Well, it’s finally here. Playoff football at MetLife. It’s been some time since a home playoff game. It’s going to be rocking. Will the Giants be able to advance to the divisional round? Or will they be looking back wondering what went wrong.
DOUBTFUL: LB Stephen Nicholas (toe)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Brent Grimes (knee)
PROBABLE: DE John Abraham (not injury related), DT Jonathan Babineaux (hamstring), RB Mike Cox (finger), WR Harry Douglas (groin), TE Tony Gonzalez (not injury related), DT Peria Jerry (calf), WR Julio Jones (thumb), TE Reggie Kelly (back), LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), C Todd McClure (not injury related), WR Kerry Meier (groin), S William Moore (groin), CB Christopher Owens (hand), TE Michael Palmer (knee), RB Jason Snelling (knee), RB Michael Turner (groin), LB Sean Weatherspoon (head), WR Roddy White (hip)
OUT: LB Mark Herzlich (ankle)
PROBABLE: TE Jake Ballard (knee), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), RB Da’Rel Scott (knee), DE Justin Tuck (shoulder), T Tony Ugoh (ankle), DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle, knee), CB Corey Webster (hamstring)
I’ve learned not worry about the offense anymore. Eli and company can score on anyone, and the Atlanta secondary isn’t too great. The Falcons are good run stoppers, but the Giants won’t abandon the run. The more success they can get from the ground game, the better. I think the Giants will be able to put up points, pretty much at will.
Here’s where I’m worried. The Falcons have an explosive passing attack. The Giants have a weak secondary. Unless the pass rush can provide a sustained attack, it could be a long day. The key is to keep the pass rush going. Osi being back is key. Keep the pass rush up, prevent Ryan from making big plays. Michael Turner is still a big threat, but I do like the Giants run stopping.
The Falcons are a bit similar to the Giants. Explosive passing attack, suspect defense. Falcons have a better tight end, Giants have a better pass rush. The Falcons will be on the road, and MetLife will be loud. I think that it comes down to two things: Can the Giants stop Tony Gonzalez underneath and can the Giants get a solid pass rush. If that happens they will win, if they don’t, well, they won’t.
It’s a toss up. Similar teams. Explosive offenses. Like I said, pass rush is key. Playoff football comes down to good defense, good run game, and good special teams, particularly kick coverage. Can the Giants pull it out? I think they can. They’re at home, and I think the pass rush shows up. FINAL SCORE: Giants 21, Falcons 14