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NFL Capsule: Giants at Falcons

NFL Capsule: Giants at Falcons

NEW YORK GIANTS (8-5) At ATLANTA (11-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Falcons by 1

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New York 6-5-2; Atlanta 7-5-1

SERIES RECORD - Giants lead 11-10

AP PRO32 RANKING - Giants No. 6 (tie); Falcons No. 5

LAST MEETING - Giants beat Falcons 24-2, Jan. 8, 2012

LAST WEEK - Giants beat Saints 52-27; Falcons lost to Panthers 30-20

GIANTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (15), PASS (9)

GIANTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (22), PASS (27)

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (28), PASS (4)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (23T), PASS (16)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Giants hold one-game lead over Washington and Dallas in NFC East, while Atlanta has already clinched NFC South title. ... Falcons can wrap up home-field advantage throughout conference playoffs if they win and both Green Bay and San Francisco lose. ... David Wilson of Giants became first player in NFL history to rush for more than 100 yards and have more than 200 yards in return yards in victory over Saints. His 327 all-purpose yards set franchise record. ... Atlanta has lost back-to-back games only three times in Mike Smith's five years as coach, all during 2009 season. ... New York 3-0 vs. NFC South this season. ... Falcons WR Julio Jones is 3 yards away from 1,000 yards receiving on season. WR Roddy White (1,140) has already reached 1,000 yards for sixth straight year, while TE Tony Gonzalez (831) has shot at milestone. ... Gonzalez has longest active reception streak in NFL (191 games). ... Giants have topped 40 points three times, and have surpassed 35 points two other times. Atlanta has not given up more than 31 points in a game. ... Falcons 32-7 at Georgia Dome over last five seasons. ... New York has lost its last two road games. ... Falcons RB Michael Turner rushed for only 14 yards on seven carries against Carolina, second-lowest output of his Atlanta career. Only time he gained less yards in game was final appearance of 2009 season, when he left with injury after rushing for 7 yards on one carry. ... Stevie Brown has broken Giants' single-season record for interception return yards with 259 on seven picks. ... Atlanta has scored seven touchdowns on drives lasting four plays or less. ... Falcons P Matt Bosher on pace to break his franchise record for net punting average. He is at 41.4, far ahead of the mark he set last season (38.9).

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Javonte Perkins had 25 points as Saint Louis topped VCU 80-62 on Friday night.

Hasahn French had 18 points for Saint Louis (19-8, 8-6 Atlantic 10 Conference). Terrence Hargrove Jr. added 11 points. Jordan Goodwin had 10 points.

Marcus Santos-Silva had 11 points for the Rams (17-10, 7-7), who have now lost four consecutive games. De'Riante Jenkins added 10 points.

Saint Louis plays Saint Joseph's at home on Wednesday. VCU faces UMass on the road on Wednesday.

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Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with reporters after the team's victory over the Wizards Friday night, praising Bradley Beal, who was snubbed from All-Star consideration this season despite averaging nearly 30 points-per-game.

The Cavaliers held the Wizards to just 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Thompson said their main focus was neutralizing Beal.

"The Wizards are really good offensively when they are making their runs," Thompson said postgame. "Bradley Beal is an All-Star in our league. One of the top-three two-guards in our league right now, so we were just trying to make it tough for him."

Beal finished the night with 26 points, but struggled from the floor. Beal shot 9-for-28 from the floor and the Cavaliers' stingy defense was clearly a factor.

Beal and the Wizards will have a chance to get back on track on Sunday night at Capital One Arena when they host the Chicago Bulls for the final time this season.

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