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Multiple key Packers questionable to play Sunday vs. Falcons

The Packers could be without multiple key players because of injuries when they face the Falcons in the NFC championship game on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. Three of Green Bay’s wide receivers are dealing with injuries, including No. 1 target Jordy Nelson. Also, two of the top five players in Green Bay’s defensive backfield are ailing, including starting safety Morgan Burnett, after that...

How the Georgia Dome shaped Atlanta sports

How the Georgia Dome shaped Atlanta sports

With the soon-to-be-demolished Georgia Dome hosting its final football game Sunday — Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers for a berth in the Super Bowl — let’s revisit the building’s place in Atlanta sports history. Falcons: The Georgia Dome’s primary tenant since its opening in 1992, the Falcons played 199 regular-season games there. The team’s time in the Dome spans...
Falcons’ Freeney savors one more playoff run

Falcons’ Freeney savors one more playoff run

The candle of Dwight Freeney’s playing days flickers. He is 36 and no longer puts offensive linemen through the spin cycle. He doesn’t render them nearly so dizzy and confused as he used to while compiling 122 1/2 career sacks (18th on the all-time list). On the Falcons, his third team in four seasons, his playing and practice time are carefully rationed. He is the aging rocker who must...
Falcons’ run game up against ‘stout’ defense

Falcons’ run game up against ‘stout’ defense

Should the Falcons advance to their second Super Bowl on Sunday, when they’ll take on the Green Bay Packers, chances are they’ll look a little like their forbears. You know, the 1998 Falcons team for whom Jamal Anderson rushed for a franchise-record 1,846 yards and 14 touchdowns. Frequently in the NFL postseason, the better ground game wins, although that wasn’t the case when the...
Nothing new: Julio Jones plans to play through pain

Nothing new: Julio Jones plans to play through pain

By now it’s clear that Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones isn’t completely healthy and may never be so during these playoffs. Judging by his history, it’s also a good bet that Jones will keep playing and do enough . Jones said that, in spite of a lingering left foot injury, he will be “ready to go” for Sunday’s NFC championship game against the Packers. That&rsquo...
Photos: Falcons tune up on Thursday

Photos: Falcons tune up on Thursday

Shanahan reads attack — focused on Falcons, has no deal with 49ers

Shanahan reads attack — focused on Falcons, has no deal with 49ers

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan speaks during a press conference as they prepare to play Green Bay in the NFC championship game in Flowery Branch.
Falcons’ Shanahan plans to meet again with 49ers about head coach job

Falcons’ Shanahan plans to meet again with 49ers about head coach job

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said he looks forward to talking to the 49ers again about their vacant head coach position, but that he doesn’t have an offer yet. Shanahan met with the 49ers when the Falcons had a bye week before opening postseason play and he reportedly is the top candidate for the job. By NFL rule the 49ers are not permitted to speak to Shanahan again until...
Julio Jones: Falcons ‘complete team now’ in return to NFC title game

Julio Jones: Falcons ‘complete team now’ in return to NFC title game

The Falcons lost the NFC championship game to the 49ers during the 2012 season after running to a 17-0 lead and piling up 477 yards of offense. Quarterback Matt Ryan passed for nearly 400 yards and wide receiver Julio Jones had 182 yards receiving with two TDs in that game, The Falcons are riding a high-powered offense led by Ryan and Jones into the championship game again, this time against the Packers...
Before they were Falcons: Safety Keanu Neal

Before they were Falcons: Safety Keanu Neal

When spiking a football promises no art

When spiking a football promises no art

The topic was sharing, and being the gracious sort that he is, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones said Thursday that it just feels right when Atlanta’s wide outs score a touchdown for them to toss the ball to an offensive lineman even if the move rarely triggers performance art. More often than not the result is simple, but that’s OK. “[The] offensive line, they do a great job for...
Pro Football Writers name Falcons OC Shanahan assistant of the year

Pro Football Writers name Falcons OC Shanahan assistant of the year

The Professional Football Writers of America voted Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as the NFL assistant coach of the year, the organization announced Thursday. Shanahan helped lead the Falcons to a franchise-record 540 points this season. It’s the eight-most points scored by a team in NFL history. Shanahan reportedly is the top candidate for the 49ers’ vacant head-coaching...
Five quick things to know about Sunday’s Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers game

Five quick things to know about Sunday’s Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers game

Are you arriving a little late to the NFL playoff party and you’re finally ready to jump onto the Falcons’ bandwagon? Don’t feel bad -- you’re not alone. Although you’ve waited until the next-to-last weekend of football to get excited, it’s still not too late. Here are five quick things to know about Sunday’s Falcons-Packers game -- a few things that might...
Julio Jones misses practice again but says he’s ‘ready to go’ for Sunday

Julio Jones misses practice again but says he’s ‘ready to go’ for Sunday

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday because of a foot injury. The plan is for Jones to participate in Friday’s light practice session in preparation for Sunday’s NFC championship game against the Packers at the Georgia Dome. “It’s fine,” Jones said. “I will be ready to go.” Jones has dealt with foot/toe...
Who is Angie Macuga, wife of Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank?

Who is Angie Macuga, wife of Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank?

Near the end of last Saturday’s thrilling Atlanta Falcons playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks, TV viewers suddenly found their attention drifting away from the on-field doings of Devonta and Matty Ice and towards a petite brunette standing on the sidelines of the Georgia Dome. Who was that woman quietly celebrating alongside Falcons owner Arthur Blank and his ear-to-ear grin, many wondered?...
The Falcons have been here before; most of these Falcons haven’t

The Falcons have been here before; most of these Falcons haven’t

Alex Mack looks askance at the backdrop. (AP Photo/John Amis) Alex Mack was first to the podium at Flowery Branch on Wednesday, and he paused to stare at the “NFC championship” backdrop.
6 things you need to know about Falcons-Packers

6 things you need to know about Falcons-Packers

The Falcons and Packers are among the 13 teams to have reached the NFC Championship since 1998 - the Falcons' last trip to a Super Bowl.
Oddest bets you can make on Falcons-Packers

Oddest bets you can make on Falcons-Packers

The most likely Super Bowl LI matchup at this point is Falcons vs. Patriots, according to the oddsmakers at SportsBettingDime.com.
For these Falcons, it starts in the nest

For these Falcons, it starts in the nest

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers or coach Mike McCarthy said something Wednesday on a teleconference about the value of team chemistry in chasing success, and while it’s hard to sift through reams of interviews before Sunday’s NFC Championship game, Dwight Freeney will tell you it’s easy to say that the Packers have nothing over the Falcons in that category. Much has been said...
Ricardo Allen walks, talks a bigger game

Ricardo Allen walks, talks a bigger game

Ricardo Allen could let the growth of his game do his talking, and it would be loud because guys just don’t go from being drafted in the fifth round as a cornerback to cut as a rookie to starting 33 of 35 games as the Falcons’ free safety ever since. It all adds up to quite a conversion project, yet the way Allen’s taken the yoke of leadership might qualify as a more impressive metamorphosis...
Matt Ryan can add to his legacy by besting Aaron Rodgers

Matt Ryan can add to his legacy by besting Aaron Rodgers

If Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan thinks much about his legacy, there’s little chance he would ever say so publicly. It’s not his style. Ryan’s persona is nondescript, his public utterances non-revealing. But there was a moment when Ryan showed that it matters. The Falcons had just beaten the Seahawks in a 2012 NFC divisional game. It was Ryan’s first playoff victory in four...
Falcons to Packers: Come on, feel the noise

Falcons to Packers: Come on, feel the noise

The Falcons can’t talk enough about all the racket that fans have been making recently in the Georgia Dome, and there was more chatter Wednesday when Vic Beasley Jr. suggested that fans might give demolition experts a head start in Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Packers. Some have said the Dome was louder than ever Saturday, when the Falcons defeated the Seahawks 36-20, yet...
Falcons have Arthur Blank dancing (but thankfully no mohawk)

Falcons have Arthur Blank dancing (but thankfully no mohawk)

The dance hasn’t been named, probably because it was more of a series of spontaneous, non-choreographed, flailing arm and leg movements by a 74-year-old man in a three-piece suit who, yeah, pretty much made the whole thing up on the spot. Where did Arthur Blank learn those … dance moves? “Probably from my mother,” he said Wednesday when asked about his postgame attitude dancing...
What Aaron Rodgers had to say about the Atlanta Falcons

What Aaron Rodgers had to say about the Atlanta Falcons

“Well, you learn as a young player the tradition of excellence that we have here laid down over the years by [former head coach] Curly Lambeau, Bart Starr, the multiple championships that we’ve won, and then being here with Brett [Favre] … obviously, you know what a high level he played at for so many years. “So the expectation was understood at a very young age in my career...
What Packers coach Mike McCarthy said about the Falcons

What Packers coach Mike McCarthy said about the Falcons

Packers coach Mike McCarthy participated in a conference call today with media in Flowery Branch covering the NFC championship game. Here is a partial transcript: “They are a complete offense. They’ve been on an incredible roll. You look at the course of the season—not only the production they have had, they are No. 1 in the league for points so the production speaks for itself&mdash...
Photos: Falcons prepare for the Packers

Photos: Falcons prepare for the Packers

Before they were Falcons: Center Alex Mack

Before they were Falcons: Center Alex Mack

How the soaring Falcons rebuilt on the fly

How the soaring Falcons rebuilt on the fly

Of the 22 Falcons listed on the flip card as starters on offense and defense for the divisional-round game against Seattle, 12 — more than half — were acquired since Dan Quinn arrived. Not included among those dozen were Tevin Coleman, who led the Falcons in rushing against the Seahawks; Taylor Gabriel, who caught four passes; Justin Hardy, who caught two; Austin Hooper, who caught one...
Shanahan likely to take 49ers’ job; Blank spoke to 49ers owner York

Shanahan likely to take 49ers’ job; Blank spoke to 49ers owner York

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan officially will be offered the San Francisco head coach job after the Falcons’ season, according to reports.
Pro Football Writers vote Falcons’ Matt Ryan MVP

Pro Football Writers vote Falcons’ Matt Ryan MVP

The Pro Football Writers of America selected Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan as the NFL’s 2016 Most Valuable Player and offensive player of the year. Ryan is the first Falcons player to earn PFWA’s MVP award in its 43-year history. Ryan is a top candidate for the Associated Press MVP Award, which was voted on before the playoffs and will be announced during Super Bowl week. Ryan already...
Falcons injury report: Julio Jones out for practice

Falcons injury report: Julio Jones out for practice

Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones did not practice Wednesday because of a lingering foot injury. “We will get him more work as the week goes on,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. Quinn said earlier in the week that there is no doubt Jones will play against the Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game. Jones has dealt with foot/toe issues for more than a month. He didn&rsquo...
Falcons crash the party for NFL’s swells

Falcons crash the party for NFL’s swells

Joy-deprived Falcons fans celebrate the events of last Saturday’s playoff victory over Seattle.
Matt Ryan’s top receivers in 2016

Matt Ryan’s top receivers in 2016

Matt Ryan had one of his best seasons completing 373 of 534 passes (69.9 percent) to more than a dozen receivers. Here are his top 10 targets this season (based on receiving precentage).
Falcons release ‘official’ depth chart for NFC championship game

Falcons release ‘official’ depth chart for NFC championship game

January 14, 2017, Atlanta: Leroy “Holy Moses” Silvester is looking for the Falcons to lead the way to “The Promised Land” against the Seahawks in a NFL football NFC divisional playoff game on Saturday, Jan.
Neal, Jones named to PFWA All-Rookie Team

Neal, Jones named to PFWA All-Rookie Team

Falcons safety Keanu Neal and middle linebacker Deion Jones were named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team on Tuesday. Neal, who was drafted with the 17th overall pick last year, finished second on the team with 105 tackles. He started 14 games and added a physical presence to the defense. Jones starter 13 of 15 games and led the team in tackles with 106. He also had three...
LEADOFF: Falcons say PSL sales surpass 40,000

LEADOFF: Falcons say PSL sales surpass 40,000

The Falcons’ sales of personal seat licenses for their new stadium have rallied along with the team’s on-field performance, rising from less than 33,000 at the start of this season to more than 41,000 now. The latest total: 41,102 seat licenses sold as of late last week, according to Michael Drake, the Falcons’ senior vice president and chief revenue officer. That’s up from...
Podcast: Tony Gonzalez on career, acting and a Super Bowl for Falcons

Podcast: Tony Gonzalez on career, acting and a Super Bowl for Falcons

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan hugs tight end Tony Gonzalez in the tunnel moments before he takes the field for the final game of his 17-year NFL career on Sunday, Dec.
Falcons amped up for NFC Championship game

Falcons amped up for NFC Championship game

With a few days to savor their playoff win over the Seahawks, the Falcons’ excitement about Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Packers in the Georgia Dome was impossible to miss. As players burst into the locker room Tuesday afternoon following a walk-through, it was clear that everybody’s jacked about it. Coach Dan Quinn preaches about how the Falcons want to maintain normalcy...
ESPN: The 49ers will offer Kyle Shanahan their head coaching job

ESPN: The 49ers will offer Kyle Shanahan their head coaching job

“Come visit me in San Fran, Matt.” (Curtis Compton/AJC photo) It has been a while since the Atlanta Falcons lost — Dec.
Hooper pinching himself over shot at NFC Championship, Rodgers

Hooper pinching himself over shot at NFC Championship, Rodgers

Austin Hooper sounds a bit like he’s having a hard time believing not only that he and his teammates are going to play in the NFC Championship game, but that they’ll square off against one of his boyhood idols — Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Growing up in San Ramon, Calif., before he went to Stanford, Hooper followed nearby Cal. Rodgers set several passing records for the Golden...
As Packers feel grind, Falcons ‘physically and mentally healthy’

As Packers feel grind, Falcons ‘physically and mentally healthy’

Now could be the time when their bye for the opening weekend of the playoffs really pays off for the Falcons. It might also be when the Packers finally run out of steam. It’s not as if the Falcons haven’t had their share of setbacks, injuries or otherwise. But compared to the Packers, they’ve had a stress-free path to the NFC championship game on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons...
Tony Gonzalez didn’t win title but says this is Falcons’ time

Tony Gonzalez didn’t win title but says this is Falcons’ time

Before he retired from football, venturing into the profitable-but-welt-free world of climate-controlled broadcasting and acting, Tony Gonzalez lived to win a ring. It didn’t happen when he played in Kansas City. So he fully endorsed a late-career trade to Atlanta. He came so close to a Super Bowl in his fourth season with the Falcons — say it with me: 10 yards from the end zone in the...
Before they were Falcons: Running back Tevin Coleman

Before they were Falcons: Running back Tevin Coleman

Tevin Coleman is handling a key role for the Falcons in his second season in the NFL. He was a standout at Indiana University, too, rushing for 2,036 yards as a junior before turning pro. 
Postseason run could prove ‘super’ for Falcons’ sales in new stadium

Postseason run could prove ‘super’ for Falcons’ sales in new stadium

Two years into their efforts to sell personal seat licenses for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Atlanta Falcons may have found their most effective sales tactic: a run toward the Super Bowl. Seat license sales have rallied along with the team’s on-field performance in recent months, rising from less than 33,000 at the start of the season to more than 41,000 now. Even so, that leaves around...
Computers, betting markets agree on Falcons’ Super Bowl chances

Computers, betting markets agree on Falcons’ Super Bowl chances

How far can Matt Ryan take the Falcons? Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com Three weeks ago, after the Falcons clinched the NFC South but before they earned a first-round playoffs bye, the betting public had less faith in their chances of winning the Super Bowl than the metrics.
LEADOFF: How many Atlanta homes watched Falcons beat Seahawks?

LEADOFF: How many Atlanta homes watched Falcons beat Seahawks?

Thirty-five percent of homes with TVs in the Atlanta market were watching as the Falcons advanced to the NFC championship game by defeating Seattle on Saturday. The 35.0 rating translates to an audience of about 845,000 homes in the Atlanta television market. Nationally, the Falcons-Seahawks game posted an 18.3 overnight rating, meaning 18.3 percent of the TV households in the 56 metered markets tuned...
Flashback: The last time the Falcons went to the Super Bowl

Flashback: The last time the Falcons went to the Super Bowl

A look back at the Falcons’ Super season of 1998

A look back at the Falcons’ Super season of 1998

Way back in August, long before the "Dirty Bird'' was born, there was certainly no way of knowing what lay ahead for the Atlanta Falcons. They appeared to be just another one of 15 or so teams in the middle of the NFL pack. The long-beleaguered squad with multiple personnel holes looked as if it might, with a few breaks, improve on its 7-9 record from 1997 and perhaps make the playoffs for the...
Falcons prepare for ‘terrific challenge’ from Rodgers, Packers

Falcons prepare for ‘terrific challenge’ from Rodgers, Packers

The Falcons have another playoffs rematch, this time against an opponent they beat the first time around. That doesn’t mean coach Dan Quinn is changing his script. The Falcons will face the Packers in the NFC championship game at the Georgia Dome on Sunday after they beat them on the same field in October. The Falcons lost at Seattle during the regular season before defeating them in an NFC...
Falcons want to hem Aaron Rodgers

Falcons want to hem Aaron Rodgers

The last game in the Georgia Dome is shaping up as an epic shootout with perhaps the top two candidates for the NFL MVP award in Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers headlining the marquee. Atlanta coach Dan Quinn would rather keep Rodgers holstered in Sunday’s NFC Championship game. Specifically, the Falcons don’t want him leaving the pocket, as they&rsquo...
Historically high ticket resale prices for Falcons-Packers at Dome

Historically high ticket resale prices for Falcons-Packers at Dome

Fans who don’t have tickets yet for the NFC championship game at the Georgia Dome on Sunday may have to pay a steep price on the secondary market. As of Monday afternoon the average ticket price of $777 for Falcons vs. Packers was the second-highest in the history of the Georgia Dome, according to secondary market aggregator TicketIQ. Only the 2013 NCAA Final Four’s average secondary...
Shanahan could follow in father’s footsteps with 49ers — if he wants to

Shanahan could follow in father’s footsteps with 49ers — if he wants to

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, here conferring with quarterback Matt Ryan during a game, has emerged as the top candidate to fill a coaching vacancy in San Francisco.
After ‘loudest ever’ Dome, Quinn wants it louder for Falcons’ final game

After ‘loudest ever’ Dome, Quinn wants it louder for Falcons’ final game

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said fans delivered after he called on them to be “early and loud” at the Georgia Dome for the team’s first playoff game. Now he said he wants them to top that in the NFC Championship game against the Packers on Sunday, the team’s final game at the Dome. The Falcons beat the Seahawks on Saturday before a boisterous crowd of 71,155. “When you have...
Falcons’ loss of Clayborn to stretch D-line rotation

Falcons’ loss of Clayborn to stretch D-line rotation

The season-ending torn biceps muscle suffered Saturday by Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn means that Courtney Upshaw will be busier Sunday when the Falcons take on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game. When Clayborn was lost on the third defensive snap in Saturday’s 36-20 playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks, the Falcons lost a very productive player. Clayborn missed three...
Quinn: No doubt Julio Jones will play in NFC championship game

Quinn: No doubt Julio Jones will play in NFC championship game

A nagging left foot injury has limited Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones for more than a month and prompted him to head to the locker room before the end of the victory over the Seahawks on Sunday. But coach Dan Quinn said there is no doubt that Jones will play in the NFC championship game against the Packers this Sunday. “We will limit him throughout the week, then as the week progresses...
Report: Falcons’ Shanahan top candidate for 49ers head coach job

Report: Falcons’ Shanahan top candidate for 49ers head coach job

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan appears to be the front-runner for the vacant 49ers head coaching job after Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels pulled out of the running. The San Jose Mercury news reported today that Shanahan now is the top candidate. Shanahan interviewed with the 49ers in the Atlanta area two weekends ago, when NFL rules allowed him to do so because the Falcons...
In Aaron Rodgers, the Falcons will face the NFL’s Michael Jordan

In Aaron Rodgers, the Falcons will face the NFL’s Michael Jordan

He’s not the greatest quarterback of all time, even of his time. (Tom Brady has been better; Peyton Manning was better.) He won’t be the NFL’s most valuable player. (Matt Ryan will, on merit.) He has half as many Super Bowl rings as the underdog quarterback in the other conference championship game. (Ben Roethlisberger has two.) But there’s something about Aaron Rodgers that...
Maybe Green Bay should fear the opposing quarterback, too

Maybe Green Bay should fear the opposing quarterback, too

Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and the Falcons Matt Ryan are pretty much head-to-head in late-season performance.
5 tweets that show everyone wanted a Packers-Falcons matchup

5 tweets that show everyone wanted a Packers-Falcons matchup

For years the Dallas Cowboys have billed themselves as “America’s Team.” Following the Cowboys’ loss to the Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday in Arlington, Texas, they took on another label: “Team America loves to see lose.” Behind Aaron Rodgers’ guidance, the Packers will face the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Georgia Dome in the...
Record-high total points betting line for Falcons-Packers

Record-high total points betting line for Falcons-Packers

The high-scoring offenses for the Falcons and Packers prompted bookmakers to set a record-high “over/under” total in early betting for Sunday’s NFC championship game. As of Monday morning, the total points wager for the game was set at 60 points. Bettors wager whether the combined points scored by the teams will be over or under that total (a tie results in a push and bettors...
This has been the ‘Year of Matt Ryan’

This has been the ‘Year of Matt Ryan’

The Atlanta Falcons will face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Before then many things will be said about Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his greatness, especially in the playoffs.  But this has been Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan’s year. A comeback year. In 2015, he threw for 16 interceptions...
Falcons will score plenty, but can they slow Aaron Rodgers?

Falcons will score plenty, but can they slow Aaron Rodgers?

Aaron Rodgers can beat the Falcons in a shootout. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins) I figured the Falcons would beat the Seahawks but didn’t think they would make it look so easy.
Why are Falcons favored? Scoring average in last 6 home games: 35.7

Why are Falcons favored? Scoring average in last 6 home games: 35.7

Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu catches a touchdown pass from Matt Ryan past Green Bay defender Jake Ryan for a 33-32 victory at the Georgia Dome on Oct.
Falcons’ road to Super Bowl not easy but this is game they can win

Falcons’ road to Super Bowl not easy but this is game they can win

Of course it’s Green Bay. It had to be Green Bay. It had to be the team that crushed the Falcons’ dreams in the Georgia Dome six years ago and the quarterback who has spent a good part of his career dismantling defenses, particularly the local one. It had to be a matchup made in video football and pyrotechnic heaven: Matt Ryan vs. Aaron Rodgers. Dallas was the NFC’s No. 1 seed going...
(Gulp) Here comes Aaron Rodgers. But the Falcons will still win

(Gulp) Here comes Aaron Rodgers. But the Falcons will still win

Mohamed Sanu with the winning catch at 0:31. (Curtis Compton/AJC) The good news: The Atlanta Falcons won’t have to leave town to qualify for the Super Bowl.
Early line favors Falcons by four points over Packers

Early line favors Falcons by four points over Packers

The Falcons are a four-point betting favorites over the Packers in early betting for the NFC championship game on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. According to ESPN gambling writer Dave Tuley, the Westgate Las Vegas sportsbook opened the line with the Falcons favored by four points before quickly moving it to five and then back to four. The Falcons beat the Packers 33-32 on Oct. 30 at the Georgia...
Falcons to face Packers at Dome in NFC championship game

Falcons to face Packers at Dome in NFC championship game

The calculations for the Falcons regarding their potential NFC championship seemed simple. Take on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at the Georgia Dome? Or go to Dallas to face the top seed and its star rookies? Yet the answer didn’t seem obvious. After the Falcons beat the Seahawks at the Dome Saturday, coach Dan Quinn said he wasn’t sure if he’d pull for the Packers, although...