Giants WR Victor Cruz vs. Falcons CB Robert McClain: Cruz leads the Giants in receptions with 76 catches for 1,004 yards and nine touchdowns. The Falcons held him to two catches for 28 yards in the playoff meeting last season. McClain has continued his fine play this season. He has eight pass breakups and 52 tackles, according to coaches’ film review.
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul vs. Falcons LT Sam Baker: Pierre-Paul leads the Giants with 6.5 sacks. He spent most of the playoff game in the Falcons’ backfield. He finished with eight tackles and made two tackles for losses. Baker missed the last meeting after undergoing back surgery.
Giants RB David Wilson vs. Falcons MLB Akeem Dent: Wilson, a rookie from Virginia Tech, had his first 100-yard rushing game last week against the Saints and had two touchdowns, including a 52-yard run in the fourth quarter. With Ahmad Bradshaw nursing a sprained knee, Wilson could become the main ball carrier. Dent has to step forward and become an enforcer in the run defense. He played 32 of 69 snaps (46%) last weekend against the Panthers.
Giants CB Prince Amukamara or Jayron Hosley vs. Falcons WR Roddy White: Amukamara was a first-round pick in 2011 (11th overall), but got off to a slow start. He left the win over the Saints in the second half with a hamstring injury and did not return. He’s started in 10 straight games. Hosley, a rookie from Virginia Tech, will likely be targeted if he has to start. But he said he plans to get physical with White, who was followed around by Corey Webster is last season’s playoff game. Hosley is 5-foot-10, 178 pounds. White 6-foot, 211. White, who has a sore knee and will be a game-time decision, had 117 yards receiving last week against Carolina. Teams have done a good job recently of taking him away on third downs.
Panthers hold on to defeat Falcons 30-20
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