The defending champs are 3-0 all-time in the Falcons’ current home stadium, winning by a margin of 71-30. Meanwhile, Atlanta has sent its last 10 visitors away with losses, dating back to last season. The Falcons are one of two teams (Seattle) still undefeated at home this year (6-0).
“Well, we’ve played very well at home,” Falcons head coach Mike Smith said Wednesday on a conference call with Giants beat reporters. “Our fans, I think, are the most knowledgeable fans in the NFL. They know when to cheer and when not to cheer in terms of what’s going on in a ball game. They’ve been a big part of the success that we’ve had, not only this year, but since we’ve been here the last five years. It is a loud building and it is an advantage when you have the noise at home.”
The two franchises have split the regular season series, 10-10, but the Giants hold the tiebreaker with their 24-2 victory in last year’s playoffs against Atlanta. It’s a game quarterback Matt Ryan would like to forget. And he’s done his best to do so as his Falcons enter Sunday with the best record in the NFC.
“You know what, last year is done,” Ryan said in his conference call with the New Jersey-New York media. “Obviously [the Giants] had a great run last year in the playoffs and were carrying a lot of momentum. I think they’re a different football team this year; we’re a different football team this year. That’s more of where my focus is.”
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