Ryan throws 3 TD passes, Falcons rout Giants 34-0

Ryan throws 3 TD passes, Falcons rout Giants 34-0
December 16, 2012, 3:56 pm
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Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, second from left, and players close their eyes during during a moment of silence for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Atlanta. A gunman walked into the school in Newtown, Conn., Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

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ATLANTA (AP) Matt Ryan threw three touchdowns passes and the Atlanta Falcons handed the New York Giants their first regular-season shutout since 1996, blowing out the defending Super Bowl champions 34-0 on Sunday.

Julio Jones caught a couple of scoring throws from Ryan, who broke his own franchise records for completions and passing yards in a season. He finished 23 of 28 for 270 yards.

The Falcons (12-2), who have already clinched the NFC South, moved a step closer to locking up home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs. One more win would lock it up.

Eli Manning threw two interceptions for New York (8-6), which came into the game with a one-game lead over Washington and Dallas in the NFC East. The Giants also went 0-for-3 on fourth down.

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