What kind of preparation and focus does it take to reach seven Super Bowls as a head coach? The type of preparation that leads a head coach not to even know whom he’ll be facing.In his postgame news conference after guiding the Patriots to a 36-17 win over the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday night, Bill Belichick was asked for his thoughts on facing the Atlanta...
ATLANTA (AP) -- Matt Ryan tumbled into the end zone, slammed the ball to the turf with a thunderous spike, and let out a scream that showed just how much he wanted this game.He wants the next one even more.With another MVP-worthy performance and plenty of help from Julio Jones, Matty Ice guided the Atlanta Falcons to a 44-21 rout of the Green Bay Packers for the NFC championship...
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After the Falcons and Patriots took care of business on Championship Sunday, the stage is set for Super Bowl LI in Houston.
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Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy isn’t afraid to tell it how it is.McCarthy’s Packers looked lost Sunday in the NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons, suffering a 44-21 whipping to bow out of the playoffs rather than charge ahead to the Super Bowl.“We ran into a buzz saw,”McCarthy said, according to NFL.com’s Marc Sessler. “Those guys performed great...
Most essential might have been the forced fumble and recovery near the goal line by former LSU cornerback Jalen Collins.
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The San Francisco 49ers are still seeking a general manager, but the role might be redefined upon Kyle Shanahan’s arrival.Shanahan is widely expected to become the team’s head coach after the Atlanta Falcons season is over, but according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the team may recalibrate its GM search to account for personnel control being handed to the coach. If the...
It was a huge win for the Falcons, who went up by a million scores before letting off the gas at all. The Altanta Falcons came into this game with questions of legacy and success swirling around them. They left it as the NFC champion, and one of the greatest (if not the greatest) Falcons team I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. They won this one handily. They won this one...
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Julio Jones was a human highlight reel during Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. One of the incredible plays he made was a circus catch when he held onto the balldespite being flipped. Are you kidding, @juliojones_11?!?!Unbelievable catch! #GBvsATL #NFLPlayoffs https://t.co/t2Iiln0nXs — NFL (@NFL) January 22, 2017 Jones already had two touchdown receptions, including a 73...
A forced fumble and recovery by Jalen Collins during the NFC Championship Game became a controversial point in the Packers-Falcons game, but it looks like the officials got it right.Green Bay had the ball 1st and 10 at the Atlanta 23 early in the second quarter when Aaron Ripkowski powered his way for a big gain. Ripkowski had the ball stripped by Collins, who later recovered the...
Was it a safety? Was it a touchback? Should the ball have been at the 1-yard line?Atlanta Falcons defender Jalen Collins' second-quarter fumble recovery in Sunday's NFC Championship game had the football-watching universe asking questions.What the world saw: Collins fell on top of Aaron Ripkowski's fumble on the Atlanta 1-yard line and then rolled into the end zone before being...
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The Atlanta Falcons started the NFC title game with a bang and never looked back. Matt Ryan was on fire all game, Julio Jones was unstoppable and Green Bay had no answers as the Falcons easily clinched a spot in Super Bowl 51 with a 44-21 win.
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The Atlanta Falcons got off to a good start in the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and Matt Ryan was on fire.Completing 6-of-8 passes for 64 yards on the game’s opening drive, Ryan capped it off with a nifty shovel pass to Mohamed Sanu for a touchdown to give the Falcons an early 7-0 lead. Feeling pressure, Ryan utilized strong footwork to move up...
This is a rare moment for the Atlanta Falcons franchise. Today is a day of opportunity. An opportunity to right a wrong from four years ago, a wrong that left many of us in shambles, shells of the happy fans we had been just four short hours before. The disappointment was a strong blow and a bitter taste. It crushed what had been a bright awakening for a football team that had...
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Coming off the best performance of what has largely been an up-and-down career, Matt Ryan has his Atlanta Falcons on the brink of an appearance in Super Bowl LI. A win over the Green Bay Packers at home on Sunday would send Atlanta to just its second Super Bowl in franchise history.It now looks like the Falcons are prepared to reward Ryan for his tremendous play under center.According...
The ping pong competition helps Dan Quinn establish his culture of winning. For the Atlanta Falcons, the ping pong battles in the locker room are bigger than just something fun for me to watch and tweet about. Those competitions between teammates have fostered camaraderie and the competitive spirit Quinn wants to instill in this team. Over the course of the offseason, the team...
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To get his Atlanta Falcons fired up before their NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers, WWE Hall of Famer and 16-time world champion Ric Flair gave a pep talk to the team in a Facebook video. It wasn’t on the level of elbow dropping a book or stripping down to his boxers in the middle of a wrestling ring but it was a decent promo. The issue is that Flair lives in...
Three games remain in the 2016 NFL season.The Packers visit the Falcons in the NFC championship game Sunday and the Steelers visit the Patriots in the AFC championship game.Super Bowl LI will be played Feb. 5 in Houston.After that will be three months of draft talk, and many people won’t know what they’re talking about.Players who turn out to be busts will be talked about like...
Now that the Wild Card and Divisional rounds are complete, we are back at it with the quarterback trust rankings. Like last week’s list, there are some slight changes. To no surprise, some quarterbacks climbed near the top of the list. So let’s take a look at our third edition of the rankings of the quarterbacks playing in the AFC and NFC Championships. 4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta...
Come playoff time, all 53 players on every roster are going to be important and play some role. However, not all players are of equal importance. Some guys are going to do minor things to help a team win, while others are going to play major roles.After a look at the AFC Championship Game’s most important players, here are the two players in the NFC Championship Game that are most...
The Green Bay Packers entered last Sunday’s playoff victory without No. 1 receiver Jordy Nelson and they left it with two more of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets added to the injury list.The situation is so bad that coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Thursday that if this were the regular season, Nelson (ribs), No. 2 receiver Davante Adams (ankle) and No. 4 wideout Geronimo Allison...
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Falcons All-Pro receiver Julio Jones says a sprained toe won't keep him from playing in Sunday's NFC championship game against Green Bay. Jones said he felt a ''snag'' in last week's win over Seattle and decided not to play the fourth quarter with Atlanta holding a big lead. He was inactive in Weeks 14 and 15 with a similar injury. Jones didn't practice...
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Dan Quinn and the Atlanta Falcons continue to be unconcerned about star receiver Julio Jones re-aggrevating his toe injury during Saturday’s win over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Round. Quinn said Monday that Jones will be “ready to rock” for Sunday’s NFC title game against the Green Bay Packers, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN. However, Quinn said he...
When the NFL acts like the “No Fun League,” and cracks down on excessive celebrations or taunting, it’s usually for something that isn’t that big of a deal and isn’t worth the trouble of issuing a 15 yard penalty for something that brings a bit of fun into the game. However, this is something completely different. With just a little over three minutes left in the Seattle...
This looked like a completed pass and then the Atlanta Falcons ripped the ball out and it started to get batted around. Falcons LB Deion Jones started as an innocent bystander but then the ball bounced his way and he grabbed it for a game sealing INT. Check out this wacky play….. Deion Jones! https://t.co/Gt9sjcIBaS — Kevin Causey (@CFBZ) January 15, 2017
Devin Hester had just returned a punt down to the Atlanta Falcons 10 yard line and the Seattle Seahawks looked like they were taking control of their NFC playoff game. A penalty negated the return and Seattle started inside their own 10 yard line instead of at the Atlanta 10 yard line. Two plays later, one of the Seattle Seahawks offensive linemen tripped Russell Wilson causing...
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