Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/14/13

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 20: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons against the Carolina Panthers at Georgia Dome on September 20, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Falcons have given their fans many ups and downs this season. The Falcons, with quarterback Matt Ryan, have let the "Dirty Bird" nation down.I've been waiting for the quarterback position to lead the Falcons to the Super Bowl since Steve Bartkowski played back in the 70s and 80s. Matt Ryan hasn't proved to me that he's that guy, but today was a new day.Seattle's Walter Thurmond and Richard Sherman are the best shut-down corners in the game, but Atlanta changed the game with over 160 yards rushing between Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers.This running attack helped take the pressure off of Ryan. Matt Ryan, with TD passes to Roddy White and future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez, put the Falcons up 20-0 over the Seattle Seahawks by halftime.By the second half, it was time for the Falcons to show their wild side. Russell Wilson passed for almost 400 yards and rushed for 60 to bring the Seahawks back within six points. Old shades of Matt Ryan, the choker, came to play...
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