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Greybeard pass-rusher John Abraham will be the key man for an Atlanta Falcons defense that must get to Big Blue signal-caller, Eli Manning.
Abraham must pose a consistent threat and enable the Falcons to harass Manning, without having to resort to heavy blitzing.
The Giants destroyed the Dallas Cowboys' blitz packages in the season finale and remain one of the league's better teams at beating additional rushers.
With Manning's quick decision-making and release, combined with the big-play capability of Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham, the Giants are just too dangerous on the blitz.
To make matters worse, the Falcons are not a good blitz team. Defenders don't always time the blitz well, and when they do come free, they frequently fail to bring down the quarterback.
But the Falcons can rely on a resourceful and active front four, and Abraham is the cornerstone of the group.
The veteran pressure specialist remains one of the finest technicians in the game. If Abraham can routinely take advantage of the G-Men's weakness at offensive tackle, he could hurry Manning into some decisive turnovers.