(By Kennan Johnson) – This is the game we were all patiently waiting for. Waiting to see if the Falcons really have what it takes to prove all the doubters wrong and take their game to the next level. All eyes were on leading MVP candidate Matt Ryan, and he delivered in a major way and showed everyone why he will more than likely be the first Atlanta Falcons player to ever win the MVP Award in a couple weeks.
Both teams got off to quick starts. The Seahawks went 89 yards on 14 plays to score, and the Falcons responded with their 7th straight opening drive touchdown.
A huge game changing moment came early in the 2nd when Devin Hester returned a Matt Bosher punt 80 yards, but it was called back due to a holding penalty on Seattle. Instead of a touchdown the Seahawks would have to work from their own 7 yard line, and Atlanta was able to capitalize after Russell Wilson was tripped by one of his linemen and fell in the end zone resulting in 2 points for the Falcons.
Atlanta owned the rest of the game. Matt Ryan was at the top of his game throwing for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns in this 36-20 impressive Atlanta victory. At this point Ryan now has two career postseason victories, both on them have come vs Seattle. Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn showed respect towards his former team by allowing Matt Ryan to kneel the ball on the goal line instead of running up the score in the closing minutes of the game.
Matt Ryan wasn’t alone in keeping the Seahawks on their heels. The Falcons defense showed up and kept Russell Wilson in check for the majority of the game. Wilson was constantly forced out of the pocket to his left side where it’s a little more difficult for him to make some of those amazing on the run throws we are accustom to seeing from him.
Falcons fans also did a great job showing up and making life extremely uncomfortable for the Seahawks on the field, and now these fans will have the chance to show up and rise up in the Georgia Dome one more time as the Falcons take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship!