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The Atlanta Falcons probably won't admit it, but they want this game. In some ways, they need this game.
It's not happening. Not yet.
The New York Giants have the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys breathing down their necks. New York is a veteran team that responds to such pressure favorably.
The Falcons will need to gash the Giants with their rushing attack, which won't happen since Mike Smith refuses to turn over the reins to Jacquizz Rodgers. Thus, the pass-rushing trio of Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora will be free to ruin the only thing that Atlanta does well.
On the other side of the ball, the Giants will find little resistance to their advances. They are superior to the Falcons defense on the ground and in the air.
Besides, Atlanta needs a losing streak of some sort so that everyone can declare them legally dead before they win the last two to clinch home-field advantage.