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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.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.