Originally posted on ajc.com  |  Last updated 1/8/12
Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) takes down Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33). AP EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Much to the dismay of the Falcons’ front office and despite their best efforts, the Falcons are not a championship level NFL team. The Falcons were defeated by the New York Giants 24-2 and rudely escorted from the playoffs at MetLife Stadium before a raucous crowd of 79,909 fans on Sunday. After playing a gutsy first half, the Falcons were treated like imposters trying to crash a glitzy Broadway party in the second half. New York wide receiver Hakeem Nicks mocked the team’s tradition by doing the Dirty Bird dance after a 72-yard third-quarter touchdown and the festive Giants fans at the stadium spent parts of the fourth quarter chatting, “Hey, hey hey…Good-bye.” Last season, the Falcons came out of the regular season winners of the NFC South. Because of some major offseason moves over they were considered by some to be a Super Bowl …
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