The last Falcons game in the Georgia Dome was one to remember. On Sunday, January 22 the Falcons hosted the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship with the winner going to Houston for Super Bowl 51. The Packers started off the season 4-6 and quarterback Aaron Rodgers promised they would “run the table”. The Packers proceeded to win their next six games and win the NFC North Division. Their run did not stop there; the Packers blew out the New York Giants in the divisional round and then went to Dallas and beat the number one seed Dallas Cowboys behind the outstanding play of Aaron Rodgers.
While everyone was talking about the Packers, the Falcons’ offense quietly put up one of the greatest seasons of all time. No one predicted the Falcons to be in this situation after the meltdown they had last year. The Falcons’ offense struggled last year but now under the second year of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, QB Matt Ryan and the offense flourished. The Falcons set the tone on the first drive of the game by going right down the field and scoring a touchdown from Matt Ryan to Mohammed Sanu. After a Packers missed field goal, the Falcons drove down again but settled for a field goal making it 10-0. The game turned while the Packers were driving down the field on their next possession. Packers’ fullback, Aaron Ripkowski, fumbled the ball on the Falcons five yard and the Falcons offense answered with another touchdown. With three seconds left in the first half, Matt Ryan connected with Julio Jones for a touchdown making it 24-0 at halftime. The Packers got the ball to start the second half but the Falcons’ defense forced another stop. On the first play of the Falcons’ possession, Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones for 73 yards and a touchdown making it 31-0 and the Falcons were on their way to their second Superbowl in franchise history. Lead MVP candidate, Matt Ryan, carved up the Green Bay defense throwing for 392 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Falcons will now face Tom Brady and the Patriots in Houston for Superbowl 51 on February 4th.