Somehow, the New York Giants are in the playoffs and will play host to the Atlanta Falcons (10-6) in the Wild Card Round this Sunday at 1 p.m. at the New Meadowlands. It’s a positive result for a Giants team that had its fair share of ups and downs throughout the season.
Led by Pro Bowl quarterback Eli Manning and second-year superstars Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants won three of their last four games and earned their first playoff berth and NFC East title since 2008.
Now the Giants prepare for a showdown with the Falcons whom followed a similar path to the playoffs, winning three of their last four, including racking up 45 points in a Week 17 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The playoff run, led by improved play from quarterback Matt Ryan, catapulted Atlanta to their second consecutive playoff berth and third in Matt Ryan’s four seasons in the NFL. However, Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ struggles on the road are well-documented—going 2-3 on the road in games played outdoors—and could be a major factor at the New Meadowlands.
The Wild Card matchup pits two of the most evenly-matched teams and should not disappoint as a must-watch performance from both teams. With so much on the line and so much to watch for, let’s take a look at how the Giants and Falcons match up in their Wild Card Round meeting.