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Falcons Vs. Giants: Can Dominique Franks Slow Down Victor Cruz?

From turning down an opportunity to "Dance With The Stars" to setting a franchise record for receiving yards, the spotlight has found a way to find the New York Giants second-year wideout Victor Cruz. On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons will attempt to put their defensive spotlight on the receiver, and head coach Mike Smith could be counting on his own second-year player to come in and stifle Cruz.

Falcons CB Dominique Franks vs. Giants WR Victor Cruz: Franks, a second-year player from Oklahoma, has played strong down the stretch. Franks has started at left cornerback for Brent Grimes. He will be nickel back against the Giants and will get Cruz when he shows up in the slot. Cruz set a new franchise record with his receiving yards (1,526) and finished third in the NFL. He was signed as an undrafted rookie from University of Massachusetts. He also had nine touchdowns and finished second in the league with five catches of 50 yards or more.

The Falcons and the Giants will square off Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in New Meadowlands Stadium.

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