It was apparent from the opening the kickoff, that the New York football Giants were set up to fail coming into this important matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. From the media's constant barrage of Superbowl Pretenders remarks, the lost to the Carolina Panthers the week prior, even after saying they were the better team before the game and the memory of the blowout loss last year in the playoffs; the Falcons came into this game with the fuel they needed to play with an intensity that the Giants were never able to match. This was their statement game, the game they put everyone on notice that they are ready for the playoffs and the road to superbowl is going to have to go through them. Meanwhile, the Giants came into the game with the mentality "We're better with our backs against the wall" and they now suddenly find themselves there, with their backs against the wall, no longer in control of their ability to make the playoffs. They came into the game flat, injured and exhausted after coming down off the high they experienced when they beat the Saints. All of these factors along with the inconsistent play so far this season created the perfect mixture unfortunately setting the Giants up to fail.