The Atlanta Falcons travel to the MetLife Stadium to face the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon as the NFL Wildcard games continue (Atlanta Falcons 5/4 to beat New York Giants). Atlanta will be looking for their first post-season victory since their 47-17 win over St. Louis in 2004 and they will need a big performance from quarter-back Matt Ryan, who comes into this match on the back of his best season; throwing 29 touchdown passes and making 4,177 total yards.
The New York Giants will be hoping to emulate their run to the Super Bowl in 2007 which saw them win 3 away games before shocking favourites New England 17-14 to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the third time (New York Giants 8/13 to beat Atlanta Falcons). Eli Manning will draw inspiration from that season as he looks to inspire the Giants to Super Bowl glory once more (New York Giants 20/1 to win the Super Bowl), starting off with a win in this Wildcard match-up.
Both sides enter this match with very similar records in the regular season. New York Giants went 9-7 in their 16 games, in comparison to Atlanta’s 10-6 record. However, home advantage will give the Giants a slight edge in terms of the betting, as will Eli Manning’s vast experience in Playoff situations. The emergence of Victor Cruz has also been a huge help to the Giants this season (Victor Cruz 13/2 to score the first touchdown) with his 1,536 receiving yards ranking him as the third highest in the NFL.
The Falcons Hungry
However, Atlanta will not be deterred and will be desperate to make up for last season’s early playoff defeat at home to eventual winners Green Bay, after going into that match with a 13-3 record. If they are to get the better of the Giants come Sunday, they will need a strong running performance from Michael Turner, who has been the Falcons’ highest rusher in 32 of their last 33 matches (Michael Turner 5/1 to score the first touchdown). He also finished the regular season with the third most rushing yards in the NFL.
The Atlanta Falcons have played some high-scoring games of late with four of their last five going over the points total (10/11 on over 47.5 points). However, New York have seen four of their last five go under the points total. Recent meetings between the pair would also suggest that it might be a cagey encounter with six of their last seven meetings going under the points (10/11 on under 47.5 points).
5/4 Atlanta Falcons
8/13 New York Giants