How are the New York Giants even in the playoffs? Didn't they lose four in a row to drop from 6-2 to 6-6, another epic collapse that had New York media and fans calling for Tom Coughlin's head?
Well, the Giants actually came through this season and rebounded in a huge way, beating the Dallas Cowboys twice and the New York Jets en route to a 9-7, NFC East-winning season.
Now, people are wondering whether or not this team will pull off another magical run like in 2007. That's going to be tough considering the top three teams in the NFC. It'll be hard for them to get past Green Bay and New Orleans, and San Francisco's defense is terrific. But they should be able to beat the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
History, though, doesn't side with the Giants who have only won a playoff game in one season under Tom Coughlin.
This is their first appearance since 2008 and it's because of two players: Eli Manning and Victor Cruz. How is Cruz not in the Pro Bowl? The guy was a machine, especially in those important late games. Manning proved that he is indeed "elite" after proclaiming himself just that in preseason.
Who will the Falcons pay more attention to, Victor Cruz or Hakeem Nicks? Most likely Cruz.
For the Falcons to win they'll need to do two things. Find a way to put consistent pressure on Manning and get past the Giants defense which has improved lately with Justin Tuck's resurgence.
In the Meadowlands during the playoffs, Manning has had his issues with weather and whatnot. Matt Ryan and the Falcons are a dome team. Similar to the Saints, the Falcons aren't as potent away from home.
Both of these teams are evenly matched for the most part, with Julio Jones and Roddy White matching up nicely with the aforementioned Cruz and Nicks.
This one is the toughest to call of all four games and it'll be interesting to see which team gets out to a fast start.
Prediction: NY Giants 31, Atlanta 27