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Falcons take 17-0 lead into halftime

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Sunday’s Falcons-Giants game looks a lot like last year’s playoff game between the two teams as the home team has taken firm control of the game before the half thanks to some big mistakes by the visitors.

Unfortunately for the Giants, this year’s game is in Atlanta. The Falcons lead 17-0 thanks in large part to two Eli Manning interceptions and two Giants failures on fourth down. Manning was picked off on his first pass of the game and later got a pass nabbed by Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud, leading to two short fields and 10 points for the Falcons offense.

The Giants had three chances to get points after driving the ball into Falcons territory, but came up empty all three times. David Wilson was stuffed on one fourth down conversion attempt and Victor Cruz couldn’t handle an Eli Manning pass after the two minute warning to kill another drive. Lawrence Tynes also missed a 30-yard field goal, his third miss in as many weeks.

All of those mistakes and failures are a big honking reason why the Giants trail by three scores despite outgaining the Falcons by nearly 70 yards in the first half. Give credit to the Falcons defense as well, obviously, especially for coming up big after surrendering a lot of yards before the Giants’ wasted scoring opportunities.

The Falcons offense hasn’t been great, particularly a running game that’s averaging less than three yards per carry, but it has done enough. Matt Ryan completed his first eight passes and finished the half 10-of-12 for 97 yards and a touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez at the end of an 80-yard drive following Tynes’ miss.

That’s the only heavy lifting the Falcons offense has had to do at this point. If things remain that way, the Falcons will have a win that quiets some of their doubters heading into the postseason.

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9 Responses to “Falcons take 17-0 lead into halftime”
  1. CKL says: Dec 16, 2012 2:32 PM

    As a Pats fan, it angers me to watch the NYG. Half the time they get debacled and I wonder how in bleep did my team lose to them 3 times in a row. They can look as bad as they want to look. And they NEVER have those days against my team. It’s nice Asante finally made a play against them though, 4 3/4 years too late.

  2. fuzzynuts55 says: Dec 16, 2012 2:32 PM

    Giants and Ravens are the biggest fakes in nfl. There true colors are showing today. Baby face and Joe are good but not elite by any means.

  3. hartcarluncarlun says: Dec 16, 2012 2:37 PM

    Not sure why people thought the Falcons would just lay down against the giants. We’ll see what’s next. First the Broncos but they hadn’t clicked yet…then the eagles who hasn’t loss after a bye in 15 years…then Dallas who getting hot.. Now the giants. Can’t wait to see what the reason will be tomorrow!!

  4. nananatman says: Dec 16, 2012 2:37 PM

    Tony always wears the cutest shade of lip stick of any TE in the league.

  5. flash1283 says: Dec 16, 2012 2:41 PM

    Is there a more inconsistent “elite” QB in the NFL than E manning?
    How many bad games has this guy had just this season?
    Elite my a$$!!

  6. themagicman1223 says: Dec 16, 2012 2:45 PM

    Giants and Ravens are the biggest fakes in nfl. There true colors are showing today. Baby face and Joe are good but not elite by any means.

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    Not a giants fans but people were saying the same thing last year but they won the superbowl. Has Flacco ever won anything? No but Eli has won 2 superbowls. Flacco is terrible but Eli is good.

  7. iivil says: Dec 16, 2012 2:47 PM

    Biggest fakes in the NFL?

    I bet more teams wish they could “fake” two super bowl wins in five years.

  8. giants56 says: Dec 16, 2012 3:27 PM

    Very disappointing effort by Big Blue. The Falcons whipped us today.

  9. mfb73 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:07 PM

    The really sad part about this poor excuse for a football game is that they were suppose to be playing in honor for the victims in Conn. That’s how you honor them??!! Everyone of the Giant players should be ashamed of themselves!!!!!!!

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