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Rolle recalls previous playoff game vs. Falcons

New York Giants free safety Antrel Rolle celebrates

New York Giants free safety Antrel Rolle celebrates after stopping Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones for a loss of two yards in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Jan. 1, 2012) Credit: MCT

This may be the first time the Giants are facing the Falcons in the playoffs, but for Antrel Rolle it’s not. Rolle was a member of the Cardinals team that beat the Falcons in the first round of the 2008 playoffs. In fact, he played a critical part in a key play in that game.

Rolle returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter that swung momentum and gave the Cardinals the lead in their 30-24 win. The Cardinals went on the play in the Super Bowl and came within a few minutes of beating the Steelers (strangely enough, Santonio Holmes was on the field at the end of THAT game!).

It’s also interesting to note that the Cardinals were 9-7 and the No. 4 seed in that game against the Falcons – which is exactly the same scenario for Sunday’s game between the Giants and Falcons.

“It’s very similar,” Rolle said. “Things were definitely falling into our favor (in that game), whether it was a big play or other things happening like (Darnell) Dockett causing the fumble and I was able to run it back for a touchdown. It was a lot of things that played into our favor and it was a big momentum change in the game, because we were down at halftime.”

They took the lead on that play. That was also Michael Boley’s last game with the Falcons, one he referenced yesterday.

Rolle made a momentum-changing play on Sunday night when he intercepted Tony Romo. Perhaps he has another one at his disposal for the Falcons on Sunday.

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