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RoanokeFan
12-17-2012, 07:43 AM
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...ss_to_pre.html (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/giants_defense_helpless_to_pre.html)

Excerpt: "The same Giants defense that last week left New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees dazed and confused didn’t bother showing up in a 34-0 loss to the Falcons at the Georgia Dome today. The Giants barely laid a hand on Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan and wound up producing their worst effort at a most inopportune time.

“I feel like that girl in the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ ” said defensive end Justin Tuck. “I wish I had some red shoes and could wish myself to the next game. Next Sunday can’t get here fast enough.”

But the Giants have a whole week to consider what happened in this lopsided loss. The Falcons established their running game early, enabling Ryan to shake off a three-game malaise and help the club score more points than it has since the season opener in Kansas City. It matched the most points allowed by the Giants this season.

Atlanta ran the ball a season-high 38 times for 129 yards, 52 of them from the much-maligned Michael Turner. The running threat allowed Ryan more freedom to throw the ball. He wound up completing 23 of 28 passes for 270 yards, breaking his own single-season yardage record (4,202 yards), and three touchdowns. He was sacked only once, that by defensive tackle Chris Canty for an insignificant five-yard loss.

“The running game was crucial for us,” Ryan said. “Getting that going early and making their defensive line have to defend both, having to rush the passer and defend the run and the draw, was crucial. It meant their defensive line had to defend the run. We did a good job mixing it up and making it difficult for their defensive line to get in the rhythm of the game.”

The Falcons showed their intention to establish the run on their first possession. After taking over at the Giants' 16 following an Eli Manning interception, the Falcons gave it to Turner on four consecutive plays and he scored from the 1. That set the tone for the rest of the game." Read more...