Manning's last stance line was 26-of-37 for 398 yards and a touchdown that is about as empty as these eye-popping numbers may possibly look. The touchdown was a yarder to Beckham with five seconds left, followed by a two-point conversion run by Barkley.
After a jumping 38-yard catcher from Sterling Shepard had pitched the Giants at the 13-yard line late in the first half, the next four Downs were a study in the Giants problems besides the offensive line.
Manning threw a four-yard pass to the tight end of Rhett Ellison in the minor-ball offensive.
Then Manning made a bad throw that landed outside the borders and was rushed despite the good protection before Odell Beckham could break to the corner of the end zone. It was only his second incompletion in 16 first half-strokes.
Then Manning held the ball far too long, given enough time, but his two main options were covered. He did not look for a third option, or tossed a receiver or threw the ball out to avoid the risk of a sack of streaks.
Manning took the bag and the Giants opted for a field goal, which is in line with an offensive that scored only 43 percent of the red zone's touchdowns. Aldrick Rosas improved to 14-15 in the field, but the Falcons retook the three points just before half-time to rise to 10-3.