Falcons vs. Giants: 5 Things We Learned from Atlanta's Loss

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Falcons vs. Giants: 5 Things We Learned from Atlanta's Loss
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Atlanta's season has come to an end. The Falcons were knocked out of the playoffs on Sunday, and their aspirations of winning their first playoff game under Mike Smith were destroyed by Eli Manning and the Giants.

The first round of the playoffs went nothing like the Falcons expected, as the only points they put on the scoreboard came from a safety in the second quarter. They walked off the field with a final of 24-2, leaving everyone disappointed and a bit shocked, to be honest. The team that averaged 25 points a game in the regular season failed to score a single offensive point against New York.

The Falcons looked like a team that was on a path to victory in the early stages of Sunday's contest. Their defense came out strong, but Matt Ryan and the offense just couldn't find a way to put points up. 

New York ultimately pulled away, and after a huge 72-yard touchdown by Hakeem Nicks, the deficit appeared too large for a dejected Falcons club to overcome. 

2011 was a roller coaster for Atlanta, but this was hardly the way they wanted to go out. Unfortunately, for the last time of this season, let's see what we learned from this one. 

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