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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, left, shakes hands with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. (Jan. 8, 2012)

NFC wild-card: Giants 24, Falcons 2

the Giants began their playoff march with a dominating 24-2 win over the Falcons at MetLife Stadium. The Giants will face top-seeded Green Bay next Sunday at 4:30 in a rematch of their Dec. 4 loss to the Packers.

Tom Coughlin gets a kick out of the
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Tom Coughlin gets a kick out of the Giants playoff victory as the game was about to end. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw of the New
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Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants celebrate in the final moments against the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Brandon Jacobs celebrates the Giants' 24-2 win over
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Brandon Jacobs celebrates the Giants' 24-2 win over the Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012)

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Brandon Jacobs and Giants co-owner Steve Tisch embrace
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Brandon Jacobs and Giants co-owner Steve Tisch embrace on the sideline after beating the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants celebrates
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Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants celebrates
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Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants celebrates after defeating the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Kevin Boothe of the New York Giants celebrates
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Kevin Boothe of the New York Giants celebrates after defeating the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants meets
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Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants meets with Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith at MetLife Stadium. (Jan. 8, 2012)

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Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants celebrates
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Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants celebrates his second quarter touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons with teammate Jake Ballard. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants runs
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Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants runs the ball against William Moore of the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Eli Manning of the New York Giants throws
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Eli Manning of the New York Giants throws a pass against the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Rocky Bernard of the New York Giants sacks
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Rocky Bernard of the New York Giants sacks Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Atlanta Falcons watch the game from the sidelines
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Atlanta Falcons watch the game from the sidelines during the second half against the New York Giants. (Jan. 8, 2012)

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Atlanta Falcons watch from the sidelines during the
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Atlanta Falcons watch from the sidelines during the second half against the New York Giants. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith argues a
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Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith argues a call with an official during the second half against the New York Giants. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Will Beatty, Hakeem Nicks and David Diehl of
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Will Beatty, Hakeem Nicks and David Diehl of the New York Giants celebrate after Nicks scored a 72-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants scores
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Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants scores on a 72-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012)

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks runs
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New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks runs past Atlanta Falcons defenders to score on a 72-yard touchdown pass during the second half. (Jan. 8, 2012)

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Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants celebrates
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Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants celebrates after he scored on a 72-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012)

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz can't
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz can't reach a pass against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dominique Franks during the second half. (Jan. 8, 2012)

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks indicates
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New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks indicates a first down after a 19-yard reception against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half. (Jan. 8, 2012)

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz evades
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz evades a tackle by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dominique Franks during the second half. (Jan. 8, 2012)

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning drops back
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning drops back for a pass during the first quarter. (Jan. 8, 2012)

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning drops sacked
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning drops sacked by John Abraham during the first quarter. (Jan. 8, 2012)

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is tackled
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is tackled by Atlanta Falcons strong safety James Sanders during the first half. (Jan. 8, 2012)

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks leaps
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New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks leaps to catch a touchdown in the second quarter. (Jan. 8, 2012)

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks pulls
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New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks pulls down a four yard touchdown pass against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dominique Franks during the first half. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York
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Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants looks on in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012)

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New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks pulls
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New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks pulls down a four yard touchdown pass against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dominique Franks during the first half. (Jan. 8, 2012)

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks celebrates
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New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks celebrates his four yard touchdown pass against defender Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dominique Franks. (Jan. 8, 2012)

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is sacked
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is sacked by Atlanta Falcons linebacker John Abraham during the first half. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud tackles New
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Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud tackles New York Giants running back D.J. Ware during the first half. (Jan. 8, 2012)

New York Giants wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan flips
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New York Giants wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan flips in the air after getting hit during the first half. (Jan. 8, 2012)

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Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants runs
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Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants runs the ball in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Eli Manning of the New York Giants steps
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Eli Manning of the New York Giants steps up to the line of scrimmage against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Eli Manning of the New York Giants looks
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Eli Manning of the New York Giants looks to pass in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons looks to
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Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons looks to pass against the New York Giants in the first quarter. (Jan. 8, 2012)

A fan of the New York Giants wears
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A fan of the New York Giants wears glasses and a mask which reads "Go Giants Cruz Time" in support of Victor Cruz. (Jan. 8, 2012)

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Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann takes down
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Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann takes down New York Giants wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan after a reception during the first half. (Jan. 8, 2012)

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning passes during
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning passes during the first half of an wild-card playoff football game. (Jan. 8, 2012)

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning runs onto
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning runs onto the field. (Jan. 8, 2012)

New York Giants free safety Antrel Rolle shakes
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New York Giants free safety Antrel Rolle shakes hands with fans before a wild-card playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012)

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin chats
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New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin chats with quarterback Eli Manning before a wild-card playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012)

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Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, right, shakes
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Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, right, shakes hands with New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones warms up
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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones warms up before an NFL wild card game against the New York Giants. (Jan. 8, 2012)

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz sign
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz sign autographs for fans. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan warms up before
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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan warms up before wild card game against the New York Giants. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, left, shakes hands
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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, left, shakes hands with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. (Jan. 8, 2012)

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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz warms
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz warms up before a wild card game against the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012)

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