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Giants rout Falcons 24-2 in NFC wild-card game

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Other than some sporadic movement, Atlanta’s offense was incompetent — particularly in short yardage.

"It’s less than a yard, less than half of a yard. It’s a play we go through all the time," Smith said. "I felt it was the right play both times, but we didn’t execute. We should be able to move the ball there."

At a glance

Atlanta 2, N.Y. Giants 24

Atlanta 0 2 0 0 — 2

N.Y. Giants 0 7 10 7 — 24

Second Quarter

Atl » Team safety, 13:44.

NYG » Nicks 4 pass from Manning (Tynes kick), 2:47.

Third Quarter

NYG » FG Tynes 22, 7:51.

NYG » Nicks 72 pass from Manning (Tynes kick), 2:44.

Fourth Quarter

NYG » Manningham 27 pass from Manning (Tynes kick), 9:55.

Attendance » 79,909.


First downs 14 19

Total Net Yards 247 442

Rushes-yards 21-64 31-172

Passing 183 270

Punt Returns 0-0 5-28

Kickoff Returns 4-98 1-27

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 24-41-0 23-32-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-16 1-7

Punts 7-46.0 4-45.8

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-yards 3-15 7-73

Time of Possession 25:26 34:34

Individual Statistics

Rushing » Atlanta, Turner 15-41, Jones 1-13, Snelling 2-7, Ryan 3-3. N.Y. Giants, Jacobs 14-92, Bradshaw 14-63, Manning 2-13, Ware 1-4.

Passing » Atlanta, Ryan 24-41-0-199. N.Y. Giants, Manning 23-32-0-277.

Receiving » Atlanta, Jones 7-64, White 5-52, Gonzalez 4-44, Rodgers 4-18, Snelling 2-9, Douglas 1-7, Turner 1-5. N.Y. Giants, Nicks 6-115, Bradshaw 5-22, Manningham 4-68, Cruz 2-28, Ballard 2-16, Jacobs 2-8, Ware 1-13, Beckum 1-7.

Missed Field Goals » N.Y. Giants, Tynes 32 (WR).

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Both offenses sputtered in the first half with an assortment of penalties, drops and poor throws.

When the Falcons wheeled out the no-huddle offense, though, they marched from their 10 to a fourth-and 1 at the New York 24. On the first play of the second quarter, Ryan was stacked up on his sneak.

But it turned out positively for the Falcons anyway.

Giants guard Chris Snee was called for holding, and, from his 13, Manning was pressured back into the end zone by James Sanders. He threw the ball away to avoid the sack, resulting in a safety.

New York had its own fourth-and-inches run on its first touchdown drive. Jacobs ran over safety Thomas DeCoud on the play from the Atlanta 6.

Nicks caught his post pattern over Dominique Franks, the fill-in for injured cornerback Brent Grimes, to make it 7-2.

Notes: The Giants’ most recent home playoff victory was a 41-0 rout of Minnesota for the 2000 NFC title. ... Atlanta’s last playoff win was in 2005 over St. Louis when Michael Vick still was the Falcons’ quarterback. ... Ryan was 24 for 41 for 199 yards and was sacked twice. .. There were no turnovers in the game. ... Giants CB Aaron Ross and RB D.J. Ware left with concussions. ... Gonzalez is 0-5 in playoff games in his 15-year career.

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