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Monday, January 09, 2012

NFL : New York Giants flatten Atlanta Falcons 24-2 to win wildcard playoff

The New York Giants recovered from a slow start to flatten the Atlanta Falcons 24-2 and earn their first play-off win at home since 2000.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Falcons actually took a 2-0 lead in the wild-card encounter when Manning, under pressure from James Sanders, was penalised for intentional grounding, resulting in a safety.

However, that proved to be the only points Atlanta would put up, meaning for the second season in a row they fail to win a play-off game.

Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes as the Giants set up a showdown with the Green Bay Packers, a team that beat them 38-35 during the regular season, in the next round of the post season.

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