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Sunday, January 8, 2012
Live from MetLife Stadium

By Pat Yasinskas

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It’s a relatively gorgeous day here at MetLife Stadium for the playoff game between the Falcons and Giants.

It’s sunny and the temperature has to be in the 40s already. There’s a bit of wind. But, when you consider this is January and I was bracing myself for the worst, this feels like Miami. If the Falcons lose this one, the weather can't be an excuse.

I’m set up in the press box. The Falcons' buses arrived as I was going through the security line and a couple of players already are out jogging. Some of the Giants also are on the field.

I’ll be back with the inactives about 90 minutes before kickoff and will weigh in with any other pregame notes. We’ll also be doing the Countdown Live chat throughout the game.

New Orleans fans, I’ll try to do a post before the game in which I share some interesting numbers on the Saints’ victory last night.