In the all-time series between the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons, the G-Men owned the edge 11-10. And in the last four games, it’s been all Giants.
Since 2006, the Giants have truly dominated their match-up with Atlanta, with an average margin of about 15 points.
Atlanta’s last victory occurred in November of 2004, which marked Eli Manning’s debut under center for Big Blue.Then-Falcons quarterback Michael Vick gashed the Giants for a total of 119 yards and two scores en route to a 14-10 victory.
That was then; this is now.
Winners of the last four meetings, New York embarrassed Atlanta in their latest showdown. In January, New York stifled the Falcons in the Wildcard Round with a 24-2 rout.
Manning threw three touchdown passes, including two to Hakeem Nicks, as the defense smothered Matt Ryan. The Giants’ D totaled seven quarterback hits, holding Ryan and the Falcons to a mere 247 yards.
Since then, both of these teams have changed gears a bit.
Atlanta has beefed up its defense, which has surrendered 19.9 points per game, good for the fifth-best mark in the NFL. Offensively, the Falcons have transformed into a spread-style attack, which has helped them become the No. 8-ranked unit in the league, averaging more than 376 yards per game and 36 total touchdowns.
The Falcons opened 2012 with eight consecutive wins and have won three of their last five. At 11-2, Atlanta stands atop the NFC South in search for the No. 1 seed in the conference.
Of course, the Giants went on the hoist the Lombardi Trophy last season. Since then, the team has had its ups and downs in 2012.
New York stumbled out of the gate, losing to both Dallas and Philly in the first month of the season. After winning four straight, the Giants dropped two in a row heading into their bye week. Since, they’ve topped Green Bay and New Orleans,while losing to the ‘Skins.
Consistency has been the issue for New York, whose ceiling may be higher than any other team in the NFC. The struggles lie is having the offense and defense click in the same 60 minutes.
This Sunday, Atlanta will likely have revenge on their minds as they look to end their four-game skid against New York. Last week, they lost to Cam Newton and the lowly Panthers.
The Giants meanwhile are coming off of a 52-point rout of the Saints, and a trip to the ATL has the makings of what has been a trap game so far this year.
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