Falcons beat Seahawks, Matt Ryan gets first playoff win thanks to Tony Gonzalez

The Falcons and Seahawks gave us one more reason this is the best weekend of the year

1/13/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Jan 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) celebrates his touchdown catch against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter of the NFC divisional playoff game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY SportsMatt Ryan finally got his first playoff win, but he certainly has a few teammates to thank for it.

Tony Gonzalez didn't have a monster game if you look at his numbers, but his 6 catches and 51 yards seemed to come at the most important times.

Gonzalez had the first TD of the game, in the first quarter, which put the Falcons up 10--0.

They continued to roll, and took a 27-7 lead into the 4th quarter.

The Seahawks then mounted an incredible comeback, and actually took a 28-27 lead with 31 seconds left in the game.

The Falcons, with two timeouts and around 30 seconds left, did what John Fox and the Broncos didn't have the stones to do yesterday. They marched down the field, got within field goal range, and nailed a 49 yard field goal for the win. Gonzalez made a huge catch to put the Falcons into field goal range, helping to secure the win.

Ironically, Falcons kicker Matt Bryant's first attempt at the kick went wide right, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tried to ice him by calling a timeout. Bryant made it, when it counted.

Congrats to Matt Ryan and the Falcons, who will host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game.
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1/14/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

Tony Gonzalez did just fine, of course it wasn't one of his best games.

1/13/13   |   Scott   |   52952 respect

Carroll had a couple of moments in this game that left a lot of people scratching their heads. 

1/13/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

beerstudk wrote:
It actually looked like Carrol said "I'm not going to call a Time Out" when the showed him on the 'coach cam', however it doesn't matter.  It was a great game, too bad my team was on the wrong end of it

I've heard a few people say that, but it really looked like "OK, timeout" to me. Granted, I'm certainly not a good lip reader, so I could obviously be totally wrong.

Either way... why would you be standing next to the referee talking in his ear in that situation if you're NOT calling a time out? Doesn't really make sense to me.

1/13/13   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

It actually looked like Carrol said "I'm not going to call a Time Out" when the showed him on the 'coach cam', however it doesn't matter.  It was a great game, too bad my team was on the wrong end of it