NFL Wild Card Weekend 2012: Giants' Momentum Will Carry Them Past Falcons

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIJanuary 7, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 1:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants makes a catch in the end zone for a touchdown as Orlando Scandrick #32 of the Dallas Cowboys defends during a game at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The Wild Card game that is attracting possibly the least amount of attention may actually prove to be the most exciting game the weekend has to offer.

The Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants may be the two most evenly matched teams to face off in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

The game has been overlooked by many, likely due to the fact that neither New York or Atlanta are considered to be real Super Bowl contenders.

That may be true, but stranger things have happened in the NFL.

Here's one small word of advice: Don't sleep on the New York Giants.

This team started their playoff games back before Christmas.

In order for the Giants to even make the playoffs, they had to win back-to-back games against the Jets and Cowboys to close out the season.

The team didn't just win those games; they dominated them.

This team is getting hot at the right moment, and they have a quiet confidence about them.

Remember the run this team made four seasons ago?

The Giants have one of the best passing offenses in the league. The defense, although inconsistent, has looked really good in recent weeks.

In Week 13, they nearly took out the undefeated Green Bay Packers, who are considered by many to be the top team in the NFC.

Tomorrow afternoon will tell us everything we need to know about this Giants team.

If they can keep the momentum going in their favor and take out the Falcons, watch out.

New York is the dark horse in this year's NFL playoffs.