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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been impressive in the first half of the NFC Championship Game, throwing three touchdowns to as many receivers.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been impressive in the first half of the NFC Championship Game, throwing three touchdowns, including two to wide receiver Julio Jones.

It’s the biggest game of both their careers, and both quarterbacks have proven themselves up to the task through the first half of the NFC Championship Game. Nevertheless, the story of the game so far has been the play of the receivers and running backs, who have come up big for both teams.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was a monster in the first quarter as the Falcons dominated the San Francisco 49ers on both sides of the ball.

Just two minutes into the game, Jones capped off an impressive 80-yard opening drive with a 67-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Matt Ryan.

Jones followed up that feat with an awesome one-handed touchdown catch. The 20-yard reception was reviewed to ensure he had not stepped out of the end zone before completing the catch, and the play stood as called.

But after a dominant first quarter in which they held 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to one yard passing on two drives, the Atlanta defense has started to struggle. Running back Frank Gore is wearing them down with a series of punishing runs, while Kaepernick seems to be waking up at last. The result has been a pair of quick but predictable touchdowns.

Fortunately, Matt Ryan has just roused himself from his torpor to throw a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tony Gonzalez — his third of the afternoon.

Nevertheless, this Falcons team must find a way to assert itself on defense if they hope not to melt away yet again under the hot lights of the NFL playoffs.

375 comments
angrysaladman
angrysaladman

lol, remember when falcons didn't do shit in the second half?

RBB-DGAF
RBB-DGAF

Whats up with the old ass article? 

gatrbuc17 again
gatrbuc17 again

I am SO SICK of this Riley Cooper shit.

SO he got drunk and said a Racial Slur..............So Fucking WHAT

Damn.................The media acts like he tried to kill someone

G & G
G & G moderator

The Falcons will going to the Super Bowl!!!

0125
0125 moderator

Im out too

Gruntled ®eggie
Gruntled ®eggie moderator

Alright guys I'm out. Gonna go kick Matt Ryan in the noodle arm.


Meaning I'm going to bed and are gonna dream such an event.

gatrbuc17 again
gatrbuc17 again

Bucs were the no. 9 Offense in the league last yr with the Worst Secondary in the league for D.

Why would I be remiss for thinking they are Top Five with two ProBowl guards returning and the Whole Offense in the Second yr of consistency WITH a better D???

Gruntled ®eggie
Gruntled ®eggie moderator

Baseball.

Base.......Ball.....

Basssszzzzzzz...........ZZZall.......

0125
0125 moderator

No mention of the Braves win streak on the national sports leader

gatrbuc17 again
gatrbuc17 again

Going to play Poker at the Casino tomorrow night! I would ask for you guys to wish me luck but that would indicate that I was Gambling................lol 


falconsriseup19
falconsriseup19

@smtate91 morning, me and conch are on the fantasy article since this one is like 8 months late. idk where everyone will end up this morning though

falconsriseup19
falconsriseup19

@CONCHS333 @falconsriseup19 eh im going over to the fantasy article. i want to read that anyways...and FUCK SHIT i didnt have time to do the GGAG last night...try to push one out here at work...UGH

0125
0125 moderator

@gatrbuc17 The Braves need to play like this in October. They would be unstoppable. 

0125
0125 moderator

@_MKE_ The Pitching is starting to step up. But it remains to be seen if these young guys can perform in the playoffs. They picked up a veteran to play in the BP so hopefully he keeps them calm..