The Atlanta Falcons silenced their critics for at least one week with a blowout victory at home against the New York Giants, winning by a score of 34-0.
Matt Ryan played one of his best games of the season, passing for 270 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions while hitting on all but five of his 28 attempts.
Michael Turner, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling combined to rush the ball 33 times for 116 yards and one touchdown, keeping the Giants defense from keying in on Ryan.
The defense did the rest, as Eli Manning was intercepted twice—once by Asante Samuel and once by Thomas DeCoud—and Kregg Lumpkin lost a fumble that was recovered by Chris Hope.
Manning finished the day with just 161 yards and zero touchdowns, and his top receivers, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, were shut out for the most part all game long.
The Giants' loss dropped them to 8-6 on the season. Combined with a crucial road victory for the Washington Redskins, the Redskins now own the divisional lead in the NFC East by virtue of a tiebreaker.
The Giants will travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens next Sunday.
The Falcons improved to 12-2 on the season and will travel to face the Detroit Lions next Saturday.