If you were one of those fantasy football players expecting a shootout in Atlanta on Sunday between the Falcons and Giants you couldn’t have been more mistaken. Not only were Giants receivers shutdown, the team as a whole ended up getting shut out as Matt Ryan and the Falcons rolled the Giants 34-0 in what has to be the most embarrassing loss in recent memory for New York.
But the Falcons without a doubt exorcised some demons against the Giants, a team that only allowed them to score two points the last time they met in the NFC Wild Card game a year ago.
Int the process of the blow out win, Matt Ryan broke the Falcons single season passing record with 4,198 yards on the season thus far. The previous mark that Ryan beat was set by none other than himself, and with two more games left to go in the season it’s looking like that total will be added to plentifully.
Atlanta was hoping to lock up home field advantage on Sunday, but they needed more than a simple win to secure that. The Falcons needed a Packers loss and a 49ers loss to ensure the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC went through Atlanta, but with the Packers beating the Bears and clinching the NFC North crown, home field advantage in the NFC is still up in the air.
Speaking of up in the air, with the loss on Sunday and a win by the Redskins, the Giants have officially fallen back in the NFC East. They’re tied with the Redskins for the lead in the East and will be limping into a big game next week against the Ravens that could very well put their season on life support, if you don’t consider it to be there already.
What we saw on Sunday was two very contrasting NFC pictures. But as both teams proved last year, it rarely matters what you do in the regular season as a team that can put up 34 points on week can very well only muster up a pair of points when things start to really count.