The Atlanta Falcons crushed the New York Giants on Sunday, 34-0, at the Georgia Dome. The win puts the Falcons just one win away from clinching the first overall seed in the NFC and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. However, when speaking to the media on Monday, head coach Mike Smith said the team isn't getting caught up in anything other than preparation for the Detroit Lions on Saturday night:
"We’ve got to move on fairly quickly today because we’re on a short week. As you know, we’re playing on Saturday night against the Lions. Today is Tuesday for us. It’s game plan day. Our players will be back in here tomorrow going through a typical Wednesday."
On how difficult it was to shut out the Giants, which hasn't been done since 1995:
"Shutouts are very hard to come by in the NFL. They don’t come along very often. When you do accomplish it for your football team, it’s not just the defense. The offense and special teams also were contributing to that outcome as well. It’s a sense of accomplishment because they don’t happen very often."
On whether quarterback Matt Ryan, who went 23-28 for 270 yards and three touchdowns against New York, should be considered a candidate for the NFL MVP award:
"That’s for you guys to talk about. In my mind, Matt is having a great year for us. There are a lot of things that don’t show up on the stat sheet that he’s doing very well for our football team."
The Falcons and Lions kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 22. The game at Ford Field could potentially be the final road game for the team this season. The game can be seen nationally on NBC.