13:50 — Jayron Hosley breaks up a deep pass intended for Roddy White.
11:39 — TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Julio Jones catches 40-yard pass from Ryan in the end zone. XP is GOOD. ATLANTA 24, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards in 3:29)
10:11 — Martellus Bennett gets involved and catches his first pass for 15 yards and a first down.
6:52 — On fourth-and-2 from Atlanta’s 25, Eli Manning’s pass is batted down incomplete. The Giants are 0 for 3 on fourth downs today.
0:14 — FIELD GOAL FALCONS. Bryant makes a 19-yard attempt. ATLANTA 27, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 12 plays, 73 yards in 6:43)
0:00 — FALCONS 27, GIANTS 0
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12:59 — Chase Blackburn breaks up a pass intended for TE Tony Gonzalez on third-and-4, forcing Atlanta to punt. The Giants take over on their own 20.
12:18 — Safety Thomas DeCoud intercepts Manning and the Falcons take over on the Giants’ 27.
10:22 — FIELD GOAL FALCONS. Matt Bryant makes a 38-yarder. ATLANTA 17, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards in 1:46)
10:17 — Newly signed running back Kregg Lumpkin takes his first handoff the year for nine yards. He follows up with another one for eight yards and a fresh set of downs before tearing off a 22-yarder.
6:08 — David Wilson is stopped for no gain on fourth-and-1. Falcons take over on downs.
5:28 — Chris Canty gets the first sack of the day for the Giants, a loss of five.
2:52 — Back-to-back completions to Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon for 24 and 37 yards, respectively, bring the Giants inside the 20.
1:14 — The Giants go for it again on fourth down, but Manning throws an incomplete pass to Victor Cruz. Atlanta takes over on its 11.
HALFTIME: FALCONS 17, GIANTS 0
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The Giants and Atlanta Falcons meet for the 21st time in the regular season, with the series split, 10-10. In their last meeting, the Giants defeated the Falcons in their only postseason meeting, 24-2, in a 2011 NFC Wild card Game in MetLife Stadium. In their last regular season meeting, the Giants defeated the Falcons, 34-31 (OT), in Week 11 of the 2009 season.
20 CB Prince Amukamara
21 S Kenny Phillips
39 S Tyler Sash
44 RB Ahmad Bradshaw
71 DE Adewale Ojomo
81 TE Adrien Robinson
96 DT Marvin Austin
NYG Lineup Changes: 28 Jayron Hosley will start for 20 Prince Amukamara at RCB; 22 David Wilson will start for 44 Ahmad Bradshaw at RB
4 QB Dominique Davis
17 WR Tim Toone
25 S William Moore
68 G Phillipkeith Manley
69 G Harland Gunn
86 TE Chase Coffman
90 DE Lawrence Sidbury
ATL Lineup changes: 24 Hope will start for 25 Moore at S
15:00 — Game Day Captains: C David Baas and DE Osi Umenyiora along with season captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Zak DeOssie. Giants win the toss and elect to receive.
*Rueben Randle back with David Wilson on kick return.
14:56 — Making his first NFL start, Wilson takes a handoff on the first play of the game for three yards.
14:16 — Asante Samuel intercepts Manning’s first pass of the game. Atlanta takes over on the Giants’ 16.
12:12 — TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Atlanta capitalizes on the turnover and short field with a one-yard touchdown run by Michael Turner. XP is GOOD. ATLANTA 7, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 16 yards in 1:51)
10:59 — Wilson converts a third-and-2 with a 25-yard run.
7:29 — Lawrence Tynes misses a 30-yard field goal attempt. Wide left.
1:43 — TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Tony Gonzalez 12-yard catch from Matt Ryan. XP is GOOD. ATLANTA 14, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards in 5:42)
0:54 — Manning is sacked on third-and-7 and Giants are forced to punt. Atlanta takes over on its own 25 after a 58-yard punt from Steve Weatherford.
0:00 — FALCONS 14, GIANTS 0
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As the Giants head to Atlanta this weekend and play in the final stretch of the season, here are some milestones to keep an eye on in the upcoming weeks:
QB Eli Manning
*Five completions away from breaking Phil Simms’ team record of 2,576.
*128 pass attempts away from surpassing the Giants single-season record (589 – Eli Manning, 2011).
*79 completions away from surpassing the Giants single-season record (359 – Eli Manning, 2011).
*1,505 passing yards away from surpassing the Giants single-season record (4,933 – Eli Manning, 2011).
*17 touchdown passes from breaking the Giants single-season record (36 – Y.A. Tittle, 1963).
WR Victor Cruz
*Two touchdown receptions away from 20 career receiving touchdowns.
WR Hakeem Nicks
*314 yards shy of 4,000 career receiving yards.
*Three touchdown receptions away from 30 career receiving touchdowns.
TE Martellus Bennett
*16 receptions shy of 150 career receptions.
*85 receiving yards shy of 1,500 career receiving yards.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw
*Three rushing touchdowns away from surpassing Ron Johnson (33) on the Giants all-time rushing touchdowns list and tying Frank Gifford for seventh on the Giants’ all-time list.
DE Osi Umenyiora
*5.0 sacks away from 80.0 career sacks.
DE Justin Tuck
*1.5 sacks away from 50.0 career sacks.
*One tackle away from 400 career tackles.
*Two forced fumbles away from 20 career forced fumbles.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul
*2.5 sacks away from 30.0 career sacks.
GIANTS TO WEAR SPECIAL HOF PATCHES
Commemorating 50 years of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Giants and all NFL teams wore patches last week and will do so again for this slate of games. Last week, the Giants wore them on their home blues against New Orleans. Here’s a look at the road whites they’ll wear in the Georgia Dome, courtesy of Equipment Director Joseph Skiba:
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» Giants Online: Bob Papa and Pat Hanlon debate the hottest topics surrounding the Giants with local writers
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The views expressed in this article are not of the New York Football Giants but those of an independent Fantasy Expert.
Josh Freeman QB Buccaneers, last week: 189 passing yards, 2 touchdowns
Freeman will be going against a New Orleans Saints defense that ranks 30th in the NFL (284 ypg) against the pass. In their first meeting, Freeman had his best game of the year, throwing for 420 yards and three touchdowns, back in Week 7. More of the same should come this Sunday.
Jonathan Dwyer RB, Steelers, last week: 32 yards rushing
Dwyer gets the nod this week for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have a pivotal matchup vs. Dallas that will affect both teams’ playoff hopes. Expect plenty of carries for Dwyer because of the simple fact that the Dallas secondary, which ranks eight against the pass, will be trying to shut down the passing game first, as they usually tend to do.
Danario Alexander WR Chargers, last week: 88 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns
Since Week 9, Alexander has combined for 555 yards, 33 receptions and five touchdowns in just six games played in 2012. The Chargers’ new stud wideout will be looking to continue that success in Week 15, when he will be playing a Panthers defense that is pretty solid against pass (13th) but gives up too many big plays. Alexander should be a part of at least one.
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It’s not often a 60-yard kick return can be overshadowed. But that’s what happens when a teammate racks up 227 return yards, including a 97-yard touchdown.
Welcome to Jerrel Jernigan’s world.
After David Wilson already tore off three returns of 50-plus yards, Jernigan ripped off his own chunk late in third quarter that set up Eli Manning and the offense with the ball at New Orleans’ 25. The long return came at a time when the Saints had clawed back to make it a one-possession game. Victor Cruz later scored on the ensuing possession to swing the momentum back.
“We kind of knew, the coach kind of knew, that they were going to kick it short because they didn’t want to kick it to David anymore,” Jernigan said. “So coach had already told me that they were going to kick it short and to scoot up. So I was expecting it anyway, and when it came, my kickoff return team did a good job of blocking and they got on their man early because it was a short kick. I had pretty much nothing to do but hit the hole. It was a big hole right there. Just hit it and run. But the bad part on me is I let the kicker catch me.”
Jernigan was part of a tweak in the return game last week against New Orleans that placed him as the off-returner to Wilson. The Giants have used multiple combinations and formations back there, but always with Wilson as the primary returner.
“It was a good switch-up because [Thomas Morstead] was so used to kicking indoors,” Jernigan said of the Saints’ kickoff man. “Coach didn’t want to have any mishit or him try to kick the ball away from David. So he wanted me back there just in case. I’m just doing the best I can do back there with getting those off-balls and blocking for David back there.”
Jernigan could now see more time back there with Wilson’s growing and needed role on offense. But all parties were coy on what to expect Sunday. All special teams coordinator Tom Quinn would say was that the team always has “two or three guys ready” and that Wilson is always part of the plan.
Quinn was also asked if it becomes a game of cat-and-mouse with teams trying to avoid the explosive returner.
“We’ve talked about that and we have adjustments ready,” Quinn said. “But I think teams are paid to do their job in this league and they’re going to do it to the best of their ability. They’re going to kick it deep and we have to block because Atlanta’s really good on kickoff coverage. That could happen, we have to have some adjustments ready, but I think they’ll kick and cover it.”
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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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Cornerback Jayron Hosley was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round this past April. Throughout the season, the Virginia Tech product and Florida native provides an inside look into his journey of making it in the NFL. This week’s post begins with the Giants’ win over New Orleans in MetLife Stadium, where his fellow Hokie and former college roommate David Wilson had a breakout performance.
In some ways we came out fast against the Saints, some ways we could have picked it up, but throughout we got our heads in the game and guys focused in and got it together. We came out victorious, and that’s what our goal is at the end of the day. We came out and played hard and got this win that was much needed. So I think we played pretty well, but we’re always improving.
You may have seen David’s game — my man is a big deal right now. That guy, he’s a freak, man. You see it out there. He’s a guy who works hard, who really loves and has a lot of passion for the game. When you put him out there in a good situation, he can do good things. I think the guys on kick return did a great job of opening up holes for him and doing a great job of blocking. Then you just give him the ball and let him do his thing. I think that showed he is capable of going out there and making good plays. And on offense, that’s what he does. Overall, I think it was his breakout game and a time to really show what he’s capable of for all the doubters and naysayers.
Having him along for the rookie year has been huge, for both of us. We’ve been able to have each other’s back and we’ve been able to criticize each other. Whenever he sees me and I need to pick it up, he says ‘Get up.’ If I see him and he needs to pick up, ‘Hey, let’s go, let’s do it.’ It’s been good. We’ve known each other since college, and it’s kind of just keeping things rolling from where we started off. We were roommates, so we already had a relationship.
Heading into Atlanta, it’s another high-intensity week for us. It’s high focus, high energy, and that’s what coach preaches. We need to stick to the basics because they’re a good team and a powerful team on offense. As a defense, we have to be focused and key in and really be fundamental this week. You always hear it, but we’re just taking it day by day and trying to get all the details down to make it a very focused week so we know what we’re doing and what our opponent is doing. With Prince Amukamara a little banged up, I got a little bit more time at corner in practice. We really don’t know what the status is with Prince, but whatever situation it is, I have to step up and keep continuing to work hard in practice because you never know when your turn is coming up.
You can also follow Jayron on Twitter @hosley_jayron
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With three games left in the regular season, here is a look at the NFC playoff scenarios for Week 15:
Atlanta clinches a first-round bye with:
1) ATL win + GB loss or tie OR
2) ATL win + SF loss OR
3) ATL tie + GB loss
Atlanta clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
1) ATL win + GB loss or tie + SF loss
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
San Francisco clinches NFC West division with:
1) SF win + SEA loss
San Francisco clinches a playoff spot with:
1) SF win OR
2) SF tie + DAL loss or tie + WAS loss or tie + MIN loss or tie OR
3) SF tie + DAL loss or tie + WAS loss or tie + GB-CHI does not end in tie OR
4) SF tie + DAL loss or tie + MIN loss or tie + CHI loss OR
5) SF tie + NYG loss + MIN loss or tie + CHI loss OR
6) MIN loss + DAL loss + WAS loss + SEA loss or tie
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Green Bay clinches NFC North division with a win
Green Bay clinches a playoff spot with:
1) GB tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + STL-MIN tie OR
2) GB tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + MIN loss + SF win or tie OR
3) GB tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + MIN loss + SEA does not tie
For the AFC postseason outlook, CLICK HERE.
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