Atlanta Falcons (10-6) at New York Giants (9-7) | Sunday | 1:00 p.m.
The Atlanta Falcons started the season off with huge expectations. Many expected them to be the team to beat in the NFC. They started the season off slow, but have caught stride as of late - just in time for the playoffs. The New York Giants on the other hand have limped into the playoffs. Starting the season off with a horrible loss to the Washington Redskins, the Giants have had an up and down season at best. A team that is capable of winning any game has greatly underachieved this season. Faced in a must win game last week against the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants proved that they could pull together a solid when it counted.
This is one of the more intriguing first round match ups this weekend. Both teams have good quarterbacks that are capable of making big plays. Both teams match up well with each other. Both teams can run the ball and both teams have talented wideouts capable of making a big play each time they step on the field. It may come down to which defense has the better game.
The Falcons have only allowed 97 yards per game on the ground. If they can hold Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs below 100 yards on the ground, they have a great advantage. If the Giants backfield can find some room to run, it will allow Eli Manning to pick the Falcons secondary apart. The Falcons rely on Michael Turner to carry the load on the ground. If he can get rolling, you better believe that Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan will find either Roddy White or Julio Jones for a couple big plays down the field.