The Atlanta Falcons will take on the New York Giants in round one of the NFL playoffs. They finished the season strong with a rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17 and will be a strong team in the playoffs.
They may not be a whole team in round one, however. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons head coach Mike Smith stated on Monday that it is currently doubtful Atlanta linebacker Stephen Nicholas will be ready to play in the game against the Giants.
Nicholas came out of a December 15 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third quarter with a knee injury, which came just one week after missing the December 11 game against the Carolina Panthers. With Nicholas doubtful and Mike Peterson on injured reserve, the Falcons will be awfully thin on linebackers in their first playoff game of the postseason.