Falcons-Giants winner will play Packers

January, 7, 2012
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The New Orleans Saints' victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night ensures that the New York Giants, if they win their NFC wild-card round game against the Falcons on Sunday, will travel to Green Bay to play the defending Super Bowl champion Packers at 4:30 p.m. ET next Sunday.

I feel compelled to mention this because people have asked, and to give Giants fans a post on which to talk about this week's game and dream about what may lie beyond it. You know, just in case any of my Giants fans are up late tonight or can't sleep because they're too wound up about Sunday's playoff game.

The Packers are the NFC's top seed and therefore play the lowest remaining seed in the next round. The Saints are the No. 3 seed, the Giants No. 4 and the Falcons No. 5, so that means that whichever team wins the Falcons-Giants game will be the lowest remaining seed and will have to travel to Green Bay to play the 15-1 Packers, who were off this week. The Saints will travel to San Francisco to face the second-seeded 49ers.

The Packers beat the Giants 38-35 last month at MetLife Stadium. That was the Packers' smallest margin of victory this year in any of their 15 wins, which means you could make the case that the Giants played them tougher than did any team except the Chiefs, who beat them two weeks later. The Packers beat the Falcons 25-14 in Atlanta in early October.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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