The Falcons remained winless in the playoffs under head coach Mike Smith with a 24-2 loss to the New York Giants. The Falcons offense struggled converting on third and fourth downs lead to the paltry offensive output. The Falcons have been ousted in their first playoff game for the third time in four seasons. The Falcons record for the year ends at 10-7.
Matt Ryan completed 24 of 41 for 199 yards, as the Falcons were unable to really be effective throwing the ball downfield. The running game was meager, with Michael Turner rushing 15 times for 41 yards. Julio Jones led the team in receptions with 7 catches for 64 yards. Roddy White had 5 catches for 52 yards, while Tony Gonzalez had 4 catches for 44 yards. Matt Bosher punted 7 times, matching a season high, for an average of 46 yards, with only 1 being placed inside the 20-yard line. Eric Weems averaged 20.8 yards on 4 kickoff returns, but did not return a punt. The Falcons offense only converted on 4 of 14 (29%) of their third down attempts, and was 0 for 3 on fourth downs. All of their fourth down tries came inside the Giants own 25-yard line, all representing chances for the Falcons to settle for field goals to put additional points on the board.
Defensively, the Falcons played the Giants very tough in the first half. They only converted 2 of 9 third downs and were held to 7 points. But the Giants found little stopping them in the second half, converting all of their third down attempts, and putting up 17 points and 314 total yards. Curtis Lofton and Sean Weatherspoon tied for the team lead of 12 tackles. John Abraham (4 tackles, 1 sack), Spencer Adkins (4 tackles), Jonathan Babineaux (3 tackles), Kroy Biermann (4 tackles), Thomas DeCoud (9 tackles, 2 for loss), Dominique Franks (5 tackles), Chris Owens (6 tackles, 2 passes defended), Dunta Robinson (3 tackles, 1 pass defended), and James Sanders (6 tackles) had noteworthy games.