2012 Week 15 4* NFL Picks: Giants +1 #newyorkgiantsclubhouse

If the Panthers proved anything, they proved that the ATLANTA FALCONS are already thinking playoffs; 1-4 ATS in their last five games in powering 375 yards per game. If the Redskins have done anything for the Giants, who are outscoring their last five opponents by an average of 6 points per game, it has forced them to play at their best during the stretch run. The good news for the Giants is that the Falcons have been relying on an air attack; the air continuing to be the trap that the Giants are using for victory. Ranked #1 in sacks, look for the Giants defense to pressure Ryan from the opening bell. While the passing attack remains the Giants offensive pillar, look for them to take advantage of the Falcons 25th ranked Home Rushing defense with Wilson, 5.1 yards per attempt, who is not only setting up Manning’s play action pass, but leading their special teams at top of the pack. Look for the Giants, who are averaging nearly +2 in turnovers over their last three games to capitalize on a Falcons offense that has been careless with turnovers of late for victory.

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  1. LOSER – Giants 0 – FALCONS 34 – Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – The Atlanta Falcons got their revenge, and made quite a statement as well in doing so. Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes, including a pair to Julio Jones, and the Falcons dealt the New York Giants their first regular-season shutout in 16 years with an authoritative 34-0 victory at the Georgia Dome. Atlanta (12-2) got its payback for a 24-2 throttling by the Giants during last season’s NFC Wild Card Playoffs behind a near-flawless performance from Ryan, with the standout quarterback completing a sharp 23-of-28 passes for 270 yards without a turnover. The Falcons’ defense did its part as well, intercepting New York’s Eli Manning twice in the first half and stopping the Giants on downs three times over the course of the game. Manning managed just 161 yards on an off-target 13-of-25 efficiency as New York (8-6) was held scoreless in a non-playoff setting for the first time since a 24-0 setback at Philadelphia on Dec. 1, 1996. Jones ended with 74 yards on six catches and Tony Gonzalez added a touchdown grab for the NFC South champion Falcons, who could have clinched a first-round playoff bye if San Francisco had lost to New England on Sunday night. The Niners came up with a 41-34 win over the Patriots.

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