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Full Speed Ahead: The Falcons will surely defend the 49ers' rushing…CNNSI.com Updated Jan 13, 2013The Falcons will surely defend the 49ers' rushing attack in the NFC title game better than the Packers did, but Andrew Perloff still feels Colin Kaepernick and Co. will head to the Super Bowl.Upvote Share Tweettampabay.com Updated Jan 13, 2013Times wires Sunday, January 13, 2013 ATLANTA - Matt Bryant pumped his fist and celebrated atop the Falcons logo in the middle of the field. Tony Gonzalez broke down in tears. Matt Ryan relished the thought of not having to answer a familiar question.TheUpvote Share Tweet
Bucs to add another Pro Bowlertampabay.com Updated Jan 13, 2013The Bucs will have at least one more Pro Bowler at this time next week. With the Falcons and 49ers advancing to next Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, it will become necessary for either the Falcons’ Julio Jones or the 49ers’ Frank Gore to back out ofUpvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com Updated Jan 13, 2013We saw three great football games this weekend. And then we saw one great football team. After a tremendous Saturday in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, Sunday got started with another phenomenal game as the Falcons jumped out to a big lead, sq…Upvote Share TweetThe Falcons defense spent most of the fourth quarter getting torched by Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks offense, but the Falcons scored last and that means members of their defense were free to crow after the game. Alex Marvez of FOXSports.c…Upvote Share TweetThe Falcons got that elusive playoff win on Sunday, but it didn’t come easy and it didn’t come without a possible price in terms of health for the NFC Championship Game. Defensive end John Abraham left early in the game and did not return because, perUpvote Share Tweet
Matt Ryan takes step to elite statusATLANTA -- It was not the best game of Matt Ryan's career, but it undeniably was the biggest. When the history of Ryan’s career is written -- and that probably won’t happen for at least another decade or so -- what happened Sunday will mark a significUpvote Share Tweetdeadspin.com Updated Jan 13, 2013Atlanta 30, Seattle 28: Seattle's all-pro shit stirrer, Richard Sherman, somehow manages to win this interaction that began with Roddy White burning the Seahawks defense for a 47-yard touchdown-Ohhh you got a touchdown, gooood for youuuu-even though tUpvote Share Tweet
Disaster Averted: The Falcons added plenty of drama to their 30-28 …CNNSI.com Updated Jan 13, 2013The Falcons added plenty of drama to their 30-28 win over the Seahawks. Chris Burke examines Atlanta's escape job, Russell Wilson's brilliance, questionable strategies and more.Upvote Share Tweet
Five craziest plays from end of Atlanta’s playoff winThe Atlanta Falcons earned their first playoff win with Matt Ryan as quarterback, and they did it in heart attack-inducing manner. After pulling out to a 20-0 lead, the Falcons came close to dropping the home game to the Seattle Seahawks. Atlanta found …Upvote Share TweetSometimes, as an athlete, you define yourself in a losing effort. And in the year of the rookie quarterback, it was the last one standing who may have just done that. Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks came into the 2012 NFL season as a too-short th…Upvote Share Tweet
Bryant's FG rescues Falcons from late collapseMatt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal with 8 seconds left and the Atlanta Falcons bounced back after blowing a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, defeating Russell Wilson and the gutty Seattle Seahawks 30-28 in an NFC divisional playoff game Sunday.Upvote Share Tweet
Matt Ryan pulls off a great final drive to get his first career playoff win (VIDEO)There's a notion that "clutch" isn't a skill, because luck in close games evens out over a long period of time. And there's something to that. But there has to be some explanation for Atlanta's Matt Ryan and the Falcons being able to pull thes…Upvote Share Tweet
Falcons’ Jacquizz Rodgers obliterates Seattle’s Earl ThomasYou want a metaphor for the first half of Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game between Atlanta and Seattle, you could do worse than looking to the last play of the first quarter. Atlanta was up 10-0, starting fast but in danger of letting Seattle back i…Upvote Share TweetIt seems like the Atlanta Falcons weren't too pleased with the constant chatter about their recent playoff failures. Atlanta got off to a great start in the first quarter, highlighted by back-to-back catches by one future Hall of Fame tight end and one …Upvote Share Tweetdeadspin.com Updated Jan 13, 2013Seattle at Atlanta 1:00 p.m. (FOX): Well, it's put up or shut up for the "Falcons stink in the playoffs" narrative. It really could not have shaken out any worse for them, though, as the white-hot Seattle Seahawks come into town. While Atlanta…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com Updated Jan 13, 2013Ankle injuries caused Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart to miss seven games this season, which is the reason why he had his left ankle scoped on Friday. Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that Stewart believes having the arthroscopic s…Upvote Share TweetATLANTA -- The Falcons just announced their inactives for Sunday’s game with Seattle and there are no surprises. As expected, injured cornerback Christopher Owens is out. The other inactives are quarterback Dominique Davis, receiver Tim Toone, guard PhiUpvote Share Tweet
Live from the Georgia DomeATLANTA -- I’m in the Georgia Dome press box and you can see and feel the playoff atmosphere. There are fairly large groups of players from both the Seahawks and the Falcons already out on the field loosening up. During the regular season, you usually oUpvote Share TweetJoin our ESPN.com NFL experts for the NFC throw down between the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons. Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at 1 p.m. ET. See you there. Countdown Live: Seahawks-FalconsUpvote Share Tweet
2012 Divisional Playoffs: Weekend remixJan 13Two teams' postseason fates were decided on the success of a field goal as one of the most exciting playoff weekends in history unfolded. Relive the nonstop action from all four divisional-round games.
Falcons Win Wild Game, Advance To NFC ChampionshipJan 13Highlight Of The Night: The Seahawks erased a 20-point deficit to take a late lead, but Matt Bryant's 49-yard field goal with eight seconds left gave the Falcons a 30-28 win.
Ryan Discusses WinJan 13Matt Ryan comments on the Falcons' 30-28 win against the Seahawks.
2012 Divisional Playoffs: Atlanta Falcons postgame press conferenceJan 13Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan address the media following Atlanta's 30-28 win over Seattle.
Don Banks: No Gronkowski, no problem as Patriots offense steamrolls TexansJan 13FOXBORO, Mass. -- By now, you have to wonder if the New England Patriots could even remember what full strength feels like, if they ever again are lucky enough to experience it. Here they are, making yet another deep playoff run, and they're faced with …
NFL playoffs -- Can the Baltimore Ravens upset the New England Patriots fo…Jan 13It's Ravens vs. Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. How does the matchup shake out?
Don Banks: It was never easy, but Ryan, Smith solve playoff woes; more Sna…Jan 13FOXBORO, Mass. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as the most riveting weekend of NFL playoff action in memory winds to a breathless close....
NFL playoffs -- NFC finalists have been vindicatedJan 13The Falcons and 49ers found vindication while winning their way into the NFC Championship Game.