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    FALCONS' PASS DEFENSE FACING BIG TEST

    "The Falcons finished the regular season with a 45-24 win over the Buccaneers
    on Sunday, putting the final nail in the coffin of the Raheem Morris era in
    Tampa Bay and clinching the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs. The Falcons, who
    already had secured a wild-card spot, marched out to a 42-0 lead in the second
    quarter before being outscored by the Bucs 24-3 the rest of the way. Atlanta
    suffered a blowout loss to the Saints in its previous game, but the offense was
    particularly impressive as the club notched its 10th win of the season, against
    the Bucs.


    "We wanted to come out and set the tempo with our execution, and I was very
    pleased with the way that our guys played, especially there in the first half,"
    Falcons head coach Mike Smith said. "We did some things that we needed to do—
    we had to get it fixed from our previous game — and I'm really proud of the way
    our guys bounced back."




    Atlanta will travel to face the NFC East-champion Giants in the wild-card
    round of the postseason. These two teams have not met since the 2009 season,
    when Eli Manning threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 Giants
    victory at the Meadowlands.




    The Falcons won five of their final seven games this season but fell to the
    only two playoff teams they faced in the second half of the season — the Saints
    and Texans. The club is still looking for its first postseason win under Smith,
    who will lead his team to the playoffs for the third time since he was hired
    four seasons ago.




    The PFW spin




    One of the potential problem areas for the Falcons is their pass defense.
    Bucs QB Josh Freeman, who struggled mightily this season, dropped back to pass
    50 times Sunday, and he was sacked only twice. He had a completion percentage of
    68.9 (31-of-45), and Freeman completed two passes longer than 30 yards — he
    completed more than 68 percent of his passes in only five other games this
    season.




    The Falcons also picked off Freeman three times Sunday and recovered his lone
    fumble, but Atlanta is going to face a much sharper quarterback when the defense
    lines up across from Manning, who lit up the Cowboys for 346 yards, three
    touchdowns and no interceptions Sunday night. He has one of the league's better
    WR tandems in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, and the Falcons' secondary will be
    in for a long afternoon if it doesn't get a lot of help from the front four in
    the form of a highly disruptive pass rush on Manning.




    The Packers exposed weaknesses in the Falcons' secondary when the two teams
    met in last season's playoffs, a 48-21 Green Bay victory in the divisional
    round. The Giants, while not as high-powered as the Packers, have the ability to
    carve up a secondary, too.




    Atlanta's defense would get a boost from the return of its best corner, Brent
    Grimes, who has missed four of the past five games since undergoing knee
    surgery. He played in Week 16 vs. the Saints, and the Falcons considered playing
    him vs. the Bucs before deciding it was best to sit him.




    The Falcons spent big money to sign CB Dunta Robinson before last season, but
    he hasn't played up to expectations. Grimes is headed for unrestricted free
    agency in the offseason. The team needs those players to step up when it counts
    most."

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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    Re: PFW - FALCONS' PASS DEFENSE FACING BIG TEST

    Thanks RF! I really think the Gmen will have a big day passing the ball. Hope Jake Ballard can get in on the action although Bear did a decent job last week and got us in position with his hurdle and run so that Cruz was set up on the next 3rd down play for his big TD. Looks like Nicks will be a full go. Hopefully Eli can spread the ball around to Cruz, Nicks, Manningham and Ballard and get them all focused in a big game. OL needs to protect as they did last week.

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      Re: PFW - FALCONS' PASS DEFENSE FACING BIG TEST

      We have a big test, that's stopping Tony G and Turner

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        Re: PFW - FALCONS' PASS DEFENSE FACING BIG TEST



        [quote user="MikeIsaGiant"]We have a big test, that's stopping Tony G and Turner[/quote]




        thats the key... I think we can put up our points. the big thing is can we stop the falcons offense from laying the wood on us.

        Football has been very, very good to us.
        After losing seasons 2013-15, the giants put up 11 wins in 16.. they are on way Back
        But for now we can console ourselves with this fact-

        # of Super Bowl victories since 1985:

        1-Chicago, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Seattle
        2-Washington, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Baltimore
        3-San Francisco, Dallas, Denver
        4-New York Giants!!!
        5-NE
        Let's make it 5 in 2016 so we can be on a LINE NE again!!!

        ***Stat provided by "Schloss22"***

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