I think they’re something like second in the league in takeaways. Sometimes when you play that aggressive style of ball, they give up some explosive plays, but they’re ball hawks, they really are. I think their front four does a great job of helping out that back end in terms of creating pressure on the passer and forcing quarterbacks to make some decisions before they want to. That’s one of the things that jumps out on tape when you watch them.




— Falcons’ head coach Mike Smith on the Giants’ defense