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Last year the Falcons were handily dispatched by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the playoffs. It's likely that they'll meet the same fate at the hands of the New York Giants this Sunday.
The Falcons have a tendency to falter in big games. Throughout 2011 they beat up on bad teams (with blow-out wins over Indianapolis, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville). They often shrunk, however, when up against a team with a good quarterback or a stout defense (with losses to New Orleans, Chicago and Houston).
Really the only high-quality win the Falcons have on the season came against the Detroit Lions in the middle of the season.
Expect the Falcons' offensive line to be unable to stop the potent pass rush of Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul. Matt Ryan will be harassed all day and will find himself unable to hook up effectively with Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez.