The Atlanta Falcons had all reasons to celebrate their final game in the Georgia Dome this Sunday, with a dominant win over the Green Bay Packers.
Winning 44-21, the Dirty Birds not only secured their NFC Championship, but more importantly have punched their ticket to Super Bowl 51. The start of the 2017 season will bring the Falcons into their new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (not to be confused with the Mercedes-Benz Superdome the Saints currently play in).
Matt Ryan led the charge, going 27-38, accumulating a staggering 392 yards with 4 touchdowns. Julio Jones was impressive as always with 180 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with Mohamed Sanu grabbing a combined 59 yards and one endzone score.
The Falcons were working on all cylinders this Sunday. The offense ran over the Pack, as well as their defense putting the pressure on Rodgers. Despite Rodgers’ ability to threw fastballs outside of the pocket, the Falcons man-on-man defensive strategy proved to keep the Packers’ receivers at bay.
The last time the Falcons won the NFC Championship was against the Minnesota Vikings during the 1998-99 playoffs. This time the team is younger, hungrier, and more determined to bring home the Lombardi trophy.