2) Tynes misses short FG - After finding themselves in a quick 7-0 hole, the Giants had a chance to post some points. Beginning at their own 20, Eli Manning and the offense drove to Atlanta’s 12, setting up a 30-yard field goal attempt. But
3) Manning’s second turnover - Like any road team, Tom Coughlin and the Giants knew their success or failure would be defined by turnovers. The Giants were minus-3 in that department Sunday, and Manning was responsible for two of them in the first half alone. His second interception came early in the second quarter at the hands of safety Thomas DeCoud in Giants territory. The Falcons turned it into three points and a 17-0 lead on the ensuing drive.
4) Stopped on fourth downs - The Giants’ postseason victory over the Falcons in January was largely defined by key fourth-down stands. Atlanta returned the favor this time around on its home turf and left New York empty-handed on three such attempts. On the first,
5) Julio Jones’ long touchdown - Entering halftime with a 17-0 lead, the Falcons wanted to put as much distance as possible between themselves and a Giants team with a knack for comebacks. A 40-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to wide receiver Julio Jones accomplished that goal on the opening drive of the second half. It was the longest play of the game for either team and gave the Falcons a 24-0 lead, which they extended to 34 before the final whistle blew.