong, in fact, that the New York offense has only managed one first down during the entire first quarter.

Despite the defense missing one Brent Grimes, who was declared inactive before the start of today's game, the Falcons coverage has held up spectacularly throughout the first 15 minutes of play. In fact, neither Victor Cruz nor Hakeem Nicks have recorded a single catch yet. By taking away the deep ball, Eli Manning has been forced to settle for short throws to the likes of Jake Ballard and D.J. Ware.

Both Curtis Lofton and Sean Weatherspoon have done an excellent job covering those short finesse passes thus far, as well as shutting the Giants down on the ground. In addition, John Abraham has managed to get some good pressure and already has one sack on the day.

The Falcons offense, however, has not managed to get anything going until the waning minutes of this first quarter. After going three-and-out twice, Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones on a 20 yard pass over the middle, and things just got going from there. Couple that with some good runs by Michael Turner, and the Falcons were in business at the Giants 30.

But on fourth-and-inches, Mike Smith elected to go for it and Ryan's QB sneak came up literally inches short. With the Falcons in field goal range, you have to question the decision to go for it in that situation. With that, this game remains at a scoreless tie.

For more on this game head over to The Falcoholic for all things Atlanta Falcons, and for news on the New York Giants head over to Big Blue View. For more news and analysis on the NFL head on over to SB Nation's NFL news hub for everything you need to know about the 2012 playoffs.

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Atlanta Falcons Vs. New York Giants: TV Schedule, Odds And More

The Atlanta Falcons are looking for their first playoff victory since 2004, taking on the New York Giants. The Giants made it to the playoffs by defeating the Dallas Cowboys last week to win the NFC East, which earned them the right to host this Wild Card game. The Falcons finished the season at 10-6 and finished second to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.

The Falcons come into this game healthy with only one defender, Stephen Nicholas, at serious risk of sitting out. Multiple Falcon players were limited in practice this week in Julio Jones, Michael Turner, Tony Gonzalez, John Abraham and Roddy White. However, all are expected to play their normal roles on Sunday.

The Giants are healthy as well, and the only player at this time listed out is linebacker Mark Herzlich.

The outcome of this game is hotly contested with no clear consensus from the national media on who will win.


Related: Breakdown of Giants vs. Falcons
Related: Five things to watch

Game date, time: 1 p.m. Eastern, Sunday, Jan. 8

Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

TV channel: FOX

Radio: 790 The Zone or Star 94 in Atlanta

Odds: The Giants are favored by three points.

For more on this game head over to The Falcoholic for all things Atlanta Falcons, and for news on the New York Giants head over to Big Blue View.

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Falcons Offense Vs. Giants Defense Preview: Brent Grimes, Victor Cruz Will Be The Main Attractions

The Atlanta Falcons are slated to take on the NFC East champion New York Giants in the first round of the playoffs this weekend. In the latter half of this two-part installment, we'll look at the Falcons defense and how they match up against Victor Cruz and the largely pass-heavy Giants offense. Can Mike Smith's defense shut down Manning the Younger on Sunday?

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Falcons Offense Vs. Giants Defense Preview: Michael Turner Is The Key To A Wild Card Win

The Atlanta Falcons are slated to take on the NFC East champion New York Giants in the first round of the playoffs this weekend. In the first half of this two-part installment, we'll look at the Falcons offense and how they matchup against a Giants defense that has been rather inconsistent throughout the 2011 season. How would Atlanta go about in putting up some points against New York's secondary?

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2012 NFL Playoff Picture Finalized: Falcons Vs. Giants The Last Matchup Booked

Despite a late comeback effort, the Dallas Cowboys fell 31-14 to the New York Giants in the de facto NFC East championship game, meaning the Atlanta Falcons will head to the Meadowlands in next week's 2012 NFL playoffs opening round.

Dallas and New York are similar teams, with capable-if-flaky quarterbacks, many offensive weapons, and fierce pass rushers, but the rooting interest clincher for many Falcons fans was the fact that the Giants play outdoors up north and the Cowboys play beneath a roof. Numbers show Matt Ryan's better indoors, for one thing, but Atlanta's going to just have to pack some long sleeves.

According to Football Outsiders' numbers, the Giants are the NFL's 13th best team (Atlanta ranks No. 10). Their offense ranks No. 7, while their defense stands at No. 21. They rank fourth in passing yardage and last in rushing yardage, which does not play to Atlanta's defensive strengths at all. However, Michael Turner, Roddy White and Julio Jones should be able to damage a defense that ranks in the bottom 11 in yards allowed against both the run and pass.

Expect New York to be favored, though perhaps by only four or five points.

2012 NFL playoff TV times and channels, all p.m. ET:

NFC

Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints: Saturday at 8, NBC

Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants: Sunday at 1, Fox

AFC

Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans: Saturday at 4:30, NBC

Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos: Sunday at 4:30, CBS

Divisional Round:

Saturday, Jan 14

  • 4:30 p.m. - NO/NYG/ATL at San Francisco
  • 8 p.m. - DEN/PIT/CIN at New England

Sunday, Jan 15

  • 1 p.m. - HOU/DEN/PIT at Baltimore
  • 4:30 p.m. - NYG/ATL/DET at Green Bay

Head to SB Nation's NFL news section many NFL blogs for more. For more on this game, vist Falcons blog The Falcoholic and Giants blog Big Blue View, plus SB Nation New York.

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Falcons Vs. Buccaneers Final Score: Falcons Win 45-26, Lock Up No. 5 Seed In Playoffs

With multiple starters- including Matt Ryan- not coming into the game at all during the second half, the remainder of this football game was fairly quiet. Brian Van Gorder engaged his classic "prevent" zone defense against which the Bucs were able to put some points on the board, but nowhere close to what was needed to catch the Falcons.

While Chris Redman wasn't able to really put any points on the scoreboard, Atlanta was still able to hold on for the 45-26 victory. For the Falcons this win not only locks up the No. 5 seed in the playoffs, but also should help this team build some confidence going into the postseason.

Whereas last week's loss to the Saints was perhaps the worst this team has to offer, today gave witness to the Falcons at their very best. Matt Ryan broke the franchise record for passing yards in a season, Michael Turner broke the franchise's all-time TD record on his way to 172 yards rushing, and as a whole the defense played much, much better.

Now all that remains for Mike Smith and the Falcons is a bit of scoreboard-watching to determine whether they'll be facing the New York Giants or the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the playoffs.

Head to SBNation.com for more Week 17 NFL playoff scenarios as the field comes into focus. For more on this game, visit Falcons blog The Falcoholic and Buccaneers blog Bucs Nation.

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