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Bound for New York


It was a long day of unknowns and uncertainty as the Falcons started Sunday not knowing which seed they'd hold or where they'd be heading.

Now, it's time to start spreading the news.

After Atlanta beat Tampa Bay 45-24 earlier Sunday and, by virtue of Detroit losing to Green Bay, earned the No. 5 seed in the NFC Playoffs, things became a bit more clear as the Falcons would take on the winner of Sunday night's Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants game.

And after the dust settled on the final regular season week of the 2011 NFL season, the Falcons found out they'd be heading to New York to take on the NFC East champion Giants.

New York put up a strong defensive effort against Dallas, getting to quarterback Tony Romo while the Giants offense shows signs of greatness, led by WR Victor Cruz on their way to a 31-14 win.

The Falcons and Giants will play at MetLife Stadium at 1 p.m. Sunday in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs.

The game will be televised nationally on Fox.

Sunday will be the first time since 2009 that the two teams met. The Giants won the last matchup on Nov. 22, 2009 in New York 34-31 during the regular season.

Here's a look at the entire schedule:


Saturday, Jan 7

4:30 p.m. - No. 6 Cinncinati at No. 3 Houston (NBC) * 8 p.m. - No. 6 Detroit at No. 3 New Orleans (NBC)

Sunday, Jan 8

1 p.m. - No. 5 Atlanta at No. 4 New York Giants (FOX) * 4:30 p.m. - No. 5 Pittsburgh at No. 4 Denver (CBS)


Saturday, Jan 14

4:30 p.m. - NO/NYG/ATL at San Francisco (FOX) * 8 p.m. - DEN/PIT/CIN at New England (CBS)

Sunday, Jan 15

1 p.m. - HOU/DEN/PIT at Baltimore (CBS) * 4:30 p.m. - NYG/ATL/DET at Green Bay (FOX)

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