Inactive lists bring good news for Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- They have announced the inactive players for this afternoon's NFC playoff game between the New York Giants and the Atlanta Falcons, and the lists are encouraging for the Giants' passing game.

Not only is Giants tight end Jake Ballard, who missed the final two games of the regular season with a knee injury, active for the game, but Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes, who had been listed as questionable and hoped to play, is inactive, depriving the Atlanta secondary of a starter. Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas is also injured and inactive, as expected.

The Giants' inactive list offered no surprises. Defensive ends Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora are both healthy and will dress and play. Cornerback Corey Webster, who was hampered by a hamstring injury during this past week, will play. And the return of Ballard, the Giants' best receiving tight end, will help Giants quarterback Eli Manning pick and choose opportunities if given enough time against the Atlanta defense.

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The full list of inactives: