The Atlanta Falcons have done something they haven’t
done since the 2004 season, win a playoff game. The Falcons, led by quarterback
Matt Ryan and kicker Matt Bryant, clung on to the slipping grasp of victory to
get the win over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC divisional round of playoffs.
Matt Ryan threw for 250 yards, completed 24 of 35
passes, and had three touchdowns on the day. Ryan’s remarkable effort was
accompanied by Falcons kicker Matt Bryant who scored nine points for his team
with six of those points coming from field goals of 37 and 39 yards in the
first half. Bryant also kicked the game winning field goal from 49 yards out
with eight seconds left to play in the fourth quarter to give the Falcons the
30-28 win after Atlanta relinquished a twenty point lead reported ESPN.
One remarkable player that was delighted with the
Falcons win was tight end Tony Gonzalez who had six receptions for 51 yards and
a touchdown, and is celebrating his first playoff win in all of his sixteen
years of playing in the NFL. Jeff Darlington of NFL.com reported Gonzalez
saying this statement regarding his first playoff victory,
“You try to look at the spiritual side of
things. And you try to have acceptance. But I'll tell you what, it's better to
get the victory, to get that playoff monkey off my back. Hopefully, it's onto
bigger and better things. We still have some goals to accomplish.”
The Atlanta Falcons now prepare to host the San
Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game this Sunday, January 20th at
3:00 p.m. on FOX.