Matt Ryan will take on Eli Manning in this intriguing NFC matchup. Manning and his Giants have a momentum high as they just came off a huge win against a division rival, the Dallas Cowboys.
This game has all the makings of a shootout and if it does go to the air expect the G-Men to have the advantage. Victor Cruz has broken out this year, catching 82 balls for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns. He will be a hot read for New York and his big play ability. Stopping Cruz from lighting up the Meadowlands will be the first priory for Atlanta.
Matty Ice and his team is 4-4 away from home and have never won in the playoffs. Manning is having a great year and is miles more clutch than Ryan. Along with Cruz, Manning will be able to throw to Hakeem Nicks and a healthy Mario Manningham. Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson have their work cut out for them in stopping these receivers.
In the trenches the Nasty Birds will have to take care of a stout Giants pass rush. Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora will aim to cause problems in the backfield the whole day. The Giants will have to get to the quarterback in order to win. Atlanta's offensive line has only allowed 26 sacks this season—the fourth lowest total in the NFL. What happens at the line of scrimmage will define this game.
It will be close but the Giants will win, 24-21.