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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...
Atlanta United picks midfielder, goalkeeper in draft’s final rounds

Atlanta United picks midfielder, goalkeeper in draft’s final rounds

Atlanta United selected Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu with the No. 2 pick in the third round of the MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday. The team picked Creighton goalkeeper Alex Kapp in the fourth round. Wheeler-Omiunu is a midfielder from Harvard. He played in 64 games, scoring four goal with six assists in college. Kapp (6-foot, 190 pounds) played four years at Boston College before transferring to Creighton. With...
Commit from Hawaii has Georgia Tech in his blood

Commit from Hawaii has Georgia Tech in his blood

Even before he committed to the Yellow Jackets, Michael Minihan’s family bled white and gold. Minihan’s aunt in Carrollton is such a big Georgia Tech fan that when heard Minihan was being recruited by the Jackets, she assumed it was a joke. “She didn’t believe it,” Minihan said. “I went down for my visit and everything and she was like, ‘Oh, he actually is...
Regarding PED suspicions, the Hall of Fame mood is changing

Regarding PED suspicions, the Hall of Fame mood is changing

Bud Selig (left) is in. No idea who the other guy is. (AJC file photo) The Hall of Fame tide is turning.
Lalas and Holden: Atlanta United working toward making playoffs

Lalas and Holden: Atlanta United working toward making playoffs

Anything short of making the MLS playoffs in its first season should be considered a disappointment for Atlanta United, according to analysts and former U.S. national team players Alexi Lalas and Stuart Holden. Citing the hiring of manager Gerardo Martino, the quality of the players such as Miguel Almiron, Hector Villalba, Kenwyne Jones and Michael Parkhurst signed, the aggressiveness with which Atlanta...
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.
Would you vote this player into baseball's Hall of Fame?

Would you vote this player into baseball's Hall of Fame?

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the Baseball Writers' Association of America will unveil their list of inductees to the 2017 Class to baseball’s Hall of Fame. Nineteen players join a list of 15 returning stars on the 2017 ballot. Among the new names are sluggers Manny Ramirez, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, and Vladimir Guerrero. The list of eligible players includes the controversial names of Barry...
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...
3 former Jackets playing for Super Bowl spots

3 former Jackets playing for Super Bowl spots

Georgia Tech will have at least one representative in the Super Bowl and possibly two. There are three former Yellow Jackets on rosters in this Sunday’s AFC and NFC conference championship games – Packers safety Morgan Burnett, Patriots guard Shaquille Mason and Falcons linebacker Philip Wheeler. With the Falcons and Packers playing for the NFC championship, Tech is guaranteed to have...
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...
Tech’s Francesca Pan named ACC rookie of the week in consecutive weeks

Tech’s Francesca Pan named ACC rookie of the week in consecutive weeks

Georgia Tech guard Francesca Pan was named the ACC rookie of the week for a second week in a row and the third time this season. Pan scored 28 combined points in the Yellow Jackets’ wins over Boston College and No. 24 Syracuse. The latter win, on Sunday at McCamish Pavilion, broke a nine-game losing streak for Tech against ranked opponents. In the game, Pan was 3-for-4 from 3-point range and...
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...
Josh Pastner pays honor to MLK

Josh Pastner pays honor to MLK

On a day to remember Martin Luther King Jr., Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner paid homage to the fallen civil rights giant. “I just think he was so ahead of his time,” Pastner said Monday. “Just a phenomenal leader.” When he was coach at Memphis, Pastner used to take his teams to the National Civil Rights Museum in that city. The museum was built on and around the grounds of...
How the Hawks survived a defensive lapse to hold off Knicks

How the Hawks survived a defensive lapse to hold off Knicks

Five observations from the Hawks’ 108-107 victory over the Knicks Monday in a Martin Luther King Jr. matinee. 1. It was almost the costliest of defensive lapses. Down by one, the Knicks’ Derrick Rose had a near-clear path to the basket after two Hawks defenders closed on Carmelo Anthony on the game’s final possession. Paul Millsap was able to block Rose at the basket with 5.9 seconds...
Running back Jordan Mason is 16th member of Tech class

Running back Jordan Mason is 16th member of Tech class

Georgia Tech picked up its 16th commitment for the 2017 signing class on Monday when running back Jordan Mason from Gallatin, Tenn., made his decision to become a part of the class. Mason said that his mind was essentially made up before he took his official visit to Tech this past weekend, and that the visit sealed the decision. Mason informed safeties coach Andy McCollum, his area recruiter, and...
Inside the box score: Hawks 108, Knicks 107

Inside the box score: Hawks 108, Knicks 107

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 108-107 victory over the Knicks Monday: * Dennis Schroder finished with 28 points, making 13 of 16 shots, and had the game-winning 3-pointer with 22.4 seconds left. * Tim Hardaway Jr. had 20 points, including 16 in the second half. * Kris Humphries had 14 points and seven rebounds. The Hawks won despite being outrebounded 53-36, including 15-8 on the...
Millsap rescues Hawks with last-second block

Millsap rescues Hawks with last-second block

Paul Millsap to the rescue. The Hawks nearly lost to the Knicks after two defenders covered Carmelo Anthony and left Derrick Rose an open lane to the basket. Millsap came over and blocked a Rose layup with 5.9 seconds left and the Hawks held on for a 108-107 victory The Knicks in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee Monday at Madison Square Garden. The got two more chances at a game-winner on offensive...
Tech commit Zach Quinney has home visit from Johnson, Owens

Tech commit Zach Quinney has home visit from Johnson, Owens

Georgia Tech commit and 3-star offensive lineman Zach Quinney received a home visit from Tech coach Paul Johnson and slot backs coach and special teams coordinator Lamar Owens. Quinney, 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, announced his home visit on Monday on Twitter writing, “Great in home visit with Coach Owens and Coach Johnson.” The 3-star senior from Savannah Christian Prep in Savannah, Ga. committed...
Josh Okogie named ACC rookie of the week for the third time

Josh Okogie named ACC rookie of the week for the third time

Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie earned his third ACC rookie of the week honor after scoring a combined 40 points in wins over Clemson and N.C. State this past week. Sunday against the Wolfpack, Okogie scored 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting to lead the Yellow Jackets to an 86-76 road win. Okogie is the only ACC freshman who has won the award three times this season. He’s also the first Tech freshman...
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 head 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...
Photos: Hawks scramble for close win over Knicks on MLK Day

Photos: Hawks scramble for close win over Knicks on MLK Day

Atlanta Hawks face New York Knicks in back-to-back afternoon games Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
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...
Former Tech commit OJ Tucker commits to Big 12 school

Former Tech commit OJ Tucker commits to Big 12 school

Ocala, Fla. cornerback and former Georgia Tech commit OJ Tucker verbally committed to Iowa State on Sunday after an official visit on Friday, according to 247 Sports. Tucker verbally committed to Tech in August and then withdrew his commitment on Dec. 2. Although Tucker became the 22nd verbal commit for Iowa State over the weekend, he will still visit Florida Atlantic on Jan. 27, according to 247...
Fairburn, Ga. freshman Kyle Mann visits Tech

Fairburn, Ga. freshman Kyle Mann visits Tech

Creekside High School defensive tackle Kyle Mann went on an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech over the weekend. The 6-foot-1, 265 pound freshman from Fairburn, Ga. posted photos of his visit to Twitter on Saturday and wrote, “Georgia Tech was great.” Mann announced his visit on Twitter on Saturday morning. Mann doesn’t have any college offers, according to 247 Sports.
Sophomore shooting guard Tre Williams receives offer from Tech

Sophomore shooting guard Tre Williams receives offer from Tech

The Colony, Texas shooting guard Tre Williams received a 2019 offer from Georgia Tech. The 6-foot-4 sophomore from The Colony High School announced his offer on Twitter on Saturday night writing, “God thank you for blessing me with the game of basketball and allowing me to receive an offer from Georgia Tech University!” In September, Williams announced that he received an offer from Old...
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 Atlanta takes 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...
Howard out versus Knicks for rest

Howard out versus Knicks for rest

Dwight Howard will not play against the Knicks Monday after the Hawks made a late change to their starting lineup. Howard will be rested as the Hawks play the second of afternoon back-to-back games. The Hawks added Tim Hardaway Jr. to the starting lineup to be grouped with Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Thabo Sefolosha and Paul Millsap. The Hawks may have chosen to use a small lineup as the Knicks...
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...
Meet Chipper Jones’ baby boy

Meet Chipper Jones’ baby boy

Former Braves slugger Chipper Jones became a dad again last week. Jones’ fifth son came after a few days of anticipation. On Saturday, he introduced fans to his son with a tweet: “I would like everyone to meet Cutler Ridge Jones. He's ugly, his momma dresses him funny.....but he's chill! #PEACE” Jones has been a special assistant with the Braves since 2015. After manager Fredi...
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.
Reviewing Georgia Tech’s win over N.C. State

Reviewing Georgia Tech’s win over N.C. State

Georgia Tech’s Ben Lammers (44) blocks the shot by North Carolina State’s Terry Henderson (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, N.
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...
Game Thread: Hawks at Knicks

Game Thread: Hawks at Knicks

Atlanta Hawks’ Dwight Howard during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors Monday, Nov.
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...

Gressel’s versatility could help Atlanta United

One of the first signs that Julian Gressel may not be a typical rookie — in any sport — came after his name was called by Atlanta United as the eighth overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft on Friday in Los Angeles. Gressel looked into a nearby TV camera, showing no nerves, and thanked his family. Then few seconds later, he again looked into the camera again and...
Post-game comments from Georgia Tech’s win over N.C. State

Post-game comments from Georgia Tech’s win over N.C. State

Post-game comments from Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner, guard Josh Okogie, forward Quinton Stephens and N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried: JOSH PASTNER “I thought Quinton (Stephens), even though he had six rebounds – my thing always is, do your job, and Quinton’s job is he’s got to be a double-double guy for us, and even though he didn’t get the rebound numbers in double-doubles...
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.
5 things to know from Georgia Tech’s win over N.C. State

5 things to know from Georgia Tech’s win over N.C. State

There is increasingly less reason to respond to Georgia Tech wins with confusion or bemusement. Tech soundly defeated NC State on Sunday night, an 86-76 result in which the Yellow Jackets handled a team that was in a bit of a desperate state. Winners already over three teams with NCAA tournament aspirations – Virginia Commonwealth, North Carolina and Clemson – Tech notched a fourth with...
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...
Georgia Dome finale: Falcons vs. Packers for spot in Super Bowl

Georgia Dome finale: Falcons vs. Packers for spot in Super Bowl

Here are a few things to know about the NFC Championship game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers: > When, where, time: The game is scheduled for Sunday at the Georgia Dome. Kickoff is set for 3:05 p.m. and will be televised nationally on Fox. Good luck with finding tickets, be prepared to spend a lot of money to get some. > What’s at stake: The NFC winner will...
How Hawks dialed up Bazemore and Dunleavy from long distance in win

How Hawks dialed up Bazemore and Dunleavy from long distance in win

Five observations from the Hawks’ 111-98 victory over the Bucks Sunday night, their eighth win in the past nine games. 1. Welcome to Atlanta, Mike Dunleavy. The newly-acquired guard/forward had 20 points off the bench in his second game in a Hawks uniform after being traded from the Cavaliers last week. Dunleavy was 4 of 5 from 3-point range and enticed Michael Beasley into a shooting foul on...
Inside the box score: Hawks 111, Bucks 98

Inside the box score: Hawks 111, Bucks 98

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 111-98 victory over the Bucks Sunday: Key players * Kent Bazemore scored a team-high 24 points, including four 3-pointers. * Mike Dunleavy scored 20 points off the bench, including four 3-pointers. * Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 33 points with eight rebounds, six assists three blocks and two steals. Key stat The Hawks were 13 of 26 from...
Dunleavy fitting right in as Hawks defeat Bucks

Dunleavy fitting right in as Hawks defeat Bucks

Mike Dunleavy has shown every sign of fitting in with the Hawks. The wing scored 20 points off the bench, including four 3-pointers, as the Hawks defeated the Bucks 111-98 at Philips Arena Sunday afternoon. Dunleavy is now 6 of 8 from 3-point range in his two games with the Hawks after being acquired in a trade with the Cavaliers. He had season-highs in points and 3-pointers. The Hawks (23-17) placed...
Falcons defender Clayborn out for playoffs with injury

Falcons defender Clayborn out for playoffs with injury

Veteran Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn will miss the remainder of the playoffs after suffering a torn biceps, his agent confirmed in a Twitter post on Sunday. Clayborn suffered the injury during the Falcons’ 36-20 victory over the Seahawks in an NFC divisional playoff game on Saturday. “I feel absolutely terrible for my man @AJaClay,” agent Blake Baratz wrote in a post...
Thomas again denies Schroder trash talk claim (updated)

Thomas again denies Schroder trash talk claim (updated)

Isaiah Thomas denied again on Sunday that he spoke ill about Dennis Schroder’s mother and his family during Friday’s game in Atlanta. Both players send they are done talking about the incident. Following the Celtics’ 103-101 victory, one in which Thomas hit the game-winning basket with 2.4 seconds remaining, Schroder said Thomas took trash-talk to an unacceptable level. The Hawks...
4 things to know before Georgia Tech-N.C. State

4 things to know before Georgia Tech-N.C. State

  January 12, 2017, Atlanta: Georgia Tech defenders Josh Heath (left) and Abdoulaye Gueye force a turnover on a double team against Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame during an NCAA basketball game on Thursday, Jan.
Computer forecast: Falcons have 51 percent chance to make Super Bowl

Computer forecast: Falcons have 51 percent chance to make Super Bowl

The Falcons have a 51 percent chance of beating either the Cowboys or Packers and advancing to the Super Bowl, according to a FiveThirtyEight forecast based on computer simulations. The Falcons advanced to the conference championship with a dominant 36-20 victory over the Seahawks on Saturday at the Georgia Dome. The Packers and Cowboys play at 4:40 today in Dallas with the Cowboys favored by 5 ½...
Two Atlanta United players called into U20 USMNT

Two Atlanta United players called into U20 USMNT

Two Atlanta United players, Miles Robinson and Brandon Vazquez, were called into the Under-20 U.S. national team by manager Tab Ramos. The team will host training in Carson, Calif. at the StubHub Center, which is where the MLS combine was held last week. Robinson turned great performances in the combine into being picked second by Atlanta United...
Game Thread: Bucks at Hawks

Game Thread: Bucks at Hawks

Malcolm Delaney of the Atlanta Hawks defends against Gerald Green of the Boston Celtics at Philips Arena on January 13, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Who knew Arthur Blank had moves like Mick Jagger?

Who knew Arthur Blank had moves like Mick Jagger?

102515 NASHVILLE: — Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and team owner Arthur Blank look on as the team prepares to play the Titans in a football game on Sunday, Oct.
Report card: Falcons dismantle the ‘Legion of Boom’

Report card: Falcons dismantle the ‘Legion of Boom’

The Falcons advanced to their 4th NFC Championship in their history as they beat Seattle 36-20 thanks to a great game by Matt Ryan.

Video: D. Led — Ryan leads Falcons to victory

The Falcons advanced to their 4th NFC Championship in their history as they beat Seattle 36-20 thanks to a great game by Matt Ryan. The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter reports from the Georgia Dome. NFC DIVISIONAL ROUND: FALCONS 36, SEAHAWKS 20 5 things that changed the outcome in the Falcons’ win The ascendant Falcons make short of Seattle  — Column by Mark Bradley Falcons have...
Robinson’s dream becomes a reality

Robinson’s dream becomes a reality

He would wear soccer cleats as a 3-year-old to daycare and refuse to take them off, forcing his father to remove so that he wouldn’t damage the floor. He would answer to the nickname “Soccer Guy” without a moment’s hesitation. He could watch videos of Pele and then copy a move he saw without practice. Miles Robinson’s parents knew that he loved soccer while growing up...
Photos: MVP-like performance from Matt Ryan

Photos: MVP-like performance from Matt Ryan

What Dan Quinn had to say after the playoff win

What Dan Quinn had to say after the playoff win

Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say after the 36-20 win over Seattle on Saturday: “As we get started, I think it’s worth talking about for us, this game, was won during the week. The preparation the guys put in. I wish you could’ve seen that. The intensity of getting ready for one another, it was great all the way through the week. That type of strain and effort...
Quinn wants a home game for the fans

Quinn wants a home game for the fans

Falcons coach Dan Quinn, on behalf of the fans, will be rooting for a Green Bay upset of Dallas in the divisional playoff game on Sunday. The Falcon will face the winner. They would host Green Bay on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3:05 p.m. If Dallas, the No. 1 seed wins, the Falcons would travel to Texas. Football-wise, Quinn is undecided, but he’d like the fans to get another home game. “I don&rsquo...
What the Falcons had to say after the Seahawks’ win

What the Falcons had to say after the Seahawks’ win

On bring the team together in the third quarter for a pep talk: “In those situations you have to remember that at the end of the day, what’s our objective and our objective is to win the game. In order to do that I felt like we needed to keep our composure. That was it. Just a reminder to play to the whistle and not worry about all of that stuff that was going on. That’s what happens...
Falcons’ offensive line turns in strong game

Falcons’ offensive line turns in strong game

The Falcons’ offensive line stepped up to the challenge against Seattle. Because the Seahawks held the Falcons to 52 yards rushing on 18 carries in their regular-season meeting Oct. 16, the Falcons needed to run the ball to get their offense moving. The line paved the way for running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who combined for 102 yards rushing on 25 carries and one touchdown....
Matt Ryan affirms himself as playoff winner (3 TDs), leader (meeting)

Matt Ryan affirms himself as playoff winner (3 TDs), leader (meeting)

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan plays to the cheering crowd after tossing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Mohamed Sanu for a 36-13 lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff win at the Georgia Dome.
Falcons use ‘spies’ to corral Russell Wilson

Falcons use ‘spies’ to corral Russell Wilson

The Falcons were concerned about Russell Wilson sneaking out of the pocket to make plays, so defenders took turns “spying” on the elusive quarterback Saturday at the Georgia Dome. “He can get off the spot and run,” Falcons safety Keanu Neal said. “He’s dangerous. We had a few plays where we would spy on him a little bit.” It was an effective strategy for the...
If I’m the Falcons, I’m rooting for Dallas – and against Aaron Rodgers

If I’m the Falcons, I’m rooting for Dallas – and against Aaron Rodgers

Yeah, it’d be nice to give these folks one last shout. (Hyosub Shin/AJC) This is a tough one, but in my mind it comes down to this: Would you rather face a rookie quarterback at his place or Aaron Rodgers at yours?
Hester hurts Falcons in return

Hester hurts Falcons in return

The Falcons decided to release kick returner Devin Hester after he had a disappointing, injury-plagued season in 2015. Hester returned to the Georgia Dome on Saturday and did his best to haunt his former team. Hester set up two Seattle scores with long kickoff returns. His 78-yard return to the Falcons’ 31 led to Doug Baldwin’s TD on the next play and Hester’s 50-yard kickoff return...
Falcons rock the Dome with playoff victory

Falcons rock the Dome with playoff victory

If this be the end of football days for the Georgia Dome — not a given quite yet — then let it be recorded that the Teflon-topped pleasure palace met the wrecking ball loud and proud. The Dome’s death rattle was instead the sound of 71,000 Falcons fans releasing with all their voice the angst of failures past. It was the sound of unrestrained pleasure in watching an historic offense...
Falcons’ Julio Jones hobbled, but gets best of Sherman

Falcons’ Julio Jones hobbled, but gets best of Sherman

Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones has insisted his injuries aren’t an issue, yet he keeps taking himself out of games. An injury slowed Jones again Saturday, but he still won his rematch with Seahawks nemesis Richard Sherman at the Georgia Dome. Jones had six catches for 67 yards with a touchdown during the Falcons’ 36-20 victory in an NFC divisional playoff game. Jones was in...