Green Bay has won two of three postseason meetings with Atlanta, the most recent coming after the 2010 season when the sixth-seeded Packers upset the Falcons in the divisional round.
As curtain calls go, this one is a doozy.
The last time the Atlanta Falcons landed in the Super Bowl, they eliminated one of the most prolific offenses the National Football League has ever seen in the 1998 Minnesota Vikings. That timetable may be moved up to accommodate the first event planned at the new Mercedes-Benz stadium, an Atlanta United soccer match at the end of July.
Think about it, what will New Orleans Saints fans brag about if the Falcons win the Super Bowl?
This team reminds me of ... us.
The usually taciturn Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was enthused to be going to his seventh Super in partnership with Brady, looking for a fifth Super Bowl ring. "This is our year".
This will be the 51st NFC Championship Game dating all the way back to the year when the Falcons franchise was born in 1966. We just spoke to them with this game. The Falcons were whipped 34-19 by the Denver Broncos in their first Super Bowl, following the 1998 season.
In the end it probably didn't matter, because Atlanta was just the better team.
It's hosted more than two decades of SEC Championship games, Peach Bowls and GHSA football playoffs, three NCAA men's Final Fours (and one women's), ACC and SEC basketball tournaments, two Super Bowls and an Olympics. His team won the coin toss and he chose to defer possession until the second half. However, I have a bit more faith in the Atlanta defense to cause the Packers problems.
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It's crowned the Dallas Cowboys (1994) and St. Louis Rams (2000), the latter in iconic fashion with Tennessee Titans receiver Kevin Dyson stretching his arm a yard short of forcing overtime.
It would be hard enough if one running back was bringing that kind of talent to NRG Stadium, but having two makes it extremely hard for even the best strategists in the league. The costly play came on 3rd and 1, when pressure from the Falcons defense forced a low throw from Rodgers out to an open Randall Cobb. They said they ran out of gas. The deep bomb to Jared Cook that led to the game-winning Mason Crosby field goal was transcendent and indicative of the level of performance they've displayed for over two months now.
The incomparable Jones pulled down nine of 12 targets for 180 yards and two TDs, including his lightning bolt near the start of the second half that gave the Falcons a 31-0 lead.
"There is no next game, so I can't say we need to work on it".
"This is my motivation right here, all these fellows right here in front of me".
"It's been going around, but we'll be OK", Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on Friday. Limiting a Green Bay offense to zero points through the game's first 36 minutes was a spellbinding accomplishment. "It's been eight years now". Went 5-1 against playoff teams, including last week. When fiery coach Norm Van Brocklin - who once tried to draft a 64-year-old Hollywood icon known for his true grit, John Wayne - was sacked eight games into the season, disenchantment set in and the fans disappeared.
The difference between that young Ryan and the 31-year-old who ripped the Packers' defense in Atlanta's 44-21 conference championship game win was seen in what stood as the game's most memorable moment. As he was streaking to the end zone to get within one score, fullback/halfback Aaron Ripkowski fumbled the ball in the red zone, costing the Packers points. They can both run well and catch passes from Ryan, and you can't underestimate the importance of Coleman being healthy to complement Freeman. The other came as the second quarter wound down, a Ricardo Allen interception when it wasn't so close, but had yet to reach blowout proportions.
"Then the whole climate changed, we weren't moving the ball, we weren't converting third downs". "Rise up, baby. Rise up".