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Giants earn a trip to Green Bay

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Eli Manning shook off a slow start to put together a brilliant game on Sunday, leading his Giants to a 24-2 wild-card playoff victory over the Falcons and punching a ticket to Green Bay next week.

For the first 20 minutes of the game, it was a defense-dominant punt-fest, with the only scoring coming when Manning gave the Falcons a safety by committing intentional grounding in the end zone. But late in the second quarter — and throughout the second half — Manning did what Matt Ryan was never able to do: He moved his offense effectively.

Manning was superb, passing accurately and in complete command of his offense, while Ryan never really looked comfortable. Manning went 22-of-32 for 277 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Ryan went 24-of-41 for 199 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions. Giants receivers Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham both turned in big games as well, and Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw effectively shared the running load.

But this game was about much more than the offensive playmakers. In particular, it was about the Giants’ short-yardage defense, which consistently stuffed the Falcons: On five different occasions, the Falcons faced a third or fourth down with one or two yards to go. Only once out of those five plays did the Falcons pick up the necessary yardage. The Giants’ defensive line is outstanding, and it was fitting that the Falcons’ final offensive drive ended with Osi Umenyiora sacking Ryan.

Now the Falcons’ season is over, and it’s a season that has to be viewed as a disappointment, considering that there was talk about the Falcons being a Super Bowl team prior to the season. Atlanta has been to the playoffs three of the last four years, but hasn’t won a playoff game since 2004.

For the Giants, it’s on to Green Bay and a meeting with the Packers. The Giants will obviously be heavy underdogs against the team with the best record in the NFL, but then again the Giants were heavy underdogs the last time they took a postseason trip to Green Bay, four years ago. That time they beat the Packers in the NFC Championship Game and went on to win the Super Bowl. With Manning playing well and a great front four leading the defense, the Giants have a chance of pulling the upset at Lambeau Field.

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146 Responses to “Giants earn a trip to Green Bay”
  1. trbowman says: Jan 8, 2012 3:59 PM

    Michael the Plodder Turner was a non factor

  2. wegonnadoitbaby says: Jan 8, 2012 4:00 PM

    Barry Switzer is proud to present Mike Smith with the annual “Bozo The Coach Award!”

  3. trbowman says: Jan 8, 2012 4:00 PM

    Ryan is doing nothing to dispel the notion that he can’t get it done in the post-season.

    No more excuses with the weapons he has at his disposal.

  4. binarybulge says: Jan 8, 2012 4:00 PM

    Another horrible showing from Atlanta in the playoffs. I’m not sure why the media always tries to anoint them as the next big thing… I guess there’s something about teams with wings on their helmets.

  5. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 8, 2012 4:01 PM

    Death, taxes, and Mike Smith going for it (and failing) on fourth down.

    Oh, and Bathroom Ben raping girls.

  6. cakemixa says: Jan 8, 2012 4:01 PM

    Saints / Giants NFC Championship game is gonna be great!

  7. irodex says: Jan 8, 2012 4:01 PM

    Mike Smith = Marty Schottenheimer 2.0

  8. joetoronto says: Jan 8, 2012 4:01 PM

    That was an impressive win by the Giants.

    You had to feel for the Falcons defense, their offense couldn’t do anything and they were on the field allot.

    The Packers better be ready, the Giants are gonna give them all they want and more.

  9. philwauke says: Jan 8, 2012 4:01 PM

    Cue the anonymous Falcons players who think the Giants ran up the score.

  10. bspurloc says: Jan 8, 2012 4:01 PM

    wooohooo

    2 games in a row…. no ints for ELi no Delay of games!
    2 no delay of games ina row is a record for Eli….

  11. daysend564 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:02 PM

    Matt Ryan is now 0-3 in the playoffs, he’ll never win the big one

  12. trbowman says: Jan 8, 2012 4:02 PM

    Green Bay should be worried.

    Eli is elite in the post-season.

    They’ve got the firepower to keep up in a shootout, and if they can get pressure on Rodgers like Tamba Hali did…..

  13. bigbran says: Jan 8, 2012 4:03 PM

    matty ice will get’em next year………NOT

  14. leatherface2012 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:03 PM

    it wont matter, the refs and the nfl are in the packers hip pocket

  15. ghjjf says: Jan 8, 2012 4:03 PM

    How’s trading your whole draft for Julio jones looking now? ZERO points scored on offense. Falcons need to clean house.

  16. jonka says: Jan 8, 2012 4:03 PM

    The giants now have the running game back, Mannigham back, and the defense is at its best.
    Be afraid Green Bay
    Be very afraid.

  17. huskersrock1 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:03 PM

    Well at least Atlanta can add the last pieces though the draft.

    Oh Wait….

    Nevermind

  18. mikea311 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:04 PM

    The rest of the teams have been officially been put on notice.

  19. pnut87 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:04 PM

    Giants are 4-0 against guys named Ryan.

  20. childressrulz says: Jan 8, 2012 4:04 PM

    Matt Ryan is a joke.

  21. cobrala2 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:04 PM

    Falcons are frauds. They had numerous 1st half opportunities squandered and failed to but up when it counts. The D quit on Smith. I dont blame them, he gambled and lost like a loser casino addict.

    Frauds.

    1-and-Done!
    1-and-Done!
    1-and-Done!
    1-and-Done!

  22. virger says: Jan 8, 2012 4:05 PM

    The Giants will have to play another perfect game to have a shot in Lambeau

  23. zaggs says: Jan 8, 2012 4:05 PM

    BTW kids, this is why Eli is in the Pro Bowl and Matthew Stafford isn’t. Eli can win in the post season.

  24. panthers34 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:06 PM

    Falcons are so soft outside the dome.

  25. childressrulz says: Jan 8, 2012 4:07 PM

    dont know how much of a chance the giants stand next week. I suppose it could happen but pretty doubtful. Their front 4 didn’t get any pressure last time in NY against GB’s back ups.

  26. nationalmediacansuckit says: Jan 8, 2012 4:07 PM

    Hey Dunta Robinson, you said the Jaguars have horrible receivers after the game week 15 and no one is denying that. Well today you played good receivers so whats your excuse? You’re all pro against bad receivers, but a non-factor against good ones. Hmmmmmm

  27. outlawjerseywhales says: Jan 8, 2012 4:07 PM

    Darn!
    I had Giants-24, Falcons-1 for my tie-breaker!
    I will never again pay heed to Donovan McNabb’s expertise regarding NFL rules!

  28. kevo126 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:07 PM

    “Matty ice”

    Such a funny nickname.

  29. gcsuk says: Jan 8, 2012 4:08 PM

    Nice. Thought the Giants would win, but this was absolute domination. To pitch a defensive shutout against a team with those kind of weapons is pretty unheard of.

    Horrible calls by Mike Smith sure helped. The 4th and 1 with an empty backfield didn’t work the first time, what makes you call the EXACT SAME PLAY the second time? Head scratcher for sure. Of course, Turner wasn’t exactly lighting it up.

    Go Giants!

  30. skins23 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:09 PM

    Matt Ryan is the most overrated QB in the game and Mike Smith should be fired on the flight home.

  31. dkeyser says: Jan 8, 2012 4:09 PM

    How long till Roddy White mouths off that the better team lost again today????

  32. IMG says: Jan 8, 2012 4:09 PM

    2 points? 2????
    What a seriously bad performance by the Falcons.
    Matt Ryan is heading straight to the overrated category

  33. randygnyc says: Jan 8, 2012 4:10 PM

    Giants looked great in practice today. Looked like the varsity beating up the jv squad. Falcons were emasculated. Ryan shot nothing but blanks. Smith should be fired.

    Coughlin is a stud!!!

  34. justrunit11 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:10 PM

    Atl needs a new offensive coordinator their play calls are terrible no deep pass es at all u can’t win with short danky passes not attempting to their deep once.

  35. billsfan27 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:11 PM

    With every Giants drive, you could almost hear the Jets getting more and more hilariously irrelevant…

  36. emoney826 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:11 PM

    Difference between 2007 and now is that the packers don’t have a gun slingin’ idiot throwing picks. The only reason why the game a few weeks ago was close was because of the 20 drops by GB receivers that killed drives. This game will be similar to the matchup between the two last year. Not even close.

  37. blu4l1fe says: Jan 8, 2012 4:11 PM

    Wow, what happened to the Falcons? This is supposedly an explosive offense with a decent defense. More specifically, to the Falcons fans who said that they’ll be dominating this game. Where you guys at? Go Big Blue!

  38. JMil_ATL says: Jan 8, 2012 4:11 PM

    Was a good first half. Hard to stomach second half. Hope g-men can beat packers next week.

    Mr Blank please get new OC and replace Dunta.

  39. cwinmill says: Jan 8, 2012 4:12 PM

    Saints fan here. Wow Giants look good. If the giants could blow the falcons line off the ball like that, Rodgers is going to get dirty next week. It seems like the Giants are the best built team to win in Lambeau. They seem better built to win there than the pack. Good d power running game. High will be 20 and it will be snowing.

  40. coolgato13 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:12 PM

    Matty Ice? More like Matty Ice-Cold in the playoffs!

  41. eeeeeeetme says: Jan 8, 2012 4:12 PM

    Why did the Giants feel the need to keep passing up by 22 with 3 minutes left in the game. Very arrogant and blatantly running up the score. No need for that ;)

  42. stoutfiles says: Jan 8, 2012 4:12 PM

    Can we finally stop calling Ryan “Matty Ice”? It’s just pathetic now, the guy has done nothing.

  43. eric12401 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:12 PM

    Rex Ryan, Rob Ryan, Matt Ryan… trifecta complete.

  44. Canyonero says: Jan 8, 2012 4:13 PM

    Wholio Jones?

  45. KIR says: Jan 8, 2012 4:13 PM

    I’m still not convinced that Matt Ryan is an elite Franchise QB

  46. ramofsteel says: Jan 8, 2012 4:14 PM

    Wow, lot of Falcon haters. Why, IDK. BTW Atlanta still has 2nd and 3rd round picks. Really losing 1 1st rounder and 1 2nd rounder and a couple of late 4ths isn’t gonna set them back a whole bunch. Julio Jones is the real deal.

  47. pack13queens0 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:15 PM

    Congrats on the win Giants, but America’s Team will be ending your season next week in the Frozen Tundra.

  48. rcpj22 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:17 PM

    It’s time for Mike Smith to go…he has proven to be 100% incompetent in a game with any level of significance! Oh and will every NFL pundit, talking head, etc. please refrain from referring to Matt Ryan as “Matty Ice!” Being 0-fer your playoff career makes you Matty Choke!

  49. nupicasso says: Jan 8, 2012 4:17 PM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 8, 2012 4:03 PM
    it wont matter, the refs and the nfl are in the packers hip pocket

     Spoken like the whiney fan of a losing team. Your one of those people who blame others for your misfortune instead of being proactive.

    Keep up the good work. I’ll send you a pacifier

  50. jasku880 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:18 PM

    antrel rolle was right all along!!!

  51. cowboychris5xchamps says: Jan 8, 2012 4:18 PM

    DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHECK IN LAMBO! The Giants are gonna get crushed in Green Bay…

  52. numberoneinthehoodg says: Jan 8, 2012 4:19 PM

    Seems kind of silly that PFT and others had Coughlin on the coaching hot seat doesn’t it? Maybe because the decade dynasty’s have ruined our perception of a really good coach? Steelers, Niners, Cowboys, Dolphins, etc… is now expected even though with rule changes and evolution, it becomes harder and harder to produce results year in and year out. Coughlin is doing a great job and deserves more credit and definitely less criticism than he is getting.

    I hate the Giants and Coughlin! Nothing personal though.

  53. turk2875 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:19 PM

    I never got why Turner’s nickname was “The Burner” and why Matty Ice is referred to as being this ice cold QB in the clutch. Yea, whatever.

  54. jdandcoke says: Jan 8, 2012 4:20 PM

    as of TODAY: the giants offense isnt quite as good as gb’s; the giants defense is WORLDS better than gb’s

    im a giants fan, and i think that they’ll probably come up short…..but anyone who says the giants cant win next week is a flat out fool.

  55. dapresident says: Jan 8, 2012 4:20 PM

    Not a ravens fan but at least Joe Flacco wins playoff games Matt Ryan can’t even buy a win

  56. kingcarlbanks says: Jan 8, 2012 4:21 PM

    Just sitting here waiting for the Sheagle, Foreskin, and Cowgirl fans to jump on here and start hating as usual.Go Big Blue!!

  57. gcsuk says: Jan 8, 2012 4:22 PM

    childressrulz says:
    Jan 8, 2012 4:07 PM
    dont know how much of a chance the giants stand next week. I suppose it could happen but pretty doubtful. Their front 4 didn’t get any pressure last time in NY against GB’s back ups.
    ——————————————————–What backups? Packers listed Josh Sitton as “inactive” for the Week 13 game. Additionally, Giants were missing David Baas (C), and on the Defensive side were missing Osi. Neither side was playing at full strength, but the packers weren’t exactly trotting out all 2nd String like they did against the Lions in Week 17.

    Final score was 38-35. It’s not like the Packers D-Line dominated the Giants, anyway. Giants had 2 sacks, Pack had 1.

  58. turbodog1027 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:23 PM

    What a great weekend this is turning out to be. Saints win, Falcons fail yet again and LSU winning Monday will be the cherry in top. I guess the Giants ran up the score too. Ya see this is what happens when you whine like little Girly girls

  59. 6ball says: Jan 8, 2012 4:23 PM

    .

    Excellent nfc matchups ….if both road teams won, I would not be shocked. That’s not a prediction. It’s an acknowledgement of quality of the four remaining clubs.

    .

  60. Gordon says: Jan 8, 2012 4:25 PM

    Matty Bedwetter!

  61. east96st says: Jan 8, 2012 4:25 PM

    Where are all the Philly and Skins trolls that so bravely predicted one and done for NY? As usual, with egg on their face, they hide like the blowhard cowards they are. No matter what happens next week, with all the injuries NY has had this season and all the rookies forced in starting roles, Giants are going to be a force in the NFC next season. To all the GB fans – good luck. NY will have to play it’s best to beat you guys at home. GB and NY playoff games are usually a lot of fun. Looking forward to it. Hope we get to see a classic.

  62. pack15forever says: Jan 8, 2012 4:25 PM

    Packers are not afraid of the Giants. Aaron Rodgers is not Matt Ryan. Bring it on!!!

  63. jeffperk says: Jan 8, 2012 4:25 PM

    Ryan = Overrated!! But yet Flacco gets no love, the better QB of the 08 draft was Flacco & now he gets home playoff games.I’ll take Joe Cool any day! GO RAVENS!!

  64. jonathanfesler says: Jan 8, 2012 4:26 PM

    As a life long packers fan, I am scared to death of the Giants coming in next week! A healthy Jacobs and Bradshaw should scare anybody on any field!! Its the fear that one feels as it gets closer to game time!! That’s what makes the NFL the greatest show on earth!!! Roll em if you got em boys we’re in for a ride!!!

  65. ravenator says: Jan 8, 2012 4:27 PM

    Joe Flacco > Matt Ryan

  66. jdandcoke says: Jan 8, 2012 4:27 PM

    cowboychris5xchamps says:Jan 8, 2012 4:18 PM

    DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHECK IN LAMBO! The Giants are gonna get crushed in Green Bay…

    its spelled lambEAU, not lambO, you clown.

  67. screamingsheep69 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:28 PM

    I hate Mike Smith and his little smug looks he gives. Glad to see him suffer. Loser.

  68. stevenfbrackett says: Jan 8, 2012 4:28 PM

    The Giants may have beaten the Packers the last time they met for the playoffs – but Rodgers isn’t Favre. (Thank gawd!) He throws fewer interceptions in a season that Favre averaged in just a couple of games – any two games – and he doesn’t make all the dumb “Look at me! Look at me!” decisions Favre was famous for.

    And his accuracy is deadly.

    Now if Jermichael Findley can just stop dropping the ball so damned often. . . .

  69. nogoodell says: Jan 8, 2012 4:29 PM

    The Tuck stops here

  70. beastson says: Jan 8, 2012 4:29 PM

    Time to give away next year’s draft in order to draft that explosive weapon that Matt Ryan needs. He’ll be great!!! you’ll see

    /sarcasm

    He’ll never win anything in this league with that noodle arm.

  71. Foresight2012 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:29 PM

    Foresight2011 says:
    Jan 5, 2012 10:34 AM
    The Falcon players are dirty, but at the same time very soft and finesse. That is a very bad combo to have come playoff time. The Falcons can certainly dish it out, but they shrivel up and cry because they can’t take it. In short expect another one and done for the Falcons in the postseason. Giants over Falcons is a sure fire LOCK OF THE WEEK.

    12 20

    ____________________

    Damn genius I am. Falcons may play dirty at times but at their core they are a SOFT team plain and simple. They got punched right in the mouth and folded in the middle of a playoff game. That is just pathetic. Congrats to the Giants for a well deserved win, and proving to the world what most fans already knew about those frauds in Atlanta.

  72. edhochuli says: Jan 8, 2012 4:30 PM

    Holy moly, that was one of the worst head coaching jobs by Mike Smith.

    The Giants front four is scary again. I hate to say it, but they have a defense the reminds me of their SB run. Pains me to say that being a Dallas fan. Their WR corps also makes Eli look alot better than he actually is.

  73. outlawjerseywhales says: Jan 8, 2012 4:31 PM

    skins23 says:Jan 8, 2012 4:09 PM

    Matt Ryan is the most overrated QB in the game and Mike Smith should be fired on the flight home.
    ———————————————————-
    Smith will be most fortunate if he doesn’t get fired “Omar Suarez” style on the way home!

  74. binarybulge says: Jan 8, 2012 4:32 PM

    ramofsteel says:
    Jan 8, 2012 4:14 PM
    Wow, lot of Falcon haters. Why, IDK. BTW Atlanta still has 2nd and 3rd round picks. Really losing 1 1st rounder and 1 2nd rounder and a couple of late 4ths isn’t gonna set them back a whole bunch. Julio Jones is the real deal.

    He sure looked like the real deal when he was loafing on his routes near the end of the game.

  75. hellawaitsusall says: Jan 8, 2012 4:32 PM

    Ryan Grant should be scared now?

  76. ronswansonsdinner says: Jan 8, 2012 4:32 PM

    Matty Ice is a lot like Natty Ice. When you first start drinking it you are young and you think it’s the best beer ever, then you get older and you realize there are way better beers out there. Kinda like how Ryan was great as a young quarterback and now you realize he won’t win you a super bowl.

  77. waltdawg says: Jan 8, 2012 4:33 PM

    I believe that the post was cut off….”Earn a trip to Green Bay to get their teeth kicked in by the future 2012 SB champs”

  78. legacybroken says: Jan 8, 2012 4:34 PM

    Tiki is flabbergasted

  79. skippynj says: Jan 8, 2012 4:35 PM

    droppydarock

    Where are you? Wipe the tears from your red-rimmed eyes and read this. You have a coach that panics. You have a QB who is not a leader. You have a WAY overrated D, as I told you, inc. Abraham who t00k 3 1/2 Q.s off today, and Grimey (who was smart enough to not even dress after the ass-whooping the Saints gave him-remember JGrahams td?), you have Don’ta-nuf said, smack talking LB’s that run out of gas, an O-line more porous than your brain, an impotent owner, a truly football ignorant fan base made up of front-running crackers, and you live in the worst city in America-and I hope you never change a thing because I like you just the way you are. Enjoy our march for ring #2DAT!

  80. teal379 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:37 PM

    NY has a chance in GB but not because of what the Giants did today.

    Let’s be honest here. Giants at home put up 24 points against a complete fraud of a team. That’s not enough to beat GB – not in GB and not in NY.

    Atl had only beaten 1 play off team all season and that was Detroit. We’ve seen what Detroit is so far in these play offs.

    Nice win but hardly a “statement”.

    NY will need more than 24 points to win in Lambeau.

  81. bobhk says: Jan 8, 2012 4:38 PM

    The giants are peaking at the right time. Manning is playing as good as any QB now and they have two very dangerous receivers and a DL that will put a lot of pressure and stop the run (which may not matter since GB is not a running team). Osi, Tuck and JPP will pin their ears back and go after Rodgers.

    Plus NY is not afraid of cold weather.

    I’m not a giants fan but I smell an upset.
    I know I will get a lot of thumbs down from GB fans (but maybe a lot of thumbs up from Giants fans).

    Side note: I see some jealous Cowcrap fans predicting a Giants demise in GB. Hilarious…

    Sorry GB…

  82. jasleach says: Jan 8, 2012 4:41 PM

    The Giants DEFENSE just pitched a SHUTOUT!!
    Who the hell saw that coming!?!?!
    Just what the doctor ordered going into next weekend

  83. promin1 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:41 PM

    I have a lot of respect for the Packers and their fans, but some of you guys that are saying the Pack is going crush the Giants just sound ridiculous. With a lot of help from the refs they barely beat the Giants last time. The Giants are a much better team this time around. The Giants are the last team the Packers wanted to see again and you all know it.

  84. Matt says: Jan 8, 2012 4:43 PM

    Rodgers is 2-0 with 8 TDs and just 1 INT in his career against the Giants. He’s got a QB rating of over 121 against them. Giants are a 10 point underdog in this game for a reason. I’m expecting the Giants will get abused like they did in their visit to Lambeau last year.

  85. jimboslice208 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:44 PM

    Wow the Giants looked good today. Looking forward to watching Giants vs. Packers part 2!

  86. steelerhypocrite says: Jan 8, 2012 4:45 PM

    Sorry NY, but the Packers are allowed to hold…you don’t have the luxury of playing Dallas or Atlanta again…all calls will go against you.

  87. peteycroubs says: Jan 8, 2012 4:46 PM

    Wow, this lost was on Mike Smith! You do not give home team momentum. 4th and 1 on the nyg 20, in a defensive struggle? Are you stupid? QB sneek with lanky Matty Ice? You should be fired! Then 4th and 1 on NYG 42, where arguably you could go for it, you PUNT! Then, to copy your same bone head move on the 20 again 4th and 1, is horrendous.

    After that giants were laughing. Atl was done. Those calls killed Atl.

  88. beedubyatoo says: Jan 8, 2012 4:47 PM

    it wont matter, the refs and the nfl are in the packers hip pocket

    ———————-

    The Lions are saying the same thing about the Saints.

  89. binarybulge says: Jan 8, 2012 4:48 PM

    hellawaitsusall says:
    Jan 8, 2012 4:32 PM
    Ryan Grant should be scared now?

    Hahaha. I giggled when Joe Buck was like “It looks like the Giants are going to be taking a trip to Lambeau to play Ryan Grant and the Packers next week.” Like it’s still a scintillating story that Grant came from the Giants’ practice squad 4 years ago. Not to mention the fact that everyone is predicting Grant won’t even be back in GB next year.

  90. dburgoyne says: Jan 8, 2012 4:51 PM

    I want to congratulate the Falcons for giving up future real estate in the draft for Julio Jones; yeah he made your offense a juggernaut this year. Talk about a knee jerk reaction after getting waxed by the Packers last year. You don’t have a franchise QB and your running back Turner has been run into the ground. You will look great looking up at both the Saints and Panthers in the division next year.

  91. wtf_seriously says: Jan 8, 2012 4:53 PM

    kingcarlbanks says: Jan 8, 2012 4:21 PM

    Just sitting here waiting for the Sheagle, Foreskin, and Cowgirl fans to jump on here and start hating as usual.Go Big Blue!!

    ————————————–

    What are you….twelve years old?? Quit posting and embarrassing the men folk Giants fans.

  92. fumblenuts says: Jan 8, 2012 4:56 PM

    Gordon says: Jan 8, 2012 4:25 PM

    Matty Bedwetter!

    —————————————————–

    BAAAAAHAAAAAABAAAAHAAAA!!!

    Classic!

  93. shlort says: Jan 8, 2012 4:58 PM

    It is funny how many Saints fans are saying the Giants will beat GB in GB. That is fear talking right there. Hell, if the Giants are good enough to beat GB, the Saints sure wont waant to see them if they meet up the following week. What is to stop the mighty Giants from beating the Saints if GB fails to beat them? Just admit it. If you are a Saints fan saying the GB will lose next week, you are only hoping it happens so your team doesnt have to face GB the following week.

  94. rajbais says: Jan 8, 2012 4:59 PM

    Go Giants!!!!

    You see Falcon-biased prognosticators, never EVER pick a team to win when they NEVER GAVE playoff-like intensity during ANY regular season game!!!

    They can play and do some nice things, but how can you pick a team to win when it whined about Drew Brees using their Week 16 matchup to break Dan Marino’s record????

    Warren Sapp was so stupid!!!! How can a team “know” that they’re “there” when they whine like that????????

  95. reddskeletor says: Jan 8, 2012 5:02 PM

    It’s really funny to me that Michael Vick was the better playoff QB compared to Matt Ryan.

  96. bigbluebruiser says: Jan 8, 2012 5:02 PM

    The last time a team scored just two points in a game was the Cincinnati Bengals against the New England Patriots. The Patriots won 7-2 on December 12th, 1993. Only seventh time since the merger.

    Last time a game ended 24-2 was the New England Patriots against the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots won 24-2 on December 14th, 1980. Pittsburgh Steelers also won 24-2 against the San Diego Chargers on December 17th, 1972.

    Giants are now the third team ever to win 24-2 in a game and first in playoff history.

  97. realfootballfan says: Jan 8, 2012 5:06 PM

    Eli is going to punch his Hall of Fame ticket next weekend. He’ll be the QB who not only helmed the team who beat the 18-0 Patriots in the Super Bowl, but also he’ll be the QB who beats the 15-1 Packers, who everyone has crowned as the best team since that team.

    Book it. Eli, the man, the myth, the legend.

    Packers better be afraid because they haven’t been playing well, much like that Patriots team wasn’t playing well late in that season but still winning. Their defense is garbage, and what happens when you don’t get those turnovers that you’re so used to having every week againsta defense that’s going to hit you in the mouth and a QB who’s not scared to score points with you?

  98. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Jan 8, 2012 5:13 PM

    Dear Atlanta, the Vikings called. They said you can have Bill Musgrave back.

  99. mmcdan133 says: Jan 8, 2012 5:16 PM

    Atlanta needs to get more physical on the offensive line and get a dynamic playmaker out of the backfield if they want to take the next step. When it was crucial to get a push, they couldn’t physically get it done and got pushed back. They added the big play weapon at reciever, but they are way to plodding in the backfield. Michael Turner equals alot of 3rd and 4s, and they just can’t stay on the field. They need some lightning to go with that thunder, and Jacquizz Rodgers isn’t it.

  100. bunjy96 says: Jan 8, 2012 5:19 PM

    Couglin finally wins a playoff game in NY. The string is broken!

  101. binarybulge says: Jan 8, 2012 5:24 PM

    realfootballfan says:
    Jan 8, 2012 5:06 PM
    Packers better be afraid because they haven’t been playing well, much like that Patriots team wasn’t playing well late in that season but still winning.

    Alrighty then… Unlike the Patriots, the Packers have beaten playoff teams this year. And if 21 out of the last 22 games being won doesn’t equal “playing well”, I’d like to know what does.

    I fully expect a good game, but let’s be real here.

  102. jdandcoke says: Jan 8, 2012 5:34 PM

    teal379 says:Jan 8, 2012 4:34

    NY will need more than 24 points to win in Lambeau

    you are correct….but if you honestly think that gb’s defense is even in the same league as atlanta’s youre nuts. the giants torched a pretty good D today….gb better plan on putting up 40.

  103. jdandcoke says: Jan 8, 2012 5:41 PM

    giants wil probably fall short….a tiny bit short…next week, but if eli does pull off the upset and they do go on to win the SB….then he’s a LOCK for the hall of fame, no questions asked.

    as it stands, if eli only duplicates the production of the first half of his career in the second half of his career, he’ll be top 7 all time, at least, in completions, yardage, and TD passes. throw in a second SB with that and canton would be automatic.

  104. packersweep says: Jan 8, 2012 5:41 PM

    jonka says:
    Jan 8, 2012 4:03 PM

    The giants now have the running game back, Mannigham back, and the defense is at its best.
    Be afraid Green Bay
    Be very afraid.

    ————————————————–

    And Green Bay has Rodgers and his receivers. Enough said.

  105. scottbiggie says: Jan 8, 2012 5:42 PM

    Not one article about how Matty Ice put up ZERO points in a playoff game against a defense that gives up a lot of points. Keep writing about how bad Tebow is though. He already scored on a good Pittsburgh defense. Just horrible coverage guys.

  106. jessethegreat says: Jan 8, 2012 5:45 PM

    This is not good news for the Packers. I’m a lifelong die-hard, but I’ve said all along the Giants match up better against the Packers than every other team in the league. I have faith in my team, but this should make for a very interesting game next weekend.

    Winner of Packers vs Giants will represent NFC in the Super Bowl.

  107. gdeli says: Jan 8, 2012 5:55 PM

    Falcons got their butt kicked again 2 season in a row. bad secondary. I want eli to lose.

  108. zaggs says: Jan 8, 2012 6:06 PM

    “packersweep says: Jan 8, 2012 5:41 PM

    jonka says:
    Jan 8, 2012 4:03 PM

    The giants now have the running game back, Mannigham back, and the defense is at its best.
    Be afraid Green Bay
    Be very afraid.

    ————————————————–

    And Green Bay has Rodgers and his receivers. Enough said.”

    They had all that in week 13 and still needed a BS defensive holding call when Jermichael Finley pushed off on the linebacker to win in that game. They aint going to be facing the same Giants team.

  109. thereisnoiinteam says: Jan 8, 2012 6:17 PM

    The Giants are going to be a formidable team that has a chance in Lambeau, but I don’t think too much of a chance. People shouldn’t get overly excited about beating the Falcons in the playoffs. Especially with how inept Mike Smith was as a head coach today. How you leave 2 timeouts unused in the 1st half is beyond me. QB sneak with an empty backfield when it didn’t work the 1st time? Tebow, maybe, but Ryan?

    The Packers will have their starting offensive line playing together for the first time since September. Greg Jennings will be back. Everyone expecting a Packer defense to struggle will be surprised I think. The good thing about that is if they don’t, the Packer offense is going to be too difficult to handle regardless. It will be interesting to see if Aaron Ross is able to come back from his concussion as well. Losing any depth in the secondary will be a factor for the NYG.

  110. greymares says: Jan 8, 2012 6:19 PM

    congrats Giants I’m really happy for the players on this Giant team keep it up and win this thing. to the Giant fans, not so much.

  111. packerstexansfan says: Jan 8, 2012 6:27 PM

    This is the one team that worried me. I’m still confident that we can pull off the won, but it’s gonna be a tough and hard fought game. Go Pack go!

  112. wrm1230 says: Jan 8, 2012 6:30 PM

    Some of you folks obviously are forgetting the Packers are 15-1 for a reason. They will be and should be enormous favorites to handle the Giants with ease next weekend. The Giants schedule inside the porous NFC East is weak and they’ve struggled for the most part to beat anyone.

    But the real mismatch in this one is the Packers WR’s against a very overmatched Giants secondary. The same can’t be said for the Giants WRs against the Packers secondary.

    Rodgers gets the ball out quick, the Packer WRs dominate the Giants DB’s…..the Packers roll in this one no matter how badly some of you Giants fans want to fall in love with this incredibly flawed bunch of Giants. But today was fun for you…..its just that it ends pretty quickly.

  113. orcheon says: Jan 8, 2012 6:31 PM

    As a Packers fan, I have been far more scared of the Giants than any other team in the NFL for the entire second half of the season. Very few other teams have the combination of a strong pass rush, an effective secondary and a quarterback who can get it done when it counts.

    Should be a great game. Go Pack!

  114. gregjennings85 says: Jan 8, 2012 6:36 PM

    “They aint going to be facing the same Giants team.”

    Right, this one will be without Aaron Ross; great call.

    If it’s possible, your pass coverage will be worse. Falcons couldn’t run today, we run less than most.

  115. promin1 says: Jan 8, 2012 6:39 PM

    @wrm1230
    I don’t know what games you watch, but if the Packers didn’t have the refs in their back pockets, the Pack lose that last game to the Giants. A bogus defensive holding call was the only thing that saved your team. In case you forgot, NY put up 35 pts on your flawed, soft defense. For you to say they will roll in this game is a joke. They didn’t last time and the Giants are playing better this time around. I can’t wait to see your team get manhandled next week by a red hot Giants team.

  116. Phintastic says: Jan 8, 2012 6:41 PM

    For those of you who have been lamenting the pick of Jake Long over Matt Ryan; Do you still feel the same?

  117. Little Earthquake says: Jan 8, 2012 6:45 PM

    Giants are a good team but this isn’t 2007. Looking forward to a good game.

  118. mynameiscoopermanning says: Jan 8, 2012 6:45 PM

    49ers Saint…Packers Giants….

    And people say the NFL is dying..

    Good ol’ fashion old school football baby!

    If you’re mad then your team probably didn’t have the talent to still be in the big dance!

    Here’s to some great football…BOOM!

  119. cap1378 says: Jan 8, 2012 6:48 PM

    Watch out green bay. There’s a can of kick ass on the way.

  120. shlort says: Jan 8, 2012 6:57 PM

    Why would any Packers fan be afraid of the Giants? The Packers players are not afraid of anyone. I am sure the Giants will show up and play. If they intend to walk out of there with a win, they better play better than thier best game all season (best game was the week 13 game). Now, in that game did GB play well in all facets of their game plan? No. They were a leaky mess on Defense. Did the Giants learn anything from that game? It best not have been that they can move the ball at will against GB. GB only need improve a little bit on Defense and the Giants neet to imrove a lot on Offense to beat GB.

  121. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 8, 2012 7:04 PM

    I just got back from watching a great game and I signed on here to see what all you haters had to say.

    First off the Giants D just shutout a playoff team a team that everyone said was going to run all over the Giants and a team that had the best Special Teams in the NFL and of course there is that Jones guy. Combine not one of them did a damn thing.

    As for Eli and his WR making him better are you kidding me Cruz was covers so Eli hit who ever was open remember 32 teams had 7 shots to draft Cruz and no one did that is a total 224 picks and no one took Cruz two years latter under the wing of Elite Eli and this kids rocking the world.

    Eli is a Elite QB like it or not get used to the fact that when they are both retired Eli will be the one with a better record then Payton.

    Go GIANTS go kick the door down on Mr Rodgers house

  122. dubblelznhell says: Jan 8, 2012 7:06 PM

    Matt Ryan is now 0-3 in the playoffs, he’ll never win the big one
    _________________________________

    Just saying: but wasn’t Elway 0-5 to start off in…….oh wait, that was SuperBowls. Yeah, Matt Ryan doesn’t look up to it in the playoffs.

  123. eeeeeeetme says: Jan 8, 2012 7:20 PM

    Not really a fan of either of these teams so I don’t really care, but I don’t like the Giants attitude.

  124. touchedbyanuncle says: Jan 8, 2012 7:39 PM

    Packers are early 9 point favorites for good reason. I expect a comfortable cover by GB.

  125. kingcarlbanks says: Jan 8, 2012 7:40 PM

    @ wtf seriously

    You’ve been a Giants fan for what, a few hours now?

  126. baldingerspinky says: Jan 8, 2012 7:44 PM

    Green bay will wipe the field with this sorry excuse for a football team. Atlanta choked as much as the giants played well. Can’t go for it on every fourth an short

  127. rondo1260 says: Jan 8, 2012 7:53 PM

    Tap the breaks Giants fans. The Giants beat a pathetic team today. The Giants are a decent team for sure – but to those of you who have deluded yourselves into thinking the Giants have a good chance at winning next weekend: keep dreaming. They couldn’t beat the Pack in Week 13 when they were at home and white hot, there’s no reason to believe they can do it on the road in January. No way it’s as close as Week 13.

  128. jhtobias says: Jan 8, 2012 7:56 PM

    Packer fan to real giant fan.. It will be a great game two outstanding teams ..

    Packer fan to all whinny crying giant fan.. Those who say we won the first game because of bad officiating. You drink to much to remember things :

    1. No Calls Twice on leaping calls on field goals
    2. Fair catch not called on kick off
    3. Blatant hold on bj raji on the two point convertion not called.

    So to all it will be a great game who ever turns the ballover loses

  129. spoonerrage says: Jan 8, 2012 8:06 PM

    I`m excited with the win, why wouldn’t i be – as dominant of a performance as i’ve seen all year; two things though: to think that the giants don’t have a shot at lambeau is foolish, but so is thinking that the packers should be scared, the were the best team of the regular season, so they’re still the favorite to win. Packers will probably win next week, but i hope the giants will make it very interesting. Plus there’s no need to hate on the giants on here, packers are the better team but they won tonights game in convincing fashion – so c’mon, give credit where it’s due

  130. jerseyshoregiant says: Jan 8, 2012 8:10 PM

    childressrulz says:Jan 8, 2012 4:07 PM

    dont know how much of a chance the giants stand next week. I suppose it could happen but pretty doubtful. Their front 4 didn’t get any pressure last time in NY against GB’s back ups
    ————————————————
    You seem to forget that Osi didn’t play, Tuck was nowhere near what he is right now. So I think it’s safe to say this is an entirely different defense.

    Either way it should be a fun game to watch.

  131. packersweep says: Jan 8, 2012 8:18 PM

    zaggs says:
    Jan 8, 2012 6:06 PM
    “packersweep says: Jan 8, 2012 5:41 PM

    jonka says:
    Jan 8, 2012 4:03 PM

    The giants now have the running game back, Mannigham back, and the defense is at its best.
    Be afraid Green Bay
    Be very afraid.

    ————————————————–

    And Green Bay has Rodgers and his receivers. Enough said.”

    They had all that in week 13 and still needed a BS defensive holding call when Jermichael Finley pushed off on the linebacker to win in that game. They aint going to be facing the same Giants team.
    ————————————————-

    OK, you are somewhat right. This Giants team will be wearing white jerseys, dress in the visitors locker room, and will be spending Saturday night in Appleton. Other than that it will be the same Giants team. One more point. When you have to whine about official`s calls or non-calls from a previous game, you are already admitting that you are beat.

  132. getsome636 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:44 PM

    Atlanta looked like a high school team out there, Matt Ryan is a joke, they did not even deserve to be in the playoffs. The Giants won more because of how bad the Falcons played than them being a better team. This was the worst game of the weekend, pathetic at best. That being said, I envision a good tough game next week. I highly doubt a blowout is coming.

  133. promin1 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:50 PM

    Keep up the arrogance Packer fans. Its gonna be fun to watch this upset.

  134. gcsuk says: Jan 8, 2012 8:51 PM

    rondo1260 says:
    Jan 8, 2012 7:53 PM
    Tap the breaks Giants fans. The Giants beat a pathetic team today. The Giants are a decent team for sure – but to those of you who have deluded yourselves into thinking the Giants have a good chance at winning next weekend: keep dreaming. They couldn’t beat the Pack in Week 13 when they were at home and white hot, there’s no reason to believe they can do it on the road in January. No way it’s as close as Week 13.
    ———————————————————-
    Well, if you consider “white hot” a 3 game losing streak leading up to that game (SF, Philly, and NO), then yes, the Giants were “white hot” going into that Week 13 game.

    Funny how going INTO todays game, most pundits (and fans) were split on this game. 50/50 on who would win. Now that the Giants won CONVINCINGLY, it’s only because the Falcons are “pathetic”.

    As a Giants fan, I have a lot of respect for many players on the Packers, just like I do the Cowboys, Redskins, etc… But I really hope that the Giants beat the Pack to shut up all the arrogant Pack fans who think that the Giants are just going to get pasted next Sunday. Guess the Giants should just save the airfare, huh? Probably what you thought in 2007, too.

    My hats off to all Packers fans that are confident in their team but expect a good game. I am NOT predicting a Giants win. But a Giants win would not surprise me, just make me very happy.

  135. TxGrown says: Jan 8, 2012 9:27 PM

    matty….iced.

  136. rondo1260 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:53 PM

    @gcsuk

    I guess by claiming the giants were white hot in week 13 was in error. I was trying to give the giants credit where credit was undue. Silly me. If you think us arrogant fans should be taking the giants seriously, my question is: why? As you so eloquently pointed out they lost to the saints, 49ers, eagles, and packers. My god, did they beat a decent team all year? So excuse me for feeling confident the packers will walk all over such a team at home in January.

    Also I don’t care what the pundits were saying before the game. I thought the falcons were lucky to be in the playoffs and they were exposed. The giants deserve to be in the playoffs, but they’re still going to get killed. The pack is healthy, rested and I guarantee they’ve been game planning for the giants for weeks. Good luck to you. You’ll need it.

  137. dontslapthebass says: Jan 8, 2012 10:10 PM

    the whole game is summed up perfectly by mark bradley who writes for the atl newspaper:

    “the falcons defense outscored the offense by 2 points.”

    sad.

  138. dawkattack says: Jan 9, 2012 12:24 AM

    Might beat the pack but the saints that’s a whole different story

  139. dgrowe213 says: Jan 9, 2012 1:59 AM

    Obligatory declaration that I’m a Falcons fan..

    Now that that’s out of the way… I would like to say a few things.

    1. ATL’s defense didnt score 2 points, Eli gave the Falcons 2 points. I don’t care how it’s recorded in the box score.
    2. I question Ryan’s ability to throw deep, but the problem with this offense is all on Mularkey. He’s unoriginal and predictable.
    3. Dimitroff needs to hire a consultant to help him pick linemen. Sam Baker, Peria Jerry, and Edwards suck balls. Abraham is old with no successor and they let Dahl walk in the offseason without batting an eye.
    4. VanGorder looks like Uncle Rico.
    5. Ryan is better than Flacco.
    6. Green Bay will dominate the Saints.
    7. Tebow will make it to the Super Bowl.

    I’ll see you aholes in September. I’m out.

  140. Gravy says: Jan 9, 2012 6:53 AM

    I’ve said all along that the Giants would be toughest for us at Lambeau. I love this game! Real football, but it’s not going to be cold and The Traitor is long gone.

    Best thing Giants can hope for is lotsa drops by our receivers. I don’t see that happening.

    Packers 45

    Giants 24

  141. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:28 AM

    gregjennings85 says:
    Jan 8, 2012 6:36 PM
    “They aint going to be facing the same Giants team.”

    Right, this one will be without Aaron Ross; great call.

    If it’s possible, your pass coverage will be worse. Falcons couldn’t run today, we run less than most.

    ———

    Ross will be fine. Amukamara will start, but Ross will play Sunday. Tom already said he is optimistic about it. We’ll find out by Wednesday.

    But people acting like the Pack are going to run up the score, or bringing up stats about irrelevant games need to SADDOWN.

    27-23 Giants.

  142. supermariojosh says: Jan 9, 2012 12:31 PM

    Packers fan here, definitely not the matchup I wanted. Giants will be a tough test for the Pack. I certainly expect the Packers D to step up and a Green Bay victory, but I wouldn’t be shocked if the Giants pull an upset.

    Dear Packers,
    Please beat the Giants so I can use my 40 yd line NFC Championship Game tickets!

    Sincerely,
    supermariojosh

  143. bigbwoy000 says: Jan 9, 2012 1:52 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Jan 8, 2012 4:01 PM
    Death, taxes, and Mike Smith going for it (and failing) on fourth down.

    Oh, and Bathroom Ben raping girls.
    =============================
    Dont forget Mike Vick:

    Never posting back to back winning seasons, torturing already bleeding & screaming in pain animals for FUN & spreading incurable disease to unsuspecting women.

    Ben was never arrested but people keep bringing up that BS but say a work about Mike “the hypocrite” Vick & watch the people cry.

    Not a Ben fan here at all just tired of seeing people pick on a guy that was accused & never arrested & “forgive” a sociopath.

  144. wicky888 says: Jan 9, 2012 2:22 PM

    Atlanta Fan here

    I am truly embarrassed by my teams play, but not taking anything away from the Giants.

    Mularkey needs to go, hes absolutely horrible.

    Matt Ryan is no Matty Ice, and I also question his downfield throwing ability.

    I was proud of the way our defense played, until the 2nd half when they gassed out.

    Great defensive game plan by NY, had our number

  145. middletownmdman says: Jan 10, 2012 12:16 AM

    OK, OK, settle down everyone. We all know the Giants don’t have a chance against the Packers. Just like the Broncos don’t have a chance against the Steelers.

  146. dtrb10 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:59 PM

    2007 all over again. Please win Giants so we don’t have to hear how the cheating fudge packers do it again blah blah blah. I say cheating because they are the only team that can print up worthless paper and sell it as stock and generate revenue while no other team can. But they are the only fan base stupid enough to buy them thinking that they really own some of the team as they laugh all the way to the bank. Lol

    Signed lowly Vikings fan

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