Giants were no better vs. winning teams than Falcons

Matt Ryan is only 2-4 vs. winning teams ...

Matt Ryan's Falcons went 2-4 vs. winning teams ...

... but Eli Manning isn't any better at 1-3.

... but Eli Manning's Giants were worse at 1-3.

OK. No more picking on the Falcons for going only 2-4 against teams with winning records this season. It turns out they’re better than at least four other NFL players — five if you go by percentage points and include their opponent Sunday, the New York Giants.

Since I noted the other day that the Falcons (10-6) largely fattened up on mediocre opponents this season while going only 2-4 against winning teams, I thought it would be only fair to break down every team in the NFL playoff field.

It turns out they’re near the middle of the pack. Guess what? Even the Giants, Sunday’s wild card opponent, went only 1-3 (.250) against winning teams this season (beating New England; losing to San Francisco, New Orleans and Green Bay). The Falcons’ 2-4 mark actually factors out to a better winning percentage (.333).

The best teams in the playoffs aren’t a surprise: Green Bay (5-0 against winning teams), New Orleans (6-1) and Baltimore (6-1). Only one among the worst jumps out. You’ll know it when you see it: Denver (1-4), Cincinnati (1-6), New England (0-2) and Detroit (0-5).

The Patriots (13-3) finished tied for the league’s second-best record. But they had the softest schedule among playoff teams, facing only two with winning records (losing to both Pittsburgh and New York). They went 7-1 against losing teams and 6-0 against .500 teams.

Following is a breakdown of the playoff field.

Does it make you feel a little better about the Falcons’ chances?

Team           vs.W   vs.L vs.E  Overall
Green Bay      5-0    5-1   5-0    15-1
New Orleans    6-1    6-2   1-0    13-3
Baltimore      6-1    4-2   2-1    12-4
San Francisco  4-1    7-0   2-2    13-3
Houston        4-3    6-2   0-1    10-6
Pittsburgh     5-4    7-0   0-0    12-4
Falcons        2-4    7-1   1-1    10-6
N.Y. Giants    1-3    3-3   5-1    9-7
Denver         1-4    3-2   4-2    8-8
Cincinnati     1-6    7-0   1-1    9-7
New England    0-2    7-1   6-0    13-3
Detroit        0-5    5-0   5-1    10-6

Earlier blogs

S.I. reverses field but many pick Falcons over Giants

Mike Smith trying to instill playoff toughness in Falcons

Ranking the coach-QB duos in NFL playoffs

By Jeff Schultz

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224 comments Add your comment

Ole Smoky

January 4th, 2012
11:42 pm

Interesting numbers & not so sure the team with best defense matters..

JSS

January 5th, 2012
12:11 am

Giants are 6-10 in their last 16 games when facing teams above .500…
You really don’t want to know what the Falcons are over the same period…

doggoneit

January 5th, 2012
12:15 am

Jeff Schultz- Seriously, why don’t the falcons blitz more often? Every commentator in the country is raging on us because we don’t blitz enough.

doggoneit

January 5th, 2012
12:16 am

JSS- you have way too much time on your hands

JSS

January 5th, 2012
12:17 am

Nope, it is called multi-taking…

1danielbell

January 5th, 2012
12:19 am

The Giants are overrated … they won 3 of their last 8 games, and two of those were against the Cowboys.

JSS

January 5th, 2012
12:21 am

Can’t blitz when you’re safeties can’t protect over the top… Ask Drew Brees Meachem, Aaron Rodgers, and Jordy Nelson what goes through their heads when they see a Falcons DB show that they are in man-to-man?

JSS

January 5th, 2012
12:36 am

P B Orr

January 5th, 2012
12:42 am

P B Orr

January 5th, 2012
12:45 am

You know, the Lions are going to win, and after that, that smirking sneer on Payton’s sissy face will be wiped out. And JSS, and Choke, and Saint Hiram, and all you jackasses will finally shut the hell up. I almost want to see the Lions win more than I do the Dirty Bags, because you people are so odious that nothing could possibly be more satisfying.

JSS

January 5th, 2012
12:47 am

What do I care if the Lions beat the Saints?

P B Orr

January 5th, 2012
12:48 am

BTW JSS, the Falcons are 8-8 in their last 16 games against winning teams. You were saying? You’re nothing but a miserable troll.

JSS

January 5th, 2012
12:49 am

Orr, you are starting to sound as crazy as a Serbian partisan before they started the genocide. You see Saints fans every where!!! “Dog moved, Saints fan!” “See that Cat crapped, Saints fan!” That’s crazy talk!

P B Orr

January 5th, 2012
12:49 am

Some of us here love the home team, just because it’s the home team. That means the idea of “home” is important to us. People like you are just like mold on bread. You find it, your throw it out. See a roach, stomp a roach.

JSS

January 5th, 2012
12:51 am

In whose dream? dang, you can’t even count that right, 7-9…

FalconJim

January 5th, 2012
12:51 am

Interesting stats, Jeff. Thanks for sharing. And, does it make me feel a little better about our chances?…..somewhat……but now, it makes me wonder how EITHER team made it to the playoffs. Haha! But, GO FALCONS!!!

JSS

January 5th, 2012
12:54 am

Orr is like those old 60s Ole Miss fans… “Love the home team,” no matter how bad, or wrong they were… “Love ‘em!”

JSS

January 5th, 2012
12:56 am

Orr-like fan mind in action… “Love me damnit!!!”

P B Orr

January 5th, 2012
1:00 am

Here are some other NFC records against winning teams 2008-2011

Eagles – 13-17
Cowboys – 12-17
49ers – 7-21
Giants – 11-17
Packers – 19-15
Lions – 2-30

doggoneit

January 5th, 2012
1:06 am

JSS —- falcons ARE IN THE playoffs … And you still live with your Mother HA HA HA HA HA HA :)

Voice Of Reason

January 5th, 2012
1:08 am

No, not really. Giants are home. Falcons wet themselves in big moments.

JSS

January 5th, 2012
1:15 am

Momma jokes? Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

doggoneit

January 5th, 2012
1:16 am

JSS -Yo mama so fat when she looked at the scale it said to be continued

JSS

January 5th, 2012
1:18 am

“Doggoneit”
I’ll tell me Mum you said: “Hi” while I’m on the beach in Ixtapa in 3 weeks!
Want me to send you two empty tin cans and some string?

JSS

January 5th, 2012
1:21 am

I find it so humorous that some bloggers always go for the Momma thing. Really, Momma jokes? Did no one ever not sit you down and tell that “Good Times” was a fictional TV show and the “Jones” is some thing that only “friends” can get away with?

doggoneit

January 5th, 2012
1:25 am

JSS- Yo mama’s so fat, Christopher Columbus claimed her as the new world

JSS

January 5th, 2012
1:27 am

Yeah… Go ahead, I see the “Little Boy School Yard Joke Book” is still on sale at Dollar Tree…

JSS

January 5th, 2012
1:29 am

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…

thesenuts

January 5th, 2012
1:41 am

Victor Cruz is a beast!

thesenuts

January 5th, 2012
1:43 am

Eli Manning 15td’s in the 4th quarter this year!!!! NFL record

thesenuts

January 5th, 2012
1:44 am

Jason Pierre-Paul NFC defensive player of the month for DEC/JAN

ohhhhYEAH

January 5th, 2012
1:56 am

Guess who the Defensive player of the week was last week? I’ll give you a hint:
He wears number 50….and he doesn’t wear blue!

JSS

January 5th, 2012
2:21 am

Receivers running into each other… Al-righty then, hellacious defensive technique there!

Eric C.

January 5th, 2012
3:46 am

Ahhhhhhh…a few moments of peace on the earth when the haters are sleeping and silence bestows a Jeff Schultz Falcons blog.

SawThat1nce

January 5th, 2012
4:31 am

Permit me to point out, that the Falcons would be 4-2 against winning teams, if not for dropped game winning TD passes by their #1 and #2 WRs, in the 1st N.O. saints and the Houston Texans game and would have a 12-4 record.
Also might I add, that if not for a dropped pass by their #1 WR in the 1st Tampa Bay game, the Falcons might by 13-3 this season.

SawThat1nce

January 5th, 2012
4:36 am

The Falcons could have easily been 13-3 this season, and I think that would have won them the NFC South, if my calculations are correct.

Eric C.

January 5th, 2012
4:56 am

SawThat1nce, Last season’s 13-3 record was a reflection of everything falling right (game vs SF, 1st gm vs Saints, 1st gm vs Packers, 2nd game vs Bucs). If those games swung the other way, then you are looking at 9-7 last season. This year…it seems the converse is true with not much 4th quarter magic…e.g., no comeback win vs Bucs in first gm, vs Texans, nor vs Saints in first gm.

Buddy Landell

January 5th, 2012
6:07 am

Has JSS EVER been positive about anything? So predictable he’s boring

Larry

January 5th, 2012
6:17 am

“It turns out they’re better than at least four other NFL players.”

Players?

Me Too

January 5th, 2012
6:59 am

No matter the numbers, the Falcons do not play up to their potential.

Michael M.

January 5th, 2012
7:08 am

Falcons 30 — Giants 27…..Falcons have too many weapons……..it’s a wrap !

No one cares about the FAILCANTS!

January 5th, 2012
7:15 am

JSS

January 5th, 2012
7:31 am

Buddy Landell
January 5th, 2012
6:07 am
“Has JSS EVER been positive about anything?”

Positive is relative. Brent Grimes gets praise. Eric Weems effort and determination gets praise when he is not trying to be a mini-tough guy for a team that has none. Unlike many of you who have cloaked yourself in aura that lying to one’s self is a state of positive good feeling, I live under no allusion of false idols or that they are “more” or “less” in ability. It is kind of like your unimaginative user-name, the “nature boy” wouldn’t settle for being bottom shelf Dollar Tree product knock-off… So why do you accept that in your paid athletic representatives?

I’ve sent the “real Buddy Landell” some of your posts along the way. He chuckled… Ms. LasVegas did too!

JoeFann

January 5th, 2012
7:42 am

NFL is starting to look more like MLB. Pitching and defense get you to the playoffs, but offense during the playoffs wins championships. QB play and defense will get you in, but you better score a LOT to win. Certainly true this weekend. Two good, but not great, defenses. Two very good, to near great, QBs. Two inconsistent offenses. Prediction: the team that scores the most will win. Seriously, the magic formula is no secret. Avoid mistakes (penalties and turnovers.) Take advantage of opponent’s mistakes. Stop the run. Keep the ball away from Victor Cruz. Oh, and tackle. Eli won’t beat you by himself. Of course, neither will Ryan. Should be close. Either way, there are too many holes for either to get past a second rounder. But hope springs eternal. The good news is that Mularkey’s auditioning on a national stage. Like a player in a contract year, you can expect a little extra juice.

Go Birds!

Rothschild

January 5th, 2012
7:49 am

Orr is correct, JSS has turned into a troll. Used to have something to add to the discussion. Now just comes on here to denigrate the Falcons and their fans and pick fights. Too bad.

JSS

January 5th, 2012
8:07 am

“denigrate the Falcons and their fans and pick fights. Too bad.”
Don’t start none of it, and there would be none of it… Go ask your boys like Charlie, Larry (and this is not to start a fight, it is to make point, read your note), and the one-trick pony UGABugKiller.

You want your beautiful cake, but you want to eat it too… I can’t help that most of your elders never sat most of you down and never taught you one of the main tenets of reasonable discourse, “never make it personal.” You guys want to be and must be liked. I can care less. You guys lack that basic perspective. It is not my job to make you understand. If you call that “trolling?” I’d rather be that than insincere, insecure, or persistent liar to one’s self.

Kramer

January 5th, 2012
8:14 am

And JSS likes the……………….
Let me guess, the Packers, 49ers, Steelers, Patriots, some team with a winning record that has a chance for the SB this year. Smells like a bandwagon jumper for sure.

daverave1040

January 5th, 2012
8:14 am

should be interesting game; weather i here on gameday, calls for rain, snow, sleet, horrible conditions;
as a giants fan, they struggled all year running the ball, and stopping the pass, so white, julio jones, and gonzalez could give them problems, unless they get a good pass rush from tuck, pierre paul, umenyora on matt ryan; i’m looking for a 31-28 type of game coming down to the wire; whoever wins
gets to go to green bay the following week to get blown out by the Packers

Ackshun

January 5th, 2012
8:16 am

You know what the best thing about the postseason is NONE OF THAT REGULAR SEASON BS MEANS A DAMN THING NOW! Everyone (even the “mighty” Packers) is 0,0 with 4 to play! LETS DANCE! GO F A L C O N S!

DocDawg

January 5th, 2012
8:17 am

Abe and Ray Ray have to get to Eli. It’s really that simple. Our (alleged) superstars have to beat theirs. If they don’t and the secondary gets toasted, game over.