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The National Football Conference's representative to the Super Bowl is determined tonight in the NFC Championship Game. This has been a highly competitive year in the NFC, but in the end, three teams emerged out of the regular season as favorites to be the NFC representative. Tops among those are the Atlanta Falcons, a team with an explosive offense led by quarterback Matt Ryan. The Falcon's offense has balance in both the passing and rushing attacks and can keep opposing offenses off the field with ball control. Close behind the Falcons are the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, however, both teams have had some issues during the season. The Packers are led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, arguably the best quarterback in the league and a player that can pick apart defenses. However, an inconsistent rushing attack and a defense that ranks in the middle of the stats leaves this team vulnerable for a playoff loss. As for San Francisco, a late-season quarterback controversy could play out either way as Coach Jim Harbaugh replaced Alex Smith with Colin Kaepernick as his starter in week 11after Smith suffered a concussion. But who plays at quarterback may not be so important for this team since it is built on rushing and defense, a formidable playoff combination. Tune in for playoff action at its best as the NFC determines its Super Bowl representative on FOX Sports.
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Matt Ryan has to shoulder all of the pressure for the Falcons' franchise this weekend.
The Wildcard round brought us some pretty bad games. The marque quarterbacks were on a bye so this week should be a lot better.
Here are the quarterbacks and how they stack-up
1) Manning - Peyton Manning is the MVP of the League this year so he has to be the best QB on the board. He...
The Falcons and Matt Ryan have the worst match-up against Seattle if they want to get their first playoff win.
The Wildcard games disappointed for one reason, quarterback play. That will not be a problem this weekend. The marquee quarterbacks are off their bye weeks and are ready to lead their teams onto the field.
Here is a look at the games and my selection of the winners...
Matt Ryan threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez as the Falcons took advantage of a fumble by Seattle's Marshawn Lynch to lead the Seahawks 10-0 after the first quarter of Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game.
The Falcons overcame an interception by Ryan to stretch their lead. Ryan's pass for Gonzalez was intercepted by Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner...
Will Matt Ryan get his first ever postseason victory, or will Russell Wilson continue to steamroll the opposition on his way to his second-plus victory?
Arguably the most intriguing game of the entire weekend (save SF-GB), this is finally the game we have all been waiting for though.
Marshawn Lynch (foot) has been running like a man possessed all season long and he has tasted the...
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has played in three postseason games since being drafted in 2008, he's 0-3, but says he's not feeling the pressure to win.
“I don’t worry about it. I don’t think about it,” Ryan said Wednesday before practice. “My focus is for this locker room and for the guys and the coaching staff that we're all together. We want to...
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel is calling himself "Swag 100" for the postseason because he says he's a playmaker. "I'm swag 100% of the time," Samuel told USA TODAY Sports. "In order to have swag, you have to be balling -- doing your thing and making game-changing plays, like I've been doing." "It's all about being a...
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez says this is his last chance to win a Super Bowl.
"For me, obviously, this could be it," Gonzalez said. "There is no tomorrow. There is no saying, 'We'll get 'em next year.' It's about going out there and trying to finish on the right note."
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We already covered Saturday’s games, and here is everything you need to know about Sunday’s games.
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons
All year long, I have never been overly impressed with the Falcons. Early season wins against the Broncos and Redskins were the only games they played against teams that made the playoffs. That was before either team found their identity and...
They share the honors for the best record in the NFL this season at 13-3 with Denver. But, going into Sunday's divisional playoff against Seattle, most of the regular NFL experts say Atlanta fattened up on the easiest schedule in the league.The talking heads are also quick to point out that the Falcons were not only beaten but embarrassed in their playoff appearances the past...
After the Atlanta Falcons were embarrassed 24-2 in New York to the Giants in the Wild Card round of the 2011 playoffs; their main focus in 2012 was to secure home-field advantage.With the best record at 13-3 in the NFC, the Falcons did exactly that. The Falcons start their quest for a Super Bowl against the battle tested Seattle Seahawks.While Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has an...
Seattle Seahawks (12-5) at Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
Game Day: Sunday 1:30 p.m. ET, FOX
Line: Falcons -2 ½
Series Record: Seattle leads 8-5
Perhaps the least appreciated NFL playoff game in years, this matchup actually boasts more appeal than meets the eye. Atlantas veteran group, in a widely discussed postseason slump, faces a primarily young group in Seattle led by an aging, but...
I've been hearing a lot about how the Falcons shouldn't be a problem for the Seahawks, but this game is far from a circled win. I know Atlanta's schedule was relatively soft, but no one puts together a 13-3 record in the modern NFL without doing a lot of things right. And as for them being 0-3 in the playoffs with head coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan, that...
Time to pass on the Falcons Juan…
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Divisional Playoff Games
NFL Game Lines 1/12 – 1/13, 2013
Date & Time
1/12 4:30 ET
1/12 8:00 ET
At San Francisco
1/13 1:00 ET
1/13 4:30 ET
At New England