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Team Grades: Giants’ Beckham Worth The Wait, Big Blue Defeats Falcons 30-20

The New York Giants unleashed their newest weapon, Odell Beckham, Jr., and the rookie speedster was certainly worth the wait. Beckham caught his first NFL pass, as well as his first NFL touchdown, and provided a much-needed offensive lift. After a mediocre first half, the Giants’ defense clamped down on Matt Ryan and company, and New York won going away, 30-20, at MetLife Stadium.

10/06/2014

Falcons’ wide receiver Roddy White, right, celebrates with teammates Julio Jones, center, and Matt Ryan after scoring a touchdown in the first half against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on Sept. 7, 2014 in Atlanta. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

High-Powered Falcons To Pose Serious Threat To Giants’ Revamped Defense

Going against one of the NFL’s best is a sure way to get a player motivated. It’s one of the reasons the New York Giants defense is ready for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium.

10/02/2014

Wide receiver Devin Hester #17 of the Atlanta Falcons returns a punt for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a game at the Georgia Dome on September 18, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Five Things: Buccaneers Vs. Falcons Thursday Night Roundup

56-14. You just don’t see scores like that in the NFL very often. Tampa Bay didn’t look like an NFL team last night, not scoring until the fourth quarter. For Atlanta, this was exactly the performance it needed.

09/19/2014

Running back Bobby Rainey #43 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fumbles as inside linebacker Joplo Bartu #59 of the Atlanta Falcons defends during a game at the Georgia Dome on September 18, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Falcons Clobber Hapless Buccaneers 56-14

Matt Ryan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, Julio Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 yards and a couple of scores, and Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 20th return for a TD as the Falcons routed the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14.

09/19/2014

Quarterback Geno Smith of the New York Jets throws a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons on October 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Geno Ice! Rookie Stuns Atlanta, Comes Up Huge For ‘Fearless’ Jets

Jets guard Willie Colon said quarterback Geno Smith didn’t give any sort of “Disney pep talk” before leading Monday night’s game-winning drive. The rookie just went in and got the job done.

10/08/2013

Nick Folk reacts after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Atlanta Falcons on October 7, 2013. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Jets Make Critics Eat Crow — Myself Included

Last week, I pegged the Jets as not ready for prime time. Hence the crow, which I’ll gladly chow down if it means I’ve just witnessed the turning point in the maturity of Gang Green.

10/08/2013

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets calls a play against the Atlanta Falcons during their game at the Georgia Dome on October 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Geno Smith Ices The Atlanta Falcons On Monday Night Football

The Jets rookie quarterback shocks the world with an outstanding performance against the Atlanta Falcons.

10/08/2013

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Jets, Falcons Both ‘Desperate’ For A Win Monday Night

If the Falcons don’t start winning, they can forget about those Super Bowl hopes. Meanwhile, the Jets don’t want to slip below .500 — especially on national television.

10/07/2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Falcons 27-23. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Will Geno Smith Be Forced Into A Shootout With Matt Ryan?

Can the Jets rookie quarterback overcome adversity and a hostile environment to secure a victory for Gang Green?

10/01/2013

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Fantasy Football: Top 12 Quarterbacks To Draft

Having an elite signal-caller who can win you the game in crunch time is essential for any NFL franchise.

08/15/2013

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Gore, 49ers Rally To Beat Falcons 28-24 In NFC Championship

49ers rebounded from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Falcons 28-24 in the NFC championship.

01/20/2013

Frank Gore (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images), Manti Te'o (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images), Matt Ryan  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Silverman: Don’t Let Te’o Saga Steal Focus From AFC, NFC Title Games

Is it possible to be hyped up about the AFC and NFC championship games this weekend? Or must attention be focused on Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and the fake death of his fake girlfriend?

01/17/2013

Ray Lewis (credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images), Tom Brady (credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images), Colin Kaepernick (credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images), Matt Ryan (credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Ravens-Patriots, 49ers-Falcons; Stage Set For Championship Sunday

OK, so the Giants didn’t make the playoffs this year. We all know what happened with the Jets. Even without your favorite team in the mix, Championship Sunday is teed up to be a great one.

01/14/2013

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Falcons Rally In Fourth Quarter To Beat Seahawks 30-28

Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal with 8 seconds left and the Atlanta Falcons bounced back after blowing a 20-point lead.

01/13/2013

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 28:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium on October 28, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Silverman: Eli’s Pro Bowl Absence Explains Much About Giants’ Season

What’s notable for the Giants is that Eli Manning is not going to the Pro Bowl and there can be no argument that he was jobbed, the voting was a sham or an injustice has been done.

12/27/2012

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