After thumping the Dallas Cowboys to be crowned NFC East Champions, the New York Giants are peaking into the playoffs. They will be hosting an under-the-radar Atlanta Falcons team, which isn’t a team to sleep on. The Falcons will be playing with a chip on their shoulder especially after getting dismantled by the Packers in last season’s playoff run.
Both teams are red hot offensively, led by their respected quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Eli Manning. Ryan has continued to shine during the regular season, but is still looking for his first post-season victory. Then there is Eli, who has impressed many (including me) with his fourth quarter comebacks this season.
Either one of these quarterbacks will pick you apart if given time in the pocket, which is why the game will be won at the line of scrimmage. Plain and simple: the team that gets to the quarterback wins the game. That is the big reason why the Giants will prevail.
New York’s defensive line has been stout the last two games. Jason Pierre-Paul is playing like a man possessed and then you still have Justin Tuck and Chris Canty to worry about. Atlanta’s defensive line hasn’t been too impressive this season. They only possess one consistent pass rusher in John Abraham. Unless Michael Turner can get it going to establish some sort of balance, the New York defense will be in Matt Ryan’s face all night.
Eli Manning and the entire offense (especially the o-line) are coming into the playoffs playing at a high level and the Falcons will having trouble slowing them down. Eli’s pocket presence has been remarkable and he just finds ways to make plays when you need them. He’s playing on a different level right now. Perhaps Tom Brady’s?
Atlanta Falcons 23- New York Giants 31