Blanked: Giants Suffer Landmark Defeat in Atlanta

John Fennelly , Lead Writer

The Giants got off the bus at the door of the Georgia Dome this afternoon, but that was the last anyone saw of them. They were trampled by the Atlanta Falcons, 34-0, in one of their worst efforts in years.

The shutout was the first in the regular season since they lost 24-0 on Dec 1, 1996 in Philadelphia.

It was the first regular season shutout in the Tom Coughlin – Eli Manning era.

Before today, the only shutout they had suffered under Coughlin was the 23-0 defeat in the 2005 NFC Playoffs vs Carolina at Giants Stadium.

The 34-point loss was the largest margin of defeat since the 44-7 drubbing in Week 17 of the 2009 season at Minnesota.

There is very little to tell. The Giants did nothing right today. Nothing. Last week, they had it all going on – offense, defense and special teams. Today, all three of those units did little to be proud of.

The Falcons held the ball for nearly 39 minutes. They racked up 22 first downs to the Giants’ 10. The Giants were 4-10 on third down and 0-3 on 4th down. Atlanta went 9-13 on third downs.

The Giants lost a fumble and Eli threw 2 costly INTs. The Falcons did not turn the football over. K Lawrence Tynes missed a FG (from 30 yards out) for the third consecutive game.