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Rapid Reaction: Falcons 34, Giants 0

Dec 16 3:48 PM ET

By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

What it means: This was much more significant than a run-of-the-mill December victory for a team that already has clinched the NFC South title and a spot in the playoffs. This was a statement game for the 12-2 Falcons. A week after playing a horrible game against Carolina, they bounced back with their best outing of the season. They also did it against the team that bounced them from the playoffs last season and they did it in a very convincing manner.

What I liked: Everything. Critics have ripped the Falcons for not putting together a complete game and, often times, playing just well enough to win. Well, this one was different. The Falcons were pretty much flawless. They ran and passed the ball well on offense. The defense intercepted Eli Manning twice early in the game and came through with some big stops.

Stat of the day: The shutout marked the first time the Giants have been held scoreless in a regular-season game with Manning as their quarterback.

Busting a myth: There are a lot of people out there who say Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan can’t throw the deep ball. I always have disputed that claim. And Ryan gave me some more evidence to work with. If you haven’t seen his 40-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones, please go watch the replay. It should be on all of the highlight shows.

Super omen? Speaking of Jones, he went over 1,000 receiving yards for the season on Sunday. Teammate Roddy White already was over 1,000 yards. They are the first Atlanta duo to post 1,000 receiving yards in the same season since Terance Mathis and Tony Martin in the 1998 season. In case you don't remember, that's the season the Falcons made it to the Super Bowl for the only time in franchise history.

Pro Bowl bound? Very quietly, Atlanta free safety Thomas DeCoud has emerged as a force. He intercepted Manning in the first half. That gives DeCoud six interceptions on the season. The fifth-year player should get strong consideration for a spot on the NFC Pro Bowl team.

What’s next: The Falcons face a bit of a short week. They play the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Saturday night.

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F*** him he has done nothing but HATE since the Carolina game. He is a total Tool who jumps on and off bandwagons at the drop of a dime. His articles are a comedy of bias and stupidity every day

He's a journalist. What you perceive as bias was nothing more than true statements of what was a bad game against Carolina. Is he supposed to say "the Falcons are still the best team" when they lose like they did last week? Is he a fan? Or a journalist? Can only have one or the other. Quit being so sensitive.

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Hey Patty...stfu and get off our bandwagon.

PY certainly jumped off the Falcons bandwagon last week, but appears to have jumped back on it this week. An excerpt from his article last week following the Panthers loss:

"They fell to 11-2 and had a five-game winning streak against the Panthers snapped. More important, they showed all sorts of flaws that could come back to haunt them in the postseason.

“It better be a bump in the road, if we’re the team we think we are," Gonzalez said. "I can hear them right now. They’re getting off the bandwagon. I can hear them jumping off. But that’s how it goes. And looking at our history, a lot of people are going to say, 'Well, see, I told you' and whatever."

Yep, you’ll see a lot of “same-old Falcons" talk in the aftermath of this one. In the first half, the Atlanta offense was even more stagnant than it was in last season’s playoff loss against the New York Giants (the same team Atlanta hosts next Sunday). The Falcons ran only 13 offensive plays in the first two quarters.

“We did not play anywhere near our potential, to our standards," Smith said.

No, what the Falcons put on the field early on wasn’t even close to their standards or the standards of any team that hopes to do anything positive in the postseason. "

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DeCoud and Moore, best safety combo. AND we were missing Moore anyway. So, Giants can't talk like Bradshaw would have been the difference in this game. THOROUGH beat down.

Chris Hope played very well today filling in for Moore. DeCoud's INT gives him six for the season thus far.

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