(ATLANTA) — In a rematch of last season’s NFC Wild-Card game, the Atlanta Falcons blanked the New York Giants 34-0 in hopes of sending a message to all their skeptics and critics.
Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes for the Falcons (12-2), who held the Giants scoreless in the regular season for the first time since 1996.
Julio Jones caught two of those touchdowns, finishing with 74 receiving yards on six receptions.
The Falcons moved one step closer to home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with the win. They need one win in their final two games to accomplish that feat.
Eli Manning threw two interceptions for the Giants (8-6), which fell into a first-place tie with the Washington Redskins in the NFC East.
The Giants were sloppy from the start. They were 0-for-3 on fourth down conversions and kicker Lawrence Tynes missed a 30-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter.
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Seth Fiegerman, CNN
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