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Giants Dominate Falcons, 24-2 [VIDEO]

Hakeem Nicks
Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants scores a 72-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter (Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes and the  Giants ran all over Atlanta in a 24-2 rout of the Falcons in an NFC wild-card game on Sunday.

Eli Manning
Eli Manning leaves the field after the win. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Manning, having his best pro season, connected with Hakeem Nicks for a 72-yard score and Mario Manningham on a 27-yarder as the Giants (10-7) pulled away from the inept Falcons (10-7) in the second half. He also threw a 4-yard TD pass to Nicks in the first half, which came after the quarterback scrambled 14 yards to spark the 85-yard drive.

While Manning came through with touchdown passes, the tempo was set by New York’s defense, which never allowed Atlanta to get going, and the league’s lowest-ranked rushing game, which ran for a season-high 172 yards. Brandon Jacobs led the way with 92 yards on 14 carries.

The Giants travel to Green Bay next Sunday to play the defending Super Bowl champion Packers (15-1), who beat them 38-35 in December.

MetLife Stadium
MetLife Stadium is ready for the Giants-Falcons playoff game. (Matthew White, Townsquare Media NJ)

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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